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WinterLilac has 5 years experience and specializes in Psychiatric.

I am a writer and public speaker. My partner and I will be travelling Australia in a few weeks so I will be writing articles as well as working as a Registered Nurse. I love diversity, acceptance and exploration of all aspects of nursing.

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  1. Advice please? I feel like I made a huge mistake...

    It would be great if you could sort out your days off so you have at least a couple days to spend together. We sacrifice so much for work and at the end of the day, we are just a number which can be replaced swiftly. I'd recommend trying to change s...
  2. Opinions wanted!

    Appreciate your input. It is clearly understood the points about seizures, I will be providing education regarding this.
  3. Advice please? I feel like I made a huge mistake...

    That's just it, you know what shift you work well in. Which shift you can provide the best care for your patients as well as keeping a balance in your personal life. I agree with the above poster; pay for childcare, get the evening shifts and damn we...
  4. Opinions wanted!

    So everyone, I've come to you before to get your advice and it's been incredible. You all have different opinions but back them up with rationale, true nurses! I would like your advice/opinion once again. Here goes: Background: I am one of 3 clinic...
  5. Communication Discrimination

    Thanks for your POV. I see the thread has branched off into languages rather than the initial intent of identifying the way we communicate rather than who speaks what. Accents, particularly strong accents, can make some people initially assume littl...
  6. Please, It's a brief - not a diaper

    Yeah I hate it called a Nappy (what you guys call diapers). We call them pull-up pads or wrap-around pads. Some residents refer to them as a nappy but we don't.
  7. Do you think nurses get special treatment?

    My sister-in-law who works as an RN in the emergency department of the local hospital was pulled over for speeding. The police officer who pulled her over had brought a lot of drunken degenerates to the ED the previous weekend so my sister-in-law sai...
  8. Washing scrubs?

    I carry good quality roll-on deodorant in my bag and apply on breaks. If you need, also carry some wet wipes to freshen your pits then apply a fresh smear of deodorant. It takes minutes in the bathroom for you to feel a lot more confident on the floo...
  9. Debilitating anxiety and fear of harm

    I like Alex's response. When in an emergency situation and you feel like panicking, just remember First Aid. In Australia it is DRSABCD: Danger (remove) Response (prompt responses from casualties) Send for help (000 / 911) THEN Airway: maintain or ob...
  10. Communication Discrimination

    So we know of the 'Restraining factors' (keeping the problem status quo), what would you suggest as 'Driving factors' (changing the status quo)? Im thinking patience, don't assume (assume makes an ass out of u and me!) and speak normally - not too f...
  11. Communication Discrimination

    Your post is very much appreciated. I will use some of these thoughts. Thank you so much.
  12. Dealing with faeces?

    15 years in health care and I STILL hate faeces! I agree with other posters about getting used to it. Not so much getting used to the smell and general disgustingness (word?) but being able to suppress the urge to gag and vomit and think of things li...
  13. Communication Discrimination

    Thank you so much for your comment, I've taken notes because it resonates so much with what I'm talking about.
  14. Communication Discrimination

    Impaired vision, another notable disability which is often overlooked in adequate communication. Have noted to include in my speech. You guys are freaking awesome í ½í± Oh and yes, I agree to use interpreters as a tool not as the patient. Sometimes...
  15. Communication Discrimination

    I hadn't thought of hearing issues. Something else I will include. How often this occurs, someone is asked something, the person doesn't hear correctly and instead of ensuring they understand what was said, the consent is assumed implied. Gahhh, that...