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  1. jojoe

    Nurses Diverting Narcotics.

    Put me in the naive category... I made sure anything I'd wasted was completely witnessed and signed/initialed and did the same if/when I did the witnessing but only cuz I was a stickler for rules. I did have an incident with a pharmacy on a personal Rx I was taking. I had been on this med (with butalbital in it) for headaches for several years and using a national pharmacy chain, I refilled it while out of my home state. I got the bottle back to where I was staying but found the bottle was smaller than I was used to, so I counted them. The bottle was totally full with a count of 80. I called the store and complained that there were 20 less than the label stated. The answer I got? "We count everything three times!" I told them about the size bottle, the label, and my counting the contents, but just got the same "counting them three times" answer over and over. I immediately drove back, showed them the full bottle, told them to count them (three times?), read the amount that was supposed to be in the bottle according to the dang label, and asked her to see if she could fit 20 more pills in that bottle. She took the bottle with abject attitude, stomped off to the back, and returned a sealed bottle from the manufacturer without apology or deference. I asked her when was the last time this place of "business" had last been audited. Her eyes widened then ran to the back to answer the phone. Once I became a nurse, I would count everything I signed for from the pharmacy. I figured if it happened just once to me, it can happen again in any other circumstance any other time, any other place, and any other situation. Maybe I'm overly cautious, but, just sayin'...
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    Children learn by example

    I was shocked to find out that schools in Michigan are no longer teaching our children "cursive" writing or writing in "script". It bolstered my daughter (a fellow nurse) to homeschool her children ("who knows how many other things my kids are not learning"). She is also teaching them responsibility in caring for living things: goats, rabbits, chickens, and more. I'm loving it because all "school" meant to her as a teen was having a social life. She is enriching her children's lives and their children's children for possibly generations to come! I loved learning as a child, reading anything I could get my eyes on. I loved answering the myriad questions from my children and found I loved patient education: why a certain medication is needed, what risks and benefits their doctor weighed on their behalf, how certain lifestyles are important, etc. My eyesight has diminished a great deal in the last few years but I'm teaching others around me how to offer help to someone who has low or no vision and how to actually help them (and that included some of the staff at my ophthalmology office!) but that's part of my being a patient advocate -- for myself... I participate in support groups for the blind and visually impaired, learning to navigate a computer screen with key strokes that produce audible cues, and coming up with ways (husband is a huge creative support) to circumvent many challenges at home and in the outside world. I love when parents allow their children to ask me questions about my white cane, dark glasses, etc. as it exposes them to people who have disabilities and perhaps some empathy. The same is true coming from a dear friend of mine who gets all over town on her own in her electric wheelchair. I had read and enjoyed a post somewhere here at AN about a mom with a child who only used the proper terms to describe bodily functions and parts. Keep homeschooling all ya'all...
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    Nurses: Social Life? What's a Social Life?

    you know you're a nurse when... you sit in a restaurant with a co-worker, talking shop and make the people at the table next to you throw up!
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    its almost impossible

    I had a determination within six months and my first check via debit.credit card a month or two later plus a year back from documented date of when actual proof of disability was presented to them... it helped to speak to a case worker who knew what they were doing!
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    its almost impossible

    Be careful about the lawyer you choose because many of them will "work" on your case for years to get a larger settlement that will date back from the day you applied. And they get a percentage of that larger settlement of back pay.
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    It takes a lot to make me angry.

    HAD to click "like" cuz there wasn't a "SUPER like" option...
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    My choice or required

    Ugh-ing right along with you!
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    Running on Empty

    Mother Teresa once said, "If you can't feed a hundred, just feed one." The idea that we may not be able to do everything for everybody assaults us daily. But we can make one person's day better. One patient. One co-worker. One environmental services person. Just one. Reminds me of a boy throwing one starfish at a time back into the ocean as hundreds lie stranded on the beach only to be told he won't make much of a difference. He replied with "it makes a difference to THIS one" as he throws it back into the water... Thank you for reminding us to take one day, one task, one effort at a time!
  9. Loving the inspiration and encouragement found here! About the time of the last post here, I was recovering from the fourth surgery in my left eye within eight months' time to treat glaucoma and cataracts. There is no light perception in my right eye since late 2011. I have less than 17% visual field in my "good" eye where glare/lighting, contrast and magnification is EVERYTHING. I found I needed to be my own best patient advocate and am receiving help through the Michigan State Bureau for Blind Persons with equipment at home to function somewhat and taking technology training using audible keystroke commands to navigate a computer screen. I'm also hoping to find a job at home using my nursing degree which I received later in life and shortly before I lost so much of my vision (thus only 3 or so years of "experience") and live in a remote town in Michigan. I turned in my driver's license late last year. I had started a transcription course in 2010 and wanted to continue, but my hearing is also diminishing and different accents would be a problem in listening to what needs transcribing. I'm only 57 years old and am holding on to my hard-worked-for degree. Billing and coding was mentioned in my vocational rehabilitation counseling, but I'm feeling the state is looking for a shorter term goal. Not looking for sympathy (got enough of that from myself at times!) but looking for a way to still be useful.
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    My choice or required

    Seems the family/patient can say anything they want because there is no one else around to say or prove otherwise on behalf of the care provider alone with them. The agency IS a business and nurses are definitely expendable! I actually enjoyed some of the occasional "extras" performed by me in PDN, such as making jam and canning pickles. It would have been nice though, to be forewarned before accepting the case when we not only supplied patient care, but also took care of three dogs, two cats, shoveled the driveway for the next nurse on duty, plus much more. Live and learn.
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    It takes a lot to make me angry.

    I seriously feel most people in the medical field have an affinity for "patient advocacy" and educating those around them and protecting those under our care. KUDOS on such a nice job of it!
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    Win $100! May 2015 Caption Contest

    "I suppose it WAS quite a shock when he discovered everyone laughing at the security video playback of him picking his nose at the end of his shift..."
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    Win $100! May 2015 Caption Contest

    "Another 'Imodium' morning for my neighbor."
  14. jojoe

    Late for work excuses

    Heading to a meeting point to drive in to clinicals with another student nurse in the aftermath of a typical West Michigan snow storm, my husband decided to drive me (my fellow classmate had a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get us into the nearest big city). He tried to blow through a snow drift, over-corrected and we ended up passenger side down in a deep ditch. I was in the back seat with a mug of apple cider which shattered upon impact as I fortunately was not buckled and landed feet first against the passenger door. A quick cell phone call to my classmate had me back on the road with my lab coat, face, and hair full of sticky cider. She had called ahead to our instructor explaining the car accident which was more than evident upon our arrival as I rushed into the nearest restroom upon reporting for duty to "clean up". The instructor was concerned about my focus on patient care, but it actually happened to be one of my best days dealing with our med-surg rotation!