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bgxyrnf

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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from Akewataru in Flight gear and tips   
    I'm not a flight nurse but regarding shears, I've tried a ton of 'em in a busy trauma center, from the cheapo freebies all the way up to Big Shears (bigshears.com) and have found the Leatherman Raptors to be the most reliable. Personally, I wish they weren't foldable (too many nooks and crannies for blood to get embedded) but they reliably cut through most materials without getting jammed up or splitting apart. The Big Shears are amazing in their ability to cut through thick layers (I did 8 layers of stacked webbing from an old Posey belt) but they are just too big to be practical.
    If I were a flight nurse, I would keep a Z-rex affixed to the outside of my suit on the front somewhere for two reasons: (1) they're light and slim but still effective for ripping through clothing, and (2) they're effective for ripping through seat belts and may one day help with emergency egress of the crew.
    Parenthetically, I actually started carrying a Z-rex on my car seat belt after taking care of some kids whose dad burned up in an MVC fire because he couldn't get out of his seat belt. The kids were initially trapped because the windows were closed but a bystander used a rock to bust out the window (the Z-rex also has a carbide tip to pop windows... probably no help with the polymer windows on an aircraft, though)
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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from GM2RN in Seasoned Nurses VS Newbie Nurses   
    From an experienced nurse to a new grad: What you're going to follow are the orders of the physician running the code.
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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from Psychnursehopeful in Is nursing school REALLY that hard?   
    Well for me, yes it was just as hard as I expected... which wasn't all that difficult. The only real challenges in nursing school were (1) the unrelenting pace and (2) the high-stakes nature of each class since my program did not permit retakes... fail a class and you're done.
    A person of average intelligence with a good work ethic and solid study skills should not struggle in a well-run nursing program. That last caveat, though, is the kicker... some programs and some instructors aren't terribly competent.
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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from walkingrock, ADN in I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!   
    To me, this is the root cause of your issues. Personally, I do not worry about my patients. I assess them and intervene as I'm able. After that, I accept that things will run their course and I do not fret about it.
    When a patient dies, I generally remains dispassionately detached from the occurrence. I have had a couple of experiences with children that have made me sad and for which I've shed some tears but even then, I keep it at an arm's length... and I am never 'crushed' because I don't let myself care too much about it... because... this is my *job* and my job is to provide nursing care, not to become emotionally connected to what's happening. Sometimes I do begin to care more than I should and I actively nip it in the bud.
    And I certainly do not hurt when my patients hurt, even when we must poke them time and again, or when urology struggles to place a catheter, or difficult intubations, or chest tube insertions, or all the other invasive and painful things that we do to patients in order to treat them.
    I always recognize my role and that is of the professional nurse who is being paid to provide a service, one which I take very seriously and strive to perform at the highest level. My heart is my own and is reserved for my personal life.
    I would encourage you to seek counseling in an effort to learn to separate yourself from your work.
    Nursing is not a calling nor a mission; nursing is a job... and one which will chew you up if you get too close to it.
    Professional detachment...
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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from abcdenrse in Is Shortage in Nursing really a hoax?   
    There may in fact be a shortage of nurses looking to take underpaid, overworked, crappy jobs... there is no shortage at all of nurses for good-paying jobs in good organizations... none... at all...
    When looking at BLS statistics and projections, note that the vast majority of jobs with high predicted growth also pay very poorly... things like home health aide and the like. Nursing is an incredibly broad field and few blanket statements about "nursing" are generally accurate.
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    bgxyrnf got a reaction from walkingrock, ADN in I'm So Over Nursing. I would rather work at Costco!!   
    To me, this is the root cause of your issues. Personally, I do not worry about my patients. I assess them and intervene as I'm able. After that, I accept that things will run their course and I do not fret about it.
    When a patient dies, I generally remains dispassionately detached from the occurrence. I have had a couple of experiences with children that have made me sad and for which I've shed some tears but even then, I keep it at an arm's length... and I am never 'crushed' because I don't let myself care too much about it... because... this is my *job* and my job is to provide nursing care, not to become emotionally connected to what's happening. Sometimes I do begin to care more than I should and I actively nip it in the bud.
    And I certainly do not hurt when my patients hurt, even when we must poke them time and again, or when urology struggles to place a catheter, or difficult intubations, or chest tube insertions, or all the other invasive and painful things that we do to patients in order to treat them.
    I always recognize my role and that is of the professional nurse who is being paid to provide a service, one which I take very seriously and strive to perform at the highest level. My heart is my own and is reserved for my personal life.
    I would encourage you to seek counseling in an effort to learn to separate yourself from your work.
    Nursing is not a calling nor a mission; nursing is a job... and one which will chew you up if you get too close to it.
    Professional detachment...
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