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3ringnursing BSN

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3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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    Ask Me If I'm Safe At Home

    I had also married a narcissist, and he gradually controlled every aspect of my life. As a new grad if I came home late from work due to the myriad of things that can happen in bedside nursing (a code, a late admit, or just being behind in charting) I was obviously with someone else. I eventually discovered he had been recording my phone calls for nearly 2 years - he proudly told me, "I've been inside your head for years". He threatened he would sue me for custody of our son and for child support if I dare left him (he also threatened he would "get me into trouble" with the SBON, that I would never work as a nurse again). My self esteem was rock bottom and I lived in constant fear. I felt trapped but had no where to go. Finally getting away with my baby was the hardest thing I've ever done - I continued to look over my shoulder for years afterward, and wake in fear from small noises in the night. Ruby Vee, from one survivor (and crusty old bat) to another you have my sincerest respect. Hugs from afar my friend from a kindered spirit.
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    How do you handle touchy/feely coworkers?

    I have an autoimmune disease and I am pharmacologically immunosuppressed to help keep my symptoms under control, so I have an unbreakable no touching rule. I don't shake hands, I don't hug outside of my immediate family, and I avoid even small crowds during flu season (such as those pesky monthly mandatory staff meetings for those of us who work from home). You don't have to give anyone a reason why you prefer not to be touched. It's your body and your rules. Anyone getting close enough for unwelcome touch is invading your personal space.
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    Reasons nurses get fired

    Boy do I know a few that fit neatly into all of those categories and never got what they deserved back in the day. Glad to know many are now being held accountable for letting their ego monsters out of the closet to maul the general populous. Not sure why bad behavior was ever tolerated to begin with when all of us learned manners in preschool.
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    Reasons nurses get fired

    It WAS pretty funny. As I tend to be rather childish in my humor too I made a mental note of what constitutes a toe nearing the line, and actually running past the line. He was a really nice guy and a great nurse though.
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    Reasons nurses get fired

    Excessive pranks. I knew a really nice, funny guy who was an RN on the cardiac floor of a small, sinking hospital I worked at about 20 years ago - he was always doing outrageous things just for a laugh. One day he came down stairs to the ICU and told a couple of us to pay attention in about a half hour. We had a paging operator at this hospital that had honest to God voice training lessons for the time of old Hollywood movies and it sounded like you were transported back in time the 1940's Hollywood. Suddenly her voice came over the hospital wide paging system to page Dr. Jack Mehoff. Oh boy. The investigation was quick and punishment swift. As if they couldn't tell which extension the call came from. On a side note a neurosurgeon who was at the ICU writing orders turned around grinning, claiming it was an old airport prank. Poor guy just didn't know when to stop.
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    Nurse Accused of Taking Naked Photos of Nursing Home Patients

    Some people are very disturbed privately and are adept in hiding it for a length of time - it just flies under the radar it until their weird comes exploding out of the closet in full spectrum Technicolor vibrancy. Afterward people wonder how they missed it in the first place, but Dave Mustaine sums it up in a nutshell: "Hindsight is always 20/20".
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    I hate fake call outs.

    I work with a gentleman who calls in often with "a touch of something" . Hmmm ... that sounds legitimate. The rest of us don't look forward to be pounded into the dirt the numerous times this happens, and it has caused a lot of resentment amongst the rest of the staff that shows up to work when scheduled.
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    What does your username mean?

    That nearly every nursing job I've had has been a circus.
  9. OMG. Girl, welcome to nursing - under appreciated and at times psychologically abusive ("Thank you sir, may I have another?" - if you have no idea what this means watch the movie Animal House). No, you are not being a unreasonable, this is designed to make you feel bad for standing up for yourself, which you have every right to do, and did it appropriately as far as I can see. You may be enlightened to discover many management positions are reimbursed at the end of the year for operating under budget - which means you and your co-workers pain means bonus money to someone else. Perhaps going elsewhere is in your best interest (i.e., Leave!).
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    Nursing Student Pregnant

    I was approaching 30 during nursing school and had no children yet, so I timed my pregnancy to be able to deliver after graduation. My EGA was approximately 7 months when I graduated, and I was 2 weeks from my due date when I sat for my state boards (the last pencil and paper exam, traveling 200 miles away to the state capital). I was completely ignorant beforehand of how draining pregnancy would be. After my son was born I took 6 weeks off for maternity leave, then started work as a new grad. Early one memorable morning towards the end of my shift - just before the butt-crack of dawn was peaking over the horizon - I encountered a few gray faced, very rumpled and exhausted looking interns drinking coffee with my breast milk in it, as dietary was late restocking unit supplies on this day (our breakroom fridge had been out of commission at the time, so I had no choice but to store it on the unit in the fridge where we kept our stock of patient snacks). To say I was initially too stunned to speak didn't even begin to cover my shock at that moment. And because I was I tired and cranky - with the milk I pumped during my 12 hour shift now contaminated, having sat out on the counter for God knows how long, I took great pleasure enlightening them about the origin of their choice of coffee condiment. All but one of them spat it out into the sink looking rather green, but one continued drinking his coffee unperturbed in the least. Afterward I felt a tad bit guilty as they were a pathetic looking bunch, appearing like they hadn't slept in days, guzzling that coffee down like it was the elixir of life itself. But since I now going home empty handed to a hungry, squalling infant with only limited surplus milk on hand my sympathy was somewhat limited. I had worked as a PCT at that same hospital for 3 years before I graduated and I wrongly assumed I'd seen everything - apparently not.
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    I’m burnt out

    I worked for the largest medical center in town when I was a new grad. They had a staffing office that called everyday I was off and I swear they must have had algorithms of what to say if you said no. No ride? We'll send a cab. No childcare? We have a daycare option. Your busy? How about a later shift then. This was in the days before caller ID (before cellphones and home computers) so you had to answer the phone to know who was calling (then again none of my friends called at 5 am either). It went on all day long. Eventually I stopped answering the phone altogether. I felt bad but they certainly didn't.
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    I've Got Bugs in My Bed and I Don't Know...How to Get Rid of Them

    OMG! What fantastic article!!! Many thanks for the very best no nonsense, practical and low cost bedbug eradication plan I've ever seen. I work telephone triage with the largest majority of our patients being very low income (i.e., the working poor). Many call for appointments with providers for bites, but eradicating these virulent pests from the home isn't often addressed in the clinics. Many call for repeat appointments bringing in all family members -- many of our patients and their families don't always have even an extra dollar to spare, so cost efficiency is an absolute must. I made screen shots this article and downloaded the pictures to my work computer because it is superior to what we have in our protocol. Thanks so much!
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    Drug Use and Abuse: Perspectives of A Teen User Part 3

    OWe did quite a bit of acid in high school in the early 80's - not a memory I am proud of, nor would I have been happy had my son followed suit. Nothing awful happened, but the inability to sleep for 12 hr's, gigantic pupils, and laugh lines from constantly laughing were not that fun either. On a side note, my parent's were hippies from the days of Haight-Ashbury summer of love days - they had quite a few friends amongst the interesting and famous of the day. One such friend was a psychiatrist they knew back in the city of Cambridge, MA where we had been living at the time in the early 70's. My parents had been gifted a dose of pharmaceutical grade LSD they had received their psychiatrist friend he had for "research" (apparently be researched on himself). They all took the acid and went to a Rolling Stones or Who concert at the original Boston Garden ... my mom told me "the shrink" as he was lovingly monikered, bought the jacket, hat and tray of the roving concessions seller and quickly vanished into the crowd. My parents somehow got separated too. My mom told me she was walking on the ground floor between shows when she looked up into the stands and spots a frisby sailing lazily toward her. She said she was rooted to the spot and it whacked her between the eyes. From some reason my mom decided it was my dad's fault that it happened, and spent the remainder of the concert once the 3 of them met up again not speaking to my bemused dad.
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    Finally recieved received more communication

    I did my time when home computers were rare, and cellphones didn't exist yet. Things were more straightforward. Now it seems like there are a lot of added steps with attached trip wires and hidden mine fields. It's toe the line precisely or ... BOOM! To get through a program like this you must become OCD: document, document, document. Follow everything specified exactly to the letter. To beat it I viewed it as if it were a mental chess game of endurance - who can be the more persistent? I used to think my very OCD behavior of "dot every I, and cross every T" (then triple check it) mentality came from nursing school - it didn't. It came from successfully completing a diversion option program. That tendency is reflected in my charting, and co-workers to this day still ask me about it constantly. I am not going to enlighten them of it's origin. I still shudder to think after following all the rules exactly that when the end came they didn't want to let me go, but had no reason not to. I also swore they would NEVER have me again.
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    8 Work From Home Jobs

    Don't forget telephone triage. Best. Job. Ever. Wearing jammies while doing it - at home.
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    Stethoscope Tubing

    You'll find it after you stop looking. Isn't that the way life is?