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  1. firstyearstudent

    Med Error

    What do you mean, "make it past 5"? I've been a nurse for three years now and, on my floor, we don't eavesdrop on other people's telephone conversations and report other people's medication errors. If that makes me a bad nurse, then so be it.
  2. firstyearstudent

    Am I approaching this in the wrong way?

    I used to worry about this kind of stuff, then I realized that if I was ever included in their group I'd be bored out of my skull. Who wants to listen to some idiot talk about the slacks she tried on a Target?
  3. firstyearstudent

    Thank you food from nursing students

    Luna bars!!!!
  4. firstyearstudent

    Med Error

    I'd stay out of it unless this guy makes a lot of errors. He knows he made an error. I'm sure he feels terrible about it. People make mistakes -- even people in the medical profession who know they need to be careful. Why do they make mistakes? Because they're incompetent, or because they're human? When you become a nurse you'll see how easy it is to screw up.
  5. firstyearstudent

    Favorite Dr or Nurse Name

    I knew a Jamaican nurse named Comfort.
  6. firstyearstudent

    Nursing Superstitions?

    A lot of the nurses on my unit believe that one of the rooms is bad luck and that if a patient gets assigned there it is more likely they will die.
  7. firstyearstudent

    Is this "normal"?

    I've been practicing for three years. Most of the time I'm on top of this stuff, but some shifts you can just get so tangled up in minutae that you lose sight of the big picture (or am I wrong about this?). I don't know. Maybe what I should do is, after getting report and before passing meds go through all the procedures that are supposed to be done and get on the phones and make sure all the departments have the patient on the schedule and what time. I just kept expecting them to come do the echo and they didn't and I didn't catch on until change of shift. This was also the weekend and the department may not have even been staffed... Anyway, even if I don't forget something I always feel like there is too much for me to juggle and remember. I make obsessive checklists but maybe I'm just too absent minded.
  8. firstyearstudent

    Is this "normal"?

    Yeah, but the problem was it was supposed to be done before the end of the shift because of the chemo later...
  9. firstyearstudent

    Help Needed Guys!!!!Plzzz

    What are you talking about? I never stop the IV machine when hanging a piggyback....
  10. firstyearstudent

    What does it mean to be a nurse

    Lately, I've been looking at being a nurse as a little bit like being a garage mechanic.
  11. firstyearstudent

    Is this "normal"?

    I don't know if I am just not cut out to be a nurse or this is par for the course. About one out of every 20 shifts I realize that there is something important that I forgot to do. I just get so busy sometimes things fall through the cracks. I try to stay as organized as I can but...I don't know. The last shift I worked I forgot to do follow up to make sure the patient got her Echo (she didn't) and they needed get a baseline before starting chem. She had about five procedures ordered.
  12. firstyearstudent

    HELP!!!! All the nursing nurses...

    I went back to work when my baby was four months old and she is seven months now and I am still breastfeeding and pumping at work. Fortunately, my unit is not super-duper chaotic and I have only missed a pumping session a few times. Basically, I come into work and have set up a pumping station in a room that no one uses. I run in there every three hours and pump. It usually takes about 5-7 minutes. I clock in and out for lunch but usually don't actually take it since I take these breaks to pump. I hold my own pager and just let the patients wait. Once or twice I have had to run out in the middle of pumping and take care of something that I couldn't let wait. Another thing I have done to help is try not to work more than one day at a time, that way my supply does not get low from pumping and missing pumping sessions. Floating, however, has turned into a nightmare.
  13. firstyearstudent

    why no tylenol before blood cultures drawn?

    I've never heard of holding Tylenol. We don't do this on our unit. We also don't "hold" antibiotics. We do the blood culture before giving antibiotics but, if for some reason we couldn't do a timely blood culture, we'd still give the antibiotics. Our policy is to start antibiotics within an hour of temp/suspected infection.
  14. firstyearstudent

    Uniforms and dress codes

    I think if the hospital wants employees to wear something in particular, they should give it to you at the very, very least. Ideally, they should also wash it for you.
  15. firstyearstudent

    Where is the caring and advocacy for ME when I really need it????

    How terrible.
  16. firstyearstudent

    Is nursing your second career?

    I'm regretting it a little now. Heh heh. I'm wondering if I shouldn't have gotten a masters in something instead of an ADN. Yeah, nobody cares if you have a bachelor's in something else. I don't think I'm that less educated than a BSN nurse. As far as I can tell they only have a few more classes than I do.