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So...What Kind of Nursing Task Do You LIKE?

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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I work as a CNA so I don't do all the stuff nurses do, obviously, but I really like the following tasks:

Really nice list....all the things!

I think I'd enjoy working with you. It sounds like the things you enjoy are because you love patient care and we need more of that.

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Adele_Michal7 has 5 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Pediatric.

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I also realized I really like cleaning anything.

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Ambition13 has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Telemetry, Hospice, Rehab, LTC.

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Wound care, IM injections, patient and family education, and discharge teaching. I love to educate patients and talk to them about their disease process, life, and current events, lol. Unfortunately at times due to our hectic shift, we nurses don't have enough time to it. ☺

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NursesRmofun is a ASN, RN and specializes in Registered Nurse.

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I used to work with a CNA who would grab me and we would wash down the patients like they were boats, first one side, roll, then the other, tons of soap and buckets of water. The room got soaked and the patient was always squeaky clean. Great feeling.

Bedbaths are some of my favorite care. Haven't done one in a long time....too long.

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Natkat has 8 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in dialysis.

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I love, love, LOVE cannulating fistulas. I love feeling that "pop" and seeing the flash. It's so gratifying. Even more fun is cannulating buttonhole sites. You have to remove the scabs from the site before putting the needles in, and the needles come with a little tool just for that purpose. It's so fun to sit there and pick at their scab until it comes off.

And I love it when the patients tell me I don't hurt them. I have a knack for this and I have no idea why. If I knew I would teach everyone. I know the patients really appreciate it.

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Dressing changes. Nothing more satisfying than nice, pristine, white, labeled and dated dressings.

I also very much enjoy providing care to those facing end of life and to their families.

I like helping post CABG patients start getting past their fears and getting them up to chair for meals, ambulating in the hallway, taking their first shower, learning to clean their incision. Very satisfying.

I like placing Foley catheters.

I love making patients laugh.

I enjoy bonding with the "difficult" family member. Well. I used to. Pretty burned out these days, but it used to satisfy me a lot.

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Natkat has 8 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in dialysis.

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I work as a CNA so I don't do all the stuff nurses do, obviously, but I really like the following tasks:

*I actually don't mind cleaning super gnarly poop, mostly because I have a superhuman tolerance for nasty and as a result I get these looks of utter shock and awe from gagging coworkers because I'm wiping, humming, and making chit chat with the patient while some inhuman stench is raping the air.

*Catching a clinical sign or symptom that is important that no one else noticed :)

*Being able to calm and/or connect with a patient that hates almost everyone

*Emptying urinary drainage bags (I know, weird... I think it's because there's nothing subjective about it. When I'm done I can say with confidence that I didn't mess it up, plus I like the clicky noise the foley makes when it locks back into the bag *hahaha!*)

*Putting patients on telemetry, I love getting all the stickies lined up, filling out the telemetry request form and faxing it off :)

*Feeding patients

*When I'm one of the only ones able to understand what a patient is saying who has trouble speaking, it feels awesome to see the frustration melt from the patient's face

*Winning over an abusive/crabby patient to the point that they say, "thank you" and are excited to see you come on shift

*Preparing Blood collection kits (placing the tubes, the gauze, the butterfly, etc. into the baggie and collecting blood when I can get a good stick) :)

*Placing catheters, nothing better than seeing that first bit of pee flow!

*Sending stuff off through the tube system *WHOOOSH*

*Stocking supply carts (not sure if this is a nursing task, but I really like doing it... I can organize things, and again, it's something where I KNOW I did a good job when I'm done lol)

i don't even know you and I love you. I can see how the whole tone of a unit would improve with you around. You make all the difference to us. You are very important. Thank you.

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I loved pediatric oncology. The emotion risks were great, but there's no satisfaction like beating leukemia in a child and realizing that they've got a rich and full life before them. One patient I cared for as 10-month-old baby now runs three nail salons.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

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I loved pediatric oncology. The emotion risks were great, but there's no satisfaction like beating leukemia in a child and realizing that they've got a rich and full life before them. One patient I cared for as 10-month-old baby now runs three nail salons.

That is AWESOME. :D

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