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SDALPN specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

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Thanks for the engineer's perspective on it. . .that thought crossed my mind too - they covered that in vent class. People sometimes get unusual notions that were originally based on a kernel of truth. I even had a nurse tell me that her forgetting to plug the vent in after an outing was actually a good thing because it discharged the battery. Ahhh, no. Anyway I'm in awe of the people who create these machines.

I'm greatful for people like you! There is no way I would do your job. I don't have the patience to deal with patients. :geek:

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I think your comment is very negative.

Couldn't be....she's The_Optimist! :-)

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CloudySue has 6 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing.

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Every time she works she claims pt had a seizure. Pt never had one on mine or any other nurses shift in years.

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Maybe the nurse's nutty behavior triggers the ct to seize. ;)

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CloudySue has 6 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing.

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I find it so odd that she documents freakin' everything, but has no basic common sense about the things that matter. Faulty critical thinking skills, which has the potential for danger. The parents need to be proactive to protect their child.

That being said, one thing I don't believe in sabotaging a person's livelihood. That sounds sneaky and mean to get the other nurses and the parents to gang up on this nurse. If I don't like what a nurse is doing and the parents are reluctant to dismiss her, it's not my job to take an active role to cause her termination. It's just bad karma.

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SaoirseRN has 8+ years experience.

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To me it sounds like she spends so much time and energy on things that don't matter, that she is likely to miss the signs of something that does.

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Purely Hypothetical.

Say, you had someone (a daughter, favorite niece or someone) on the volleyball team and she had a player that was trying her best but just not up to your person's standards. Would you advice that she clandestinely work to get the girl off the team?

Could you stand to tell her anything else?

Again, purely hypothetical.

You are comparing apples with oranges. This is not relevant to the OP.

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nekozuki has 5 years experience as a LPN and specializes in Pediatrics.

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"Pink lips. Pt had small bowel movement, exact weight of feces 0.2kg, buttocks wiped with 5 baby wipes per doctor's order, 2 cm pink anus, diaper secure with 2 tabs per side. Pink lips" - super nurse

I just spit out my drink laughing. You owe me a new keyboard!

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

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Certain nurses are just so obnoxious. I came in to work to find that this nurse I work with has done even more to annoy me.

The humidifier tubing is due to be changed once a week, drainage bag twice a week. I changed the tubing on the scheduled day. Come back in to work and she changed it a day later because the drainage bag was due to be changed. But she left the tubing too short so it was pulling on my pts neck. Plus she doesn't get that we will run outif she keeps going through supplies like that. She's so anal, to the point that she documents every shift that there is antibacterial soap and paper towels!! Ok, that's a bit much to me. She has it on the maintenance sheet to check the smoke alarms daily...again, a bit much. But yet, she documents some of the maintenance on the MAR and some on the maintenance sheet. She writes in every month on the MAR a place to initial for changing the gauze and felt the need to get an order for that. Its nursing discretion and already on the 485 for us to do that. We have an order on the MAR to spot check o2 every 2 hours and she has to add on the MAR "document on the flow sheet every two hours"....really?....every case we have we are required to document every hour on the flow sheet and we just record the vs as ordered without all the over kill. She is supposed to do all of the ordering for supplies but doesn't have a clue and we always run out because she doesn't call until we are out of something. The office has told all of us that we aren't allowed to order supplies and that only she can call. She got an order for us to wash our hands and had it documented that the soap was safe to use for the nurses. Again, really? I thought hand washing was a given. She makes the pt get up at the start of the 7a shift even when nothing is going on for the day. She won't let the pt who likes to sleep in get rest. The family stays up late on weekends, holidays, etc and it doesn't matter if the kid was up until 3am because that nurse is going to have her up at 7. She documents the angle every time the pt adjusts the level of the HOB and the pt adjusts the HOB sometimes every 5 min. She even documents what position the fan is in on the floor and at what speed it is running.

Every time I come in to work she has changed something. Great if its a necessary change! But 9 times out of 10, its ridiculous changes. She managed to get the office to agree to leaving the sxn machine unplugged until it dies before plugging it in. I refuse to work with a dying sxn machine. I leave it plugged in and charged because anything could happen. Policy is that the machine is plugged in or charged, but she still managed to get the director to agree. The director isn't a nurse and has no clue. I challenged the sxn machine issue and was told I had to do it the crazy nurses way. I still won't and I continue to document that the machine is charged and plugged in at the end of my shift to cover for myself.

The family complains to me that the nurse is always on the phone with the office about something. No case requires constant contact with the office like the family is claiming. The family says the nurse will give o2 just because when the pox was being turned on, a low number showed for a split second, but the pt before o2 will show a sat of 100% consistently.

Everything is overkill and its driving me crazy!

This is one of the funniest posts I've ever seen. Documenting about the speed of the fan?!?!

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

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Yep, this nurse charts pages and pages too. Really unnecessary! Pink lips repeatedly is funny!

The nurse had to add "may alternate Tylenol and Motrin". Both meds are PRN. If they couldn't be given like that, it wouldn't be on there. Same when the kid was on narcotics. We had the PRN Tylenol order. She had to call the Dr to ask if it was ok to give the Tylenol while the pt had codeine in her system. The Dr knows the meds and orders the kid has. She got an order for us to hold the TF when the kid throws up...last time I checked, it was nursing discretion and expected that the TF is held or stopped when a pt throws up.

I really wouldn't be surprised if she asked for orders to wipe the kids bottom when she has a BM!! It could be fun to make up stuff for her to call for orders for...she would probably do it and then look silly.

Don't give her any ideas.

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PMFB-RN has 16 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response.

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Certain nurses are just so obnoxious. I came in to work to find that this nurse I work with has done even more to annoy me.

The humidifier tubing is due to be changed once a week, drainage bag twice a week. I changed the tubing on the scheduled day. Come back in to work and she changed it a day later because the drainage bag was due to be changed. But she left the tubing too short so it was pulling on my pts neck. Plus she doesn't get that we will run outif she keeps going through supplies like that. She's so anal, to the point that she documents every shift that there is antibacterial soap and paper towels!! Ok, that's a bit much to me. She has it on the maintenance sheet to check the smoke alarms daily...again, a bit much. But yet, she documents some of the maintenance on the MAR and some on the maintenance sheet. She writes in every month on the MAR a place to initial for changing the gauze and felt the need to get an order for that. Its nursing discretion and already on the 485 for us to do that. We have an order on the MAR to spot check o2 every 2 hours and she has to add on the MAR "document on the flow sheet every two hours"....really?....every case we have we are required to document every hour on the flow sheet and we just record the vs as ordered without all the over kill. She is supposed to do all of the ordering for supplies but doesn't have a clue and we always run out because she doesn't call until we are out of something. The office has told all of us that we aren't allowed to order supplies and that only she can call. She got an order for us to wash our hands and had it documented that the soap was safe to use for the nurses. Again, really? I thought hand washing was a given. She makes the pt get up at the start of the 7a shift even when nothing is going on for the day. She won't let the pt who likes to sleep in get rest. The family stays up late on weekends, holidays, etc and it doesn't matter if the kid was up until 3am because that nurse is going to have her up at 7. She documents the angle every time the pt adjusts the level of the HOB and the pt adjusts the HOB sometimes every 5 min. She even documents what position the fan is in on the floor and at what speed it is running.

Every time I come in to work she has changed something. Great if its a necessary change! But 9 times out of 10, its ridiculous changes. She managed to get the office to agree to leaving the sxn machine unplugged until it dies before plugging it in. I refuse to work with a dying sxn machine. I leave it plugged in and charged because anything could happen. Policy is that the machine is plugged in or charged, but she still managed to get the director to agree. The director isn't a nurse and has no clue. I challenged the sxn machine issue and was told I had to do it the crazy nurses way. I still won't and I continue to document that the machine is charged and plugged in at the end of my shift to cover for myself.

The family complains to me that the nurse is always on the phone with the office about something. No case requires constant contact with the office like the family is claiming. The family says the nurse will give o2 just because when the pox was being turned on, a low number showed for a split second, but the pt before o2 will show a sat of 100% consistently.

Everything is overkill and its driving me crazy!

*** I agree with previous posters, This IS hilarious! She sounds crazy to me. It's also obvious she has never been to court to testify. If she had she would know the folly of all her useless charting.

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You are comparing apples with oranges. This is not relevant to the OP.

I looked to be sure that I quoted you. That was in direct response to your post. Not the OP's.

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