NurseOnAMotorcycle 23,320 Views
Joined: Jan 16, '11;
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6 year(s) of experience
Med-Surg 1, Emergency 5, CEN 2/2016
It'll come. It comes with experience and sooner than you realize, you'll be one of the nurses grabbing and hanging critical care medications. It takes a while to get to that point, at least a year, and then sometimes two more before you feel so smooth that you are helping the new ones with their patients.
The problem is that we live in an instant gratification world and this level of care doesn't come the second you get hired. You can do this. Be patient and when a doctor says "start an epi drip" you can say "getting it!" and then do it with some guidance.
I once had to place a foley catheter on one of the managers where I worked!!!
But why does it have to be "Too fat or not"?
It it feels like we went straight to Cosmo instead of Scientific American.
Whats next? "12 ways to please your doctor?"
Instead of judging and making each other feel less, why don't we lift each other up and educate and encourage?
How to decompress after a traumatic experience.
Finding the impossible to find vein.
Handling escalating situations/ de-escalating techniques.
How to talk to other caregivers when they snap at you.
How to talk to patients who have just been told devastating diagnoses.
Understanding type A personalities/understanding introverts.
Orientation and what to expect.
A day in the life of X specialty, understanding the other specialties.
What to expect if you make a med error/if a patient falls/IV line infiltrates?
Why does it have to be "are you too fat to be a nurse"
How about cool tips and hacks?
For example, using a BVM on a guy with a thick beard in a code is hard. Use tegaderm to cover it to get a great seal for bagging.
Beard problems can be eliminated for BVM... - High Performance EMS | Facebook
The problem isn't the video, it's the resurrection of the old argument that opens the door for all the same old crap.
Another dose of body shaming.
Detecting and Reporting Abuse
So using a pad or liner for heavy wetters is ok then, as long as it's checked regularly and not left in all night. I mean I assume that all of those issues in the first two comments can still occurs in single briefs too if they aren't checked enough. So those aren't good defense topics for double briefing. I understand that it's not nice or morally right to leave a resident wet for too long, if you can change them and aren't busy then yes of course. But for the sake of bed strips and saving a roll on a stiff patient or some that are in the fetal position, a liner or pad inside the brief is acceptable. Cause there's nothing legally saying no it's unacceptable. It's not neglect or abuse (when changed appropriately)
Why? It's cruel and unhealthy. It causes skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, promotes UTI, yeast growth, staph infections, abrasions in the groin where the edges are rubbing against the skin. It encourages laziness among caregivers which increases the likelihood of the aforementioned complications.
I hope your coworkers do not do this! I never even attach briefs unless they are being transported out. I just leave them open under the patient. It's not illegal, it's Basic Nursing Care.
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You need one year, usually, and anywhere that you use telemetry is usually a bonus. We take people from all specialties because we get patients from all specialties that need help.
Being off of orientation does not mean that you were not allowed to ask for help. Get your LPNs and HCT's involved. Let them know that you are new and sometimes need help catching up. The good ones will help you. Hang in there, find another RN who you can talk to for help if you are getting bogged down. Like any new job, time management will come as you get more settled in.
You won't know this because you're new here, but RubyVee and Esme are two of The Most willing to give students help. RubyVee will stop to help anybody. There've been times over the years when I disagreed with her opinions but she has never lashed out in a hateful way without being truly provoked. So I have to laugh when you criticize her comments when she just gave you FOUR ways of organizing your brain sheet, and you told her she was being snide.
Seriously, just apply. The worst they can say is "not until you have more experience".
Just do it.
It was absolutely a calling for me, and I love my coworkers even if they came to it differently. We are all here doing the same job regardless of the reason it began.
As as far as burning out, I'm about to start my 7th year. Except for my first, it's all been emergency department. I feel like I'm just getting started.
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