Essential Tools #1: An Ode to the Hemostat
I would just like to take a moment to express my deep appreciation for my trusty dusty clamps. I never set foot onto the unit without a pair or two hanging from my scrub top, and I’ve never gone a whole shift without needing them. Whether they are kinking off IV tubing, twisting off a cap that is waaaay too tight, helping me find a leak in a chest tube, or simply holding closed a rip in my...
My favorite Mnemonics
For the 12 Cranial Nerves! Our CI taught us this one just 2 weeks ago :D Oh Oh Oh, To Touch And Feel Virgin Girl’s Vagina Seems Heavenly So funny :)) Submitted by twistedsatisfaction
5 Unhelpful People You Meet in Every Hospital →
An interesting perspective. Are there some days we can’t help but be a “Lori?” Maybe. But one day can shape someone’s entire perspective on healthcare, hospitalization, and the nursing profession. As a not-so-deep side note, I hate giving my patients the menus to fill out! They’re never correct when the meals come up.
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I could never do your job.– My patient, a second year resident It’s always nice when doctors and nurses have a mutually respectful, appreciative relationship. Remember that half of the mutuality comes from you! You represent nursing in the way you act and treat others— patients and colleagues alike.
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Officially ACLS Certified!
Bring on the rapid responses and codes, I’m ready for it! A few tips: -Regardless of the situation, the first priorities in ACLS are O2 supplementation, IV/IO access, and cardiac monitoring. As a team leader, make sure all 3 are established as you assign individual roles. -Once a patient is found without a pulse, DO NOT do regular pulse checks until an organized rhythm appears on the...
How to do CPR.
thestudentnurse: youtheillest: Hahahahaha! CAN’T EVEN! XD LMAO I’m dying. So apropos, I’m in the middle of ACLS certification.
Mnemonic for remembering carpal bones:
“Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle.” Scaphoid, Lunate, Triquetrum, Pisiform, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate, Hamate (Submitted by: ashisanurse)
I heart mnemonics, too =) One of my favorites is: parasympathetic—pillow sympathetic—oh sh*t! (Submitted by: pneupnurse)
Fetal Monitoring Mnemonic: VEAL CHOP
pneupnurse: Variable deceleration—Cord compression Early deceleration—Head compression Acceleration—Okay! Late deceleration—Poor placental perfusion This is one I haven’t heard before! I heart mnemonics, I wouldn’t have graduated from nursing school without them. My favorite has to be the one to remember which cranial nerves do what: “Some Say Marry Money, But My...
What It’s Like To Be a Nurse →
wallflower: For those of you struggling... →
zlisted: Allow your heart to dream, for God has a plan for you, but don’t forget where you are now and what your job is for today. Love with all you can and forgive more than you did yesterday. Hold on to those who truly love you, they will be the ones who will be with you for the long run, without a…
HOW TO: “Make a Flexi-Seal Actually Work”
(Or: “How To Make your Shift Less Shitty”) Ahh, the smell of fresh clostridium difficile in the morning. Contact precautions with no hand gel allowed, needing a new chux every five minutes, and being elbow deep in poop… I think the only thing worse than having a patient with c.diff is probably being a patient with c.diff. Before Fecal Management Systems (FMS) like the Flexi-Seal rectal tube,...
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We nurses drain ourselves to master caring for client’s lives and often lose...– (via aojr)
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This is an open invitation. Ask! Submit! Contribute! All forms of input are...– The Night Nurse
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Thought for the day:
I had a tough day at work today— nothing crazy, just very very busy and exhausting. This is what I thought of to make myself feel better, I hope it works for my fellow RNs out there! Another nurse on my unit is currently in a Nurse Practitioner program. She says that LIP courses require very accurate assessment skills, and that some programs even hire live professionals to act as...
Being a nurse isn’t about grades, it’s about...
No book can teach you how to cry with a patient. No class can teach you how to tell their family that their parents have died or are dying. No professor can teach you how to find dignity in giving someone a bed bath. A nurse is not about the pills or the charting. It’s about being able to love people when they are at their weakest moments.