The collective response to Nurses’ Week:– (and staff meetings… and in-services… contact hours… CEUs…)
My Day Was Worse Than Yours: 10 Things To Remember... →
mydaywasworsethanyours: 1. Say “hi” to your coworkers when you arrive at the beginning of your shift. It’s not really nice to ask for help when you didn’t even say “good morning.” 2. If you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it. 3. Make friends with as many people as possible (other RNs, transporters,… Love this!
Reading the social worker’s case notes:–
lungfanatic asked: As a NICU respiratory therapist, I have to hand it to you and other NICU nurses! You're the best. I learn something new from the staff every day and every delivery!
Every NICU nurse ever. Seriously.–
Anonymous asked: Pls post more often! I'm sure you're busy but I'm a new nicu nurse (still on orientation) and these posts make my day.
HAPPY NURSES WEEK!– This is what each and every nurse should be receiving this week: I hope that you get it in some form.
What I imagine babies see when nurses peek under the isolette covers…–
When attendings from different specialties are arguing about the best course of...– … and I’m just standing there like:
The Evolution of the New Nurse: Part X…– Post-shift commiseration with your fellow new nurses…
When you hear a nurse tell off a doctor
When the nurse giving report tells you, ‘Oh… and there’s...– On the inside: On the outside:
The Evolution of the New Nurse Part IX…– Every new nurse in the break-room during a particularly bad shift… you know the one. When you feel like you didn’t get anything right all day…
When parents/visitors walk around barefoot in their baby’s room…–
Nurse: The baby’s respiratory rate is 100 +– Doc: It’s okay… you can keep PO feeding them
The Evolution of the New Nurse Part VIII…– When you ace a procedure or question that you’re sure your preceptor thought you would screw up…
Anonymous asked: Hello! Im 14 years old & Ive decided that I want to be a NICU Nurse about a year ago. I stumbled across your blog and it has only motivated me more to work harder in school. My only problem is that I can be very sensitive at times and everyone says Id never be able to work this job because of how I would react to losing a baby. My response is always "I know it will happen at least once...
When the doc won’t renew your PRN methadone order…–
When you were right (and the doc was wrong)...
On the outside: On the inside:
Anonymous asked: Love, love LOVE your posts!! I can definitely relate to them, and have already experienced many of them in my five months as a NICU nurse. Thanks for the smiles :)
When you didn’t realize there were parents in that pitch-dark room at...–
When the order reads: "Please hold pt upright for...
The dream-scape of a NICU nurse...
The evolution of the new nurse... Part VII
Preceptor: “Okay, new nurse, I’ve got to leave the floor for just a little bit… I should be back in oh… about an hour…” New Nurse: Preceptor:
When everyone you meet asks:
“So… now that you work with babies all the time it must really make you want to start having your own, right?”
When a visitor thinks they know more than the...
(who by the way has been working with this baby for six months…)
adventuresinnursing2: And it’s always the baby whose SpO2 sats swing all night as well… a symphony, if you will, of binging (that I will hear in my sleep for days), that will have me up and nearly gowned just as the baby recovers and the monitor stops… I need a really long stick or something…
When the interns aren’t moving fast enough in a code…–
The evolution of the new nurse... Part VI
So, new nurse, you’ve been on the unit for a little while now. How is it going for you?
WHEN I'M TRYING TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE FOR MY PATIENT...
whatshouldwecallnursing: because they’re all just like,
The evolution of the new nurse... Part V
New Nurse vs. Preceptor:
When you realize that crying baby is your...
Parent: "That's not how the other nurse did it."
Later that same day…
The evolution of the new nurse... Part IV
Being a new nurse is the most exciting time of your career! Enjoy every minute of it! New Nurse: Every nurse you meet with more than one year of experience: “Oh! You’re new…”
Thanks so much, everyone! I am blown away by how many people have found this little ‘ol adventure into post-shift decompression entertaining. (and thanks to quinnaverycrafts for being #100… sorry there’s no door prize!)
What I want to do when the parents...
… who are about to take their baby home don’t get up for cares…
The evolution of the new nurse... Part III
Remember, new nurse, ask lots of questions. This is the time for you to learn. We’re here to help. Preceptor: New Nurse:
Getting floated to another unit...
When you finally get to sit down at 5 o'clock...
Leaving work after you survive one of "those...
Especially when you know you’re not back for a whole week.
That one co-worker who acts like every unit/policy...
… was made to exclusively ruin their life…
When the doc is excited...
… about a successful course of treatment you suggested three days ago…
On peds rotation
whatshouldwecallmedschool: And my attending is like… It’s always funny to watch docs/nurses rotate through when you can tell they SO do not want to work with babies.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MY FRIENDS.
Spend it wisely. Thanks for all the follows, likes, and laughs! I hope everyone is having a wonderful whatever-it-is-you-celebrate day! May 2012 finish out beautifully for you and I hope you have a brilliant start to 2013. If you’re doubting that - just remember we survived the Mayan Apocalypse; that’s saying something.
The evolution of the new nurse... Part II
Welcome, New Nurse, to your unit. Feel free to get acquainted with your co-workers. After all, you’ll spend more time with these people than your own family. New Nurse (especially when you meet other new nurses.) Preceptor:
When you do something successfully for the first...
… but no one is around to see it… (this is me in the mirror)
Trying to get a view on surgery
When I flip to days to hang out with...