Check out this awesome ED 💉 Brains 🧠 Pediatrics 💉 nurse ❣@nurse.monica17 ❣. Check out her "Why Nursing" story ⬇️. 🔅Like, Share, Follow🔅
🔸️I chose nursing because I wanted to serve. It's a humbling career that keeps you human and grateful. I love how many lives you can touch in this profession and how many different paths this career can take.
I dont know what I would do if I wasnt a nurse. I cant living a life doing another "job" but if I had to do it, I would love to be a motivational speaker, probably a job in Public Health serving as well. In 5 years I see myself teaching and traveling a lot more. Spending a lot more time with my two little ones. .
I would tell me: you're are just as intelligent as everyone else. You're just as deserving to be here. You are going to make it, and when you do, stay humble. Love every minute of it.
Nursing prioritization can seem like quite the beast for a nurse, especially if you work in a specialty unit like I do. I’ll break down how I prioritize my tasks throughout a shift so you can gain some insight. First of all, in my opinion, patient assessment and care come FIRST. This means assessing the ABCs and taking care of tasks that are time sensitive and cannot wait (STAT imaging, boluses, cardiac meds/Abx, respiratory treatments, etc). ✳️✳️✳️
When assessing the ABCs, make sure you actually look at your patient and don’t just go by the numbers on their monitor (but those are important too). For airway, check for obstructions, set in place aspiration precautions, evaluate need for intubation, and assess trach complications if applicable. For breathing, monitor oxygen sats, for difficulty breathing, and adjust their position if need be. For circulation, monitor BP, fluids, pulses, ECG for dysthymias, and utilize CV meds/vasopressors if needed. In addition to these, assess the patient’s mental status and LOC. If you can’t find a reason for a change in vitals, check alternative causes like BG, pain, and urinary/bowel elimination issues. ✳️✳️✳️
Once the ABCs are stable and my assessment is complete, I pass meds as they’re due, chart my documentations (lower priority, but don’t neglect this), and perform bed baths and linen changes. If the need arises to contact a physician, especially if at night, do so as early in the shift as possible and check to see if other nurses on the unit also need to speak to this doctor. They’ll appreciate it and so will the provider. If you’re in the hustle and bustle of a chaotic shift and have to delay documentation for the sake of your patient’s care, I suggest keeping a folded piece of paper in your pocket to jot down important times for events so you can chart your notes later with the utmost accuracy. Hope these tips on prioritization help! 😘
We are taught to hold back our emotions but in this job you will cry, you will get frustrated and you will need a minute to yourself. Unfortunately most nurses do not have anyone else to go to in order to talk about their feelings or emotions/fears.
Up to 14% of the nursing population will get ptsd throughout their career it's time to speak to each other and learn to feel and deal with what we are facing. Let's talk 💜
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Growing up, My grandparents were my EVERYTHING and still are the very force behind my PURPOSE in hospice, my faith, my family values, and the reason I refuse to settle for anything less than a powerful LOVE 🥰
Married 65 years Airforce, Watchmaker, Jewelers & The glue of our family, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS WITHOUT THEM!!! OH HOW I MISS THEM DAILY 😇😇
And hear their voices cheering me on~"ADDA GIRL" ♥️
Pictures are PRICELESS
In memory, my Mother posted this in their local newspaper...
Well Done mom ⚘
(She just forgot to mention their grandchildren who worshipped them, HA!) Our Lulu & Papy 🙏
In Loving Memory of Lucille Cousineau & Leonard Cousineau 4/14/1930 - 1/26/2010 8/19/1925 - 8/12/2014
Life could have taken you anywhere, but it brought you to us, your loving children, right where you were meant to be, in our minds and in our hearts. You both remain in our dreams every night until the morning light. Loving memories of you at the sea, our thoughts and prayers will always be, sent to God eternally. We love and miss you Mom and Dad Love, Your Family
Published in the TC Palm from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, 2020.
We are surrounded by so many illnesses we are taught how to treat and react to patients while caring for them. Sometimes no matter how much we go by the book it does not go the way its suppose to and we get hit and abused. Do you know how to deal with it? .
Step back and give the patient space
Give yourself a breather and get another nurse to help
Try to understand the patients perspective .
Remind yourself that it's nothing against you and that it's not always going to be like that.
(1/2) I was 16 when my grandmother passed away in that same hospice facility. Every time I left her side, for months, I intentionally stopped myself from saying “goodbye” and instead said “see you later” because I needed it to not be the end. I stopped by quickly on my way home from school, as I was giving her a hug and kissing her cheek I said, “Goodbye”. It was unintentional and I caught myself saying it immediately. .
I drove home in tears, and within hours I got a call that she had passed away. She went peacefully in her sleep, without pain, my dad and uncle with her. The nurses asked us if we would like to take a moment to share a memory and ring a gong as a way to say our goodbyes. This was my dad’s memory— She told us that they ring a bell every time somebody dies and it was driving her crazy, we thought she said it because she was already crazy, but apparently, you guys do ring a bell every time somebody dies.—we all busted up laughing and he rang the gong. .
The next time I saw somebody die I was 18. I was doing ride-alongs with the fire department as an EMT. We were called to a nursing home where a woman was in cardiac arrest. She was in her 40’s, had the tiniest body I’d ever seen. I could sense the hopelessness from the nurses, they casually mentioned that she was found unresponsive, they didn’t know how long she’d been like that. She’d just returned from being in the hospital where she had several episodes of cardiac arrest. She lived in the nursing home, unable to fully communicate her needs, without family. There was no DNR and we didn’t know what her wishes were. The EMT’s began working on her airway, hooking her up to leads, and asked me if I was ok to do compressions. I knelt by her, with little confidence, and began breaking her chest, at least that’s what it felt like. I had to beat on her chest so aggressively I felt like I was doing more damage than good. But I watched as the rhythm I was forcing lit up the EKG. Despite our efforts, she was too far gone. Her death was called, the nursing home called a funeral home and we went back to the fire station to eat dinner. .