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  • Nursing challenges

    22 posts, 14 voices, 1340 views, started Oct 7, 2008

    Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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      What areas of nursing do you ladies work in? What are some of the challenges you face?



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          Sunshine68 wrote Oct 8, 2008
        • HI,I am a NICU (neonatal nurse) and my new challenge is the new generation (21-24).I have been in the field for 23 years and this new group drives me nuts. Especially the comments about not wanting to “be just a bedside nurse” I like taking care of my babies.Any tips for  dealing  with the “baby” nurses who think they know it all...at least they think they know more than me .....Sunshine



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          Katee wrote Oct 9, 2008
        • My background in in neuro nursing 14 years.  8 years ago I went to the best kept secret at our hospital Endoscopy!  I know it sounds weird but it has worked for me.  I love our department and the work we do the hours aren’t bad either!
          I am an educator for our unit so I do bedside and education for the nurses.  Our biggest challenge right now seems to be computerized charting and administrations wonderful ideas on how things should be documented and completed.  It seems like every day there is some new idea that makes no sense and nobody consulted the direct care RN’s.  I am not talking about just in the Endo department but on the Med surg floors mostly.  I know I could not work the floors again because of all the computerized documenting.  I can use a computer don’t get me wrong but it should not take 5 minutes to sign on to document one set of vital signs!  A clipboard and flow sheet always worked quick and simple for me.



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          Sunshine68 wrote Oct 9, 2008
        • We went to computers this January and to EMar (computrized medication records)this week.They said 6 monthsinto computerized charting we would never know how we lived without it.I remember and I miss my paper!!



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          Shelley Spehn wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • I have been a nurse at a local hospital for almost 27 years. My areas have been Gyn/med-surg,surgery,telemetry for 22 years and now I work in the CCU, we have a wide range of patients from Open heart to general med surg. It is very challenging as well as interesting. The longer I work there the more I realize how much I do not know. I like the interactions with the patients families and the MD’s. I feel like I am more respected and make a difference now more than ever. Especially when I have a patient and their family come back to see me. I feel fulfilled. On the other hand it can be the most frustrating and tragic place to be.



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          Shari Tenner wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • I have been a nurse since 1979.  I love all things surgical and find myself at present running a surgical practice.  I do a lot more of the administrative stuff than I like, but do lots of patient teaching.  My favorite OR job was in the ortho department.  All those tools and patients needing joint replacement who were so happy to be helped.  I am currently going to school online at Drexel to complete my BSN and then go on for my MSN.  I don’t really know what I’ll do when done, but that’s the long term goal...



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          Shelley Spehn wrote Oct 12, 2008
        • Education is something no one can take away from you. Good for you! I have envisions of going back also.



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          Ellyse01 wrote Oct 13, 2008
        • I’ve been a nurse for 12 years.  I am an BSN prepared RN who started in Surgical Cardiac Telemetry unit then transferred to ER where I worked for 5 years before going into nursing leadership/management where I now work and have been for the last 5 plus years.  I definitely feel I have found my “niche” in nursing and enjoy the team building and supportive role I play in the nursing field.  My biggest challenge as a Nurse manager is limitations I have being in middle management to make financial or strategic decisions that I know will improve systems. Last year I received my MBA and hope this will open doors and allow me to pursue and secure an executive level position for an organization where I can utilize all my experience and skills.



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          Ellyse01 wrote Oct 15, 2008
        • thanks empower!  worked hard for it...hopefully it will pay off.



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          Angela Lintz wrote Oct 25, 2008
        • Hi all...just joined Fab 40 today.  I’m a nurse director in Macon, Ga. My biggest challenge is staying proficient in my skills, so, just in case I need to be at the bedside again, I will be able to.  Angela



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          Ghislaine Smith wrote Oct 26, 2008
        • Ladies, I am not a nurse but I applaud each of you for the EXCELLENT WORK that you do.  

          I have a son with Sickle Cell Anemia (SS) and for 16 years have been back & forth to the hospital.  I just admire your dedication and the love that you express to each patient.

          Unfortunately, you might not be appreciated as you are by the patient by your Supervisors/Directors.

          I do RESPECT EACH OF YOU and wish you the best in your career.



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          Dennie05 wrote Oct 26, 2008
        • Thank you for your kind words, Savedaily.  Nursing is a calling in itself.  Many days, depending on where you work and your area of expertise, there are many challenges and victories.  I just try to do my best, be the patient’s advocate and when I lay my head down at the end of the day...think I did the best I could with the situation.  Somedays it happens, somedays it doesn’t.  But isn’t that true in anything that you do?



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          Najah Tamimi wrote Aug 15, 2009
        • As I am approaching my one year anniversary of being an RN at a med/surg floor I find myself disappointed with the field.  While I love nursing, lets just say it’s not the Florence Nightingale image they painted in nursing school.  I’ve been overwhelmed by the 9:1 nurse/patient ratio and the shortness of staff on my unit.  I feel as if I’m a drug dealer pushing drugs to my patients basically.  Everytime I turn around 10:00 meds, 2:00 meds, 5:00 meds and so on.  There is no real quality nursing care provided.  I dread going on shift and have called in many times sick.  Lucky for me there are many fields in nursing so I’m hoping there is still something out there for me within the profession.



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          Jo46 wrote Aug 16, 2009
        • Hi everyone!  I have been a nurse since 1988.  I found my niche, and love it...I do Bone Marrow Transplant and solid organs.  I just came back to work after taking off for 4years to raise my little one, and now work part-time.  I have to say coming back to the “technology” as far as the computer, using a pixys machine for meds, and new infusion pumps was very much a challenge for me. And since coming back we are now trained for a new computer sysytem!  I’m hanging in there though!  We usually have 3 to 1 ratio for pt to nurse.  This is more then enough due to all the IV meds, blood products, chemotherapy, and such that are pts receive. I still love bedside nursing after all these years...



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          Max0125 wrote Aug 16, 2009
        • Greetings to all of my fellow nurses! I am an ICU nurse that works in an eICU where we provide backup support (ie, assist with codes and management of patients) to the ICUs we monitor. I never thought that I would have a desk job, but after experiencing a back injury, I found this oportunity. My experience is in ICU,ER and cardiac cath lab. Although I love everyone I work with, I am starting to look for something new, but I do not know what I want to do yet. My challenges in my job is the dreaded rotating shift schedule. I really want a job where I can have a normal sleep cycle since I have not had that experience in my adult life. I also want to focus on wellness and disease prevention.

          For all of you who are transitioning to e-charting, trust me, you will love it soon. The best part is that you do not have to go in search of your chart and fight with a resident over it.

          Nursing is such a great profession that you are able to do so many varied jobs and still be a nurse. I am still glad that I became a nurse!



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