Patient: Look, a sad moth.
Psychiatric Nurse: chuck the moth out of the window, put it out of its misery.
Patient: Throw me out of the window, put me out of my misery.
This legit happened #animal rights
(credit to GWeN)
Anonymous said: This is random, but I found this on another Medblr and thought it would be interesting to ask from a nurse's prospective!: What Starbucks drink represents what kind of nurse?
Oh my gosh. This is one of the most unique questions I’ve ever heard. Also, my classmates and I had a blast figuring this out.
DISCLAIMER: These are meant to be funny - I do not mean any offense and I am aware that there are a variety of personalities in every specialty. If you have any additions or funny combos, message me!
Passion tea - (pink, light, fruity/sweet) OB nurse
Vanilla bean frappucino - (sweet, frothy, filling) Peds nurse
Vanilla latte - (generally good, medium flavor) Med surg nurse
Espresso - (strong, bitter, full of flavor) ER nurse
Americano - (just as strong as espresso but not as intense) ICU nurse
Red eye - (shot in black coffee, very strong, unique) Flight nurse
Pumpkin spice latte - (comforting, sweet, classic) Hospice nurse
Skinny vanilla latte - (medium flavor, no extras) Dermatology nurse
Black coffee - (strong flavor, no unhealthy additives) Bariatrics nurse
Decaf coffee- (no caffeine, full taste) Cardio nurse
Hot chocolate - (sweet, reminiscent, comforting) Gerontology nurse
Milk steamer - (enough said) Lactation nurse
Chai - (comforting, warm, with a bit of spice) NICU nurse
Green tea - (antioxidants) Oncology nurse
Soda - (new, untested, novel) Travel nurse
I talked to my mom a few days ago, and I told her I get why Dad was tired all the time now, but I how I really didn’t understand why he didn’t just leave his job sooner.
My father worked at a Level 1 Trauma Center on a busy step-down surgical unit. He stayed at that job for 10 years, but when I think about his last few years at that job, I know now that my dad was exhibiting signs of burn out.
My dad’s older coworkers (as in the ones who were the same age as him) had nothing but praise for his hard work. That was when paper charts were still the norm. When EPIC became the standard, my father who is technologically inept…I think he had a hard time adjusting. While he still managed to put everything into the chart, apparently it wasn’t “where it was supposed to be.” It didn’t help that the hospital (and system) he worked for was putting in for Magnet Status — the coveted nurse recognition award that says that hospital (or system) has awesome nurses, that the facility is great, that the facility goes above and beyond. I think now the whole Magnet thing is a bit of a marketing stunt because really, only the nurses know what it means. All the public hears (or sees) are the various Joint Commission and Magnet stickers on websites and hospital walls. I highly doubt the public at large who aren’t health professionals understand let alone care about said recognitions.
That said, I think that was the beginning of the end of my father’s nursing career. A new director plus situations where in nursing school, the RN is in the right, but in the real world, where customer service now has priority, lead to an early and forced retirement.
One of my teachers in nursing school was a manager at the hospital where my dad worked. When she talked about how they were trying to rid the nurses who were reluctant to change, I thought of my dad, and how much I didn’t want to be a manager. I wouldn’t make a very good leader or manager based on my inability to stand firm or make these kinds of difficult decisions.
I look back and I think about things going on at home when my dad had just started working there. I think about the frustrations and issues that were visible in my parents’ marriage and how my brother and I were just picking up on my mom’s frustrations. If I could go back and change things then, I would’ve shaken my younger self. I would’ve told myself that Dad was having a hard time at work, that I need to have more patience with Dad, and I shouldn’t be such a brat.
I know there were other things that probably affected my Dad’s work. Things at home kinda sucked. Apologizing isn’t something any of us really excel at (my father has stated he doesn’t apologize because it’s simply understood). My brother, I think, is better in sync with Dad than me. That said, I can’t stand my mother’s emotional outbursts, and I wish I could channel my father’s calm demeanor, minus the trolling.
My father’s experience, now that I work the floor, makes me think twice about my decision in nursing school to pursue my BSN and not go further. Yeah, there’s more money involved, but there’s also the trade off in the change of stress. I could do other things that didn’t just always have me passing meds and dealing with 3-6 irate patients at the same time.
If I could change my past self, I would do it in a heartbeat.
I was tagged by coffeestainedanchors
1. I had this fascination with eggs when I was little.
2. I try to stay very controlled with my emotions. I don’t become passionate about many things outwardly. Becoming “excited” has gotten me into trouble in the past.
3. I neither like Coke nor Pepsi, but I can tolerate Coke products more.
4. I have anxiety about my new job.
5. I’m trying to fix my innate passive-aggressiveness.