Inaccurate Recordings

In the Legal and Ethical class I’m attending for the BSN program, the discussion forum regarding The Florida State Board of Nursing’s (SBON) rules and regulations touches on unprofessional conduct, and inaccurate documentation is an issue listed. Here are my thoughts on the issue. I have witnessed occasional inaccurate recordings in a patient’s record, especially…

Adjusting Emotionally

I’ve experienced more emotions in the 8 months of being an ER nurse, then I have in my entire 37 years of living. I love being in the ER, it’s definitely my home as a nurse, and  someday I dream of working in a busy trauma unit. However, I’m still learning how to adjust emotionally…

Happy Nurses Week 2017

I just celebrated my 2 year RN anniversary! I still feel so little and young in the world of nursing, especially in the realm of emergency nursing. There’s so much to learn, and so much more to know. Every day I walk into the hospital with my Starbuck’s coffee in hand, I put on a…

Tangled

The Easter Bunny visited the ER on Friday, and with her she brought the beginning of a slower season….hopefully. The past couple of months in the ER have been very busy, and some days insane. I’ve learned so much, and each shift I feel stronger. Sometimes I look to the medics for advice, and then…

NC

It’s been a while…. it’s been busy.I long for a day to write about the girls and Christmas break. But, for now a little break from the hustle and bustle, to enjoy some days my love, in one of our favorite spots. 

You’re Not an Octopus

Ambulance after ambulance after ambulance after ambulance lined the ambulance bay in front of the ER I work in, about 2 weeks ago. Our two sister hospitals were on divert, and our ER kept accepting the calls. Every room was filled, and the halls lined with patients on stretchers, medics, and  police officers, who watched…

ER Life

I’ve completed two weeks of work in the ED, and I LOVE it. It’s so different than the Med Surg floor I used to work on,  and there’s so many new things to learn. There’s a lot of stuff around, and sometimes I feel like a mechanic in a busy car repair shop. The industrial bright red…

First day in ER

I’m about to walk into the hospital for my first shift in the ER.  I’m excited, nervous, curious, and ready. I’ve desired to work in the ER for as long as I can remember, and I’m thrilled to be here today. Here goes…

1st Year Nurse Tip 5: Form Your Own Opinion!

During morning huddle at the nurses station, a nurses mind can quickly take over and form opinions of how his/her day will go, and images of  how the patient’s will “be”. When the Baker Act patient in 221, the “jumper” in 213, the suicide attempter in 205, the “over involved” family member in 230, the TB patient…

Emergency Room Nurse

About 6 weeks ago I applied online for an Emergency Room Internship through the hospital system I work for. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an ER nurse. I remember the days when I was young, maybe 12, when my family was gifted our first encyclopedia set. I read everything…

1st Year Nurse Tip 4: Communicate!

One thing that drives patient’s and their family members insane, is sitting in a hospital room for hours upon hours without a clue as to why they’re waiting. They just want to go home…well… some don’t, but most do. Every one minute, feels like one hour to these patient’s. A a nurse, I’m aware of…

1st Year Nurse Tip 3: PTSD?

I walk out of the hospital wondering why I forgot such a simple thing? Why didn’t I think of it? I should have thought of it. I’m awakened at 2am by my  racing heart. My anxious mind takes over, and I re-play the scene. I should’ve acted sooner. I should’ve forced my opinion and should’ve…