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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Free Medical Spanish to English Translation Card for Nurses

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I created a new page with a link to a resource for nurses.  It’s a free medical Spanish to English and English to Spanish translation card for nurses to use for free.  You can see and download it for free at this Bedpans page.

Burnout

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I’ve just figured out why “burnout” is such an apt description of what happens to a nurse.

Four weeks ago I had a particularly frustrating patient.  She wanted her drugs and she wanted them now.  The doctor, correctly, refused her.  She came up to the nurses’ station to (once again) beg me for drugs. I refused her.  She started yelling at me and telling me, “If you hate your job, you should just quit.”

I told her, “I love my job. And I’m really good at it.”

And then it hit me like a sledgehammer.  “Oh, my gosh. I hate my job!  When did this happen?”

It was such a sad realization because I used to really love my job. I’d look at the old, dried up nurses and I knew I never wanted to be them.  I told my husband that if I ever hated my job and was that dejected about my profession to make me quit.

And just like that, it happened.  I can’t walk away just yet but  I have my application in to some other positions.    The thing about “burnout” is, once a bulb burns out, it’s done.  There is no going back.

A deadly bedpan?

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I came across a horrible news story today.  It’s a nursing home story that involves a bedpan. Apparently a nursing home resident was left on a bedpan for 24 hours.  He developed a sore that ended up killing him.  Oddly, the person who put him on the bedpan is the owner of the nursing home.  I find that very odd.  In nursing homes the aides do pretty much everything.  While there has to be a registered nurse on staff, the nurse does very little patient care.  When a nurse does interact with a patient, it’s usually to do something that aides are not certified to do such as give a medication or do a physical assessment.  So why is the owner, of all people, putting a patient on a bedpan at all?

According to the article I read, the incident occurred on Christmas Day. Perhaps they were so short on staff the owner had to come in?  Were staffing levels dangerously low?

The owner was convicted today of felony abuse.  It won’t bring back the patient, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Haitian Style

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You know you’re in Haiti when:
You see a homemade donkey saddle
The plunger is a natural part of going to the bathroom
When your translator pokes a topless lady in the breast and no one is offended