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Evan Eleven... - The Rancho Commons
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Evan Eleven...
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Evan turned 11 yesterday. We got together with Allie's family and went out to Golden Corral. I have to work tonight (extra shift in the Burn Unit because they don't have anyone on nights that can do charge, blahhhh) so I am going for a nap. I'll hopefully have more to add in a day or so; maybe even tonight if things go as hoped in the BU! (One or two patients, two nurses AND a nurse assistant!)
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sweet3mich From: sweet3mich Date: November 23rd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday to Evan!! My Daughter turned 9 yesterday!

Hope you and yours have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 24th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You too! So, is your daughter seeing anyone? ;-)
sweet3mich From: sweet3mich Date: November 24th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL

I don't know. Is your son into incredibly witty, charming, sweet, beautiful, intelligent, talented, sometimes moody but always enjoyable 9 year olds??

curious_corax From: curious_corax Date: November 24th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
   C's birthday was Saturday. They sure do get big quick.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: November 24th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Scary quick.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: November 24th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy Birthday to your son! :)

What's it like in the burn unit? I've visited a pt. over there once and it seemed really quiet (and I loved the hardwood floor). I guess I like units that are somewhat isolated from all the hubbub of the main units.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: December 19th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I somehow missed answering this when you posted it.

The burn unit is an extraordinary place to get experience. You pediatrics to geriatrics, fighting death by the moment to going home tomorrow. a very broad spectrum of nursing skills and care are required. I went there straight out of school and it was invaluable for me.

However, after 2 1/2 years, I was looking for something a little more specific; namely, ADULT and CRITICAL CARE. I love children, but it is hard to care for the sick ones who can't understand why you are hurting them. And I'd much rather hang liters of fluid all night long to keep someone's pressure out of the 70's than to fetch juice and crackers and help people to the toilet.

I've recently learned that there is yet another disadvantage to an isolated unit. There is no one in the room but you and the patient and family many times. If you have a "hostile" family who is looking for ways to make trouble, it becomes your word against theirs. In my unit, which is an open ICU, the families seem more appreciative and are much less likely to point fingers at the staff (though it still happens occasionally) because there are so many other people around to see/hear the truth.

Don't get me wrong, if there is a slack/incompetent nurse in the mix, I wouldn't blame anybody who complained. The difficulty is when you really put everything you have into caring for someone so sick, and the family doesn't realize that their anger comes from the desperation of the situation and it shouldn't be focused on people who are there, doing their very best, to help.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: December 20th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
"And I'd much rather hang liters of fluid all night long to keep someone's pressure out of the 70's than to fetch juice and crackers and help people to the toilet."

I'm with you 100% on that... believe me.

And I know what you mean about the families. I've had some doozeys before when I worked Neurosurgery Acute Care over on 5th Ardmore.
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