Rigors & Febrile Convulsions.

ECT4healthThe following is a guest post by Rob Timmings (Director of ECT4Health). Rob resides in Toowoomba Queensland and has a background is in emergency, psychiatry and hyperbarics. He has worked in Brisbane’s largest trauma units, and in Queensland’s most remote farther reaches as a remote nurse.
You can access his other teachings and courses here:
Web: http://www.ect4health.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ect4Health/

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The top 12 ways to frazzle a nurse.

Australian nurses have one of the highest rates of workers compensation claims for work related mental stress.

A small study in the Journal of Nursing Management looked to identify the top occupational stressors from the perspective of nurses working in a regional hospital.

Such causes of occupational (and personal) stress are associated with negative physical and psychological health, as well as increased incidence of depression, increased staff turnover, and high sick leave.

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Using the Johari window to open your practice.

The Johari window was developed in the 1950′s by two psychologists, Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham. It can be used as one tool for developing self awareness as well as assisting with a little reflection on your interpersonal-relationships within both your work and personal environments.

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There is a car accident. Must you stop?

What are the legal expectations for a nurse who comes across an accident when not at work?

A while ago this question was posted on my facebook page:

“I’m a new grad nurse and I’m just trying to find any information/policy/legislation relating to registered nurses and stopping at car accidents. I saw an accident on my way to work and was under the impression that because I was in uniform I had to stop. But some colleagues have agreed that I had to while others have said that by stopping I have left myself open to legal action should the patient not fully recover. Everyone seems to have their own opinion or theory that they’ve heard so I was hoping get someone would be able to point me in the direction of some hard evidence.”

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How fast can I give POTASSIUM intravenously?

The following information is for an adult patient in a non emergency situation.

Peripheral lines:

1. IVI Potassium should not be administered exceeding 10 mmol/hour.
(In some instances rates of up to 20 mmol/hour may be prescribed. Will require cardiac monitoring)

2. Maximum dose in 24 hours should not exceed 200 mmol.

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STOP washing your hands.

 

An easy trigger that will give you opportunities to calm your your brain and relax your body throughout your shift.

Washing our hands is something we, as nurses, do many many times during the shift.
For a few moments we are away from all the rush and pressure as we stand alone at the sink moving our hands under the water.

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Whatever happened to Mr Smith?

Have you been wondering what happened to that patient of yours that crashed and was sent to ICU yesterday?

What about Mr Smith, that post-op patient that you got on so well with and was discharged home whilst you were on days off?

And I know you have been thinking about Mrs Gruber, that really difficult, demanding, often obnoxious patient that was transferred to another ward last week.

We all think about patients that move on from our care. Sometimes we think about certain individual patients…a lot (if only the public knew).

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