01 September 2008
I have encountered a website about Nurses' life tips and I love most of its posts. Here is one I want to share with you! Its really cool. *You can drink a pot of coffee and still go to sleep in the morning. *You look in your closet and can´t find anything non-medical to wear. *You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazapam, and Compazine. *You can´t see it; it´s probably not there. *Your sense of humor seems to get more warped each year. *You think it is acceptable to use "penis" and "vagina" in a normal conversation. *You believe the definition of stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven´t fallen asleep yet. *You hope there´s a special place in Hell for the inventor of the call light. (hahaha!) *You believe that if warm wine enemas were routinely ordered, patient complaints would greatly decrease... [cont.] *You call some of your co-workers "Flowers in the Field of Medicine" because they´re bloomin´ idiots. *You believe not all patients are annoying. Some are dead. *You believe experience is something you don´t get until just after you need it. *You see stress as a normal way of life. *You have a tendency to laugh at your patient´s "big" problems. *You know the phone numbers of every late night food delivery place in town by heart. *You believe the problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. *You´ve ever thought, "Patients, God love ´em, because today, I sure don´t!" *Everything only happens all at once. *You have more T-shirts that say, "Love a nurse PRN" than plain T-shirts. *You´ve ever referred to other nurses as "Band-Aid Bunnies." *You´ve ever been telling work stories in a restaurant and had someone at another table throw-up. *You write a patient report and have to translate it to medical records because of all the acronyms in it. *You notice that you use more four-letter words now than before you became a nurse. *You´ve ever told anyone in pain to "stop being a baby and deal with it." *You have a patient in four-point leathers that asks if you´re a nurse, you reply "Yes", and walk away. *You´ve ever told a patient to "stop faking it." *You believe all bleeding stops...eventually. *You don´t get excited about blood loss unless it´s your own. *You don´t hit patients or doctors....unless absolutely necessary. *You believe the pain will go away when it stops hurting. *Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and if nothing has gone wrong, you´ve obviously don´t understand the situation. *You believe if you can keep your head among all this confusion, you obviously don´t understand the situation. *You´ve ever said, "Why am I here?" *If you believe if a patient who has a catheter, he needs it. *Everyone gets treated exactly the same...until they piss you off. *When you get a call telling you the name of your next admit and you can do the care plan before the patient gets to the floor.(guilty? hahaha!) *When called for orders, the MD says, "Write them yourself; you know the patient better than I do." *You´ve ever had to contend with someone who thinks constipation for 4 hours is an emergency. *Ever rolled your eyes when the 14 year-old says, "No, I´ve never had sex." *You refer to motorcyclists as organ donors. *You can eat a candy bar with one hand while performing digital stimulation on your patient with the other hand, and it doesn´t bother you. *You believe Tylenol, Advil, or Excedrin provides a large part of your daily calorie intake requirements. *You´ve ever held a 14-gauge needle over someone´s vein and said, "Now your going to feel a little stick." *You can identify the "PID Shuffle" and the "Kidney Stone Squirm" at 15 feet. *You´ve ever had a patient with a nose ring, a brow ring and twelve earrings say, "I´m afraid of shots." *You´ve ever thought, "As long as he´s got a pulse, I don´t care about the rhythm." *You think the ultimate cruel joke is get someone drunk, take them to the ER and tell them he OD´d on "some kind of pills." *You automatically multiply by three the number of drinks a patient claims to have daily.(hahaha! commonly done) *You can keep a straight face when a patient responds, "Just two beers." *You feel that if someone is shot or stabbed, they probably deserved it. *You stare at someone in utter disbelief when they actually cover their mouth to cough. *You think "awake and stupid" is an appropriate choice for mental status. *You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac. *You have encouraged obnoxious patients to sign out AMA. *You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce. *Your most common assessment question at 2 a.m. is "Why is this an emergency now?" *You believe every waiting room should have a Valium salt lick. *You don´t believe 90% of what you´re told, and 75% of what you see. *You firmly believe that "too stupid to live" should be a diagnosis. *You have to leave the patient before you begin to laugh uncontrollably. *You believe a book entitled "Suicide: Getting it Right the First Time" will be your next project. *You believe a good tape job will fix anything. *You´ve ever had a patient look you dead in the eye and say, "I don´t know how that got stuck in there." *You have ever had a patient say, "I´m not pregnant, I can´t be pregnant! I can´t be having a baby!" *You have a special shrine in your home to the inventor of Haldol. *You can think of another 200 examples of "You Might Be a Nurse If..."
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There are many things that I can be proud of as dabawenya (citizen of Davao). Davao is one of the top ten competitive cities in terms of business investments in the whole Philippines. Not to mention being the cleanest city in the whole world!. Also, fireworks or pyrotechnics, and smoking, is strictly prohibited in the city. The government is very firm in implementing this ordinance and violators must pay fines, do community service, they may serve jail time, or a combination of the three. But most of all, I am so proud of our very own 911. Davao city is the first in Asia and third in the world next to USA and Canada to have 911. We call it Central 911 or simply 911 which we can dial through the landline phones or in the cellphones. They can response to all types of emergency needs for FREE. Yes, you heard it right. The only 911 emergency response in the world that is for free courtesy of the local government of Davao...[cont.]
I experienced using 911 way back when I was in Davao when a motor vehicle accident happened in front of the coffee shop where I was. They responded so quick and reach the scene in just few minutes. These are the free services Central 911 are providing: > Urban Search and Rescue Services - USAR > Fire Auxiliary Services - FAS > Emergency Medical Services - EMS > K9 Unit > Police The dabawenyos feel safer than before because of central 911.