I asked the awesome Twitter nurses I interact with to tell me some of their tricks of the trade for nurses. Needless to say, I definitely learned a lot! Check it out, new and not-so-new nurses alike!
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Tricks of the Trade for Nurses
While the textbooks in nursing school cover proper things like therapeutic communication, sterile procedure, and guidelines for removing a urinary catheter, they don’t discuss some of the more…. ummm…. shall we say, colorful things that help you through a shift. Let’s go through some patient care tricks of the trade for nurses from our fellow nurses on the front lines.
@fewspokenwords when giving a tube feed turn the patient on their right side to promote gastric emptying and avoid reflux and/or flatus.
@fewspokenwords if you suspect a central line air embolis, turn the patient on their left side to trap the air in the right atria.
@Kati_Kleber Placing a central line and a feeding tube? Wait until both are done and get one stat cxr.
@rymitch18 foaming shaving cream will promptly remove a BM caked on pts hairy body (Like Tilex in a bathtub is tough on soap scum haha)
@rymitch18 surround pt’s scrotum w sheet, then dump a bag of sugar over it to cover as much as possible. Fluid shifts out into sugar.
@Kati_Kleber Use that gross floor coffee to absorb stinkyness. Pour 2-3 bags into a trash can!
@FiddleNP Running fluids by gravity? Make sure you get the extra air out if the bag so you can hang the next liter without repriming.
For more tips on cleaning a patient, check out this blog post: How to Clean a Poopy Patient
@RNSassyPants Simply Noise plays free white noise. Warm blanket, lights out, noise on. Knocks out even the sundowners.
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