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Triage

As I wanted to write in January, but WordPress not only wouldn’t publish my post, but ended up eating it too:

I started out in hospice as a visit nurse.  That means I was at home and waited for the triage nurse (who fields calls from patients/families/caregivers) to call me with information about going out to visit a patient for a problem.  Patients can be at home, in SNF’s, RCFE‘s, assisted living, etc.  I would be sent out for any number of situations including starting IV medications, changing med cassettes, admitting patients, managing symptoms and of course confirming deaths.

During this time, I also trained to be a triage nurse.  I’d make the looooooooong commute up the stairs and watch an inbox.  When calls come in, we mark them and then call the patient or family to help with whatever problem they are having.  We give advice based on the patient’s care plan and orders.  If we are unable to give advice over the phone about a situation, we send out a visit nurse to assess the pt and help out.

That’s more or less it in a nutshell.

As time went on, I decided I liked triage better.  Not being woken at 3am out of a sound sleep was a key component in this decision.  When I did sleep that is… sleeping while on call is not very good sleep!   I ended up quitting visit nursing and focused on triage nursing instead.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 1 1/2 years.  As I said in the post before, I definitely have some things to write about my job, especially now that I’ve been doing it for awhile and feel pretty confident.

Also, I made a page for codeblog on Facebook – feel free to visit if you like :)

 

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I’m a level 1 nursing student. I came across your blog while searching for nursing blogs. Thank you for sharing your link to codeblog on Facebook. I read the NY Times link you posted there. Heartbreaking indeed. I look forward to reading future posts.

Quite an interesting post.

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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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