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I wanted to take a minute to tell Sen. Walsh about the cards I play with at work! There’s so many, I really don’t know where to start! Well, first there’s this red card, it’s on my badge, behind my name tag, it allows to me know concentrations and dosages of life saving cardiac drips in an instant so I can quickly place people on medications like levophed and vasopressin when people are dying and septic, it’s a pretty important card, it’s actually saves lives, I’m thankful for that card. Let’s see, then there’s cards like the ones I give my home health patients letting them know I take call all weekend, every weekend, including holidays and all hours of the night,
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and this card tells them to call me at 3am if their catheter comes out or their IV becomes dislodged, or if they forget to how to take their medications, this card not only saves lives, but saves money, it prevents ER visits when wound vacs come off at 2am on Christmas and at 3pm on Easter! This is a pretty important card. It’s even okay if there’s no air conditioning and it’s the middle of August and they have a space heater on, it’s fine, I still play that card for my patients! Have a nice day with My mommy saves lives and plays cards shirt.
Oh, I play with insurance cards to, you know, like Medicare and Blue Cross, I sit with patients and spend hours looking through 100 pill bottles and placing orders for their home health care and explaining to insurance companies how so many of these people can’t read their pill bottles but they are labeled “non complaint”. So there’s those cards, those insurance cards, I bet you have one! Those are fun to play with! I actually even give my patients cards, cards that show them warning signs of heart failure and COPD exacerbations so they can call me before they end up in the hospital!
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Oh, those purple PICC line cards, I play with those a lot, I spend a lot of time explaining why these need to stay in their wallet so if they went to the hospital they can show radiology before a scan. Oh, I also play with my debit card, buying basic everyday essentials for people having to pay $90 a day for vancomycin so they can’t afford dinner or a nightgown that opens in the front after a mastectomy, that’s an important card, and sometimes on the way home, I stop and buy cards for my family members, like Birthday and anniversary, those are pretty important cards, those cards go to people who know how hard I work,
who know 12 hours shifts are important for continuity of care, so people like your family members have less shift change during the day, so we recognize changes in our patients, so less medical errors happen, so families feel secure. So while you think we are playing cards all day, we are actually saving lives, lives like yours, life’s like mine, and lives like my sons who’s been battling cancer since he was 2. I am proud to be a nurse, and I’m proud of my cards, nurses don’t want shorter shifts, we want compensation for what we do, although we know, that would never be completely possible.