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Till We Meet Again

By TiaKay - It seemed like it was going to be just another usual Sunday night on our med/surg floor where I work as a tech prior to starting nursing school in the fall. A 3-11 shift doesnít include baths, but if the patient is incontinent of bowel, thereís a good chance that a tech will change the sheets, bath the patient, provide a clean gown several times in the course of the night. This can be an unpleasant task; letís face it, being up to your... Read More

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Seeing the letters 'RN' with new eyes

By SillyStudent - Not too long ago, I signed my name as "RN" for the first time. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I mentioned it to one of my co-workers, right after I did it. She said "AWWWWWW!" like you would coo at a child's accomplishments. She was delighted, and mentioned it to someone else. They grinned from ear to ear, and it was obvious that they remembered a similar moment in their own lives. I knew that signing those letters after my... Read More

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Positive Reinforcement for the GN and the Nursing Student

By nurse grace RN - I remember my first day as a GN as if it was yesterday.... "I finally made it and what a rush"! I had a great day and couldn't wait to come back... This was so awesome and I was a NURSE! Well, guess what? Reality soon settled in and all of a sudden I felt like a ship lost at sea. No one helped me, my preceptor was condescending and wanted to know why I was so slow and stop teaching---get those meds out! Then, one day my world fell... Read More

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Tips for Surving Cardiac Telemtry

By Spatialized - A Newbieís Guide to Cardiac Telemetry Itís like a nursing nightmare. Not the kind where you end up in front of the school body naked, but close. Thereís a patient in rapid atrial fib who keeps climbing out of bed in room 23. A new admit just came up from the cath lab and is cooling their heels in room 34. You hear an IV pump going off in room 24 and hope that itís not your cardizem drip out of fluid. The family of the gentleman... Read More

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Tips for Home Health Nursing

By homehealth20 - As a Registered Nurse, this year marks my 20th year in home health nursing. It has been a wonderful ride and I have met some interesting patients and co-workers along the way. I have worked in the field and in the office. I have done private duty and Medicare intermittent visits. I have cared for patients in mansions on the ocean, and intercity homes with holes in the floors and roaches so big that they almost carried my nursing bag... Read More

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Sleeping Patient And The Panicking Student nurse

By blue_yuina - I am an incoming 3rd year and during my one year of duty... I was so nervous during my first day . Am I doing it right? Do I know what I am doing? But, when I came in to my assigned room I saw this lady smiling at me. The thought came in again...Do I know what I am going to do? The lady was the patient's daughter. I approach the patient lying on the bed. He was sleeping. Tubes were connected to him. He was an post-operative... Read More

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Walking Two Blocks

By zenman - Walking Two Blocks Going to work for most people is probably an exercise in boredom. Not for me. My day in Dhaka begins with a slow awareness that the noise outside has sounded the alarm to awake. Banged-up autos at the intersection below my apartment blow their horns in urgent awareness that their drivers have no intention of slowing down. Most make it through without incident, leaving rickshaws, bicycles and motorbikes... Read More

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Tips for Surviving Nursing: The Trauma of caring

By sandygator - I'm pretty sure my first post here was maybe in 1997...as a newly recovering addict. After 34 years in this profession, mostly in PICU and nearly 98% pediatrics, I realized today that I am indeed traumatized by my past. I came online looking to see if I was alone. But it is not due to abuse within my family. Today I remembered a 4 yr old... lifeless, so pale, except for the bruises which covered his body. I remember so vividly the... Read More

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Tips for Geriatric and LTC Nursing

By handyrn - I have worked in Geriatric/LTC nursing for over 20 years. The same scenario has played out hundreds of times in my career. It goes something like this: I meet a new person who asks me what I do for a living. I tell them I am a nurse. They are impressed and ask which hospital I work at. I tell them that I actually work at a nursing home. As I watch their face it is usually always the same. The expression changes from awe and... Read More

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Warning Nurses! Holding It All In Can Kill You!

By Nurse_Advocate - Have you ever wondered what the stress of nursing is doing to you? We know that stress causes cortisol levels to rise which raise our blood pressure, raise our blood sugar levels, increase our lipids, etc. Blah, Blah, Blah. The point of this article is not to teach you something you already learned in pathophysiology class. We know that high stress levels can cause weight gain and we know that obesity complicates every disease... Read More

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Tip for General Nursing: Remembering the Person within the Patient

By sst73 - Often we overlook the most important aspect of our careers as nurses. In my observation of nurses dealing with patients on a day-in/day-out basis I have become attuned to the tendency of “mechanized” medical care as a commonplace occurrence. It is not an intentional practice as we have all chosen this career path due to our love of caring for individuals in need of help, but the practice is unacceptable nonetheless. In choosing a... Read More

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My Litttle Blue Nursing Bag

By Calgon-take.me.away - Everyday when I leave for work, I pack my little blue bag. It is nothing special, just clear on one side, blue on the other and a zipper on the top. In it I have my swipe badge with the horrible washed out picure and my name and facility and that I am a nurse. In it also, are assorted pens. Pens that I have bought at Walmart, pens from pharmacy reps(my favorites), and pens that appear out of nowhere and find their way into my bag.... Read More

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Forgetful Nurses and Older Moments

By mother/babyRN - :Forgetful Moments and Older Nurses… Getting older in nursing is just like getting older in real life. Sometimes it’s worse. It can be worse because not only are you charged with caring for older people and their physical, emotional and psychological changes; you are tasked with dealing with some of the same issues WHILE caring for others. The other night I drew some blood from a patient with routine orders post partum. Read More

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A Day In ER

By ms.t - March 29, 2008 It was my usual day in the emergency room of a highly specialized hospital in the Philippines. Since I’m still new in the area, was the one assigned as an ambulance nurse which means that if there is a patient for ambulance conduction, I will be the nurse who will be accompanying the patient. On that day, at around 9:30 am, a patient was to be brought to another hospital for lab/pulmonary exam which was not... Read More

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Tips for Human Nursing

By vadushkas_nurse - The list of things that I would share with new staff or those that may have forgotten why they became a nurse. :p REALLY LISTEN AND REFLECT, THEN YOU WILL LEARN: First of all I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to complete a grad initiative in acute care. This was an experience where I am paired with staff RNís for six months and in a way be mentored by them. At the time, having a new RN with me every shift was somewhat... Read More

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What "REAL" Nursing Is All About

By jausgirl - :redbeatheFirst off I would like to say our clients, patients, and residents really on us for many things: N-urses wear many hats U-nderstand you don't know just how I feel R-eliable (don't make promises you may not be able to keep) S-ympathetic I-ndividualize my situation from everyone else N-oticing when something just isn't right G-rabbing on to the fact that you should help me even if i'm not on your assignment or even... Read More

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Tips for Pediatric Nursing: For Every Heartache There Is A Reward

By oreo11 - Life as a Pediatric nurse can be very difficult at times. I remember being in nursing school and helping to participate in two different adult codes within a couple of hours of each other in the ICU. Later that day I went to post conference and recounted my experience to my instructors and the other nursing students. I was so excited because I got to do something “cool.” I got to do compressions! It was the happiest day of my life... Read More

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Gringo's Question

By General E. Speaking, RN - Gringo’s Question The decision to further my education and become a Registered Nurse (R. N.) has affected my life in ways I would have never imagined. Twenty years ago, I did not have any aspirations of attending college. Like many others, I was not a particularly bad student; I just did not apply myself. When I learned of the Cosmetology program my high school offered to junior and senior students, I decided that was for... Read More


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