Knowledge is the Foundation of a Rewarding Nursing Career - page 79

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Mildred's Brand New Littman Stethescope

By Ruby Vee a sense of humor runs in my family. my great grandfather was well known as a great story teller -- almost everyone in the county knew willy and could repeat some of his best stories. when i was in high school, i was always running into oldsters who would say ďruby vee? youíre georgeís daughter,... Read More

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"Nurses are so Mean"

By Ruby Vee I wish the phrase "nurses eat their young" had never been coined. Thirty some years ago when I was a new grad, the phrase hadn't yet been coined. When I had problems with my co-workers, I could only look at my own behavior. I was young, fresh off the farm and totally unprepared for my new job as a... Read More

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Be My Friend at the End

By Dancer3 I returned to nursing after having been at home with my children for a number of years. At first, I was apprehensive and uncomfortable. But I had a great team of nurses and a wonderful preceptor and eventually my "deer in the headlights" look gave way to an underlying confidence. I had learned to... Read More

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Moments You Wouldnít Wish To Be A Nurse !!!

By hoope - When you meet a 15 years old kid with a CRF ( Chronic Renal Failure ). He’s so cute and is smiling while you are taking a blood specimen . - When a 2 years old girl is kept NPO ( NOTHING PER ORAL ) and is crying for water. All I can give her as a nurse is a sips of water to wet her mouth and... Read More

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When I Was a New Grad . . .

By Ruby Vee this for those of you members of allnurses.com who have hinted, believed, insinuated or baldly stated that i donít remember what itís like to be a new grad, that i always thought i knew everything, that i have ever actually known everything or that nurses eat their young. believe me, if iím still... Read More

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More Things Your Nurse Won't Tell You: Spring Fever in LTC Edition

By VivaLasViejas As every nurse knows, there are shifts which are generally limited to full-moon summer weekend nights, with normally pleasant staff members going off on each other, patients catching the love bug and literally falling all over each other, families crabbing about anything and everything, and... Read More

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Nurses and Lawsuits: A Medico-Legal Perspective

By aerialacer As nurses initiate their professional obligations, their legal responsibilities also begin. As they start their journey, they also start learning from themselves and from other people. Their license bears out that they are capable and qualified under the law to practice their profession. Their... Read More

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When everybody knows your name

By 313RN This is something that I wrotte for a class while I was in Nursing School. I came across it again and decided to post it and see what the reaction would be. Fire away, all responses or opionons will be welcomed, none will be taken personally. American culture has become less and less... Read More

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an ordinary day

By mocha vp AN ORDINARY DAY It was a beautiful October day; birds were singing, leaves turning ever so gracefully to the wonderful colors of fall. The crispness of the day fell upon my face as I admired the beauty of the season. Looking to the sky I wondered, as I was entrapped by the fullness of... Read More

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To my preceptor, future students beware (rant)

By leekun2010 Dear Preceptor, This past spring 2010 semester, I was assigned to you for a whole semester to learn the ins and outs of being a nurse independent from my classmates. It was just you and I. I was excited when I began this semester-long process of learning how to integrate what I have learned in... Read More

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End Of Life Issues---The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

By VivaLasViejas If I ever become a hospice nurse (which is what I've decided I want to be when I grow up), the varied experiences I'm collecting in long-term care should stand me in good stead. Right now I have three different residents in three different stages in the process of casting off the human shell... Read More

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"Hey, Could Ya Hand Me That Hoojaflobbets There?"

By VivaLasViejas It's funny, how this aging business really slaps one upside the head now and again.....usually when (and where) s/he least expects it. My mother's face stares back at me from the mirror these days. Each birthday brings new aches and pains, plus there's usually a new symptom or two that make it a... Read More

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First Day of Clinicals

By justme01 I woke up excited and nervous about clinicals. I put on my school issued scrubs, with girdle underneath, and tied the waist tight. I am 5 ft 3 and 290 pounds, and a girdle is necessary in order to keep my pants from going straight up my butt. I tied them extra tight because I did not want them... Read More

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A Few Simple Rules For Electrical Safety

By Ruby Vee I learned some of these rules the hard way, and others I learned through the misfortunes of others. When defibrillating a prisoner in custody, remember to remove his wrist AND ankle shackles before using the electricity. This is especially important if the prisoner is shackled to a metal... Read More

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My 20th Year in Nursing

By General E. Speaking, RN This year marks my twentieth year as a nurse. Hard to believe. I wonder how many patients I have cared for in twenty years? It boggles my mind. I am certainly not the same nurse I used to be. Long gone is that young naive girl that graduated LVN school in 1990. She was a little scared and... Read More

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Motherhood, Death and Nursing

By SpecialK38 when i was a little girl, i always knew i wanted to be a mother. after my first child was born, i knew i wanted to be a nurse. i never knew how intimately these two experiences would impact each other. two more children came along, and i stayed home with the three of them until they all began... Read More

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10 years later.. Remembering my first clinical patient

By marty6001 I still remember my first clinical patient well. I was a brand new nursing student, never having touched a patient before starting school, and now she was in my care. She was elderly, although I don't remember her exact age. She had a past medical history list longer than my care plans, everything... Read More

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Dear nursing student

By marty6001 dear clinical student, i am your soon-to-be instructor. know that i love this profession and have dedicated my life to it and to my patients. i consider this profession to be a calling. i did not come to this profession for money, for prestige, or for the title. i came to it for the love of... Read More


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