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Dear incoming class of nurses...

By AOx1 - When my accountant saw my W-2, he asked why I would be willing to be an educator for such a small amount of money. I explained that money is not everything, as I am already rich. When a former student calls me to say that they have just started their doctoral program, I am rich. When I see a graduating class walk across the stage at pinning, I am rich. And, more than at any other time, I am rich when I see a brand new group of students... Read More

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A fascination become a dream

By damselham - When I was grade 2 our teacher asked “What would you want to be when you grow up?” many said “teacher” others “doctor” in chorus, and she said “ok, one at a time, Daryl” referring to my seatmate, and he answered “I want to become a soldier like my dad…I want to fight against bad guys!” motioning as if shooting someone and we all laughed. “How about you Haide?” asking me, a bit shy I said “to be a nun…” she asked “Why?” and I replied “I... Read More

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Novice: The First Stage on Your Journey

By VickyRN - the novice stage - we've all experienced it. it's a time of stretching and rapid personal and professional growth. the stretching can be humbling and painful, as shortcomings in our performance are inevitable. if we learn from our mistakes, however, we will eventually grow to proficiency in our newly chosen role. this brings to mind a saying, “to live is to grow, and to grow is to change.” if we are not experiencing any changes,... Read More

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Do I Love Nursing? What Day is it?

By Purple_Scrubs - There have been many threads recently on AN along the lines of nursing: love it or hate it. I think about this often, and have realized that my responses to these threads are colored by the events of the day. So, here is a true account of how I feel about nursing, for anyone who is interested. Do I love nursing? What day is it? There are days when nothing seems to go right. Every teacher is mad because I won’t send a kid home... Read More

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Should I Carry Malpractice (Liability) Insurance?

By sirI - This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice insurance?" many nurses are covered under their own individual liability insurance carrier. Many more are not. i am.......... are you?? Nurses can be sued at any time, for any reason. Often, allegations brought against you are unfounded, but just being named in a lawsuit gives one pause and can be one of the most stressful times in your... Read More

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Pointers for Success in Nursing School

By VickyRN - you just received your acceptance letter into nursing school. how exciting! you are about to embark on a life-changing journey, a wondrous career and an entirely new culture and way of thinking. what are some pointers to increase your chances of success? the most important thing is to maintain a positive outlook. one of the definitions of courage is being aware of personal weaknesses, fears and uncertainty, yet forging ahead... Read More

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LUCKY! to have a job

By madwife2002 - During these hard financial times, I have heard management repeatedly tell staff 'you are lucky to have a job'. Now whilst we appreciate we are indeed fortunate to have employment being told this repeatedly to control a bad working environment is in my opinion bullying, in truth they are getting away with during this period of hardship amongst our community. What I find worrying is that this type of control which is being utilised... Read More

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How to be an APN in ten easy steps....or how to spend oodles of $$ on your education

By traumaRUs - How to become an advanced practice nurse in ten easy steps! My very different educational path has probably furnished some professor with a new BMW or Lexus. I am not endorsing this route but rather explaining why you should look before you leap…we have to start in the beginning… I am now middle-aged (ouch, even hurts to type those letters). But, let’s face it; my 50th birthday was last year and unless I plan to live to be... Read More

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Real Nursing

By Angie O'Plasty, RN - Nursing interventions are created moments. To me, "real nursing" is a moment created to identify and intervene, to connect with a patient and influence that patient to modify a behavior or an erroneous thought that holds them back from healing. It's one of the most satisfying activities that my job entails. Last night, I noticed that an A-Fibber had refused Coumadin. That's bad, because A-Fibbers are at a very high risk for... Read More

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Performance Based Development System (PBDS)

By VickyRN - Few subjects have stirred up as much controversy within the nursing community as the performance based development system (pbds) nursing "competency" assessment. What exactly is this test and why is it so controversial? Performance-based development system (pbds) is the creation of dorothy del bueno, the founder of performance management services. Pbds is a commercial competency exam that can be individually tailored to evaluate... Read More

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For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

By VivaLasViejas - It's taken me a dozen years to get here, but I have finally decided that I'm no longer a "new" nurse. I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I was, or if it's merely because I'm in awe of nurses who are around my age and have practiced for many more years than I. But whatever the... Read More

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Nurses Coping with Personal Grief

By tnbutterfly - How many of you have felt helpless or guilty when caring for a seriously ill or dying patient? How many become overwhelmed with emotion after a particularly “bad death”, or the death of a patient you have allowed yourself to become attached to? What should nurses do to avoid the pain that such circumstances often cause? Or are there appropriate ways to deal with these feelings? Because nurses work so closely with dying... Read More

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Socialised Medicine the myths and the facts

By madwife2002 - Having worked in a country which has socialised medicine I can certainly see the pit falls and the benefits. What I dont understand is the fear behind having socialised medicine In my opinion socialised medicine has more positive benefits than negative benefits. The first and the most obvious concern is the cost to the patient and their family, we all know how devestating an illness can be for pts and their family many times I... Read More

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"How Can You Stand It?"

By VivaLasViejas - If I had a nickel for every time I've had to answer that question, I'd be able to retire tomorrow. It is a question I am often asked whenever I meet new people. After the how-do-you-dos are said and the subject inevitably turns to "what do you do?", I almost always get sympathetic looks and comments on how I must be such a saint to work in a nursing home, with "all those senile old people" who are "just going to die anyway". ... Read More

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My study guide for HESI -passed on first try!

By sisph - I took the HESI test today and thankfully passed with a 946. My school was allowed to take a ‘practice HESI’ test last semester. I scored in the low 600s. A lot of my classmates didn't pass and we only get three chances. I sometime check the forums but not periodically and noticed there weren't a whole lot of HESI specific test taking strategies. I thought that this little guide would help. I'm not gonna vouch for any of this, I just... Read More

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Oops, I Did It Again: Dottie

By VivaLasViejas - ..........I went and lost my heart to yet another hospice patient. You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after caring for my old friend in that same room and witnessing her inevitable decline and death, but nope---this one had me from "Hello". Her name is Dottie, and she is 85 pounds of trouble dressed in a white satin nightgown and an ancient pair of fuzzy pink slippers. She came to our nursing home in early April for a five-day... Read More

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It's been a long time...

By traumaRUs - Burn out in the ER or why its been a long time since I wrote in this blog…. I always loved the ER from the very first day in 1996 when my preceptor told me not to worry, I would get the hang of having patients that were very ill from who knows what, had some unknown object in some weird oriface, or died and no one knew why. She was right, I did get the hang of it and stayed around for 10 years as a staff nurse, then charge nurse,... Read More

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Cheating in the Classroom

By VickyRN - cheating is always a potential problem in the university or college setting. it is very problematic for students, in that their learning is being circumvented. cheaters will be less competent as graduates. would you want, for instance, an accountant performing audits in your office who cheated his way through business school? students who cheat also run the risk of being expelled, if caught. cheating is problematic from an ethical... Read More


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