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The Answer That You Seek

By jadelpn - There is more than one way to ask a question seeking advice. In these times, it is a good reference to have other nurses who have been there, done that. Even more often, and quoting one of my favorite mentors on AN, defecation occurs. We clean it up and move on. But seeking the same advice in multiple questions, and we really need to ask ourselves, "are we ready to hear the hard answers?" Even in the most toxic environments in... Read More

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Transitions: On becoming a nursing student

By secondlifen2b - We are no longer dreaming, applying, and simply taking prerequisites. As nursing school acceptance letters and emails begin arriving, thousands of individuals' lives step into a new, transitional stage in their lives: pre-nursing student status. We stand on the threshold between the worlds of "hopeful" and "nursing student." And because of where we are, we have the clear vision of what it has taken for us to get this close to our... Read More

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Nobody likes me, Everyone hates me

By jadelpn - There has been more than one discussion about nurses who are feeling hated. That someone over them calling the shots are nasty, mean and give one all the "hard" patients. The behavior is such that it does happen. In many units, every day. But to tie an emotion onto it and project it as hateful serves little purpose than to drive a nurse mad. It is eye opening to get into the working world and realize that difficult people exist... Read More

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Left Speechless

By WoosahRN - He had just turned 18 when he came into the ER with chest and shoulder pain. I walked into his room and introduced myself. He was polite and soft spoken. I asked him about his pain and the cough that accompanied it. He stated it was an 8/10 and braced himself as he coughed. When I asked him if anyone had been sick at home, he said no. Then, as I asked him more about medical history, he says, very matter of factly "Well, I have... Read More

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Nurses Floating Within the Hospital

By dwoolard - I use to work as a floor/charge nurse in a hospital back in the Midwest, and the attitudes to float nurses were not the best. I felt like the mentality of the hospital was floaters got the harder assignment, along with any travelers. My floor was unique and the nurses were not pre-assigned to a group of patients upon starting the shift. The off going charge nurse would create patient bundles and when nurses arrive on the unit they... Read More

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A Nurse's Choice

By CheesePotato - ​Life is full of choices both large and small and some have long reaching, unforeseeable impact. Sixteen years ago, a young woman named Nancy decided that nursing was a career with the ability to provide for her growing family. Nine years ago, she chose to leave the bedside in order to have greater control of her hours. Seven years ago, she almost left because healthcare wasn't what it used to be. I remain grateful she decided to... Read More

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Team Sports

By jadelpn - There are many reasons why one becomes a nurse. On the top ten list, taking care of patients is an important role. But usually one that you can't go alone. To be one part of a whole is a best case scenario. Nursing can mean that what one doesn't think could happen more than likely will and does. Most nurses, after the first couple of years, knows what they are capable of. Where their strengths lie. What they are passionate... Read More

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The Gift of Love

By Franemtnurse - From the time I was a child, I was constantly getting ill with things like strep throat, all the childhood diseases most of us have gone through, tonsillitis and pneumonia. I believe it was due to my low weight at birth. I was born an anemic baby weighing only 3 pounds 11 ounces in 1943 when there were no such things as ultrasounds and Gynecologists. My sister weighed over 5 pounds and was sent home with our mother, but I had to stay... Read More

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Overqualified? What the Heck?

By TheCommuter - Employers are demanding experience in this day and age. But how does a person amass the necessary work experience if no one will hire them? This is the $64,000 question. Many hiring managers will unapologetically tell applicants they are overqualified for a job. What exactly does this mean? Numerous people have gotten laid off in this jobless economic recovery, and soon after they apply for certain jobs, they are informed that they... Read More

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Top 10 reasons we get fired!-Poor Performance

By madwife2002 - Continuing with the series of ‘Top ten reasons we get fired’ Number 4 comes in as "Poor Performance" at work. Problems with performance can result from any number of factors. Organizational change, new technology, inexperienced nurses, issues outside work or even a run of "bad luck" can all affect performance, even for the most assiduous of professionals. Managers should be able to say that they have the right person in the... Read More

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How Nurses Are Like Olympians

By brian - Nurses Train Like An Olympian Before an athlete can enter into the Olympic ring, they must do years of extensive training. The same is true for nurses. They take rigorous prerequisites, nursing courses and clinicals, before they can enter the nursing field. Nurses train to go into many environments. Just like not Olympians take their talents to the slopes, nurses train to take their skills and knowledge into many different arenas.... Read More

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Choosing the 4th Option

By NutmeggeRN - As a school nurse for 20 years, I have had more than my fair share of kids who have been diagnosed with cancer. I have had kids win the battle and lose the battle. Some had intensive therapy regimes, with every side affect possible and some blew through treatment with little side affect. Some have survived and some have not. I live in a little town that is seemingly overwhelmed with pediatric cancer diagnosis but when I try to clarify... Read More

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ER: A Family's Emotional Well Being

By AMS7958 - The nurses took report on both patients and prepared the trauma bays for a couple in their 80's who had been T-boned when the husband pulled into an intersection. No current life threatening emergencies were reported. Each patient was assessed and stabilized. A recurring theme was each spouse asking about the other spouse. After the hustle and bustled settled down we reassured each patient that their spouse was fine. We opened the... Read More

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The Admission Process: Make sure you actually say something of importance!

By pinkiepieRN - I work in LTC so this may not be applicable across the board, but here goes. We've picked up some new grads on 3-11 and I'm not exactly happy with them. The one that's off of orientation and working the floor had an admission that she said she let the other new grad (who is still on orientation) "do". She didn't even give me report on him, only for me to find out that she's the one who wrote the admission note. Seriously, all she... Read More

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"State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey

By VivaLasViejas - It's the same every year: a contingent from "The State" invades your facility and commences with scrutinizing your work, poring over your records, nosing around the kitchen and dining areas, and asking endless questions. Managers who are rarely seen outside their offices suddenly become helpful, wiping down dining tables and pushing wheelchairs, while everyone from charge nurses to housekeepers strive not to show their ... Read More

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Caring Vicariously

By curlygirlie3 - It has been two weeks since I found out that my grandmother was in the hospital, ten days since her surgery, five days since I last spoke to her, four days since she moved to hospice, two days since the last time she was awake. For 81 years my grandmother has been a vibrant, healthy woman. Bike riding, swimming, square dancing, crafting, and enjoying time with her boyfriend filled her days in her small Florida retirement community. ... Read More

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And the clock struck 8

By Sabr - She thinks about which route would get her to the family’s house the fastest. She decides to opt for the bus route today. Her issue is not the bus because she gets there at a quarter to seven that night and it only takes her 5 minutes to get some coffee right? But her watch-that she had had since nursing school- seems to be mildly challenged. Her phone shows it is 07:47 and her watch shows 07:30. “Hmm” she thinks, as she waits... Read More

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The Day Nursing Student Apathy Got to Me

By NurseOnAMotorcycle - When I first started in our emergency department night shift, I noticed that the 2-3 students were largely ignored for the first half hour or so during shift change. They stood nervously by the desks, repeatedly adjusting their coats and book bags with a look of "please tell me what to do!" on their faces. I looked around at the day shift staff, busily getting report on the sick, critical, violent, or the repeat pts that they... Read More


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