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  • Jul 22

    They can fire you for not complying with the requests, but they won't be there when her depressed respiratory rate becomes zero. Then they will say you caused the patient's death by not doing what a prudent nurse would do. You cannot win.

  • Jul 10

    Uh, have you noticed who's in the freaking White House??? Facts officially don't matter.

  • Jul 9

    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    I am more APPAULED by the number of EMS and Nurses I have seen in SUPPORT of this 3 strike Narcan statue a county in Ohio is trying to pass. That if they have been called out to Narcan the patient twice before they won't do it again. Same county was even trying to get something passed that they can stop responding to overdose calls period.

    The amount of my colleagues I see in FAVOR of that is what I find appalling.
    While I have a moral and ethical conflict with the proposal you have to understand, this is a town of 50,000 smack dab in the epicenter of the overdose crisis in Ohio. Their OD numbers have increased 300% and continue to rise. They are being put into an economical crisis because of the costs incurred by treating the same people over and over again. If it continues, and it will, they are going to have to take money from other programs/services and possibly raise taxes. They simply cannot afford it anymore. Yes the proposal is shocking but nothing else is working. The repeat offenders don't want help. I narcanned the same girl 3 times a week for 4 months in a row until finally she OD'd by herself with nobody to call 911. We tried to get her into rehab. She told us to go eff ourselves. What are these small towns supposed to do?

  • Jul 9

    Quote from donsterRN
    The OP isn't even a nurse yet.

    And now I'm going to shut the hell up before I say something about non-nurses telling nurses how they should act and feel without walking a mile in my shoes. Or something like that. SMDH.
    OK, I'll say it. Walk a mile in our shoes and then see how you feel about the T-shirt.

    Gotta say that the nurse wannabe lecturing actual nurses on compassion always makes an awesome first impression. Or was that awful?

  • Jul 9

    I love my "Keeping "em Alive" shirt...for home wear. I have a warped sense of humor from being in health care, starting as a unit secretary, now a nurse.

    Part of our patient population is detox. Kinda keeps you humble, because I understand that it can happen to anyone at anytime. I have a relative who's a recovering addict. The scourge can happen anywhere.

    I'm trying to come up with a cute "My child with mental/developmental disabilities is more compassionate than your mean, bullying normal Honors student."

  • Jul 9

    Coming from someone who addiction has been forefront the majority of my adult life (friends, family) I find this shirt to be the kick in the gut some parents need. One of my uncles would make comments basically saying how his kids would never get into that. Two of my cousins had known addictions. One of them is clean, raising a family, and is doing well. The other one died from sepsis while starting her recovery journey, leaving behind a daughter. She was the child of my uncle who swore up and down his kids would never.

  • Jul 9

    Quote from Luckyyou
    I think it's funny. But I'm actually a nurse, and you're.... not?
    I think it's funny too. One year a nurse, 20 years a paramedic. I have "narcanned" many an honor student.

  • Jun 29

    Emphasize what you did to handle difficult situations and people. Interviews frequently contain questions of this nature.

  • Jun 29

    You can use ANY job you've had in the past to your advantage when applying for nursing jobs. I was a doorman at a nightclub so that's always my go to when asked about strengths. I get to talk about handling situations of crisis on a nightly basis and how I managed to de-escalate those situations. People aren't born RN's, and any halfway decent interviewer will know that.

  • Jun 29

    You can definitely use it to your advantage.

    Healthcare is all about customer satisfaction right now, play up anytime you had unhappy customers due to wrong drink orders, long wait, etc and what you did to turn their experience from bad to good. Also, they will likely ask about any conflicts you had w/ co-workers and how those conflicts were resolved and what you will bring to the table.

  • Jun 15

    Quote from caliotter3
    Responsibility without authority. Hmmm?! Why does this sound so familiar?
    Lol.....hmmmmm...it does, doesn't it?

  • Jun 15

    Responsibility without authority. Hmmm?! Why does this sound so familiar?

  • Jun 10

    Quote from MurseJJ
    From what I understand though, PA school was originally envisioned as being for people with healthcare experience as medics, nurses, RTs, etc.
    It was designed as a physician fastrack. PA's are only a semester or two short of medical school, and do get all the core curriculum. Plus the significantly more clinical time.

    Years working as an RN and becoming the 'expert' RN is what allows you to jump into the NP program, not the other way around. The NP program is there to build upon an already strong foundation; to fill a few gaps and broaden your understanding so as to bring it all together. NP school isn't there to teach you how to assess someone, or to teach you what "sick" looks like, it's there to polish you up and add a few key elements. Which is why comments like this on the 12th page are just scary:

    "absolutely, go for it. I am also a career changer (3rd career!) with zero RN experience. The RN experience is relevant but not critical, especially if you work in primary care. At our primary care clinic I do not do anything traditionally RN, in fact our jobs are completely different. I diagnose and treat and our RN takes triage, administers vaccines, etc. These are great skills to have but not critical to an NP."

    To assume that you don't need quality RN experience (because the RN's where YOU happen to work function mostly as MA's) to be a strong NP is one of the craziest things I have ever heard. Am I saying that you can't be a good NP? Of course not. I am saying that you need years getting used to what "normal" and "abnormal" is in a clinical setting where your assessment skills actually decide patient care outcomes. Most of the best PCP's I know are nurses who spent years in the ICU or the ED, evaluating sick patients day in and day out and understanding the consequences of poor primary care.

    But hey, just my opinion.

  • Jun 8

    I'd like to test out mattresses for quality assurance.

    "Don't bother me at work."
    *goes back to sleep*

  • May 25

    Totally true. I am completely in the same boat after only six years. So unfortunate. The one thing I can't agree with in this article is the use of "lunch breaks". In six years I have had around 8 lunch breaks consisting of 30 minutes of uninterrupted time. Normally my breaks consist of shoving everything down my throat in three minutes or less because there is no time or help. You can bet your bottom dollar they sure do take that 30 minutes out of my paycheck though every work day automatically though. There is no gratitude. There is no respect. There is no support. We are alone and we need to rise up together if we ever want to see a positive change!


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