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Nurse Beth, MSN, RN 170,809 Views

Hi! Nice to meet you! I wear many hats: MedSurg Clinical Educator, Blogger, Consultant, Writer, Subject Matter Expert, past Nursing Manager of multiple units. I mentor new grads, precept graduate students and facilitate new grad Debriefing. I train Preceptors, teach Basic Arrhythmia, and try every day to help nurses get a good and supportive start in nursing. I also love Nutella.

Tipping (Sacred) Cows and Evidence-Based Practice Part II

by Nurse Beth - Here’s Cow Tipping Part II. Read Tipping (Sacred) Cows and Evidence-Based Practice Part I for best practice on stopping continuous enteral feedings for repositioning; the use of Trendelenburg to...

But Why? Fingersticks and Common Sense

by Nurse Beth - Ordering a Stat Serum Glucose to Confirm Glucometer (Fingerstick) Reading This is a case where the policy did not seem to make sense. At my facility, the blood glucose monitoring procedure...

Are You Really a Nurse?

by Nurse Beth - Test Your Knowledge Before reading the article, take the short true or false poll at the bottom of the article to test your knowledge. Do you cringe when people use the word “nurse” loosely?...

When Your Doctor Doesn't Listen

by Nurse Beth - Day 24 of an acute sinus infection. Today the pressure/pain has traveled down from my forehead to my upper back teeth. Last night a strangly cough kept Bob and I up. I finally got out of bed at 3...

New to ED - What things should I do to become a better ED nurse?

by Nurse Beth - I have been a nurse for 8 years now and had worked in a nursing home. I recently decided to transition to a hospital as everything in my life is undergoing change. I do believe in God and with...

Terminated After Two Months!!

by Nurse Beth - Dear Nurse Beth, Their training program was about 3 months, but I didn't think it was long enough for me. On my first month on my own, I was incredibly stressed and overwhelmed. Ultimately, I made...

Creating a Resume with One Year Experience

by Nurse Beth - Does one still include any clinical information? For instance, my capstone took place in my specialty. Is it worth it to keep that information on there? I know that when you've had multiple years of...

New Nurse Having Bad Experience with Nursing - How can I get on track to ED Nursing?

by Nurse Beth - When I finished nursing school my belief was I was going to be easily hired within my organization into the new grad program, unfortunately that was not the case. When I questioned my seniority with...

Tipping (Sacred) Cows and Evidence-Based Practice Part I

by Nurse Beth - I’ve heard of cow-tipping but I’ve never actually seen it done. Is it a real thing or are they just pulling my city-girl leg? I don’t know. But..I do know what we can do- we can tip the Sacred Cows...

Second-Career 50-ish RN working LTAC - Anxious about searching for new job

by Nurse Beth - I was a leader in my class. My precepting RNs liked me but I did not click with HR. I got a few interviews but all the prestigious new grad jobs went to my young friends. My only job offer was from a...

Why Do Nurses Quit?

by Nurse Beth - Jamie looked at the framed group photo on the wall of Cohort 22, the 24 new grad nurses who started a year ago in 2015. They all look so happy and eager. Where are they all now? Of the 24, 16...

Working Toward CNM - Will Job-Hopping Make Me Look Unreliable?

by Nurse Beth - Let me fill you in on my background: I graduated with my ADN in 2014, worked on an adult cardiac/tele floor for 8 mos or so (I knew I wouldn't stay, just took the job to get in the door as a new...

Missing Time With Family - I hate my weekends only job!!

by Nurse Beth - In my current job, I have my own group of 6 and am charge of up to 30 patients on the unit, and one of my coworkers is always behind, so I feel like I have at least 8 patients of my own every shift I...

Social Media and Emotional IQ

by Nurse Beth - I follow some folks on social media who I keep on a “never miss their posts” list because they are well spoken and challenge me to be a better communicator. There are some posters here on AN who...

New Grad: How can I get experience if nobody will give me a chance?

by Nurse Beth - I am getting rather down and frustrated. I am aware that they want experience but how can I get any experience if no one is willing to give me a chance to show that I want to work hard for them and...


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