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Nurse Beth, MSN, RN 175,788 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.

Overwhelmed International Nurse - Preceptor is Condescending

by Nurse Beth - The preceptor that I am assigned to is helpful in some regards but she has a very condescending tone when speaking to me if I am getting overwhelmed with tasks she does not assist. I realize that she...

When Your Patient is an Addict...How to Deal

by Nurse Beth - Jake is very sociable, and has a lot of …colorful friends who visit him in the hospital. He’s quite likable, because he’s intelligent, funny and clever. He’s not bad-looking, but at 35, his lifestyle...

Suspended for a Medication Error

by Nurse Beth - The Act I was a new nurse, and before I had even gotten my feet underneath me, I lost my footing and fell hard. I made a medication error. I was fresh off orientation as a brand new nurse...

When Nurses Make Fatal Mistakes

by Nurse Beth - Jessica's Story Jessica was a young, conscientious nurse in her first year of nursing. Jessica was having a typical busy day on Tele. One of her patients, a middle aged male in Room 4152, was...

Accepted to 2 Nursing Programs: Help me decide which is the best option

by Nurse Beth - Now my actual question: Given the saturated market in which I live, and the fact that getting a New Grad residency program is basically a 1 in 100,000 chance... Which program would better suit me...

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...

Is this a possible case of age discrimination?

by Nurse Beth - I had my instructor review my resume and give me some tips, but I still had no interviews. Two months later, I had an interview with a medical practice for an office LPN and they knew I was a new...

Uncomfortable Answering Interview Questions

by Nurse Beth - What do you believe are your strength and your weaknesses. What interests you most in our organization statement? What can you tell us about an organization? Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10...

How to Not Die in the Hospital

by Nurse Beth - Tragically, many people die from medical errors every year in hospitals. It’s hard to know how many. “Medical error”is never listed as a cause of death on death certificates. But according to...

Flu Shot or Mask?

by Nurse Beth - Recently at the nurse's station at work, I was talking with Lisa. Lisa was wearing a surgical mask. To keep her job, she has to wear a mask until flu season is over because she declined to get a flu...

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?...


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