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  • Jan 18

    Nah. What bugs me is patients who ask for fried chicken after a heart cath.

  • Nov 19 '16

    Objective: use is the appropriate term, not utilize.

    E & T: Looks fine, I prefer a colon between the degree and school, but that is my preference.

    H of Q:
    1. Dump considerable, sounds overstated. Use "Licensed" as you are a Licensed Practical Nurse.

    2. Excellent performer...doesn't really mean anything to me. Skilled should work just fine and doesn't sound overstated.

    3. Ok

    4. Ok

    5. I would change ethical and non-judgemental to "Culturally sensitive" and dump the rest. Claiming to be non-judgemental sounds to me as bad as saying you never make errors. We all have our times when we need to sit back and recognize if we are being judgemental or not, so better to not state something that really isn't true.

    6. Clumsy wording, perhaps "Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills"

    7. Dump "possess" because grammatically it would be "Posseses" based on previous subject and tense, which then sort of makes the sentence look ironically wrong.

    8. Ok

    9. Just punctual. Always on time is repetitive.

    10. Perhaps something more descriptive. Understands the importance of meeting deadlines. However, this sounds more administrative than nursing, so perhaps something like "Values timely administration of medications, assessments, and charting."


    1. Tighten it up. Nurse managers know what ADL's are, just state you can perform the duty, no need to describe.

    2. Ok

    3. Ok

    4. Ok

    5. Ok

    6. Ok

    7. Ok

    8. Ok

    9. Dump the Hep B, it's not a selling point.

    I would ditch the whole clinical section. They know you have to do clinicals to get your license.

    Relevant Employment: Ok

    Other Employment: Would make me think you only stay in a job for about six months on average. Might be worth ditching that whole section.

    References: Most guides now state not to even include this as all employers understand references are available. See this guide for more helpful hints:

    Cover Letter: Avoid adverbs. Passion is not generally assumed to be "real or unreal" you are generally passionate or not. Dump extraneous adverbs like "very". They don't truly add

    Once again remove utilize. It is an unprofessional use of the word "use".

    Double check capitalization. I am a recent graduate from Norquest College with a diploma as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the Practical Nurse program."

    Have you sat for your boards yet? This is not clear.

    "As a teaching facility and a variety of clinical settings,"

    Tenses and subjects need clarification throughout. Who is a teaching facility?
    Perhaps something like "I am aware that your facility offers a variety of clinical settings, and would offer me the opportunity to gain a varied experience."

    Through my clinical practicum's I have also gained the experience in medication administration.

    Remove the apostrophe in practicum.

    OP: Sorry if this comes across as "OMG psycho edits" but I take it seriously that if you say "I have strong written communication skills" that you show that in clarity of context and meaning in your writing.

    Take the edits as you will, look over some resources, and best of luck in your endeavors!!


  • Nov 15 '16

    Now that I have children I can make this equation, for me at least: Nursing is like having children, there are moments where you are blown away by the human spirit and potential, and other times when you want to run out the door and hide in the woods.

  • Sep 30 '16

    I think it is a tough spot to be in. It looks like a very long line of mistakes were made before this ended with you. While it would have been great to have caught this, it is what it is. The patient is ok, life goes on, and just deal with the peer review.

  • Aug 31 '16

    I prefer programs that reward individuals for accomplishments. Our hospital has a comment card project where patients and employees can fill out thank you type cards for each other. These are then used during reviews and in portfolios to show positive outcomes. I carry a copy of each one I Have received over the years in my binder, and read them frequently to remind myself that what I do is important.

  • Aug 24 '16

    I am not even practicing right now and I keep my current. $120 a year is worth it for me. While I loved my employer, I never wanted to be in a position where they might push something off on me, so I wanted to be protected. I carry mine through NSO.

  • Aug 24 '16

    I am not even practicing right now and I keep my current. $120 a year is worth it for me. While I loved my employer, I never wanted to be in a position where they might push something off on me, so I wanted to be protected. I carry mine through NSO.

  • Apr 21 '16

    My husband can totally relate to the dinner out with friends scenarios!

  • Mar 13 '16

    I am an HSP as well as my husband. I have the majority of the books to read during my "baby break" starting after next week, including The Highly Sensitive Child since I am pretty sure I am growing another HSP.

    I love nursing. I find that keeping a tight handle on my organization helps cope with being overwhelmed, plus I am a strong multi-tasker. I notice that when things get too loud, or a particular nurse gets a little crazy, I do tend to get internally frustrated at times (mostly since I went to day shift, but I love it anyway!).

    I have also noticed I build strong patient relationships quickly because I notice nuances in their behavior and can incorporate them into my care (i.e. anxiousness).

    I know this thread is older, but it is still very interesting.

  • Mar 6 '16

    Quote from septvirgo03
    Good evening Nurses

    Question for you: What has been your most challenging nursing experience/situation, and how did you handle it?

    Dealing with a nurse who was my friend when I started and then turned on me when I started to take more control of my position and progress forward as charge nurse. >.>

    Patient-emotional wise my most challenging experience would most likely be taking care of a detox who suddenly turned on me and told me I had murdered her whole family and was keeping them in a garbage bag on the roof. Even though I knew she wasn't in her right mind I was down right angry with her. Luckily it was the very end of the day and I was able to walk away from the situation and cool off.

    Patient-health status wise I would say it was the 90+y/o pneumonia patient that I had for four hours from admission to death. She was a DNR and the lack of humanity some of my support staff showed was extremely frustrating. (RT would walk in when I would call pleading them to fix the BI-PaP because her sats were in the 60's and they would look at me, right at her bedside, and say "isn't she a DNR?" I understand I needed to let her go, but the lack of compassion for the situation was so frustrating for me. This was also my first patient loss in my then three year career.

    I am sure there are many other situations out there, but those are the ones that currently stick out in my mind.

  • Mar 3 '16

    As an ADN prepared nurse I have no issue with others having BSN on their badge. Now as far as those nurses having better patient outcomes than me well...I will just bite my tongue