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Leesha, ADN, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN 2,660 Views

Joined Aug 8, '07 - from 'Wisconsin'. Leesha is a BSN, RN on a Med/Surg floor. She has '4.5' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med/Surg'. Posts: 76 (29% Liked) Likes: 45

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  • Jun 28

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    There. Is. NO. Nursing. Shortage.
    Amen. Amen.

  • Jun 28

    Quote from Itsybit56
    Nursing boards for an ADN/ASN are exactly the same for a BSN. I am very concerned with nursing care related to shortage. We already have a nurse shortage nation wide. I feel hospitals only wanting BSN nurses is going to increase this shortage. The focus is wrong. We need to utilize all our nurses MSN, BSN, ASn/ADN and LPN to decrease the nursing shortage and that would improve patient outcomes and reduce deaths.
    There. Is. NO. Nursing. Shortage.

  • Jun 28

    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    Wow, attitude. Well what does the published literature say about jsfarri's comment? Do they refute it? instead of being so holier-than-thou, you can share your alleged expertise.
    I cited a study published by a respected nursing leader that addressed jsfarri's questions. I've already read that article and wanted to share the information. I love learning from the literature and continue to read some journals.l If anyone else is not interested, it's not a problem for me.

  • Jun 28

    A shirt like that is a sign of insecurity- like you have the need to shout "I matter". People who know their worth don't need that.

  • Jun 28

    Yup. Getting anxiety the night before and cant sleep because you dont know what **** show you are going to walk into tomorrow!

  • Jun 23

    Quote from Sagegrr
    My sister in law, just got her BSN, and she is working as a student nurse at a veterans hospital in California. She was shocked when they said if she does not pass her Nclex on the first test that they would not hire her as a real full time employee. I have never heard of that before. I think it is wrong if you pass, you pass it shouldn't matter how many times you have taken it. Also, when you apply for jobs, are they able to see how many times you have taken the test?
    Ahhh, but it does matter how many times you have to take the test. At least it matters to some. Honestly, would you want your loved one to receive care from an RN who took 7 tries to pass NCLEX? What if all that nurse accomplished during the 7 tries was how to successfully dissect the NCLEX question format, rather than actually increasing her knowledge base?

    This is a hot topic here, due to the folks who come here moaning about how nursing is their dreeeeeeeam and they just know ​that they are meant to be a nurse, but after 5 tries they just can't get it. Some states do have limits, but I personally think all states should limit.

  • Jun 23

    In addition, 85 percent of U.S.-educated test takers pass NCLEX on the first attempt. Therefore, if a student nurse or GN fails NCLEX, he/she falls into the small minority of people who are unsuccessful on the first try.

    In other words, the facility doesn't need to wait around for a student nurse or GN to keep retaking NCLEX until (s)he passes because the majority of applicants are able to pass the first time around. Time waits for nobody.

  • May 1

    Quote from Fluffy1turbo
    I'm now sure what specifically is stresses me out. I'll have to think about that a little.
    Just being new or in a new role stressed out many people. The transition from CNA, EMT or nursing student to nurse is as big of a challenge as from grocery clerk or CPA to nurse. While money is an enormous responsibility, nurses hold money AND people's lives in their hands. And even though you've worked as a CNA and watched what nurses DO, the only way to understand the tremendous responsibility that nurses have is to actually BE a nurse.

    The first year of nursing is so difficult that Allnurses even has a forum devoted specifically to that transition.

    Most of us hated nursing our first year or so on the job. I know I did. But as you gain knowledge, experience and critical thinking ability your attitude about your job and the nursing profession as a whole will probably change. Hang in there. And remember that to GET through it, you have to GO through it. All of us went through our first year of nursing and came out the other side.

    It's OK if you still hate nursing once you've become competent (at about the two year mark), but at least you will have a more clear idea of what you hate about it.

  • Sep 27 '15

    Don't forget the placebo effect is a very well-documented thing. I don't believe aromatherapy, for example, is terribly scientific - but if you can convince a patient to believe lavender will help him calm down, and you have him smell some lavender, he might just calm down. Certain treatments/interventions can absolutely be useful and work even if they don't have hard science backing them up because of the placebo effect.

  • Jun 20 '15

    You can call me an oddball if you wish, but I like to know about patients with behavioral issues before I meet them. I also appreciate heads-up warnings regarding bizarre family dynamics or tendencies toward crazy-making.

  • Feb 15 '15

    It sounds like the patient should have been set up as a continuous care case or inpatient for symptom management??

  • Nov 8 '14

    I like-
    The fact that you really get to know your pts and family (depending on their prognosis)
    Being able to support families and pts at EOL
    The flexibility
    Being able to feel like you successfully helped a pt pass with dignity and comfort

    extreme caseload
    impossible facilities
    meetings about meetings about meetings

  • Apr 16 '14

    Being respected and appreciated by colleagues, medical and allied staff (and reciprocating that feeling). That might include bringing in a silly joke gift that is part of an inside joke on the unit; being thanked for doing a good job; receiving informative feedback or education when you've missed something.

  • Mar 21 '14

    1) We don't do your homework for you. Even if it isn't nursing homework. It's in the terms of service.
    2) It's not a very good idea --it's actually a pretty bad idea-- to post your real name and email on an anonymous internet forum.
    3) Nobody is going to give you a real name, position, and employer. See "anonymous," supra.

    What I recommend, as a nurse writer and editor, is that you go to the library and check out some of the many, many nursing journals. Almost all of the better ones give you contact information for the article authors. You can also contact or Google some past and present nursing editors, like Diana J. Mason, the Editor Emerita of the American Journal of Nursing; I think there's a very good chance that she would answer your questions. The rest of us are on the mastheads.

    That way you will increase your chances of finding real writers (although I hasten to add that there are some truly excellent ones on AN), and you will know to whom you are speaking. On an anonymous forum like this, well, we could be lots of different people and not even nurses.

    Hope that helps! At very least it will give you a leg up on learning how to do research on a writing topic beyond hitting "send."

    We need good writers, so I hope you choose nursing over journalism. You can always be a nurse who writes well, but you can't be a journalist with a nursing hobby.

    (oh, and a good writer doesn't call her correspondents "you guys.")

  • Feb 25 '14

    My nursing career has spread over several hospitals and units, and in all my years I have never been more ashamed and frustrated to be a nurse as I am nowadays.

    Between hospitals lack of money and the constant fear of being sued I have noticed a shift from caring about the patient to caring about proper documentation and "saving your own butt".

    I am seeing a lack of comraderie between staffmembers, as they no longer have eachothers backs, but now overlook one another and write eachother up numerous times.

    We are expected to document in both the paper and computer flowsheets, and are immediatly written up if something is charted in only once.

    Animosity now exists between the ER and the floor, rolling their eyes.. refusing report and patient.

    Management once had our backs and supported us when accusations were made from families or other staffmembers, but now they merely make a note in our file of the incidence, not wanting to cause waves as their own positions of middle management are unsteady.

    Management now does 'quality assurance' everyday double checking our charting and making daily notations on how to improve our written word.

    We have checklists for everything.. checklists to monitor the chescklists.. it really has become quite ridiculous.

    I personally once was in the middle of moving a trached patient on a vent from stretcher to bed, and the nurse manager came in mid movement to ask about the MedReconciliation.. never once looking or asking about the status of the critical patient.

    In defense everyone is acting out in fear of their job, fear of the DOH, CME, or Joint Commission showing up... all suits who do not understand the medical profession nor have realisitc expectations. I would truly like to see anyone of the Commissions work a full 12 hour shift in a busy ER without being allowed to have their bottle of water at the nurses station.

    Nursing is no longer the "art and science" we were taught in school.. it is now "charting and fending for oneself". I have seen many incredible nurses leave the bedside practice because they can no longer deal with the micro-management of insignificatnt daily tediousness. Make no mistake,

    I am no bitter nurse that is tongue-lashing after getting in trouble, and I am making a realistic observation of how the nursing profession has quickly moved its focus off of caring for a patient. I really wish nursing could go back to what it was years ago when we had a a sense of pride and comraderie... I fear what the future holds.