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  • Jun 3

    Someone mentioned in another thread that it's unprofessional to mention that you have other patients.

    I disagree. There is definitely a tactful way to let a patient know that you have an urgent matter with one of your patients, but will get that extra pillow as soon as you can. I find people very understanding when I communicate in a friendly and informative manner.

  • May 30

    Quote from NurseCard
    There are tons of options available to you, as far as nursing jobs with a slower,
    less stressful pace. Psych nursing is one option. I loved going from a post
    surgery/ortho floor to an adult psych unit. I worked night shift on the psych
    unit. Very low stress!
    Depends on the psych unit.

    I walked in two days ago on a rapid response being called on my patient ... my schizophrenic adult patient who fought us tooth and nail.

    Also define "low stress." I have a guy who loves to expose himself to women, a woman who threw the weighted chair at my preceptor because she didn't like his response with one of her questions, and a woman who refuses to walk because she thinks someone poisoned her limbs with lead.

    And this, including the rapid response, was all on Friday.

    I see psych tossed out as an "easy" option quite often here on AN, and maybe it's considered easy due to jobs viewed as being "easier" because it's our niche. I certainly find it enjoyable, preferable to other specialities because it's *my* niche. But easy?

    I'd encourage the OP to find that niche.

  • May 29

    I think the OP had a difficult day and was venting. I wish this board was a little more like a duvet and a little less like a brick wall sometimes. While I completely agree that this is a public forum and that comments and opinions were solicited by the original posting, I'm willing to bet that there are plenty of us who have had days just like the OP and may be hesitant to express that after reading the majority of these comments.

    I've had days where I get in my car and swear I'm never, ever coming back again. Then I get home, sit down and watch a movie with a glass of sweet tea, the cat sticks her tail in my face while purring (does anyone know how to stop that? ) and all is well in my world again.... and I get ready for the next day.

  • May 29

    Every Psych hospital I have worked has allowed them, even with very ill patients. Otherwise it falls under religious discrimination.

  • May 28

    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Huh? How is OP "trolling"?
    Glad I'm not the only one at a loss.

  • May 28

    An inappropriate romantic relationship with a patient during the psych rotation is what the word on the street was for the one student I do know of who was kicked out. Seems logical enough; we were taught nursing ethics early, so she had to have known.

  • May 27

    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Dogs are so misrepresented. If a girl is mad at her man or feeling salty towards a boy she calls him a dog. Dogs are loyal, loving, protective, easy to train, smart, and easy to care for and bring joy to so many. If only people were more like dogs.

    Then when upset people say we are treated like dogs. Majority of people treat dogs better than they treat their own fellow humans.

    #doglivesmatter
    #stopthemisrepresentationofdogs
    This is so true! I *wish* people treated me as well as I treat my cat! I'd like to nap in the sun all day and get nom-noms for simply being adorable.

  • May 21

    Quote from hecallsmeDuchess
    "What personal connection did you form with your patients today?"
    " You have to always manage-up your co-workers."
    Personal connection? Does washing their butt count?

  • May 17

    Quote from PICUGuy
    Each patient's perennial area is like a flower, uniquely different, and should be treated as such.
    Perennial area!

  • May 17

    As a Hopkins hospital nurse, I would like to set the record straight: there is no singular technique for wiping. That's amatuer hour. A thorough assessment should take place before even thinking about wiping. Each patient's perennial area is like a flower, uniquely different, and should be treated as such. Additionally, dimethicone wipes are the only choice. You can imagine my embarrassment when, due to lack of proper training at my No Name nursing School, I asked where the baby wipes were on my first day of orientation. Oh, the egg on my face that day! Clearly, Hopkins Hospital will have to think twice before hiring another low breed nurse like myself. ;-)

  • May 17

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I am noticing an increasing number of posts lately by soon-to-be graduates (or prospective students) casually mentioning that they are attending a 'prestige' school. I'm not sure where this is coming from. (Besides bragging of course)

    Just know that nursing school rankings (if that's how you are determining the prestige of your school) matter not a whit to the overwhelming majority of employers. What employers care about is:

    Did you pass NCLEX?
    Can you do the job?

    PERIOD

    Dropping $80 - 120K on a 'prestige' school when you can get the exact same degree from your state university for half the price is just plain foolish.

    I absolutely agree!!!! You can attend a local accredited community college and graduate with a degree in Nursing debt free. I think because Nursing is in such high demand at the moment, schools are coming out of left field with all sorts of Nursing programs with tuition's through the roof and because a lot of students don't have a full understanding of the terms of financial aid they go for it not understanding whats racking up in loans and how they'll be paying it back forever.

  • May 17

    Quote from Cvepo
    We all wipe the same ass when we graduate whether you went to a "prestigious" school or a no-name.
    "Oh, look at her technique. It's... amazing. She *must* have gone to Duke."

  • May 16

    We got a hand-held, battery-operated fan. The fan blades have an LED panel that lights up with the company motto, but the motto is too long, so the fan dies before you can see the whole thing. My co-worker and I also got to chase the ice cream cart down the hall, then go back to our office to get our badges to prove that are, in fact, RNs, even though all RNs wear the same color at my hospital. After that, the cart pushers had a debate in front of us as to whether or not we "qualified" for the ice cream since we are case management RNs, not bedside RNs. So, all in all, a typical Nurses' Week.

  • May 16

    Here in Surrey, England. We got one pen each and it is not even one from the trust we are working for but from RCN freebies. Lucky for some unit to share biscuits etc.

    Nurses are really not appreciated. How sad is that?

  • May 16

    We got a nice tote bag (with company logo), and inside the bag were hand lotion, lip balm, water bottle, and Chex mix. It was really nice, considering that for many years we got nothing.

    Even worse, one year we got one of those Pinterest things: a paper bag with matches ("for when you need to light your fire") , a button ( "for when you need to button your lip" ) , a safety pin ("for when you need to keep it together")...and so on. That was just straight-up annoying !


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