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  • 8:55 pm

    30 minutes is about how long it took me to take most of my tests in college. I consistently was among the first to finish and I finished my NCLEX in less than 45 minutes. Someone taking tests faster than you has nothing to do with their competency or their ability as a nurse in the future. When I take tests and see the correct answer, I select it. I don't spend 5 minutes reviewing every possible answer. I remember in high school, taking an SAT prep course and there being some ridiculously easy math question like a picture of a circle cut into quarters with 3 shaded in and it asked what percentage that was. The instructor went through every answer and was like "well you can eliminate 45% because you can see that more than half of the circle is shaded in and half is 50%" and went through each of the 3 wrong answers like this and I was sitting there like "or you could know in your head that 3/4 is 75%, pick that and move on to the next question."

    Depending on what you plan to do, the specific medications you're learning about in pharmacology may not even be relevant to your career. For example, we spent a fair amount of time on cholesterol meds in my pharmacology class. I remember next to none of it because, in 11 years as a pediatric nurse, I don't think I've ever come across a child on a cholesterol lowering medication. Rarely have I come across anyone on any of the anti-diabetic meds meant for type II diabetics either because type II is quite rare in pediatrics.

    Plus, what are you going to do in the future if you are taken to the ER by stretcher impaled with a foreign object and see one of these people as your trauma nurse? Say "no, not you, you took your pharmacology test too fast in nursing school"?

  • Mar 30

    Quote from Susie2310
    How about the wonderful cheerleader nurse group photos that I often see during Nurses Week? I'm sure we would all love to have the opportunity to be photographed in this way. Professional dignity is for people like doctors.
    Our hospital makes a video of all the nurses dancing to a popular song every year... and then it plays on the patient channel on the TVs for YEARS. I'd rather saw my arm off with a spoon.

  • Mar 29

    This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I'm an ex-smoker who is also a nurse. I'm doing my CAPSTONE project on nurse smoking and the impact on nurse careers and patient relationships. Soon I will be begging nurses who smoke on this site to take part in my study. Anyway, if we look at cigarette smoking as an addiction then we should try treating it as such. Dispersions and harsh judgements never cured any patient from any disease process that I know of including addiction. Further, smokers already know they are pariahs of modern society especially if they work in healthcare. Their addiction is simply stronger than any sense of shame that can be put on them by other nurses. Have a great night all!!!

  • Mar 29

    Quote from NursesRmofun
    I have never gotten that idea from anyone. Odd. I usually get the "admiration for nurses" dialogue -OR- the "I've had a bad experience with nurses" kind of thing, to a lesser degree....but never a reference to nurses not being bright!
    Might depend on who you're rubbing elbows with. I can tell you from experience, tech and finance industry people think RN's are educable retards and that our job is disgusting.

  • Mar 28

    It's amazing how intense nicotine addiction and withdrawal can be. I think we sometimes downplay its intensity in comparison to other substances, "Oh it's just cigarettes." but damn when they have a hold of you, it's an iron grip.

  • Mar 28

    The bouncy trampoline jump house!!! Brilliant idea. Simply love it. The vision of a bunch of overweight colleagues jumping around in one of these things is priceless. I wonder is they have a heavy-duty model?

  • Mar 28

    I just realized I HAVE participated in hospital scavenger hunts. I've searched for thermometers, dynamaps, dressing materials, and all sorts of equipment and materials I needed to do my job and that should have been readily available but weren't. I don't remember it as much fun, though.

  • Mar 28

    Quote from amoLucia
    Isn't some kind of whiskey made from corn?
    Yes, it's documented in a song by Luke Bryan...

    "Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey
    Whiskey makes my baby, feel a little frisky"

  • Mar 28

    Quote from OldDude
    Yes, it's documented in a song by Luke Bryan...

    "Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey
    Whiskey makes my baby, feel a little frisky"
    "Corn don't grow at all on Rocky Top
    Dirt's too rocky by far.
    That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
    Keep their corn in a jar"...

  • Mar 26

    I may be young at heart, but I am not a child. This sort of nurses day/week activity drives me crazy. The only sort of recognition I want is a monetary bonus and respect. Since I guess the budget doesn't run to bonuses for nurses, then just don't give me anything at all! That would be more respectful than cheap trinkets with the hospital logo on them.

    I'm not mad at you, I know you're just doing what has been done in the past, but really, it needs to stop as far as I'm concerned. Although the pony rides are intriguing....

  • Mar 24

    The fact that your preceptor has an associates degree is completely irrelevant. The context you used made it sound degrading.

    I hope cardiac step down is a better opportunity for you and less stress.

  • Mar 24

    Quote from bjwojcik
    The prescription was poorly handwritten, and I took it as Analgesic Oint, a rubefacient containing menthol and methyl salicylate.
    I think that same thing happened in an old movie!

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  • Mar 21

    Good Morning All,

    About three months ago, I wrote my first (and until now only) post on allnurses. I have been a loyal reader of the site for years. I was asking then some last minute opinions from the community here because I was leaving my employer of nearly two decades.

    Some background: I completed an LPN program in high school, and after graduating at seventeen, I sat for my boards, passed, and had secured a position shortly after turning eighteen. I went back to school and obtained my RN later through a scholarship program with my employer whom I then worked for as an RN.

    My job had everything that sounds great on paper: competitive pay, great benefits, and an ample time off package. I moved around to multiple areas and specialties. I would honestly say, based on performance evaluations, fellow staff comments, and written letters of thanks from patients and family members that I was a good nurse. Even in the moments where I felt that I needed to get out, I was never one to half a** it. The one thing about nursing I ALWAYS loved was helping people.

    So why then you might ask would a "good" nurse who took her career seriously want to leave after investing nearly 20 years? It's a number of things..but I suppose the main factor is that nursing asks for SO much. I felt that in order to be a great nurse, I had to give everything I had and then go back and wring myself out for more. I did both inpatient and outpatient nursing, and this was the case.

    Over the years, the drama, the back-biting, the gravitation to management with ample degrees and inadequate experience, the unsafe patient:staff all just continued to pile. I felt that the feelings I had for nursing were akin to feelings you might have for an abusive ex. You think of the good times to try to get through the bad ones, you have a love affair with what it USED to be and what you hope it could still be. Add this to the fact that in healthcare these days, everybody with a web browser is now a much better expert in your field then you are.

    And so..I left. I was professional and gave more then the expected notice. I left with my head held high and with a smile on my face for those I was leaving behind. Now I should disclose that prior to leaving I DID secure a VERY per diem position with wellness nursing just to keep my foot somewhat in the door should I immediately regret my decision to vacate nursing (and also to continue to earn hours for license renewal down the line.)

    I'm happy. I've learned SO much about myself..things I never thought would be true. I'm a fabulous cook and homemaker without the fatigue and pressures of mandated overtime, unsupportive management, and chronic short-staffing. I'm wonderful at adjusting and creating a budget that allows my family to live on one salary. I am THAT mom who volunteers and loves it.

    So for those who are considering leaving, I am writing this to say that it can work out. I know that sometimes we identify so much with our role as nurses that we're not sure if we'd even be any good at something else. Make sure you have an emergency fund! Make sure you do a budget to see if it's possible..and if it isn't on saving so that it could be. If you don't want to be home then think about what else you could do and work on getting there.

  • Mar 20

    I read this post by Orion I read as I was waking up this afternoon that caused me to roar with laughter:

    Quote from Orion81RN
    One kind of funny thing I did in charting....we have paper charting with my private duty agency...the mom had on Judge Judy on the tv right next to me. I was semi listening while charting and heard the word "prison." I wrote that the plan was for the patient (a peds case) to return to prison on Monday, instead of school.

  • Mar 17

    You can take any test you like, neither Briggs nor her daughter Briggs Myers were scientists or even trained in psychology. Jung's theory of personality (like all early personality theories) is more guesswork than science, though Jung's is more like spirituality. So have fun with it, don't take it seriously. There's nothing about MBTI that's scientific.