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    Glycerine82 and WKShadowRN like this.

    Quote from WKShadowRN
    Are we coworkers? And yeah. I always take wearing it seriously. I'm chuffed at the attention I get, because it is fun and I love paying homage . But call it a costume, belying the reverence I hold for it, and I'll be quite cross.
    Yes. That's the struggle. I have a lot of respect for it and it's not a "costume". Unfortunately, Halloween is the only time I can wear it. I wear it properly.

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    WKShadowRN likes this.

    Quote from WKShadowRN
    Nurse Rached
    Why yoooooooou, I oughtta...

    Nurse Ratched was brought up, especially since they know I'm also a psych nurse.

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    HazelLPN, sallyrnrrt, and WKShadowRN like this.

    Quote from NurseCard
    A couple of years prior to THAT, worked with a nurse who always wore a nurse's cap. She wore it because "I earned it".
    When I finally received my cap, it was so amazing to me. I took that baby into my hands and just stared at it in disbelief. My eyes popped out of my head and almost fell over. I was being both mildly silly and drop dead serious when I told my classmates, "That is the most beautiful thing that I've ever seen!"

    We voted on whether we were going to have caps or not. You bet your peaches I voted the cap. I would have been terribly disappointed had we not.

    I remember being an aide when we all wore the white uniforms. I actually found an image of my first uniform:


    The aides dressed the same as the nurses, but no cap, of course. We tried to wear navy sweaters, but we were told to knock it off, because navy was only for the nurses... but we did it anyway and, eventually, they gave up

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    walkingon, MrNurse(x2), TriciaJ, and 7 others like this.

    I have a cap. I wear it on Halloween with uniform dress, white hose and navy blue sweater. I wear it to my elderly day care job. The old folks love it! My coworkers (that are not nurses) tell me I look intimidating in this, lol. Not sure why.

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    kalycat and VivaLasViejas like this.

    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Yes, many if not most psych units are locked. In fact, I've never been in one that wasn't. (Not that I've been in a lot of them.) This is done to keep patients safe and to minimize distractions. And no, it wasn't at night, so it wasn't creepy at all.

    Most psych hospitals really aren't as scary and creepy as people think anyway. I've had freakier things happen in LTC!!!

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    Emergent, Suzann_RN, RN4vets, and 2 others like this.

    A long time ago, I started my first ever job as a CNA. This nursing home was a hell hole. I sucked it up for about two weeks before I quit.

    Anyway, the aides were a bunch of older men and women who were absolute losers. They were, maybe, late 20's to early 40's. I was 17. You'd think they'd show some maturity, but nooo. The crap started to fly when a resident complimented me and this was overheard by the aides. Oh my god, you'd think being complimented would be a fantastic thing... not to these yahoos. I was immediately taunted, "Ooooh... you're sooooo nice... isn't she just sooooo perfect!" Blah blah blah.

    Then as I was walking down the hallway, there they all were, waiting for me to pass. They were actually lined up on each side and blew straw wrappers in my face when I walked through! I couldn't believe it! Another time, they all gathered about to watch Tim the Lead Aide offer me a piece of chocolate cake that he had brought from the soiled utility room!!! Yes, I'm confident to this day that there was poop in that cake. When I told him I wasn't stupid, you better believe I was mocked some more.

    I also had my purse stolen the first day was there-- but that wasn't bullying. That was just a thief.

    I have never, in any job anywhere, ever experienced anything like that before or since. I believe it's truly rare. Thank the Lord.

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    AliNajaCat, chare, NICUismylife, and 1 other like this.

    I hope the students on here never feel too bad about tossing out a wrong answer or two. That's how we learn. I know that when I've been wrong, the correct answer has stuck with me for ever and ever afterward! That said, perhaps students need to make it clear that they are students (or pre-students) when they participate. It just helps other students measure the weight of some of these answers.


    All students who come here are well advised to remember that not all participants in these threads will have correct answers or will even be leading you in the right direction. Students: Take each answer with a grain of salt and fact check it for yourself.

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    twinmommy+2 likes this.

    Ativan breaks easily. We have packages that don't have that nice little pull tab. I have to struggle popping that stupid little pill out of its tight little nesting spot. Then the pill breaks apart and crumbles.

    Well, this has caused issues for me in psych. The worst/funniest was the psychotic lady who got super angry when her pill snapped in half! Her eyes bugged out in indescribable anger as she called me a "b", pushed the full water cup I was holding into my chest, and then chased me down the hall

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    Quote from mindofmidwifery
    I am a tech and many of the nurses and fellow techs I work with are middle class while I am lower-middle class. It is awkward to me sometimes when people talk about the different activities they do, vacations they go on, and areas they live in. I have nothing to contribute because I basically just go to school and stay at home and I live in a somewhat bad neighborhood I do feel left out sometimes but I hope to be in the middle class once I actually become a nurse.
    That's exactly where I was in life when I was your age. I know exactly what you mean about those conversations. I'll never forget how horrified my well-heeled former mother-in-law was that I had never been to Disney. How dare my parents deprive me! It was simply beyond her comprehension that not everyone is blessed with enough money to throw at things beyond basic necessities... if even that.

    I also hated when people asked me where I lived. The looks I'd get! One of my friends in grade school had her mother pick me up at my house. I'll never forget the mother complaining how scary it was and then saying, "Ew, I feel sorry for you that you have to live here!" I hated her for that! Apparently, having a little money doesn't automatically mean you have class and tact!

    Your life will improve once you are a nurse. Mine did. Good luck to you.

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    Why so bitter?

    Quote from Wisenurn55
    You know it's always something with nursing. This cliquish profession with it's women. And it's crap. I can't wait to get out of this profession. I'm counting down the days. To answer your stupid question, not necessarily. It depends on how long you've been a nurse; if you're PRN or full time. if you work night shift or not determines your pay. What's up with stepford wife crap???? I haven't seen one yet maybe they work in psych where they don't do anything but sit on their butt and medicate people. the nursing profession is a waste of time. if you're in it now get out. i told this 16 year old girl to not go into nursing. it'll be the best decision she'll ever make. she'll be thanking me 20 years down the line when she's my age. i'm glad that i didn't become a nurse.
    I work geripsych. I can assure you, I don't do anything but sit on my butt and medicate people. You aren't a nurse and you don't know what you're talking about.

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    Quote from NurseGirl525
    There are places where patients still share rooms? I truly did not know that still existed in this day and age. Here, rooms aren't made to be large enough to house 2 beds.
    Inpatient psych: Our patients share a room without so much as a curtain between the beds. Nothing like room mates fighting over snoring, stolen underwear and Jesus. I'm tired of the drama that shared rooms produce.

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    poppycat, sevensonnets, evastone, and 2 others like this.

    You're title says "used as an excuse". I'm not sure what you mean, but I interpret that as a nurse missing something important with a patient, and then blaming the aide for it because the nurse 100% expected the aide to be their "eyes and ears". Is that correct?

    While there are aides I do trust, I wouldn't rely on them to take the place of my own eyes and ears. When I think of aides as being "the eyes and ears of the nurse", I take that to mean they'll let me know if something's off in between the times I'm able to see my patient myself. They are not a replacement for my own assessment or responsibility.

    Not sure if this answers your question, but I'm not entirely sure what you mean? Do you have an example?

    Edit: I reread your post. Okay, maybe not about blaming the aides for lack of a nurse's own assessment, but rather being lazy (?) about it because they rely on the aides too much? Not good either.

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    I used to do this. Fell asleep in the tub once while studying and had a bizarre dream about bacteriophages.

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    elkpark and Nurse Leigh like this.

    Quote from SouthernBelle85
    It's a problem for the students that aren't great note takers. I never could write fast enough to take good notes.
    I think the problem is people try to write everything down. Notes should be key words and phrases that you can go back and expand upon later.

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    Shoot. I grew up in a house with roaches, mold and sewer problems. Not proud to say that. If that didn't kill me, my work shoes sure as hell won't.

    Quote from TheCommuter
    I don't change out of my work shoes, either. After my 12-hour shifts ended, I'd wear my work shoes throughout the house and never became sick.

    I think society is too germaphobic. Healthcare facilities are actually cleaner and more sanitary than most peoples' homes and businesses. The average community dweller does not deep-clean the house or apartment on a daily basis with industrial strength disinfectants, yet hospital surfaces are deeply cleaned and disinfected every day.