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    Quote from ashbri85
    However, in my 13 years I have found that the ones who do well in school only are nurses for the money. The ones who truly have a heart and passion for it are forced to quit or flunk out. Most of the time it is because of instructors.
    How do you figure that?

    Are you saying that the only nurses out there are nurses who only do it for the money? Because by your reasoning, no one with a heart or passion ever gets to become a nurse.

    Do you think any nurse who wants a paycheck can't possibly have a heart or passion?

    Would you or any other person with a heart and passion still pursue nursing if you had to do it for free?

    I'm not trying to be rude. I'm just trying to understand why you feel the way you do.

    Seems to me that if someone had a heart and a passion for nursing, they would do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

    I don't even know that nursing instructors even know or care if one is doing it for the money or because they have a heart and passion. Instructors are looking for people who are able to be taught, meet learning goals and be safe. If a person has passion and a heart or would like a solid earning career-- or both-- AND can meet all requirements, they too can be a nurse.

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    WestCoastSunRN likes this.

    Quote from nightingale4me
    And, I don't think me stating that I would stick up for myself (or others) against bullying therefore makes me a bully, but again, that's just my perception of the situation.
    Yeah, I don't think sticking up for yourself against a bully makes you a bully. This makes no sense to me.

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    Orca, Christy1019, MrNurse(x2), and 1 other like this.

    Quote from Orca
    Several come to mind. Inpatient geropsych unit in a metropolitan hospital, female patient who seemed to have her days and nights inverted, resisted being put to bed at night. Would walk the halls checking doors and looking in rooms. Found out after talking to family members that she was a retired RN who worked night shift for many years. I noticed that when she checked doors, it wasn't as if she was trying to escape the unit, but rather that she was checking to make sure that the doors were secured. If we let her sit in the nurse station for a few minutes and arrange papers, she was much happier because she believed that she was helping.
    I also worked geropsych. We had a dementia patient -- and former nurse-- who would take off running down the hall yelling, "Call the pharmacy! Call the pharmacy! I've made a med error!".

    Talk about being trapped in Hell.

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    TriciaJ and Davey Do like this.

    I've always been like that to a degree and on one hand, I sometimes yearned to fit in better, and on the other hand I was glad I was not part of any hurt feelings or arguments that often come with workplace "friends". I never got a birthday potluck, that all my coworkers did, until a newer employee realized this. It took 12 years, but hey.

    It was not that I was actively disliked. I was not. I just was not accessible. I was polite, did my work, helped others and was known for being funny as hell, but did I ever ask anyone out for lunch? Nope. Did I ever drop a friendly text? Nope. What I mean is, are you putting yourself out there and taking a chance. My avoidant little self never allowed me to do such a thing, but I'm certain if I had, I would have fared better.

    Is there anything about you that is holding you back? You can't change other people, but maybe reflect what it is you are-- or are not-- bringing to the table.

    I hate hearing about people feeling this way. I hope things improve for you.

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    SullyRN, WKShadowRN, poppycat, and 6 others like this.

    Try LTC. I know you said you couldn't handle it, but you'd be surprised what you can handle when you have no choice. In the meanwhile, getting a job anywhere outside of nursing (such as retail) can help pay the bills until you find another nursing job. You do what ya gotta do. I know this all too well. Good luck to you.

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    I worked in psych for a long time and I never, personally, saw anything remotely resembling abuse. I was lucky to work with some really good people and I don't think it would have been tolerated. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen, but it has not been my experience and I would not have worked there for so long if that were the case.

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    Davey Do, brownbook, amoLucia, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from amoLucia
    Lying there on crumpled sheets like a discarded tissue, I see him.

    So romantic!

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    poppycat and brownbook like this.

    I would recommend getting some exposure to healthcare. You can become a CNA at 16, get some patient care experience in a nursing home. That's a good place to start. I knew many many nurses who did this. You could even start off with volunteering, kitchen, housekeeping, activities... just get some exposure to being around patients. Is there a type of medical careers class at your high school wherein you can observe or do volunteer-type classes in a clinical setting? Do it if you can.

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    Kitiger, Davey Do, and brownbook like this.

    Quote from Beth1978
    You too should write a serial, lol.
    I've been waiting to see if anyone else would continue the story

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    AJJKRN, BSNbeDONE, not.done.yet, and 5 others like this.

    Quote from Here.I.Stand
    ... and excessive importance placed on pt satisfaction.

    Yep. Good luck with that because, ya know, all those patients that are going to inpatient psych willingly check themselves in and want to be there...

    I'm convinced that psych is the last place where a patient satisfaction survey is a good idea.

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    Quote from Horseshoe
    "It was a hot and sultry night as I approached the nursing station for my shift. Though the temperature was oppressively high as I signed in at the computer, I felt a chill at the dark and moody atmosphere oozing from every pore of the unit. This did not bode well..."
    "Suddenly, a tortured cry shook my foundations. It crumbled me to the core. It shattered my shimmies. I ran, though I ran blindly, not seeing but hearing, feeling, tasting the anguish which I knew I must quell. All my senses, but my eyesight, beckoned me to go.

    Rounding the corner, I could finally see what had called me. My eyes had opened like a defiant flower in Spring. It was a man. A very handsome man... my patient who had entrusted his life to me... and he was in pain. My heart melted, but I knew I must be strong. Somebody had to save him. I readily accepted the challenge..."

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    Ruby Vee likes this.

    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I make a point from the patient's point of view as well.
    I think most of us can come from that point of view since most of us has been in the patient's/patient's family's shoes at some time.

    People often talk about "the patient's point of view" forgetting that we've walked in those shoes. We just have the added bonus of our nursing shoes as well. We can see both sides of the matter.

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    The wrist ones tend to be okay for a layperson to easily track BP's at home, but maybe not the best for a professional who needs to be more accurate.

    I agree with a good old fashioned stethoscope and cuff. Besides, you'll want a stethoscope for other assessments anyway.

    I always carried my own and, therefore, never had to worry about who had the machine or if the machine was skewed.

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    OsceanSN2019 likes this.

    The dial goes in increments of 2. Really look at your dial and you'll see this. If you start at, say, 80 and count in 2's ("80, 82, 84, etc.) you'll see you'll be right on the mark when you hit 90.

    The only time you'll see odd numbers is when an automated cuff is used. You cannot have odd numbers with a manual as it is only incremented in 2's.

    We knew when a lazy (and stupid) CNA was lying about vitals when they gave us odd numbered BP's with a manual

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    saskrn, NightNerd, Nurse Leigh, and 22 others like this.

    I'm with you, bud.

    I don't even bother to read those things!

    I also hate stock photos of nurses smiling and holding clipboards while wearing a pristine lab coat and perfectly perfect hair. A stethoscope is neatly placed on their neck.