Latest Comments by Chaya

Latest Comments by Chaya

Chaya 6,220 Views

Joined Mar 5, '03 - from 'Bosstown metro area'. He has '15' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Rehab, Med Surg, Home Care'. Posts: 1,113 (19% Liked) Likes: 471

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    Look up "Imposter Syndrome"; there's been a lot written about it recently. ( And it wouldn't hurt to watch the classic Wizard of Oz!)
    The coursework will be challenging but doable. Working in the medical field will help you with some of the basic skills (as long as you are willing to adapt to alternate methods) and some of the time management. Sound like you have the basic stuff, plus some; you just have to put it together. Concentrate on critical thinking, common sense and especially growing a really thick skin emotionally (lots of head trash and bullying out there), then keep your goal in focus.
    You got this- just gotta go get it!

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    kbrn2002 and caliotter3 like this.

    Also look into whether you need to continue to work full time at your non-nursing job to become vested. You may need a minimum number of hours in each year you work in addition to remaining there for a specific length of time so if you have already accumulated the hours for this last year they may let you work a reduced number of hours thru the 5 year mark. Ideally when you start a nursing position you will be able to concentrate exclusively on that, but walking away from being vested in a retirement plan a few months short of the time requirement should not be taken lightly with the financial shortfalls many retirees experience based on fluctuations in the economy. If the position you are applying for doesn't have a hard-wired starting date (like an internship program) and it's getting to be within 6-8 weeks of your vesting date, you could legitimately state that you are looking to start in October. Lastly, if your current position will let you work reduced hours and schedule them around your nursing position, it may may be possible to have both overlap for a short without overwhelming you.

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    Brenda F. Johnson likes this.

    Knowing that her team was right on top of the situation and did everything possible is a great comfort to family/ friends.

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    Lanilu and Maevish like this.

    The denial mind set that goes hand in hand with addiction-of any sort. A patient lying to my face about when they last drank/ used drugs or what they really were eating the last few days doesn't hurt me but giving HCP's inaccurate info could delay or prevent appropriate treatment and ultimately cost the patient their life. This kind of stuff really pushes my buttons. I just wanna say "you're wasting my time, the doctor's and your own-why even bother?"

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    Quote from Horseshoe
    Conspiracy theorists don't care about science, factual data, or the sad truth that before the advent of vaccines, millions upon millions of people died from infectious disease.
    Scary!

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    AnonBoston, Kitiger, and djh123 like this.

    Some of our patients are entitled/ have an attitude but I truly believe most are just scared, in pain and preoccupied.I can't tell you how much we appreciate you making a special effort to give us your kind words. We don't hear them often and don't really expect to, but when someone lets us know our efforts made a difference to them, we get that extra boost that helps us go in and start our shift knowing just why we are there.

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    "Practice".
    (If you don't have it down by this time-you shouldn't be doing it!)

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    kalycat likes this.

    [Pulmonary toilet...]
    Second that. Can't help mentally inserting "in the" when I hear it. (Ocassionally, but I do hear it used)

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    db2xs, NutmeggeRN, Here.I.Stand, and 3 others like this.

    I so try to counteract the terror families feel at the term "hospice" and to emphasize that it is a different type of care that is at present more appropriate for their loved one and NOT a timetable for counting down their last days. Attitudes are changing but it's a slow process.

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    T3_RN and noyesno like this.

    We were "spoken to" if we failed to clock out for meals. You could put in for an exception but you'd better have a stellar excuse. If you were unable to take breaks on a regular basis you were admonished about your time management.

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    AtomicWoman, VivaLasViejas, sirI, and 5 others like this.

    Quote from NightAngelle
    Condolences to the staff, friends, and family of Brian Short. I've been a member here for a very long time. It was this site that helped me to decide which career path to take, where to complete said career path, kid with colleagues, and I also referred other nurses here to answer what I liked to consider "frequently asked questions in nursing". Nurses do indeed cry too. I'm very sorry this happened and I hope the allnurses legacy continues on. We truly lost a pioneer.
    Yes; sometimes events-or people- hit us too close to the heart to be able to keep the professional distance we have trained ourselves to count on in order to maintain our professional facade

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    pandora72, Davey Do, sirI, and 7 others like this.

    Well said. He created a world wide online community of nurses of an almost incomprehensible scope. So many times it was being able to freely discuss a sensitive and new (to me) issue with nurses from so many different places and realizing that I was not alone that allowed me to regain my equilbrium, take a deep breath, and return to work the next day.
    Although I heard of this heart breaking tragedy on national news it did not seem real until I read it on allnurses. Brian, you created a lasting legacy that has inspired, reassured and challenged hundreds of thousands of your colleagues and in turned helped their millions of patients throughout the years. You will never be forgotton.
    May you and your family be in peace.

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    I'm convinced it's the law of averages- if it's quiet it's because all the stuff that usually happens in a typical shift just hasn't happened yet.
    That being said, I will NEVER use the "Q" word before or during a shift. Nu-uh!

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    WKShadowRN likes this.

    Great forum!
    I love patient education when I can figure out how to get the info across so the patient understands it on their terms. I love to see that comprehension dawn on their faces as they come to understand their condition and how they can positively impact it by diet, med's and their actions. Best of all is when you can follow them for long enough to see some improvement take effect and see the self empowerment they are feeling.
    Good wound care is also pretty satisfying, again especially when you can follow the patient to see progress in healing as a result of your care.

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    Jacqueline.Damm likes this.

    Yep, it's been a journey for me too. Started out fresh on the floor with a paycheck by investing in Real Nurse Shoes. Which resulted in agony at the end of each shift. Not just my feet hurting but shooting pain in my knees, hips, and lower back as well. Huh? Didn't I just invest in the best, official professional footwear?
    Turned out a good pair of sports/ walking sneakers worked out a lot better. (Sketchers worked for me but I found everyone I worked with had a favorite brand.) Much improvement but still hurting after 8-12 hours so tried orthotic inserts. Ready made ones didn'the cut it so I splurged on a custom pair from a podiatrist. This eliminated the back, knee and hip pain and minimized the foot pain to tolerable soreness after a long day. Pricy but my 2 pairs of orthotics have lasted years with a couple of slight adjustments over time.
    Lastly, I have come to use moderate compression stockings with cotton based, absorbant socks over them. I swear by this combo and feel it has saved my joints and probably kept me from injury.


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