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Joined Aug 4, '08 - from 'Midwest'. Aurora77 is a RN. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med Surg'. Posts: 888 (60% Liked) Likes: 2,251

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  • Jan 28

    Quote from emmy27
    we exist in a constant state of manufactured crisis due to chronic understaffing.
    This is such an astute observation. Each shift is the same crisis and its not due to the patients. It doesn't matter the unit, it's all the same. We get told it's due to the nursing shortage, that there aren't applicants applying. I would think that would trigger discussions as to why nurses aren't applying. Hopefully it is. All I know is that nursing, and healthcare in general are very dangerous places to be right now. It's scary.

  • Dec 13 '16

    What always amazes me is that the actual Really Sick People and their families tend to be the nicest, easiest to work with, while the not so sick can be PITAs.

  • Oct 17 '16

    I heard a couple of nurses from my hospital went to CA and supposedly made fantastic money as scabs. More power to them. I don't believe in unions for middle to upper middle class workers, so I'd be very comfortable doing the same should the opportunity arise.

  • Aug 13 '16
  • Aug 13 '16

    Feel better?

  • Jul 23 '16

    Quote from jadelpn
    And has absolutely nothing to do with how they practice nursing. Never forget that!
    I disagree. If a person can lie about something as important as their wedding vows (open marriages aside), what else will they lie about? A liar can't be trusted, whatever the lie is.

  • Jul 18 '16
  • Jun 15 '16

    Quote from resqbug
    Hypothetical - If someone has such an assignment and lives in a rural area, completing their BSN online with no known nursing contacts, what is the best way to go about tracking down someone for an interview.

    (I am not in this situation, just thought the question should be posed for many who are)
    A person can't be completing their BSN online without being an RN first. There's no way they wouldn't have any nursing contacts.

  • May 24 '16

    I actually had the opposite experience from Stargazer. I couldn't stand much of nursing school. All the NCLEX style questions that were so ambiguous and assumed that nurses are incapable of two things at once. The instructors trying to rationalize the answers that flew in the face of logic (not that I blame them, they were good, it's just the testing style that drove me nuts). The busy work group projects. I liked the actual nursing part and finally began to thrive when I had my final preceptorship. I'm 8 months in to my new career and while I know I have so much to learn, I love it, because even though conditions don't follow the book, they make far more sense to me than the book ever did.

    I think Guttercat is spot on--the reality of day to day nursing is far different than the fantasy sold in school. Again, not that I blame the schools; until you're actually doing a job, you can't possibly understand what the reality is. Clinical experience gives a person a taste, but not the full experience.

    Nursing is billed as a profession. In the U.S., professionals are equated with white collar jobs, where brain power outweighs the physical. The reality of nursing (at least bedside nursing, the only kind I have experience with) is that it takes a combination of the physical and the mental. Some days I go home physically exhausted. I don't think most people are ready for the sheer hard work that goes into being a nurse. The general public thinks we do a lot of hand holding and comforting; nursing school portrays us as using our brains doing all that "critical thinking," while real live nursing includes both of those, plus running up and down the halls, transferring patients, lifting them, etc. To those who are expecting all of this, I bet it's a huge shock.

  • May 12 '16

    Something I try to do as a night shifter is anticipate needs and call the provider earlier in the night. Much if the time a trend is already established, like pain not being managed by 10 pm or so. I'd rather call someone at 10 rather than have to wake them up later. Obviously, I'll do what's best for the patient, but I really try to respect the providers time as well.

  • Apr 13 '16

    Are you sure it's not your responsibility? What's your facility policy?

    I only take labs if I trust the nurse to follow up. Our lab records the name of the person taking the lab, not the name of the primary nurse. It has to be addressed within 30 min. It doesn't matter who the primary nurse is, the person who took the lab is responsible for follow up. Documentation by anyone within that time frame is sufficient.