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    Well, of course I wish you the very best of luck! Your post brings back memories! I don't know if you have the same instructor I had or if some are just with that attitude, but I do believe they have to be hard on you in order for you to learn a different kind of discipline. Do your best. You will find in nursing, if you haven't already in clinicals, that there are a lot of lazy nurses, who tend to do things their way instead of the right way. It's really scarey sometimes. I see nurses give patients meds because they ask for them, without orders; give meds without looking at the MAR; give injections dangerously; ignore feedings; skip dressing changes; not use gloves; cross-contaminate; ignore medical concerns, etc. I really believe that nursing instructors cringe at the thought that one of their students might do something like that one day, therefore, they are strict, rigid, and yes, even judegmental, at times.
    You hang in there! Remember what the discilpline of nursing is about, who really comes first and what your ultimate professional goal is...you'll be fine!
    Let me know if you need anything.
    And I'll be on the look out for male nurse anime!
    Best wishes!

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    OMG!
    I always knew there were others!
    ~and I love your anamae (sp?)
    Welcome in and join me anytime!

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    Hey everyone! I'm just looking for a few great nurses to throw some ideas around with!
    Please come join me!!

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    In the state of Indiana, anyone with a professional license is reportable to the licensing board, whether they are a doctor, atty, nurse, etc. It might be wise to contact an atty who specializes in protecting medical folks and look into a peer assistance program in your state before you contact the board...but DON'T WAIT TO DO IT!
    You might be given a provisional license to practice nursing where you are presently employed.
    Be proactive!!
    Good luck!
    Leah K.
    (south central IN)

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    I actually don't work in the out-patient setting, Bambi does. I work in an in-patient treatment facility (free-standing) for dual diagnosis. My work primarily entails educating/counseling adolescents with substance abuse history in a residential setting, but I've also worked with adults in detox.
    What do you do?
    Leah K.
    (south central IN)

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    I'm not sure what the employment potential or promise for longevity in our specialty field is in Colorado, but I'd venture to say that is is probably about the same as it is in IN. I'm just guessing, of course, I have no crystal ball, but if you look at the history of length of stay programs, the los is dropping each year and rehab is all but a thing of the past.
    I believe out patient is a safe bet. It is cost effective for the most part and insurance companies, employers and most families favor this option. My only concern for our patients is for the ones who require detox with specialized service providers who are trained appropriately and are qualified for such an event on an inpatient basis, where it is safe. Managed care needs to remember that what took months and years to mess up, cannot be fixed in hours, days or weeks. These folks need care in their recovery LONG TERM!
    OKay, so we all know this!
    I'm glad to have somewhere to bounce concerns off of!
    Glad you posted Bambi!
    Keep up the hard work!!
    Leah K.
    (south central IN)

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    I recieved my postcard the other day, too. That was a suprise! I'm glad I didn't throw it away...I just hope no one else does. Several people I work with say they haven't recieved theirs, so I prompted them to keep a better eye out on the mail. I believe this will help the re-registration process quite a bit once everyone gets used to the new system.
    - Leah K.
    (south central IN)

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    It looks like it has been a long time since someone posted about addictions nursing, but I'm willing to make a post and try to fire things up again!
    I've been doing mental health and addictions for 8 yrs and love it.
    I don't believe I will do anything else, unless it is in addition to! My concern is that with the interference of managed care, it appears that free standing hospitals are on the devcline, and so are some in patient units in community hospitals. What does this mean for us in this area of specialty? I pick my brain daily about what options there are and what I need to do professionally to prepare myself for the not so distant future, as employment opportunities decline.
    I would be interested in duscussing this in more depth with anyone who is facing the same concerns.
    Thanks!



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