CrazyGoonRN 8,740 Views
Joined Aug 14, '09.
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I believe the correct way to write it is "BSN, RN"
There is a local hospital near me that only offers 8 hour shifts. You need to find out what the hospitals in your area offer. Most only offer 12 hour shifts
I worked LTC/SNF for 3 years. When I started in med/Surg there were a lot of new things to learn, but I was no where as busy as I was at the LTC/SNF.
I think that it was a good choice for me. I took all my pre-req's for a RN program then didn't get in. So I applied to a LPN program and got in. I didn't want to wait around for a semester and reapply to the RN program. What would I have done? I had already completed all my pre-req's and I didn't have a job. I completed the LPN program in 1 year and it was tough. I got my license the next month and now I am working making 19.50/hour in a nursing home. In TN that is good money for a LPN. My dream is to work in a hospital on the med/surg floor but as an LPN that is most likely not going to happen. So for now I am sticking with the nursing home and trying to be the best nurse I can be. I have learned a lot there. I have applied to a local LPN-RN program and am waiting to hear if I got in or not. I really hope I do, but if I don't I am going to stay positive and not loose sight of my ultimate goal to be an RN.
I think everything depends on your attitude. If you expect it to be bad then it will be. If you look at the good things about being an LPN then it could be an awesome career move. One of my coworkers has been an LPN for 9 years. She had always planned on becomming an RN, but now wants to stay an LPN. She makes very good money and if she became an RN her salary would drop quite a bit. She is one of the best nurses that I know. She even trains the new RN's who come to work at our facility. She is about to get another raise since she just acceped a job as nurse manager. She got to where she is because she truly cares about people and wants to be a good nurse and she is a good nurse. No matter what you choose never stop learning and trying to become better than you used to be
I had a pt's daughter call late at night. She repeatedly dropped her phone and I listened to her shooing her dog away while she searched for the phone. She rambled on and on about how her mom loves it when people joke with her, therefore I as her nurse should "flick her in the nose" and joke around with her when speaking with her.
It was the strangest conversation I've ever had with a family member.
OMG!! That story was such an inspiration!!!!! I am a pre-nursing student who is trying to get into the RN program at my school and its very competitive and although i am not weak, at times I second guess myself because all the nursing students say its really hard. I have a 1 year old son and im a teen mother. Ive been called every name in the book by so called friends because of being a teen mother and they dont expect for me to succeed in nursing! But after listening to your story about how you had the strength, motivation, determination, and drive to still give it your BEST shot while you were severely sick, motivates me so much to get off my ass and get my mind right! I have no reason to doubt myself. and i have no excuses to failing! You truly touched me! I will never forget this story!
I can't understand why the physician had not looked at the chest tubes and noticed that the dressings needed to be changed. Everywhere I have worked the physician will look at the site when he/she makes rounds. Sounds like everyone involved from nursing, physician, bed management etc should be educated. Bed management should have never sent the patient to an ortho floor. I recently moved from an ortho/neuro floor to the MSICU and before the move I was clueless on the proper care of a chest tube. If it was bed managemets best option to send that pt there then priority should have been to move that pt to the proper floor when a bed became available. I also don't understand why the nursing staff did not advocate for themselves and let it be known to management that this pt needed to be transferred to the appropriate floor. Also, the nursing staff should have called the resp floor and asked for guidance in proper care of the chest tube/dressings. When I worked ortho/neuro other floors would sometimes call us when they had questions about things they do not see very often and we did.
I get the flu shot every year, but I have mixed feelings about this issue. A nurse I work with does not get the flu shot because a few years ago her son developed Guillian Barre syndrome as a result of the shot. Actually knowing someone that this has happened to makes it real instead of some mostly unheard of adverse reaction.
For those of you who leave your shoes in the garage. Do you put them in a sealed container or something that will prevent spiders from crawling in them? I live in brown recluse and black widow country and I would be more scared of a poisonous spider in my shoes than the germs on them. However, I do wipe my shoes down before I enter my house.
I love starting IV's. It's my favorite
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