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Joined Mar 23, '10 - from 'Kansas'. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Rehab, Telemetry/Med-Surg'. Posts: 31 (19% Liked) Likes: 31

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    I did my senior practicum in Community Health and I still got hired into Med/Surg after graduating. I learned so much and I absolutely loved it. It felt so nice to sit down with the people coming in and having non rushed conversations with them and getting to know them. I missed it very much when I got to the hospital. I have since learned that I don't like Med/Surg. So if you can't change it, then go with the flow and make the best of it. You're so close to graduating so you can do it!

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    Penelope_Pitstop likes this.

    Young lady in her 20s admitted for tonsillitis and she had a dilaudid PCA.

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    Quote from KansasNurseD
    Wow I need to get out of Kansas! New RN grad in emergency department 19.01/hr + shift diff.
    What part of Kansas are you in? I'm in NE Kansas at a small hospital, getting $20 an hour on a med-surg/tele unit with $3 shift diff for nights and $2 shift diff for weekends.

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    Quote from roser13
    These videos have been around for awhile, in different permutations.

    They're always funny, though!
    I was thinking I remember this from my last shift! Very sad now that I think about it.

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    This is oddly familiar.......

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    I was giving scheduled IV Ativan to a very confused older patient. As I was pushing the medication, he looked up at me and said "I need you to do something for me. Open your shirt and show me the light."

    Another time I was getting ready to discharge an elderly patient back to the nursing home and he kept trying to get a hold on me. All of a sudden he said "You know what? You need to be spanked!" Then he tried to grab my butt. He had already touched the breast of another nurse. I think he had also told another nurse about things they should uh..do together.

    Then last Friday there was another very confused patient who kept putting her call light on to tell us she was dying and didn't know what she would do if that happened. Well at about 3am I answered her call light again and she said "I am gone now. Life moves on but I just wanted to let you know that I'm gone."

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    Friday and Saturday at my hospital.

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    Quote from BabyLady
    I have been on the night shift in my facility for about a year, but our schedule is kind crazy and I am curious as to what others do.

    My schedule goes something like, work three days, off one, then work two, off two, then off three days.

    In other words, kind of random....but looking to see how others do it.
    We do self scheduling at my facility so we pretty much get what we want unless there aren't enough nurses scheduled for a particular night. Your schedule sounds exhausting! I absolutely love nights though and never want to go back to days.

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    We had the ATI tests in my RN program too. We were required to pass the tests and if we didn't reach the required level on the test (usually it was Level 2) then we had to retake it. We also had to take a comprehensive predictor during the last semester and if we didn't pass that at 74% (I think), we had to take this review course called Virtual ATI which went through EVERYTHING all over again. We had to review the modules and take a pre-test, then take a post-test and if we didn't pass the post-test, we had to take it again. I got 73% on the predictor and had to go through the entire review course, which took up a considerable amount of time, bleh!

    I wouldn't call the tests themselves difficult, you just need to study for them like you study for your other tests. The good thing about them is that they go along with your classes so study your class notes and study the accompanying ATI book and you'll do fine. I hope you don't have to do the Virtual ATI, that thing was a monster. It probably helped tremendously with prepping me for NCLEX but...Sheesh.

    Good luck!!!

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    I work nights in a small hospital too. Our med/surg floor is also the telemetry and peds floor and I think we have around 32 beds on the unit. At night we can get up to 7 patients per nurse. If it isn't too full we may start out with 4 or 5 and those of us who do get those low numbers will be the first ones to get an admission. If the census is still "low" by 2300 then we will downsize and send a nurse home, "splitting up" their patient load among the remaining nurses. We usually have a unit secretary and 2 CNAs but if the census drops really low then the secretary and one of the CNAs will be sent home.

    I miss the unit I was on for my second med/surg clinical rotation..Only 4 patients for each nurse.

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    I go by Brae and have it on my name tag since my full name is apparently too difficult for people to pronounce correctly. (I've had to deal with that all my life! I guess Brae is hard too because some of the nurses call me "Bree" but oh well, no harm done!) However, when I'm signing something I use my legal name. It just seems easier for patients/doctors/nurses to remember my shortened name. Just check with your employer on what's acceptable!

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    I have absolutely no idea how to respond to this. "How come nurses either failed to be admitted to medical school or didn’t try?" Excuse me? This is so offensive and sad. I'd like to see a doctor who has this offensive view to be in our shoes on the floor for a day or more. I would love for people who are not even in the medical field and have this view to do the same.

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    If I had accumulated that much debt in student loans, I certainly wouldn't buy a brand new car. How very irresponsible of her. I agree with lovelylpn, I'm not sure if this plan can work with a new grad salary. If she is getting paid that much money to be able to afford this plan, then I would LOVE to get hired at the facility she is working at!

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far! And thank you nicole for the link!

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    Hi everyone! I'm starting orientation next week for my first nursing job (yay!) and I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on what will be included on the med test. I would also appreciate any links to websites where I can brush up on my dosage calculation skills. During nursing school, we were required to pass med tests at 100% for our first three semesters before we could do our clinicals. We didn't have any med tests during our fourth semester and my capstone was in public health so I haven't done drug calculations since about May of last year, yikes. I will definitely ask during orientation to be on the safe side but until then, I would still like to prepare. Thanks!


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