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  • Apr 30

    Actually why I want to get out of bedside nursing. Seems that I spending more time dealing with patient issues and family dynamics. Don't mind it. But yesterday spent most of my time dealing with this and almost missed a critical lab result. Too much is being placed on the bedside nurse.

  • Apr 30

    Been doing this for almost nine years. Used to love bedside nursing and was certain that I would never leave...this is what I have always wanted to do. Now, however, I often wake up in the morning and want to cry when I have to go to work...because of many of the things you site in your post. Looking to get out of bedside nursing...kind of breaks my heart.

  • Apr 30

    Amen! Could not have said it better.

  • Apr 30

    I think the difference is....that is all they are dealing with.

  • Apr 19

    Quote from TriciaJ
    You must have had some sort of orientation to your unit. No good asking us, because hospitals use different brands of equipment which require different ways to do things. So just ask someone where you work. You might feel stupid having to ask (we have all been there). But the really stupid person is the one who doesn't ask, just tries to wing it. It's hard for us to help you when we don't know what kind of IV tubing you are using. So just find someone who looks receptive, and ASK.
    To OP and all new nurses...the scariest nurses are the ones who don't ask questions when they are unsure of what they are doing. I remember how hard it was for me, as a brand-new nurse, to ask questions; oftentimes because some nurses can just be plain mean, especially to new nurses. But, I always asked questions...even if I knew I would have to endure snarkasim (yes know it is not a word). I still bounce questions off other nurses and they do the same with me....nobody can know everything. Think about this...why do docs consult other docs?' My best advice is to take a good look around your unit...and you will get the feel for other nurses who (don't forget where they started from) and will love to educate you. And...don't forget when you become an experienced nurse to pass it on. BTW, saline lock (aka hep lock) means the IV or central line has no fluids running through it. Caps and tubing vary by facility.

  • Mar 22
  • Mar 13

    I prefer 12 hour shifts, may be because that is all I have worked since I have been an RN. About a year ago, I took a position with four 8-hour shifts and hated it. And also depends on the facility you work at. At some healthcare facilities you have the same patients for the entire 12-hours. However, if you work at a facility who has both 8 and 12 hour shifts, expect to be moved after your 8 hours (if working a 12).

  • Mar 3


    Thank you so much for your input. I have already started planning my route...and love your rule of thumb r/t overpacking. And LOL, not paranoid, but since I am driving such a long distance on my own I purchased a GPS, car charger for cell phone, stun gun, and pepper spray.

  • Feb 20

    Worked 4 12s in a row. Had two days off, but asked to come in for an extra shift on day one off. Was willing to do it, but I was so tired I didn't think that I could be a safe nurse for my patients.