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    Why I stopped posting on this site.

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    I sure felt the same way. The NCLEX is a different breed of animal in test taking. AFTER you graduate, get a few reputable books on taking the NCLEX and take as many tests as you can, or take an NCLEX review class...many are very expensive. I opted to self study. Since you are in your senior year, there is enough anxiety. Concentrate on your classes right now.

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    Would like to read these articles. Please post.

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    Sad. Read about this in my local newspaper. I graduated from Youngstown College of Business and Professional Drafting (now ITT) in 1984 when I was 19 years old. Even back then they were "shady." Found this out related to misquoted tuition amounts. I am surprised that ITT has lasted so long. To all nursing students...please only apply to a reputable community college or university.

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    i am upset. The other day, I had a confused patient. When I walked into the room, her husband was there. I said hello to him, and he did not acknowledge me. In fact, the whole time I was in the patient's room, he never said a word to me; even after I tried to engage him in conversation. He later reported me to my patient's doc and my NM. Two charge nurses gave me a head's up about the complaint, while I as was at home later in the evening. So, expected to be called into the office the next day. However, what I was told by my NM the next day completely blew my mind. I gave this patient her meds with water, and her husband said nothing. However, according to her husband, he said to me, "She takes here medications with milk." My reply, "All I have is water, and I would have to get a doctor's order for milk." I can't understand someone's motivation to lie like that, but that is another issue.
    I would never say anything this asinine to any patient or family member. But, after my conversation with the NM, not sure if she believes that I didn't say this. Had a conversation with other nurses I work with that same day...they basically stated that management believes anything that patients and family members say, whether right or wrong. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them. You input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    LOL, there are no easy RN-BSN programs...or any nursing programs that are easy, LOL My RN-BSN was on-line, and I am assuming that yours is too...wave of the future. I had to write papers and posts galore...and APA format accounted for a good portion of the grades. My suggestion to you is to buy the APA Manual, get to know the layout, so you will find what you need; and keep it by your side as a "bible" when writing. Also, I would not trust on-line APA creators, as you have found out. The newest APA manual can sometimes be confusing. Liked the previous edition, because it was more detailed. However, a good web-site is the OWL at Purdue, which can greatly help clarify some of the information in the APA Manual. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    LOL, there are no easy RN-BSN programs...or any nursing programs that are easy. My RN-BSN was on-line, and I am assuming that yours is too. I had to write papers and posts galore...and APA format accounted for a good portion of the grades. My suggestion to you is to buy the APA Manual and keep it by your side as a "bible" when writing.

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    sevensonnets likes this.

    When you have heard about this phenomenon; but now you actually hear calls lights, tele monitors, IV pump beeps, bed alarms, vent monitors, etc...when your alarm clock goes off.

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    Quote from rnccf2007
    You know you have been a nurse too long, when one of parents deck you and you can't get up off the floor.
    LO, sorry, meant patients.

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    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.

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    You know you have been a nurse too long, when one of parents deck you and you can't get up off the floor.

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    When you fixate on people's veins when standing at the checkout line at a store.

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    Tread very carefully. You can potentially damage a nurse's career and life. Have witnessed incidences where some nurses are afraid to give pain medications (morphine prn, for example) to dying patients, because they feel it will hasten their death...I then call the doctor and get a morphine drip. Nobody should die in pain, if it can be helped. Also, have had patients..."seekers" give me BS that when the last nurse gave me my pain meds they worked...are you not giving them to me...are you giving me less? I don't play that game and always CYA.

    I guess my point is to let management do their job. It takes a lot of investigation to identify a diverter. Been through this experience myself. A nurse was diverting drugs and setting up other nurses to take the fall. It took almost a year of investigation...including the DEA.

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    Excellent post. My first thought to OP was ere is one nurse who gives out WAY more pain medication then any other nurse. It has always seemed weird to me but tread very carefully, when you can potentially ruin someone's life. OP states that this

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    Good luck reading my signature!


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