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Joined Apr 5, '11 - from 'New Jersey'. Double-Helix is a Nurse, Children's Hospital. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'PICU, Sedation/Radiology, PACU'. Posts: 3,316 (54% Liked) Likes: 6,392

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    Scottishtape and Sour Lemon like this.

    You don't need both. If you have an RN license, you are qualified to fill an LVN position. Scope of practice issues mentioned by Meriwhen would still apply, but even if you want to apply to an LVN position, you don't need both and RN and LVN license to do so.

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    Supervision is about hired role and licensure, not level of education. The MSN prepared nurses cannot "refuse to be supervised"- it's simply not their call. The nurse manager should have a frank conversation with his/her staff about this issue.

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    Are you talking about tying the neck portion? I always tie the knot in front of me where I can see it. Then once it's tied to just put the loop over my head. Is that an option?

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    WKShadowRN likes this.

    In terms of how your body does with day shift, you need to give it more time before you can make an informed decision. You've been operating on an evening shift schedule for awhile and you've just switched, so it's going to take you and your body some time to adjust and the physical symptoms you're experiencing are common when your transitioning routines.

    It sounds like this change was necessary for your child care situation. That will have an impact on the time that you can spend with your wife, but as you both adjust you may find other ways or a different time of day that works to share quality time. That takes time too.

    You may be right that this shift just isn't a good fit for you, but I would let yourself get used to it before you jump to requesting another move.

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    Scottishtape likes this.

    Quote from EllaBella1
    I would have paged the surgeon to ask if it was ok and gone from there.
    To add to this, ask the surgeon to put in an order that “nursing may place NGT” and make sure that your facility doesn’t have a policy that specifies otherwise.

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    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

    You’ll have to check your employer’s policies. Mine will allow exemption for medical reasons. I’m honestly not sure what happens if you don’t get the shot, but I know we don’t permit wearing masks for patient care (unless the patient is on precautions, of course).

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    Personally, I’d avoid casual relationships with classmates and coworkers. It inevitably gets awkward, and it’s a layer of distraction you don’t really need in school. If you feel a true connection with someone, explore it slowly. But if you’re just looking to have fun, go for someone outside of your program.

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    I suggest your friend post here and share her thoughts first. Although you state this isn’t a “homework” question, we encourage all posters to do their own research and/or thinking first. So post what you (she) has come up with so far and we can offer direction.

    Or, if your friend is really a new nurse, she should direct these questions to her preceptor.

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    They are my patients and they are kids. Yes, I will refer to them a patient as “my kid” when speaking to a doctor or coworker. Such as, “My kid in room 6 spiked a temp, could you order blood cultures?” or “My kids both needed new IVs this morning.” I’d never refer to them as “mine” when speaking to their parents, though.

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    At this point, just do something. You’re less than three weeks away from your exam date and don’t have time for a full program anyway, so just pick a website or book and crack it open. Unless there’s a specific content area that you feel you’re weak in, doing practice questions is probably the best use of your time. So try UWorld or buy an NCLEX practice test book. Do an many practice questions as you can in the next couple of weeks, and switch to reviewing content if you find that you’re consistently answering certain questions wrong.

    The PVT doesn’t apply until after you’ve taken your exam, so don’t even worry about that right now.

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    Quote from richards2015
    I was offered a new grad position and was told that I would be hired as a "placeholder" during orientation, then I would re-apply to the actual new grad program again once orientation was coming to an end.
    A new grad program IS orientation. I’m not sure what this arrangement is, but you’re well within your rights to request additional clarification from HR.

    There are a lot of new grads that get hired without a new grad program. If you’re offered a decent length orientation, this “placeholder” thing might not be anything to get worked up over.

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    Serhilda likes this.

    Erikson’s “intimacy” doesn’t just apply to romantic partners. What is her social circle like? Even if she’s busy with school and work, she may have a support system of fellow students and co workers.

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    Penelope_Pitstop likes this.

    “HIPAA” has become synonymous with “patient privacy”. Often when people talk about violating HIPAA, what they really mean is violating their employer’s policies surrounding confidentiality. These are often much more strict and far reaching than HIPAA laws. For example, say a patient writes a public blog about their medical journey where they personally disclose their name, diagnosis, and where they receive treatment (my hospital). If I share that blog post on social media, I’m breaking my employer’s privacy policy. If you actually read the legal statutes, HIPAA is quite specific. So, if anything, it’s the individual facility policies that have “gone to far.” But, I don’t really think they have. It today’s technologically-driven world, private information can be shared more quickly, more easily, and far further than it used to be. And given the sue-happy society we live in today, employers are better off erring on the side of caution.

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    Here.I.Stand likes this.

    If they took the position down, there isn’t a job to be filled- passionate or not. Calling about this job is pointless now, but there could have been a lot of reasons someone else was selected. Continue to apply for new positions at this hospital, and others. Sometimes it’s necessary to get experience in a less-than-ideal facility in order to get your dream job.

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    oceanblue52 likes this.

    When you’re learning to distinguish different heart and lung sounds, it’s critical that you have a quality stethoscope. In the grand scheme of things, $75-100 for a stethoscope that will last you up to 10 years is very affordable. You can also probably find coupons if you look around online. The Littman Classic II SE and Classic III are very popular, good quality, and reasonably priced.