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    merilynRN, RN34TX, elkpark, and 3 others like this.

    As a new BSN grad, one thing that I have witnessed as a student in hospitals from some ADN's is a negative attitude toward the BSN prepared nurses/students. I've had preceptors complain about my degree path, school, the differences in pay, the incorrect perception that we do less clinical hours.... all within the first 5 minutes of meeting me and continued all day. The best preceptors that I have had were ADN's; however, not making a BSN prepared nurse feel welcomed could be the reason for the high turnover. I started at a Community College and completed my pre-req's for both my ADN & BSN before applying to nursing school. Fortunately, I was accepted to both my community college's nursing program and the nearest state university's BSN program. Either path would have resulted in a wonderful career. That being said, I will not apologize for the path that I have taken and neither should an ADN. Creating a welcoming environment and supporting new nurses (whether they're new grads or new to the unit) goes a long way for retention.

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    I live in Florida and just graduated in August with my BSN. Out of the 100+ students in my class, most have been hired at hospitals in the area. Even though there are nurse internship programs here, they are only posted on line for a very short period of time, sometimes only 24 hours. Most hospitals in this area will only hire new grads that have their BSN and occasionally an ADN that worked at that hospital throughout school. I would go in person to speak with the nursing recruiter at the hospitals that you would like to work at. They may have some insight into the ways to get a job. Talk to nurses that you know and get the scoop. Getting experience somewhere other than a hospital sounds like it may work; however, some also look at it that you still do not have hospital experience. Good luck!

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    I earned my Gen Ed AA and was required to take Applied Ethics. My college offered Healthcare Applied Ethics and it was a wonderful course. We tackled subjects like physician assisted-suicide and abortion. Considering that it was an online class, people seemed to be more open about sharing their views. I found it fascinating that their were so many people that could not separate their own views about a situation from what is ethical.

    Now I am in a BSN program and Ethical/ Legal Aspects of Nursing & Healthcare is a required course for our program.

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    My classes were progressive. So everything built the foundation for what was to come. There is no way that I would have been successful had I taken the courses out of sequence. And we did learn A&P by body systems. Considering that getting amitted to nursing school is so competitive, I would definitely talk to the professor about the class. Also, my college had general advisors and degree specific advisors. Make sure that you are speaking to someone that is familiar with the nursing program, they tend to keep up to date with all the current requirements.

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    gardendigger likes this.

    There are also cases that are waterproof and really shock absorbent. My son uses them for his guitar pedals and they work great. An added bonus is that the foam is customizable so you can add areas for supplies. I have seen the I-Stat at my hospital and they use a very similar case to protect it.

    Here is a website that sells cases similar to what I have seen used.
    SKB iSeries GoPro Camera Case 3I0907-4-008 B&H Photo Video

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    My best friend's mother when I was a teenager went to the doctor with what she thought was a cold. The Dr. ordered x-rays to rule out pneumonia and she was swiftly admitted to the hospital when a mass was seen near her lung. After further testing it was determined that one of her kidneys was behind her right lung. It was a normally formed and fully functional kidney that was just in the wrong place. She had never had lung or kidney issues in the past. In the end, it was just a bad chest cold and she was released once they determined that the mass was a kidney.

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    sarahdanielle14 likes this.

    I can handle the smells and look of about anything but the sound of someone retching to vomit makes me gag.

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    Being a student nurse maybe I just do not understand.... How do you know what is abnormal for a patient if there is no documentation about normal findings? I'm surprised that anyone would risk their license but charting that way.

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    At my school, when buying ebooks alone they are only about $10-20 cheaper than a regular book. I buy my books online and many nursing books, when bought new, have access codes for their website. Often the websites have quizzes, study materials and access to the book.

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    NurseDirtyBird likes this.

    I've not had an issue with scrubs causing chafing on my thighs; however, in Navy bootcamp a few of the other girls had issues while running. (the Navy issued shorts were horrible) They used stick deodorant and many said that it helped. Also, bikers shorts tend to help, as they prevent the friction from causing irritation.

    Good luck finding something that works!

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    loriangel14 likes this.

    Tucking pants into your shoes will, in my opinion, look ridiculous. But consider the gross factor... Not tucked into shoes means that when feces, urine, blood or vomit hits your pants that it will run down and hopefully onto the floor and worst case scenario, your shoes. If your pants are tucked into your shoes..... feces, urine, blood or vomit might end up on the floor or it could go right into your shoes or socks and onto your skin; which poses a possibility of being exposed to whatever the patient has... YUCK!!!

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    KelRN215 and wtbcrna like this.

    The question about whether to vaccinate one's children is one I hear often because my son has autism. It gives me an opportunity to tell people that vaccinations did NOT cause his autism. (I am just a nursing student but having a child with autism people ask) The harm that was done by the doctor that falsified the study linking vaccines and autism amounts to a criminal act. I have seen kids with diseases that could have been prevented. I had the German Measles before I was old enough to get the second MMR. The most heartbreaking case that I remember was a child dying from chicken pox. One issue that I do not see people talking about is whether adults are fully vaccinated. We are a multi-cultural society and some kids may have adults in their lives that need booster vaccines. This summer I did a Community Health rotation in clinicals. The nurse that I worked with was only achieving around a 20% vaccination rate for the adults that needed DTaP. Once we started talking to the patients about how it can also reduce the chance that they will pass on Pertussis to the children in their lives, the vaccination rate went to 100%. Appealing to a person's desire to protect their family seemed to make a huge difference.

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    Meriwhen likes this.

    I fully understand that you may have unintentionally plagiarized; however, professors often do not differentiate between intentional and unintentional. It is hard for professors' to be very lenient due to large number of students that come up with every excuse they can think of as to why they plagiarized or did not complete an assignment. Academic integrity applies to professors' in addition to students. Professors' have a professional duty to call out those who have plagiarized. Some institutions have clear cut guidelines that must be followed so it may have been out of the professors' hands. The boards to file appeals are your opportunity to defend your position.

    Hopefully, the board will see that this was not intentional. Be very careful writing papers in the rest of the classes that you take. If your appeal is approved for that class, even a suggestion of plagiarism in the future might result in disciplinary action.

    Good luck!

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    Here are a link to story about the e-cigarettes blowing up....

    Electronic cigarette explodes in man's mouth, causes serious injuries - HealthPop - CBS News

    There are also stories about them blowing up while being charged causing fires.

    Corona Couple Sues After E-Cigarette Battery Explodes In Car « CBS Los Angeles

    Police: 'Explosion' at apartment complex came from e-cigarette | Oklahoma City - OKC -

    I'm not saying that they are not a tool that could be used to stop smoking but there are risks.

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    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

    Aside from them having questionable ingredients.... (does anyone really know what is in them?) There are countless stories of them exploding in people's faces. A woman here in Florida had one explode... it blew out her 4 front teeth. There are many other stories across the country.