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  • Jun 10 '14

    OP, don't let the docs know you are flustered. It's akin to a shark smelling blood in the water.

    If you are uncertain about something, ask your tech. It the tech doesn't know, then make a call to your NM and ask.

    I will never forget the time during the middle of the case when a neurosurgeon that asked me to get his "specials" basket that he uses for "every case, all the time". The tech clearly should have gotten this, but was testing me. I asked the tech where this basket lived, and she just looked at me and said, "Hmmm...I thought you should know that by now." The surgeon was getting irritated with me, let out a big sigh, and the tech was wearing a smirk. So I put on my big girl panties and said to the tech, "Sally, during the time out, you agreed that we had all of the instrumentation in the room. Obviously you did not ensure that Dr. X had the specials basket that he routinely uses. I thought that you would know to get that by now. If you can't tell me where they are, then you need to drop scrub, delay the case while you get it, and then perhaps we can finish the procedure." Both the surgeon and the tech looked at me in shock, the surgeon looked at Sally like she had three heads and dressed her down for not having his basket on the back table.

    Never had a problem with either Sally or the surgeon again.

  • May 5 '14

    I hated bed side nursing! LOVE the OR! Love everything about it. Great for those with ADD.

  • Aug 6 '13

    I just wasn't in the habit of bringing my books to class. I just carried the lecture notes and a pen. I'm sure it would be convenient if you plan to study outside your home.

  • Aug 6 '13

    Do you even want to be a nurse?

  • Aug 3 '13

    Who was the person to admit me... a nurse.
    Who prepped me for surgery and ease my fears... a nurse.

    Who held my hand as I went to sleep in the OR.... a nurse.
    Who greeted me as I woke up with a smile and ice chips...a nurse.

    Who kept me pain free and comfortable after my surgery... a nurse.
    Who cleaned me up after I got sick and gave me something for the nausea from the anesthesia... a nurse.

    Who encouraged me to walk with my walker when PT started...a nurse.
    Who took time I know she did NOT have to talk to me because she sensed I was feeling
    down... a nurse.

    Who showed me how to clean my surgery site so I could do it at home....a nurse.
    Who doesn't diagnose the patient but cares for them after one is made.... a nurse.

    Who has showed me the most compassion when I needed it.... a nurse.
    Who shared a personal story about her life to make me feel better about my disability...a nurse.

    Who has made a lifelong impact on my life... a nurse.
    Who is the heart of the hospital and the foundation of a patients stay... a nurse.

    Who often doesn't get a thank-you or the credit they deserve.... a nurse.

    Funny how it often takes one doctor to diagnose a patient, but MANY nurses to care for a patient. What's that say about your profession?? IT'S IMPORTANT!!

    Thanks for all that you do!!! Nurses Rock!!

  • Jul 27 '13

    I am a newbie. Like I said in a previous post, I am at the wiggly puppy stage; just about to embark on my schooling as a nurse. I have been drawn to this forum lately and have been reading like a sponge (okay, finishing statistics is boring too...), but the stories I am reading are amazing. Struggles to get in, to find a job, to keep a job, to balance all that life throws at everyone here. I can't help to think how proud (and daunted) I am to join this unique group of individuals. I am humbled to think of what you all have done to make it through and to make it work. I can't wait to get started.

  • Jul 25 '13

    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Pleeeeeeeeeeease don't let's start THAT old debate again.........
    ^THIS...can we agree Nurses Rock??

  • Jul 25 '13

    Today, my grandma and I were at a hospitals food area. we just entered the store, when two nurses walked in. (I plan to start pre-requisite courses for nursing this fall so I was trying to look carefully at their name badges to see if they had a Bsn or adn.) When the employee asked to take their orders, the nurse turned to us and told us that she thought that we were ahead of them and that we could place our order first. We were still trying to decide what to order so we told them to go ahead. When it was our turn to order we told the cashier what we had purchased and she said our bill was paid. Confused, we asked what she meant. She said that the nurse had paid for our food. Wow! What an act of kindness!

    Thank you, nurses!

  • Jul 24 '13

    Devon, it depends on the hospital, but NPs I went to school with (from an FNP program) got jobs as new grads in uro surg and neuro surg. One had been an OR nurse for years, the other an Card/ICU nurse for years. One is already a CNOR so she can get her RNFA easily and the other is going to be trained and get her RNFA; both practices (in different states) expect them to do first assist in the OR so yes, it's definitely possible. Most jobs, however, will train you to get your RNFA and if you're an NP, you don't need your CNOR to do so. It's all up to you.

  • Jul 19 '13

    There's a difference between introversion and shyness. There are many, many introverted nurses (oddly, I am one, though many wouldn't guess it). You will love this TED talk.
    Susan Cain: The power of introverts | Video on

    At some point, however, you will be called upon to advocate for a patient who cannot advocate for himself. You'd better be prepared to stand up and do that, or you will be failing in one of nursing's most important duties, and your patient will suffer for your being too shy to do it more than you will by sucking up and doing it.

  • Jul 16 '13

    Does your facility have a policy for what happens if an error is made? If every nurse was fired for errors such as this and then "blacklisted" by the state board - we wouldn't have any nurses! Sounds pretty fishy to me. But as stated earlier, if you are in a RTW state you can be fired for anything or nothing at all.

    And I agree that med errors should be dealt with non punitively. We have all made mistakes - I am so sorry to hear this. It doesn't even sound like she did anything wrong.

  • Jul 16 '13

    It's completely possible for a diabetic's sugar to drop that much after NPH, particularly a "brittle" diabetic, so there's really no way to assume that the wrong med was given, and therefore nothing to report. Even if it was a known med error, med errors aren't typically reported to the BON unless there was negligence involved. Best practice these days is to deal with med errors non-punitively and to search for ways to prevent it in the future. (Bar code scanning).

  • Jul 8 '13

    Well, I would just echo that no one is going to become wealthy by working as an NP. I am able to supplement my husband's income nicely and cover my school loans. We are solidly middle class...I drive a 10 yr old car (no payment for several years), we are doing renovations on our home as we can pay cash for them and not taking on add'l debt. We go on one domestic vacation yearly. I have one small Coach bag which was a gift.

    Luckily for me, none of that stuff amounts to a hill of beans to me! I am blessed to be materially oblivious.

  • Jul 8 '13

    I agree that there will be an oversupply soon. That makes it all the more important to attend a reputable program. Or just go into an unpopular specialty, like psych! Haha.

  • Jul 4 '13

    I'm confused with this post. Why would it look bad? And who cares? It's your money, do what you want to do.