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lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 9,145 Views

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  • Apr 29

    I consider myself reserved. I also considered myself a mediocre student at one time, and surrounded myself with people who (probably) believed they would be better nurses than I am. It's ok.

    First of all, if you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. Second, people often find attributes in someone else to look down on - it's a defense mechanism/confidence booster; it's not cool, but it happens. I am a victim of it and guilty of it, as well. Thirdly, so what. You do you. Control what you can control, and control your attitude and reaction to those things you have no control over. In the end, or on the way, or wherever you land is exactly where you need to be. At some point, and it will happen, everything will click and you will feel like you are in exactly the right place at exactly the right time...

    ... And it'll be all kinds of awesome. Enjoy it before you move on to the next thing that you'll be awesome at.

    Good luck and keep your chin up. The people you're in school with, if you're living in a town with more then 200 people, will all fan out into the void after graduation and you'll land a job and work with people who are more like you than not.

  • Apr 24

    I would have bought that man lunch and flowers on the spot. And also written a note of praise to administration on his behalf, because you just know that patient is going to be complaining about him.

  • Apr 20

    Oh, it's a DOT examiner, lol.

    I was thinking pathology, autopsy, etc.

  • Apr 14

    I forgot about running the tape on an IV bag and marking the hours out as a guide. Maybe that's why the pumps were such a relief versus a stress when we learned how to operate them.

  • Apr 14

    Quote from Pixie.RN
    She used to tell me stories about clinicals, like being admonished for her metal bed pans not being shiny enough.
    Making cast material, putting plaster on bandages. Reusable glass syringes, Anyone else remember taping red rubber catheters to male patients?

  • Apr 14

    I work white, pantsuits and dresses, white hose, my pin, my cap. I was so proud.

    8 hour shifts.
    Cardex - we wrote in pencil the info on patients and when a symptom/treatment/medication was D/C'd we erased it!!!!!!!!!!

    We sat down and gave face-to-face report shift to shift. Then we moved to leaving our shift report on a tape (cassette)

    We got up and gave doctors the chairs at the nurse's station.

    For each of our own patients: we passed pills, started IVs, did wound care, helped make beds, helped with bed baths, gave back rubs if we were on the evening shift. We were totally responsible for everything that had to do with each of our patients. There were no "teams" - except for respiratory.

    We wrote in blue or black ink for days, green for evenings, and red for nights.

    We rotated shifts.

    Counted drops for the IV infusion rate.

    Patients stayed in the hospital for much longer periods so there were relationships developed. The patients went home with a good education of what to do and were well on their way to healing.

    Now I work in hospice. I will still put on my whites and cap if I know I'll be spending a lot of time in a SNF or ALF. That group of folks recognize that attire and will listen to me.

  • Apr 13

    Since when is it "news" that opioids cause constipation?

  • Apr 13

    This is new?

    Not trying to be sarcastic. This has always been a recognized issue.

    Is this perhaps a "sponsored" article?

  • Apr 12

    Nah, there was never a talk about PhDs. Those are research only degrees. They have not other purpose. There's no talk about making practitioners get research degrees. The blab you heard about was the DNP - a degree that is also equally useless unless you're academia or in some niche where you're able to sell the benefits of a not research-research degree.

    Just get your ball rolling and do whatever is required of you when you arrive at the option of getting NP training. If I were in your shoes, I would not waste time working but IMMEDIATELY begin taking whatever MSN/NP courses you can take. Many programs require documented work experience prior to enroll in specialty courses. Others require experience before enrolling in any nursing master's. However, if you can get in and start taking anything that can be counted toward your degree plan, while you're working as a RN, then do it. Don't waste time dumping bed pans if you want to be a NP.

  • Apr 10

    There is the thought that a person may not want to die with family there, and holds on till they step out

  • Apr 5

    Quote from PsychGuy
    Announced today: DNP required nationally. Mandatory DNP-PhD by 2018 as well.

    Stock up on coffee and Amazon gift cards.

    Option of DNP-MD transition beginning 2019.

    I'm totally kidding.
    I almost googled until I kept scrolling down!

  • Apr 2

    I chose NP because I feel that the nursing focus adds a piece to my practice that is sorely missing from medical training. In short, I'm proud to be a nurse.

  • Apr 2

    My favorite is the rash that was there yesterday, gone today, but pt wants something just in case it comes back!? Rule of thumb: If I can't see it I can't fix it!

  • Mar 31

    Hi I recently took my boards and I found APEA to be helpful out of the two. Fitzgerald is great, I took her class ( afew months before graduation) and while her course helped me during residency I found that I was super overwhelmed with the material.

    Amelie of APEA really breaks down the material and simplifies it. She is rather interesting. If you supplement her course with the Leik book you are golden! good luck to you!

  • Mar 23

    Don't feel guilty. You have to do what's best for you. Best of luck in your new position.