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The Admission Process: Make sure you actually say something of importance!

By pinkiepieRN - I work in LTC so this may not be applicable across the board, but here goes. We've picked up some new grads on 3-11 and I'm not exactly happy with them. The one that's off of orientation and working the floor had an admission that she said she let the other new grad (who is still on orientation) "do". She didn't even give me report on him, only for me to find out that she's the one who wrote the admission note. Seriously, all she... Read More


"State's Here!": Demystifying the Long-Term Care Survey

By VivaLasViejas - It's the same every year: a contingent from "The State" invades your facility and commences with scrutinizing your work, poring over your records, nosing around the kitchen and dining areas, and asking endless questions. Managers who are rarely seen outside their offices suddenly become helpful, wiping down dining tables and pushing wheelchairs, while everyone from charge nurses to housekeepers strive not to show their ... Read More


Caring Vicariously

By curlygirlie3 - It has been two weeks since I found out that my grandmother was in the hospital, ten days since her surgery, five days since I last spoke to her, four days since she moved to hospice, two days since the last time she was awake. For 81 years my grandmother has been a vibrant, healthy woman. Bike riding, swimming, square dancing, crafting, and enjoying time with her boyfriend filled her days in her small Florida retirement community. ... Read More


And the clock struck 8

By Sabr - She thinks about which route would get her to the family’s house the fastest. She decides to opt for the bus route today. Her issue is not the bus because she gets there at a quarter to seven that night and it only takes her 5 minutes to get some coffee right? But her watch-that she had had since nursing school- seems to be mildly challenged. Her phone shows it is 07:47 and her watch shows 07:30. “Hmm” she thinks, as she waits... Read More


The Day Nursing Student Apathy Got to Me

By NurseOnAMotorcycle - When I first started in our emergency department night shift, I noticed that the 2-3 students were largely ignored for the first half hour or so during shift change. They stood nervously by the desks, repeatedly adjusting their coats and book bags with a look of "please tell me what to do!" on their faces. I looked around at the day shift staff, busily getting report on the sick, critical, violent, or the repeat pts that they... Read More


Charting disruptive patient behaviors: Are you objective?

By SHGR - One of my fellow nurses- let's call her Jane- was overheard complaining loudly this morning. She had received feedback from a physician that one of her chart notes was "unacceptable." She went on to say that she didn't understand why her note was unacceptable. I asked Jane to read aloud the note in question: "Patient was inappropriate." "What's wrong with that?" she asked, explaining that this particular patient had been rude... Read More


A Letter to Myself - My first day on an Oncology floor

By iwillnotwasteit - Oncology. When she first said those words I immediately had two feelings: excitement, and oh-my-gosh-I-think-I'm-gonna-crap-in-my-pants-what-did-she-just-say? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this would be an experience unlike any other. One that could, if I let it, become a stepping stone to becoming a compassionate person and nurse…in all life levels. First day. Five patients. Five cancers. As I woke... Read More


Why you don't need to fear "SATA"

By GrnTea - Perhaps it would be a good idea to discuss this kind of question, what it means, and why the NCLEX thinks it's a good idea to test new grads using it. Step away from the piles of review questions, stickie notes, and scribbled scraps of paper for a minute, go get a nice cuppa tea, and take a deep breath. This is thinking time, not grab-the-highlighter time. Read on. "Select all that apply" means that of the four choices given, more... Read More


On Becoming a Nurse

By morecoffeepls - I was a banker when I met my wife. Before that, among other things, a silver-tongued used car salesman. A lifetime ago, I was in the Human Services field, helping people with special needs and struggling to pay my bills. I've had several careers and a myriad of jobs. When my wife's family persuaded me to manage their successful restaurant with an imminent ownership carrot, I felt my future was secured; however, when my wife became... Read More


A Nurse's Choice

By CheesePotato - ​Life is full of choices both large and small and some have long reaching, unforeseeable impact. Sixteen years ago, a young woman named Nancy decided that nursing was a career with the ability to provide for her growing family. Nine years ago, she chose to leave the bedside in order to have greater control of her hours. Seven years ago, she almost left because healthcare wasn't what it used to be. I remain grateful she decided to... Read More


Team Sports

By jadelpn - There are many reasons why one becomes a nurse. On the top ten list, taking care of patients is an important role. But usually one that you can't go alone. To be one part of a whole is a best case scenario. Nursing can mean that what one doesn't think could happen more than likely will and does. Most nurses, after the first couple of years, knows what they are capable of. Where their strengths lie. What they are passionate... Read More


The Gift of Love

By Franemtnurse - From the time I was a child, I was constantly getting ill with things like strep throat, all the childhood diseases most of us have gone through, tonsillitis and pneumonia. I believe it was due to my low weight at birth. I was born an anemic baby weighing only 3 pounds 11 ounces in 1943 when there were no such things as ultrasounds and Gynecologists. My sister weighed over 5 pounds and was sent home with our mother, but I had to stay... Read More


Overqualified? What the Heck?

By TheCommuter - Employers are demanding experience in this day and age. But how does a person amass the necessary work experience if no one will hire them? This is the $64,000 question. Many hiring managers will unapologetically tell applicants they are overqualified for a job. What exactly does this mean? Numerous people have gotten laid off in this jobless economic recovery, and soon after they apply for certain jobs, they are informed that they... Read More


To my dear fellow nurses

By Sabr - This article exemplifies what it means to search endlessly for a particular nursing niche and finally find the niche for which you are looking. It is a motivational piece for all nurses-especially new grads-who feel burnt out after only a short period of time in the nursing world. It is not uncommon these days to hear of nurses who quit after just a few months of working though they have worked so tirelessly to achieve the status of... Read More


Why Do I Care?

By Ruby Vee - Why do I care that new nurses leave our unit after less than two years -- often after less than one year? Why do I care, when they're adults. They're going to have to live with the consequences of being out of work, or having a resume that reflects job hopping or never learning the basics of nursing because they never stay in one place long enough to be able to learn them. Why is it any of my business? When one new nurse makes an... Read More


How to Dress for Psychiatric Nursing

By Meriwhen - Many psychiatric facilities and settings allow or require that nurses and support staff wear street clothing instead of scrubs. Those entering into psychiatric nursing often ask, “If I can’t wear scrubs, then how should I dress?” Likewise, a common question asked by nursing students and their instructors is, “What should I (or my students) wear for psych clinicals?” I would like to offer some guidelines regarding how to dress for... Read More


From Living to Dying and Back

By close the books - As I lay in the hospital bed, hooked up to a monitor, I wondered how long I had left. As I heard them resuscitating my roommate, I contemplated my mortality. Was it not just a month ago that I had taken my entrance exam to nursing school? I was supposed to be the one taking care of patients, and here I was on strict bed rest, not even allowed to get out of bed for a shower. And I lay here wondering how much longer I would be alive. ... Read More


Going for Nursing, BMCC, City Tech, Mom of five

By yar5 - I am a current Nursing student at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I live in Brooklyn, NY. I was a stay at home mother for 4 years with 4 children before I decided to go college. My children grandmother and their father have fill in the role I could no longer fulfill. I took free classes at Brooklyn Education Opportunity Center to prepare for the compass test in October 2012. During the math class I found out I was pregnant. I... Read More