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  1. How do you feel about professors locking the door?
    I think it's asinine. I got locked out when I was on time once in NS (class started at 8 am, I could see the clock in the room and it was 8 on the nose, door was locked.) I was 31 years old, had paid...
    Mar 2
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  2. Night shift is killing me
    Three weeks isn't quite long enough to acclimate to nights, especially if it's your first time doing so. Give it a good 6 weeks. It took me a month to get used to being back on nights after a short...
    Jan 24
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  3. Liability Coverage.
    I have it, but I'm new to ICU and had the insurance before I started. Regardless of whether or not it makes me an attractive target, I feel more comfortable WITH than WITHOUT.
    Jan 23
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. thank you note after a shadowing???
    Great idea! Do it. You can bet not everyone will think of it.
    Oct 28, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  5. Media a bit too invasive of nurse's personal info following her catching Ebola?
    Don't you have to have a certain number of hours/years of Critical Care experience BEFORE obtaining CCRN, just as you do for other specialty certs? It wouldn't really be that distinguished if any ol'...
    Oct 14, '14
    Forum: Disasters: Preparing and Responding
  6. Do you dream about work?
    After a stretch of particularly busy nights, I dreamt my pt had Zosyn ordered q8hr and I forgot to administer it all shift long.
    Oct 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    I'm so conflicted about this. I work nights, hem/onc, will be transitioning to critical care soon. We have 24 hour visitation on my floor. Navigating the maze of cot/1,000 chairs/family detritus...
    Oct 7, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  8. How often are you called off?
    Maybe 4-5x in just over a year. Mostly in summer also.
    Apr 8, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Worst Night Ever
    Sorry you had a bad first night. As a new orientee, maybe next shift lay low and let your preceptor lead, instead of focusing on letting her know your flow from the get-go? You'll have plenty of time...
    Apr 1, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  10. Infernal Equinox
    My husband is bipolar and he has always told me that the springtime is the hardest time of year for him.
    Mar 24, '14
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  11. Pink Tolerance
    That being said, Ruby, your contributions to this forum are always insightful. So on that note, I'm glad you're in the pink, as a previous poster said.
    Mar 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Pink Tolerance
    I lost my mom to breast cancer. The October pinkwashing of the grocery store/drugstore/hospital/gas station is a painful reminder every year. And it makes me wonder how much of that money is actually...
    Mar 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. First complaint against me...
    I always, ALWAYS try to start over with the family or patient in order to maintain THAT relationship. Not all can be salvaged; however, a little bit of sincere acknowledgment that you...
    Feb 24, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Overwhelmed new nurse, ready to call it quits!
    Can you adjust your schedule so you have more stretches of 3 and 4 days off at a time? That should help some. 2 days is not enough to recoup from 3 twelves if you're newer and already stressed.
    Feb 17, '14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  15. If you think you need to call the MD, CALL THE MD!!!!
    I get the whole "have your ducks in a row before you call" thing, I REALLY do. But one thing that needs to be understood is that when you're a med/surg nurse with a 5 or 6 (or more) patient load,...
    Feb 14, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. It's end of shift and I'm leaving on time. Not!
    Oh admit at 0200, orders to transfuse, pt with some sort of dementia+anxiety combo, family leaves bedside. First unit finally ready at 0500, sit with pt for the requisite 15 minutes,...
    Feb 12, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. Don't People Have Bills To Pay?
    Take heart, some of us do have bills to pay! I'm just a breath away from my one-year mark, and it's been tough. I've not cried, but I'm pretty sure my tear ducts are non-functional. I work nights on...
    Feb 1, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  18. Ugghhh, another new nurse...
    Or, maybe she was being sincere...
    Jan 26, '14
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  19. I notice nice veins!
    Me too! I fiddle with my husband's wrist and arm veins absentmindedly until he gets irritated and tells me to quit.
    Jan 25, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. New Graduate/First Job Med/Surg
    Wow, BSNINTHEWORKS...that advice is solid gold for med/surg. I wish I'd read that a year ago.
    Jan 25, '14
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  21. Hard and Soft Skills
    This is true in many, many other fields as well. Nursing is finally catching up with other "businesses" in this sense. Great article as always, Commuter!
    Jan 15, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  22. Girl Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy
    Jan 7, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  23. Chest Tube Air Leaks
    This oughta be a sticky. Great info.
    Jan 6, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. What caused the hypothermia?
    I thought I remembered learning that a low temp in the elderly often DOES mean I crazy? Not that 60 is elderly, but w/those comorbidities...
    Jan 6, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. They didn't teach me that in school
    Also newish, also hem/onc, also lost a parent to cancer prior to nursing. May I ask how long it has been since yours passed? The residual grief may be compounded as patients pass on the same floor...
    Jan 2, '14
    Forum: Oncology Nursing

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