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  1. Very worried I made a huge mistake..just need some advice
    I wonder what happened? The OP hasn't been back to let us know, and it would be nice to find out if things worked out in her favor.
    Sep 30
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  2. I'm not flaky, lazy, or stupid...
    Wow.....what an incredible story. I am in AWE of your courage and strength in living life with ADHD. I can't even imagine being able to stick with one job for six years. You may not believe this, but...
    Sep 30
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  3. Nursing Prospective Student
    First of all, let me offer my condolences on the loss of your baby. I know from experience that it's the worst thing that can ever happen to a mother. You are incredibly strong and brave, and I...
    Sep 30
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  4. 2 job offers
    Well, you know what they say---"use it or lose it". If you had the choice between med/surg and home health, I'd advise you to go for the M/S position because it would give you plenty of...
    Sep 30
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  5. The promises....they do happen...if we work....
    Today is my 1 year sobriety birthday. I was sober for almost 22 years, and then had to start all over again after falling off the wagon by ODing on Ativan. Kudos to all of us who keep fighting our...
    Sep 30
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  6. legal mandation length (illinois)?
    She won't be able to ignore the State when they come in to investigate, or the Labor Board after you report this facility to the proper authorities.
    Sep 29
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. The culture of AN
    I've been with AN for a lot of years, and I can tell you that the "culture" is cyclical in nature.....a lot like life in general. This is by far NOT the worst spell we've been through, although I can...
    Sep 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. legal mandation length (illinois)?
    I would have a chat with the National Labor Relations Board about this. Your employer can't make you work 24 hours straight---for one thing it's completely unsafe for the patients---and poor planning...
    Sep 29
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  9. My Reflections on Nursing
    There is nothing in your post to pick apart. I hope you're able to maintain this view once you've been a nurse for awhile. Nursing needs its idealists; we can't all be cynical and jaded, or we lose...
    Sep 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Colace & MI
    Riddle me this: would you want your patient straining at stool after a cardiac event? Why or why not?
    Sep 28
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  11. Do you have to call your nurse manager before you call the doctor?
    I worked for a place like that once. Guess who I didn't call when my resident's blood sugar was 28 and the Glucagon didn't bring him around? (I did leave her a note.....)
    Sep 27
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  12. Would you do this...? Thoughts....
    No. Freaking. Way. :no: I've never had an NG tube myself but I have inserted them, and the experience can be nightmarish for the patient. I'll take my chances with losing weight the "hard way",...
    Sep 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Please stop! Little things that are just bad practice.
    Why on earth don't they do the smart thing and get your mother a bedside commode?? This is not difficult. That way she can get up and do her thing without having to disconnect the IV. It's more...
    Sep 27
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  14. Your Family?
    OK, back to the topic at hand: My family would've thrown a fit if they'd known about some of the situations I was in, even on a med/surg/psych floor. I got a chunk torn out of my wrist by an HIV +...
    Sep 27
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Your Family?
    That's scary. I have quite a bit of trouble with my memory, although whether it's due to my bipolar disorder or the five meds I take to treat it, I don't know. I've thought about asking my p-doc to...
    Sep 26
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. Your Family?
    Geriatric?! 55??! Say it isn't so...... Off-topic, I'm curious as to how many of your patients in their 50s come in with dementia dx as opposed to psych, or in addition to psych.
    Sep 26
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. You did not just do that?!
    One of my co-workers cut her thumb while breaking an ampule and yelled "G-d- it!!!" in the hospital room of a Baptist minister.....
    Sep 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. How do you say "diabetes"?
    I couldn't stand the way Wilford Brimley pronounced it, so I'm very careful to enunciate it carefully. "Dye-a-beet-eez".
    Sep 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Sharing a Preceptor???
    When I was a preceptor, I usually had two preceptees if they were experienced nurses who were new to our unit. It worked out fine unless one of the newbies was a little slower than the other to catch...
    Sep 26
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Feeling like a failure
    I was an "older" (late 30s) nurse when I graduated, and one of the things I learned very quickly was that the expectations were higher because I was older, even though I was just as green as the...
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Getting Back Active in SD
    I wish I had some answers for you. I've been terminated from two of my last three jobs and can't find a job to save my soul (been out of work for 5 months). But then I'm 55 and look it, and it's very...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  22. Changing to a non-nursing career?
    I don't feel like I picked the wrong career path, even though I'm burned out and can no longer do nursing. I had a good career for the most part, and I expected to be able to stick with it till I was...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  23. How important is your 'look' as a nurse
    Presenting a professional appearance isn't rocket science. If you have long hair, control it by putting it up or tying it back; wear a conservative dress or suit, but don't look like you're attending...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  24. Would you get low census in scenario?
    I agree. The only nurses who would come in extra were the ones who either lived for the job or had no life.
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Diagnosed with ADHD
    My position is that I didn't give up my right to keep my health information private when I became a healthcare professional. If you're asked for a medical history, you should ask what the information...
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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