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  1. confused about PRN use
    Depends on how the patient presents. If they don't appear to be responding (head cocking, inappropriate laughter/grimacing, talking back to them), I may consider it. But the fact that they...
    Jul 20
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Thanks be to God for Good Co-Workers!
    Coworkers can make or break a shift. I always appreciate when I'm working with a good team.
    Jul 20
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. confused about PRN use
    This is one of the times you can use your nursing judgment. If they seem reasonably calm about things, go with just the Haldol. If they verbalize severe anxiety--or if say they're fine but YOU see...
    Jul 20
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. reasonable orientation for an experienced nurse?
    Oh, speaking as someone who started their nursing career with paper charting...find out what type of pen you like the best, then go to OfficeMax or Amazon and order them in bulk. Trust me, charting...
    Jul 19
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  5. reasonable orientation for an experienced nurse?
    Unless you were changing to a drastically different specialty (such as going from psych to L&D), 8 shifts should be more than sufficient to orient you. Best of luck at your new job!
    Jul 19
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. Am I Being Bullied?
    Not wanting to be BFF with you doesn't mean your preceptor (or anyone for that matter) is a bully. Some nurses don't like to mix work and socializing...and for the record, that attitude doesn't...
    Jul 19
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  7. B52 cocktail
    10/4/50 does work miracles on even the most psychotic patients.
    Jul 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Falls in Psychiatry
    Keep in mind that I don't work gero-psych. Most of my patient falls aren't due to medications or psychosis. They are due to flat-out carelessness that is mostly on the patient's part: rushing...
    Jul 17
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. BON: Notice of Contemplated Action
    There's no guarantees, but it considerably improves your chances for a favorable outcome than if you tried to face the BON on your own. Yes, a lawyer can be pricey. But having your license...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History
  10. PNAP & Application Process
    IMO, your lying about your past record/history will do far more damage than your having told them the truth about how long you've been clean. You can start to get out of the hole you dug by...
    Jul 15
    Forum: Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History
  11. Does leaving CA for a BSN make it harder to get a job?
    I can't tell you about whether leaving will be a major setback as I came to CA as an experienced RN. One advantage that I could see in staying here for nursing school is that because you are doing...
    Jul 14
    Forum: California Nursing
  12. RN patient ratios
    When I work inpatient, it's about 4:1, and it can never be higher than 6:1. But that's California law. At one job, it's primary care nursing, so I do it all for them: meds, assist with ADLs,...
    Jul 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. JayKay Staffing
    Ah, those were the good old days. The new grads I run across--of both RN and LVN variety--look more like deer caught in the headlights than anything else.
    Jul 13
    Forum: Agency Nurses
  14. Advice needed!! New Grad...bad to job hunt knowing I have trip planned for xmas week?
    Weekends are very hard for facilities to staff: after all, everyone wants them off to be with their families and/or for religious reasons. Because of that, acute care facilities have weekend...
    Jul 13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  15. Advice needed!! New Grad...bad to job hunt knowing I have trip planned for xmas week?
    *sigh* Unfortunately for the OP, acute care nursing is 24/7/365. Patients don't go home for weekends, holidays or holy days. Nor do hospitals--even the most religious ones--shutter their doors...
    Jul 12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  16. HIPAA violation?
    The patient telling nurse about what happened to them at the hospital is not a HIPAA violation. If the patient decides to spill their guts, HIPAA goes out the window because it's the patient...
    Jul 11
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  17. JayKay Staffing
    Most agencies won't touch a new grad--LVN or RN--because agencies expect a level of nursing competence and the ability for you to hit the ground running from day 1...which as a new grad LVN, you are...
    Jul 11
    Forum: Agency Nurses
  18. Going back to the bedside
    One of the hospitals I work for is very specific about it: they want at least 1 year of experience within the last 3 years. Perhaps you can get your feet wet with an agency/per-diem position in...
    Jul 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Urine drug test temp unreadable??
    The nurse likely wasn't warm and fuzzy because she has dealt with more than her share of applicants trying to scam the drug test. So I can't blame her one bit if she didn't pat your arm...
    Jul 10
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  20. Certification exam
    I also used the ANCC review book. I also bought a second review book just to get a different angle on things. Passed first time.
    Jul 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. JayKay Staffing
    IMO, I would be wary of any staffing agency that calls you and immediately requests personal information. Especially if you've never had contact with them before and they cold-called you. It may be...
    Jul 10
    Forum: Agency Nurses
  22. can you help me find a job as a psyche nurse?
    1. Start by making a list of the psychiatric hospitals in your local area. If you are willing to relocate, look through the entire province or even the whole of Canada. 2. Also make a list of...
    Jul 9
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. Curriculum in USA
    I believe it's up to each state's government. Look up the Board of Nursing for the state you are interested in. This is a guess as to where are going with this...but the Boards of Nursing usually...
    Jul 9
    Forum: California Nursing
  24. A little concerned
    I think a lot of them will hit up their own or others' infants for said sample. That's what I'd do, and I own a dog.
    Jul 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. A little concerned
    Relax, OP :) From Fecal Occult Blood Test and Fecal Immunochemical Test: Test Sample "The guaiac-based gFOBT and the OTC flushable pad/tissue rely on a chemical reaction to produce the color...
    Jul 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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