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  1. help please!!
    I agree with the poster who suggested Ebola, but it would refine it to deal with how nurses can educate the public regarding hysteria over unrealistic fears of epidemics (whipped up by media, in...
    Sep 9
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  2. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    According to federal labor law you cannot "donate" that time to your employer. All time worked must be paid for. They are in violation of the law for allowing you to do it. They would also be...
    Aug 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    Thanks for the citation. I actually printed the whole shebang out from the web and posted it on my employer's bulletin board. When I later referred to it, they thought that they had posted it. The...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Best Mispronunciation?
    Don't know I'd it's benn mentioned here by others, but my all-time favorite, as a psych nurse is "hound dog" instead of Haldol or haloperidol. Although it's not a mispronunciation, I also got a kick...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    Labor law is very clear--any work you do for employer must be paid for. That includes answering the phone during your "lunch break", coming in during off hours for disciplinary actions or in...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Written up for refusing to work on days off
    1. Confer with your union, if you have one. Management pranks like this are a prime reason to be unionized. 2. Some states outlaw mandatory OT for healthcare workers except in dire emergencies....
    Jul 28
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  7. Not all nurses wear scrubs
    I had a slightly different experience when I was a psych nurse in the Philly jail system. I wore casual clothes so I had no obvious signs of being a nurse. Newer patients or other inmates would...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  8. So disappointed in myself
    I'm a retired (disabled) RN in Philly with a strong science background (equivalent of Master's in Chemistry). I'd be pleased to help you in any way I can, in any of your future courses, and also in...
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  9. Housing Close to Thomas Jefferson Nursing School
    I agree with the previous responders. You won't find rentals close to Jeff in your price range unless you find a roommate. However, you could find suitable apartments, or even houses, to rent in...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  10. The Daily Habits Of A Psych Nurse
    I was a psych nurse for almost 30 years before becoming disabled. I worked in a large state hospital here in Philly that had a bad reputation (only partly deserved) I got so used to people acting...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Losing my religion
    Interesting thread, couldn't read the whole thing, but is had to put in my $.02. I'm about as atheist as can be--no god, no messiah, no spirits, afterlife, etc. However, I've been fortunate enough in...
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  12. Urine laundry
    Try adding either some white vinegar, or some washing soda (sodium carbonate). Either one is helpful with odor removal. You can also try putting a small amount of hair conditioner as a fabric...
    Jun 30, '13
    Forum: Camp Nursing
  13. I plan to become a male nurse.
    My pet peeve when I first started in nursing over 30 years ago was little old ladies asking me, "Are you a MALE nurse?" I finally started answering, " I wanted to be a female nurse, but I couldn't...
    Apr 21, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  14. To much time wasted on classes that have nothing to do with Nursing!!!
    The one thing that always fascinated me about nursing is that I can use everything I've ever learned about science, culture, and just about every other branch of knowledge and philosophy in my...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  15. Psych RN interview!! Need advice!!!
    Sorry for taking so long to reply. I agree with the other posters--just answer truthfully, be positive about not knowing everything--it gives you an opportunity to grow. As I said previously, I've...
    Mar 14, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. Working in a methadone clinic
    I never worked in a clinic, but I was trained to dispense methadone in the Philly jail system a while back. It was a major production if the count was wrong, and we even had cameras on the prep area...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  17. After hours call pay...
    Are you salaried or hourly employees?? If you are hourly, then this is illegal. First, I'd let your employer know that you are aware it's illegal, and give them a chance to respond. Then, I'd file a...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: Ambulatory Care Nursing / Clinic Nursing
  18. How does a new grad RN find a psych nursing job?
    I agree with the previous poster, and also you could check your local jails/prisons as well as drug and alcohol inpatient and outpatient facilities, just to get your foot in the door somewhere. What...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. ADN or BSN which would recommend for a mom?
    Once you are an associate s RN, any further nursing education is tax-deductible. you might also be able to get loan forgiveness or other subsidies from your employer. Also, why go to school for 4...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  20. Why is Night Shift always picked on?
    I have worked mostly night shift in my 25-odd years of nursing. Everywhere I worked (psych, D&A, correctional psych), the attitude of management and peers on other shifts was "Night shift doesn't...
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. homosexual patients
    As one of the LGBT members of this forum, I must state how proud I am of my Nurse Brothers and Sisters. You who identify with the majority "straight" population don't often realize how much simple...
    Dec 17, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Psych RN job right after BSN graduation
    The last place I worked before going on disability was a large urban jail psych unit. I was there for almost 10 years, but had about 15 years experience in psych prior to that. I can only speak for...
    Dec 13, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. LCSW, PMHNP, or PA
    I'm a lowly RN who's worked with all of the professionals you've mentioned, and as far as I have observed, the social workers are vastly underplayed as compared to nurses, at least here in the...
    Dec 7, '12
    Forum: Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry
  24. lost my job for sticking up for myself
    Welcome to the real world of nursing; especially the part they don't teach you about in school--how to get along with peers and management. Your situation is another example of why nurses need...
    Dec 4, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. psych groups
    When I worked on a female forensic unit in the Philadelphia jail system, we worked toward producing a journal/magazine/newsletter which was entirely the work of the clients. The only main rule was...
    Dec 4, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing