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  1. Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it.
    As the years go on, I find that I'm saying more things to patients to shut them up. I get more complaints about the food and the comfort of the beds than anything else. My reply to them is...
    Jul 1, '09
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. Can an Employer Penalize You For Calling-In Due to Illness ?
    I got in trouble for the same issue. I'm a single mom. Between my son & I, there's no way we're going to keep call-ins under the mandated 5 a year. I found a way to work around the whole call in...
    Jan 6, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. nursing student with severe hearing loss
    I have moderate hearing loss in both ears. I wear digital CIC hearing aids. Of course, it's a big PITA to remove the hearing aids to use the stethoscope, but I make do. I use a Littman electronic...
    Jan 5, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Nursing schools in Arkansas
    If you go to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing's website, you can find the NCLEX pass rates for all of the nursing programs in Arkansas. It's a good way to find out if which programs do a good job...
    Oct 27, '08
    Forum: Arkansas Nursing
  5. Grossest Thing You've Ever Seen
    I was fortunate not to witness this. It happened quite a few years ago on a med/surg floor. A patient with a new colostomy who had psych issues decided to pull the thing apart. The night shift...
    Aug 28, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Chest tube to suction?
    We make it a habit to connect the chest tube to a canister and the canister is connected to wall suction. We do this for chest tubes to bottles or pleuravacs and for NG suction. We had an incident...
    Aug 13, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. In your experience.......when a seemingly "stable" patient tells you they are
    I had the same thing happen to me. I had a stable patient that was planning to be discharged home that day. When I made first rounds that morning and asked him if he was glad to be going home that...
    Jul 29, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. how much does your hospital pay to precept a new nurse?
    I am a preceptor at my hospital. I get paid $1/hr to precept any nurse new to the hospital whether it's a new grad or a seasoned nurse. Of course, new grads are going to take more hours to precept....
    Jul 29, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. My bad attitude
    The bad attitude meeting must be in a book for managers or something. Anytime the staff is upset about staffing shortages and the fact that it is directly detrimental to the quality of care they can...
    Jun 6, '08
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. clinic nurses pay
    I interviewed for a family practice clinic associated with a hospital. As an RN, I was offered $12.00/hr. I told her I can't work for less than $20 since at the time I was working in a hospital for...
    May 31, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. What you get for nurses week
    I have no idea what possessed them to do it, but this year, we got pocket knives. I'm hoping no one who is armed has a mental meltdown.
    May 12, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Bike commuters?
    I'm getting ready to be a bike commuter. I live 3 miles from my hospital. We don't have bike racks and I am currently asking human resources to make one available for the employees who wish to go...
    Apr 30, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. So how many pts do you have?????
    I work on a stepdown/pcu unit that is currently using 16 of 28 beds due to staffing. Our ratio is 4:1. Usually we have one secretary and one aide on day shift. Nights has a secretary until 11pm...
    Apr 2, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Dumbest thing a student/newbie ever said/did?
    We had a senior nursing student on our unit one day. Her patient had meds due at 9 am and 5 pm. After passing her 9 am meds, she asks, "what do we do now, just sit around until 5?" :uhoh3: She...
    Mar 26, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. How much is your pay?
    I live in northwest Arkansas. I'm an RN with 6 years experience in a cardiac unit. I make a base rate of $22.66/hr. Throw in shift differentials for 3-7pm & weekends. I bring home about...
    Mar 22, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. A nurse for 9 months and already offered a supervisor postion....scary!
    I was offered a med/surg supervisor position after being a nurse for about 3 years. Like you, I was flattered and jumped on the offer thinking about money and better hours. I thought since I had...
    Mar 18, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Help, our unit is falling apart!
    I work in a cardiac unit. We're having some serious problems. We have recently acquired a new supervisor that has initiated several changes in the way our department is run. This has caused...
    Mar 13, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. School nurse
    I was a school nurse for the local high school for 2 years. I had to leave because the pay wasn't enough for my particular situation. (I happen to be a single mom.) In my particular state, a BSN...
    Mar 3, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. our calling
    While I appreciate that you have a deep passion for your career choice, please be aware that not all nurses are "called" to the profession. Nuns and priests are "called" to their vocation. I chose...
    Feb 27, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Do you have this in the US?
    We have a unit like that called CDU (Clinical Decision Unit). It started out as a full time 23 hour observation unit. Now, it's only open when the units are full and as a last resort before...
    Feb 26, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Classic Patient Statements
    Before I became a nurse, I used to work in admisisons. Several times a day, the little old ladies would come in & inform me that they were to go to RADIO-OLOGY for a MAMMEO-GRAM. After the 10th...
    Feb 19, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Working while sick- what do you think?
    I absolutely think nurse's shouldn't work when they're sick. Everyone else is right about the patients are either immunocompromised or dealing with other health issues and don't need the exposure to...
    Feb 19, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Did Hillary really say nurses are glorified sitters ?.....  No fact to support
    I wouldn't doubt if something she said was taken out of context and printed. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if our salaries were decreased, the nursing shortage would reach disastrous...
    Feb 6, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Delegating to aides: How do you do it?
    I simply tell the aides what I need done and they do it. I have a good relationship with the aides. I find that if you treat them with respect and help them when they need a hand, they'll be more...
    Feb 5, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. The Doctor said WHAT?
    Our facility had a doctor that felt the nursing staff could improve on their efficiency and he decided to prepare a lecture hour on how we could do our jobs better. He was challenged to be a nurse...
    Feb 5, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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