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  1. **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary
    1) North Dakota, Red River Valley 2) 23.80 with .5 weekend diff 3) Hired as a new grad 4) Hired onto what was billed as a Med-Surg and quickly discovered was an unofficial step-down. I'm...
    Nov 22
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  2. 3 Reasons Your Immune System May Not Help You This Flu Season
    I'm just going to leave this here... http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/leaky-gut-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx While I am a firm believer in the lethal potential of leaky gut in septic/Ards/mods...
    Nov 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. What would you change about your scrubs??
    I would like pants to stop being an inch too short or four inches too long. I would like shirts to stop being so broad across the shoulders but tight across the bosom. Is it impossible to believe...
    Nov 18
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  4. Part 2: The Good the Bad and the Ugly Boundaries
    I'm a blend of both. I'm always smiling at work, always a good word for people, perpetually cheery and friendly. Lots of people have said I'm happy go lucky, friendly, blah blah blah...but then they...
    Nov 17
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  5. Hygiene After Hospital Shift
    After a shift, if I have the energy, I shower. I'm almost always in at least one isolation room that day, which means I was sweating like crazy, so its for everyone's best interests that I shower....
    Nov 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Which Scrubs Look Professional?
    Re: 1 - for me, yes. I have a long torso, so a top that come at least half way down is guaranteed cover the back when I'm squatting or bending over. Re: 3 - how exactly is anyone going to...
    Nov 15
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  7. Why is Med-Surg so hated?
    I'm pretty sure you work with me, lol! I'm proud to be a M-S nurse, and disappointed we don't get the recognition we deserve as our own specialty. My best friend went directly into L&D, and when...
    Nov 14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  8. My Brother the Idiot - Ebola Hoax
    To say that common sense is not my brother's strong suit would be very kind, but today he managed to screw up so bad I actually called him to yell irate and unpleasant things at him. I was...
    Oct 21
    Forum: Disasters: Preparing & Responding
  9. Newbies Who Want to Pay ZERO Dues Schedule-Wise
    I was hired for straight days as a new grad. None of the older/more experienced nurses have complained to my face, but in a retention meeting they complained bitterly about new grads getting day...
    Oct 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Mantra?... Whats yours??...
    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. ..
    Oct 15
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  11. Being married to a nurse...
    Been there, Done that, I'm not in psych nursing, lol. At least not on purpose. I'm on a gen med surg floor, and this pt was an overflow pt that had no (and I mean NO) safe places to go. I guess you...
    Oct 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Should ALL patients have bedside suction set up and in working order?
    We have suction in every room. The suction canisters are attached to the wall, the tubing is attached to the canister, the yankauer is left in the package, and everything is wrapped in a plastic bag....
    Oct 6
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Being married to a nurse...
    Last weekend ended on a very odd note for me, especially as a new nurse. I had the pleasure of attempting to admit a very mentally unstable patient, complete with security escort, requiring all items...
    Oct 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. What are the top 5 medications YOU administer daily?
    Labetalol/Metoprolol/Lisinopril, Novolog, Norco, K+/Mg, Heparin/Coumadin/Lovenox.
    Sep 29
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  15. When a Mom Miscarries
    prnqday, thank you. I actually have channeled my feelings into positive outcomes, including talking with other moms about miscarriages, being open and honest about my own experiences, and writing...
    Sep 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. When a Mom Miscarries
    RunBabyRun, thank you! I hadn't made the connection to the struggles we face with so many death and dying situations, but it really does have the same awkward, fumbling feel as those when people get...
    Sep 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. When a Mom Miscarries
    SionainnRN, there is no reason an ultrasound tech should be spouting off comments about how awesome your pregnancy is going. Especially since the pregnancy was being evaluated for a threatened...
    Sep 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  18. Anyone ever said something completely dumb because they were really nervous?
    I was a student when I breezed into my pt's room at 0730, ready to take on the day and be the best nurse I could be. My pt was a diabetic BKA (well established BKA at that). I cheerily introduced...
    Sep 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. When a Mom Miscarries
    Having overheard some really insensitive, stupid remarks about miscarriages lately, I would like to share something with all of my Facebook friends. Especially my friends who are medical...
    Sep 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. New Grad Job Market in North Dakota
    Rent on the western half of the state has gone up sharply due to the "oil boom". New grads are being hired, but its a "buyer's market" so to speak for the nursing recruiters. Keep being politely...
    Sep 15
    Forum: North Dakota Nursing
  21. relocating to ND with kids
    You might want to specify where. ND is a large state and each part of the state has its own pros and cons.
    Sep 15
    Forum: North Dakota Nursing
  22. PCA Patients
    Think about the pain range and types that your typical PCA meds address. Now think about the surgeries that leave lingering post-op pain for a few days. I see them quite often on my floor for s/p...
    Sep 3
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Out of control visitors
    I'm going to bow out of the thread. Being told I'm not welcome in public because my son has a neuro condition makes me feel less than happy to be a part of this conversation. Good night.
    Sep 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Pt having a "friend" over for "special nursing care"
    Which is why you knock. Then enter. Artifact is pretty obvious most of the time. Tele can be used as precaution. It doesn't mean *at death's door*. Hell, I wore a tele monitor and I was just freaking...
    Sep 1
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. Thoughts During My First Weekend on My Own
    I don't know why, but I didn't see this update in my inbox! Yes yes yes re: the piggyback abx. That danged secondary line clamp will be the death of me. My second weekend alone I started...
    Sep 1
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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