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  1. Does anyone else get grief from their family for choosing nursing?
    I can relate. My mother thought I was too introverted to be a nurse, that I should work "in a lab or something - by myself" instead. Never mind that I absolutely hated the clerical jobs I had...
    Jan 19
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  2. Scheduled overtime
    Oh, yes, years ago when I was a new grad working on a med/tele-PCU with an 1:8 nurse/pt ratio our staffing at this for-profit hospital was so poor (few lasted long in that hellhole) that everyone was...
    May 21, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. How can I tell if I'm cut out for night shift
    Just because you're nocturnal (an "owl") does not mean that you will do well working nights. I should know; staying up all night - no problem (I have to force myself to go to bed before midnight...
    May 18, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Are you providing great patient care?
    Good question... I know a few such "efficient" nurses who always chart exactly the same assessment as the previous shift and never bring a stethoscope (hmm... just how did you assess those...
    Mar 27, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  5. The Night The Fire Died
    I can relate to a point. Yes, I was that bright-eyed new grad (15 years ago) that got burned... oh so badly in my very first job. And that was not the only time. And I learned the hard way that...
    Aug 28, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. How long do you generally have to stay past the end of your shift?
    It really depend on a lot of things, including acuity and ratio depending on census (I may have 3-6 patients, but usually 5 or 6); how many admissions; team (some charge nurses help, some don't; same...
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. define
    I would love to get an entire 30 minutes in a 12 to 14 hour shift (i.e., the scheduled 12 hours plus the unintentional but unavoidable OT to complete all the charting etc.) Seriously, in more than a...
    Mar 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Nurse refused to give CPR
    I know a nurse whose facility does not allow CPR... although they do admit "full code" patients. The plan is to get the patient to a hospital - or obtain the DNRO - before they crash. My friend...
    Mar 3, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  9. New nurse with job that is causing anxiety and depression
    This is unfortunately too common... I worked on a stepdown unit as a new grad (also 8 patients - yes, that is ludicrous) and had to stay late every day (and so did the experienced nurses!) But at...
    Feb 9, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  10. Do you tattle on your co-workers when you find something missed?
    Funny I should read this just as I am dealing with a ludicrous write-up by a charge nurse who wrote a rambling, incoherent complaint to the manager that I was "complaining" about my assignments the...
    Feb 7, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Was reprimanded and told to resign.  Advice or thoughts would be appreciated.
    OP, so you had to do primary with 6 or more med/surg patients? That's an unreasonable assignment for anyone. That you would drown was totally predictable. And how can you be held accountable if a pt...
    Jan 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Dear British "Hoaxed" Nurse:
    That is assuming that this is true. I seriously doubt that the hospital would NOT have thrown the nurse(s) under the bus, although I'm more inclined to believe that the royal family would have let...
    Dec 14, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. What's the weirdest thing management has said to you?
    I have one for the Management Hall of Shame: Management complains (again) about "unauthorized overtime", i.e., the nurses being forced to chart after their 12-hour shift (let's not even mention...
    Dec 12, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Sleep Problems after coming off Night Shift... how long does it last?
    Hi, all, I'm finally, finally on days after several months of 7P-7A, 3 nights in a row. I realized long ago that this didn't work for me but had to do my time. Although I'm truly a night owl,...
    Nov 5, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  15. Night shifters - ever experience this?
    There is only one cure for this.... go to days. Although I'm an extreme night owl (note the time I'm posting this, on my day off - and I should not stay on a night schedule, but can't help it), I...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Burned out and undecided
    Have you considered inpatient hospice? That's what I do, we have the same shifts as hospitals (i.e., no on call, 3 12's) and practice many clinical skills (except IV, which we rarely do). But it's...
    Sep 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  17. Day shift or night shift - Which do you prefer?  Why?
    Nights is awful if you have young kids have to change back to a day schedule on your days off (the first day off is a total waste if you worke nights). I have never been so tired, I have absolutely...
    Sep 17, '12
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  18. I feel so dumb... I got flustered - about a patient in respiratory distress
    Do you have standing orders for MS? If not, get an order. Ativan works great as well (and helps with the anxiety that's making the respiratory distress worse). And have to agree with pp, get help if...
    Sep 17, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. "You look tired"
    Try working night shifts... three in a row, you are beyond tired. Especially if you can't sleep during the day. Hate, hate, hate nights - but I digress. My pts/families often tell me I'm...
    Sep 17, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  20. Out of these 4 drug handbooks, which one should I get?
    Nothing but Davis's Drug Guide for me! It's by far the best organized with the most useful info, which you can find quickly. I keep the newest edition at home and took an older one to work (as I...
    Aug 20, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Do Other Professionals Skip Restroom Breaks And Meals?
    I understand that, but teachers are not with their classes for 12 hours at a time (not even eight in most cases). Nurses, sadly, have impossible workloads and often have to make a choice: do I...
    Aug 16, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Looking after Dialysis patients during a hospital admission
    Thanks from me as well. I worked in chronic dialysis for over 5 years and did some inpatient/acute dialysis as well and have encountered very few obnoxious patients (one in particular, and...
    Aug 8, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Night Shift For Newbies
    I returned to night shift after trying it unsuccessfully years ago (lasted about 5 months), and it was 12 hour shifts just like I'm doing now. Back then, however, my schedule was far worse - on/off,...
    Aug 7, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Help!  Manager won't let me off night shift
    Just to clarify, I don't work in a hospital, it's a small inpatient facility with no other unit to transfer to. Because there are so few nurses, I know them quite well and would be very surprised if...
    Aug 7, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Help!  Manager won't let me off night shift
    There is no one else who wants off nights, the other night nurses seem to love it (none of them have young kids). But I see your point. I guess there is not much more to do than wait.... or leave,...
    Aug 6, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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