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  1. On "dumbing down" résumés
    You said, "I wish I could just blurt out, "I'm not going to demand big bucks or special snowflake treatment, or throw my weight around. I just want to patch people up quietly for fair pay!!!" But I...
    Jul 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Coming To the Dark Side
    congratulations!
    Jul 30
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Computerized Charting Errors-Need Stories
    I recommend not posting anything that has any identifying information in it, because that could risk your job, and might slide into a HIPAA violation or even some legal action by a patient, depending...
    Jul 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Psychiatric Emergency! Fumbling Syringes?
    I'm glad I didn't work with that charge nurse! We're not here to show anyone who's boss by hurting him! [/QUOTE]One time a charge nurse told me to use three. The patient was a true psychopath (we...
    Jul 26
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Does it matter what type of psych facility you worked in previously?
    so...it's not the type of facility that matters, it's the reputation of the particular facility...
    Jul 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. Does it matter what type of psych facility you worked in previously?
    I don't see that they would be all that different!
    Jul 24
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. Help Addiction Nurses
    Learn about protocols for detox. While you can learn them on the job, sometimes they're a bit complicated, and having some knowledge will help...
    Jul 22
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  8. Falls in Psychiatry
    I think it's demeaning for every person to have a bed alarm. Many wouldn't even want to get up to use the restroom if they knew the alarm would go off. Awhile back I worked at a place where, if a...
    Jul 22
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. confused about PRN use
    Hearing voices isn't always a terrible thing. Sometimes the voices are comforting or not bothersome, just there. It's important to ask what the voices are saying. You wrote that your patient was...
    Jul 21
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Can A CNS work as a staff nurse?
    I worked as a staff nurse while I was a CNS, in two different hospitals. I got no extra pay for my extra education level, nor anything else extra. I agree, that one is held to higher expectations...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
  11. How do you teach nursing theory?
    As a teacher, I'm often amazed by the inability of some to grasp concepts that I consider simple, and the above-and-beyond ability of some to understand tons more than I expect them to understand. ...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Nursing Educators / Faculty
  12. patient/license safety
    30 patients with 5 staff members? Wow, did I misread the original posting? I'm used to one staff member for up to 8... THAT wasn't a safe situation.
    Jul 18
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Hide-a-Butt patient gowns
    using 2 gowns is standard operating procedure where I've worked...
    Jul 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Falls in Psychiatry
    For the geriatric patients, we use bed alarms so we know if they get up and we can get there quickly. If someone is likely to fall out of bed, we put the mattress on the floor, so there's a shorter...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Need help with psych group activity?
    How about adapting the kids' game "Hangman" to fit sleep. You could call it "Sleeping Man," because the word hangman isn't appropriate on a psych unit. The picture you'd form would be of a sleeping...
    Jul 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. young and ambitious
    A job as a CNA would open your eyes widely. You'll need to get a license to do that, but if you've completed a fundamentals course, it might be easy-peasy, depending on your state's rules...
    Jul 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. teacher to nursing?
    I'm a psych nurse and a psych nursing instructor, in part of my life. I have NEVER had a problem finding a job in the field. For psych nursing, in general, the teaching education helped. So did...
    Jul 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Per Diem vs On call...Position different from what was offered.
    look for a new job and when you have it, quit this one...
    Jul 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Feel so bad for calling out :(
    What did your employer do that led to you feeling guilty? I bet whoever you called was responding to the worry that it would be difficult to get someone to cover your shift. That's often a...
    Jul 14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. teacher to nursing?
    I was an elementary school teacher but there were lay-offs and I couldn't find another teaching job. I went back to school and became a nurse. Then, I got my MSN and became a nursing...
    Jul 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Looking for psych nurses with experience of wearing uniforms and street clothes.
    I've worked places that require street clothes, places where either street clothes or scrubs were ok, and places that required facility log tops with khaki, navy, or black slacks, shorts, or skirts....
    Jul 14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. Writing a test using the publisher's test bank -- good or bad idea?
    some students are really just that good!
    Jul 9
    Forum: Nursing Educators / Faculty
  23. Writing a test using the publisher's test bank -- good or bad idea?
    I use test bank questions, and each time I give a test, I re-generate all questions rather than re-using old tests. I also take the test myself and change wording and try to make things more clear...
    Jul 9
    Forum: Nursing Educators / Faculty
  24. Certification exam
    I bought audio CDs to listen to, to learn the stuff more completely. I found the exam to be similar in difficulty to NCLEX. Afterwards I felt there was no way I passed, but I did...
    Jul 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  25. SSRI Dose Equivqalency Chart
    I like Stahl's too. I use it every day I work. It includes weaning strategies for patients who must be weaned as well as how to lower the dosage of one drug while starting and raising the dosage of...
    Jul 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing


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