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  1. Why Wages Are Stagnant
    The scuttlebutt at my hospital is that we will no longer be paid time and a half for critical overtime (i.e., I stay to provide direct patient care, not to finish documentation or fulfill other...
    Nov 19
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  2. So many sleepless nights
    I passed my 2 year nursing anniversary, and I still have trouble sleeping at night. I go to sleep okay, but if I wake up in the middle of the night, I immediately start thinking of my patients from...
    Nov 5
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  3. *rolling my eyes*
    I don't usually go for the arrogant American argument, but in this case, we are WAY in over our heads. The way we handle Ebola or any other superbug in a fancy Level IV lab at Fort Detrick or the...
    Oct 15
    Forum: Disasters: Preparing & Responding
  4. My love/hate relationship with nursing.
    I enjoyed this post and found it interesting that the way you describe your transition into LTC is similar to how a lot of us describe our first months out of school and into our first job. I also...
    Oct 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. "Two-yearitis"
    Timely post! I have been pondering this 2-year mark as I just passed it a couple of weeks ago in PACU (went in as a per diem new grad), and I have a few things to add. First, I may be the...
    Oct 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Nauseous vs Nauseated (another grammar lesson)
    I won a bet with my 7th grade history teacher on this one. He still remembers it, 30+ years later!
    Oct 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. My Reflections on Nursing
    Sjalv, please don't get too defensive, okay? I'm 2 years in, and I'm stuck somewhere between your post and the replies that sound harsh but are most likely well-intentioned. I went into nursing...
    Sep 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    We have a program at our hospital where nurses can go shadow for a day somewhere other than their own dept. I love the idea of incorporating docs into that program, but it would need to be shadowing...
    Sep 29
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. Oooh Ick! Has this happened to you?
    Had someone take their shoes off and show me a gross spot on their foot. Yeah. I do try to be helpful, but it doesn't take me long to refer them to their PCP! My favorite is when people ask my...
    Sep 26
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  10. What is your crazy?
    I work in PACU, where we have patients in bays rather than rooms. I HAVE to line the bed/stretcher up straight or I get antsy. Not sure if it is OCD or necessity! We do joke with our LNA about...
    Sep 24
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  11. I dreamed of being an R.N and now I sometimes dread going to work
    Oh, honey, I'm right with you. I was browsing the Health/Stress Management posts because I need to go to bed but I'm so afraid I'm going to wake up and worry. I love my job, but after 2 years I...
    Sep 17
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  12. Not a nurse
    I love calling pharmacists because I ALWAYS learn something new. Our hospital pharmacists truly have patient care first and foremost in their minds, and I always have the sense that we are on the...
    Sep 3
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    OH. MY. WORD. I am pretty much screaming in my head right now. This is ridiculous that anyone who works with nurses would believe these things to be true!!!! I can't even imagine. So glad the...
    Aug 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. What Keeps Nurses Up at Night?
    The patients for whom I have done everything possible and done it all correctly, and yet I worry that it wasn't enough.
    Aug 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    Fear of losing one's license was drummed into us in nursing school (graduated in 2011). In today's litigious society, I think it's more likely that nurses will get sued, get fired, lose their...
    Aug 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!
    I'm coming up on 2 years as a per diem, so probably equivalent to 1 year full-time or 1.5 part time, and a lot of days are still very, very hard. It's a hard job, and that's fine, but when my best...
    Aug 10
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  17. Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?
    I have never thought about these downsides to nursing residencies; I agree that such programs should be regulated (like medical residencies) so that they are actually meaningful. I had a few...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  18. My Love For Being a Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Nurse
    Beautiful. Your patients are lucky to have you.
    Jul 14
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  19. All my PACU RNs
    Love: Varying acuity, ages, and surgeries. Relative autonomy (docs will often ask me what I think, though usually if I've bothered to call the surgeon, it's because I want to know what he/she...
    Jun 19
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  20. How Cardiac meds r/t BP and HR
    Your best bet is a text like Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses. More useful than the PDR, and it includes nursing guidelines and things to look for. Make yourself a spreadsheet (easier to compare...
    Jun 19
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  21. Mid-Life Career Change to Nursing
    I had bachelor's and master's degrees in non-nursing fields, and I opted to go with a direct entry masters in nursing. It took me 2 calendar years, but now it has been shortened to 5 semesters,...
    Jun 18
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  22. Leaving the ED for the PACU
    If you like turnover and a fast pace, then PACU could be a really good fit! We keep our patients anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours; the kiddos tend to move out quickly unless they have post-op...
    Jun 9
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  23. Is this the norm in PACU? Have I been spoiled before????
    What you describe happening now sounds like every day to me; I just assumed it was the norm for everyone! Is the case mix different in your new job? I find I see a range of patient pain...
    Jun 5
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  24. On-call in the OR
    Our OR will call in the 2nd team later in the day PRN, I think around 6 pm, for a weekend or holiday daytime. I don't know what their coverage looks like overnight. I'm per diem in the PACU and...
    Jun 5
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  25. PACU Call Coverage
    I never answered your post back. I was actually on call last night and have some insights to consider if you want to recover pts outside the PACU. 1. You asked about meds; yes, I still do the...
    Jun 5
    Forum: PACU Nursing


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