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  1. Pros and cons of the shift
    7A-7p days per diem. Pros: get a normal sleep schedule and a life more in synch with the rest of the world. I am naturally a morning person, so getting up early is easy. There is no traffic on the...
    5:59 pm
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Unsure nursing is for me
    Your feelings are pretty typical of a new grad once the newness wears off, the realization that nursing is hard kicks in, and you realize that you don't love your job. My solution was to look for a...
    1:01 pm
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Esme Needs Your Prayers and Well Wishes
    I was sorry to hear the news. I hope Esme starts feeling better soon.
    Oct 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. What do you do to stay positive?
    I look for positives, even if it takes some dark humor to find some. You get to go home at the end of the shift. The patient might never leave the hospital alive. You are getting paid; payday is this...
    Oct 23
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  5. The Betrayal
    It is no different than college. You can major in almost anything. I does not mean that it will lead to a job. The departments will shrug and say that they are there to educate you, not train you for...
    Oct 22
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. Epic Training - Pros and Cons
    I agree with the above poster who thinks it is more relevant to compare EPIC with other EMR. I used to have 5 passwords to access the sites for lab results, the order entry, the nursing charting etc....
    Oct 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. First Year of Nursing Do's and Donts
    In ortho/trauma especially, but also in a lot of departments, you need to be able to learn to work with your CNAs. You need your aides to get through a shift; you cannot do it all by yourself.
    Oct 21
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. Just graduated w/BSN, back to school
    As long as you have a financial plan that lets you go to school without accumulated debt that is fine. School can be an enjoyable place. Eventually though, most adults your age will be working and...
    Oct 21
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  9. "the 3rd degree" with report and other rude behavior
    Unless "rude" means personal attacks on you, give it time. As a new employee you are in a vulnerable position. Running to the manager too soon with anything less than a true patient safety issue...
    Oct 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Nursing "Shift"
    When I started nursing school at a community college, I was told that the LPN program had closed the year before. The teacher said that the job market for LPNs in the area was so dismal that there...
    Oct 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Newbies Who Want to Pay ZERO Dues Schedule-Wise
    Of course it is human nature to want what is best for yourself. The guy in the original scenario would have probably been better off if he took his concerns to the person in charge of the schedule,...
    Oct 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. Newbies Who Want to Pay ZERO Dues Schedule-Wise
    This new guy doesn't seem to understand office politics. Nothing good will ever come of complaining like that. He will learn to keep it quiet at work and save his complaining for Allnurses or his...
    Oct 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. I don't want to do bedside nursing
    I can understand wanting to avoid stress. We all want that. But as a beginner it is like saying "I want to be a nanny, but I don't want to do any childcare." Some bedside experience is usually...
    Oct 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Thinking about taking Unit Secretary course..
    Check the HR websites for the local places you might want to work. Are they hiring ward clerks? What is the job market like? My hospital is doing away with most of our ward clerks. The rationale...
    Oct 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Miss Manners for Nurses
    It is nice to see good manners in action though. I recently took care of a young man who had been injured. I got lots of please, thank you, yes, ma'am, etc. He was in pain, feeling stressed and...
    Oct 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Per Diem availability question
    I guess every place does staffing differently. I sign up with the rest of the staff for my shifts well in advance. (We are scheduled all the way through January right now). If I am not needed to...
    Oct 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Precepting with no itinerary?
    Locate you hospital policy and procedure manual. Often this is online. At my hospital, the p&p does give rationale with each step outlined. Do a little pre-reading on the procedures you have the most...
    Oct 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Don't be Judgmental!
    It is my observation that the people who shout "don't judge me" are the ones who know that people really are judged by their actions, and their actions are nothing to be proud of.
    Oct 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. when is it okay to combat rudeness w/ rudeness?
    Meeting rude with rude might work under certain circumstances, but more often it will backfire. Patients and their families can whip themselves into a self-righteous frenzy about that "rude nurse". ...
    Oct 9
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Am I being bullied? Or is this normal?
    In every workplace there is a whole list of "unwritten rules". Nobody actually tells the new nurse the unwritten rules, but what you are experiencing might be friction where the new grad is learning...
    Oct 7
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. whats so good about working in a hospital?
    If the world of healthcare expands outside the hospital, it doesn't necessarily mean nurses will be getting those jobs. The MAs have mostly taken over work in offices. In a lot of medical offices,...
    Oct 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Are physicians that thick?
    If the order is put in with phlebotomy as a lab draw, then they should be feeling the heat. Sadly, the nurse is there on the front lines. If the support staff is not doing their jobs, often the...
    Oct 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. shifts per week: 4 and 3 or 4 and 4?
    More than the money, what is your energy level? Responsibilities outside of work? Are you experienced to know your limit before you are too exhausted to function? Start slow with picking up extra...
    Sep 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Goodbye...
    I always enjoyed your posts. Thanks for your participation as an AN regular. You will be missed.
    Sep 29
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. Medication Error
    I think you are handling the situation in the best way. You aren't blaming everyone else; you understood that you made a mistake. The incident report, calling to inform the doctor and self report...
    Sep 28
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications


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