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  1. ba to bsn
    It's much shorter, isn't it? This is what I did, and it made me an RN in 24 months. It could have been 18 but I elected the traditional path in order to work at a paid internship for one summer...
    Oct 29
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  2. What's your go to outfit after work?
    Eileen Fisher. It's as comfortable as sweats while making me feel as if I'm a stylin' granny. And I'm old and can afford it. Well--I can afford it when it's on clearance or eBay or in the...
    Oct 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Goodbye...
    I pretty much only check out AN when I'm procrastinating on projects, but I always looked for your posts. Happy nursing, and best wishes. Benedina
    Sep 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. Mileage question--is this the norm??
    I think it's your hourly wage that makes the problem, personally. I'm paid per visit--roughly 150% of what you're paid per hour--and that visit time is meant to include travel time, charting time,...
    Jun 8
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  5. Grammar Police
    Bucky Badger RN took exception to my suggestion that older parents will be pleased to hear from their kids, text speak and all, and wrote: "When will that day come, just so I'm prepared. I'm in...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  6. Grammar Police
    Some of our phones are still not text friendly. I care passionately about language; my first career was in publishing. But I have a work-issued phone that requires you to punch the 7 button 4...
    May 31
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  7. No!  It is NOT OK.
    I'd like to second the excellent post of SNurseKylam. Giving limited choices is appropriate for children, which our patients are not. (Unless they are, of course. If you're a peds nurse, that's a...
    May 24
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  8. HH- Do you work weekends and holidays?
    My kiddles are grown, so I sign up for holidays often--I'd like the younger nurses to have that time with their kids, and the older nurses to have that time with their families! We generally only do...
    Dec 18, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  9. Multiple jobs
    I worked at my first career for more than 20 years. I enjoy still doing a few freelance assignments in it every now and then. Like the extra money, too. Dina
    Nov 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Catholic hospitals grow, and with them questions of providing care
    In addition to elkpark's list, I'll note a few other religions that generally provide some room for pro-choice ethics. ...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  11. Kicked out of class for a "HIPAA" violation?
    Telling the OP that it has nothing to do with HIPAA when her school IS telling her it is concerned with HIPAA strikes me as unhelpful. Telling the OP that she did, in fact, commit a HIPAA...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  12. job market for PMHNPs in CO
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner but I still can't help, OP, except to say that for all jobs in Colorado the rule of thumb is secure your job before you move here. We all take a 10-15K...
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Colorado Nursing
  13. Organizing your car
    This plastic file box, with plastic 2-pocket folders for each client and plastic files for other forms, patient education materials, clinical info, etc. (Plastic folders are also my working surface...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  14. Buy or Rent Nursing Textbooks
    I bought the ones I wanted, such as my med-surg book, my pharm book, and my clinical diagnostics book, all of which I still use. I borrowed the rest from the library. (In grad school, too.) If I...
    Jul 23, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  15. Other nurse moms how am i going to do this? My heart hurts!
    I'll be the contrarian, here. Many years ago I was offered (first career, publishing) a plum editorial job that would require a daily 60-mile one way commute. I already had decent, salaried work that...
    Jul 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  16. Patient Education in Nursing Care
    An essential preparation for any patient education, including the excellent talking points of AHRQ's clinician summaries, is awareness of your patient's/family's health literacy and effective tools...
    Jul 11, '13
    Forum: Patient Education
  17. computer charting is killing my career
    I create a Word document on my laptop for each patient. In the home, I open the software chart and use it to fill in vital signs and physical exam directly. Anything extra, I write notes into the...
    Jun 19, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  18. Taking NCLEX - RN tomorrow...
    Congratulations, Nurse Sand Dollar!!! Makes it all worthwhile, yes? Best wishes, Dina
    Jun 18, '13
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  19. Over 40? Here are 7 things never to say in an interview.
    Yes to the recommendation that you stress your familiarity with EMR, and I'll go one step farther: show that you are comfortable with up-to-date technology and computers. How you communicate that is...
    Jun 4, '13
    Forum: Nursing Interview Help
  20. What to do after a rough shift?
    Thomas Aquinas recommends: "suitable" pleasures, a good cry, a sympathetic friend, contemplation, a good night's sleep and a nice bath. And a glass of wine. Dina
    May 5, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  21. Charting...what to say?
    I can give you a bad reason for avoiding the first-person voice: to avoid personal responsibility. This is generally gussied up as "sounding objective." It's a popular practice among lesser...
    Apr 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. My Name is Susan
    Thanks for your truth and your practice both. When a beloved family member of mine did exactly what another sneering post in this thread recommends--"attempt to get help"--he got almost none. He went...
    Apr 4, '13
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  23. CNL at University of Northern Colorado
    The Fall 2013 cohort still has room available for applicants. I'm in the first cohort and can speak to the excellence and affordability of this Colorado program. I've posted more information at the...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Colorado Nursing
  24. Clinical Nurse Leader at the University of Northern Colorado
    For nurses in Colorado considering a CNL master's degree program: The new Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Northern Colorado will enroll its second cohort in Fall 2013. They...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student
  25. Midlife Career Change to Nursing - Advice, please
    Whether or not your previous career will be given consideration depends entirely on the person doing the hiring. My previous career has helped me land four positions in health care since I made a...
    Mar 22, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice