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  1. Don't know what to do???
    If you want to be a doctor, skip the nursing and focus on a pre-med degree for your undergrad. Getting an RN degree first would be like getting a degree in speech pathology in order to become a...
    Dec 25
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  2. Can I lose my license???
    Glad it wan't constipation....
    Dec 24
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  3. Solutions for Acutes?
    In my experience, many times the nephrologists on call defer to the ER doc's recommendation-- especially if they'e been awakened at 11PM
    Dec 14
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  4. Levophed and the CVP
    Like.
    Dec 13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. Solutions for Acutes?
    Acutes is the best gig going, in theory. I love it...when it works as it should. The nephrologists (and the degree of accountability they are held to) can make or break a large(er) program....
    Dec 13
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  6. why do nurses hate medics?
    In my ER stint, I valued the EMT's/Paramedics highly. I heavily relied on them. Damn if those folks couldn't run circles around me in certain situations. Way underpaid, in my opinion.
    Dec 13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. Why do you think nurses leave the profession?
    My gripe exactly. I like what technology has to offer in theory, but with the advent of computerized, well...everything, I find that am increasingly treating a computer, not the patient. The art...
    Dec 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Why do you think nurses leave the profession?
    I have a Pit Bull and a .357. I knew we were soul sisters!
    Dec 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Why do you think nurses leave the profession?
    ^^^This, this, and this ^^^^ Especially #10.
    Dec 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. MD-RN Relations -- There is Hope
    I was walking down the hall today behind a couple of MD's that didn't know I was there. They were griping about the nurses. :)
    Dec 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. can you be floated while your on orientation?
    Welcome to nursing! I see nothing has changed. My first job out of college was in a sizable ICU (Cardiac/thoracic and MICU combo). They gave me--a new grad-- exactly two and one half weeks with a...
    Dec 2
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  12. Joint commission and their ridiculous mandates
    OK there. Whoa up. There is a difference between "back charting" and outright falsifying. We all know that it is humanly impossible to chart everything, every day in real time. For back...
    Nov 28
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  13. ANA urges increased workforce funding; 1.1 Million new nurses needed
    I posted about this topic from ANA some time ago. When you walk into a hospital and find that the majority of RN's are under thirty and have six or less years of experience, this is not an...
    Nov 27
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  14. Is Nursing Killing You or Making You Stronger?
    Another fantastic set of observations from you, CynthiaHowardrnphd. I get a lot out of your posts, and again you are spot on. Regarding this topic specifically, is this conundrum the reason why...
    Nov 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Don't yell at co-workers in front of people
    Last week I was extremely fatigued due to lack of sleep, consecutive assignments of "challenging" (to be diplomatic) patients, and crazy variable hours over four days in two cities. By day number...
    Nov 27
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Joint commission and their ridiculous mandates
    I've always been amazed at JCAHO. They come in every year, find something (usually paperwork and paperwork-related processes) that they hate, and tell us how to fix it or else. We fix it, even...
    Nov 25
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  17. Stipend restrictions
    Thanks so much. I will check into that site, and thanks for being such an invaluable resource in these parts. :)
    Nov 21
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  18. Stipend restrictions
    Ned, Here's a related question: It is necessary for me to travel home for a couple of days each week in between work stretches (my shifts are consecutive). The facility I am working at is...
    Nov 20
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  19. any career changers?
    What about those of us that started nursing early (been at this gig for 21 years), but now wish we had gone a different direction? I always wanted to be a DVM--large animal practice, to be exact....
    Nov 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. I lied...a story of how I outright LIED to patient's family.
    Ugh. That just took the wind right out of me. Very poignant and well written. Still, it was hard to read.
    Nov 19
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Let Negativity Roll off Your Back: Learn to Set Boundaries
    I've read this twice now. I like that it is not derisive or divisive, but instead puts the burden of responsibility on individuals look inward and be proactive participants in our own balance as...
    Nov 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. CMA externship in renal/urology
    Consider it a bonus of sorts. You will be exposed to a multitude of disease processes, and to a lot of very challenging patients in terms of comorbidities. As far as what an MA does in these...
    Nov 15
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  23. How do you staff your Fresenius?
    It's become a fascinating industry to observe from the business perspective. Once it was noted that there was $$ to be made (guaranteed ROI), dialysis became the realm of some really, really...
    Nov 15
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  24. Union Intent on Improving the Lot of Nurses Nationwide
    And the conditions at another hospital a few miles over are going to be better? Unlikely, due to the massive amount of consolidation we're seeing across the nation. Hospital A is now owned by...
    Nov 15
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  25. Let Negativity Roll off Your Back: Learn to Set Boundaries
    Really, really well thought out post. Thanks for this!
    Nov 14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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