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  1. Clinical Mistakes
    Hmm let's see....during my pre grad on a surgical floor I got really overwhelmed one day and I guess I forgot to give my patient scheduled lantus. I couldn't figure out why her sugar was so high and...
    Sep 15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  2. One of my favorite patients nearly made me cry.
    If only, usually when one of my patients codes I go see the others after and am met with yelling and grumbles about what took me so long. But it really is the small things that remind you why you do...
    Sep 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. Advice, please
    McMaster is also extremely competitive. Admission averages are 85% minimum upwards to 90%+ depending on the stream.
    Sep 7
    Forum: Canada Nursing Programs
  4. searching for work in Ontario
    Hamilton is only an hour away from Toronto and pretty much all my classmates have jobs and I graduated last December. I found a job within a month. I've heard Toronto is impossible...you will have to...
    Sep 6
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  5. PCA Patients
    I work on GI surgery/surgical oncology and we have a lot of PCAs. Usually open colectomies, bowel resections, whipples...TAH BSOs....what I don't like is my hospital has just introduced q2h vitals...
    Sep 4
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Pre-Grad placement
    Congrats!!! Hang in there, once you're in the door it is much easier to move around to other areas :)
    Sep 3
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  7. First day of classes...
    Yep. I'm starting an RPN to BSCN program on Tuesday while working part time on my busy surgical unit. I barely feel like I have time as it is. Some of my assignments have already been posted and it...
    Aug 30
    Forum: LPN to RN Nursing Student
  8. New Graduate looking for a job!
    Gotta agree with the others. I was super lucky and got a hospital job right away, but no experience is way worse than some and you are limiting yourself to a whole other world of possibilities by...
    Aug 30
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  9. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    I was gonna say, I'm in Canada and it's extremely difficult to get into nursing school here. My school told me there were 1000+ applicants for around 100 spots and you need a 90% average in prereqs...
    Aug 30
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. RPN to BScN Bridging in Ontario: My Experience
    That's good! Because I'm dreading the thought of 3 more years of school!
    Aug 22
    Forum: Canada Nursing Programs
  11. Unemployed for 3 years
    Hamilton is an hour from Toronto and I got a job within a month of graduating and so did my classmates. Have you been looking in other cities when you didn't get any responses in Toronto?
    Aug 22
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  12. What did your manager do for you?
    Oh! And she was an icu nurse not too long ago, so you'd think she would remember the struggle of floor nurses. Sorry for all the typos, I'm on my phone :)
    Aug 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. What did your manager do for you?
    My manager is fake nice. She works 830-430 M-F and I laugh at the thought of her coming in on nights or weekends. She walks around in her business suit and stilettos and all she talks about is the...
    Aug 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Your Specialty & Why
    I currently work on a general surgery/onc unit...it was the first job I got out of school. I really like it right now because I learn so much, patient acuity is high, and I am learning all of my...
    Aug 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. I've been a nurse since.....(fill in the blank)
    I've been a nurse since.....January. So not a whole lot of experience over here. But way up here in Canada I DID write my exam in a paper booklet with pencil, and it took 6 weeks to get the...
    Aug 19
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. difference between a PSW and a LPN
    At my work PSWs turn patients, bathe them, assist with activities of daily living, walk with them etc. A very important and needed job, but not that of a nurse. I assess patients, administer...
    Aug 17
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  17. Coronary care 1 help
    Yeah - I just finished my NGG position and told my manager many times that I was returning to school. I was told they would try to accomodate me. Never heard if I was hired on after my NGG, just...
    Aug 16
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  18. Do you ever contend with pesty ancillary staff?
    Yes...this. Once I had a new admission (walkie talkie lady who was pretty stable) and had another patient who had a lot going on, so I quickly admitted her, did vitals and an assessment...and I...
    Aug 13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. RPN to BScN Bridging in Ontario: My Experience
    Really? That's so weird! You'd think it would be the same because it's the same program. We had to write an essay explaining why we thought the MAC learning style would benefit us, how we learn best,...
    Aug 12
    Forum: Canada Nursing Programs
  20. RPN to BScN Bridging in Ontario: My Experience
    The MAC bridging program admission is heavily based on an admission questionaire that you have to write and is hand marked individually. I had an 86% average and was accepted for September. I know a...
    Aug 11
    Forum: Canada Nursing Programs
  21. Chest Pain protocols
    We will do a set of vitals, do an ECG and then call the physician to notify/get orders/further instruction.
    Aug 10
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  22. Doing the "Right" thing...
    I'm so sorry that you are going through this. I believe you absolutely did the right thing. As a nurse, we ALWAYS need to advocate for our patients. Where I work, the physician is not my boss and has...
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Poll: Do you wear your wedding band to work...?
    I do wear both, but I probably shouldn't. My engagement ring is pretty high and can scratch someone (although it's never happened.) I've never had an issue while wearing them..but I probably should...
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. When you save a life
    I work on a surgical floor, I'd say we have a decent amount of codes...more pre-code situations though (respiratory distress is the most common thing we see), but probably one code or pre-code per...
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Help in RPN or RN
    I am an RPN working full time right now and going down to part time to start the bridging program in September. From what I've heard the program is catered to working RPNs and 90% of the students are...
    Aug 9
    Forum: Nursing in Canada


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