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  1. What is the proper way to address an RN?
    Very interesting topic--Personally, I prefer to be called by my first name, because being called "Mr. D---" makes me feel like an older coot than I already am. Having been in psych nursing, I usually...
    Nov 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  2. Psych Nursing
    I agree with Davey Do (who is obviously also a genius since his initials are DD like mine) that psych nurses get stereotyped as " not real nurses", etc. I have almost 30 years psych nursing...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. Just got job at a union hospital
    I can only tell you from personal experience that being in a union can protect you and your coworkers from the whims of management. Without a union, you can be fired or disciplined without much...
    Nov 4
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  4. Nursing mission statement
    I'm just curious--what is the purpose of a mission statement? Back in the '90's they were popular at a hospital I worked at. They even laminated ours and made us carry it with us as part of our...
    Oct 19
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  5. help please!!
    I agree with the poster who suggested Ebola, but it would refine it to deal with how nurses can educate the public regarding hysteria over unrealistic fears of epidemics (whipped up by media, in...
    Sep 9
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  6. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    According to federal labor law you cannot "donate" that time to your employer. All time worked must be paid for. They are in violation of the law for allowing you to do it. They would also be...
    Aug 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    Thanks for the citation. I actually printed the whole shebang out from the web and posted it on my employer's bulletin board. When I later referred to it, they thought that they had posted it. The...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Best Mispronunciation?
    Don't know I'd it's benn mentioned here by others, but my all-time favorite, as a psych nurse is "hound dog" instead of Haldol or haloperidol. Although it's not a mispronunciation, I also got a kick...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Violation of labor laws- looking up pts prior to clocking in
    Labor law is very clear--any work you do for employer must be paid for. That includes answering the phone during your "lunch break", coming in during off hours for disciplinary actions or in...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Written up for refusing to work on days off
    1. Confer with your union, if you have one. Management pranks like this are a prime reason to be unionized. 2. Some states outlaw mandatory OT for healthcare workers except in dire emergencies....
    Jul 28
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. Not all nurses wear scrubs
    I had a slightly different experience when I was a psych nurse in the Philly jail system. I wore casual clothes so I had no obvious signs of being a nurse. Newer patients or other inmates would...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  12. So disappointed in myself
    I'm a retired (disabled) RN in Philly with a strong science background (equivalent of Master's in Chemistry). I'd be pleased to help you in any way I can, in any of your future courses, and also in...
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  13. Housing Close to Thomas Jefferson Nursing School
    I agree with the previous responders. You won't find rentals close to Jeff in your price range unless you find a roommate. However, you could find suitable apartments, or even houses, to rent in...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  14. The Daily Habits Of A Psych Nurse
    I was a psych nurse for almost 30 years before becoming disabled. I worked in a large state hospital here in Philly that had a bad reputation (only partly deserved) I got so used to people acting...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Losing my religion
    Interesting thread, couldn't read the whole thing, but is had to put in my $.02. I'm about as atheist as can be--no god, no messiah, no spirits, afterlife, etc. However, I've been fortunate enough in...
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  16. Urine laundry
    Try adding either some white vinegar, or some washing soda (sodium carbonate). Either one is helpful with odor removal. You can also try putting a small amount of hair conditioner as a fabric...
    Jun 30, '13
    Forum: Camp Nursing
  17. I plan to become a male nurse.
    My pet peeve when I first started in nursing over 30 years ago was little old ladies asking me, "Are you a MALE nurse?" I finally started answering, " I wanted to be a female nurse, but I couldn't...
    Apr 21, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  18. To much time wasted on classes that have nothing to do with Nursing!!!
    The one thing that always fascinated me about nursing is that I can use everything I've ever learned about science, culture, and just about every other branch of knowledge and philosophy in my...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  19. Psych RN interview!! Need advice!!!
    Sorry for taking so long to reply. I agree with the other posters--just answer truthfully, be positive about not knowing everything--it gives you an opportunity to grow. As I said previously, I've...
    Mar 14, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Working in a methadone clinic
    I never worked in a clinic, but I was trained to dispense methadone in the Philly jail system a while back. It was a major production if the count was wrong, and we even had cameras on the prep area...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  21. After hours call pay...
    Are you salaried or hourly employees?? If you are hourly, then this is illegal. First, I'd let your employer know that you are aware it's illegal, and give them a chance to respond. Then, I'd file a...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: Ambulatory Care Nursing / Clinic Nursing
  22. How does a new grad RN find a psych nursing job?
    I agree with the previous poster, and also you could check your local jails/prisons as well as drug and alcohol inpatient and outpatient facilities, just to get your foot in the door somewhere. What...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. ADN or BSN which would recommend for a mom?
    Once you are an associate s RN, any further nursing education is tax-deductible. you might also be able to get loan forgiveness or other subsidies from your employer. Also, why go to school for 4...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  24. Why is Night Shift always picked on?
    I have worked mostly night shift in my 25-odd years of nursing. Everywhere I worked (psych, D&A, correctional psych), the attitude of management and peers on other shifts was "Night shift doesn't...
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. homosexual patients
    As one of the LGBT members of this forum, I must state how proud I am of my Nurse Brothers and Sisters. You who identify with the majority "straight" population don't often realize how much simple...
    Dec 17, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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