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  1. Nice places to work?
    Just wondering if anyone in Maryland/DC feels like they work for a good hospital/company. Some hospitals have not so great reputations. Any suggestions for positive places to work?
    May 14
    Forum: Maryland Nursing
  2. Where there is smoke ... there is usually a cigarette
    There was one patient (not mine) with visitors that came in and smelled "very" smokey. I asked if they were smoking in the room. They denied it (I can't tell for sure). I think the patient was upset...
    Nov 13, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story?
    I figure one of my first patient deaths was a little traumatizing. The patient was a DNR and actively dying. Terrible lung sounds. I managed to be in the room with him as he was taking his last...
    Sep 25, '14
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  4. adding skills and experience
    I'm working on my resume. I have a few years of experience in my first nursing position. It is a general med-surg unit. I'm not sure what skills/experiences should be added to my resume. If the unit...
    May 15, '14
    Forum: Nursing Resume Help
  5. D.C. Hospitals And Nurses Fight Over Staffing Ratios
    The hospital says that if they hire more nurses, they would not be able to hire the ancillary staff - nursing assistants and other general staff, so nurses would have fewer patients, but increased...
    Mar 3, '13
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  6. Worst start ever
    Just had a mediocre start. I was worried for a while. 3rd night in a row, my legs have been killing me for a week or two (causing me to toss and turn all night). So, I overslept (first time in a...
    Feb 14, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. new sheriff in town
    I'd really like an updated system so I could see, online, somewhere in the patient's profile, the "likely time" procedures would be done on a patient. I hate when a patient is NPO for breakfast and...
    Jan 31, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  8. I really need advice about new grad positions!
    If you want to take some time off, see if you could do work with "medical missions" or something. Some new grads do take a long time to get positions (a year looking isn't unheard of). If you have...
    Jan 17, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  9. Did I waste my time/money?
    Even in hospitals, after getting some experience, you could progress towards more administrative work, or even education if that holds your interest. You could almost think of hospital work as...
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Confessions of a Job hopper
    From what I gather, some nurses get a job and stay there forever (or so). Others change after a few years, either to different hosptials or different specializations. You can change from bedside...
    Jan 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. New grad, please Help with med surg organization!!
    I have a brain (and a half) for working med-surg 12 hour shifts (7-7). The brain is 2 per page, double sided (if you print that way). I'm working on the 'cover' page so I can more readily keep up...
    Dec 24, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  12. Learning Spanish is a plus, bilingual? trilingual?
    There's (at least) one online medical spanish program that grants CEUs (after passing tests). I'm thinking of doing this since I need CEUs to renew my RN. I'm sure Spanish would be helpful in getting...
    Dec 22, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. How is the floor/hospital census lately?
    I think our is somewhere at "maximum capacity". There were, I believe, over 100 patients in the ER waiting for a room. In end of shift report, we were warned that when our patients were due for...
    Dec 18, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Am I making the right decision?!!
    If you can get the ADN in 2 classes (one semester), I'd go for that option. If you have the ADN and can sit for the NCLEX to be an RN, that will offer more options than being an LPN. If you can, take...
    Dec 10, '12
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  15. Does your hospital ID badge have your first AND last name on it?
    I think some nurses go by their last name. Especially the older ones. A few younger ones (that have more difficult to pronounce first names). It is a personal choice in most cases, I assume.
    Dec 10, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. new grad on med-surg
    I started in April in a geriatric med-surg floor. It definitely has it's challenges. The geriatric population can be rough to work with since many of them need "coaxing" to take medications, many...
    Nov 30, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  17. Who do nurses make more than?
    I don't think you'll find an apartment with a pool for $1000/mo. Much less one that is larger than an efficiency. I'd focus on saving $ so you can buy a house and stop wasting money on rent. Right...
    Nov 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. New RN's in a long unemployment line and super hurt/angry/frustrated
    Moving can be a challenge. I moved, then became gravely ill the next day (literally). So, it took me a while just to get healthy enough to look for a job (so, it was about 18 months from graduation...
    Nov 29, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  19. Floated for the first time
    An oncology floor. It is Sunday. Perhaps just a really slow day. But quite nice. =)
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Floated for the first time
    Oh and my new floor was so much quieter. The phones weren't ringing off the hook. The call bells weren't a constant ding ding. I don't even know where their telemetry was, but I certainly wasn't...
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. How to get out of patient care?
    It's not handicapped, it's accessible!
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Floated for the first time
    I just floated to another unit for the first time (been working 8 or so months). Only 4 hours, after spending 8 hours on my unit. In some ways, just seemed like night and day. Much quiet. Was in...
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  23. Great New Reasons to Wash Your Hands, Often!
    toilet seat(#88). That impresses me. I only wish the phobic people would stop ******* on the toilet seats and not having the decency to wipe their urine off of it or lift it like we'd expect any...
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. criminal history,accepted to nursing school??
    I agree with the first poster. I'd make an effort to get the record expunged. May cost a little bit of money. You may have to wait a little more time. The verdict also matters. But, yeah,...
    Nov 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History
  25. Nursing in Washington DC
    I can't really speak to much. I am a new-grad working at Washington HOspital Center, and the starting salary for a new graduate was a little over $27/hr. WHC is a hospital with nurses in the NNU...
    Nov 15, '12
    Forum: Washington DC Nursing