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  1. Hospital job prospects with one year experience?
    I did 12 months (to the day) of M/S in DC and had no problem getting a job in NoVA (also in m/s, but that's what I applied for). I wanted to be closer to home and easily got a job where I wanted.
    May 19, '13
    Forum: Washington DC Nursing
  2. Could any former or current US Marines help me out?
    If you are applying to a school that takes all qualified candidates and uses a waiting list, your service isn't going to help or hurt you- it's somewhat irrelevant at that point. However, many...
    May 18, '13
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  3. Wounded warrior transitional nursing
    The VA would be the largest organization for what you're looking for. MTFs obviously deal with this as well, but if you are not near a base, especially one with a large hospital, that probably isn't...
    Feb 16, '13
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  4. Relocating?  Any advice welcome!!
    Around here, if you're an ADN with experience, you'll be fine. If you're pursuing your BSN, that will look good, but from what I've seen, it's not a requirement (many job ads will put BSN/ MSN...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Virginia Nursing
  5. Things pts say that make you scratch your head.
    "I know you guys keep saying that you have to bring the medicine 20 minutes apart, but I keep telling the nurses that I'm really ok with you just bringing my dilaudid, phenergan, benadryl and ativan...
    Jan 6, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Tough decision and rough transition into healthcare industry
    I would also encourage you to talk to the VA about the GI Bill. The post-9/11 GI Bill made more people eligible than the previous one. Even people who did ROTC or came in through the academies are...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Michigan Nursing
  7. Giving meds together
    We have a hospital policy that sedating IV meds (e.g. ativan, dilaudid, morphine, benadryl, phenergan) must be given at least 20 minutes apart. However, you can give IV of one and PO of another...
    Dec 21, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  8. I keep being told the ARMY is changing; How is this affecting Nursing.
    I'm not in the Army, so I can't tell you about changes, but regarding O vs E, do you have a BSN? If you do, I cannot think of a logical reason to enlist. With other, non-specialized degrees, there...
    Dec 16, '12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  9. What's the weirdest thing management has said to you?
    We got brand new white, dry erase boards in the pt rooms with all sorts of fancy new stuff added to them a few months ago (used to be the regular boards that just had our name, the tech's name, their...
    Dec 15, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. The math doesn't add up
    Just last night, a pt asked one of the nurses for one of our "star" cards so that she could write one for the nurse "with the dark hair that's in a bob," which is me. I had had the pt the previous 2...
    Dec 10, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Moving to quantico.  What hospitals are commute-able?
    The most "commutable"- if you were living on base- would be Stafford Hospital (the closest but not very big, from my understanding), Mary Washington (Level II trauma center; south of base) and...
    Dec 10, '12
    Forum: Virginia Nursing
  12. Unionized? Night Shift? I need your input!
    One big difference, to me, between my last job (union) and my current job (non-union) is the differentials. At my last job, if you worked night shift, you made night shift diff for all 12 hours (we...
    Dec 1, '12
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  13. P before A
    My school did them separately, with neither being a prereq for the other. Based on when I could actually get into the class (I was waitlisted for all of my sciences), I took physiology before...
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  14. masters degrees without ever working at the bedside?!
    Experience in no way proves that you are competent- it merely proves that you have experience (in this case, in another role). It's like saying that education makes you smarter- it, alone, only...
    Nov 14, '12
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student: MSN/DNP/DNSc/PhD
  15. masters degrees without ever working at the bedside?!
    I have an MSN and did a MEPN program. I am not an APRN; my MSN program was a CNL program. As a new grad, I did a new grad residency, just like any other new grad. For me, part of the decision was...
    Nov 13, '12
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student: MSN/DNP/DNSc/PhD
  16. PT Pulls out their NG tube...boss says I need to fill out an event report?
    I would probably just write an event note (in our charting system, it's an open narrative to chart things that don't really have somewhere else to be charted) to describe what happened and what I did...
    Oct 31, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Military Spouse RN
    Just like for civilians, where you are makes a difference. I went to NS in San Diego, but very shortly after graduation and taking the NCLEX, we moved to the DC area. I applied for jobs just like...
    Oct 30, '12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  18. have you ever seen a female doctor dating a male nurse?
    Yes- on Scrubs, Dr Eliot Reid dated Nurse Paul Flowers.
    Oct 13, '12
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  19. Do you have a set schedule?
    I work 3 shifts of 1900-0730 each week. The only consistent thing (supposedly) is that we have to work every other weekend, but they can't even leave that part, as is, so some people end up working...
    Oct 11, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. How did/do you pay for nursing school?
    Have used a VA loan twice now, to buy a house, but never heard of such a thing for education- perhaps they meant using the GI Bill? I paid cash for prereqs and used my GI Bill for one semester,...
    Oct 9, '12
    Forum: About A Nursing Student - Nursing Cartoon Series
  21. NG tube output - any guesses?
    Are you positive they weren't eating or drinking?
    Oct 7, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  22. Defibrillation question
    If they are really hairy, you can use the first set of pads to "give them a wax" and then apply a new set of pads.
    Sep 17, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. No light duty for RN's in my hospital - is this typical?
    I had sx in May, and I was also told there was no light duty on my unit (I also work m/s). I was told that "back in the day," they would let RNs work as the unit secretary when on light duty, but...
    Sep 13, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Narcotics administration
    If it's available, and safe to give, I will give it, if the pt wants it. I redirect when a pt uses the word "due"- that is for scheduled meds. PRNs are available, if needed, at certain intervals. ...
    Aug 26, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  25. What area of nursing works well for a mom?
    With school-aged kids, I work 7p-7a. I get up when they are home from school, and most days, I get home in time to see them off to school, as well. I do sacrifice sleep sometimes, but I am still...
    Aug 25, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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