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  1. I failed my preemployment drug test :/ what now...?
    OP: 1. Time is the ONLY way to clear THC out of your system. Most people are clean by the 30-day mark; however if you were a heavy user, your body's got more THC stored that will need to clear....
    May 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Smoke free psych hospitals
    I work in similar circumstances, and I have to agree--a lot of patients are too fixated on when the next smoke break is.
    May 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  3. NEED ADVICE Male Borderline!!!
    Set boundaries/limits on his behavior, then everyone needs to enforce them consistently. Make sure those boundaries are passed along in shift report so everyone is aware of them. Borderline...
    May 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. Looking for a psych RN job somewhere warm with high function/low violent patients.
    IMO, stay in the perfect job you have, and learn to knit sweaters for the colder months ;) Nothing wrong with dreaming though.
    May 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. 72 hour notice/AMA
    This. Mention that they don't go home with meds if they go AMA, and then suddenly things don't seem so bad to them. My facility doesn't require 72 hours' notice of discharge--they can usually...
    May 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. 2015 starting salary/hourly for RN
    It really does depend on where you live. I also lived in the South for a while, and I'll tell you that your LPN salary would be higher than most RN salaries, even the experienced RNs. So what...
    Apr 26
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. Makeup under mask
    Use the best primer for your skin type to help extend wear. Use long-lasting or waterproof formulas--visit your Sephora/Ulta/Nordstroms for recommendations as to brands. Don't apply too much...
    Apr 25
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  8. Answering Phone Calls & Maintaining Confidentiality
    OP, keep repeating "I'm sorry, but because of privacy laws, I can neither confirm nor deny..." over and over until they get the hint. Be polite but firm and unwavering. Offer to take a message that...
    Apr 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. Psychiatric Nursing & Safety - Am I too small?
    The most formidable psych nurse I know is a Filipino female, 50-something, 4'10. Whenever we worked together, I'd feel like a giant because I had nearly a foot of height on her. She worked on...
    Apr 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. question about signature after certification
    I asked the ANCC about this once: you sign RN-BC. Yet my ID says RNC. Go fig.
    Apr 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Smoke free psych hospitals
    I was at a smoke-free facility before it went smoke-free. There was no increase in the incident of violence when smoking went away...then again, only patients on the open units were allowed to go on...
    Apr 24
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  12. Nursing care of ADN vs BSN
    To be honest, for the most part, I did nothing differently as a BSN than I did as an ADN. Nowadays, students in ADN and diploma programs are taught to do more than to just robotically follow orders...
    Apr 23
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  13. marijuana and nursing.
    This. If one REALLY wants to indulge in the wacky backy for whatever reason, it's not my concern...unless you're my coworker AND show up for work stoned/drunk/out of it.
    Apr 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. marijuana and nursing.
    I'm in California. For both facilities I work at, an employee testing positive for THC will more likely than not be terminated. And do not think that a medical MJ card will save you: Marijuana...
    Apr 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Pre Employment drug screen decision
    OP: almost all employers do not want to see a UDS positive for THC even if it's legal to use in your state. To be honest, almost all employers do not want to even hear that you used marijuana, even...
    Apr 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Is honesty ALWAYS the best policy?
    When it comes to dealing with BONs, IMO honestly IS ALWAYS the best policy. Given that you have received somewhat conflicting information about whether you have to disclose that info, I would...
    Apr 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Will green skin hurt my career?
    I'll confess: I'd love to be able to put colored accents in my hair--I'd get some Manic Panic and go to town. But my employers would not be fond of my having technicolor hair. So the decision...
    Apr 21
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  18. family members working in the same hospital and exact same unit
    It depends on the facility's policy--some will allow relatives to work the same unit; others will not. Almost always they will ensure that you're both not in the same chain of command (e.g., one of...
    Apr 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Shift Work vs Monday to Friday - Which would you prefer?
    Everyone I work with thinks I'm crazy, but I prefer the shift work over straight M-F. I like being off during a weekday--like today--while the rest of the world is at the daily grind.
    Apr 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Cannabis, the cure all?
    Same here in California. I drove by the local head shop, and it's is all decked out and ready to celebrate :)
    Apr 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Cannabis, the cure all?
    But I thought coconut oil was the cure-all! How could have I been so misled?!? :p
    Apr 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Foot in mouth, now a social pariah
    Apologize for the bad joke, then YOU let it go and focus on your work. You can't force them to forgive you, but you can do your part to try to mend fences...and I can't see them holding a grudge...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Being Nurse Ratched
    I hear that joke a lot from my family. I just shrug it off or say, "well, sometimes you have to be tough to be kind." I've rarely heard that from non-family or patients.
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Calling a transgender patient an "it"
    I try to find out what the patient prefers to be referred to as and use that pronoun. If I'm not sure, I'll use "he/she" or "they" until I get clarification. Better I do that than call the patient...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. Can we just agree, being honest is not akin to being "rude"?
    I think that's the hardest part in communicating on forums/online: there's no audio/visual cues to help you infer the real intent behind what a person says...er, writes. You can't see a person's...
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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