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  1. Decompressing - HELP - 23 yo RN in distress! LOL
    Zombie hunting... Best stress relief I have found. AKA- house of the Dead 2 on the wii. There have been times where my negative coping skills creep in, which in turn makes me realize how hard...
    Jun 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Your Favorite Part
    My favorite part of my job is when a patient is talking to me, looks at me and says, I have never told anyone that before, and by finally trusting someone with the secret they have been holding onto...
    Jun 10
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  3. Gotta love it
    Last night one of our frequent flyers said to me.... Mandy, youre touble... I said noooo ( in a sarcastic type of way, I am the trouble maker on the unit), he said, youre right, you are evil. To...
    Jun 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. Aw yes, what to say when you gotta get hired?
    Honestly I did not agree to anything that I did not know going into the job. I knew I was going to have to work weekends, I knew I was going to have to work 3-11/11-7, I knew I was going to have to...
    Jun 4
    Forum: About A Nurse - Nursing Cartoon Series
  5. Days or Nights with kids?
    Nights work best for my family during the school year ( my kids are older). My husband has them at night, sitter puts them on the bus, and then I sleep while they are at school, get them off the...
    Jun 3
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. June 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    Did you see the newest patient satisfaction scores... since we all have to wear the same scrubs patients are complaining that they can not tell who their nurse is.
    Jun 3
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  7. June 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    Well, we warned them. Now that we have mandated colors no one can tell us apart.
    Jun 3
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  8. "hard" restraints?
    The main difference I have seen at work is that the when a patient is in soft restraints on the medical side ( we dont do soft) they do not require a 1:1 sitter, when we have someone in hard...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. Nurses selling at work?
    We all just put the information in the back and if people want to buy fine, if people dont, fine. Oh and for the girl scout magazine sales I have coworkers that will give me their home email address...
    Jun 2
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Difference in Psych Hospital vs Mainstream Hospital w/ Psych Unit
    oh and the big psych hospital in the area has separate floors based on DX where we are a mixed unit ( no peds/adolescents)
    May 29
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Difference in Psych Hospital vs Mainstream Hospital w/ Psych Unit
    Around here it means the stand alone pysch hospitals are more selective on who they will admit. I work on a unit inside a main hospital and we are more of a medical psych unit than a typical psych...
    May 29
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  12. 15 minute rounding sheet
    We have separate sheets for 0005-0800 and 0805-0000, each hour is broken into 5 min blocks ( the most we ever chart is q5min) and there is no code on the sheet for where they are, there is a...
    May 29
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Sign on bonuses, tuition assistance, hospital benefits
    My job offers affordable benefits ( both premium and copay/deductibles), free tuition for me at the associated university or they will cover half of my tuition for other colleges, they will pay half...
    May 28
    Forum: About A Nurse - Nursing Cartoon Series
  14. You know the ER is slammed
    When the nursing supervisor calls the Behavioral Health Unit and asks if any staff members are willing to float to the ER to give them a hand. I went over when my shift was done but because the ER...
    May 28
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. First externship in a psych floor, what to focus on?
    In three years we have had 2 or 3 patients with a trach and they performed their care themselves. I have had to cath both males and females and wound care we do a lot of
    May 28
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. Could someone paint a picture for me, please?
    Oh and I worked LTC for 6 yrs prior to going to psych. The staffing ratio will seem like heaven to you and imagine your worst acting dementia patient, medicated. That is one thing with the unit...
    May 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. Could someone paint a picture for me, please?
    I have been trying to get a better sense of a psych nurse's job, but have been finding more abstract answers rather than how the day is spent. Punch in, get report, enter unit, say hello to the...
    May 25
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  18. Panic attacks triggered by rapid position change
    Orthostatic Hypotension? The feelings could be similar to what the patient experiences when having a panic attack ( dizzy, heart pounding, SOB).
    May 20
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. Is making appts for friends/family/ a hipaa violation?
    I make appointments all the time for my husband/mom. Why because I work 3-11 or 11-7 so am actually home when the offices are open. Ive never been told I cant.
    May 20
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  20. How do you emotionally deal with this?
    How do I do it. I truly believe everyone can make an improvement, not matter how small that improvement is. We have a lot of frequent flyers ( as many units do) and when we have one I make sure to...
    May 20
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  21. Mental Health First Aid vs CPI Training
    Both the facilities I worked at in psych do not use CPI. I have been trained in CCM or Comprehensive Crisis Management. We are required to take a yearly class. My training is coming up soon.
    May 18
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  22. Who's for banning rotating shifts?
    I rotate between Eves, Nights and 12 hour nights. I do not want to work day shift. Most of the staff is scheduled either days or evenings with 2 nurses who cover most night shifts with me plugged...
    May 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Color coded uniform vent
    Because people complain that they dont know who is who. Like the BIG RED RN on my name tag doesnt tell you my position. Soon it will be people are complaining that none of the nurses wear fun print...
    May 18
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  24. Would you give it to them?
    I have ibuprofen in my locker. My locker has a lock on it but those who work with me know how to get into my locker. If they need something for a headache, they get it themselves.
    May 12
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  25. Only a nurse will understand...
    My mom is a nurse, my brother in law is a state police officer. Somehow we always find time to spend a holiday together, sure it may be the week before or the week after but we are able to do it. ...
    May 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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