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  1. I feel like I'm backsliding
    Thank you all for your words of support. I think it's just been growing over time and having just had 3 patients pass over the past couple weeks has put me over the edge. It's really not fair to say...
    Sep 8
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  2. I feel like I'm backsliding
    I was doing really well for awhile there. I've been a nurse for one year. I successfully overcame my horrible transition where I cried at work multiple times a week and overall hated life. Great, I...
    Sep 7
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  3. My First Month and I want to Quit! Help!
    I couldn't relax or eat at work for months after I started. To be honest, I'm over a year out and still struggling. It takes time. It got better for me and I'm thinking it will get better for you....
    Sep 6
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  4. rainbows and unicorns
    My patients I got back were actually happy to see me. I'm on nights right now and end up waking them up for vitals, meds, and turns, so them wanting to see me is an accomplishment in my book.
    Sep 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Do you have (or are you) a bully queen of the ICU?
    I have a queen on my floor, but she is way easier to deal with than your ball of pleasantries. She actually got called out on which duties she performs poorly and now she's not allowed to be charge...
    Sep 4
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Not a nurse
    I love my pharmacists. They are such a valuable resource for me. Thanks for all the work you do!
    Sep 4
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. If you could go back and choose....
    THIS. We can be business partners!
    Sep 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Are We Truly That Gullible?
    Yes, people are that gullible. Love that site though!
    Aug 31
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Soma or Enclosure Beds... Cruel or not?
    I'm learning to appreciate them. I think they agitate certain patients. I also think it is hard to keep them clean. I don't prefer them but then I don't prefer my patients to be disoriented either. I...
    Aug 26
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Think I'll be Placed in Charge...
    I'm a year in and that conversation is coming up a lot. I'm really not comfortable with the responsibility. I also feel everyone with more experience than me should be oriented to charge first, but...
    Aug 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. What did your manager do for you?
    Biggest positives? She is on the floor constantly, will take calls at any time, will go to bat for our patients with the docs if need be Biggest negatives? Doesn't keep promises regarding the...
    Aug 17
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. germ-zapping robots
    We just got them. For enteric rooms, the janitors clean the room first and then it is blocked for the machine to clean. It takes forever but hey if it works, whatever. Too soon for data on it though.
    Aug 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Difficult family (Long)
    I feel like this scenario is more and more common on my floor. Some people are never ready to let go and it breaks my heart to call the RRT or transfer them to the unit but it can't be helped. I...
    Aug 17
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  14. Saying No!
    I rarely get called, but I have no problem saying no. I know what it's like to work understaffed but someone gets paid more than me to have these staffing headaches. That being said, I hate hate hate...
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary
    1) Philadelphia area 2) $30.65, only 10% diff for nights, no extra for weekends, no annual raises 3) new grad, but I externed for a year so I think I got a higher base than others 4) tele oncology
    Aug 9
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  16. help.  They don't like me.
    I just got through my first year as a nurse and can relate. I struggled to adjust throughout this entire year, and I'm also not the most social butterfly. If I were you, I would focus on your work....
    Aug 8
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  17. nursing & tattoos
    I never understand the idea that you shouldn't get tattoos simply because our culture defines them as unprofessional. I am more than my job; if I choose to be inked head to toe outside of the 40...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!
    Next month is my first nursaversary, and boy has it been a year. I'm not sure when I'll really feel competent, because I'm not there yet. I can say even since 2 months ago I'm finding I am way more...
    Jul 31
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  19. When to start applying
    In my area, they had so many nurses to choose from that they told me not to bother applying until I had my license, EXCEPT the postings for nurse residency programs. Not all health systems have the...
    Jul 29
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  20. Can not make it out of orientation???
    I had a preceptor like that, and got so rushed that I made a med error. I usually had a problem asking for help, but that day I did, and I warned her I couldn't think at the pace we were at and...
    May 17
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. May 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    I just feel like no one listens to me!
    May 17
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  22. Trying to get an idea of pay rate in my area
    Hey, I work in Philadelphia. Started as a new grad BSN in a magnet hospital at $30.65/hr. I get 10% extra when I work nights, though permanent nights has a larger differential from what I'm told. No...
    May 3
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. What is your degree in other than nursing?
    BA in Anthropology, Human Biology track. I minored in Spanish.
    Apr 8
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  24. Leaving 1st job before 1 year
    I'm in the same boat in the same city! I'm stuck in the same hospital for at least another year because I signed a contract though. Penn had a lot of postings recently if you do apply elsewhere,...
    Apr 3
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. Best Hospitals in Philadelphia for a New Grad
    Like they said, anywhere that will hire you.
    Mar 27
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing