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  1. What tips would you give a new resident?
    Hey everyone. My friend just finished med school and will be starting her residency soon. I'm putting together a little gift for her and one of the things I wanted to do is give her a list of...
    May 24, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  2. Any tips with smells? Please!!!
    Keep a little vial of peppermint oil (or mint extract used for baking) with you. Place a few drops in a mask and wear that for extra-smelly tasks.
    Dec 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  3. Almost Fainted in the OR Twice!!
    I had the same thing happen to me. Had never fainted in my life and never had a problem with any bodily fluids/surgeries/etc. Then one day boom: fainted and threw up, and then passed out again. Came...
    Oct 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Patients' "home remedies"? What have you seen
    One lil old lady (quoting a goodness-knows-how-old book): "Salt water cures cancer." So THAT'S why we give most everyone NS, eh? :rolleyes: If only...
    Oct 12, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What does an RN REALLY do?
    Am I the only one who's confused as to why the OP is passing meds as a CNA? Does this happen often?? eep... (To the OP, everyone else has summed it up nicely: nursing is hard (and dirty) but yes,...
    Oct 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Uniform color by discipline
    I really like it. When random people come up to me and ask what's going on with my pt, I can actually tell them pertinent information instead of... oh say telling the dietitian how well the pt is...
    Oct 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Clarification.  :)  My Manager is Gossiping about me.  What do I do?
    My advice: Be the bigger person. If you feel you cannot work there, then find another place and leave with your head held high. Don't prove her right by making a big scene. You can handle this in a...
    Oct 7, '11
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. BSN vs. ADN really does it matter these days?
    For my area, yeah, it matters. Very few of the hospitals are hiring ADNs here, and the ones that are... well, they are definitely not the nicest places to work. A friend of mine has her ADN and she...
    Oct 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Modified self-scheduling has to go (IMHO)
    Don't get rid of my self-scheduling! Ever! I love it :) Granted, out system is computerized and we can see as we schedule ourselves which days are filled up and which are understaffed, so we all try...
    Oct 6, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Have any of you ever lost a patient?
    Never has happened to me but happens to a friend quite often where she works. They usually disappear and then are brought back to the ER later on in the shift, drunk. They're A&O so more of just an...
    Oct 1, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. how many shifts in a row?
    8 in a row once (though one was an 8 and one a double). Wanted to die. Now I even dread going in for a 3rd day. :P
    Sep 29, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Two-minus-one pregnancy
    And I kinda wanted to smack Octo-mom upside the head for not making this choice.
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  13. CHG vs Alcohol pad with blood cultures
    I just learned this. Apparently the CHG can actually go into the bottle and kill some of the potential bacterial cultures giving false results. I can't point you in the direction of any particular...
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Med/surg?  Different at different places?
    Definitely different in different places! First med-surg job was a h*!! hole of pure insanity (but loved my coworkers at least). Love the place I'm at now and it is the exact same type of med-surg...
    Jul 30, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. I'm ALWAYS tired *sigh*
    And to ICUenthusiast, no offense meant with my previous post as I see you do have this disorder. I am happy that those meds have worked for you. I just really really hate those ads!
    Jul 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. I'm ALWAYS tired *sigh*
    Sorry, but first thing that popped into my head when I read this was those stupid radio ads that play constantly: "Do you suffer from shift-work disorder? Try Nuvigil!" :rolleyes: Note: I am...
    Jul 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Need a little help here if you have gone from nights to days....
    Take the day shift. I had the same dilemma... loved my night shift team and was less than thrilled about those on days. It's been ok though! I still see my night shifters at change of shift and they...
    Jul 11, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. white underwear under white scrub bottoms?
    Don't wear white under white! Nude/flesh color only. Everything else will show through. Bring a spare pair of white ones just in case you have some psycho inspecting your undies (I doubt that can or...
    Jul 5, '11
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  19. What would you like to know?
    If you had a pharmacist giving a general presentation (to you and other nurses) on how drugs work in the body, what information would you want to learn or have a mini-refresher course on? What would...
    Jun 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Interview questions for VA RN job?
    It is a very bizarre interview process. They do "performance based interviews." The link below tells you all about it. Good luck!
    Jun 19, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. One Of The Saddest Things I've Seen... Can't Stop Laughing
    Yeah, 7 months out at my last job they had me charge and precepting the newer-than-me-grads. That was because most shifts, there wasn't anyone else that had more experience than me b/c they were all...
    Jun 8, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. experienced nurse with anxiety on the job
    Take some of the pressure off of yourself. Whenever you have an IV or foley to start, just tell yourself that you are gonna give yourself 2 shots at it. Best case senario - you get it! yaaayyy!!...
    Jun 4, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Non-verbal signs of pain
    Thank you for those responses Tyvin, ShayRN and FLArn! I don't take care of hospice pts that often and I guess like anything else, it's going to take time for me to develop these skills... Looking...
    Jun 4, '11
    Forum: Pain Management Nursing
  24. Non-verbal signs of pain
    I have a question related to this. For hospice pts with morphine drips, if they become lethargic do you turn it down? Obviously I wouldn't want to decrease their pain meds if they were still in pain,...
    Jun 3, '11
    Forum: Pain Management Nursing
  25. The CEO said WHAT!!!!
    Yeah, the pres of the last hospital I was at told everyone the hospital was failing because of the nurses. Riiight. One of the many many reasons I left that h*ll-hole excuse of a hospital... I say...
    May 23, '11
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations

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