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  1. Made my first "Nursing" connection
    Good for you! It's awesome when you start seeing that you can put the pieces together and think critically. Soon, you'll be making these connections without even realizing it!
    Sep 20
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  2. Intermittent Unexplained Fever in 20 months old
    Who is taking the temperatures? The mother or the office? Has the mother used the same thermometer throughout these past months or has it been replaced (ruling out an incorrectly calibrated...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  3. Capstone project on congenital hypothyroidism
    I'd do some preliminary research before you decide on a thesis. It's easier to write about a topic that has several good research studies easily available. To get your started, think about...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  4. Early signs of respiratory distress in pediatrics
    I want you to try something... Set your timer on your phone for 90 seconds. Hold your breath. Hold your breath as long as you can, or until the timer reaches 0. Note how you feel as your drive to...
    Sep 20
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  5. order of priority of nursing diagnosis
    Just like when you're prioritizing care, prioritize your nursing diagnoses based on the ABC's. Then ask yourself which ones are causing the most immediate risk or compromise to the patient? The...
    Sep 4
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  6. get fired?
    I'm going to give you some hard truths. You've been a nurse for 6 months and you said yourself that you're still getting used to the routine. You still have a lot of learn. You didn't elaborate on...
    Sep 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. oral health in the ICU
    Oral care decreases the risk of VAP as it helps remove bacteria from the mouth. There are several research studies to back this up. Here is one:...
    Aug 27
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  8. Dropped from School
    "Severe test anxiety" doesn't usually just develop without other influencing factors. Is there someone that you can talk to about helping you manage that stress? Correcting the problems that led to...
    Aug 27
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  9. Nursing school and new mommy?
    It sounds like your schedule is really no different than that of hundreds of thousands of full time working mothers. Is it ideal to spend that much time away from your child? No. Will you miss out on...
    Aug 27
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  10. Clinicals where you work?
    This situation is very manageable if you set proper boundaries between you and the staff. The most important thing is that you make sure the staff know what role you are in each day. Your nursing...
    Aug 25
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  11. General workplace/personal life separation
    Some people at work may very well be good friends. It's not up to you to determine whether their friendships are genuine or a facade. If you don't want to share about your personal life of be a part...
    Aug 23
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. What did your manager do for you?
    Be visible on the floor. Make your way around each day and greet the staff. Be available to talk. Listen to complaints, address the issue if necessary, and then let the employees know what you did or...
    Aug 17
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Hand Off Report
    Find a format that works for you, and organize your thoughts and report the same way, every time. It will help you be clear, consistent, and ensure you don't miss anything. In the PICU, my report...
    Jul 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. progress notes
    It really depends on your floor's policy. Some use a "chart by exception" approach where only abnormal findings, or findings that are not elsewhere documented require mention in the note. Others...
    Jul 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. I am working as an RN, BSN-what next?
    Do you currently have your BSN? If so, there are several routes you can pursue to continue your education. A Master's degree in nursing education will allow you to teach nursing at the collegiate...
    Jul 27
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  16. pre-employment quiz
    I'm not sure what you mean. Are you looking for sample questions that might be asked in an interview?
    Jul 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. a wannabe nurse with a fainting problem
    I pretty routinely pass out or feel faint when I get blood drawn, an IV placed, etc. It's all a psychological reaction, but it happens. I have no problem, however, starting IV's, giving injections,...
    Jul 27
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Mind boggled
    Is there anything specific we can help you with? Time management, study tips, communication, etc?
    Jul 24
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  19. Paramedic/RN
    A paramedic and an RN are two different careers. Similar, in some ways, but in reality a very different skill set. Likewise, the education programs are very different and do not cross over- meaning...
    Jul 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. reasonable orientation for an experienced nurse?
    Having used paper charting before, if suggest bringing blank copies of the flow sheets, assessment forms, (whatever your most commonly used forms are) home and looking them over. Knowing what the...
    Jul 19
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  21. reasonable orientation for an experienced nurse?
    I'm assuming you're experienced in the specialty of your new job, and not just an experienced nurse going from, say, med-surg to oncology where there may be a big learning curve regarding procedures,...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  22. accessing a port for just one blood draw
    Accessing a port vs doing a venipuncture isn't only a matter of time and convenience, it's also a much greater infection risk to the patient- many of whom are already immunocompromised. Our peds onco...
    Jul 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. In last semester and thinking of changing majors
    Finish this last semester and complete your degree. If you can manage it with your schedule, take one or two elective courses in fields you find appealing to see if it peaks your interest. If...
    Jul 15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  24. Graduating and depressed
    Are you planning to work on this unit as an RN? If not, then I'd put it behind you. Yes, there are short staffed units and hospitals and there are also units where staff morale is very low. It sounds...
    Jul 13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  25. Meds or Beds?
    Did you forget that the med was due and not remember until later because you were busy? Or did you realize at the time that the med was due, but not say anything because you didn't want to be...
    Jul 4
    Forum: General Nursing Student


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