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  1. I feel like I'm never going to get good at IVs
    Just when I start think that I'm getting better, and I've had a whole bunch of successful IV starts in a row, I end up in a rut of not being able to start any for a long time. And period of time when...
    Oct 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. I'm not flaky, lazy, or stupid...
    I definitely relate. My sister got diagnosed with ADHD when she was still young, but no one thought to test me because I did fine in class. My parents knew that I didn't really apply myself, my...
    Oct 15
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  3. New international nurse endorsement requirements
    I'm a US trained nurse that has been considering working in Australia for some time now. I have a little over 1 year of experience. I wish I had applied earlier because it looks like the...
    Sep 23
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  4. Leaving before 1 year is over
    I wouldn't leave without having another job in place. I worry more about how it'll look on my resume, and I feel very guilty about leaving a job that hired me as a new grad.
    Jun 8
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  5. Leaving before 1 year is over
    I am a semi-new grad and I've been at my hospital for about 10 months now. I moved to the other side of this country for this job, and I recently just bought a whole bunch of furniture because I had...
    Jun 6
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. What are other hospitals like?
    Really? If I try and can't get an IV start, then the charge nurse does it. Or once in awhile, if we're very busy and we need the IV right away, the charge will go ahead and do it.
    Mar 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Calling patients and/or co-workers "honey" or "hon"
    I call my patients "hon", "sir", "ma'am", "mama" or "pops", depending on the situation/patient.
    Mar 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. Night nurses - being asked to come in on your night off
    I just feel like staffing doesn't understand. I've been awake all day. How am I supposed to go to work? And it took me a whole day to switch my sleep pattern over. Grrr.
    Mar 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Night nurses - being asked to come in on your night off
    Where I work, I will always be asked to come in on my night off. A lot of the time when I see a call from my hospital, I don't answer because I already know what they're going to ask, and I feel so...
    Mar 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. What are other hospitals like?
    I do plan to stay for at least a year, probably two. But I have no family out here, and I miss everyone.
    Mar 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. What are other hospitals like?
    I'm still a bit of a new grad. I've been working in a hospital setting for a little bit over 6 months now. I moved out of state for this job and I plan to one day move back (maybe in a couple of...
    Mar 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. New Grad Starting on Telemetry - Some questions
    I work in a cardiac progressive care unit, which is considered a step-down from our actual progressive care unit, but our hospital still considers it as critical care. It's good that you took a...
    Feb 21
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. Appropriate length of time to stay after being hired as a new grad
    Thanks for the replies. It's not that I'm just trying to leave ASAP. For the most part, I do like it here (I do have one or two complaints, but I know it'll be like that at every place I work),...
    Feb 21
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  14. Appropriate length of time to stay after being hired as a new grad
    What do you think is the appropriate length of time to stay after a hospital hires a new grad? I understand that hospitals don't like it if a new grad just leaves after their first year. What about 2...
    Feb 17
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  15. Can you find a job fast and easy if you're willing to re-locate?
    When I started expanding my job search out of my State, I got hired by a couple of places within a couple of months.
    Feb 10
    Forum: Success Stories in Nursing
  16. My Life with a Nurse: A Man's Perspective
    There are some bad nurses. I'm not going to argue that all nurses are great. But there is a lot you don't see. You don't see how that patient has turned the call light on every 30 minutes for...
    Feb 5
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  17. PICC line blood draw
    It was because I just followed the way my preceptor showed me to do it. And because I had never had a problem with drawing blood from a PICC line before; though admittedly, I don't do it very often...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. PICC line blood draw
    I'm sorry, I don't mean to be difficult, but I'm unsure how this would work out. Hep flushes have to be scanned on a COW and witnessed by another nurse. I don't get PICC lines a lot because I'm in...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. PICC line blood draw
    So I looked up our policy, and it says we don't have to flush first. But now I'm in a predicament! Our policy says to flush with 20 mL NS after and if there are no IV fluids running, to also flush...
    Nov 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. PICC line blood draw
    Hmmm ... I think that maybe we don't have those.
    Nov 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. PICC line blood draw
    I feel like an idiot, but what caps? I've never heard of anything like that. And I remember learning to waste 6, so I thought 10 would be plenty =/
    Nov 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. PICC line blood draw
    What's the proper way to draw blood from a picc line? The other day I flushed with 10 cc's of NS, then wasted 10, then drew blood. But the lab called to say that the results looked wrong (extremely...
    Nov 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Calling in sick on 4th shift
    Possibly, but peak season is considered November to March. And honestly, once I have more experience, I won't mind doing 4 shifts. I find it difficult to do 4 shifts right now though because I'm a...
    Nov 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Calling in sick on 4th shift
    Oh, I see. Even so, I was not told that it would be mandated until I got my schedule. When I started, people volunteered for extra shifts, then last month, they changed it to mandating that we do...
    Nov 3, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Calling in sick on 4th shift
    I have a difficult time going to sleep if I haven't showered. I practice strict hand hygiene, but I still feel dirty. My feet usually smell by the end of the night (it's so gross), and my nose is...
    Nov 3, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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