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  1. What are the top 5 medications YOU administer daily?
    Inpatient psych: zyprexa, depakote, lithium, trazodone, remeron.
    Nov 16
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  2. Having to count Risperidone
    We use a pyxis machine at my hospital and sometimes it wants you to count random meds. For some reason the other night it wanted me to do count every time I took out cogentin. No clue why though.
    Nov 3
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  3. Full Moon
    So it wasn't just my unit?
    Sep 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Can a CNA work in psych?
    On my inpatient psych unit we hire both CNAs and mental health workers. Most of the MHWs have a bachelors degree but their job is very similar. They run therapy groups, assist with vitals/adls, and...
    Jun 27
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Help! What does Q2P & Q4P mean?
    Maybe "every two hours prn" for q2p?
    Feb 25
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  6. 8-vs-12 hour shifts?
    8s in Massachusetts
    Feb 12
    Forum: Nurse Management
  7. Which diagnosis?
    Personality disorder patients seem to cause the most chaos on our unit
    Feb 7
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  8. Have you ever had a patient smoke in the room?
    Its pretty common on my unit to catch someone smoking in their room/bathroom/shower even when informed that this is against unit rules and is a fire hazard. When this occurs we have to obtain an...
    Feb 2
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. POLL: nurse-to-patient ratio
    I work on a locked inpatient psychiatric unit. We can have anywhere from 1:5 to 1:8 on my 3-11 shift. We have to do all of our own admissions, vital signs, and personal care as well.
    Jan 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. You know you are going to have an interesting day when you get report that . . .
    I should have known to just turn around and go home the other day when I realized I had come into work with my scrub pants on backwards. It was truly the shift from hell.
    Jan 18
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Nursing Nightmares
    I picked up an overnight shift last night and had the most vivid dreams when I finally went to bed. It mostly consisted of a patient chasing behind me while I was driving my car around the city. I...
    Jan 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Exit Strategies For Nurses Who Deal With Overly Talkative Patients
    I work inpatient psych and some of my manic patients can be so hyper verbal and tangential you wouldn't believe it! Thankfully my coworkers are pretty good about rescuing each other from these...
    Dec 22, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Tis the Season to Give - The Gift of Life
    I used to donate platelets regularly and recently started again. Its a bit of a chore being tied up to the apheresis machine but its worth it, and is s good way to give back to the community!
    Dec 16, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Counting ALL home meds on admission
    All home meds at my hospital get sent to be stored in the pharmacy. We only count the narcotics, then just have to list the names of the others. After discharge pts pick up the meds from pharmacy.
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  15. The Hunger Games
    My meds make me ravenous, I'll get home from work at midnight and eat a full meal.
    Nov 21, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  16. If You Give a Patient a Cookie
    Printed this out at work. Everyone loved it!
    Nov 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  17. Call Lights
    My favorite part of working on an adult psych unit is........ no call lights! The cords are considered a suicide risk.
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. What's the nurse-patient ratio in your unit?
    I work on an inpatient acute adult psych unit located in a medical hospital. 30 bed unit and I work 1500 to 2330 shift. On my shift I can get anywhere from 5 to 8 patients. One particular horrendous...
    Oct 22, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 1
    I know that I lost a job a few years ago due to calling out too much during the initial 90 day probationary period. I was hospitalized several times for exacerbation of my schizophrenia symptoms....
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  20. Has anyone tried team nursing? Opinions?
    I worked in a free standing psych hospital where we did team nursing of sorts. There were six units with 13-26 pts in each unit. We would get one RN who was "charge nurse" and an LPN who was "med...
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  21. How old were you when you started Nursing School?
    18 when I started my RN program
    Sep 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  22. What is the test they give you when you apply for an RN job?
    The only test I had to take for the RN position I hold was a pharmacology exam. It was multiple choice for the most part with some dosage calculations thrown in.
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  23. IM Ativan
    I've worked inpatient psych and given IM ativan many, many times. Never diluted it before, but I'm curious if others have.
    Sep 25, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Diagnoses you've seen?
    Marfan's syndrome and neuroleptic malignant syndrome (sp?)
    Sep 25, '13
    Forum: Private Duty Nursing
  25. Hospital RNs - how do you organize your shift?
    I work inpatient psych 1500-2330. I get on the unit a few minutes early to find out my assignment and fill out information I will need for my shift on my brain sheet (ie. meds, tx, blood sugars)....
    Sep 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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