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  1. How often can I say no?
    I agree. Planned OT is easier to handle than last minute OT -- and it shows your boss you're a team player when you occasionally pick up an extra shift. Unless I have to go to work, I turn my ringer...
    May 4, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  2. End of shift frustration
    Frankly, you are doing alright! MY :twocents:! Some nights will be good ... Some nights will be long ... And some nights will be very daunting... Just hang in there! The only thing that I would...
    May 4, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  3. Embarrassed to be transferred after one month..
    Can you make arrangements with your family members to see if they can have you shadow a nurse at their current/former employment entities? You won't be able to do hands-on things due to liability...
    Apr 15, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  4. How do you feel when you see family members and their Note pads in hand
    If you think "the notebook" is bad... Check this out. One time, we had a pt on our unit who had a laptop and camera setup in the room so that family can watch (record?) pt care. Sadly, I cared for...
    Apr 14, '09
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Embarrassed to be transferred after one month..
    I sure hope that orientation would be longer than 4 days! But irregardless, it is great that your managers and HR are willing to help you find another job rather than terminate you. My...
    Apr 14, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Don't want to be a nurse anymore
    I concur with Bx_RN2B and GooeyRN. You're taking too many OT shifts. Stop or limit yourself to 1-2 OT shifts per month. You need time to recover. From your posting, it does sound like you are...
    Apr 14, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. stressed..other nursing options??
    Bedside nursing is not for everyone. I, for one, cannot see myself doing bedside nursing forever, and yet I think I'm fairly good at it because I communicate well with people. I was originally...
    Mar 30, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. Female foley cath- burning
    You should definitely deflate the balloon whenever a patient complains of pain. Echoing others who have replied, advance the catheter 1-2 in. more before reinflating. I would request for a UA, if...
    Mar 30, '09
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  9. New RN: I need advice
    You may have to look at GN positions or positions with orientation for newhires. Acute care and critical care setting is a bit different from LTC. In this case, networking with other RNs is a best...
    Dec 8, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  10. help please!!
    Check with your local hospitals. Some of them have programs geared towards volunteers by high school students interested in health care. Also, ask around to see if you know of any doctors or...
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  11. question for preceptors
    Janfrn gave a very good list. I would also add: Don't be lazy. I sometimes see preceptees sit/web surf instead of working/learning. You're not hired to play/goof off. Use this time to learn. ...
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  12. Night nurse, AM report
    At our hospital, we use computer charting as well, and we practice giving report in front of the computer screen with pt's chart open for proper handoff. You'll get the hang as to which RNs...
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. Night nurse, AM report
    I would recommend starting out any change of shift reports with either "Will you be back tomorrow morning/night?" and/or "Have you taken care of this patient before?" These questions can help you...
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Needs Help With Studying
    I agree with Chocolateheals' advice as well. I took advantage of tutors (at my school, it was done by teachers too), and I think there were only 3-4 people who used them. My tutor would even...
    Oct 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  15. When to HOLD a medication...Help!
    Pharmacology was very overwhelming to me while in nursing school. During clinicals, a RN once told me that it gets easier when you practice, as you will learn (look up those drugs you are not...
    Oct 23, '08
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  16. IVs
    IVs
    You have received (as have I!) many good technique advices with your post. My advice is more for your self confidence: Don't let your failures get you down. Bring in RNs who are good with IVs...
    Oct 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  17. gift for preceptor
    I am glad that you have found a preceptor that stood out and influenced you in a positive way. During my orientation, I had 2 primary preceptors, and they were both great. I gave both of them a...
    Oct 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  18. what questions to ask-thinking ahead
    I concur with abbynurse28 and rbezemek. I had a fellow classmate who started work with me. This classmate was very book smart but was shy/nervous to jump on opportunities and worried too much...
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  19. Going Off Orientation
    I concur with most of the replies you have already received. You will be fine. If they did not feel you are ready to be on your own, they would have extended your orientation. I remember my...
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Want to move on!
    Depending on how many years of experience you have under your belt, you could consider case management, work for insurance companies, school nursing, or even consider home health to set your own...
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. On my own now -- but always forgeting things
    I'm still a fairly new RN on days, and I especially forget things when my orders change. Just do the best as you can, but the key thing (as many others have already mentioned is to find a management...
    Jun 30, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. Afraid of giving report, need adivse please!
    I concur with Timothy. I used to fumble very badly in receiving and giving reports until I made/use my own report sheet. It helped me be more organized to ensure that I have information on all the...
    Jun 18, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  23. Does anyone have a good report sheet?
    I don't know how to attach my file, but I use two forms that I made to help keep me organized during my shift. It's in MS Excel. If interested, PM me and I'll send it to you via e-mail. The...
    May 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. First shift crazyness!!!!
    I agree with this response. Perhaps the shift coordinators for both shifts can get together to communicate issues and concerns of their respective nursing staff. Maybe a realistic list of tasks...
    May 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. Give advice for new nursing students!!
    I feel your struggles. I too changed from another completely different field into nursing. Many family and friends challenged me for giving up a lucrative career to go into nursing. So, in regards to...
    May 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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