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  1. what did you have a previous degree in before you went into nursing?
    I have a BSA in animal health technology. Loved being a vet tech but the pay was lousy. Grandpa told me he'd pay my way if I went to nursing school so I said what the heck. Now I'm an ER nurse. Miss...
    Jul 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. I hate cancer
    Cancer is awful. I lost my amazing grandfather (who paid every penny of my nursing school) to cancer in April. It was horrific watching the strongest man I ever knew waste away in a hospital bed. I...
    Jul 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Not using an Alcohol swab before injections
    I remember when I was in vet tech school, one of my professors (a veterinarian) remarked that alcohol swabs didn't really do anything as far as killing bacteria. He told us it encapsulated some of...
    Jul 4
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  4. What can you tolerate the least?
    Skanky feet. CANNOT DO IT. Blood, guts, poop, vomit, nasty wounds, whatever. I can't deal with nasty feet.
    Jun 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. A difficult initiation to nursing in tornado affected area
    We had a tornado here last year and it was heartbreaking caring for those folks. That didn't even touch the hardest day of my career though. I work in ER and that day came when my nephew rolled...
    Jun 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Mandatory Overtime
    Mandatory overtime is perfectly legal in most states as long as you are being paid time and a half. I was hired in with the understanding that four twelves every other week was required. I am now...
    Jun 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Full Moon Friday the 13th
    I'm dreading it :( And our ER doc for that night is a total **** magnet, ugh.
    Jun 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Demanding family members
    I tell folks like that to simmer down or security will escort them out. Works a charm.
    Jun 4
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. stethoscope?
    I have a Littmann Cardiology III. In coral pink which no one else in my department has. The color isn't my favorite but also makes it harder for it to grow legs and run off.
    Jun 4
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. What is the most overtime you've ever worked
    We're so short staffed currently that I am working 50+ hours a week, every week with no choice in the matter . My pay checks aren't really any better either. So there is zero motivation for me. It...
    Jun 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Favorite Nursing Class
    I found maternal/child very interesting. But I would never work in that field, I'm an ER nurse to the core.
    May 29
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  12. My one big issue
    If I want a lunch break, I take it. I used to not be such a butt about breaks but my facility now requires that we fill out a form in order to get compensated for lost lunches. Part of it requires us...
    May 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Nursing Salary Survey 2014
    Kentucky $18.94/hr with second shift differential which is 12% on top of base pay. ER RN with my ADN and a BSA in an unrelated field. BLS, ACLS, ENPC, and TNCC certified. 1.5 years experience...
    May 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. IV sites for Abd CT
    Wherever I put the IV. I have never had CT gripe at me for a 20 in the hand. I place my IVs where I can and I avoid the AC when possible in case they are admitted. Never been an issue.
    May 27
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Most terrifying thing?
    Exams always scared the pants off of me. That and skills check offs. Those weren't hard and I never failed one but the anxiety about killed me. Clinicals never bothered me. There were always people...
    May 26
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  16. HELP! New ED RN Off of Orientation Soon
    It gets easier. I started in the ER as a new grad and it was rough. I thought I was going to be fired at the end of my orientation because I felt I wasn't doing well and my preceptor was forever...
    May 23
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. From CBS....Health: An Unsettling Investigation Involving Hospitals
    Staff in the ER are also told to suck it up and not report it. If I had a nickel for every time I was threatened, spit on, hit, kicked...by golly I could retire. I would also imagine many violent...
    May 20
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. Your first experience with a dead person
    I work in the ED and can't recall the first code I worked. I do remember the first code that was mine. I was on orientation and we got a call saying we had a code 99 coming in and my preceptor told...
    May 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Dealing with calls from work
    If I feel like coming in on my day off, I set the terms. It's my day off and my time. I tell them the hours I will work and whether I'm willing to take my own patients or just float and help out....
    May 20
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. What did you get for nurses week?
    Pizza and a lunch bag with the hospital logo. Oh boy.
    May 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. NIHSS Certification Question/Advice
    In my ER you get the A certification your first year. The second year of employment you get B and so on. Different facilities may require something else though.
    May 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Joint Commission vent
    LOL, JCAHO is due at my facility any day now. I worked 16 hours last Sunday just so I had time to thoroughly clean my area. We've had so many walk through meetings , SO MUCH time has been put into...
    May 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. The newest and coolest thing you've ever done
    It took me awhile to learn how to get it just right. The IVs I was trained on were bigger but more flexible. They didn't have the autoguard feature but it was pretty easy to hold pressure till you...
    May 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. is it nurse's week?
    We always get a few treats. I'm also an ER nurse so we get two weeks a year, but I'd rather get a damn raise and more staffing than some cupcakes and a blanket.
    May 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Night Shift Snack
    Whatever I can get my hands on. Breaks are rare now for us. I drink a lot of water and diet coke.
    May 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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