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  1. I dreamed of being an R.N and now I sometimes dread going to work
    Oh, honey, I'm right with you. I was browsing the Health/Stress Management posts because I need to go to bed but I'm so afraid I'm going to wake up and worry. I love my job, but after 2 years I...
    Sep 17
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  2. Not a nurse
    I love calling pharmacists because I ALWAYS learn something new. Our hospital pharmacists truly have patient care first and foremost in their minds, and I always have the sense that we are on the...
    Sep 3
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    OH. MY. WORD. I am pretty much screaming in my head right now. This is ridiculous that anyone who works with nurses would believe these things to be true!!!! I can't even imagine. So glad the...
    Aug 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. What Keeps Nurses Up at Night?
    The patients for whom I have done everything possible and done it all correctly, and yet I worry that it wasn't enough.
    Aug 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What Docs Don't Understand About Nurses
    Fear of losing one's license was drummed into us in nursing school (graduated in 2011). In today's litigious society, I think it's more likely that nurses will get sued, get fired, lose their...
    Aug 28
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!
    I'm coming up on 2 years as a per diem, so probably equivalent to 1 year full-time or 1.5 part time, and a lot of days are still very, very hard. It's a hard job, and that's fine, but when my best...
    Aug 10
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?
    I have never thought about these downsides to nursing residencies; I agree that such programs should be regulated (like medical residencies) so that they are actually meaningful. I had a few...
    Jul 18
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  8. My Love For Being a Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Nurse
    Beautiful. Your patients are lucky to have you.
    Jul 14
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  9. All my PACU RNs
    Love: Varying acuity, ages, and surgeries. Relative autonomy (docs will often ask me what I think, though usually if I've bothered to call the surgeon, it's because I want to know what he/she...
    Jun 19
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  10. How Cardiac meds r/t BP and HR
    Your best bet is a text like Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses. More useful than the PDR, and it includes nursing guidelines and things to look for. Make yourself a spreadsheet (easier to compare...
    Jun 19
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  11. Mid-Life Career Change to Nursing
    I had bachelor's and master's degrees in non-nursing fields, and I opted to go with a direct entry masters in nursing. It took me 2 calendar years, but now it has been shortened to 5 semesters,...
    Jun 18
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  12. Leaving the ED for the PACU
    If you like turnover and a fast pace, then PACU could be a really good fit! We keep our patients anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours; the kiddos tend to move out quickly unless they have post-op...
    Jun 9
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  13. Is this the norm in PACU? Have I been spoiled before????
    What you describe happening now sounds like every day to me; I just assumed it was the norm for everyone! Is the case mix different in your new job? I find I see a range of patient pain...
    Jun 5
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  14. On-call in the OR
    Our OR will call in the 2nd team later in the day PRN, I think around 6 pm, for a weekend or holiday daytime. I don't know what their coverage looks like overnight. I'm per diem in the PACU and...
    Jun 5
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  15. PACU Call Coverage
    I never answered your post back. I was actually on call last night and have some insights to consider if you want to recover pts outside the PACU. 1. You asked about meds; yes, I still do the...
    Jun 5
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  16. Ten Tips for New Grad Nurses
    When I was applying for jobs as a new grad, I tried many of these, but I landed my job because I knew the people in the unit (had been a student there) and could fill a need they had. It was mostly...
    Jun 3
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  17. No!  It is NOT OK.
    I wonder if this is a stylistic/cultural/generational thing. I have noticed the "OK" ending not just in healthcare but all over the place, and it always sounds like the person is unsure or "needs"...
    May 26
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  18. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    I'm not an ICU nurse, so maybe I'm talking out of turn, but if someone is sick enough for ICU care, the circumstances are different. I've recovered patients in the ICU after hours and seen spouses...
    Apr 20
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  19. Using the "Q" word
    No, no, no, never say the Q word!!! You're just asking for trouble! When I look up at the OR board and see a... ahem... smaller number of cases than we usually have, my word for that is...
    Apr 15
    Forum: About A Nurse - Cartoon Series
  20. Using the "Q" word
    No, no, no, never say the Q word!!! You're just asking for trouble! When I look up at the OR board and see a... ahem... smaller number of cases than we usually have, my word for that is...
    Apr 15
    Forum: About A Nurse - Cartoon Series
  21. Nurses and 12-Hour Shifts - How to Make the Best of Them
    I work mostly 8's, with occasional 10.5's. I loved your list, but I also have to put in my 2 cents about shoes. I would recommend a "real" shoe store. They still exist: those places that look...
    Mar 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Patients REALLY do these things!
    I am cracking up at the one about always, always, always keeping your mouth closed when dealing with bodily fluids. I empty a lot of drains before we go to the floor, and I always wear not only...
    Feb 21
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. Keeping the End in Mind
    Before we were allowed to pass our fundamentals lab and start clinicals, we had to pass a simulation in the lab. I'll never forget my simulation, a patient with a chest tube. I was standing there...
    Feb 21
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  24. New PACU NURSE
    First, congrats and welcome! I love PACU and am happy to take a quick stab at a few of your questions. First of all, in PACU it's not ABC; it's airway, airway, airway. And then airway. Then...
    Feb 6
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  25. Am I not cut out for this?
    I was not only a new PACU nurse working per diem but a new nurse, period. I am and will always be grateful that they have given me this chance, but I will say that doing it per diem was probably not...
    Feb 6
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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