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  1. Charge Nurse Pay
    Nothing extra. Just your usual pay.
    Dec 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Why aren't I getting into my nursing program?
    My school would not accept SAT; they wanted ACT only. Your ACT score carried a lot of weight, more so than your prior GPA. They claimed this measured your ability to do well in the nursing program....
    Dec 17
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  3. How common is it for employers to pay for BSN?
    My current hospital will only pay for an LPN to RN. They won't pay for a BSN. They require a 2 year contract, and are choosy about who they will do this for.
    Dec 13
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  4. Protonix beads for g- tube
    We use this. The instructions state to use applesauce. I haven't had a problem.
    Dec 13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  5. Too good for poo
    I agree that sometimes new nurses are "hazed" and thrown under the bus. I have worked in environments where the RN did not need to spend time cleaning patients; the philosophy was "if you are doing...
    Dec 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. I HATE bedside nursing
    I don't know the whole story, of course, but cleaning a patient is not a "trivial" matter.
    Dec 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. the worst intubation
    Seems like your nursing instructor would have been able to discuss this, and give rationales for not paralyzing or sedating the patient. Missed teaching opportunity.
    Dec 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. What are the stress level ranking for these units?
    I will say Neuro ICU is probably the most stressful, as patient's can go south quickly. Cardiovascular surgery is very busy the first day. Some nurses like the fast-paced environment, with constant...
    Dec 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. 2 insulins = 2 injections
    I have worked in hospitals for over 25 years now, and I have never had a separate vial of insulin for any patient; they all used multi-dose vials. Nothing could get "cross contaminated" because you...
    Dec 11
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  10. Are nurses able to shower after shift?
    I wish nursing were more like firefighters. I get kinda jealous when I think of my brother-in-law, a fireman. They have nice showers, beds, kitchens, etc. They cook all the time, while they stay...
    Dec 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Are nurses able to shower after shift?
    Can't use showers in empty patient rooms. Housekeeping would have a stroke. Not allowed to even touch the clean beds, let alone use the showers or bathrooms. Patients want to know their room is...
    Dec 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Are nurses able to shower after shift?
    The only ones I have even seen were strictly for the medical staff; no nurses allowed.
    Dec 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Tattoos in the workplace
    Why do people say, "get with the times?" Tattoos aren't new; they have been around a long time. My father got them in the Korean Conflict. Maybe they are just more common because people saw a way...
    Dec 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. How Is Your Census?
    Census has been low in my neck of the woods. We have had influenza cases, though.
    Dec 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Will multiple degrees at the same level help me?
    I have several degrees, including a business degree, but it hasn't helped me any. As far as advanced practice, it seems every nurse I know is seeking their nurse practitioner degree. I had read...
    Nov 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. The "increase minimum wage" issue.
    Please don't assume that everyone who works at a fast-food franchise, or works as a waitress, etc., is uneducated and lacking skills. Many of those workers do, in fact, have degrees and skills but...
    Nov 30
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  17. Why Wages Are Stagnant
    We now have a "freeze" on any pay increases, merit or otherwise. I haven't had a cost-of-living raise in over 6 years. If it weren't for the shift-diffs and low cost of living in my area, I...
    Nov 25
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  18. How do I apply for reciprocity/endrosement at Florida State
    You need to contact the Florida Board of Nursing for info. In fact, there is a lot of information on their website.
    Nov 24
    Forum: Nurse Registration
  19. Help greatly needed
    Maybe try to transfer to an ICU area. You would probably have only 1-3 patients, and you would be in a more "controlled" environment. I have worked ER, and know what you mean. I am more of a "head...
    Nov 24
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Joint commission and their ridiculous mandates
    Bingo. My hospital no longer uses them, but get state certification instead. Our DON said why do we need to keep paying them to tell us everything we do is wrong.
    Nov 24
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  21. I have questions but can't find answers.
    Just start college and take core classes you will need for any degree. Personally, if I had it to do all over again, I would go the PA route. Most of the PA's that I know are in the military, so I...
    Nov 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Scared of not finding a job.
    From my experience, things do come to a stand-still during a holiday week. Follow-up with them if you don't hear from them this week. Good luck.
    Nov 24
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  23. What is the proper way to address an RN?
    Some states do require both first and last names to be visible on your badge. Also, all any patient has to do is ask to see his/her medical record, and they can plainly see all the names of anyone...
    Nov 24
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Starting pay for RN, ASN
    It all varies, depending on what facility you work for. The larger hospitals will pay more. Have you called Human Resources or a nurse recruiter at a hospital in North Alabama and asked them? The...
    Nov 24
    Forum: Alabama Nursing
  25. Why so reluctant to give pain meds?
    Skylark, how interesting. My current hospital has doctors that simply will not order enough pain medication. As for morphine, all we ever give is 2-4 mg, usually every 4 hrs. We give Dilaudid,...
    Nov 24
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications


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