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  1. What are you looking forward the most on Thanksgiving?
    Nothing, really. I am working. My partner and I live nowhere near our families. All I want for Christmas is to move back home, which is a gift that I know that I won't get for a very long time, if...
    Nov 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  2. Worried about paying off student loan debt
    I graduated in December 2010 with $60,000 in student loan debt. That was between 2 different Bachelor's degrees, and in spite of going to the school with the most value available to me. It was not...
    Nov 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  3. You are not getting enough sleep if...
    More than once, I've tried to badge into my apartment building with my work ID. It leaves the people at the front desk very amused.
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  4. Are we tyrants?
    No, that's ludicrous. I'm saying that the signs and symptoms of the bleeds were first noticed immediately after suctioning. My point, like Bortaz, is that we shouldn't be exposing micropreemies to...
    Sep 18, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  5. Are we tyrants?
    I'm currently laughing at this thread. Especially at the people (who don't work in NICU) that are aghast that NICU nurses take such ownership of their patients. Babies are not little adults. And it's...
    Sep 18, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  6. Are we tyrants?
    I prefer the term "assertive" to the term "tyrant". Neonates can't advocate for themselves. They need somebody who's willing to do it for them. I've gone so far as to threatening to call the...
    Sep 16, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. Sweating The Small Stuff
    Regarding scenario one, if the doctor wrote the order in accordance with standards set by the Joint Commission, she would've written it as "1 gram" instead of "1.0 grams", if that's what she really...
    Sep 14, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
    Why should any nurse put 2 lives at risk by exposure to an infectious disease, as opposed to one? If possible, spread out the patients in isolation to the non-pregnant, non-immunocompromised nurses...
    Sep 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
    I hope that some of you aren't my coworkers.
    Sep 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. vent about floating
    My employer gives us the option to say that we don't wish to float if we sign up for overtime, and it's noted by scheduling. If a float is needed when our overtime shift rolls around, then our shift...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
    I'd report them to the Department of Health. And anybody who listens, really.
    Aug 14, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  12. the number of over-weight and obese nurses continues to increase
    I care when it, like any other medical condition, affects my coworkers' abilities to function and perform as an effective member of our nursing team. If you can't train to be the charge nurse, and I...
    Aug 5, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Unusual Names for Medical Diagnoses
    I'm personally dealing with some anal glaucoma right now. I.e., I can't see my ass going into work tonight.
    Jul 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. What did you do the day before your test date?
    I didn't do anything nursing/NCLEX related. I enjoyed lunch with my best friend at our favorite restaurant. We enjoyed a couple of alcoholic drinks. I spent the rest of the day enjoying time with...
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  15. "I don't want an admit..."
    1. I have another perspective. I work in a different environment than you (NICU), but if we walk in and see that the assignment is unsafe, we call management/in-house supervisors to tell them that...
    Jul 16, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Night shift dinner time
    I'm a big fan of low-glycemic eating, especially on night shift. I've found that I don't get as sleepy/hungry between 3 AM and 5 AM on this diet. As a result, I pack my meals for work. Last week,...
    Jul 9, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Small children visiting patients in the critical care setting... thoughts??
    My father spent 5 days in the MICU at a level-one teaching hospital when I was 12. My sisters were 9 and 6 at the time. We were on vacation when his health status suddenly deteriorated, and he was...
    Jul 8, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  18. Drawing the Line: Shutting Down Verbal Abuse
    I hope that you wrote up the fellow.
    Jun 23, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. What would you do if you got overpaid?
    I'd be going up the chain of command about this as soon as their office opens. They should advance you a check for their mistake.
    Jun 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. And the award for most asked question goes to...
    I don't entirely agree with this, and I think that sometimes too much emphasis is placed on weight gain as a reliable benchmark for good health in NICUs. Fluid overload may cause excessive weight...
    Jun 20, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  21. And the award for most asked question goes to...
    When Mom/Dad/grandparents call for an update: "What's the baby doing right now?" The answer that I usually give, since it's true most of the time (especially for our littlest ones): He/she's...
    Jun 17, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  22. Personality At Work vs. At Home
    At work, my work area is spotless, my babies' cribs are well-organized, everything has a place, and I always have a plan (and a back-up plan). I let myself unravel a little bit at home. I let myself...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. How to pay back your student loans
    I've actually started doing Dave Ramsey's plan. I'm paying off my smallest loans first, and snowballing those payments to pay off other loans. I also do everything I can to get rebates on my loans. ...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  24. Nurses are getting younger...
    When I started working at 23, I was the youngest nurse in our entire division, let alone my unit. It's been a few years now, so I don't hold that title anymore... but I'm still one of the...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  25. Pregnant Nurse - Vent
    I thought this, too. It's explicitly written out in our contracts, actually. This website has information about pregnant women caring for patients receiving chemotherapy. It outlines OSHA's...
    Jun 2, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations

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