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  1. New Grad-First Day in the ER--Feeling Overwhelmed and Foolish
    You got the the catheter in-which is the important thing-good job!! Think of how great it is to be able to see different people's techniques! You will get better as time goes on-and pick up...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. The first year:  So much learned, so much to learn
    YES. This should be framed as a reminder for all nurses, new or not.
    Sep 19, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  3. Nursing: A Broader Perspective
    This is so right! Thanks for posting!
    Aug 29, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  4. Advice to the Younger Nurse Me
    Thank you all for your comments and your additions to the list. :) Everyone has great advice!
    May 21, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  5. Advice to the Younger Nurse Me
    “This is what reality shock feels like,” I thought to myself as I stared at the little confused old man sitting on the edge of his bed, covered in blood from the IV that he just pulled out. It was...
    May 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. I need massive help. But from who?
    I find it very strange that a Dr. called you at home about a patient...why are they talking directly to you first and not the nurse manager? And if you charted that you called the Dr....then you...
    May 11, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. I don't like being a nurse anymore
    Go to the manager and ask for a different preceptor. That is negligent on the part of the preceptor to not inform you of fluids not running until the end of the shift if she knew about it...if it was...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. Burned out and hate nursing
    Try other areas besides Med Surg! :) You might be surprised! I burned out of my first job two years in. I was sick, sick, sick of nursing. Took a few months off...applied other places(after a couple...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    Thank you! I agree totally that "Just be calm" is also a great strategy. In fact, I think I may use that more than kindness as well now that I think about it...thanks for the perspective. "Keep calm...
    Mar 14, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    Please to do not think that this is indicative of all nursing environments. It CAN be if individuals do not allow themselves to think before they speak and act. But I by no means wish this to scare...
    Mar 13, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    Thank you for your input. I agree that the semantics are important. In reflection-I think that screaming perhaps was too strong of a word for me to input into this post. If you note how I phrased the...
    Mar 13, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    The "shock" was not at unprofessional behavior-that is to be expected everywhere. The shock was that there was such a commonly known phrase such as "Nurses eat their young." She has not been the only...
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    I know after my article you might find this hard to believe but where I work is actually a very good place to work as a general rule. I do have to use some creative license for the sake of privacy....
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    Thank you for your perspective. I certainly do not intend to cover all nurses with this. In fact, sometimes it seems to be the minority of nurses that are like I described. But sadly I have seen a...
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    PS - Do you really have student nurses speak with doctors on the phone? I do not, for a couple of reasons - I like the students I work with... and the doctors too. It doesn't really seem fair to...
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. A Plea to Nurses Everywhere
    I don’t seem to process everything that I see, hear and do at work until I am home. My lack of reflection until later might have something to do with running around like a Looney Tunes character for...
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. Need advice...New RN working LTC
    Make sure the vitals are on the sheet for the CNAs in the morning. Assign vitals to the CNA by name clearly. If routine vitals aren't done by the end of the shift, or by the time specified (maybe by...
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  18. Curious if this SNF Nurse to Patient ratio is normal
    Sounds about normal. And not bad, with 4 CNAs AND a treatment nurse. :) Its if it gets a little less than that to help you it might get a little stressful...:P I've heard of worse ratios.
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  19. Ode to the New Nurse
    Why thank you! And I don't know about the sticky...:P
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Ode to the New Nurse
    Sure!! haha :D
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. Witnessed unsterile procedure and feeling terrible about it
    I'm just going to add- don't forget that there are differences in people's intents....as a new nurse it takes a while to pick up on how some people practice nursing. Some people are genuinely trying...
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. New nurses wanted.
    AMEN. And hallelujah for those nurses. I personally have known quite a few that have helped me. Amazing, amazing nurses. Great article!
    Feb 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Ode to the New Nurse
    Again, I think it depends on the person. It takes some people 6, it takes others 12. Depends on the situation as well. I would think it should be workable for most people after 24 months..if not,...
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. Ode to the New Nurse
    You never can tell..muuuhaha... ;) But actually I see a lot of the same emotions in many new grads. Some manifest differently of course depending on personality...but reality shock is reality shock....
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. Ode to the New Nurse
    I am so glad that this was an encouragement to you! Have you passed the NCLEX yet? I think it depends on what you think that you can handle as far as the shift. Which shifts have you been oriented...
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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