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  1. Father of a nursing student needs advice
    Application times/dates for hospitals vary by area. Your daughter will want to check each hospital's/health system for their information and process. Some hospitals will not allow an application...
    Mar 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Saunders book question
    I think so. SATA is's not so much about content as it is techniques for attacking this type of question.
    Mar 24
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  3. Reality check: Are my expectations high?
    Good grades and high SAT/ACT scores are helpful, but not predictive of anything other than passing the academic aspects of nursing school. Not that that's easy, mind you. Experience and...
    Mar 23
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  4. Stethoscope covers OK for men?
    I use a's stethoscope holder that clips to a pants pocket or belt. I love it, and the leatherwork and clip are what I'd call tactical quality. You can find it on Amazon...
    Feb 23
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  5. Left Speechless
    I completely understand where the patient was coming from. Just lost my DH in January after he battled cancer for seven long years. the midst of which he earned a post-bacc teaching degree,...
    Feb 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. First code as a new nurse
    ACLS and more experience will help. Even if you take the live ACLS class, I recommend you invest $110 and take the AHA's online ACLS class, because it gives you the opportunity to practice the case...
    Feb 2
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. Retired nurse injects feces into husband's IV
    Wow, this is crazy stuff! Well, after reading that news story, I'll never feel guilty again for educating a visitor about the need to leave IV pump alarms alone. Wow.
    Jan 31
    Forum: Nursing News
  8. The Childish "I Wuv You" Act
    It's important to be conscious of one's own physical safety when caring for patients. At least on the floor or at LTC they are a known quantity (sometimes), but a brand new ED patient? Who knows? ...
    Jan 25
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. Outlook for experienced ICU nurse
    Try Salem Hospital - an hour from Portland. 30 bed MICU, level 2 trauma center.
    Jan 23
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  10. Feeling so guilty calling off sick
    Nurses may work when sick because of the fear of being disciplined for calling out sick. Some facilities only allow 2 call outs per rolling 90 days - a third in this period can result in a write up.
    Jan 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. New grad ICU nurse looking to medsurg for skills
    I think there's plenty of action to be had on night shift. Nights are still incredibly busy in med-surg where I work. . .and usually night RNs have 1 more patient than day shift. Good time...
    Jan 20
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  12. G Tube Placement or Not...
    I believe G-tube placement is checked radiographically post-placement, and not by instilling air. Rather, checking residual before each feeding, or at specified intervals if feedings are continuous,...
    Jan 20
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  13. Colorful Shoes - Unprofessional?
    They are professional as long as they are not prohibited by the facility's dress code. I think it's nice to bring color and beauty into what is, at times, a dreary atmosphere!
    Jan 19
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  14. How would you rate the CNA classes and clinical's?
    There are many threads on this topic. However, given that you will work with many CNAs over the course of your nursing career, some of whom will be integral to your success as a nurse, and to your...
    Jan 17
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  15. Just had my first day as a student nurse, advice needed....
    My son once asked me why anyone would want to be a nurse or a CNA since it involved "wiping butts." I responded by telling him it wasn't so much about that, as how it felt to see the effect on the...
    Jan 17
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  16. What was/are the 3 things that got/get you through nursing school?
    1. Coffee 2. My instructors, fellow students and the nurses who precepted me at clinicals. 3. Quizlet free Internet flash cards!
    Jan 8
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  17. Psychiatric nursing... do you really lose all your nursing skills?
    I'm still pretty new, but here's my thoughts on this topic. As a CNA, I worked with several gifted ICU RN's who did charge, precepted, etc, who worked in Psych. Didn't seem to hurt their careers a...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  18. Nursing Salary Survey 2014
    Geographic location. - NW US Pay rate - $32.25/hr In which area / specialty do you work? - acute care float pool (med-surg, step down critical care, ED, psych) What type of license do you have...
    Jan 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. 2014 Wage Survey For CNAs, Medical Assistants, HHAs, PCTs: Post Here!
    What is your job title (CNA, medical assistant, medication aide, HHA, PCT, PCA)? CAN/Certified Unit Assistant Where are you located? NW US What is your hourly wage? $13.81 as of 8/13 Are you...
    Jan 4
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  20. do i have a right to be upset / concerned?
    Wow...I'd probably want a different job first, in case Dr. Dum-dum is a big profit center for the hospital...THEN report for the HIPAA violation...then watch out for stalking. Sounds like a very...
    Jan 4
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  21. Hard copy of
    TNCC core course?
    Jan 1
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  22. What She Couldn't Tell You
    The OP posted a bit further back in this thread that the little girl in the story was her, and the woman was her mother. However, the point is well taken that we must all be careful about making...
    Dec 26, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. What She Couldn't Tell You
    Dang. This is a powerful piece, and one that needs to be read. Reminds me of the famous advice from John Watson: "Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden."
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. How do you know when it's time to move on?
    If the OP dislikes Code Browns, then the ICU is the wrong place to be. In the ICU where I worked as a CNA, vented patients couldn't be turned w/o the RN in the room. And guess what? ICU patients...
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  25. Recording Lectures
    Used a Sony digital recorder - worked great - the software that came with it made it very easy to record lectures, then listen to them when driving. I also posted lecture recordings on the...
    Dec 19, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student