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  1. Robin Williams RIP: Coping Mechanism?
    I won't do anything with buckets of ice water because where I live is undergoing a severe drought, and has been for the last couple of years. One tends to take water for granted until it's in short...
    Aug 19
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  2. Your Specialty & Why
    Brutally honest: It was psych or a progressive care (stepdown) unit, and the psych position was 8s vs 12s on the PCU. With 12s, my toddler would have spent 14+ hours in childcare on workdays. I...
    Aug 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Robin Williams RIP: Coping Mechanism?
    I participate in NAMI Walks: Welcome to NAMIWalks | NAMIWalks I also try to get involved in my local NAMI's events: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness - Mental Health Support, Education...
    Aug 18
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  4. Your Specialty & Why
    Psych, and do you want the brutally honest answer or the nice fluffy PR answer? Both are 100% accurate, BTW. :)
    Aug 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What Does "New Graduate" Mean?
    The traditional definition of a new graduate nurse is a nurse during the first year of licensure. Unfortunately, OP, you're no longer a new grad, nor will going back for your MSN/CNL "reset" the...
    Aug 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Latent TB result.. help..
    I went to school with a classmate who has a history of positive PPDs (I never did inquire as to whether it was due to exposure, active infection, BCG, etc.). She had to provide chest x-rays for...
    Aug 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Being Asked to Come in and Work as CNA...
    The issue of the member's username has been resolved and does not need further discussion in this thread. If any member has concerns about someone's username, please PM a staff member or post a...
    Aug 16
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  8. Being Asked to Come in and Work as CNA...
    As the duties of the CNA and LVN are within my scope of nursing practice, I have no problem with coming in on occasion to fill in for the CNA/LVN...as long as I'm paid my RN rate. It's actually a...
    Aug 16
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  9. News in my neck of the woods
    This would be my concern too. I'll admit that I don't work in the prisons so I can't speak to experiences in there. But coming from someone who does work Psych ER, should the lives of staff and...
    Aug 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Robin Williams RIP: Coping Mechanism?
    I've had a lot of patients reaching out for help this week because of how his suicide affected them. They saw something in Robin's story that reflected their own story a little too closely. Or they...
    Aug 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Cheating
    I agree with everyone here. You can get through nursing school without ever having to cheat...you just have to be willing to work hard for it, just like for anything else in life that you really...
    Aug 16
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  12. Psych nursing is easy
    The thing to remember about patients with personality disorders is that this is how they are wired. It is not as though medication can cure the problem. This doesn't mean they won't benefit from...
    Aug 14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. What do you carry with you/bring to work as a psych nurse?
    I also have a tiny locker. All I keep it in is flavored coffee creamer...really, that's all that can fit into it.
    Aug 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  14. Psych nursing is easy
    Our young grasshopper has seen the light! :) Though personality disorder patients will make even the most seasoned psych nurse want to bang their head at times.
    Aug 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Is South University recognized in California
    The most accurate source for your answer would be the CA BRN: Board of Registered Nursing That's because it doesn't matter what any poster here may say--the CA BRN makes the final call. You...
    Aug 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Would you ask your current employer for a letter of recommendation?
    IMO, I think it's acceptable to ask your current employer for a letter of recommendation...after all, the worst they can say is No, right? However, I would choose your reference as well as frame...
    Aug 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Which route to go
    Most employers in California prefer/require BSN, so if she's planning to work here in CA it would be better to pursue that instead of the ADN. Wish I could explain the rhyme and reason behind the...
    Aug 10
    Forum: California Nursing
  18. Salary negotiation
    Wise decision. Unless you have some highly exceptional talent that you have not shared with us, I would take whatever is offered and take it happily. Focus on learning the nursing ropes and...
    Aug 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Poll: Do you wear your wedding band to work...?
    I don't wear any jewelry other than my watch. It's an infection and safety risk, especially given I work with a patient population where Hep B and/or C seems to be the norm and not the exception.
    Aug 9
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Behind $1.2T student debt crisis-scam by education predators;Corinthian College shut
    I have to agree. It isn't the school's responsibility to determine whether the student can afford to attend--it is the student's. There are many other schools out there and no one is being forced...
    Aug 9
    Forum: Nursing News
  21. Providing Patients with their legal medication
    No one--doctor, NP, PA, etc.--in ANY state in the US can legally prescribe marijuana while it remains a Schedule I medication. They can only recommend. All the medical marijuana card does is help...
    Aug 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. New Grad going into Mental Health??
    A year of med-surg first is in no way essential to being a successful psych nurse. You'll go through the first year growing pains and learn the essential new nurse skills (prioritization,...
    Aug 8
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  23. When to hold meds
    Also, you should manually recheck any vital sign that is very or strangely abnormal, such as a diastolic of 40. Automated BP machines can be inaccurate at times, and it's possible that the 40 is in...
    Aug 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. Got Told I am Slow in Receiving Report
    Oh, I definitely was one of them. OP: do not take such criticism as a personal affront. Instead, see it as a chance for self-improvement. Take an honest look at how you are at report and see...
    Aug 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. Don't want to give up
    Short answer: it's possible to become a RN with a criminal history. Long answer: it's far from easy, nor is it guaranteed. It will be a long and frustrating process. Be prepared to jump...
    Aug 8
    Forum: Nursing Licensure With A Criminal History


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