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  1. Not all nurses wear scrubs
    I had a slightly different experience when I was a psych nurse in the Philly jail system. I wore casual clothes so I had no obvious signs of being a nurse. Newer patients or other inmates would...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  2. So disappointed in myself
    I'm a retired (disabled) RN in Philly with a strong science background (equivalent of Master's in Chemistry). I'd be pleased to help you in any way I can, in any of your future courses, and also in...
    Dec 23, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  3. Housing Close to Thomas Jefferson Nursing School
    I agree with the previous responders. You won't find rentals close to Jeff in your price range unless you find a roommate. However, you could find suitable apartments, or even houses, to rent in...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  4. The Daily Habits Of A Psych Nurse
    I was a psych nurse for almost 30 years before becoming disabled. I worked in a large state hospital here in Philly that had a bad reputation (only partly deserved) I got so used to people acting...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  5. Losing my religion
    Interesting thread, couldn't read the whole thing, but is had to put in my $.02. I'm about as atheist as can be--no god, no messiah, no spirits, afterlife, etc. However, I've been fortunate enough in...
    Oct 14, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  6. Urine laundry
    Try adding either some white vinegar, or some washing soda (sodium carbonate). Either one is helpful with odor removal. You can also try putting a small amount of hair conditioner as a fabric...
    Jun 30, '13
    Forum: Camp Nursing
  7. I plan to become a male nurse.
    My pet peeve when I first started in nursing over 30 years ago was little old ladies asking me, "Are you a MALE nurse?" I finally started answering, " I wanted to be a female nurse, but I couldn't...
    Apr 21, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  8. To much time wasted on classes that have nothing to do with Nursing!!!
    The one thing that always fascinated me about nursing is that I can use everything I've ever learned about science, culture, and just about every other branch of knowledge and philosophy in my...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  9. Psych RN interview!! Need advice!!!
    Sorry for taking so long to reply. I agree with the other posters--just answer truthfully, be positive about not knowing everything--it gives you an opportunity to grow. As I said previously, I've...
    Mar 14, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Working in a methadone clinic
    I never worked in a clinic, but I was trained to dispense methadone in the Philly jail system a while back. It was a major production if the count was wrong, and we even had cameras on the prep area...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  11. After hours call pay...
    Are you salaried or hourly employees?? If you are hourly, then this is illegal. First, I'd let your employer know that you are aware it's illegal, and give them a chance to respond. Then, I'd file a...
    Mar 6, '13
    Forum: Ambulatory Care Nursing / Clinic Nursing
  12. How does a new grad RN find a psych nursing job?
    I agree with the previous poster, and also you could check your local jails/prisons as well as drug and alcohol inpatient and outpatient facilities, just to get your foot in the door somewhere. What...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. ADN or BSN which would recommend for a mom?
    Once you are an associate s RN, any further nursing education is tax-deductible. you might also be able to get loan forgiveness or other subsidies from your employer. Also, why go to school for 4...
    Mar 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  14. Why is Night Shift always picked on?
    I have worked mostly night shift in my 25-odd years of nursing. Everywhere I worked (psych, D&A, correctional psych), the attitude of management and peers on other shifts was "Night shift doesn't...
    Feb 2, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. homosexual patients
    As one of the LGBT members of this forum, I must state how proud I am of my Nurse Brothers and Sisters. You who identify with the majority "straight" population don't often realize how much simple...
    Dec 17, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Psych RN job right after BSN graduation
    The last place I worked before going on disability was a large urban jail psych unit. I was there for almost 10 years, but had about 15 years experience in psych prior to that. I can only speak for...
    Dec 13, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  17. LCSW, PMHNP, or PA
    I'm a lowly RN who's worked with all of the professionals you've mentioned, and as far as I have observed, the social workers are vastly underplayed as compared to nurses, at least here in the...
    Dec 7, '12
    Forum: Pre-Nurse Practitioner Inquiry
  18. lost my job for sticking up for myself
    Welcome to the real world of nursing; especially the part they don't teach you about in school--how to get along with peers and management. Your situation is another example of why nurses need...
    Dec 4, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. psych groups
    When I worked on a female forensic unit in the Philadelphia jail system, we worked toward producing a journal/magazine/newsletter which was entirely the work of the clients. The only main rule was...
    Dec 4, '12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. What do you think from LPN to RN - no acknowledgement or pay increase?
    Please forgive my ignorance, but what is DDSN? I have never come across that abbreviation here in Philadelphia
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: South Carolina Nursing
  21. Nurse Manager - micromanaging everyone & everything we do
    I'm not sure I completely understood all of your issues, but concerning the hours and pay issue, I will suggest that if you continue to work full time hours, you are entitled to full time...
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  22. RN-BSN vs RN-MSN
    Walden is one of the new for-profit "universities", which have spotty records as related to recruitment tactics, billing, and pass/fail ratios. I have no specific knowledge of Walden, but I'd be very...
    Nov 20, '12
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  23. Aria Health School of Nursing January 2013
    To all of the new students in this thread: best of luck in your nursing journey. I am a psych RN with 27 years experience in a variety of settings, and I live in Aria Torresdale's general vicinity....
    Nov 19, '12
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  24. anyone take spanish class yet ??  :-)
    I have always been interested in languages, and in my grade school days, back in the '60's, we had to take either French or Spanish. I was assigned to French, which I enjoyed, but really didn't use...
    Nov 15, '12
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  25. Is Your Name Important?
    This is my 2nd post on this topic, because I am fascinated by it. I have always been a fan of futuristic science fiction (Yes, I'm a big Trekkie!) and sometimes when I drift off into a daydream, I...
    Nov 8, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion