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  1. Loan forgiveness options? Help!
    If you consider someone being frankly honest with you as being rude, then I don't know what to tell you. You might get a retention bonus or a signing bonus to work in a rural hospital, but I can...
    Apr 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. I want a social life
    I just came to accept that not everything would be observed on the day when it actually occurred. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and pretty much everything else might be celebrated early or late.
    Apr 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Loan forgiveness options? Help!
    In all honesty, I don't see you finding any place that is going to take student loan debt off your shoulders. As GrnTea eloquently put it, a prospective employer has no incentive to do so since you...
    Apr 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Charge nurse/ years of experience
    I went straight from nursing school into a charge position. New unit (adult mental health), no one in the hospital wanted any part of it. In my current place, a year of experience in a line level...
    Apr 13
    Forum: Nurse Management
  5. Movement (Inter-facility transfers) and KOP meds
    In our case, it depends. If the medications are KOP (keep on person), the inmate keeps them in his/her possession. Non-KOP meds (except for controlled drugs, which are on count and are pulled before...
    Feb 5
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  6. Home Health or Corrections
    "Constantly harassing" is an exaggeration. Everyone gets tested when they hit the door. An inmate sees a new face and believes that he might get something that no one else will give him. Stick to...
    Dec 23, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  7. So, what do you do?
    I would definitely file an incident report on it. It isn't a HIPAA issue because it doesn't involve health information.
    Dec 23, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  8. Homeless working the system, multiple admissions
    Are you suggesting that the hospital needs to find housing for the people who have completed treatment? I have run across people who are definitely gaming the system. One in particular, white male...
    Dec 8, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  9. Psychiatric patients and nurses have similar issues?
    During my time working in mental health I worked with several nurses with significant psychiatric issues. One coworker attempted suicide, and another definitely had delusional thought. Another...
    Dec 8, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Drug-seeking in prison?  Rx narcotics?
    The only time we give out narcotics is postoperatively if an inmate has surgery, and only while in the infirmary. These are normally limited to 48-72 hours. We don't hand any narcotics out the window...
    Dec 8, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  11. Sick Call costs
    We charge $8 for a sick call visit and nothing for medications. When I started with my agency it was $4 per visit and $4 per medication. If an injury is self-inflicted or is the result of an...
    Dec 8, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  12. Nursing Behind the Wall
    I went into correctional nursing about 13 years ago. Ironically, I had worked in corrections in a number of other capacities, and my original goal in going to nursing school was to get out of...
    Oct 1, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  13. Saving Lives, 1 cup of Gatorade at a Time!
    A few come to mind, from my days working the yard at a male medium-security state prison. The first we received a man down call on due to abdominal pain. When I reached the unit this inmate was in...
    Sep 2, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  14. Shady Nursing School Abruptly Closes Its Doors
    These schools pop up to take advantage of easily-obtainable student loans. They remind me of the places that existed in the 1960s and '70s where supposedly you just had to mail a check in and get an...
    Sep 2, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  15. New Grad going into Mental Health??
    I can only speak from personal experience. I went straight from nursing school into a mental health nursing job. I worked for a facility that was closed by the parent company. I couldn't buy an...
    Aug 6, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  16. floating medications in water to administer
    This seems like a considerable overreaction. Your administration may also not realize that this does not stop the trading/selling of medication. Inmates just hold the water in their mouths, go around...
    Aug 6, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  17. Best Mispronunciation?
    My father used to say that my mother was "menustrating".
    Aug 6, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. How do you deal with the confinement?
    I was thinking about this last week. I have only had maybe three or four jobs in my life where I wasn't locked up in some fashion. It has just become part of the environment. Almost all of my working...
    Jul 29, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  19. Inmate, Detainee, Patient???
    Ours are referenced as inmates throughout our administrative regulations and medical directives. The terminology is less important than the content, as long as people understand what you mean.
    Jul 29, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  20. Father of a nursing student needs advice
    I graduated during a time of nursing surplus. I sent out letters and resumes to every hospital in my area. I was granted an interview about six weeks before graduation, and I had a job offer in hand...
    Mar 25, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Any thoughts on Kindred Hospital?
    I have not worked for Kindred either, but I know a number of people who have. They have a very poor reputation in my area, both for the care they deliver and how they treat employees.
    Mar 25, '14
    Forum: Long Term Acute Care (LTAC/LTACH)
  22. Health Services Administrator
    You aren't going to know the answer to that until you know what the specific issues are. Most such places have staffing issues. We have hired a lot of nurses who are leaving contracted companies in...
    Mar 25, '14
    Forum: Correctional Nursing
  23. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    No, but it seems like a large number of - shall we say, "unique" - personalities hire on in mental health units - like the LPN who sprinkled salt on the windowsill to keep the evil spirits out of a...
    Mar 25, '14
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  24. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    One thing I learned very early as a psychiatric nurse: Not all of the nut cases are on the other side of the desk.
    Mar 24, '14
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  25. Prospective employee's psych hx
    I worked for an inpatient hospital adult mental health unit. The way our insurance was set up, if an employee used our hospital a service was covered 100 percent, but if you went to another hospital...
    Mar 24, '14
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges


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