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  1. What's Next
    I think by your post that giving up just isn't for you. Whether you can see it or not, you are a fighter. I have learned that just because we think that we are ready doesn't mean that the rest of...
    May 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Dear Nurses, I desperately need your help
    I'm also in WI and can tell you that you should be able to find work. There are many hospitals that are going for BSN students, which makes sense in this market. I too am a ADN and was able to find...
    May 2
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  3. Orientee Horror Stories?
    [QUOTE=dudette10;7873582]t They are not doing basic nursing care, such as heel protectors, getting patients up to chair for meals, figuring they can forgo SCDs on bedbound pts who are on heparin,...
    Apr 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Would you be insulted by this?
    I would feel insulted but not surprised. I certainly wouldn't buy one even if they donated the money. I make donations yearly to foundations that are important to me. Guess I'd rather they...
    Apr 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Outpatient Psych & Medical
    I really like this idea! I think it makes following the pt so much better for the pt and the staff. Considering the close relationship of physical and mental health. We do not do this at the...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  6. What if
    I would have looked in becoming a psychologist for sure.
    Apr 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Passed My ANCC Certification :)
    I used the PMHN Exam Secrets Study Guide by Mometrix. I'm not a good studier so I found this book very helpful. Cuts out the fluff and has some common sense tips at the end that really helped me to...
    Apr 13
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  8. Calling in sick
    Thank you for not going in and spreading it to everyone! I try to run away from my coworkers who come into work and tell me how sick they are. Go home, stay home! Be well.
    Apr 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. drug/alcohol pt questions
    We use CIWA for ETOH and for long term alcoholics that are withdrawing, we often use a librium taper. Other than that, we rarely have scheduled Ativan, only if the pt scores high enough. We...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  10. Passed My ANCC Certification :)
    Just wanted to give a shout out to all that I took and passed the ANCC Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse exam! I have earned the right to put RN-BC behind my signature.
    Apr 12
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  11. Am I doing something wrong?
    I used to have a pt that had injections with the same result no matter who did the IM. The doctor finally had to switch meds because it was a reaction. I would give in the gluteal though and see if...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  12. how to get certified as a psychiatric RN
    When you do go for CEU's, make sure the ANCC approves the course before you pay $$. The CEU's are not too time consuming or expensive, but I didn't check to make sure the first few I took were...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  13. Psych nursing is easy
    Easy it is not! OP, you have it good! I rarely see a 30 minute lunch. Between putting out the small fires before they become blazing infernos, the charting, the admits, the more charting, the...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  14. Occurence reporting to punish other nurses
    I would rather fix the mistake than write it up. I've seen many nurses take to writing incidents up but it never seems to occur to them to just fix the error if you can. I'm guess I'm kind of old...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. Constant worries about getting reported to BON one day
    I took a course about charting to keep you out of the courtroom. I also always use the CYA approach. I refuse to live my life playing the 'what if' game. Do your best, don't lie, and don't divert...
    Mar 31
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. I feel like an illegitimate nurse
    Well go ahead and be happy doing something it sounds like you like to do! My first job was psych and I felt somewhat the same. No iv's, a few caths but not many, no serious physical stuff. Part...
    Mar 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class
    Ummm notecards? You simply can't memorize all of the psych meds. I've been a mental health nurse for about 5yrs and I haven't memorized all of them. Not even close. Break it up maybe into groups:...
    Feb 7
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  18. Patient on patient abuse?
    I was just wondering if you are able to use ambs or 4pnts? If not, how do you gain any resemblance of safety on your floor once pts get into it with each other? They can't just battle it out until...
    Feb 7
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  19. Patient on patient abuse?
    I immediately step in and say "We all need to keep our hands to ourselves and respect each others personal space". Or something like that. If you don't step in right away, it will escalate. If...
    Feb 5
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  20. Doesn't It Make You Want To Scream, Part 3
    I recently found new employment and assessment goes something like this: they are up and moving so pulses are obviously present, they are talking so lungs are clear, they ate supper so bowels are...
    Feb 5
    Forum: LTC: Directors Nursing / Assistant (DON/ADON)
  21. Dementia resident hoarding, shredding, destroying toilet paper
    Actually, I have worked with Alzheimers/dementia pts for years and haven't seen the tpaper bx. However, I have seen great success with medications. No, I don't want to just medicate a pt to make my...
    Feb 4
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. Dementia resident hoarding, shredding, destroying toilet paper
    That doesn't sound like typical dementia behavior to me. I would request the doc evaluate and see if pt needs a psych consult. Does he do this throughout the day or just certain times of the day? ...
    Jan 29
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  23. New nurse hired for inpatient detox facility
    empatheticRN, I did my preceptorship in a womens prison and loved it! They tore me up the first 2 weeks but then I gained some confidence and did well. They can smell fear, I swear, lol. ...
    Jan 29
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  24. New nurse hired for inpatient detox facility
    This is a great place to come for tips and support! I have learned so much from other nurses here. I hope other nurses pipe in because I'm sure there is so much more experience out there! Again,...
    Jan 29
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  25. Nurses that are obligated to work overtime.
    I got mandated to work nocs last year. I had been up since 0600 to get my children off to school, then I worked pms and was mandated. It was the most horrible noc I have ever had. I did the least...
    Jan 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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