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  1. Media a bit too invasive of nurse's personal info following her catching Ebola?
    Don't you have to have a certain number of hours/years of Critical Care experience BEFORE obtaining CCRN, just as you do for other specialty certs? It wouldn't really be that distinguished if any ol'...
    Oct 14
    Forum: Disasters: Preparing & Responding
  2. Do you dream about work?
    After a stretch of particularly busy nights, I dreamt my pt had Zosyn ordered q8hr and I forgot to administer it all shift long.
    Oct 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    I'm so conflicted about this. I work nights, hem/onc, will be transitioning to critical care soon. We have 24 hour visitation on my floor. Navigating the maze of cot/1,000 chairs/family detritus...
    Oct 7
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. How often are you called off?
    Maybe 4-5x in just over a year. Mostly in summer also.
    Apr 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Worst Night Ever
    Sorry you had a bad first night. As a new orientee, maybe next shift lay low and let your preceptor lead, instead of focusing on letting her know your flow from the get-go? You'll have plenty of time...
    Apr 1
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Infernal Equinox
    My husband is bipolar and he has always told me that the springtime is the hardest time of year for him.
    Mar 24
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  7. Pink Tolerance
    That being said, Ruby, your contributions to this forum are always insightful. So on that note, I'm glad you're in the pink, as a previous poster said.
    Mar 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Pink Tolerance
    I lost my mom to breast cancer. The October pinkwashing of the grocery store/drugstore/hospital/gas station is a painful reminder every year. And it makes me wonder how much of that money is actually...
    Mar 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. First complaint against me...
    I always, ALWAYS try to start over with the family or patient in order to maintain THAT relationship. Not all can be salvaged; however, a little bit of sincere acknowledgment that you...
    Feb 24
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Overwhelmed new nurse, ready to call it quits!
    Can you adjust your schedule so you have more stretches of 3 and 4 days off at a time? That should help some. 2 days is not enough to recoup from 3 twelves if you're newer and already stressed.
    Feb 17
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  11. If you think you need to call the MD, CALL THE MD!!!!
    I get the whole "have your ducks in a row before you call" thing, I REALLY do. But one thing that needs to be understood is that when you're a med/surg nurse with a 5 or 6 (or more) patient load,...
    Feb 14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. It's end of shift and I'm leaving on time. Not!
    Oh admit at 0200, orders to transfuse, pt with some sort of dementia+anxiety combo, family leaves bedside. First unit finally ready at 0500, sit with pt for the requisite 15 minutes,...
    Feb 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  13. Don't People Have Bills To Pay?
    Take heart, some of us do have bills to pay! I'm just a breath away from my one-year mark, and it's been tough. I've not cried, but I'm pretty sure my tear ducts are non-functional. I work nights on...
    Feb 1
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Ugghhh, another new nurse...
    Or, maybe she was being sincere...
    Jan 26
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  15. I notice nice veins!
    Me too! I fiddle with my husband's wrist and arm veins absentmindedly until he gets irritated and tells me to quit.
    Jan 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. New Graduate/First Job Med/Surg
    Wow, BSNINTHEWORKS...that advice is solid gold for med/surg. I wish I'd read that a year ago.
    Jan 25
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  17. Hard and Soft Skills
    This is true in many, many other fields as well. Nursing is finally catching up with other "businesses" in this sense. Great article as always, Commuter!
    Jan 15
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  18. Girl Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy
    Jan 7
    Forum: Nursing News
  19. Chest Tube Air Leaks
    This oughta be a sticky. Great info.
    Jan 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. What caused the hypothermia?
    I thought I remembered learning that a low temp in the elderly often DOES mean I crazy? Not that 60 is elderly, but w/those comorbidities...
    Jan 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. They didn't teach me that in school
    Also newish, also hem/onc, also lost a parent to cancer prior to nursing. May I ask how long it has been since yours passed? The residual grief may be compounded as patients pass on the same floor...
    Jan 2
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  22. Night shift sleep patterns?
    Night owl since birth. I've been on nights since April. I started out flipping my schedule, but I would nearly pass out at odd times throughout the day, so I stopped, and now I keep a night schedule...
    Dec 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Don't go into nursing school if_____
    "Time of the month." Heh. How many nurses have gone their entire 13 hour shift without peeing and upon finally going, their first thought was, "Jeez, I hope I didn't just give myself TSS." (I tried...
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  24. I had time for a chat....
    Really great post. I'm in med/surg oncology, so even though I'm pretty new, I've had a couple opportunities to interact with patients on this level. It's such a good reminder of the idealism I had...
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. Versant Residency
    I've done it. What specifically do you want to know?
    Dec 24, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure