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  1. The Nurse on the Other Side
    OMG my dear, you most definitely need to research a bit about cortisol deficiency and it's effects on serum electrolytes. If the cortisol level gets low enough the serum sodium drops (like way less...
    Sep 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. The Nurse on the Other Side
    Wait until you're admitted to a hospital where a small but significant number of the nurses are your former students. Then you can find yourself expected to "know all about" your diagnosis whether...
    Sep 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Dealing with drug seekers without alienating them
    I've seen a lot of pain control issues during my career. A caveat -- the pain scale was created for use in a research project and was not designed or intended for use in the usual patient care...
    Jan 14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. Tips for doctors
    Adding to what I previously posted, please be precise and use layman's language when discussing treatment options with patients and families. For instance: PLEASE, don't ask extremely frail or...
    Jan 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Tips for doctors
    Thanks for asking. Communicate respect for nurses, to the patients, your colleagues, and the nurses. When a medication can have multiple indications, it helped if I knew WHY this patient was...
    Dec 31, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Expanding job hunt to other States
    I've gotten licensed by endorsement 3 times in the many years of my career. It may feel like an expensive process, but it usually isn't a prolonged process. You can reasonably wait for a job offer...
    Oct 29, '14
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  7. 21 Things you never mention at a hospital job interview
    Re: #4 Decades ago -- in the very late 60s -- I had the honor of working with a nurse who had been involved in the original strike by RNs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She said that some nurses...
    Oct 29, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  8. 21 Things you never mention at a hospital job interview
    I THINK the reason they don't give reasons for a non-selection is that anything beyond the applicant's experience level, any reason for non-selection for some applicants could lead to a law suit...
    Oct 29, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  9. God Hates Nurses Now
    Not only do they live among us, they reproduce and, too often, they vote.
    Oct 22, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Saw an angry clinical instructor...
    I taught in 7 different nursing programs in my career -- from California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Georgia -- as we moved around the country. In none of those programs would the behavior described be...
    Oct 15, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Had to code my best friends husband
    My heart goes out to you. It will take a LONG time for your pain to ease and you will have to use the coping mechanisms you know have worked for you in the past. I strongly support the suggestions...
    Oct 15, '14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  12. ADN+ARMY
    I'm a few years out of date -- in 2007 I retired from 22 years in the Army Reserves -- but if you are REALLY interested in an Army career, talk to a recruiter about opportunities in the Reserves. ...
    Oct 1, '14
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  13. Quiet initiatives - what has worked for you?
    If you haven't already assessed equipment condition and maintenance -- and I'm talking mostly non-patient care equipment here -- check on that. Do the carts that bring supplies and food to your...
    Aug 13, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. Malpractice Insurance
    If the only time you ever give health advice is "on the job" and if, on the job, you are ALWAYS in compliance with EVERY single policy and procedure, and there is NEVER a situation where you are so...
    Jun 25, '14
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  15. How has nursing assessment changed?
    I graduated with my BSN on June 13, 1969. We weren't required, weren't even encouraged to buy our own stethescopes. I learned good techniques for taking B/Ps -- learned to listen for bowel sounds. ...
    Jun 4, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Other Jobs That a Nurse Can Do?
    I suggest you consider your interests -- depending on your education and your job needs (ie, do you need benefits, regular paychecks, a consistent schedule, etc.) -- you might look at doing some...
    May 28, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  17. April 2014 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    Hi! We just finished clinicals for this quarter! We're giddy with relief, in great need of food, and it's vital that we consume some alcohol. Now! What do you recommend that we might afford?
    Apr 18, '14
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  18. Describe your 10/10 pain. Piggybacking off of recent pain discussions.
    I've scanned all of the responses and not seen this -- so, please remember that the "pain scale" was developed as a research tool and was NEVER intended as a clinical tool. In general, it's pretty...
    Apr 16, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Warning Signs Associated With Degree Mills and Scam Schools
    Not necessarily a scam in the strictest sense of the word -- but, before you start at a private for profit nursing program call your local public college and ask whether the core courses -- English,...
    Apr 13, '14
    Forum: Online Nursing Schools and Colleges
  20. Stop calling me sweetie!  - How to get respect as a new nurse
    So, OP, you don't give any indication of your age and it SHOULDN'T matter, but it does. I've lived in parts of the country where female servers in restaurants (those of you from parts of the south...
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  21. Unusual Names for Medical Diagnoses
    Let's see -- "the sugar" = diabetes; "high blood" = hypertension; "high herney" = hiatal hernia; "tubalization" = tubal ligation; "mighty fart" = myocardial infarction. Then there are the names for...
    Jul 31, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Back in the day......
    Where I worked, way back when, even though there was more than one set of keys, the rule was that if the keys were gone for a full shift the narc cabinet would have to have the locks replaced...
    Jul 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Back in the day......
    I remember a vigorous discussion in the letters to the editor of the AJN regarding use of clean gloves when cleaning up an incontinent patient. We used clean gloves when caring for patients with...
    Jun 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. RN total patient care...
    The concept of RN total patient care is based on each nurse having few enough patients to make teamwork by all of the RNs to make very high-quality patient care possible. With the levels of acuity...
    May 1, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. Malpractice insurance
    I also carry malpractice insurance and have since I graduated in 1969. My thought process has always been that if a hospital had to choose between sacrificing a physician who brought millions of...
    Feb 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion