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  1. Reporting Asperger's Syndrome to Manager/Preceptors
    I've been burned badly by disclosing mental illness to my employer. I don't recommend it unless one absolutely, positively must have accommodations in order to perform her/his job.
    Nov 26
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  2. I fear for the future of Nursing
    Personally, I'm amazed at how many nurses are still functioning well in this crazy environment. I burned out several years ago and continuing beyond that point wrecked my mental health. I retired...
    Nov 23
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Wanna know what an LPN license can get you?
    My son is in LPN classes right now and has already been offered a job, contingent upon passing the NCLEX-PN in seven months. Although his plan is to go on and become an NP, he is already getting a...
    Nov 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Once you work in acute care you can't go back to LTC?
    I went back and forth between acute care and LTC several times. The same was true with management and floor nursing. I don't know if it was just the times, but I never had issues with career...
    Nov 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Veteran's Day 2015 - Shout Out to All Vets!
    Not a veteran but mother to two Iraq War Army vets, a son and a daughter. I thank all veterans for your service to our nation and wish you all a happy Veterans Day!
    Nov 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. I'm bipolar, can I be a psychiatric nurse?
    It all depends on whether you can keep your focus on the patient and not over-identify with him/her. It's all too easy to overshare. I have some nurse friends who advised me to go into psych nursing...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. I don't get the "anxiety" part of nursing
    I was a nurse for over 17 years and I never lost that slight feeling of trepidation at the beginning of a shift. That was a good thing, because it kept me on my toes and prevented me from becoming...
    Nov 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Nurses with asthma
    I was a nurse with asthma. Certain cleaning chemicals triggered episodes and eventually the hospital where I worked had to change to something less offensive to my airways, but other than that, it's...
    Oct 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Depressed self-referral to ED
    This is an unfortunate misconception that just won't go away. I take five psychiatric medications every day, some of them twice a day, and they make me neither "happy" nor stoned. They do, however,...
    Oct 30
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Depressed self-referral to ED
    Here's how it went down when I was a suicidal patient exactly one year ago. I had a plan, the only question in my mind was which way to go---the pills or the gun. I called my psychiatrist only...
    Oct 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. I am the worst person ever.
    Raising four kids, I employed a boatload of different terms for that particular function: air muffins, breeze biscuits, backdoor bouquets, rump burgers, poots, blowing the butt trumpet,...
    Oct 28
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  12. I am the worst person ever.
    I'm a terrible person too. In the months before my gallbladder finally gave up the ghost, I had THE most awful gas problem and it always liked to kick up its heels at the most inopportune...
    Oct 27
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  13. Returning to Nursing After Depression
    Depression sucks. I've got the battle scars, thme meds, and the diagnosis to prove it (I'm actually bipolar, which means I get to experience both ends of the spectrum). When I'm down, I'm down on...
    Oct 25
    Forum: Retired Nurses / Inactive Nurses
  14. What are ideas for group activities for people with mental illness?
    When I was in school I participated in a drumming circle in which there were all sorts of drums. I got down on the floor with the patients and chose a pair of bongos. Soon we all found a rhythm and...
    Oct 22
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  15. Why are CNAs not held to professional standards?
    Hello, and welcome to Allnurses! To answer your main question, NO---it's not like that everywhere. I spent a lot of years in long-term care, and in most of the facilities I worked in, CNAs were...
    Oct 19
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  16. Drug testing for job-xanax
    For goodness' sake, stay on your medications! They are what helps you to remain stable and do your nursing stuff so well. :yes: You have scripts for both meds, and your boss will never see the...
    Oct 18
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  17. Re-Hireable?
    I don't think you're on the do-not-rehire list. Before I became disabled, I attempted to go back to my old hospital more than a dozen times over the course of 10 years, and never got so much as a...
    Oct 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Depression and Nursing
    Is it possible that you could have some seasonal component to your depression and anxiety? This time of year is notorious for throwing people into a depressive state. Like anewsns, I'm bipolar and...
    Oct 17
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  19. Charting in Assisted Living
    I used exceptions-based charting, but did a full assessment on admission and changes of condition. I also did wound assessments weekly even though home health nurses performed the actual dressing...
    Oct 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. TPAPN and worried
    I'm sorry you were misdiagnosed. A bipolar dx is no fun to carry around even when one is correctly diagnosed; I can't imagine how tough it is to have it in one's medical record when it doesn't belong...
    Oct 10
    Forum: Nurses / Recovery
  21. Facebook nurses and patients
    Befriending former patients on social media definitely violates professional boundaries. There are too many possibilities that things can go sideways. The repercussions could cost a nurse her job,...
    Oct 7
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  22. Help!
    Yes. Do everything you can to stay where you are for a while longer. It IS normal to feel the way you do---nursing as a new grad is very stressful and you can't expect to feel comfortable until...
    Oct 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Practice on Inactive RN license
    You were lucky your facility is on top of that. It is incumbent upon EVERY nurse to know when her/his license renewal is due. It's no one else's responsibility but ours. OP, how long were you...
    Oct 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Will I get in trouble with the BON for receiving mental health care?
    You have my sympathies. I'm bipolar 1 too and two years ago I made the worst mistake of my career---I disclosed my diagnosis to my supervisor. BIG mistake. From there on out I was scrutinized to the...
    Oct 3
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  25. Will I get in trouble with the BON for receiving mental health care?
    I "outed" myself on my last license renewal because in all honesty, I have a mental illness that really does interfere with my ability to practice nursing fact, I'm on disability because...
    Oct 2
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities