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  1. Night shift RN's :Do you eat in the morning after your shift?
    I'm still (after > 5 years on nights) figuring this one out. I would get an activity tracker (I've been using a Fitbit Flex) that gives you info on the duration and quality of sleep, and pair that...
    Jan 13
    Forum: Health / Stress Management
  2. How to Nab those Nursing Scholarships $$
    Great article! I received scholarships from two foundations during my associates program (hospital where I work and the community college I attended)...for my BSN and my MSN just from the hospital...
    Jan 3
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  3. Nurses and holiday exhaustion
    My late husband used to write special dates in the dust like my birthday, our anniversary, etc. It was annoying, but cute.
    Jan 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. PCCN Certification Exam Preparation
    I passed my PCCN examination yesterday on the first attempt, and would like to share what worked for me. I used the following courses and materials for my examination preparation, which I started in...
    Nov 5, '15
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  5. Funny Things Patients Say
    Patient, upon seeing the big red "RN" at the bottom of my ID badge asked "does that stand for really nuts?" Ah, out of the mouths of the demented....!
    Jun 25, '15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. A (Long) Note to New Grads
    While I don't work in our hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit full-time, I get to float there (note: GET to float there, it's a privilege) and I always learn so much! It's really helped my...
    Apr 5, '15
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  7. Father of a nursing student needs advice
    Application times/dates for hospitals vary by area. Your daughter will want to check each hospital's/health system for their information and process. Some hospitals will not allow an application...
    Mar 24, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Saunders book question
    I think so. SATA is's not so much about content as it is techniques for attacking this type of question.
    Mar 24, '14
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  9. Reality check: Are my expectations high?
    Good grades and high SAT/ACT scores are helpful, but not predictive of anything other than passing the academic aspects of nursing school. Not that that's easy, mind you. Experience and...
    Mar 23, '14
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  10. Stethoscope covers OK for men?
    I use a's stethoscope holder that clips to a pants pocket or belt. I love it, and the leatherwork and clip are what I'd call tactical quality. You can find it on Amazon...
    Feb 23, '14
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  11. Left Speechless
    I completely understand where the patient was coming from. Just lost my DH in January after he battled cancer for seven long years. the midst of which he earned a post-bacc teaching degree,...
    Feb 16, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. First code as a new nurse
    ACLS and more experience will help. Even if you take the live ACLS class, I recommend you invest $110 and take the AHA's online ACLS class, because it gives you the opportunity to practice the case...
    Feb 2, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. Retired nurse injects feces into husband's IV
    Wow, this is crazy stuff! Well, after reading that news story, I'll never feel guilty again for educating a visitor about the need to leave IV pump alarms alone. Wow.
    Jan 31, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  14. The Childish "I Wuv You" Act
    It's important to be conscious of one's own physical safety when caring for patients. At least on the floor or at LTC they are a known quantity (sometimes), but a brand new ED patient? Who knows? ...
    Jan 25, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. Outlook for experienced ICU nurse
    Try Salem Hospital - an hour from Portland. 30 bed MICU, level 2 trauma center.
    Jan 23, '14
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  16. Feeling so guilty calling off sick
    Nurses may work when sick because of the fear of being disciplined for calling out sick. Some facilities only allow 2 call outs per rolling 90 days - a third in this period can result in a write up.
    Jan 23, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. New grad ICU nurse looking to medsurg for skills
    I think there's plenty of action to be had on night shift. Nights are still incredibly busy in med-surg where I work. . .and usually night RNs have 1 more patient than day shift. Good time...
    Jan 20, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  18. G Tube Placement or Not...
    I believe G-tube placement is checked radiographically post-placement, and not by instilling air. Rather, checking residual before each feeding, or at specified intervals if feedings are continuous,...
    Jan 20, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  19. Colorful Shoes - Unprofessional?
    They are professional as long as they are not prohibited by the facility's dress code. I think it's nice to bring color and beauty into what is, at times, a dreary atmosphere!
    Jan 19, '14
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  20. How would you rate the CNA classes and clinical's?
    There are many threads on this topic. However, given that you will work with many CNAs over the course of your nursing career, some of whom will be integral to your success as a nurse, and to your...
    Jan 17, '14
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  21. Just had my first day as a student nurse, advice needed....
    My son once asked me why anyone would want to be a nurse or a CNA since it involved "wiping butts." I responded by telling him it wasn't so much about that, as how it felt to see the effect on the...
    Jan 17, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  22. What was/are the 3 things that got/get you through nursing school?
    1. Coffee 2. My instructors, fellow students and the nurses who precepted me at clinicals. 3. Quizlet free Internet flash cards!
    Jan 8, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  23. Psychiatric nursing... do you really lose all your nursing skills?
    I'm still pretty new, but here's my thoughts on this topic. As a CNA, I worked with several gifted ICU RN's who did charge, precepted, etc, who worked in Psych. Didn't seem to hurt their careers a...
    Jan 8, '14
    Forum: Psychiatric Nursing
  24. Nursing Salary Survey 2014
    Geographic location. - NW US Pay rate - $32.25/hr In which area / specialty do you work? - acute care float pool (med-surg, step down critical care, ED, psych) What type of license do you have...
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. 2014 Wage Survey For CNAs, Medical Assistants, HHAs, PCTs: Post Here!
    What is your job title (CNA, medical assistant, medication aide, HHA, PCT, PCA)? CAN/Certified Unit Assistant Where are you located? NW US What is your hourly wage? $13.81 as of 8/13 Are you...
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant