paigenp 1,268 Views
Joined: Mar 19, '02;
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Don't you love it when your patients in the ED bring in their vomit or the blood they hawked up at home to show you; just in case you didn't believe them.
These are great! How about when the first thing you do when you get home is run to the bathroom. Even worse stripping off your scrubs while on the toilet because you can't stand to be in them another minute. Or freaking out your date at the movie by rolling the veins in their hand/arm in the dark.
This is really scarey. I've been an NP for 3 years and haven't regretted it one bit, but the financial compensation for all that I have been through is not quite there yet. I work locum tenums and I can tell you that the temp nurses still make more than the temp NPs just because of the state of nursing. I don't know if this is a good thing considering the state of nursing now and the quality of nurses the schools are send out in the quickest amount of time to help with the shortage. I have definately seen a diffence from when I graduated 7 years ago to now. And these people are functioning as physcian extenders? I'm nervous!
Ooops, forgot the one can of tuna for my recipe. Although I'm sure that's a given for a Tuna Noodle recipe.
Hey Debbie5, the Tuna Noodle Cassarole recipe I grew up with had 1/2 package of egg noodles with one can of Cream of Mushroom, 1 cup Miracle Whip, one can of mushrooms, 1-2 tsp of dill weed and potato chips or bread crumbs on top. 350 for about 20 min or until crumbs are brown. Yum! Makes me think of my mom while I'm traveling!
Here's a quick cajun dish:
2 cups of rice, cooked
Mix in 4oz of tomato sauce with one cup of real mayo
One small package of almond-no skins
1/2 package of immitation crab (or real if you can afford it) and shred
1-2 cups of frozen small shrimp
After combining, sprinkle bread crumbs on top with some cajun spices (Tony Chaharies (sp) is good, if you are in the South), you can also add it to the tomato sause and mayo, if you like the extra kick.
Cook 350 for about 20 min or until bread crumbs are brown. Enjoy!
PS: Has anyone tried that Turbo Cooker they show on TV-supposed to make meals fast? Does it really do what it says. I would love something that would make everything all at once and in 15 min.
I have been traveling for 8 months as an RN/NP and I can't imagine changing right now. It is so exciting seeing new parts of the country every 2-3 months and having your company take care of everything for you-housing, car, utilities. And the money is good. Yeah, there is the uncomfortable feeling of getting to know the new area and work situation, but that smooths out relatively quickly. I worked 6 years at a full-time job in Houston and decided I needed a change and wanted to see how others practice in different states. Right now this is where I want to be. Wonder if I'll ever want to go back to a full-time regular job?
Birkenstock or Dansko have great clogs for professionals. They are a little expensive, but aren't your feet and comfort worth it. They don't break down as easily as tennis shoes, so you get more for your money!
I think part of our problem in nursing besides the financial compensation is the fact that we have too many lables in one perfession. There is still several generations out there that see RN and that is their nurse. Putting all the other lables on it is confusing as who wears what color scrubs. I agree with CRNI, I don't want to be call a "bachelorette Nurse" sounds like I'm leading a band. I worked hard and am proud of my BSN, but most importantly, I'm a nurse and proud of that.
I just moved away from Houston 3 months ago to start traveling, but I lived there for nearly 7 years. I came from the midwest where we had 4 seasons a year and a traffic jam were two combines in the road. I really did enjoy living in Houston, the weather isn't the best, but besides that there are a multitude of activities to do; wonderful resturaunts, theatre, museums, and depending on where you live you are less than an hour from the ocean and great seafood!! If you can get over being hot and sweaty for about 6-8 months of the year, you will find it to be place for a lot of excitement. And by the way, we don't have anymore traffic or accidents than any other major city. Take a look!
I did some clinicals at LBJ and like Kellie said, it is a county hospital, so you will have a lot of challenging cases and will get to brush up on your spanish. The ER is always hopping and the clinics do stay busy. It is busy place to work, but with the advantages of living in a major city you will have some great experiences.
You can pick any area you are interested and go for it! Now because of the shortage, most hospitals will train new nurses to perform in that area of specialty. I worked oncology for 6 1/2 years but also worked adult med-surg, ER and peds. All areas have their positives and negatives. Don't turn down an interview just because you don't think you have enough experience, the more areas you are exposed to the more marketable you are in the future and look at the experiences you can have!
Regarding the oncology floor you interviewed with, that is a pretty heavy load for a new nurse. 4 patients should be the max with total care patients. That maybe why they are looking for new nurses because they burned theirs out due to the heavy loads! But, don't give up on oncology if you are interested in it. It was a wonderful and growing part of my life as a nurse, I have memories of patients I will never forget. I now practice family practice as a nurse practitioner, but my oncology experience has shaped the way I talk to patients and deal with difficult situations and crises. I believe I'm a better nurse because of my experiences.
Hang in there, you will find your niche! But remember, you may find many areas you like, so experience them all!!
I was a nurse at a major cancer center in the past and I can tell you the advantages to wearing your hair up when you are surrounded by nauseated patients. My hair was in a bob at the time but has gotten longer as the years have past. I really like leaving my hair down if I choose but know the neccessity of pulling it for infectious reasons. Keep your hair the length you want! Agree with Heather-have fun with your hair accessories!!
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