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    As a student, I had an elderly confused patient during my rotation in the ICU. He was put on restraints, and every time I was near or in his room, he started screaming at me, "HEY FATA**, get me out of here!" or "Fatso! Help me!" It was hurtful and humiliating, but I think good practice for growing a thick skin. I know he was confused and upset, and he was lashing out and trying to find some control where he didn't have any. It was pretty terrible, but now that I know I can handle that, I can handle anything.

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    I currently work 12 hr night shifts in home care with a pediatric vent-dependent patient. I work in the hall outside the room, or go downstairs for 5-15 minutes at a time with a baby monitor on. I pass the time by reading, but I have a lamp at my desk in the hallway. If I were confined to the patient's room, I would probably bring my laptop and sit on the floor or something so the light doesn't wake the patient. I use a flashlight to assess the patient, or the overhead light is on a dimmer if I need more light.

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    All the "terrible" things you listed about what you had to put up with at camp sounded fine to me - your description of busy camp nursing with all it's pitfalls and emergencies actually seems right up my alley. But I love that kind of stuff, and I love working with kids. It sounds like you really hate it, which is totally okay, so just say no. Let somebody know (and soon) that this was your last year, so now they have a year to find a replacement and they can't tell you that camp won't go on without you. Good luck! There are so many fields of nursing, you just need to find something that better fits with your personality.

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    I am also a new grad & took an RN position in home health after applying to at least eighty positions over three months with no call backs. I am not worried about getting stuck - I plan to wait a year and then start applying to RN residencies. During this time I'm going to get additional certifications and probably start a p/t BSN program. If you feel you are losing your clinical skills, then maybe you should look for some per diem work - it's always easier to find a job once you have a job.

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    LockportRN likes this.

    I don't understand... why is somebody who is dying of liver failure not a good candidate for hospice? Also, is it not painful to have ES liver disease? Why are we labeling him as a med-seeker?

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    I think the term "blacks" should be changed to African-Americans, especially because Caucasians are not referred to as "whites" in the same article. It comes off as racially insensitive, ironically enough.

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    I just finished an ADN program, I'm 31 and have a 4 year old at home. About 1/2 of my classmates were between their 30's-40's, and there were a few in their fifties. The best advice that I got before starting was to have a plan A, plan B, plan C, and plan D for childcare. Nursing school is so much more difficult, time management-wise, than I expected. All my relationships suffered, but my child probably had it the worst in terms of change and losing one-on-one time. Definitely get your affairs in order and make sure you have a handful of people who can step in and take care of your children, even if you have a spouse, they won't always be able to miss work when you have crazy clinical hours and clinical prep work that takes 10 hours to complete the night before your shift.

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    I'm in a similar situation, except my child is 3 and preschool is out for the summer. Since I only work 3 twelve hour night shifts a week, I found a teen who wants a p/t summer job and will babysit while I sleep during the day. You could try checking around for a responsible teenager with a car who is willing to do before & afterschool care. Also, any parents of kids in her class or neighbors with kids who go to school with your child may be willing to let you drop of your child at their home so your kid can ride along with them and go home with them until you are off work, then pay that family the cost of before/after school care. Perhaps the school staff could hook you up with another single parent who could use the money or child care swap. Good luck!

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    Hi,I'm in a bad situation currently working 12 hour nights with poor childcare for my 6 year old child. I have to find a solution. The problem with working days is that her school does not have a before or after school program, meaning I have to be there to drop her off at 8 and pick her up at 3. No job offers those kinds of hours.I'm wondering if the 'intermittent' type home health nursing jobs would be a good match for me? Would it be possible to arrange my schedule so that I could always be there to pick her up on time, and then go see another patient after if necessary? Any suggestions? I'm in a really bad spot right now.. Thanks.

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    Hi there, I am a new graduate RN, and after about three months of applying to over fifty jobs, I scored two interviews and just had my first offer. I found this new graduate nurse interview handbook (from a link in another allnurses post): and it was incredibly helpful. I got together with a few classmates and we took turns interviewing each other. I can't stress how important it was to practice and take notes of your strengths, experiences, etc. and look them over before your interviews.