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    IMO, there isn't too much else to wear besides a nice pants suit with blouse, jacket and low, nice heels to make a candidate look sharply dressed and professional. I know the heat is an issue as it is in my neck of the woods too. You could always wear the dress pants and a nice professional looking short sleeve blouse and not wear the jacket or a dress skirt and the blouse. What you choose to wear can help make you feel confident. A pants suit i described always does it for me. If the dress you describe makes you feel good and confident, then by all means, wear it with confidence Again, just my

    Good luck on your interview!!

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    Quote from ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    We have the WOW's (formally known as COWS until a patient got offended). We also have PPID which is wonderful for night nurses. It's like a little handheld palm pilot. You scan your badge and enter your PW and it logs you into the system. You scan the Patients band and the meds. Then you click the button to sign them. So all your meds are charted then.

    Our computer program has a task tab that is a godsend. Really helps to keep you organized and on track. We do hourly rounding and we do walking rounds for report.

    So I go on shift. Get report and introduce myself to my patients and families if they are kiddos. Nurse A leaves, I go in to do my assessments and take vitals and talk to the patients. That takes probably about an hour for all patients if I have a full load. So now it's close to 8:30. I get my meds due and pass them and see if they need anything else. If not I go and do my charting. It takes me about a half hour to 45 mins. I tick all the forms I need and after each one the next one pops up. So I am usually done around 9-9:30 and free to answer call lights and do my rounding and so on. On busier nights it might not calm down until 12 to get caught up. Sometimes it never seems to get caught up but that is more the exception. Usually I have a couple hrs each night that I can do all my charting and get caught up before things pick up again.

    Are you serious that a pt really got offended that your computer was called a COW??? Even after they were told what it stands for? It amazes me what some people will say "offends" them! LOL. So, what does WOW stand for? During clinicals, we had a nurse that called the vitals machine you take into each pt's room a "nurse on a stick" LOL Funny!

    The little palm pilot thingie you talk about sounds really cool. Wish our hospital had something like that! We take the COWs into the patients room for meds and scan the meds and pt that brings their MAR up on the screen. As technology advances, I wonder what other gadgets we'll be using to help us get the job done. Tablet PCs are just around the corner I bet!

    I hope to work noc shift and these ideas for time management are great!

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    joanna73 likes this.

    This kills me! Why can't they hire a few more new RN's for all these extra hours they need RN's for and give those of us without employment a job? Ugh! I'm a new RN with no job yet and I would do anything to have some of these hours! Some of you said you were new nurses...were these per diem jobs your first out of the gate? How does a new nurse with no training get hired per diem? All per diem jobs I've seen offered in my area require "at least one year of full-time experience"...I'm so sick of reading that! (while I understand the why behind it, it still frustrates me to no end!)...I need help finding a job; I have exhausted all "new grad" internships in my area and I can't move out of the area. So, I'll be the PCA you see working the floors of my local hospital with an RN degree (I've been a PCA for just over a yr at two local hospitals, while in NS). It was those that had been PCAs for longer than me that got chosen for the internship/residency slots (which were few to begin with). Bleh, it's just so frustrating and makes me feel horrible

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    Quote from madpeys

    we have time spent on how to be a professional nurse, relating to being highly sensitive to our patients and everyone around us.
    we learn how to be culturally competent, how to hear the patient, how to understand, how to treat the patients spiritual needs, how to be sympathetic, how to understand to look for those needs, how to check our biases, our stereotypes at the door, how to be respectful of others, how to appreciate the cna's, the secretaries, and everyone else we work with. how to recognize anxiety, including our own, how do deal with value conflicts while respecting different veiwpoints.
    we learn pharmacology, ( i have heard some adn programs do not have this they just have drug calc-not sure if it's true or not)
    how to treat a patient as a whole, not just how to do what and when-we get that after we learn the "professional" transition. and imo, for myself, having had these classes-i will be a better nurse because of them, or i definently won't be worse off.
    i just graduated from a really good adn program this past may. in our program, we learned everything you've stated you are learning in your bsn program; these things were taught heavily, and i also believe it will help me be a more well-rounded nurse. yes, we were taught plenty of pharmacology, along with drug calc. what exactly do you think adn programs are teaching? hands on skills without any theory? just go to class and do skills and not know why? or, here are some math problems and a formula to follow, your answer is what you give the patient, but don't worry about what you're giving and why? if this were how adn programs were teaching with little else, which sounds like what you're suggesting, there would be no accredited adn schools left nor would there be so many qualified rn's out there working every day.

    i agree with eriksoln on many points; in my area, bsn's make $.50 more per hour than adn's do. that hardly speaks "more professional" to me. from what i've witnessed in clinical and precepting time plus conversations with other nurses, both adn and bsn degreed, the majority, myself included, do not see a difference in the quality of care given to patients, dependent on whether the nurse was an adn or a bsn. the buzz around our area is the only added difference in the bsn degree is it teaches more about management-for the rn that desires to be in management (and he/she will still have to work their way up there, it's not a guarantee but a preparation). ive also heard that hospitals in our area like to hire adn's because they tend to have more clinical time while in school, allowing them to hone their learned skills better. the bsn's from my area? they complain about the lack of clinical time and all the extra papers they had to write during school about things that weren't going to matter on the floor (i.e. busy work).

    like erik said, it looks good on paper to say a hospital hires "only bsns" or has a bigger percentage of rn's with a bsn. and the colleges thrive on that to get people to come to their school and spend more money for the same degree because hey, money makes the world go 'round! i am not interested in management at this time but am always interested in learning more so, i am going to go back for my rn to bsn soon (the bsn was my initial choice and not because i thought it was better but because i took all my pre-reqs there, would not have to transfer, and because that's what everyone was doing-take your pre-reqs and slide right into the program-ha! right! but that's another post all together). in retrospect, i'm thankful i did the adn program because i feel i got a good quality foundation and am ready to learn actual nursing while on the job (others have agreed that becoming a nurse doesn't begin until you're actually doing it as a job). i've looked through the course catalog at the nurses classes i will have to take; they all appear to build on a solid foundation i've just received with my adn, and of course, the added classes on management are there. i'm doing it because it's the trend and "it looks good on paper" will i come out as a bsn that's better than an adn at the bedside and how i care for my patients? i don't believe so. but i will have more book knowledge

    please understand i'm not trying to argue with you or make you mad, i wanted to point out that my adn program did and does teach the "well-rounded nurse" theory. i just don't see why nurses have to engage in the whole "i have a bsn so i'm a better nurse than you" debate (heck, we adn's even felt the cold shoulder from our own school's bsn's!). i mean really? we're all nurses! we all need to stop the madness, come together, stick up for one another and unite for changes for all of us!

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    lindarn likes this.

    Awesome story!

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    Girlygirl69 likes this.

    I see where the OP is coming from. And, she's ranting and frustrated and yet it seems she's being torn down for doing so while it would be okay for a more experienced nurse to come on these boards and complain about the newbies on their floor but would not be met with the same kind of responses by the newbies.

    Whenever I see these types of posts and someone speaks of the more experienced nurse, somehow, eventually it turns into an "older" age thing. I don't think age has anything to do with it. You can be an experienced nurse at 40 with 18+ yrs under your belt or you can be 40 as a new nurse.

    I understand her frustrations. Nurses, no matter how old or how many yrs of experience should stick together and help one another out, whenever possible. And yes, we're ALL nurses. I'm an older new nurse and I love hearing how those that have gone before me learned and did/do things. I don't think the OP is opposed to that. What isn't right is how these more experienced or older nurses are dishing it out (some of them, not all-there are plenty that are wonderful about it and I've been lucky to only experience that so far, except for maybe one i can recall). Being a new nurse is tough, no matter when you enter the profession. Being made to feel like you know less just because the older nurses had different hurdles to cross or a harder road to get over those hurdles doesn't do anything for the new nurse except make her feel bad. There is a right way and a wrong way to get your point across and if people would sometimes just think before they speak, a lot of this separation among nurses of different generations wouldn't be there. Like another poster said, is it too hard to think first how your comments will affect another human being before you speak them? And yes, it's usually best to just slap a smile on your face and keep your comments to yourself, we have to do it all the time with patients so extend it on down to your coworkers, it's not difficult. As Thumper said in Winnie The Pooh, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all!"

    We would live in a much kinder world if more people adopted this thought and exercised it!

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    Quote from johwiklundRN

    I believe this is the connotation within which OP refers to violence. PS NVC is an invaluable communication model which I practice everyday at work and at home.

    kind like ghandi
    Wow, I wish we could bring this to our workplace and make it a mandatory class (we offer lots of classes where I work). Invaluable? Yes! What a breath of fresh air it would be to have employees using this model everyday at work! And think of the lowered stress levels (since many snarky employees seem to bark at others out of frustration). I didn't know such an organization existed but I try and practice this wherever I am.

    The problem I see today in too many places and especially on the floors is people just aren't NICE to one another. People don't have patience or tolerance for one another's differences in who they are as PEOPLE. People don't even bat an eye at being rude to someone else just because that person does/says things differently than they do (and then see no problem with going and chastising those persons to others, spreading the rudeness, creating backbiting, more nipping and intolerance). I mean really? Come on, we're all human, with feelings and differences. The root of it all is selfishness. People these days are too selfish and wrapped up in themselves to even care how what they say effects others. It's sad really.

    This isn't just in the hospital work place, it's EVERYWHERE.

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    Quote from ohiostudent'11
    foo pah? sounds like a delicious noodle entree

    faux pas it is indeed when magazines and journals misspell words...

    I've also noticed it in textbooks...
    Ummmmm, no, it's not actually.

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    Here's the meaning of 'faux pas', and certainly not what I was talking about! Lighten up!

    Faux pas
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A faux pas ( /ˌfoʊˈpɑː/ plural: faux pas /ˌfoʊˈpɑːz/) is a violation of accepted social norms (for example, standard customs or etiquette rules).[1] Faux pas vary widely from culture to culture, and what is considered good manners in one culture can be considered a faux pas in another. The term comes originally from French, and literally means "misstep" or "false step".[2]
    This expression is usually used in social and diplomatic contexts. The term has been in use in English for some time and is no longer italicised when written. In French, it is employed literally to describe a physical loss of balance as well as figuratively, in which case the meaning is roughly the same as in English. Other familiar synonyms include gaffe and bourde (bourde, unlike faux pas, can designate any type of mistake).[3] A "fashion faux pas" occurs when the error is directly related to a person's appearance or choice of clothing.
    This expression originated during the time of Louis XIV. During his reign, dance was so important in the royal courts that to make a false step in any one of the many dances could get you thrown out.

    Faux pas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote from CT Pixie
    faux pas ??
    LOL. REALLY? I wasn't trying to spell or "say" that correctly. My hubs, kids and I say "foo-pahs" for goof-ups, that's all people, so cut me some slack (guess I should have stated that when I wrote it). And to think that 23 people took joy in giving kudos to your correction of me...ah, whatever!

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    Wow, I'm shocked! No one drives or rides motorcycles? Hmmmm, maybe I should post this over on

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    [QUOTE=My new doctor told me that there is a medication that acts like adderall but is not converted in the brain as such therefore not adding to the euphoria of mania.

    Best wishes!

    is the medication Nuvigil? A friend of mine is on that and that's what her dr told her about it. Just wondering. I hope you can find something that works for you!

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    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.

    Quote from eriksoln
    Feel bad for the girl, the guy obviously had issues. But a quick thing I want to point out:

    Thread title is a bit misleading. The girl was not attacked BECAUSE she was a nurse nor while working. So, in essence, you had a girl at a bar being assaulted (who happens to be a nurse), not a nurse being assaulted. There is a difference. The difference isn't so much that the crime is better/worse but........motivation is different.

    I was scanning the articles and replies to find the connection to her being a nurse and the beating. There is none. She was at a club/bar and ran into the wrong guy. It would have gone the same way if she were a McD's worker, an engineer or a teacher.
    I was wondering the same thing-what does her being a nurse have to do with it and why does the press keep identifying her as such?

    Regardless, what a sicko the guy is and he def should be hung by a safety pin through the tip of his...

    And beaten to a pulp!

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    NayD_RN likes this.

    I'm a new RN as well, passed my NCLEX a month ago...there is no feeling like it in my opinion! I have worked so hard and my family and I have sacrificed a LOT to get me to this point...relish in your achievement! Congrats to you!!

    Now to just be able to get a job so I can use all this happy energy in a nursing role...*sigh* My time is coming I know, there's a place for me somewhere out there!

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    Quote from luv4nursing
    *****SCREAM************* I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!(YES IM ABSOLUTELY YELLING HAHA)
    Sooooo tell us all about your interview! What were you asked? I may have an interview coming up for L&D and am curious to know :-). Way to go, so happy for you!