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    Jessica. I just wanted to say I know what you mean about "something just clicked". I had that experience myself THIS MORNING in the OR. I was watching a lymph node biopsy with a circulating RN (who has only been a nurse for 1 yr by the way and only in the OR). It just came to me "I want to be an OR nurse!!!" It's a great feeling and I can't wait for an opportunity like yours. So GO FOR IT!

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    Hello:

    I am a 3rd student nurse preparing to do a one-day job shadow at a large teaching hospital. Along with learning the daily tasks of the OR RN, what questions would be important to ask the nurses in terms of deciding if this facility is one I would eventually like to work at? Are there specific reasons each of you chose the facility where you currently work? Basically, what are the OR job "must-haves" that you couldn't live without.

    Thanks a lot for your comments...

    Jenna

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    Hello,

    I am a student nurse and will be applying to several new grad programs when I graduate. I would like to hear about your experiences for those of you who were accepted into a program. What is the process like, applying, interviewing, training, etc. What perks were you offered ie, sign on bonus, tuition reimbursement, etc?

    Thank you for your input!

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    I live in Portland and LOVE it. It's the largest city in Oregon along the Willamette and Columbia rivers, but houses are spendy these days. You'd probably want to live in a suburb like Beaverton/Hillsboro for example. There are several large hospitals as well as OHSU which is a large research/hospital institution. Mt. Hood is an hour away (for skiing in winter and hiking in summer). Portland is surrounded by miles and miles of hiking trails along the SW hills - called Forest Park. St. Helens isn't too far and you can see it from the city. Smith rock is a popular place for rock climbing. There is an ever growing art community here - you've got to check out First Thursday in the Pearl District - the art gallerys open their doors and you can drink wine and gawk at paintings! Lots of wonderful restaurants and activities in this city. And the beautiful Oregon coast is only 1.5 hour drive away!

    Some hospitals are:

    Providence Health Systems
    Legacy Health Systems
    Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

    Good luck!

    You'll love Oregon!

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    Oh boy, where to begin?

    Our clinical assignment was fun and very educational today. The assisted living facility is pretty big - 90 beds. We were getting a tour with our instructor and stopped to help a woman who was calling for help and seemed to have gotten herself half way out of bed. She had been admitted less than 24 hr prior and was having trouble breathing - on oxygen, and needed her depends changed due to loose stools. We jumped in with our instructor guiding us, washed her off, changed linens, gave her a new depends, etc. She felt really hot to me and was probably running a fever, her breathing was labored, she had really bad loose stools, her hair was matted and needed combing, she had a hard time articulating her needs, and she just seemed a little too sick to have been discharged from the hospital... After we finished I could see by the look on her face that her distress had lessened and she seemed more restful.

    Later on we were looking up our assigned patient charts at the nurses station when a nurse decided the woman who we'd helped actually needed to be readmitted because she was having worsening respiratory problems. A crew of Portland Firefighters (who were all very cute!) and EMTs came in shortly thereafter. At one point I looked up from the nurses station and down the hall and noticed the guys were coming in and out of her room with face masks on! I knew that wasn't a good sign so I asked my instructor about it and we found out they thought it looked like she had Norovirus! (There have been recent outbreaks at nursing facilities throughout the Portland area recently). So now we all might have been exposed - can you believe that?! I just couldn't believe that out of all the people in the facility the one patient we did peri-care (cleaning groin and rear area) on was one that might have Norovirus! I mean what are the chances of that? But we all wore gloves and used normal standard precautions afterwards - but normal precautions don't include face masks! Anyhow, they immediately transported her back to the hospital and we find out tomorrow if she indeed has Norovirus. What a way to start our first clinical! My instructor reassured us we are probably fine, she said she has been exposed to all kinds of things in her career and never caught anything more than a cold. We did everything we were supposed to do, wore gloves, washed up, etc so there is no point in worrying about it now.

    Going into this I was really afraid of how I would react to having to deal with the yucky stuff like poopy depends - but when I got into the situation I just felt so bad for her I wanted to hold her hand and help her. I felt the need to take action and make her feel better as soon as possible. I kept thinking "this could be me someday, how would I want to be treated"? I wouldn't want to be pitied, I would want to be cared for and respected, so that is how we acted. All the little elderly folks were so happy to see us for the most part, and they were rolling up and down the halls in their wheelchairs - so cute! Well, some were actually napping in their wheelchairs but you get the point! I really felt a sense of wanting to help and care for them, it wasn't freaky at all.

    So if I start puking in 72 hrs, it will be my initiation into nursing!

    Jenna

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    Quote from Woogy
    I believe there is a presence in my home. My dh and I have both had someone yell "HEY" in our ear as we were sleeping. He has felt someone holding him down and I have felt someone put pressure on my hip(all in bed and only when he or I was alone in bed). My mil has seen a figure standing behind her while she was doing dishes (window infront of the sink showing reflection) in our house. I came home one afternoon and my kids bedroom door was shut (it's never shut). I thought it was strange. I opened it and the room was like a fridge! I went in and layed some of their clothes on the bed and I heard the VCR turn on. I turned around to look (I was a little freaked at this point) and the VCR displayed it's startup greeting "HELLO". Um, the clothes can stay on the bed.
    I was home alone (dh was out for a run) and I smelt cologne like someone was standing there next to me (I was laying on the couch). I was so afraid to get up and look, but I did. Nothing. About 5 mins later, dh came home. He said he had the most miraculous run. It felt like his dad was there with him. hmmmmm. (his dad died about 12 years ago)
    Lisa
    Okay, your story totally freaked me out!

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    THanks Midget - I got into Linfield's BSN program now and LOVE IT!

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    I would chose the first as well. My thought process is: I already know what's bothering her since she is asking questions about the procedure - so I wouldn't say, "Tell me what's bothering you..." because I already know what her concern is. I would ask her to elaborate on her fears regarding surgery.

    I can see how this is a very tricky question though, it is hard to tell what to chose!

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    Quote from lostdruid
    Love is more than an emotion - it is action. Somebody holding you back from your destiny is not exhibiting 'loving' behavior. And whether the cause is jealousy, or WHATEVER, somebody that would hold you back invests more in that then they do in love to you. And that is telling.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    :yeahthat:

    Adri[/quote]

    I second that!

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    Quote from lizzybeth
    My husband, too is very insecure about my going back to school for nursing. He jokes around that he can't wait til I'm bringing home some good money, but then "jokes" around to his friends and family that I am going to run off with a dr.He gets very mean and controlling and gets jealous not only of me going to school, but also of the new person I have become since I've started. My new-found confidence has him baffled. I quit my job as an esthetician when I married him 7 years ago to stay home with our son. He started treating me badly, so I made a vow to get myself out of such a dependent position. So I went to school at night and finally got accepted into nusing last year. Over that period of time, I have become someone he doesn't really know--the real me, only a {better} real me. And quite frankly, I can tell he is scared S***less! I think he knows I won't and don't have to take his abuse anymore!

    By the way in my class, 3 girls are getting divorced and one has it all planned out to dump her husband after she graduates!!
    Are you serious!? 3 women are gonna get divorced - that is hilarious!! Well, not really I guess.

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    When I first started pre-reqs I was dating a very insecure guy who did not support me in the nursing school endeavor.
    I guess that's why I'm still single!

    J

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    Quote from bengle56
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]I am looking for some input from my sister and brother nurses working in the Providence System, both union and non-union facilities. I am currently nursiing at a non-union facility. I am troubled by the sinking morale of my co-workers. They feel they are constantly harrassed into working additional shifts, are frequently "short staffed" even by the staffing guidelines dictated by the hospital, increasing reliance on "traveling staff" d/t staff leaving for perceived better situations. I am witnessing staff that has been at the facility for more than 20 years looking elsewhere or retiring early because they can no longer tolerate the increasing work loads and pressure. There is a perceived decrease in quality of care d/t these issues and this contributes to decreasing morale.
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]I am beginning to hear conversation "around the water cooler" of possible unionization. I have never been a union nurse in all my many years.
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]I am hoping for some input from differing views. What do you see and advantages and disadvantages of being union and represented by the ONA?

    Thanks for your thoughts
    [FONT=Franklin Gothic Medium]( I will be leaving for vacation soon and hope when I return to find some input here. I will respond to anyone kind enough to help me assess what might come to be at my facility)
    Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent (both in Portland) are Magnet hospitals - I hear they are wonderful. http://www.nursingworld.org/ancc/mag...lities.html#OR
    They are the only Magnet facilities in Oregon. I think the VA is applying for magnet status but it hasn't been granted yet.

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    Thanks for your posts. I think the reason I choked was actually the fact that I new I was being watched by my peers and instructors - in real life I think I may be more calm and able to think of better wording - I guess it was my initiation into nursing!

    J

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    Hi, we had our first simulation lab today. It was to test our therapeutic responses to different clinical situations. We have a lab with a dummy that is controlled by someone behind a mirror that speaks as the patient. Anyhow, my "patient" was in a bed and I was supposed to be a home health nurse going to his house to check up on him post surgery. I came in, introduced myself and asked about meds, pain etc. Then out of no where the "patient" said "Did the doctor tell you I'm going to die?" And I totally panicked! I didn't know how to respond. I just said "umm no I don't think so", and there was a big LONG silence and I asked if he had any relatives or support to come visit, etc. When we debriefed it was clear I was should have asked, "Did the doctor tell you you're going to die?" and go from there. But I feel so stupid that I completely froze. Part of it is because the rest of my clinical group are behind one-way glass watching all of this on camera! It is a little scary to be new and have people listening to your every word! Anyhow, I'm really beating myself up for not responding "therapeutically."

    Advice?

    Thanks, J

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    Navy blue scrubs with school patch on left sleave, white shoes. Not to bad!


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