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    A1C 14.8 - lived, drank gin and juice like it was going out of style
    Trop >200 - lived but became a frequent flyer to the CHF inpt unit
    INR 14 - lived, fell chest first against a bathtub, got a hematoma the size of half a basketball over the left anterior chest, was fun watching the tech try and do an echo around that thing.

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    Quote from WeepingAngel
    I hate to stereotype floor vs. ED or wherever but I've gotten a couple of patients with poop up to their shoulderblades or with briefs disintegrating from so much urine. They didn't get like that in the elevator on the way up.
    Ditto from my now former facility. I could count on one hand the number of times in 3 years a pt had been toileted or cleaned up while in the ER. Most of them had to use the bathroom immediately on arrival to the floor or were so wet/dirty they needed a linen change and full bath. The running joke was that our ER never looked below the waist...

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    joyouter and DizzyLizzyNurse like this.

    A unit I have worked on has a manager who micromanaged her staff and didn't seem to allow others besides herself to opportunity to make decisions. It was a very unhappy place, lots of turnover, and much of the nursing that happened was defensive. Lord help you if you ask a question during shift report...

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    Thank you all for the responses. Sadly it is a moot point, I discovered my pt died over the weekend. RIP, you will be missed by many.

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    specifically inpt hospice. Long story short I got kind of attached to a pt over the course of several admissions in the past 9 months. Said pt was d/c'ed recently to inpt hospice, still a&o. I'd like to visit, but am wondering if there is anything I should be aware of legally, ethically, etc. before doing so.


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    In Hamilton County it's I used WIA money to pay for prereqs for nursing school and STNA training.

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    nursel56 likes this.

    Not to sound like I'm depending the sweeping generalization from the person on the parenting forum but there are a lot of nurses who are either not knowledgeable or misinformed about breastfeeding. I've been on the receiving end of bucket loads of "information" from nurses that was based on nothing but personal opinion and myths.

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    I am the primary/sole wage earner in my family. My husband has been unemployed for 2 years. Even when I was working part time as a PCA I carried the health insurance for my family of 5. Talk about some tiny paychecks...

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    blogera likes this.

    I have the opposite problem. I'm 41, and look like it. I'm a new grad and everyone who doesn't know me assumes I've been a nurse for years because of my appearances.

    A little self-confidence will go a long way as will dressing, speaking and acting professionally. And you have a long career ahead of you, don't sweat too much about your current youthful looks.

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    I love my job. New grad, off orientation about a month now, busy tele step down unit. I've been in the workforce 25 years even tho I am a new nurse. No workplace is without politics and drama and management problems, why would nursing be any different? I love my patients and have all the things I need to take excellent care of them. Yep, I'm a pretty happy camper.

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    happy2learn likes this.

    I graduated in a class of 29 last month. Only 10 of us have jobs so far, myself included thank goodness. There is definitely not a nursing shortage here in SW Ohio!

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    No, CNL and CNS are 2 different roles:

    (from the AACN website)
    Q: How is a Clinical Nurse Leader different from a Clinical Nurse Specialist or other advanced practice nurse?

    The CNL is not prepared as an advanced practice nurse (APN) as the APN is currently defined. The CNL is an advanced generalist in contrast with the specialized focus of the practice by clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse practitioners. Advanced practice nurses are prepared with specialist education in a defined area of practice. The CNL and APN roles complement one another. For example, the CNL may call on the CNS to provide consultation when a specialist area of concern arises (i.e. when a patient does not respond to nursing care or therapeutics as expected). AACN, in consultation with a leading group of CNSs, has developed a document, The CNL-CNS Roles: Similarities, Differences and Complementarities.

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    Large unit (40 beds maybe?), mostly medical patients.

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    I remember names of a good number of my pts from when I was a PCA.

    Funny story - my son had a procedure at a small hospital several months before I started nursing school. The CRNA was very nice, he let me go back to the OR to be with my son to be with him while they put him out. All went well. Then I started nursing school, figured out that the CRNA is married to one of my professors. Fast forward almost 2 years. Son has another procedure at the same facility. Yep, got the same CRNA who actually remembered US before I had a chance to tell him that his wife is one of my profs!

    And I do not live in a small town, but I guess I do live in a small world.

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    TylerCulbreth likes this.

    IIRC it's just like the basic calculator on a desktop computer. Add, subtract, multiply, divide decimals. No fraction.capability that I can remember but you can always convert them to decimals.

    Good luck!