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ruby_jane BSN, RN

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"Living life on far too little sleep" - Jason Boland.


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    Something Good

    Bunny, my Grinchy heart grew three sizes reading this. Have a great summer!
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    just a Thursday vent

    HAHHAHHAH!!! Body part. I avoid the bathroom issue by looking at the teacher/administrator and saying "You know someone just threw up in there, right?" (therapeutic silence x 20 seconds while it sinks in).
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    You cannot practice as a nurse in a state where you don't have a license (or that compact agreement). So their argument is invalid. Are they willing to pay to license you in that state? Get on the state's BON and find out what needs to happen. It's also possible that there's some coverage for transitory times - I've read about this but never experienced it: school nurses on field trips may be covered for a limited time in another stated. The Board will have more info.
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    Unsafe Environment for Graduate Nurse?

    While waiting for some ER nurses to weigh in- We never drill for this. So now's your chance to practice what you would do in your own head. Decline the assignment initially, seek advice from the manager (and given the situation you've described, there may not be much help forthcoming.) You're in a different situation. You have some familiarity with how processes and equipment work. That may give you a boost even though you're not currently an RN. It may also have been thusly: These seven may have been walking well and the preceptor may have felt that the nurse had skill enough to monitor seven uncomplicated and brains enough to realize if someone began to CTD. Or that nurse may have decided already that the grad nurse isn't fit for the ER and tried to make (a very unsafe) point.
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    Last Day!

    WOOHOOO!!! You're all "KMAG YOYO." Have a great summer.
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    Wise One Liners

    Not my circus, not my monkeys. Said nearly every day. A corollary for those of us in Texas (or farm country everywhere): Not my barn, not my cows.
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    Feeling like I'm not making a difference

    My cynical heart grew three sizes right now, Korky.
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    New Graduate, Only one interview, Should I Be Picky

    Unless you see something on the unit that makes you believe that it's an unsafe place, yes. Go with what is offered, get trained up, and be the best nurse that you can be.
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    Transgender man has stillbirth

    So regardless of appearance.... What organs does the person have? Usually testosterone suppresses the estrogen in a female-to-male transgender person (which is how this likely got missed). If there's a uterus, there can be a pregnancy. It would be better for our patients if we focused on that and not the who/how/what and why.
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    What are the "extras" that you do?

    Congratulations UrbanHealth!!! I want you to sit until that feeling passes. Kidding (sort of). I relish my bulletin board collaboration with the art teacher. I email her concepts and the kids illustrate things like hand washing, covering their coughs, and sun safety. Office of Women's Health has a list of the health-related weeks and months if you choose. I used to do that. I caution you on the blood drive....lots of people feel sick afterward (and yes, you get to recover them). Weigh the benefit with the amount of dizzy/nauseous/needs hydration in your clinic. And best of luck. Let me know what you end up doing. Maybe you'll motivate me.
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    I love that you value this. Thank you for the blast of cheerful fresh air!
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    Primum non nocere

    I think that like anything, we'd all be able to provide more competent care if we had more time. We do not. Education empowering people to ask for pain medication when their pain is, say, a five as opposed to when it's a 10 is also critical but how often does that get done? One day we may have some kind of spit test to tell us which pain relievers are efficacious for our genetic profile and which aren't...but until then, I guess we keep doing our best.
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    Joint Commission Citing & Employee Files

    OK so...in a non-acute care setting none of the diabetics I've ever seen wipe that first drop. What were you trained to do? I assume if you were trained to do it the way you did it, everyone gets retrained.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    I learned a thing and I'm stealing and using it.
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    Is it like this everywhere now?

    BEAUTIFUL. We won't do more with less. We'll only do less with less. Unfortunately the supervisor is responding to a complaint from a family member. No amount of logic is going to help here.