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    Athabasca University

    Hi! I am looking into doing the General Master's of Nursing degree at Athabasca University. My goal is to get into the research field. I am interested in it as it is an online school, and I move quite frequently across the country. I am just wondering if any one has any experience with this university and/or program? I emailed an advisor to ask about jobs that previous graduates have gotten, but was informed that "they don't keep those statistics." Kind of threw me off a bit, and now I am second guessing.
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    Oxygen therapy

    I work acute care (surgical)-if needed we just put the O2 on. If they are not maintaining their sats, then we page RT to come assess and the docs as well.
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    Gave medications too early is this an error?

    Yes. As people have already pointed out, incident reports exist to identify patient safety issues. Which this definitely is.
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    Switching to night shift sleep schedule

    The night before I start my twelve hour nights I will stay up until about 3 am and sleep until 11 am. Then I have a nap from about 2-4 pm. I use my black out blinds, white noise machine, and make sure my phone is on silent.
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    Can I please get a Parking Spot!

    On day shifts I take the bus ($2) so I don't pay the $16 rate. On night shifts I take the car (as it is also $2).
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    How to Support the Next Nursing Generation: The Z's

    Every generation has desirable and undesirable traits if we all wanted to nit pick. This article fosters bad attitudes towards newer nurses.
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    Not just a waitress

    Thank you for the replies and great advice everyone!
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    Not just a waitress

    Hi everyone! Quick rant (that has most likely been vented about before). Had a post-op patient on the floor the other day. She rang her call bell and asked for some water, to which I went and got some. I entered the room with a smile and handed her her water, and her husband said: "Ahhhh, here's your lovely waitress." I didn't acknowledge his comment, simply lifted the corners of my lips to try to hide the unamused shock that I am sure was on my face. He must have realized what he said, because he apologized about twenty seconds later saying "I am so sorry. I don't know why I just downplayed your profession, I am just nervous." I said "that's okay" and left the room...I feel bad because I understand the anxiety of family members after their loved one has had surgery. But after running around on my feet for ten hours, I just couldn't find the energy to even respond to him. I keep replaying this one minute experience in my head, and I can't tell if I feel guilty for not validating his apology more, or if I am annoyed with his perception of a nurse.
  9. I don't understand this comment. I have never fainted (yet), and I am doing just fine...some might even say I "get it."
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    Working in MedSurg with ONLY RNs...

    I work on a RN and LPN unit, no aides. I do my own chemstrips, vitals, bed baths, etc. It's just a part of my shift now, though.
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    Everything Sucks: Red Flags?

    It blows my mind that I have to get another nurse to witness my one whole unit of correction insulin. Such a waste of time. To OP, what a horrible attitude, I hope you are not like that with your patients.
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    What nursing specialties do you admire most?

    Hmmmm....paediatric oncology nurses.
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    What's Your Longest Lasting PIV?

    I should clarify, on my unit we definitely keep it as long as it lasts. BUT I know for a fact I have not seen a PIV last 40 days, and at that point, a PICC should definitely be considered.
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    What's Your Longest Lasting PIV?

    Never seen one last that long. Policy is something like they need to be changed every three days due to increased risk of infection. When they aren't in use, I don't think a lot of my co-workers flush them every shift, so they don't last. 40 days though? I don't feel comfortable with that length of time...
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    Double gloving: A good idea just got easier to implement

    I like to use gloves with warm water if someone has bad veins before I insert an IV. Always surprising how many gloves have a hole...
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    Patients & Pet Peeves

    Patient's who have a list of questions for me (about things I don't know) RIGHT after the entire surgical team has just finished rounding and was in their room. I just let them know I am not a doctor, and they need to ask these questions directly to them. Or, the ones who complain about their meals. "I ordered chicken and mashed potatoes with coffee, not this." I have about 100 other more concerning things to deal with. *So annoying*
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