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  1. Really? That's actually pretty pathetic. If you read the post you wouldn't need to be told I was talking about CRNA. Like I literally described the role. How juvinille.
  2. Actually it should have been CRNA school. I could not edit the post in time. Sorry lol
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    CHOOSING specialties, where to begin?

    Topic has been here for days and viewed. No one had anything to say on the subject? Too broad of a question?
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    Those Overly Exaggerating Nursing Stories

    I find time to pee because I have time management skills. And I don't get emotionally involved with my job. A baby being born is a nice thing, but it isn't my baby, so it's not special to me. Seeing a beating heart is a cool experience, but I don't spend a lot of time admiring it because I have a job to do to keep it beating. Etc.
  5. You learn ethics etc. Technically, your ticket into nursing is Nclex stamp of approval. I truly believe BSN does not make you that much better of a nurse, but it does make you more rounded professional/leader. Most hospitals don't care about BSN as much as you would think. They may request you earn the bachelors within a couple years
  6. Actually I just noticed this. I worked on CCU and everyone there had plans of going somewhere else. It is fine and all, but I remember one new grad that was terrible with foleys at first and always needed (me, the tech) to help or take over. Within months she is being accepted to CNA school. I had no clue they could get in that quickly... But she did, and suddenly she was the holy queen God, correcting everyone as if she was so exceptional and talented... You can manage to handle putting a tube in a bladder how you gonna manage putting one in lungs?
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    Unable to Advance my RN Position

    I think the boundary made with the boss is definitely important. If OP can discuss something that she can hold her boss accountable to and have it in writing, she will have more leverage. And, if she must leave the job then she can tell the next employer this information which will make her look more professional. If something is explicitly discussed and agreed upon (especially in writing) and the past employer fails to come thru, it's usually very understandable to a hiring entity.
  8. Honestly I think this is the future of healthcare., even medicine. Nursing is an evolving career. I believe it will intertwine more with medicine in the future and the two will become two sides of the same coin rather than the nurse being considerate lower in hierarchy. I want to be a bedside nurse for a while and then decide if APRN is right for me. I chose nursing over going to med school cause it makes more sense to me to not jump in as a clinician until I get experience in being in a role where I can apply my knowledge and understand the disease processess by experience. Then decide if I will love a more advanced role. I want to do that now and don't want to spend years of my life studying first only to decide medicine is not for me. It's strange however that this is the exact reason I am going into nursing and one of its strengths, yet some choose to skip experience which I believe is doable but really unwise. How much more confident will you be if you can first gain good "gut instincts" and thus can quickly rule out alternatives? I also truly believe people still tend to be ashamed of nursing. It's an attitude that it isn't a valid career. Just a stepping stone to something "respectable". Oh your an Np? I guess you are smart then, because nurses aren't smart. The fact that anyone would choose to be a nurse rather than a doctor if they could really baffles society. And that leads people to feel like they can't just be a nurse. They have to go do APRN and quick if they are truly "smart" . Or that if they are in nursing school, they just couldn't cut it pre med classes. Sorry, not true. I did fine in my chems, physics, and calc thank you. I did them and deserve to feel good about it. And I deserve to feel good about nursing too.
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    Assessments Study Tools

    Which class are you in? That's gonna depend on what you need a guide for. Ex 103 focuses on "normals" at my school.
  10. Let me tell you about Foleys. Learned them in training and got checked off at my new tech job years ago. That day I was thinking of that I should follow some nurses around when I start and watch them every chance I get, then do one. Felt completely unprepared and had similar doubts. How am I going to do this? Fast forward to the next week and my second day off orientation (only a few days on the job). Was floated to a very understaffed PICU as the only tech. It wasn't bad for me, the nurses just had a lot to do and I did basic care to help. That changed pretty quickly halfway through the shift when we flew in an unresponsive status eppilepticus 5yo female with Downs into our last empty bed. There were only a couple nurses available to accept and take care of airway and all the monitors and drugs. Kid didn't have a Foley, and wouldn't you know a nurse instinctively delegated that task to me I said " wait wait I haven't even actually done one of these on an adult... I am just off orientation!" She said "You can do this, I will help you and take over if you freeze, it's fine" . So I got my peds kit and listened to her instructions very carefully. Wouldn't you know I got it on the first try! And pretty smoothly, as if I did them regularly ...on a female peds pt! I don't know how I did it, I do know that having such an encouraging nurse guide me made the difference. Confidence and focus is what you need. And some encouragement. Watch one do one teach one :)
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    Bullying by Nurses and CNa

    I am proud of you OP. You were right to stand your ground against the bullies or awful people replying to the post. It's not our place to always judge someone's credibility. That's why I said "based on what you said". You needed the benefit of the doubt here, and people where jumping to their own conclusions and being completely unsupportive. It's just sad that being supportive of each other when we do the right thing is difficult in this profession. That hasn't been my experience in other professions and has me worried. Especially since what we do is so important and we're supposed to know better. I do hope you will work on being appropriately assertive, and learn some social engineering. It isn't wrong to not have these skills, but they will help tremendously.
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    Bullying by Nurses and CNa

    I absolutely respect your actions. I would rather work with someone who is a good example of a professional like you than all those poor excuses who harassed you.
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    Bullying by Nurses and CNa

    The cargivers were bullying and needed corrective action. The behaviors of the cargiver crossed the line when they neglected their duties and impacted patient care. They did this willfully and with complete disregard to the patient's wellbeing. Based on the story as stated by OP, she did not commit any acts of workplace aggression against the staff. In fact, I would not even say she disrespected them. Contrary interpretation is completely baseless. Professionals are to respect others personality traits. Being social in the way YOU prefer is not mandatory of any team member. You are to do your job, and maintain respect objectively. "Not saying hi" is not being disrespectful. Nor is not making small talk. That is such a stretch. How do you reconcile this with cultural competence? In fact, to JUDGE someone because they do not communicate with you the way you like is disrespectful. Not the other way around. Disrespectful act they also committed include the acts of gossip and sarcastic remarks. You are required to show up and do your job, and be respectful. You are not required to engage in small talk, gossip, banter be any ones friend for that matter. You are to be a colleague. If someone were to "require" all this of me... Sorry. It is not something I do, and you have to accept that, just as I accept your extroversion. Just because you have decided to be upset doesn't automatically mean I have committed an offense against you. Work place tension is not enjoying someone but not committing offenses. When it became gossip, sarcasm, and isolating- it was then bullying. But when it involved patient care, it crossed a line that no nurse should excuse. It absolutely needed corrective action.
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    Unable to Advance my RN Position

    Don't you see you are getting played? They weren't "forced" to leave you in this position. They chose to. And now they are making every excuse so you accept their choice easier. How did the other employees get into this position? They must have had benefits to begin with, because that is the reason you are given for not being a candidate. Which at least makes sense. If you will happily continue on receiving no benefits, that's less money they have to lose. Did your boss guarantee you in writing the next benefit position? When will that be? And how can she say you don't qualify because of your status and offer you a future position? Why do you suddenly qualify then, at this ambiguous time in the future, and not now? You need to pursue this further. You do not need to be lead on by this buisness who is enjoying the fact they don't have to pay you benefits and get excellent work and loyalty from you.