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    Being Gay and a Male Nursing Student

    A lot of people on here are posting homophobic suggestions suggesting that you act less gay. Be yourself. You will experience homophobia in the workplace and some people will expect you to be a stereotype or 'gay best friend'. I'm queer I find yes people will judge you on your performance ultimately but you may be left feeling that you have to prove yourself in the workplace in the ways that others might not be as pressured to do so. Personally I keep to myself at work that's just my style unless I really vibe with someone. I found that more female patients didn't want my assistance more as a CNA because the care involved more personal contact. Most of your patients will be fine but may request a female nurse to straight cath or something like that. Most people don't have many gay friends and their expectations of you are based off of what they see in the media. Personally I find it annoying when people are baffled that no I don't want kids, no I don't want to get married, and no I don't want to kiki about your bf drama or guys you find attractive. I'll open up if people ask otherwise I keep to myself. Its up to you tho, shatter stereotypes and change the way the world feels about homosexuals by being yourself.
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    Are We Too PC?

    I think you should take a deep look at yourself if you are doubting marginalized groups abilities to articulate their experience accurately.
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    Dysautonomia... POTS and IST

    Metoprolol is what my cardiologist recommended but I am switching to propranolol because I have read POTS patients have better success with it. I am also tall. biski19 I understand it can be very defeating to have to deal with this and to be seemingly healthy it is easy to be written off by providers as not a serious issue since it is not life threatening. The disability that comes with POTS is said to be comparable to living with CHF or COPD. I recently suggested to my primary to have my aldosterone levels tested along with serum and urine electrolytes. My aldosterone levels were undetectable and my random serum sodium was very high at like 230 mmol/L which was written off as time of day and possibly diet but i'm gonna follow up with an endocrinologist. I was wondering if it could be an issue with regulating water and electrolytes. It sucks to be hopeful for something to be wrong but often dealing with a vague misunderstood diagnosis having answers can be relieving.
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    Pot or Not?

    For nurses using CBD a word of caution it will show up on a thorough drug screen. Your drug screen will show negative for thc and positive for cannabinoids.
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    In my experience living in and working with radical and left leaning communities is that often people who are bothered by the needs for safe spaces also tend to be white, straight, cisgender people who are entitled to safety in most situations and places the enter. Not everyone is wrongfully targeted and harassed by police for the color of their skin, at risk of being sexually assaulted or accused of "asking for" sexual harassment for the clothes they are wearing, at risk of being threatened or harassed for their sexual orientation, at risk for being murdered for not disclosing assigned gender at birth on a first date, accused of stealing for being a POC nurse in a white patients room looking for treatment supplies to name a few examples. Just because you experience the world one way doesn't mean that is everyone's truth. I don't think the problem is people are too soft or too sensitive, on the contrary I think marginalized and oppressed people have to be more strong and resilient out in the world navigating more obstacles and setbacks than many of our peers. So yah it's nice to have our own spaces where we can live and breathe without hyper vigilantly navigating the systemic oppression, threats of danger, micro aggressions, and threats to our bodies and psyche navigating a white man's world.
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    Dysautonomia... POTS and IST

    I am interested in hearing the experiences of other nurses who have a form of dysautonomia whether it be postural tachycardia syndrome or inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Also interested in hearing about experiences with patients or people in your life who struggle with this disability. I am a 26 y/o male and a floor nurse in a LTC/Rehab facility. On any given day at work i'd say my average HR is 115-130 and BP sometimes on the lower end of normal 110/60. I take metoprolol ER and avoid caffeine at work but sometimes I am unable to tolerate work and fear I will pass out a work. The other day a resident vagaled out on the toilet, it was a heavier resident and two of us assisted them back to bed and elevated their legs. Afterwards my HR was rapid, I was SOB, feeling disoriented, everything was starting to go gray so I left the room immediately and sat down at the nurses station. I am concerned about how this might affect my practice, luckily I was not responsible for this resident and by the time I left another nurse was present. I am on my feet most of the shift and have good and bad days. I am doing everything I can to do my job and am always successful in completing med pass, treatments, charting etc. This is my first nursing job and I just feel like it is a matter of time before it starts to impact my job performance if I have a bad day or am forced to over exert myself. Do you disclose to employer incase anything does happen? I also have an anxiety disorder so I am reluctant to come out about my disability because it took so long to be believed or to get a diagnoses because of my hx of anxiety. If you suffer with this or know of someone who does i'm very interested in hearing your experience, what works for you, and feedback.
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    Best shoes for 12 hours

    Ok I figured but wasn't sure if it also had to do with blood pooling from being on your feet all day which is why I was curious.
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    Best shoes for 12 hours

    Wait why are y'all wearing compression stockings at work?
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    Highly Sensitive People in Nursing: Stress & Burnout - Research

    Really I feel like highly sensitive people tend to gravitate towards nursing. I am more worried about nurses who emotionally clock out with patients. People with disabilities are often in very powerless positions such as needing assistance with very basic needs. I have witnessed uncaring nurses treat these patients like a burden or as if the patients needs exist to make your life more difficult or the patient is requesting something just to give you a hard time. This isn't fair. On the contrary I think sensitive nurses are able to step into other people's shoes and have insight and perspective into what the experience of hospitalization can do to someone. I think the problem is with the burden of unrealistic workloads and expectations of nurses, not the sensitive nurse. To say highly sensitve people don't belong in nursing eems kind of victim blaming to me. Like the fault lies on the nurse and not the workplace circumstances they are forced to work in.
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    Advice for working floor with "attacks" (anxiety?)

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I also struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. I take a beta blocker before work because my HR is through the roof whether or not I am having anxiety, I also have dysautonomia/ POTS. I am also a new grad and honestly I am so busy at work that I am distracted from the sensations in my body that might cause me to panic. Staying busy helps at least for me, anything that can help distract yourself. I also work night shift so there is less people around and the floor is pretty calm which helps a ton. Low levels of anxiety can be a good motivator but high levels of anxiety can cloud your judgement. Being a new grad is anxiety inducing enough even for someone without an anxiety disorder. It took me awhile, several ER visits, cardiologists and second opinions to trust that what is happening in my body is a normal response to stress. I may feel dizzy and shaky and those are all normal reactions to anxiety and will not cause me harm. Good luck on your journey!
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    new grad drowning.. seeking advice

    Hey y'all, i'm an LPN, new grad, new hire, first job in a LTC facility. The facility is nice compared to stories i've heard of other places I could have ended up and had job offers at. I got a lengthy month long orientation with the option to take more time if I needed which I took advantage of. I'm working nights and weekends. I have been here about 2 and a half months and a month I have been on my own basically floating on different halls. Basically I love this place, love the job, and really want things to work out but sometimes I feel that I might not be cut out for it. The other night I made a med error luckily it wasn't serious but still has me terrified. I was prepping medications for a resident I had not yet met when another resident also a male who I also had not met called me to assess his life vest. When I left the room I continued to prep the other patients medication assuming it was for the patient I had just assessed. I gave the wrong meds to the wrong patient. It was my first med error and the incident has left me horrified. I am lucky he experienced no adverse reactions, the doctor, family, and management were notified and luckily were all kind and forgiving of the situation. I have anxiety and I get overwhelmed and I think it clouded my judgement. I'm hoping it will be an incident that scared me enough to avoid ever happening again. Other than that I am basically drowning every night. We have a decent nurse to patient ratio, I am responsible for meds and treatments for about 15-20 patients and at 10pm I am responsible for meds only for another 15-18. It seems every night I am drowning. Meds are almost always late, I am always having to wake patients to complete treatments at all hours of the night. I try to be thorough and I never take shortcuts or chart something I didn't do. I have a feeling a lot of other nurses check the box that small routine treatments are done when they are not but I won't. It seems I am running for the first 8 hours of my shift and don't catch a break to chart assessments and event until my shift is close to ending. I am writing to ask for advice from more experienced nurses. Did completing med pass and treatments on time come with experience? Any tips for avoiding med errors? When to notify doctor and family? How to avoid getting fired or written up? I am mostly quiet kind of shy and anxious, I also look really young for my age so patients sometime assume i'm incompetent or inexperienced. Which I am but we all have to start somewhere. Everyone tells me I am doing a good job but I feel overwhelmed. I don't know a lot of the meds I am giving, indications, interactions etc.. I'm not sure when to notify family and doctors of a patients condition. How do I know of a change in condition if I am unfamiliar with the patient. I am lucky we have seasoned nurses on night shift who are always willing to help and answer questions. This feels like a dream job and I want to keep it. Just looking for advice. Thanks for the work you guys are doing. Y'all are saints. Allnurses has there for me during school and reading others experiences has given me a lot of perspective and helped me on my journey. I figure i'd put myself out there and contribute to the conversation.