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    Difficulty with coworker

    That is a great point. You’d think I’d know it already because I have a little kid, and “Can you empty the dishwasher” is definitely less effective than “Please empty the dishwasher now.” I’ll file that tip away, thank you.
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    Sent STUPID email "joke": what now?

    I’m not saying it would be a wise idea— I’m just saying I’m bored and curious!
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    Sent STUPID email "joke": what now?

    Yes I just scrolled all the way down here because I want to know what the joke was!
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    Difficulty with coworker

    I am a new nurse and I could use some advice. I work in an outpatient clinic where we also have Medical Assistants. Part of their job is to submit pre-authorizations for prescriptions. This is not part of the nursing job description; we do not even have access to the online PA system. I went to an MA today and said “Hi, can you please do these PAs for me?” She said— and this is a quote— “I’m sorry, I’m just super busy. It is finals week and I am studying for my Psychology final so I can’t.” She had her textbook open on the desk and everything. Okay so obviously, they’re not paying her to study for class, she shouldn’t be doing that. She needs to do her job. The question is, how do I handle it? I was so taken aback that I just said Okay. I’m new and don’t want to get a reputation as a troublemaker. I know that probably I should have a private conversation with her about it— except that I am not her supervisor. It’s not like I’m working in a SNF and she is a CNA, where I would have the right to correct her. She is known as a reasonably helpful employee, I don’t think she has a reputation for laziness etc.
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    Gender Separation and Nursing for American Muslim Man

    Just putting this out there: I work in community health and I never have to do “intimate tasks.” Occasionally I (a female) get called to chaperone a male MD doing a vaginal exam, but that’s it. There’s also psych; pediatrics (I don’t know about Islam but there are some religions where this concern wouldn’t apply to kids, just adults); there are ENT offices and orthopedic offices and podiatry offices and pain management offices. Basically there are a TON of nursing jobs where this won’t be an issue. Just get through school by requesting to switch with female students as needed, and then work in a field where it won’t matter.
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    I worked in a Turkish owned school with many Turkish and Saudi Muslims. The children decided for themselves when to start fasting. For most of them, they “really” started around 4th grade. Earlier than that, they might skip snack, or skip lunches when they were home with their families— basically when they wanted to be “grown-up” but their families didn’t think they were ready to have a true fast. My school (private school, overseas) had so many that fasted that they organized quiet indoor activities for recess during Ramadan (it was mid-summer during the years I was there). I’m sure families differ, but in my school: if a child came in and they were dizzy and tachy and you thought they were dehydrated— none of them would request that you’d withhold water or even food! That wouldn’t have been considered breaking the fast, since it would be medically needed.
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    What's your favorite nursing task?

    Yeesss ear lavage! I’ve just started doing them. The process is so gross and I always sort of want to gag, but then a huge plug of wax pops out and the patient has a religious experience. Sooo satisfying.
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    What's your favorite nursing task?

    I like drawing a med out of a vial. In my job, this is usually for giving TB tests (the PPD comes in a multi-dose vial). It makes me feel like a scientist on TV to stick the syringe in the vial and turn it upside down.
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    Does anyone here actually like nursing?

    I had a conversation with my husband the other day. Some of the students I graduated with (last year) are having a hard time in their new-grad programs, and we’ve been texting about it. There are a lot of comments like “I thought I would love it, but I’m not so sure” and “I hope once I get used to it, I find my stride.” My husband was sort of baffled. He is a lawyer and he said, “I mean, I don’t sit around wondering whether I truly love the law or not. I just want to do a good job and get paid and not get fired!” Which I think is a helpful perspective too. As has often been discussed on AN— your job doesn’t have to be a calling. A job is a job, really. It’s a bonus if you love it, but it’s fine if you just find it tolerable.
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    Does anyone here actually like nursing?

    Okay, I’m like four months out of school, so I realize I’m not the best person to weigh in lol! But I love it so far. They pay well (I used to be an elementary school teacher and I now make more than 2x what I made then) and my job isn’t overly stressful— I work in outpatient, not in a hospital. I like most of my coworkers.
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    Teachers Discriminating against students

    Your situation is a bummer. It sounds like you worked hard and had a tough time of it. On the question of oversleeping and missing your project: I have the personality of a Hermione— never late with assignments, always sitting in the front row with my hand up, super annoying. It drives me BATSH*T BANANAS when students miss projects, or show up late to clinical, etc etc and then are just passed on through anyway. I say that knowing that I’m a human, and I could easily make a similar mistake someday. And if I do, honestly, I think it’s fair for me to fail the class. Even if I got a flat tire, or the flu, or my babysitter didn’t show up. Because it is so disrespectful to the kids who were there on time (some of whom probably had similarly difficult situations) if you can just miss a major end-of-year project and get waved on through to the finish line. None of that actually answers your questions. But I just had to get it off my chest. I’m not saying you won’t be a good nurse; I’m not saying you’re a bad person; I’m not saying you should give up on your dream. You’ll be a great nurse, I’m sure. But that will be after you finish a program by fulfilling the requirements, NOT once a lenient professor just says “Oh ok fine, just let him graduate” after you’ve messed up.
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    Difficult Doctors:  Tips for Students and New Nurses

    Always approach slowly, never turn your back, and carry a food item that can be thrown as a distraction if the situation gets tense.
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    Latest on RaDonda Vaught case

    When I read this, I went “Hey! Ouch!” until I realized that you are unfortunately right. We have to buddy-system administering insulin because there are a lot of sloppy nurses. The doctors don’t get a buddy to sign their insulin prescription— we just have faith that they are checking carefully.
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    Options other than the bedside

    I am a new grad working in Community Health and I love it! Honestly I don’t place my hands on patients very often— only when I give injections and the occasional ear flush. Mostly what I do is education and listening. There’s a fair bit of “investigating”, such as when a diabetic patient says “I haven’t been feeling as good as usual but I’m fine” and I have to find creative ways to uncover what exactly that means. The primary thing you need is absolutely excellent communication skills. I also spend ages on the phone, because we don’t have a social work department so every “Granny needs a wheelchair and Medicaid denied it” phone call falls to the nurses to solve. For my particular job, I am getting paid slightly more than some of the hospital new grad programs.
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    Latest on RaDonda Vaught case

    This case is so upsetting. It sounds like she truly made several unimaginable errors. However, one thing that has been harped on in the news (because it is harped on in the report) is that she “ignored pop-up warnings” when she pulled the med. That assertion is clearly made by someone who is not a nurse. All of us have pop-up warning fatigue. I work outpatient and never even deal with dangerous drugs. And yet every time I log into a computer: “WARNING latex allergy” “WARNING you entered the wrong CPT code” WARNING med interaction WARNING the appointment you scheduled is at a time when the client is already scheduled WARNING WARNING WARNING. Everyone mindlessly clicks OK every time because otherwise you’d spend your entire day reading “bold-faced warning messages” (as the text of the article describes the event in question).