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  1. MSADN

    Any new grads having a hard time finding a job??

    what unit? been there 3 years now in med-surg.
  2. MSADN

    Any other EMS professionals turned nurses having issues!

    Jarnaes, "Screw the calling" all you want, but it is exactly why I became a nurse. I gladly took a $30,000 per year pay cut for the "calling." We all come to our professions and passions in very different ways. I believe (warning: opinion, which of course is worth what I paid for it) that most who go into nursing only for money and job security might easily become disappointed with that decision. But by no means, does that translate into all who decide on nursing for those reasons. The "calling" is another way of legitimately entering this honored profession. To the OP, RN/EMT-P are used in my local ambulance services. Might be a better fit. Practitioner or PA programs may also be worth a look. If you're younger than I, medical school (MD or DO) might still be possible. Paramedics have a lot of autonomy in the feld. Many times you are the only person who could save a life. Ain't no MDs and very few RNs where you guys go. I'm a former REMT-B. Hospitals may be RN staffed, but they are MD-centric. We are considered a necessary evil that "costs" the hospitals money, while the MDs generate funds. Administrators do not usually get that without nursing to actually treat the patients, MDs could not bill all those hours requiring procedures, rooms and such which pays everybody's salaries.
  3. Nursing is my third (or is it fourth?) career. Unless I go back to medical school at 55 (not likely) it will be my last. Just bury me with my stethimascope, my red pen, and a couple of vials of MSO4.
  4. MSADN

    Worried about possible future job

    Where do you work? I don't want to go somewhere that does not provide some sort of corrective procedure before disciniplary action.
  5. MSADN

    Helen Mirren says many hookers came from nursing profession

    Yep. there are more serious issues out there, but the ignorance of the statement ... As for myself, I don't think I'll be found in a Nevada brothel anytime soon, on either side of the ledger. 1. As a prostitute, I would starve to death. 2. As a patron, my wife would beat me to death. Nah, think I'll pass.
  6. MSADN

    Helen Mirren says many hookers came from nursing profession

    Hmmm. What the hell does this say about me? Does Mirren think I am homosexual because I am a male in a female dominated profession, another oft-repeated misconception. On second thought, "dominated" may not have been the best word for this conversation.
  7. Just one of the girls again. the other didn't make sense.
  8. Ladies? Oh, well. Just of the girls again.
  9. MSADN

    failed random drug test

    Unfortunately, taking a scheduled medicine (pain med?) for which you have no script is a very serious situation and may very well be sent to the MBON. If it is, make sure you have legal representation to safeguard your rights in any hearing or investigation process. The only other advice I could give is if you don't have the script, then don't take the med. You are playing with fire otherwise. The incident could be very innocent, I assume that it is, but from the BON perspective they will not know or assume what I assume. Not trying to scare you, but an incident such as this "could" lead to licensure problems, including restrictions or even worse. You put "sweat, blood, and tears" to obtain that license. You have to protect it. Good luck and I hope it does not turn out as serious as I have opined.
  10. MSADN

    Why are Hinds CC Nursing Students Failing?

    I've worked with Hinds grads, grads from Holmes, MC, UMC, USM, Alcorn, Delta State, etc. It really does not matter what school you attend. What matters is the nurse you become. When people tell you that you learn more about being a nurse in your first month on the job, than you ever learned in two years of nursing school, listen to them. Simple truth. Simple reality. In school you soak up info to pass tests and hopefully graduate, pass NCLEX, and get that license. On the job, you learn how not to be dangerous, how not to harm your patients, and how to question orders that may harm your patient. You learn how to KEEP that license. Show me a nurse who thinks they are not dangerous, and I'll show you a dangerous nurse. Show me a nursing student and/or new graduate who thinks they have all the knowledge they need to be competent, and I'll show you a nurse who needs a lot more training it what it is like to BE a nurse. Remember that NCLEX tests for MINIMAL competence and safety. The above statements are true regardless of alma mater. When in school listen to and follow the instructions of your instructors. When really working the floor with 6 or more patients, listen to that old, grizzled nurse who has forgotten more about nursing than nursing schools could ever try to teach. They may not always go "by the book," but you may find that their patients don't get into trouble as often. Nope where you graduate does not really matter. When through with school, the real education begins. My opinion. YMMV.
  11. I picked neutral for my own reason, not those listed above. I think that if someone can be talked out of nursing by telling them the truth of what they will do, then they should be. If someone believes that becoming a nurse is a good way to make decent money, then I would point them elsewhere. If someone believes nursing is like being a doctor "sort of maybe", then I'd point them toward medical school. If someones understands that they will deal with body fluids from both ends of the spectrum; if that someone understands a nurse makes a decent living but this is hard work, emotionally and physically; if someone understands you are not dealing with disease, you are dealing with people; if someone understands that the patient in pain at the end of the hall will call for pain medicine as often as they can and IT IS YOUR JOB to assess and then help that person's pain; then I would tell that someone that this is the best job in the world for them. This is the best profession in the world and I want to work with nurses who care more about their patients than their paychecks. (Though a bigger paycheck would always help.) Just my opinion.