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    nursing superstitutions.....any truth in???

    Definately more issues at work during full moon
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    Do you regret being a nurse

    Yes - i have regrets. But I am in my 40s, and I have no real drive to change directions.
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    100% dosage calculations?

    Here in Australia, 100% but we did have several goes at it
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    Bad Credit...I,m so embarrassed!!

    I have never heard of an RN having a credit check prior to employment - that is a complete breach of a persons privacy IMO. Maybe its common in your country but it is not done here in Australia. Good luck "fixing" your credit rating, I was able to fix mine up. After an expensive divorce and serious health problems ( no work for 6 months ) I ended up with a bad credit rating, that was 4 years ago. I slowly paid off all the debt and began saving, and just today I was approved for a car loan ! I feel such a lot of relief and I am sure with time and determination you can fix up your credit. Its definately fixable. Good luck
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    Hypochondriac Nurses

    I am constantly self diagnosing myself ( incorrectly). I am definately a hypochondriac. I thought I had colon cancer, breast cancer and gall stones just to name a few. Im trying to relax these days. I am all for regular screening though. Today I had skin cancer screening, I do that every 12 months. Came back clear. I think my main problem is that because my job is stressful and hours are crappy, i get overtired and run down, and then I begin to imagine I must be sick.
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    Most RN's first borns?

    middle child of 5. 2nd daughter, father alcoholic (RIP)
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    UK: 'Nice' nurses to get free chocolate biscuits

    hmm too posh to wash !
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    Australian Healthcare System, how is it?

    my son had a mishap and was admitted to hospital last sunday and consequently needed (and had) surgery on one of his toes) on sunday night. Although we have private health insurance, it was recommended we use medicare. This is because although almost everything is covered if using private insurance, there is often still a gap, which can end up being approx $500. So Medicare it was and he was admitted as a public patient. Fantastic care given, discharged today with no out of pocket expensies. He was given a course of antibiotics and 2 boxes of panadeine forte for pain relief. No cost for abs or pain meds either. We did go up to physio dept and hired a set of crutches, $25 refundable . All in all I am very happy with Australias health care system. I am sure though, that if elective surgery is required, things are somewhat different.
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    Selfish family?Student Mothers please read!

    she has 3 year old twins and she wants to go to a 3rd world country ?
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    seizure packs

    We used to use valium supp for prolonged seizures, but these days we use midazolam (buccal). Very effective.
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    day shift nurses vs. night shift nurses

    I work afternoons, 2 til 10.30pm. It works well for me, i have time in the mornings to tidy, cook, shop if i want, or meet a friend for an early lunch or coffee.. then go off to work. Only thing i have to watch is not overdoing it before i get to work - because i end up getting way too tired I dont like starting at 7am, i am cruddy in the mornings and clumsy. Takes my body at least 2 hours to wake up completely. Here in Aus, most nurses are still working 8 hour shifts. I dont actually know of any nurses that do 12 hour shifts. I wish we had that option. Any aussie RNs out there, if you know of any places that are doing 10 or 12 hour shifts, I sure would love to know.
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    nurse & dr affair, what should I do?

    Just remember - the messenger always gets shot.
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    How often do you take a break?

    quote=RNKittyKat]When my blood sugar drops to the 30's or my bladder just can't stand one more minute. According to the rules, even water bottles aren't allowed on the unit. So we dehydrate, blood sugar drops and kidney stones form. Kind of sad. Arggggggg.. not even water bottles allowed on unit ? we have water bottles, snacks. cake , fruit. Tea and coffee is also allowed so long as its past 7pm ( pediatric unit - this rule assumes all children in bed ). Most shifts I sit with coffee while i do my documentation. Seems alot of rules where you work.
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    How often do you take a break?

    I work 8 1/2 hour shifts and i get two breaks, one 20 minute early in shift and one 30 minute meal break.
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    Need help! not coping

    Hi Meegs Some days when things are hard its not easy to remember our dreams. I know for fact how difficult and competitive just GETTING into the EN course is. You got in and you will get through. My best friend just finished the same course and she found it very stressful Keep your head up, try to catch up on all that you missed and take a deep breath. Make sure you get enough rest, get out in the sun when when you can. Make friends with your classmates, they can be a good support when needed. Good luck to you .