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    What is a bad day?

    9years of bedside nursing and the last 5yrs I’ve been in the Emergency Dpt. I am sick of the increase in rude patients, increase in hostility towards nursing, increase in young patients who think they’re dying, increase particularly in ADMINISTRATION AND ANCILLARY STAFF BEING NEGATIVE TOWARDS NURSES. We deal with so much stinking negativity, the last thing I need is more complaints about what we’re doing. Im ready for a change, wondering what is a bad day in hospice nursing. Thanks.
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    He was dead on arrival, shot in the heart. That was my first real trauma ... pretty much worse thing ever. and I definitely want to learn from what was going on. I think we could have done the thoracotomy sooner and gotten more blood to him sooner. He was 17 so I'd like to come out thinking we did everything perfect and he still died. We didnt do it perfectly. Our hospital's location is closer to the violence that happens with guns and stabbings, the trauma hospital is farther and in the upscale neighborhood... seems backwards like we should have a trauma team also.
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    Also, can I ask how many units of blood are at your fingertips for a GSW? We put in a chest tube and out came 4L, so I know what our doc ordered was not right either.
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    Yea that is what I figured! I will surely remember that and tell everyone that was there. Thank you!!!!!!!
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    Feeling guilty ALL the time

    You did everything right, don't be hard on yourself when your patient crashes. You are not the provider either so don't try and run the show either its just a matter of watching out for your patient and do what you were trained. Sounds like you did exactly what you were trained to do.
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    We're not a trauma hospital but we got a GSW that was DOA basically. I asked if we can give blood products theough the IO but it was said no. We waited several minutes for the doc to get the femoral line. Should we have given blood through the IO?
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    AF recruiter rushing, only to wait right?

    sorry i haven't been on this website in a while, and got lost when i tried to reply. to make it short, yes we did have the same recruiter.!
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    AF recruiter rushing, only to wait right?

    On a second note, the recruiter gets commission/compensation from each applicant so yea, she's trying to hustle you.
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    AF recruiter rushing, only to wait right?

    LOL because this lady sounds all too familiar. I applied two years ago for AF through the Los Angeles recruitor, and was ultimately denied for the mild psoriasis at MEPS. But I was at a point working full time as a CNA, my last semester of nursing school, AND getting all of the application stuff together for AF. and it's the military so she could have cared less. oh she was pushy. keep going though. it was not fun at the time.
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    Sending in the final Air Force app.

    OK....can I ask about the biggest thing on my mind that I don't ask about: I have no husband, no boyfriend, and no children...but I know I want all of that. I am hoping someone will tell me that it is possible to be happy and have a family in the AF....(that sounds a little dramatic), but I would like some reassurance :-)
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    Sending in the final Air Force app.

    FO' real. this is what I needed to hear. I am too, new grad, no prior military experience, the 1st one in the family to be in the military. I'm sweating bullets working to pay rent, and finishing my last semester of nursing school, and turning in all the paperwork for the AF. I was coming up to this freakout mode, but then I figured, its time to take it like a man and start gearing my mind up for active duty. That's my stance from here on in, and if it's just not right for me than I will own it. For most of my life I have been an indecisive person, and I'm starting to realize the benefits of making a decision and sticking to it. AF will most likely be a ton of fun and a great experience, but it's the unknown that scares the **** out of me. On the other hand....I couldn't even keep my 3 year contract with Bally's Fitness lol. (that was when I was younger tho ;-)
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    Any AF January COT hopefuls out there?

    Hi everyone! I am a COT-January hopeful, and just finished with all the paperwork for my application. I found it pretty challenging to get all that paperwork done, because I still haven't graduated yet. I actually graduate in December and want to go to January COT. Sounds like there are a lot of 2nd career nursing or prior military, but I am neither. I wil be fresh out of nursing school and a little more than anxious! I think its because I am the first in my family to be in the military. I am grateful I read this thread. Good luck to everyone!
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    Applying to USAF

    Hi there. i graduate in December, just started the process as well. Recruiters can't guarantee anything. Thats all i know :-/ Keep a positive attitude and hope for the best despite any discouraging words you will hear.
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    Student nursing jobs

    I work for a company that tests infants for their hearing. It's great! I work with the nurses/parents and do paperwork for the babies' charts. Most hospitals with post partum have hearing screen programs.