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    Vent thread "universal" health care

    Gotta vent here. Three times this week a patient or family member who was looking for more and more benefits added to their (already insured and covered and provided for) health care needs told me "THIS IS WHY WE NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!" Ok, now, simmer down. Universal health care will do some good things. It will allow the working uninsured access to at least SOME medical care. "Universal" does not mean that you or your loved one will get EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE!!! So sorry, didn't mean to shout. Thanks for the safe place to vent.
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    Vent thread "universal" health care

    So now if this could please be on the Times Square Jumbotron. Thanks nicurn001
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    Red bulls, No-doz, Coffee and Caffeine pills!!

    Warm drink and protein snack between 2 and 4. I always felt a "low" and had a hard time thinking toward the end of the shift but this seemed to help. Sleeping in the daytime was never my strong suit. Best of luck.
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    anyone have an idea how to ....

    There's also the trump card "You know, I really made the decision based on my family's needs." They are sort of boxed in then, because they are not supposed to ask about family junk.
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    Nursing vs. Teaching?

    I am not sure why you say that it would definitely be a pay cut. Working 10 months a year, all holidays off, starting pay in my area is close to identical starting RN pay. Follow your passion. As was said above, you can teach nursing. If it is interaction with children or younger students that gets you going, have you considered peds home health or other peds patient education?
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    Pharmacology made easy????

    Caliotter3 makes an excellent point. If you lay the groundwork you in the science underlying the pharm you will find pharm much much easier.
  7. Read Dave Ramsey's books. Any of them. Get out of debt today. Travel nursing comes to mind, and frankly it might pay similarly well enough to pay off your loans pretty quickly, if you get some marketable experience first. Kudos to you for expecting to pay off your loans rather than looking to your dad. Good luck.
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    New grad doesn't want to work on the floor...

    Consider your first year in the field working as an extension (and completion) of nursing school. Then, no one can argue that you are not a "real"nurse. Take a year of med surg nursing on a floor, consider it a class that pays you, rather than vice versa. It is a means to an end.
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    And What Did YOU eat today?

    coffee, corn flakes and half a banana with milk (at home), an apple (the little bagged kind), a cheese stick and one very large fountain diet coke (in the car --- homehealth nurse). I plan a decent dinner, but dh is out of town, so maybe a handful of lime corn chips and a diet coke.
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    Eliminating the Charge Nurse on a Med-Surg unit

    1) The first dayshift nurse to arrive. Like it, or get there earlier. 2) By team agreement, seniority rules, call the house super if you are peeved or swamped or somebody's crashing. In low census, by definition, there is less work. No, I did not like it. No, I no longer work there. Yes, it can be done. Yes, I am surprised that a hospital with Magnet status would try this. Best wishes.
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    Why do doctors office pay nurses pennies to work for them?

    Like the law of gravity, economic laws will rule. Nurses are willing to work these jobs because on balance the it is overwhelmingly worth it to work in the healthier environment than to risk further injury. Same reason that oil riggers and coal miners are paid very well.
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    not looking "put together"

    > we watched Breakfast At Tiffany's recently. Hepburn's eyebrows were way bushy by modern standards. I'll keep mine, thanks. >
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    home remedies you would NEVER try

    Rub a wart with a chicken gizzard to make the wart go away.
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    Are nurses allowed to wear "doctor-like" lab coats?

    Looks great to me. I have several styles, was required to wear one of them for clinicals. Got used to the pockets. If you feel comfortable and confident it will look fine. I have heard of facilities with rules about who can wear what (student docs in short coats, "real" docs in longer ones) but I have never encountered anything like that where I've worked.
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    Days vs nights

    i found the exact opposite to be true. bottom line: day shift has more staff so work is shared. on nights i was the rn, lpn, cna, unit secretary, admit nurse, line nurse and anything else. you name it, if somebody has that job on days and it's a specialty, then on nights the rn gets to do that in addition to assessments/charts/md contacts, etc. best wishes and throw out those blackout curtains. day shift for me!
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    how do i say this job is not for me??

    This is also the "work version" of the old line "It's not you, it's me" when breaking off a relationship. Saying "This is not as much of a fit as I thought it would be" is also truthful and a safe comment.
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    I was a bad girl.

    my thoughts exactly.
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    how do you report violations in nursing homes?

    Try looking on the board at the home's main entrance. Where we live there is a number posted for the local ombudsman designated for this.
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    What do you pack for breakfast & lunch?

    ditto the 100 cal clif bars. I also pack an apple every day. The little ones that come in a bag are just the right size.
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    Pharmacy said no, conventional practice said yes

    Gut check. Do you think your preceptor will really stand in front of the judge and say "Yes sir, I told her to hang it that way after pharm said no. I'll give up my license, she can have hers."
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    Pharmacy said no, conventional practice said yes

    If pharmacy said no, well, then, no.
  22. This does not sound like it would be considered a safe environment, even for the patient. In my agency they would not be admitted due to an unsafe environment. Also, consider telling your agency about your safety concerns about this patient, their home, and their neighborhood. Does your agency really consider it a good practice to send you into this? Think about how your bosses would react to the following statement "It's pretty icy on the roads where I am." Would they expect you to risk life and limb for the weather? Then why for the environment (drugs, fire safety, hygiene issues)?
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    New RN working in Home Health?

    I'd say give it a try. I've lived in cities where there are zero new grad opportunities except in ob or med surg, but I've also lived where a bsn has many opportunities at specialties including ICU work. The reason behind these opportunities is that those hospitals that hire new grads into specialties are prepared for it. I got less than a year under my belt on a busy med surg floor, then on to hh. Love it.
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    Civility in Nursing - can it go TOO far?

    This goes back a ways, but remember that it was in the name of civility that nurses were once admonished to avoid using gloves in various aspects of patient care so patients would not "feel badly." I'll bet you could find indications for gloves as ppe in earlier nursing texts that refer to this practice. Talk about the collision between culture and care. Whew!
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    Home health as first job?

    Depends on you, but most folks would advise against this. The reason is you are on your own in the home, lpn visits will all be technical skills (not patient teaching only), so foleys, lab draws, and wound care are your world. Would you be confident to perform those skills in a challenging environment? Believe me, there's rarely a light where you need it to see the "wink" for a foley, your lab draw patient is likely sweating sitting on the front porch with wind blowing dust around, your wound vac won't seal . . . you get the idea. If you are confident and comfortable with your skills, go for it. But if there's an agency that will hire your with zero experience, ask for a peer interview in addition to the regular one, or find a friend in this business and ask about the agency you are interviewing with. My agency. just. would. not. do. this.