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CaLLaCoDe is a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology, Oncology, Medsurge.

I helped to manage a retail shoe store in SF prior to chosing nursing as a career.

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    Support Kaci Hickox

    Today, 26 of November, twenty-fourteen--I was surprised to find no "nurse breaks quarantine" thread when I looked it up, thinking it would be a hot topic. I am glad I eventually have found the thread rather than start a thread on a theme already covered. I think that when a nurse's action potentially threatens the public safety that it is imperative for that nurse to abide by the rules. When you are an ambassador for all nurses, as on TV in this case, your best behavior and professionalism reflects on all of us. IMHO she appears selfish, arrogant, and a tad juvenile. Not a good role model for anybody.
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    Don't yell at co-workers in front of people

    I have trouble with the above post. Main reason, I never complained immediately to management or supervisors of managers on the floor. I found it best to take the person aside and tell them what has been bothering me lately. Course with a condescender, you may run into denial of behavior. Future write ups are in order. But that's ok, you said your piece. Nothing worse than being the one pulled into the manager's office with a litany of complaints you never heard anyone complain about on the floor on a write up sheet. Pretty sheety, pardon the French. Oh, and since she's new, she may be entirely unaware of her unprofessional behavior!
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    Why I am Grateful for Burning Out as a Nurse

    Hurray! You're whole again! Well, it appears nursing philosophy (or I might call it the healing art) assisted you in the enabling of yourself to seek a better way after reviewing your state of affairs! Fine to see you took the steps to improve your life. Perhaps giving up on immune compromising vaccines would perhaps help as well. I know... I know these boards have lit up several times regarding this topic. So don't go there
  4. This is just so lovingly compassionate. Florence Nightengale could not have stated it any better! When your gut tells you to do something, even if it may appear counter nursing culture, do it anyway! Especially if it's for the good of the patient. You have my highest esteem for you act with conscience.
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    So disgusted with everything

    What gets me riled is having just one of those nuts complain to management regarding your care and you could find yourself hitting the pavement the next week.
  6. Is this a halloween thread? Seriously though, I agree the stench of a dying patient is sometimes unbearable. Breathing through one's mouth when in the room helps. Don't care for masks, I prefer patients to see my person. The use of plenty of air freshener outside the room helps too. Leaving the door closed, often times considered rude. But works wonders for staff moral. I commend you for visiting her even if she wasn't assigned to you, Bravo! Tip: if you have vicks vaporub....rub a small amount under your nose periodically during your shift! May numb your upper lip but will keep your gag reflex in check!
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    Salem Hospital is hiring RN's

    I called the hospital to talk to the nurse recruiter yesterday and she said "We only hire BSNs since we are a magnet hospital and all of the Adns on staff are busy working towards their bachelors." Oh well, sorry news for us Adns.
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    Is nursing a depressing job?

    There's always a balance of patients who die or get worse and those who are seen by you the nurse making fantastic recoveries. To see a patient who was on the brink of death living life again is most rewarding indeed. Deaths are an unpleasant reality, some deaths are less pleasant than others. Nursing is a tough demanding field, yet the rewards outweigh the depressing incidences that one can face on a daily basis. Remember, as a nurse you define your work. That's the creative aspect to nursing. No one can really teach you how to be the best nurse you can possibly be. The best nurse is molded by trial and error, self reflection and perseverance. Taking vacations, visiting with friends outside of work, exercising, and planning a healthy diet-- all can deter one from becoming depressed. Pharmaceuticals would be last on my list of deterrents. Never discount the counsel and advice from other nurses regarding patient care: this to me is nursing's greatest strength.
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    Treat all patients the same

    Sorry. If I have a kindly old lady who greets me with my first name and shares her life stories; Well, I will be more apt to give her better care than the grumpy, loud-mouthed meth addict down the hall who is refusing care!!!
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    Salem Hospital is hiring RN's

    The link above does lead to a job requirement BSN posting. However... I'm sorry to disagree. I have looked at some other postings from this hospital and the descriptions do not specifically state a requirement of having earned a BSN to apply. Please look into this more fully! But I may not be looking for the same work as you at this facility! PS, I looked under cardiology and endoscopy and no mention of BSN requirement!
  11. When you return to your shift be an ass when she gives report to you. Interrupt, walk away inappropriately, demand she answer a question you'll know she'll cover in report, turn around to look at someone else as she's giving you eye contact! All of these things have been done to me too! I hate it!! Perhaps giving her a taste of her own medicine will do her some good! PS. I really don't recommend this! I feel for you, really I do! Being a newby, you really don't have a lot to lean on, and treading on toes can lead to termination. So, be assertive and let her know you're on to her game!
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    Job outlook?

    sorry, discount my advice and take this one instead. that absolutely makes no sense that they would treat families that way. shame on them!! i think the route i would have taken to become a nurse, had i known the economy would tank is to become a surgical tech, get your rn and then logically become an or nurse. or nurses are in demand as are emergency and icu nurses. which also are specialties in their own right.
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    Job outlook?

    Why not get your BSN and join the AirForce? You'll have officer status and a secure job! I've heard RNs in the service are in demand. In the real world, "meh!" And besides that you'll get some experience under your belt. Most new nurses these days are not hired because they lack work experience, otherwise very hirable. You can always try for a job in the civilian world later following the work you do in the service: there may be more demand at that time! Several schools offer accelerated programs for BSN or MSN. Do some online research: You're sure to find one that fits!
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    Ive just about had it. Rant, and I never rant.

    Sometimes it's hurtful and awful to overhear a patient tell the aide, "I thought you were my nurse, why you do everything for me! Where's my nurse by the way?" "Oh, he's on the computer charting, that's all he ever does!":devil::devil: And you know, I can't contest THAT complaint!
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    Ive just about had it. Rant, and I never rant.

    wow, i couldn't have stated this any better! i wonder how the lawyers handle malpractice suits, all that charting, all those spread sheets with duplicate charting, reams of paper. "you charted that you did this on form b, however we do note that you did not remember to check box a on form a!-- did you actually do the task?" old charting was so simple, you do your assessment and chart it, then anything comes up chart it, bang -- done! it's all on one page for the most part, no multiple multiple forms to plow through...agh! the good old days! also you could easily compare the assessments several days prior if needed, easily. course picking up the papers that fell out of a loose binder was hell on this earth, but i'm sure a better charting system via the computer without the bells and whistles could be created.
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    Saw my first dead body in the hospital

    many a time i've had to be strong and unfeeling to do my job and later upon returning home gone into a fetal position in bed and cried myself to sleep. this is more common than you think. i know to be strong is for the benefit of the patient and the family, not to do so would jeopardize my practice.