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  1. RNfaster

    Vaccination for clinical

    I felt my comment above was too flippant. I edited it as follows, but had to post it below separately. I am sorry about the flippancy. I hope the below helps. Your statements regarding vaccines reflect misinformation, which is most disturbing, especially in someone wishing to go into nursing. Why don't you read some evidence-based research on vaccines? Look at peer-reviewed journals. Do note that a study that caused a lot of trouble was by Wakefield and published in the Lancet. It was subsequently retracted and determined to be fraudulent. --That happened decades ago, but unfortunately misinformation is entrenched in our society. I had titers done and then had vaccines for the remaining items. Per my experience, you will not be able to attend clinicals. I also find it disturbing that you lack a strong foundation in science as well as ways to research it. --We strive for evidence-based practice in nursing. Your statements reflect lack of knowledge and lack of evidence. Additionally, vaccines are needed, as others mention, to protect others around you, in addition to yourself. Many patients are immunocompromised. Please do additional reading and educate yourself.
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    Vaccination for clinical

    Why don't you read some evidence-based research on vaccines? Look at peer-reviewed journals. You might also pursue some rigorous science education. Until, then, I would say it might be best to hold off pursuing nursing. It seems to me that your prerequisite studies have not given you much of a foundation in terms of science or pursuit of data related to it.
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    I don’t know what to say 😩😩😩

    Many posters above have some great ideas, e.g., presence, chaplain, etc... I also agree with the pain/palliative consultation.
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    Nurses can eat properly if they manage their time

    I eat healthily at work as I bring my own lunch. The cafeteria does not have many healthy or appealing options... Too much fried food, anemic attempts at "ethnic" cuisines, overcooked stuff, and portions that are too large... Years ago, I worked at a California office (not nursing) that regularly brought in a sushi chef... fresh sushi/sashimi... nice. I wish we had better (or more diverse) food for staff, and patients. I think hospitals try to go more toward what is mainstream...avoid risk. I would eat in the cafeteria just about every day if they had fresh sashimi/sushi (not pre-packaged stuff). At work I often eat too fast. I find myself doing this when the shift has been busy and I did not have time to eat my snacks, so I have to eat everything all in one sitting. Most that I work with have time to eat. --This was not the case in other facilities, however. Where one works can make a big difference.
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    Ebola Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions

    817nurse - I found these articles informative relative to ebola vaccines... http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141014-ebola-vaccine-treatment-history-health-medicine/# Ebola: Fast-tracking treatments | The Economist
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    Noro-virus Blues

    Years ago, when I had Norovirus, I felt so miserable that I thought to myself "I would rather be dead than feel this way." Three days later, I was better. I still reflect on how misery can cause such irrationality.
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    Metastatic Breast Cancer in Social Media

    You should not stop writing. I do think that our society is too removed from the realities of terminal illness (and even serious illness), dying, and death. I think that it would benefit our society to be more acquainted with these realities...I think with such knowledge that folks would be better able to participate with their loved ones (or themselves) and also, perhaps, make more informed decisions. I think it would also lessen fear in the long run. I have not read the articles you mention, but wonder if fear is what is behind them. Keep writing and sharing.
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    Unwritten Social Contract: Your Needs Come First!

    If you contact your state labor board, they will ensure you are paid for those missed breaks. Not only is that facility cheating you of your pay, they are cheating the Federal and state government of their taxes that would be taken out of that pay. --Facilities that do this can be fined...and should be.
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    I Will Not Do This

    I'm always learning something... Here's a link to more on Tramadol... http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_chem_info/tramadol.pdf and a couple excerpts: "Tramadol is most commonly abused by narcotic addicts, chronic pain patients, and health professionals." "According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2.6 million people in the U.S. aged 12 or older used tramadol for nonmedical purposes in 2011." Even if per laws Tramadol wasn't controlled where I was working, I would still get a witness when disposing of it....and that's me personally. I wouldn't think twice if another coworker asked me to witness, either. I'm surprised that if the medications were still in their bullet packs, that the pharmacy couldn't repackage them... But I guess there's more that I have to learn...Maybe it's an issue of reimbursement...if the pharmacy took them back, they might have to refund the money...to say Medicare or something.
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    I Will Not Do This

    I'm glad for you... Compelling story. --I am a little confused, though. Wouldn't narcotics wasting/destruction require a witness? If for some reason it doesn't, given your history, I would use a witness. --I'd even use a witness without any abuse history...it just seems prudent given the stakes.
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    Break the Silence Report Bullying

    Check out the article at the link I just posted. We have to be stewards of our culture in order to protect our patients. --A popular book out a few years ago noted how more planes would go down in certain Asian cultures compared to in the U.S. The reason: in the Asian societies featured, a more hierarchical culture was entrenched, and subordinates feared speaking up or continuing to speak up when a superior dismissed them. --It's important to foster a culture that is democratic and one where people do not fear speaking up. This can prevent planes (and people) from going down. You are right, terms change with time. We also must change and advance our culture as we learn what is better. The Science of Safety - Peter Pronovost, MD - Part 1 The Science of Safety - Peter Pronovost, MD - Part 2 In this video, he also describes aviation accidents in U.S. where failures (planes going down) were attributable to hierarchical cultures and related failures to listen and communicate.
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    Break the Silence Report Bullying

    Abuse in the medical workplace: Fact vs. myth | Workplace Bullying Institute makes some good points...
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    Good luck. Let us know how it goes. Everyone does have different advice. Considering today's short attention spans, shorter is usually better. But --remember to put in key words that a database query might use. You might call some recruiters and ask them about what to include. Finally, I would suggest tailoring each cover letter and your resume according to the particular position. I know someone said to drop your scholarship data. I suggest including it as it is an academic accomplishment. It shows you pursued an objective and achieved it. (You noted your academic grades weren't that hot. --And considering that --be prepared with an answer to showcase how you're addressing that deficiency.) In your letter or objective statement you might include something stellar about yourself along with your goal... If you got rave reviews from your clinical instructors...or whatever... e.g., "Nursing school scholarship recipient seeks entry-level nursing position on med-surg unit..." Keep trying... You'll get there.
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    You might tailor the objective statement according to the position. As a new graduate, it might be best to keep it general (e.g., "New grad seeks entry-level nurse position" rather than "NICU position"). NRSKaren makes a really good point about highlighting computer skills and experience with families. The way you present yourself in writing can help sell yourself and also point at your charting abilities. It can be tedious to rework a resume and cover letter, but it should pay off.
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    I agree with mmgirlsmom suggestion to condense your clinical experience. I'd also cut most details on non-nursing jobs. That will get some "fluff" out. It's not always important to have a lot when you're first starting. Work on the grammar (to remove fluff). Grammatical errors and spelling errors would be a reason I would toss a resume. Example: ORIGINAL My name is NAME and I am a graduate of University's Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. I am eager to be a part of Hospital's [RN New Graduate Training Program/nursing community]. With their emphasis in quality care and their commitment to the community, Hospital will be the perfect first step for me to begin my career as a nurse. POSSIBLE REVISION As a recent RN-BSN graduate, I seek to join Hospital's [RN New Graduate Training Program/nursing community]. My experience includes: over 1200 hours of clinical work (if going for NICU job, highlight your preceptorship here --if other position, you might highlight particular number of clinical hours here), customer service, and community health volunteering. Furthermore, I received five scholarships, including x (prestigious scholarship) for z performance. Hospital's emphasis on quality care and community commitment make it an outstanding place for me to begin my career as a nurse. Thank you for your consideration. This stuff (and other verbose stuff) is fluff to me: I look forward to meeting you in person and discussing the multitude of nursing skills that I can contribute to your [program/hospital]. If there is anything else I can offer about my qualifications, my phone number or email listed above is the best way to contact me. Thank you for your time and consideration as I look forward to the opportunity to relocate to City in Month 2013. Hospitals hire new grads... and they know they don't have a lot of experience...
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    Work hard on the grammar. Cut fluff and details that are irrelevant to the positions you seek.