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  1. nursecheryl

    CHPN Exam

    Thanks Lykeen :)
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    CHPN Exam

    I'm not opening a book for the rest of the weekend :) Yes, I will check on you every once in a while. Thanks for your support.
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    CHPN Exam

    Looksup2sky, I just wanted to let you know that I passed the certification test.
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    CHPN Exam

    Thanks Lookup2sky, I appreciate your prayer and good wishes. I need all the prayers and good wishes i can get :) I'll let you know how i did.
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    CHPN Exam

    Wow, I'm so glad you took the test and passed. I did not sign up for the test. The company I work for signed me up and payed. I have to pass the test to work for the company I currently work. I plan on taking the test. I'm glad to hear the questions are close to what you experienced on the test.
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    CHPN Exam

    Thanks for your prayers. Let me know when you are taking your test and i will do the same for you. That is a good idea to drive to the site ahead of time to make sure i know where it is. I'm taking the week that i take the test off to do my last minute studying and relax before i take it. The company I work for will not let you work for them without certification. They allow you to work for them for 2 years but you have to take the test and pass to keep working for them.
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    CHPN Exam

    Hi Lookupsky- Thanks for your response. I have the study guide for the generalist hospice and palliative nurse which is 255 practice questions with some case studies and a friend at work gave me his core curriculum for the generalist hospice and palliative Nursing book to use to study. I've went through both books and feel a little more confident but am still a little worried. I got a 93 percent on the practice questions and it made me feel better until i read on here that someone else got a good score on the practice test and didn't do good on the actual test. I'd like to take the test you are talking about on line. Where would i find this practice test. I'm willing to pay for it. The company I work for is paying for the certification test.
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    Is there a proper way to chart what a patient/resident says?

    I agree with other posters that there may have been a better way to chart what the patient said without using another staff members name. I have come across the same situation as well and wouldn't have written the persons name. Sort of like when you write a incident report you don't put that in your charting.
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    Is Nursing as Stressful as Nursing School?

    I'd say the amount of stress is about the same. The reason for the stress is a little different. In nursing school the stress was related to the grades and making it through clinical, now the stress is related to patients lives, comfort and safety. Making it through nursing school was the most important thing in my life at the time, now the most important thing while I'm working anyway is my patient. But now, when my 8 hours are over I try to go home and let it all go. When I was in nursing school i had a harder time letting it go.
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    CHPN Exam

    Just wanted to say that I'm scheduled to take the exam the last Friday in September. I've been studying but should have been studying longer I think. I'm a little scared. I was going to ask the same questions about where I can get test questions to practice.
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    Experience needed???

    All of us, at one time or another, has to start somewhere to get that experience. Good luck!
  12. With all the talk about potential of terrorism in the country it makes me wonder what we as nurses and citizens can do to prevent and or intervene in cases of disaster in our communities. I want to get involved but unsure in what way. I'm interested in emergency radio communication and would be able to help in that way with the help of my husband, but am more interested in the medical part of helping. One way is being part of the emergency response team with red cross. I've attempted to contact them with volunteering but they never got back with me. I guess they have enough help. Do any of you have any ideas about how you can volunteer in this area as a nurse.
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    Jay Leno slams nurses!

    Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." Thanks for sharing this.
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    What's The Weirdest Name You've Heard A Patient Name Her Baby?

    I worked in a NICU I talked someone out of naming their baby Meconium and the staff and social worker tallked someone else (16 year olds) out of calling their twin babies Shi'thead (pronounced Sha'heed and...sorry i can't remember what they were going to name the other twin. The reason we got social work involved on that one was because the kids were laughing as they were trying to think of a way to name them that would be funny. We considered it a sign of what type of parents they were about to become. It is one thing when you name your kid something like that out of stupidity but something else when you do it as a joke.
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    Wound classification

    In the facility we work in we classify them as decubitus, arterial, venous or surgical. We also give the stage of the wound. location, dimensions by cm, drainage amount and color. smell. If we don't document all of the above we will hear about it with the next audit. :uhoh21:
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    Modern Healthcare: Laboring for union nurses

    I'm a union nurse, when we (the nurses) are voting to strike or not to strike at the union meetings,getting a pay raise is the least of our worries. We are usually concerned about safety, work load and protecting our contract we have already fought for in the past. A lot of time we are voting to protect our patients. I can only speak about what i've seen, but with us anyway, it isn't the money that is making us vote to strike. I love the company I work for, I just don't want to see it change for the worse. When it is time for contracts the union and the agency/company is trying to change the contract. Unless you are in the negotiations you'll never know what is really going on. I've learned not to judge things when you are on the outside, because you just can't even guess the entire story. It is a lot bigger than the money. For example, one of the things they are fighting for in california is safety.
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    about to strike, question

    The home care agency I work for is about to go on strike. I have put in an application for agency nursing. I was hoping to get a job in the hospital to keep my skills in hopital nursing up to date. If we go on strike or not I plan on working their perdiem. I've been out of the hospital for 5.5 years. Does anyone know how long a nurse would have to be out of nursing to prevent them from being an agency nurse :uhoh21:
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    about to strike, question

    Thanks for all the information and advice. I will also check out their need for home health care nurses.
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    Shacking Up Supervisor

    Would it be against the law to have a small tape recorder in your pocket when he says these statements so you have something to back up your story? P.S. Come back and tell us what was done about this problem and how things have turned out
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    Different pay and responsibility for 2 year RN's VS 4 year RN's

    l rae, I'm sorry for the confusion. I was attempting to explain what made me react to other posts and used your post because it was worded better than I could have worded it myself. You never told me to stay out of your conversation and I didn't threaten you or anyone else for that matter. I was just warning another person in here not to use her picture because people can be very mean in the real world. cheryl
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    Different pay and responsibility for 2 year RN's VS 4 year RN's

    ya know, generally, l am an easy going person, out spoken and direct, but l don't tend to get riled easy...but these kinds of narrow thinking elitest attitudes MAKE ME CRAZY and are to blame for the flames on this topic......what else do you think will happen when you insult someone then cover it up with..."l'm just voicing my oppinion"..?. guess that's what the ignore feture is for....l hope l mis-read the intentions of the poster.(feb9822)..surely they are not truely that clueless........ LR Above is much better than I could say how I feel. Sorry, I agree I wasn't being professional or mature with the previous post. I was not threatening that I would cause her a problem on the floors. But I happen to know this is what will happen if the wrong nurse see's her. I'm sure I'd say something to her though if I ever ran across her. As for telling me to stay out of your conversation. :chair: :roll
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    Different pay and responsibility for 2 year RN's VS 4 year RN's

    Nikki, You keep asking, "Why can't we just support each other." Can't you see that YOU are being unsupportive and a trouble maker as well. You think we are all jealous of your BSN, not. You haven't even graduated from nursing school, haven't taken the boards and you already have your nose in the air. And, you have your picture on there for everyone to see, so proud of you oppinion. What happens when someone who is about to train you on the floor see's you and makes copies of what is on these boards with your attitude about the majority of nurses, LPN's, ADN and Diploma nurses, and passes it around. If the nurses you work with don't support you, you are not going to make it. P.S. I'm not threatening you. I would not do this.
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    Different pay and responsibility for 2 year RN's VS 4 year RN's

    Good question essarge. Self regulation and professional regulation are part of the nursing practice. We are all accountable for this as professionals. If we choose not to get involved then who are we to complain.
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    What is your passion?

    A concert violinist. I just started taking classes this year so I have a long way to go, but my teacher tells me I'm doing very good and learning fast. I'm almost done with my first music book. :):roll Oh yea, my husband and I want to go into business for ourselves selling what else but %$$%& %!*, its a secret.
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    Different pay and responsibility for 2 year RN's VS 4 year RN's

    The more education a nurse has the better off she will be. As for experience we all end up getting it on the floor. As for prereq's and other classes besides the nursing classes I received as an ADN I had to have chemistry, cell biology, microbiology, Anatomy and PHysiology(3 total classes plus the corresponding labs) , 1 Algebra, Psychiatry, adult/child and abnormal. 4 total classes. Sociology. Speech, 3 phys ed classes, 2 arts classes besides the nursing arts. 3 English classes. I realize someone who gets their BSN has more than this, but please stop acting like we in ADN programs and Diploma programs do not get everything we need to be very good at what we do. Not only did we have to prove ourselves with the above mentioned classes but when we worked clinicals we had to do care maps, show down to cell level all disease processes of this patient and cell level for all meds. We had one night to prepare this map and care plan. We went to the floor at 2pm and by next morning 7am were expected to be ready with care plans/care maps in hand in perfect order. We also had to answer questions by our instructors about medications, procedures, etc... down to cell level about our particular pateints we were to have that day. I'm not sure what happens in diploma programs but I'm sure it isn't too much different. I know that where I live when you graduate from a diploma program you end up with an ADN so I'm not sure why they still call it this, but that is still what they call it. I'm a case manager for a home care agency and wouldn't do it if I didn't feel qualified. Not to mention, the place i work for wouldn't allow me to do it.