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  1. Should smokers be admitted into the nursing program?

    I find the idea of employers' discrimination for engaging in a legal behaviour to be quite bizarre. What next? I suspect that BMIs or cholesterol levels will be the next exclusionary tactic in the power trip that HRs everywhere are on. With only the...
  2. Need advice on how to respond to a manager after interview

    The circumstances of your interview were appalling--most unprofessional in every way. However, they don't owe you any kind of communication afterwards. Common courtesy that existed in the past has fallen victim to the impersonality of the new hiring ...
  3. Pressing charges on a psych patient?

    On our unit it is a team decision. Team takes into account the pt's mental status, behaviour patterns, and the usefulness of pressing a charge in the context of the patient's management and treatment. On our acute care psychiatric unit, staff know ...
  4. Favorite Dr or Nurse Name

    We have a doctor in Ontario who does penile lengthening treaments and his name is Dr. Stubbs. We had a dietitian at our hospital whose name was Mrs. Death (pronounced deeth, but the spelling....) Also on staff: Dr. Payne and a female Dr. Kevorkian.
  5. Moral/Ethical Advice

    Hearsay is not proof. Therefore you have no case. Period. Going to your instructors with this allegation will cause grief for you without resulting in a conviction of your classmate.
  6. How to deal with constant calls to come into work?!

    I totally sympathise with people who have this situation ongoing, caller ID or no. I worked on a busy unit where we were responsible for our own staffing. We were very supportive to one another which was the only thing that kept us going. All for one...
  7. What do you call your "greatest" compliment?

    At the end of one evening shift when I had been run off my feet with too many patients on a busy surgical unit and was exhausted, one of my patients asked me, "Am I your only patient tonight? You've been taking great care of me." That was my best com...
  8. To own a pet or not while in nursing school...

    PLease don't get a dog. They are more work than you think and need lots of companionship, not just the few rushed bits of time here and there that you have left over from the demands of school. I have watched colleages stress out about getting home t...
  9. Clients? Are they no longer patients?

    I"ve been a nurse all my life but 2 weeks ago was suddenly hospitalized with PE's following orthopedic surgery. I did not CHOOSE or SEEK hospital/nursing care--it just happened. Sorry, but I was glad to be a patient and be looked after. On the othe...
  10. In answer to the last query about strangest place you have fallen asleep, mine is the ferry dock. After my 12-hr night shifts, I have a half-hour drive to the ferry that takes me to the island where I live; there are times a crew menber has had to co...
  11. Recently I was standing at the pharmacy counter waiting for my husband's prescription. The lady next to me was reading the label on her prescription med. She said to the young clerk who was ringing up the sale on the cash register, "It says here Paro...
  12. You know you're Old School when...

    This is a great thread! Brings back memories.... In our provincial psychiatric hospital, we used cigarettes for rewards in the token economy programs, even on Admitting units. In our canteen we sold papers and tobacco for those patients who could ro...
  13. Question about Concealed Weapons Carry

    I am Canadian and am shocked to read of nurses discussing carrying guns. Nurses affirm life, and guns are for killing. I know the US is a gun-carrying nation but I never thought nurses would be involved with them.
  14. If she were on a med/surg unit, she should be called dr. as it wouldn't affect her care and healing one way or the other. Probably would help with same, as she seems to need the reassurance, respect or whatever it is that she's seeking. On a psych un...
  15. Job you would NEVER do in nursing....

    Hello Michaboo, Please read my letter wherever it come in the line-up (maybe Page 11). I love psychiatry, as human beings in their infinite varieties are endlessly fascinating. In psych the nurse is an instrument of healing, a wonderful thing to be....
  16. Job you would NEVER do in nursing....

    This is one teriffic thread! It shows how one person's hell is another's heaven. Thank goodness we are all cut out for different kinds of nursing. I have to stick up for psychiatric nursing, though. I had a dreadful experience with it as a student (...
  17. Health Care: The Ticking Time Bomb

    As a Canadian I read with great interest your posts re universal public health care insurance. I see that many are scared of it. All I can say is that at 62, I have had all the top notch health care I ever needed including cancer care and a timely hi...
  18. I sharted working shiftwork at age 62. We do 12's, and I found out that I prefer nights for all the reasons other posters have cited. I work in psychiatry so we can have nights when many of our pts are up a lot, which makes it hard to get our chartin...
  19. Socialized Medicine the myths and the facts

    I'm Canadian. The best thing about our health care system is that in your daily life, you never have to think about affording care or not. You see your doctor or receive hospital care and you never get a bill. Our health care covers us no matter what...
  20. Absolutely FURIOUS!!!!

    I can't believe anyone could or would do that. You are NOT over-reacting. If you don't get that job, go for legal redress. And even if you do, a written apology is warranted. I also think the caller should not have divulged the matter to be discussed...
  21. Suicide On The Ward

    I am a psych nurse and your account made me feel like I was right there with you. Have been in that kind of environment a lot. I feel so bad for you, and hope for your healing over time. You quote the oft-repeated saying about suicide being a permane...
  22. I Contracted HIV

    Sarah, ...be assured that every professional caregiver who read this or hears of your situation will keep you in their thoughts, with a fervent hope for the best possible health outcome for you. That event could happen to any of us who deal with the ...
  23. I hate nursing

    I got through 3 years of in-hospital nursing training by promising myself every morning I'd quit at the end of that day. It wasn't for me, but having started it, I felt I had to finish it. I then rolled that over into a university degree program in p...
  24. My First Patient

    On that Monday morning, I walked onto Public Medicine, proud of myself as always in my white bib and apron over a blue under-dress, with starched collar and cuffs, distinctive hospital cap, white nylons, and white Cuban-heeled shoes. After a brief or...
  25. My First Patient

    Thanks for taking time to comment on my story. Of many lessons learned in nursing school and in decades of practice, it was maybe the most important one for me---the nurse is an instrument who facilitates healing, or as Henderson said, if healing is ...