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MrChicagoRN RN

Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care
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    You Know You're a Psych Nurse When . . . .

    You know that you are an old psych nurse if you ever, in the past, suggest that we give people who hallucinate on the street a set of headphones so that everyone would think they were listening to a Sony Walkman
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    Because we are True Blue. Because we are like the vast oceans that surround our planet and allow life to exist. Because: BLUE. Intellectual. Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm. Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness. Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing; it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration. Consequently it is serene and mentally calming. It is the colour of clear communication. Blue objects do not appear to be as close to us as red ones. Time and again in research, blue is the world's favourite colour. However, it can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly. Psychological Properties Of Colours - Colour Affects ...And I guess that's why they call it the blues.
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    Unhealthy stress

    Feeling anxious before your shift, and experiencing actual panic attacks are totally different phenomena. Anxiety may be common, somewhat uncomfortable, and self limiting. Panic attacks are far more extreme. Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms People experiencing panic attacks often feel they are about to die. Anyone experiencing this should definitely f/u with their PCP or MHP.
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    PVT IS DEAD! Don't try the "new" trick

    is is that actually true? can anybody name names? while there may be instances where someone was charged erroneously, unless there was a big No Refunds! disclaimer, they would have to refund as they can't retain funds paid for a service they have no intention of providing.
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    PVT IS DEAD! Don't try the "new" trick

    The questions are different, but the test is the same in that it determines if you have achieved the basic level of competency necessary to be granted licensure. nursing school has changed? And the point is....? What makes you think Pearson owes you free instant gratification? And how many posts are on this board from those who check, recheck, then check a few more times just to be sure? Is this healthy behavior? When i took boards, there wasn't the level of hysteria so common here. I took the test with many fellow grads. Left with confidence, and a slight touch of uncertainty. Not a whole lot of sense to obsess about something I no longer had any control of.
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    PVT IS DEAD! Don't try the "new" trick

    30 years ago.. Could only take boards a few times per year. Be there, or wait till the next time rolls around. 2 full days of testing 800 (1000?) questions. pencil & scantron. Then go home and wait for the US mail. It was longer than 4-6 weeks. More like 10-12 weeks. No PVT, no early results. When it came, it came.
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    Free Nursing Continuing Education Programs - 100+ contact hours

    Why did I never see this before? >bump
  8. Nice Article! I not only address it with staff, but also regarding psychiatric petitions that are a required 1st step to an involuntary admission. "Brought in by CPD," "disruptive in nursing home...aggressive". "Verbally threatening" can mean a lot of different things. All are unacceptably vague.
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    Top 10 Reasons We Get Fired! - Frequent Sick Days and Tardiness

    One of the most distressing things for a manager is the prospect of terminating an otherwise excellent employee for time and attendance issues. While the point system isn't universal, there is some sort of tally system, and it is every persons responsibility to know what that policy is. But most system will value some call ins as more significant than others. Calling in the day before/day after a scheduled vacation, or calling off on a day we wouldn't let you have off, are all writable. You almost always have some sort of a step system, and it may require 5 or more absences in a year before triggering, but once you on on that first step, things can move along quickly, so choose your call-ins carefully.
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    Good Excuses for Missing Work

    You are right. People deserve their privacy. Sometimes people volunteer much more than I want to know. However, I do want to know if this is flu related, or anything contagious. if it's a late call, I want a detail or two. If you got sick suddenly, going to the ER, labor, etc. that's one thing. But if you've known for the past 12 hours you weren't coming in, that's another.
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    Nursing: The Financial Side

    Definitely. And everyone should have flex spending account that allows you to pay for prescription Rx, co-pays and deductibles, glasses, dental work all on a pretax basis. And regarding 403b/401k and taxes, if you are offered a Roth option, your investments will be post-tax dollars, but every penny you earn will be tax free forever & ever.
  12. It looks really good. You could drop the HS part, unless it's some really prestigious school. And maybe play up any customer service skills, delegation, conflict resolution. I do like the use of bullet points and action verbs Nice job
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    Young, Thin, and Cute New Hires

    No, I did not read all 136 previous posts... The original post does not appear to be a slam against young nurses, or new grads, but appears to point out that the organization may be hiring only younger attractive people. If they are hiring them over equally qualified nurses over 40 who have applied, that's illegal. If it is found that certain racial or ethnic groups are consciously, or unconsciously, considered more friendly and attractive, and being disproportionately hired; likely also discriminatory and illegal.
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    BSN recent grad -should i get a CNA???

    Why wait? Take the NCLEX ASAP and focus on getting that 1st nursing job