Kat Mandu BSN, RN

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  1. During a phone conversation with a friend who’s also in his 60s, I mentioned how I now used a magnifying mirror when applying my makeup. His response was, “My God, why would you care at our age?” Well, I care. Because I’m not dead yet! A...
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    Best cat behavioral book EVER

    I see lots of posts revolving around dogs. I guess you can tell by my handle I'm a cat person! How many here love their kitties? I always had dogs - big ones...Collies, Rottweilers, Chows, Labs, mixed breeds. After my last dog died (15 years old) I d...
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    I Don’t Want To Be A Nurse

    As others have remarked, the world of employment is your oyster when it comes to nursing. Think about what you love or are good at doing. Do you love computers? There are many avenues in healthcare IT, such as writing or evaluating charting software,...
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    What would you do?

    A friend was once in a similar situation. She used this service a few times called Allison & Taylor Inc. https://www.allisontaylor.com/ Their site says: "Find out precisely what a past employer will say about you, giving yourself employment ...
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    Infant circumcision and numbing

    I thought it was barbaric (there was no anesthetic) and asked the obstetrician (Yes, obstetrician. They, and pediatricians can perform circumcisions on infants) if he didn't think it painful, esp. since the poor little guy screamed his head off. He u...
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    Infant circumcision and numbing

    I thought it was barbaric (there was no anesthetic) and asked the obstetrician (Yes, obstetrician. They, and pediatricians can perform circumcisions on infants) if he didn't think it painful, esp. since the poor little guy screamed his head off. He s...
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    Florence Nightingale's Revolution from Home

    Inspirational! Thanks so much for writing such an interesting piece!
  8. If the news would stop covering Trump's insane antics, it might lessen his impact on his followers. He's playing the media like a fiddle, as usual. The bell has rung, fight's over. Let's everyone turn towards supporting our new president and rebuildi...
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    How to get into hospice

    Congratulations on your interest in one of the most rewarding [for some of us] areas of nursing! It differs from hospital nursing as you usually have frequent and extended interactions with the patient's family. You'll find yourself being nurse, coun...
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    Need help with syringe test question?

    You definitely need to know the concentration before deciding on the mL as numerous posters have said..... I learned a lot from my old Curren book also. One thing that stuck with me is the question when calculating a dose, "Is that reasonable?" Most ...
  11. Read today in USA Today that "The State Department said it was working with Chinese officials to identify alternative routes for US citizens to depart Wuhan over land."

    "Those provided seats on the plan will face health screenings before boarding. The flight will refuel in Anchorage, Alasjam and the state's Health Department said anyone who appears ill won't be allowed on the plane. Passengers will then be screened "numerous times" during the flight and again in Alaska before continuing on to California, the department said in a statement.

    Wonder how many nurses will be involved in the screenings? Ironic, really. Back in the day of early commercial airplane flights, the first flight attendants were all registered nurses.  This requirement disappeared when many nurses left to enlist during WWII

    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/11/first-flight-attendants-registered-nurses-requirement-disappeared-many-nurses-left-enlist-wwii/

     

     

     

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19): We Want to Hear from You

    Read today in USA Today that "The State Department said it was working with Chinese officials to identify alternative routes for US citizens to depart Wuhan over land." "Those provided seats on the plan will face health screenings before boarding. Th...
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    IM lorazepam help

    Diazepam is Valium. Lorazepam is Ativan. Both of the benzodiazepine family and both list their uses in part to seizure and anxiety disorders.
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    What makes Nursing school so hard?

    I agree with almost everyone here regarding why nursing school is so hard. There's so many hurdles to jump ---- beginning with the pre-reqs. Some of it has to do with the pre-reqs, such as algebra and chemistry. Those two alone keep more otherwise go...
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    Hospice certification exam

    I would recommend that anyone taking the 50 question assessment test wait until a week or two before the actual exam. Any earliier and you run the risk of discouraging yourself if you score too low on it.The self-assessmemt test cost 535 when I took ...
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    CHPN Exam eBook - Need Reader Reviews

    Hi ~ I've written a short book on my experience and strategies passing the CHPN exam this year. I'd like three or four career hospice RN's to read and review my manuscript before I offer it to the general hospice nursing population for sale. This ebo...
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    Preventing med errors

    I love that idea, too. We don't get many orders during the night, but still a good idea for when going over the daily MARS, even tho it's there in front of me. LOL. Sometimes I remember better if I write it down.
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    what next?

    that sucks. and they wonder why there's a nursing shortage. many employers do no treat their staff or potential staff well... tell your friend to go to a nurse staffing agency (temporary agency) and see if she can pick up some shifts at area health c...
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    Is it too late for me?

    It's only too late if you don't start now! (Title of book that convinced me to try). I know many new grads as someone said above, in their 40's and 50's. Nursing school is difficult...best to start while young and you ARE young! Good luck!