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    Nurse marries patient?

    I'm relieved to hear that.
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    Nurse marries patient?

    No judgment on the specific nurse involved in this story, but when I read the "feel-good" headlines about the Boston Marathon bombing victim marrying a nurse who cared for him, I didn't feel good. Love is grand and I wish them well, but I wish the headlines weren't raising ethical questions. I'm hoping there are extenuating circumstances that add some distance to that nurse-patient relationship before it became romantic. Thoughts?
  3. "You may think it should be, but it's not, anyway. :)" I don't necessarily think it should be. But employers will look at that. Even if "it isn't their concern". That's what I mean, redhead98. We are probably pretty much in agreement on whether it is or is not right, but I'm just sayin, it is happening, and they have a rationale for it. [/url] #143
  4. "Why do "fools" use their real names on Facebook? I don't think there's any other option on Facebook.
  5. "Uhhhh unless I drive for my job, why is this my employer's concern? I agree people who drive drunk are @#$@#$holes but it has nothing to do with whether one can scrape oneself out of bed on Monday and come to work." It is your employer's concern when your job involves judgment upon which people's lives may depend, and involves dispensing controlled substances. You may not think it should be, but it is, anyway.
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    Why don't people take LPNs seriously?

    I don't feel it's safe to say "the only thing and RN has over (an LPN) is more money". I've met LPN's that were great and RN's that were not. And vice versa. At a certain level of care, nursing requires more knowledge. Some of that is going to be book learnin', and some of it is that instinct one develops with experience. An LPN with an eager, inquisitive mind and a caring heart beats a smug PhD nurse anytime. But the choice is rarely that black and white. Usually, there's an RN vs LPN choice, and the thing that is going to show up in statistics the bean-counters can use is, how many RN's do we have? How many MSN's? And so on. LPN's are underappreciated by the people making decisions about the shape of healthcare in the future. The push for ever-higher degrees as an entry level for nursing is not good for bedside care.
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    Quitting during Orientation!!?? Help!!

    I haven't worked OB, but I've had kids, and I watch TV. So I'm qualified to render an opinion of questionable value. And I do realize you didn't ask for advice, just wanted to know if they'd let you finish orientation. But you're here in the Forum, and we love fresh meat! So brace yourself for advice. As far as skills go, in OB you're likely to be starting IV's, inserting foleys, handling emergencies, and honing your assessment, prioritizing and customer service skills, at the very least. No slight intended to OB nurses if I've left out major stuff that you do. Like I said, I don't do that kind of nursing. I think after a year of OB you'll have a lot of very useful experience. And as I said before, do not underestimate the value of a workplace and coworkers that you enjoy, especially in that stressful first year with the steep learning curve.
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    Are C's really the new A's in nursing school?

    "C" may equal "RN". But passing the NCLEX is just the start of a nursing career. If your base is shaky, you're gonna have a harder time actually doing the work. This is not like some liberal arts degrees where it's not so crucial in your future career that you really comprehend, say, the Trojan War.
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    Quitting during Orientation!!?? Help!!

    Orientation costs them something. I don't see why they'd let you finish it if you're not going to give them something back for it. Now, if you love the people and the place, think hard before you quit just to preserve hypothetical future opportunities. Liking where you work and who you work with, and having a job in hand, counts for a LOT. If you asked me for advice on what to do - which you have not - I'd recommend you stay where you are. Get some experience in the coming year and then seek maybe some med-surg prn work, or conversely, keep the present job as a prn, a couple shifts a month, if they'll let you. You don't have to be in SUCH a hurry, career-wise.
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    Are C's really the new A's in nursing school?

    No. C is not "the new A".
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    Nursing in Iran

    I was in Ahvaz. I do not remember the names of the hospitals.
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    Nursing in Iran

    Hmmm. I'm not sure how much I can say. I am US born, and my husband was born in Iran. He has a large (LARGE!!!) family which includes a couple of nurses. When I visited Iran about eight years ago, I did get tours of two hospitals. Of course, looking at a place isn't the same as working in that environment, so I don't know much. I didn't stay long, or observe any patient care. I saw a great patient-nurse ratio in critical care. Three nurses, five patients. The unit was the old-school one-room type of deal, and the beds and other equipment were pretty old but serviceable, from what I could tell. Nurses appear to all be female, and dressed like nuns. And on my trip to Iran, I was treated with awesome hospitality everywhere I went.
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    Top 8 things I hate about being a nurse

    What do I love about nursing? I work with interesting people that I like and who make me a better person, and my work is different every day. (Some of that may be specific to my workplace!) I will admit I'm not so crazy about the achy feet.
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    Shift-to-shift report in front of patient and family

    Thanks, Esme12.
  15. yes. And don't list where you work or details that make your workplace identifiable.
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    Bedside Reporting starting Monday :(((

    well, a little venting is okay. But it's probably better to approach this from a problem-solving viewpoint. For example, are you telling me there is NO WAY to resolve the blood glucose checking problem? Maybe the person passing the trays can be responsible for checking sugars? Or if that's not allowed in your facility, perhaps the offgoing nurses will need to be responsible for checking them before report. And I'm dealing with the same change at my workplace, just started a thread here about it, as a matter of fact. I don't much like it at this point. But I will learn how to make it work. I might even learn to appreciate whatever benefits it offers. Hang in there. The only thing that stays the same is that things change.