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    What does you hospital give you for Thanksgiving ?

    We get a 12-14 pound turkey every year, which isn't too bad. :)
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    Nurses are Overworked

    Thank You!! It's so nice to hear words of appreciation! :kiss
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    What field of nursing would you NEVER consider working?

    Bless all the psych nurses out there!! I don't know how you do it!! I'm ashamed to admit it, but I just don't have the patience to deal with people's major psych issues! I don't think I could do pediatrics either. I can't stand seeing a kids sick, just breaks my heart. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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    Heparin and Epidurals--A Baaaad Combination

    Unfortunately the same mistake has happened where I work--and while I didn't do it, I think I WOULD have made the same mistake had the patient been mine. The anasthesiologist caught the mistake after only one dose had been given, thank goodness. The order on our pre-printed epidural order sheet is miniscule also, which is why I would have missed it. Wish it were in bold letters. We can't give ANY anticoagulation! I'm working somewhere else per diem now, and their epidural order sheet doesn't mention it ANYWHERE!! I brought it to the attention of the education nurse, she said she'd look into it. Glad everythink worked out for that patient!! :)
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    Unlicensed personnel calling in prescriptions?!

    I'm an RN, the very first time I called in a prescription I asked the pharmacist on the other end of the line if they needed my full name and nursing license number. I was FLABBERGASTED when she told me, "You're an RN? We don't need your name, you're better than what we usually get!" She went on to say they get secretaries, medical assistants, etc calling in scripts. I was calling in NARCOTICS!! I couldn't believe it. All I could think was about how easy it would be for me to call in a narc prescription for ANYBODY if I were the type of person to do that!! I hated calling in prescriptions because of this. Didn't feel comfortable with it. Anyhow, the pharmacists here no longer take narc scripts over the phone (Thank goodness!), but you still don't have to be a nurse to call in the others. Still a mistake, I think. Hopefully this will change too!
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    Just curious......

    Hi!! Welcome to the Board! I worked as a CNA for six years before I became and RN, and personally I suggest it to anyone who wants to become a nurse. (IF they can take the probable paycut!! :) ) Aside from the fact it'll expose you to the area that you want to be in, and from the fact that you'll probably learn so much just from what you see and from any friendly nurse who's willing to teach you what they're doing and allow you to see certain procedures, etc. (and it sounds like you have time for things like that!), you also learn how to interact with the patients and their families. That's what I feel the big advantage is. I think it's wonderful that you float within a hospital, you must see so much!! I only worked a nursing home and rehab, which gave me some great wounds to check out. LOL Anyway, I wouldn't take my CNA days back for anything, I loved 'em!! And, I truly understand how hard they work, I never push them for anything, understand if I want something done NOW, I may have to do it myself if they're really busy! I wish you the best of luck in school, and I'm sure you'll be a better nurse for your experience now!! Sorry, I get long winded!! :) LOL P.S. I'll admit I can't find them sometimes, but usually one CNA will know where the other one is, and there's always someone covering the unit! :)
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    Disgruntled is putting it mildly... need input !

    Honestly? I would refuse to go.....mandatory or not. I don't even go to my mandatory staff meetings at work unless I'm already there. The reason I don't go on days off is because I think it STINKS that I'd have to travel a half hour one way for a meeting!! I can't IMAGINE a two hour drive one way!! FORGET IT!! My time is worth a LOT to me, and they had better compensate for it if they want me there!! Can't they just send the minutes of the meeting or a tape of the inservice for you to watch? That's what I do, read the minutes of the meetings and sign that I've read them. I don't know about recourse, but maybe the video idea might be worth a try. Good luck, and I'm sorry you have to be put through stuff like that!!
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    NCLEX "easy" question??

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    Jack Osborne Rehab....

    I haven't read or heard on TV what Jack Osbourne was taking, but I think you might mean Oxcontin. It's a long acting narcotic analgesic, and a Godsend for many people in pain. If sold on the street (usually a $1 a mg, I believe) drug addicts can crush it and take it that way, which makes it an immediate release and makes them high. Unfortunately, many drug stores have been robbed and employees have been killed because of addicts/drug dealers stealing this drug, but again, it's a great pain killer for people who need it.
  10. Right Jnette! Knowing more than one language really does help in these things! My first language was actually Portuguese, which made learning Spanish VERY easy! And Italian is also very close to those two languages. I really wish Latin was required for health professionals. I signed up for it when I was in high school, knowing it would help in my career in health care (thought I wanted to be a doctor at the time!), but the class was dropped because no one signed up! Too bad, it really could help in so many areas! :)
  11. I remember a lot of them because I took spanish, and some of the abbreviations happen to coincide with spanish words!! LOL (ex. NPO=nada por oral=nothing by mouth!) I remember hs as Hour of Sleep, for some reason I always had a hard time with that one in school. LOL Good luck! :)
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    Overdoing VS!!

    Full head to toe assessments with VS q four hours, VS more often if needed, obviously. This is on a cardiac surgical step down unit. If the patient has been really stable, I certainly don't wake them in the middle of the night though, as long as they are a good 3 days post op, at least. What kind of unit do you work on, stella123 rn? If you think a patient is rock stable and doesn't need q four hour VS, then just do q shift, unless there's a change in the patient. :)
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    NCLEX "easy" question??

    Hi! First of all, I'm sure you did fine! I felt exactly the same way when I took my NCLEX. I felt as if I were guessing on many answers, and then I got the question, "Which is the correct way to administer Heparin SQ?" I figured that I got the question before THAT wrong!! Couldn't get much easier! Mine shut off at 75 questions too, and I was positive that I failed because the questions seemed so difficult. But I passed, and luckily it only took four business days to find out! But, at any rate, you're NOT stupid!! Please keep us updated when you get your results, I'm sure you'll do fine! Good luck! :)
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    am i crazy?

    I think you made the right decision. I HAVE had a job where I absolutely dreaded walking in everyday, and no amount of money in the world would ever had made me happy there. If you're happy where you are, you should stay. :)
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    Your number of NCLEX Q's to Pass?

    Woohoo!! Congratulations!! IT'S OVER!!
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    Your number of NCLEX Q's to Pass?

    I just found this website quickly that tells you how Computer Adaptive testing works, although it's boring reading. I copied and pasted the following paragraph, hopefully make you feel better. :) http://www.ncsbn.org/public/testing/info_cat.htm NCLEX examination decisions are not based solely on how many questions a candidate answers correctly, but also on the difficulty of the questions a candidate answers correctly. CAT administers questions with difficulty levels so that each candidate will answer about half correctly; these questions provide the most information. Thus, all candidates answer about 50 percent correctly: passing candidates answer 50 percent of more difficult questions correctly, and failing candidates answer 50 percent of easier questions correctly.