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    Back to Traditional Nursing Uniforms?

    To be perfectly honest, I think the white nursing uniform is beautiful and incredibly symbolic of what a nurse is. (female only of course, lol) I would love to wear a white scrub dress, cute little nurse hat, shoes with a little bit of a heel..... But seriously, I would be so uncomfortable and so preoccupied with keeping it clean that I would be totally ineffective. I cant drink a single can of soda without wearing some of it, and pretty much all of my food bounces off my boobs otw to my mouth lol. It would be a failed attempt at best, and a full scale adventure in humiliation at its worst. I'd have to keep spare scrubs in my desk just to make it through the day.
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    Do your hospitals have bed bug problems?

    I dont personally have a problem with bed bugs, but I can tell you its going around the east coast and its in SC.
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    Fluid restrictions vs Patient rights

    I skipped the 500 pages of this thread... but since this was a response to my post... When I am a patient I AM NOT A CHILD!!! If a woman goes in to labor and goes into the hospital, the doc wants an epidural, pitocin, NPO. So would you say that if I chose not to go NPO or to refuse the epidural and/or pitocin I should go have my baby in the alley? Thats pretty much what you're saying. Drink water and go have your heart attack elsewhere. The reason people hate hospitals so much is because they feel like they loose all control of themselves and their lives when they walk in there. How is a patient taking responsibility for themselves when you treat them like a CHILD??? It is a proven fact that bringing patients into the process of taking care of themselves improves compliance. Wetting their lips, bringing them a sip of water, talking to them about the reason for the restriction (and I dont mean quoting 'education' I am really listening to them) goes a lot further. It doesnt take all day to make a patient feel like a person, but treating them like a child with no control over the decisions of their care and their life can bring a feeling of hospital-phobia and helplessness that will last for a LIFETIME.
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    Office Nurses!!!

    I work for a medical clinic, the only difference perhaps being that we get grants to care for the homeless at one of our clinics (but not all 4 for the most part) so that may factor in to the sheer amount of paperwork. Each doctor generally has 2 nurses - 1 for paperwork, 1 for intake. Our intake nurses put patients into the room, take bp/weight/temp/height/hr and o2 sat and peak flow if they're having breathing issues. They also do a lot of breathing treatments, finger stick blood sugar/HIV/hemoglobin, urinalysis, setting up rooms for paps and procedures, ear flushes, and more. We also do some med related things, collecting and distributing meds from sample closet and med assistance programs (all overseen/ordered by the provider) Our paperwork nurse does referrals, calls in meds, does pre-auths for meds, radiology referrals, getting back/entering reports, taking calls, doing a lot of triage and "nurse visits". We also do paperwork for a few things that are processed through grants, which is a pretty drawn out process. Because I'm at our homeless clinic now, we see a lot of knife wounds, random assault and alcohol related accidents etc, but I'm sure you get your share of drug seekers, chest pain, etc at private clinics as well. I love what I do and where I work, and I can't imagine working in any but this kind of setting. Hopefully I will never have to. :)
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    Lvn's who became Rn's... how did you do it?

    I got my LPN and graduated last August. My plan was to go right into a LPN-RN bridge program from there, and get a job that worked around that. I ended up taking the first job I could, 8:30-5:30 m-f which pretty much nixed it for me. I figured I'd work until my pre-reqs were done and then figure something else out, but now that I'm working, and really enjoying my job, going back to school is harder and harder. If you have a choice to go straight through your RN or do the bridge program, please take my advice and do your RN up front. It means struggling for a few more semesters, but it is SO much easier to go straight through than to stop and go back.
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    Public Health and birth control

    I work in community health, which is similar to public health. Our services are free to the majority of our patients, we do free paps, mammograms, general care, STD/HIV testing/counseling, along with general care. I cant imagine being here, with the patients I have (and love!) and being judgemental. People won't trust you, if you judge them, regardless of their backgrounds/beliefs/choices. Those that walk through our doors are very distrustful of healthcare providers, because of how they are judged, and nothing less than open minded acceptance of them, continuously, changes that. Think of it this way: given your beliefs, if patients know that you have them, they would likely be less open about their thoughts/concerns regarding pregnancy. That would undermine everything you are trying to do, as a public health nurse.
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    Not smart enough to be a doctor?

    delivering a healthy baby is cake... Its more about staying out of the way. The human body is amazing that way. Thats a big difference from taking care of very sick babies in the NICU with wires and resuscitation and meds and random crashes. IMO the biggest difference between nursing school and MD school is time. I could do it. I wouldn't love the classes but I've no doubt that I could get through. However, the idea of that much school straight and being moved all over the country before being let loose to actually get a 'real' job, not to mention the debt incurred, almost makes me break out in hives.
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    Fluid restrictions vs Patient rights

    "not interested in helping themselves" Nice way to think about patients. sigh This is why I don't work in a hospital, and am terrified of being there. Patient rights are trampled, and to not agree with or abide by one choice means you are "not interested in helping yourself". I'm sorry but patients have a right to make their own choices in life, even if its to their detriment. It is THEIR lives, and when they are unable to walk to the sink, they are completely at our mercy for every thing. We may not like it, or agree with them, but throwing the baby out with the bath water and assuming they dont care about themselves and should just go home has a lot to do with the total non-compliance of patients. Think of it this way: if you have a patient with a fluid restriction that is insisting on a drink regardless, and they get their own, they are probably going to get a tanker full of water. If you get it for them, you can give them a dixie cup full, and that might be enough to get them through. The idea of being the patient in this situation practically has me breaking out in hives.
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    Tennessee Mothers Choosing Home Births

    I've had 3 children... the first in a hospital where I was terrified, my terror encouraged (i.e. do x y z because you dont want to be in pain or hurt your baby) I gotta tell ya, I was in a lot of pain, fear, and have had a huge issue with the idea of being pregnant again, so much that it was 9 years before I ventured down that path again. I had my second and third child at home, in water. My second was 2 min 30 seconds from a hospital with a NICU. They were born at home, in water, in an amazingly soothing environment, and believe it or not, right into my very own hands. It was an amazing experience for me, and I cannot tell you how incredible the bond we shared, or how safe we felt. I did about 8 months of research on home birth, birth complications, things to look for, etc etc (and I mean obsessively over 8 months). I've gotten off my soapbox about my children's home births because so many wont understand it no matter how great the stats and are pretty nasty about it.
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    Dating someone from within ???

    I've dated in the workplace often, before I became a nurse. Its complicated, and it becomes way more complicated if it doesn't work out between you. If you are far enough away that you don't have to deal with eachother if the situation goes south its not bad, but when you have to see that person all the time when they screwed you over and broke your heart... very tough. All that said, the heart wants what the heart wants, and I've found not following my heart to be a very bad idea. You don't want to wake up 10 years from now and think "what if..." There will always be another job, there will not always be another "the one"
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    Just sign for it

    This is a really scary concept. So what happens when suddenly someone is accused of stealing the meds? they were signed for, but there is no proof they were given to a patient and nobody can find them.... Would be very hard to protect yourself from nefarious allegations after the fact.
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    Any New Grads working Per Diem?

    I was offered a per diem job about 2 weeks in to my job search. I took it, and got almost 40 hrs a week from it, and ended up with a full time job offer about 7 months later. Now that I'm "full time" I get more time off than I did as per diem, lol. I never regretted it, and almost wish I still worked that way, because it gives you a greater amount of freedom in your hours etc.
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    Offered a PRN position...To accept or not to accept.

    I love PRN work. There is something about the freedom of being able to pick and chose shifts that makes it feel less like "work". I went full time a few months ago and was the first person to get the call asking if I wanted the job, because I had meshed so well with them as a PRN. I miss the PRN status because of the freedom, but would never have gotten the full time job if I hadn't taken that leap first. Take it. You'll get a chance to see the place before you have to commit to a full schedule, and you'll know better if its what you want. How many of us have gone into a full time permanent job thinking it would be great and finding out after the fact that it wasnt so wonderful after all.
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    New nurses thinking of leaving nursing

    "until we RN's fix it" Good luck with that "RNs". Might get a little further if you are inclusive instead of exclusive. There are many who work in the medical field, and RNs, LPNs, med techs etc need to be on the same team for change just as much as to function in any capacity. OP, one bad job does not a bad career make. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, etc. There are other types of nursing besides hospital, and more than one hospital to work at. Diversify, apply elsewhere, not every place is great, not every place sucks either. It may take awhile to find another job, but your job might seem that much less painful when you see an end in sight (a new job).
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    How many of you hate your job?

    I am a nurse who is passionate. I cry over my patients, I go beyond what my 'job' dictates a lot, and I feel like my purpose on this planet was found the day I walked in the door there. That doesn't mean I havent had shifts where I literally RAN out the door at 5:30 or nights where I surfed want ads just to make myself feel better. I don't even need a job, except to pay for the car I bought to drive to work. I didnt even need full time for that, but took it because I feel this is what I was meant to do. Sappy story told, I would say if I ever left, it would be when the nurse vs nurse drama gets out of control. I am thankful that I work with some really great people, but that could change any time, and having to work with someone trying to stab you in the back day in and day out gets REALLY old after awhile, particularly when admin likes them or assumes they're right. Its happened to me once, and if it happened on a regular basis, even my "life changing job" would not be enough to keep me there. Seriously though, I think the OP is a troll...
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    How many of you hate your job?

    Not sitting at a desk? lol what kind of nursing do YOU do? I am in paperwork up to my eyeballs and then some. Just because you are a nurse doesnt mean there's no desk involved. I do patient care, but my dellusions of being Florence Nightingale, are long gone. Btw, I dont hate my job. There's a difference between hating your job and being realistic. And I spend all day listening to other people talk about their issues, and feeling sympathy out the wazoo. If I want to act and feel selfishly about my frustrations at the end of the day, thats my perrogative. :) I'll put my happy cap back on tomorrow~