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  1. You do have one advantage now. You've already taken at least a couple of tests already, and have probably learned a bit about the... unique... style of some nursing test questions. I had to totally re-think my study strategies for nursing school test...
  2. My experience was similar lelafin. I can only commiserate. :heartbeat
  3. RN in the OR?

    I don't think you're saying that health care techs function at the level of a trained monkey, are you? If techs are lacking in any needed skills/competencies, then can't they be taught? Can only nursing programs teach patient advocacy? Delegation ski...
  4. RN in the OR?

    Wow, what a great detailed description of all that OR nurses do! I certainly get that they do a lot! My question is which of those activities are *nursing* activities (regardless of whether or not a nurse is doing it) and which are not necessarily *...
  5. RN in the OR?

    To me, this comes back to a key issue.... what *is* nursing? Nurses can *do* many things... from emptying trash cans, to intubating in an emergency. From giving injections, to taking a health history, to identifying medication errors, to assessing he...
  6. Who has more stess RT or RN?

    Different stresses... personally, I do better knowing a few things really well than a little about a lot, so between the two in an acute care setting on the general floors, I'd think RT would suit me better. Of course, nurses work in many different s...
  7. RN in the OR?

    Thanks for your response. I think you make some good points! Still, isn't the above issue more of a legal technicality than an issue of qualification and competency? Advance practice nurses have fought for the right to prescribe drugs without physi...
  8. Is it illegal to initial when.....

    I do have to wonder how many of the repondents here actually work in LTC. And the ones who do, I have to ask how realistic it is for a newbie to actually check on each and every treatment, as the newbie is probably already waaaayyy behind because the...
  9. RN in the OR?

    I don't think it's overkill to say it's important to have an experienced acute care nurse in the OR. Just having an RN license in no way reflects a person's ability to respond to such "hairy" situations. Nursing school doesn't really teach those thin...
  10. "Look up the hospital policy" "Clarify the orders with the physician" "Know every med you give, what it's for, appropriate dosage, etc - if you don't, look it up!" ... absolutely! Except that when you're a newbie so much of what one comes across is e...
  11. Should I ask Questions? Need Advice Fast!

    My experience with a nursing home was that there wasn't really a "HR" department at the facility such as that found in a large hospital. There was some central office somewhere else that dealt with benefits and the like, but the staff in the nursing...
  12. Time Management

    Ugh, exercises like this bug the heck out of me! Without real world experience as a nurse on the floor, how in the heck are students supposed to have anything to contribute a presentation about managing one's time as a nurse on the floor? It's like a...
  13. Air in IV flush syringe??

    Sure would be nice if more instructors could/would explain things so thoroughly... we had "critical thinking" pushed down our throats. Then they'd give a never-break rule of nursing such as "NO AIR IN THE LINE. EVER. IT CAN KILL" We'd see nurses we'r...
  14. I'd say to not ask "can I get into and through nursing school"? You probably can. The question is "do I want to be a nurse"? Not always an easy question to answer since nurses function in many different roles, from OR scrub nurse to outpatient NP. S...
  15. New Grad in ICU feeling terrible...,

    To go on a tangent... why in the heck isn't it standard to teach such standard notation in nursing school? I'm sure some do, though even then, I imagine those students who were explicitly instructed on such things just had the good luck of being with...