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FluffyNipper has 41 years experience and specializes in psychiatry, addictions.

Age 67, 3.5 college degrees, now retired, enjoy doing all kinds of stuff. Born Pittsburgh Pa, have lived and worked and an RN in Pittsburgh, Pa, New York City, San Antonio, TX, and Corpus Christi, TX. I now live in Pittsburgh with a dog, a sister, and too many cats. . . . .

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  1. Nurses writing up other nurses usually means that the "writing up nurse" doesn't have enough to do and his/her unit is overstaffed. It's also the reason that I will never work for another nursing unit again in my life.
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    How do you wash your scrubs?

    I doubt that hot or cold washing with detergent would kill germs on scrubs. Hot water at home is not THAT hot. Using a small amount of chlorine bleach or an H2O2 based additive (put into the wash water, agitate for a few seconds, and only then put in your things) should not harm your clothing and should probably kill most common hospital germs.
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    I'm 39 and want to become a nurse.

    Go for it! I don't think you will find discrimination - i didn't. I suggest you try to enter the profession with as advanced a degree as possible - MSN if you can find a program that admits non-nurses, otherwise a BSN program. There are lots of nurse-attorneys around who might have an interesting slant on the nursing profession for you. Incidentally, I did not find the nursing profession as free from the adversarial stance as you hope you will find it. Conflict is inherent in just about all human undertakings. I got my BSN in my 30s, MSN in my 40s, took post-MSN courses in my 50s.
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    Male Nurses

    Being a male RN will make you MORE desirable as a boy friend/fiance/husband/father/whatever: better salary, more job prospects, more prestiege, more girlfriends. You're listening to the wrong people! Where I live, ALL nurses, male and female alike, are respected PROFESSIONALS. Gay is not much of an issue; gay people are EVERYWHERE, you just don't see them. I seem to notice a lot of -- ahem -- gay medical students and doctors.
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    Psych nursing to start out?

    Following the advice of instructors and others, I spent some time working med-surg before I switched into psych nursing. I personally found that my med-surg year gave me experience unrelated to and irrelevant to psych nursing. If you want to work in psych, get a job in psych; if you want to work in med-surg, get a job in med-surg. If you are at all inclined to school, considering getting an MSN degree in psych mental health nursing, either as an NP or CNS. Graduate school in nursing is not at all hard -- it is more of a gigantic endurance race!!!!
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    psychopharm references

    I've seen little in the way of written instructions about how to taper one med and then how to start another. When you taper a patient from a given medication you consider many factors including such things as (a) the half life of the medication, (b) how the pt is tolerating the taper, © whether or not you are replacing it with a similar medication, (d) whether both medications are sedating (vs. is one sedating and is one sedating), (e) the extent to which the pt is tolerating the med to be discontinued, (f) the urgency of getting the first med stopped vs. the urgency of getting the second med started, (g) DON'T FALL INTO THE TRAP OF THINKING THAT ONE MED MUST BE DISCONTINUED BEFORE YOU START THE SECOND MED IS STARTED. (h) incidentally, pts regularly will misunderstand your instructions and think they are to d/c one med before they start the second med. Remember, you won't know for weeks-to-months if a change of medication is helpful........
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    3 year Diploma from India...trying to study for BSN

    Hello Nurse2Work: Congratulations on your success, passing the NCLEX and coping with the ordeal of getting your RN from any American nursing board. In the past I have taught and counseled American nursing students, so here are some suggestions based on my own experiences: (1) call, or better yet, visit several local BSN programs to see how they can accommodate you and help you in your goal to earn the degree you seek. How much credit you get for your 3 year nursing program depends on the policies of each individual university. In general,you can expect to get about 2 years of credit (out of the total 4 year nursing program.) (2) contact (call/visit) the local Social Security office to see if you qualify for an American social security number. Since you are in the USA legally, they can only say Yes or No! (3) See if you can't befriend a local RN who can help orient you to our mutual profession as it is practiced here. (4) Always keep in mind that you are a highly sought after professional person. It is possible that a hospital might help you with any immigration issues that arise in connection with employment. GOOD LUCK!!

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