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I was an L.P.N. for 10 years prior to getting my R.N.

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    Smokers

    Now for my 2 cents. I am a smoker. Not always proud of it, but it happens. I do not take more than my share of breaks. How many times do non-smokers sit at the desk and chitchat, talk about this person and that person? What is the difference? I'm just not on the floor joining in with the "games" I am outside chitchatting with others of my kind. Like someone said, some non-smokers take a full 30-60 min break and they have to watch thier patients. I take exactly 8 minutes. 5 to smoke 1 1/2 minutes both ways to get to the "butt hutt" I don't go out to smoke often because I am the only nurse on the floor for 14 patients!!!( I work in a hospital not a nursing home!!!) I have to get a nursing supervisor to come and relieve me, if she/he feels like it. I am lucky to get one 15 minute break all the days I work put together. So don't put all of us in a catagory of out there smoking all the time while you are sitting at the desk talking (talking-smoking what's the diff??) If you want a break then take one, you are entitled to 2 15 min in a 12 hr shift, instead of watching the clock of the evil smokers. Lighten up while we light up. Last I heard it is still a free country. How would you like it if I complained that you talk too much in a 12 hr day???? __________________ Suzanne
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    Smokers

    Now for my 2 cents. I am a smoker. Not always proud of it, but it happens. I do not take more than my share of breaks. How many times do non-smokers sit at the desk and chitchat, talk about this person and that person? What is the difference? I'm just not on the floor joining in with the "games" I am outside chitchatting with others of my kind. Like someone said, some non-smokers take a full 30-60 min break and they have to watch thier patients. I take exactly 8 minutes. 5 to smoke 1 1/2 minutes both ways to get to the "butt hutt" I don't go out to smoke often because I am the only nurse on the floor for 14 patients!!!( I work in a hospital not a nursing home!!!) I have to get a nursing supervisor to come and relieve me, if she/he feels like it. I am lucky to get one 15 minute break all the days I work put together. So don't put all of us in a catagory of out there smoking all the time while you are sitting at the desk talking (talking-smoking what's the diff??) If you want a break then take one, you are entitled to 2 15 min in a 12 hr shift, instead of watching the clock of the evil smokers. Lighten up while we light up. Last I heard it is still a free country. How would you like it if I complained that you talk too much in a 12 hr day????
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    Who Influenced You???

    This might sound crazy, but when I was about 4 or 5, my mother used to watch General Hospital. I would watch it with her and my grandmother, and saw what things they did on TV. Later, I was hooked on any type of medical show. I can't remember a day that I didn't want to be a nurse. Now at 41, I can honestly say that I get paid to do something I love. Care and nurture patients as they heal and for the most part, get better. I have been a pt. before, and have had nasty nurses. I had always vowed not to be that way. Especially, like the nurse, when I was a nurses aide, came out of a room and interupted me to stop feeding a pt. and "put the head of the bed down'' on a person she had just come out of their room. Now honestly, what was she thinking???? I would never ask something like that to anyone. And today, I still work with nurses that expect things like that.
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    The Italian solution to the nursing shortage

    I read in a paper where they were doing it in a Japanese ER also. I have many times said I needed roller skates, but I too would end up a pt at the ER myself.
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    Nurse Tracking Devices: Whats Your Opinion?

    HHMMM now that IS a very interesting concept. Maybe I just might mention that to my manager. That may be an eye opener for her
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    Nurse Tracking Devices: Whats Your Opinion?

    At the hospital I work at we have been using this type of system for over 3 years. At first, we hated it for various reasons, but mostly we felt we couldn't take a bathroom break without someone knowing where we were. We now have an even more powerful system that allows pts to "ring out" and ask for icecream, soda's etc and it goes directly to dietary where the diet techs bring it to them. Requests for medications go right to the nurse and bedpans etc go to the techs first. If they are tied up, then we get a reminder page and can take care of the pts needs. I just love it. And if the techs are fooling around, then they should be traced to see which ones are the problem. And we ALL know about that situation. When Docs or family call, the right person gets the page. It's great for night shift, then you aren't disturbing pts when it is called overhead. Give it a chance, you just might like it. I know I do. Time spent running here and there for things, when you are in the middle of a huge med pass, really helps save time.
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    Nursing Superstitions!

    Me...Superstitious??? Heck YES!! I worked in a nursing home for 4 years and when someone was, let's say, on thier last leg, the CNA's would tie knots in the bedsheets so to "keep thier spirits here". I thought that was being a bit much, since I was a new nurse. But, it did seem to work. Now that I work in a hospital, I see (and believe) a whole lot more. Especially when there is a full moon. And, the 3 thing....well that definately is a sign. The Q word is off limits on my unit. Say that and for sure there will be a code, a fall, or some other type of disaster. Just the other day I mentioned a pt. that was the PIA and wondered how he was. The unit clerk turned to me and said "you will find out tomorrow when he is admitted back to our unit". Me....Supersitious??? HECK YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Expected salary for new dialysis RN-with no experience

    Sounds good to me. I'm in Ohio and make $18.
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    HELP ME pleeeease!!! Is nursing good or bad!!??

    It's hard work, you feel as though you are underpaid, you feel sad sometimes that you may not have done all that you can do. But, when you see the smile on someones face when you return to thier bedside for the second day and they say they are glad to see that you are thier nurse for the day, all that other crap goes out the window. Nursing can be rewarding, and it can be a disappointment. I would not change a thing. Knowing you are out there helping someone do something as simple as going to the bathroom, or handing a drink of water to someone with arthritis that they can't hold a cup to drink is worth the heartaches you sometimes feel. I have a website with a poem on it that says it all. Please feel free to go to it and read it. http://www.homestead.com/suzannespage/4nurses.html Nursing is teaching also. Don't be discouraged what others say. If you have it in your heart to see someone get better because of what you do for them, then nursing is for you. Take care and good luck:)
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    NEW GRAD RN needs HELP!!

    Hi Jasmine! Just a bit of advice, why not try something a bit slower, such as, a nursing home, home health etc. Get your feet wet without drowning. Believe me, it is the best way to go. Or, if your area has some type of fellowship program, try that. It will let you try different areas of practice and you can find what you would like to do. I was an L.P.N. for 9 years and just got my R.N. myself. I am working on the same floor that I did as an L.P.N. and the new responsibilities are quite different. With this nurse shortage, you will come up with something. But, don't limit yourself to doing a very high stressed area at first. That is a good way to get burnt your first year. Good luck Suzanne
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    Yes, there are so many options

    I have always loved being a nurse. It was what I had always wanted to do with my life. But nursing isn't the same as it used to be. It now seems that the only thing that the higher ups are looking for is more money and less care. They don't want to hear about needing more staff to take care of the patients that are in the hospitals now. We are getting sicker patients and less staff. That does not make sense to me. What happened to taking care of the "whole" patient? Where I work, we have 9-10 patients working a 12 hr shift. That averages to a little over 1 hr per patient. That makes no sense to me. How can you treat a patient's mind spirit and body with that type of patient load? I would not recommend nursing to someone one that is young and wanting to make "big bucks". The only satisfaction that I get is that I love what I do and get paid for it too. But, I wish that things were different, and that we could give the quality care that the patients are deserving of and paying for. Thanks for letting me sound off here. Maybe one day someone will take notice that people that are sick need the TLC that they deserve, and not someone that is flickering in and out of their rooms. ------------------ Suzanne