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ErinJane has 2 years experience and specializes in Neuro.

I am 22 and approaching my fifth semester in the bachelors program at Boise State University. I love being outside. I am very political and I also plan on getting a minor in Political Science.

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    CE as an unemployed new grad?

    Hey- I graduated in December 2009 and I am still seeking employment. To say that I am getting a little rusty would be an understatement. I've been reading CE articles and reviewing my textbooks. Should I even worry about getting CE credits? Right now I read the articles for the knowledge in general. Would this help me out with my job search or be a huge waste of time? Thanks for any advice you can give. Erin
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    Nursing Shortage Looming

    I think generalizations based on age can be dangerous. However, generalizations based on experience (in quality not quantity) are valuable. I am 22 years old and will be an RN in about a months time. I bow down to my more experienced nurses just like I would value and take my lessons from the more experienced staff in any field. I think the attitude noted by some of you is probably entitlement, but I wouldn't say that entitlement isn't a "young nurse" problem but a personality defect. I am a professional. I won't be walked on, but I draw the line at presuming I am more entitled than anyone else. I am lucky to be a nurse. Yes, I worked hard, but especially with nursing schools being so selective, I feel lucky to be in this profession.
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    dating in nursing school

    This guy sounds like a misogynist of the highest degree. In general I think dating can be managed in nursing school as long as expectations are clarified from the beginning. I have been in the same situation where the guy was overly pushy, demanding and made me feel guilty for not wanting to spend every moment with him. Don't do it. Just my two cents. Good luck though!
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    Working the night shift

    I just got off back to back twelve hour nights for my preceptorship :). To adjust I go to bed at my regular time the night before but set my alarm for 2 or 3 am. Then I make myself stay awake until about 9-10 am then go back to bed until 4 or 5 pm depending on how long it will take me to get ready. Eat a large meal (such as a normal dinner) right before you head to the hospital. Remind yourself to eat something at about midnight or 1 am. Also, if you find yourself getting sleepy walk around the floor or start researching conditions that your pts. have. Nights are an excellent time to get experience with cares since usually anyone of the floor will let you attempt anything on their pts because they have the time to assist/observe. Also, I've notice (I'm my experience) night shift nurses are very laid back. Good luck!
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    Whats the deal with all the crying?!?!....

    The only time I cried in school was a day when I was running a fever (I didn't realize it when I went into clinicals) and was running on 3 hours of sleep. I had a pt. who was asking me to help him kill himself and I kept trying to distract him but all he would do was cry and I was exhausted. I finally broke down at the nurses station and my instructor sent me home. Then I had to have pts. with mental health dxs for the rest of my time in that clinical just to prove I could handle it.
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    No She/he Did Not!!!

    They are trying to say "puss-like". But instead they are writing about a kitty cat... or a profane name for a body part... ha.
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    Don't like making nurses mad!!

    Don't get the wrong impression, alot of the RNs I've worked with wouldn't get mad if you said that, but they might still want to teach you their way. As long as they aren't causing real or potential harm to the pt. the way they perform the procedure I would just watch and take notes. Honestly, short cuts can be your best friend on the floor. Just take notes and then determine how you are going to perform the procedures when you get out there.
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    What is your perception of a nurse?

    I think nurses are just people. We aren't angels or more loving than the average person. I think we are competent professional who specialize in providing cares and performing assessments which advance the health of our pts. You don't really have to be soft or nurturing, but I do think you have to be quite empathetic.
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    Jipped at rural nursing school

    I graduate in four weeks (!). I haven't inserted a catheter, and I've only done one IV on a pt ( I had done 3 or 4 on other students). According to most of the people I know in the nursing field think that nursing school gives you the basic tools, but you learn a lot of things after school. I don't think your school is failing you at all, but I do agree that it is frustrating.
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    Men in Nursing

    I love the men I work with in my preceptorship. I am on the neuro floor at nights and my preceptor and about 2/5ths of the staff are men. I think it helps balance everything out.
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    Nursing student with a learning disability

    I have dyslexia. At first it scared my profs. They thought I might confuse meds or (because I occasionally reverse or disorder numbers) give the wrong dose. However, you just have to be a little more vigilant than most. It shouldnt prevent you from being an awesome nurse.
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    Fainting in Surgery Clinical...

    I almost passed out during a C/S. No worries. Sometimes you just have an off day. I ended up sitting in the waiting room for 2 hours sipping water until my teacher came and made me eat some cereal. It doesn't mean you arent capable or that you won't make an awesome nurse.
  13. I agree with almost everything and I am in my 5th semester (so my... 63rd week?). I still find time to go out and party a bit about once every two weeks. And I still watch my shows during my down time. But I really agree with the statement about the kind of people you befriend. Pick the happy or relaxed ones. Avoid the negative or stressed out ones. Good luck.
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    Albumin and Protein levels

    I had a pt. today with low albumin and protein. I already associated this with her edema, however, my instructor pointed out that I am forgetting something. So far I have thought of RBC/hemaglobin levels. Is there something else I am forgetting?
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    New Nursing School Student...HELP!

    Allheart.com is a great resource for stethoscopes, BP cuffs etc. I was going to have to pay 20 more for the same stethoscope at a uniform store.
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    BSu nursing student-to-be with questions

    I wouldn't start out a post with "not bashing you guys" and proceed to do just that. I'm so sorry you've had bad experiences with BSU nursing students, however, that was incredibly rude. I hope you get to meet my classmates. Some might be snobby, but thats a personality defect, not a product of the program. If someone is incompetent, maybe it should be attributed to their character, because BSU provides you with the tools you need to succeed, you simply have to make good use of them. Erin Jane