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Brian ASN, RN

CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele
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Brian has 27 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele.

"Be the type of nurse you want to work with" - Brian Short RN Several years experience in CCU, Geriatrics, Long Term Acute Care, Telemetry. I started a hobby nursing website while I was in nursing school, way back in 1994, which has progressed its way into what allnurses.com is today.

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    Past history and the Nurse

    As we prepare for a Nursing career, we have to consider our past. As care givers, we are held to some of the highest standards in order to earn the privilege of being licensed as a Nurse. Many times mistakes and poor choices are made that can blemish our backgrounds making it difficult to enter into a Nursing program, attend clinicals, graduate, and/or become licensed. Can a less than stellar background be overcome?
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    Nurses and their pens

    You know how you have that one favorite pen that fits just right in your hand and writes so smoothly? You get very attached to it....and then, much to your dismay it seems to grow legs and disappears. Be prepared by stocking up so you'll always have a backup.
  3. Nurses, There are always a handful of people that stay with you like this! Let's hear your stories! I'm sure there are hundreds of wonderful stories to share with each other!
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    Satisfying exhaustion

    Nurses truly work hard every single hour of every single work day. Many times, they skip meals and bathroom breaks. Not good, of course, but let's fact it, it happens all too often. Once they leave the job and finally can come home, it's hard to just let it all go. Down time reflection for many of us reveals that yes ... we worked very hard, but the odd thing is, we enjoyed it especially knowing that WE made a difference in another person's life.
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    Celebrity TV Nurses

    How many TV shows about Nurses have you seen? There have been many in years gone by. I remember watching reruns of one called "Temperature's Rising" that was made back in the 70's. And, of course we've had several more since then. They never seem to actually capture the true essence of the Nurse, however. And, maybe the Producers think that reality TV would be boring? What? I think a reality Nurse TV show would be a HIT! What do you think? Visit Nursing Toons / Memes for more cartoons!
  6. At best, hospitals have four walls and a roof and I seriously doubt that contained within these four walls is a Nurse's Break Room as described here. That would be heaven. But, who would be taking care of the patients? Maybe that's why we will never see anything like this. Come on, dream a little dream with me and tell me what you envision as the perfect Break Room. Visit Nursing Toons / Memes for more cartoons!
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    Being a Nurse Means _____

    What does being a nurse mean to you? This Poem covers a lot of ground, but I am sure you can add more to it :) Reply with your comments. Being a Nurse Means You will never be bored. You will always be frustrated. You will be surrounded by challenges. So much to do and so little time. You will carry immense responsibility and very little authority. You will step into people's lives and you will make a difference. Some will bless you. Some will curse you. You will see people at their worst - and at their best. You will never cease to be amazed at people's capacity for love, courage, endurance. You will see life begin - and end. You will experience resounding triumphs and devastating failures. You will cry a lot. You will laugh a lot. You will know what it is to be human and to be humane. - Melodie Chenevert What does being a nurse mean to you?
  8. Take a brief survey here : What is your biggest nursing challenge? We've had several articles and threads recently dealing with many problems and challenges that nurses are facing today. We get so caught up in caring for others that many times we forget about taking care of ourselves. So many issues nurses face on a daily basis can lead to emotional and physical burnout, job dissatisfaction, anxiety, illness, and more, unless we learn how to cope with the stresses that won't go away. Although the root of many of these challenges seem unsurmountable, there are things that can be done for how we react under the stresses many of you are experiencing. This got me to thinking…...what can we do about this? I know many of you come here to vent about the challenges you are facing. And that is good. But how can allnurses be more supportive to you than just offering a sounding board? I'd like to know: What is your biggest personal challenge as a nurse or nursing student? What's keeping you from enjoying your job or your preparations to be a nurse? What is taking the joy out of your life? I'm really curious and I want to know. In order to help, we need to know more about those stresses you are facing at work or in school. So please take a few minutes to answer some questions. Click here to answer a few questions. Your feedback by participating in this short survey will be instrumental in helping us as we develop things that we hope will help you with your challenges....before you reach the state of burnout. This is your chance to have an impact on our plans for future developments and offerings through allnurses. To express our appreciation for you taking time to answer a few questions, we will be having a random drawing of (4) $50 gift cards to those who complete the questionnaire. I look forward to hearing from you! After taking the survey, please feel free to share your feedback in this thread. Go ahead and vent. Sometimes talking about it is very therapeutic. Thanks
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    She Wants A Cookie, but We Only Have Crackers!!!

    I started out in the nursing home and had those same feelings of just being a pill pusher and not really using my skills. I felt intimidated by all the experience nurses who were so wise and seemed to know everything. As I grew more confident, these feelings lessened. I tried learning everything I could from all the experience nurses, I asked tons of questions, got involved with as many new experiences that I could. Eventually I found my confidence as a new nurse. It just takes time. Be a sponge, learn as much as you can from those veteran nurses, they are full of gold nuggets! Once they know you are willing and desire to learn, they can be great mentors! I remember having so much respect for several of the LPNs who had worked for 30 years, they were such amazing nurses and could run circles around most of the RNs. They were experts! Best of Luck! It'll get better.
  10. The Nurse's job description doesn't include "household maintenance" but how many times have we had to take care of something other than patient healthcare needs? Tightening a loose screw, switching out a soap dispenser, changing a light bulb are a few that come to mind. We wear many different hats in this profession. How about you? What non-Nursing duties have you had to perform?
  11. Oh, how I remember those school uniforms. I couldn't wait to be rid of those things. I had a female friend who graduated from her program years ago who told me I was lucky because her uniform was a straight skirt with a kick pleat in back. For the life of me, I don't know what a kick pleat is, but sounds really uncomfortable. What is your Nursing uniform like and are you going to save one for posterity? Visit Nursing Toons / Memes for more cartoons!
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    Wage for STNA or CNA

    FYI, I edited the title of the thread for more clarity to your question.