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nyteshade has 18 years experience and specializes in A lil bit of this and a lil bit of that.

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  1. We don't need more research that attempts to figure out how one nurse can safely give meds to 20-30 residents in a two hour window. It simply cannot be done and it's absurd to continue to think it can be done. Lets look at some math: If I had twenty residents in a 120 minute (2 hour) window to give meds, I would have to spend no more than 6 minutes pouring and administering per resident. Now if I had thirty residents, that would be no more than 4 minutes a person pouring and administering meds. Oh yeah, and everyone has multiple meds and routes on top of that!
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    WC has very specific language and laws. I'd start with a Google search of your state work comp laws/regs. As someone who's done WC, you definitely need to be aware of this stuff. They really should be formally training you on this!
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    After 5 years of bedside, I just can't anymore.

    As someone who has changed jobs for lifestyle reasons, yes I'd say look elsewhere. There's more to life than just your job and I have been clinical and nonclinical.
  4. You will always hurt...
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    Nurses, how do you view your job?

    It seems most newer nurses are confusing empathy with sympathy. It is very well possible for me as an experienced nurse to anticipate the needs of my patients, understand their feelings, and respond in a professional therapeutic manner all without feeling pity or sorrow for them (sympathy). After doing my job, I go home, shower and wash the shift away. And what does compassion look like for real? To me, it's letting the patient whose had a rough night sleep in a little, or advocating a way to minimize IV sticks in someone, you get the point. Compassion in nursing is being able to look at the big picture of what's going on, and making it a little better. Newer nurses may not fully appreciate just how compassionate experienced nurses can be...more often then not, we just show it differently. And no, I do not consider nursing a calling, but something I got pretty decent at.
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    The Hotel Phenomenon

    I would triple like this thread if I could!
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    The Hotel Phenomenon

    Most nights I'm a barista, plumber, chef, electrician, and NASA engineer (who else could fix a faulty bed?).
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    How do you leave it at work?

    I go home & wash it all away!
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    Mixture patients on ortho

    I'm pretty sure your hospital has a policy on this to show the physician. It's been my experience that docs are not up to speed on things like infection control. I've worked at many hospitals that have MRSA/VRE/insert whatever infection here patients on the same unit as colonized/infected patients. That doctor is full of it. Wait...don't you guys use isolation precautions?
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    need suggestions... laptop or tablet?

    OP, I suggest whatever you like as long as you make sure you have Microsoft Office. You will write tons of papers (especially if you are a BSN student).
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    Is a BSN-RN necessary?

    I second that response. Get a BSN, hospitals are starting to not hire ASNs. Hospitals won't care about your other bachelor's degree. I see you are in Colorado... You'll need a BSN for sure.
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    High Skill Jobs That Don't Require Need A College Degree

    Actually, the article is titled: High-Skill Jobs That Don’t Need a College Degree. What a bunch of crock![h=1][/h]
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    New grad offered job at Pain Clinic

    Sounds like a nice offer. Good luck!
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    So bitter? So soon?

    OP, I think you are writing nursing off way too fast. How will you ensure going EMT will get you a job? Many ambulance companies are also cutting back. There are immature students everywhere I'm pretty sure about that. I'm no new nurse, and I can tell you the key to landing a job as a new grad is networking and endurance. It's a sucky time right now...but I understand your need to vent. Like many other posters have already stated, most people don't get job offers before school ends. Most hospitals will reject apps with no license, because you wouldn't meet the minimum requirements.
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    Is it worth it anymore?

    OP, don't let something like "personality" turn you off from becoming a doctor if that's what you want. I've been a nurse for 10 years, and I couldn't tell you what a "nurse personality" is or what a "doctor personality" is. I've met doctors I've liked, and nurses I've liked...others not so much. Focus on what fits your life and needs better.
  16. Try a job search for home health pediatric nurse and see what kind requirements you get. Plan based on the job market.