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  1. debi49

    Ingrezza

    One of my clients was just prescribed Ingrezza for Tardive dyskinesia. I have not heard of it before, as I believe it is pretty new and very expensive. Has anyone had experience with the drug and has it been helpful for your patient? Thanks.
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    Psych RN Reading List

    The Center Cannot Hold By Elyn Saks
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    New grad jobs

    Good luck on your jobs. Shelby, it sounds like you have a great gig! Have you started it yet? Also, Bethesda has a good reputation as a LTACH. I am considering going back into hospital and would apply to Bethesda, who are opening a new psych unit, but Im not up for the commute. Again, good luck on NCLEX and first jobs!
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    Congrats to all May New Grads!

    Good luck on your boards and job hunts! Tell us, have you found jobs? If so, what kind of setting? Are you waiting to pass boards before looking? Is the market better for new grads than it was a few years ago? Best of luck!
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    Why would you give this up??

    Yikes! I am considering going back into the hospital at 57 after 15 years in the community. I could work a .6-.7 and make what I make now full time. Politics are everywhere.
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    Future new grad relocation questions

    I haven't been looking for myself for years, but one thing I do notice that I wasn't seeing 2-3 years ago was the phrase "New grads welcome to apply" attached to many "want ads". Where I work, we have job openings that are going begging, so it seems the market is much more open than it was a few years ago. Sign up for Indeed.com for Minneapolis jobs and you will get a daily email that gives you a good idea of what is out there. Good luck.
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    CNA job while in school?

    I worked as an aide in home health and in hospital and it helped me immensely with my confidence in clinicals.
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living from a Forensic Pathologist: Janis Amatuzio: 9781577315995: Amazon.com: Books This may have already been mentioned on this thread, but this women is a former pathologist in Minneapolis and these are her 'ghost stories".
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    What's up with all the 'failed NCLEX' posts?

    When I took boards in 1993,(back when it was still pen to paper) was taking the test for the third time, so it was happening then, to some extent. 100% of our class passed, 100% of our class that started semester 1, finished. Took 6 weeks to get results of NCLEX. Didn't have one doubt in my mind that I would pass. One of my coworkers is in nursing school now. Started with 30, and by semester 3, they are down to 18. (for-profit school)
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    Managing incontinence. Is this done?

    I know! That's why when the social worker said lots of her clients have this, I couldn't believe it.
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    Managing incontinence. Is this done?

    She doesnt have a UTI. The smell is garden variety urine. :) I think is long term catheter is the path to a UTI.....
  12. I am a nurse at a home for people with mental illness, many who also are DD. We do NOT do skilled nursing. I have a resident who has terrible urinary incontinence. She is middle aged and ambulatory, cognitive impairment, and just does not recognize when she is incontinent. We have set up behavior management plans with her, but it is not working. The constant smell is affecting other residents. Her county case manager suggests I see about her getting an indwelling foley and she will send around a skilled nurse every month to change it out. SHE SAYS THIS IS OFTEN DONE. This seems ridiculous. Has anyone ever heard of this? Forget the fact that my resident is not capable of doing her own cath care or irrigation, and we are not skilled nursing, but is this something that is actually done??? Basically a catheter for convenience?
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    Twin Cities New Grads...

    I've been a nurse 20+ years and in same job almost a decade, so I don't pay much attention to the job market. SO I am just curious... where are new grads getting hired? Are hospitals opening up to you at all? Are you doing home health, LTC, or what?
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    Retired but still working...

    Hopefully, in the next 5 years, I can retire from full time work but I hope to work part time or PRN as long as I can. Question for RN's who are "Retired" but still work a little bit, What do you do? If still working as an RN, what kind of nursing are you doing? 1) Stayed on PRN where I was working FT 2) Got a PRN job as RN elsewhere 3) working, but not as RN 4) other..... Thanks !
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    Are patients sicker?

    I haven't done hospital inpatient psych for 15 years.....doing long term psychiatric care now with very stable, high functioning residents. I am thinking about trying to get back into the hospital setting, but my question is, ....Are patients sicker now than they were 15 years ago? Are they more acute? Stay longer? Less options for discharge? For those who have been in Hospital psych for a long time, what do you think? How have things changed in the last 15 years?
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