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    Totally Frustrated

    Studentrob, You facility seem very similar to mine. In my facility many of the direct care staffers (dcs) have been working there for a very long time and they are very resistant to change. Just be respectful to each other when ever you are delegating a task. It is hard to draw boundaries esp. when you are working with interdisciplinary teams. Before jumping on anything, I always take a step back and analyze the situation. I ask myself "How does their action effect the resident medically". If the resident is positioned improperly, I would show them how to do it properly and try to fix it. Now if the dcs is being uncooperative or talks back at you, I would talk to their direct supervisor and "write them up" is what we call it. Remember the chain of command in nursing school. I would email my statement of the incident to their direct supervisor, and cc it to my Unit Director, DON, H.R. Once you have it in writing it is official. Luckily, in my facility my complaints never went beyond the Unit Director (an RN too) who took care of the problem right away. Our UD knows that the nurses run the show, and never forget that the direct care staffs are working under your license. Without you, they won't be allowed to practice independently, and don't allow unsafe practices that will come back to bite you. One difference is that in my facility the DCS supervisor reports to the RN on duty or the UD not the the QMRP. I know of another unit at my facility where the UD isn't an RN and boy it makes a lot of difference. Good luck
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    Jobs you can get with a BSN but no RN license

    You are eligible to take your LPN test, I read it earlier in this forum, someone who didn't pass NCLEX three times had given the LPN test which she passed right away. An LPN job is better than no job, and you can prepare for your NCLEX while you work. good luck
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    does night shift make you fat?

    I wish I have a solution for the chocolate cravings. My chocolate cravings (Dark chocolate) started about a year ago, but it isn't severe. I have read that sometimes hormonal imbalances or mineral deficiencies of Iron and Magnesium can lead to cravings for sweets such as chocolate. I don't know if you are good with taking your supplements (I am horrible) and next time when you go for your annual check up do a CBC. I have a doc's appointment in less than three weeks and I am planning to do the same, coz it's been two years since I last saw the doc..Yikes.... If your cravings aren't that severe and if it isn't interfering with your health, I would just let them be. Try not to buy chocolates and eat only a small portion after a filling meal, trust me there won't be much room left for the former. Good luck
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    does night shift make you fat?

    About me drinking green tea.. I have tried many different teas and each of them has their own properties, sleep, digestion, relaxation, energy. I think black tea has more caffeine, it is stronger and I drink it at home all the time when I need to be awake. I prefer green tea for more so digestion because it is milder on my taste buds and stomach. There are also many different types of green tea, I would recommend that you try brands like Lipton, tazo or something in your local whole food store to begin with and read properties before buying your tea. Get recommendations from other tea drinkers, they know where to get the good teas without having to spend the brand price. And also google on how to prepare a good tea. You don't want to loose the antioxidants by mixing it in a boiling water, this is when you hear the tea fizz and you see small white bubbles, and I take out my tea bag after 1-2 mins in hot water because it gives a bitter taste if left for too long. You can use the same bag several times. I always take tea bags with me, coz it is easy to get hot water. Also, I sometimes drink plain hot water but never cold after meals. I hope this will get you started on the right foot.
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    does night shift make you fat?

    I know that this is not from a scientific journal but it explains best exactly why I drink only hot after meals. I saw the difference myself, I remember one night I had tried a butter pop corn and soda during during a movie and I puked and felt sick till next evening. I said no more eating unhealthy. http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-179.html "Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about heart attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot green tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating. For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and may lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal."
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    does night shift make you fat?

    I am a Female, 26, 110 lbs, 5ft 3" and have been working nocs for over a year, with a combination of both 8 and 12 hr shifts. I have heard from many of my coworkers that they gained weight working nights. Personally, I had lost around 5lbs because I missed meal times during the day. My work schedule is 10 p.m - 6:30 am or from 6pm-6:30am. I noticed that I only sleep 5-6 hours a day now that I work nights, during the days off I get 6 or more hrs of sleep. I eat a small breakfast after I get back home and then rest until I fall asleep. I wake up between 2-5pm, another small meal and eat small dinner close to 9pm, and last meal time is around 2:30am. Things I do I pack my meal from home I only drink tap water or hot tea. I always take cold fluids (water) before eating, not after because it slows my digestion and makes me Irregular. I only drink warm fluids with meals, such as green tea (no sugar/salt). I don't drink coffee, the amt of caffeine gives me palpitations, hyperventilation and peristalsis) I am not a fan of fried foods (fries, burgers, chips, wings) gives me pimples. I eat these only once in few months. I only eat whole wheat/grain bread, white bread gives me flatulence I stay away from processed foods all together, too mch salt which makes me feel dehydrated and leaves my head spinning. I never liked dressings of any sorts (ranch, mayonnaise, sour cream) Things I DON'T do Buying from vending machines Eating sweet or any desserts, I substitute sweet deserts for sweet fruits such as bananas, kiwi, grapes, cantaloupes Drink soda or any cold drinks esp. after meals. things I can't help I get cravings for chocolate before I get my periods (My nose becomes sore after I consume sweets, and that's when I put a break) No one in my family is over weight I skip my break and settle for quick stops at the fountain if it gets really busy. Things that I have been trying for my sleep (Hot milk, Chamomile tea, reading, dimming room, drinking less fluids before bedtime) Oh and one more thing, I don't exercise other than occasional stretching here and there. Even though I think I do enough running around at work, I would like to exercise regularly in future.
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    Need some advice please!!

    I live in midwest and my frd had moved from east coast and she did her schooling here. There are no wait list or lucky draw system for the community colleges here, so she got into a program right after she was done with her pre-reqs. I was lucky enough to get into the university program myself and I didn't play the waiting game but I came out with 20k in debt, which I am not complaining about. I think it is absolutely worth spending a little extra money either by applying at private colleges or univ. to get your degree out of the way. If I had to do it all over again, I would do my pre-req from a community college and then apply at any college with reasonable tuition (even private ones). Once you start working, it will be all worth it, just do your math and plan ahead.
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    Please Help! Which job would you choose?!

    I would give up my 1 yr of experience if i get an opportunity as hospital B, reasons - great way to gain experience on the floor if you are a new nurse like me with not much prior hospital experience other than your clinicals -Love that 1 year residency program, you will get to know the hospital better (not just the floor you work on) I think it gives one a broader picture. -Tuition reimbursement 100% woaahh.... ( I can even cut down my hours at work if i go back to school, and still feel I am not losing much money). -It will keep you close to your academic pursuit when you are in a teaching hospital (my opinion) -Pay is better.. Why not to go with Hospital A - If you are a new nurse you need all the support esp when you are in such acute floor - You will be further from the Academia (student culture) - Pay not so great - You have to jump in with all you got ( a lot of pressure ) Just my thoughts
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    new grad just failed NCLEX

    I am so sorry to hear about your NCLEX. I was in the same situation a year ago. There are lots of support threads here at allnurses.com. Just type NCLEX in the search box at the top right hand corner and you will find many helpful fourms. You will get your instructions within a week on how to go by retaking the test from the BON when you get your snail mail result. After I failed my NCLEX for the first time I was really devastated. I took a two week vacation to clear my mind and after I got back, I studied a minimum of eight hours a day for a whole month. I knew that I needed to strengthen my content area, so i studied from Saunders review book (I am not so impressed with their review questions which I think are a lot easier). I also practiced 100 questions daily from NCLEX review 3500 apart from the Saunders questions. I passed with 75 Questions. Kaplan review classes have more emphasis on learning strategies on answering questions but not on content. There are also very good online NCLEX type practice questions which you can subscribe for, https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm (national council for state boards of nursing) is one that I highly recommend and their fee is very reasonable. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. GOOD LUCK NOW
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    FNP/MPH in WI?

    I am a new grad, close to a year's experience under my belt now. I already miss being in school and I can't wait to go back. My ultimate goal is to be able to run my own practice in rural settings in underdeveloped parts of the world as well as be able to develop programs based on the need of the communities. Currently I work in an Intermediate LTC because I can't seem to land jobs in area hospitals even with a BSN. My current job is very comfortable with nice pay and nice coworkers. But I feel like I am not getting enough acute care experience. I don't want to leave my current job because it gives me security in this economy, and I am able to pay off my student loans. I have heard from NPs and peers that ER experience can be valuable for NP students. What about a skilled Nursing facility or a rehab facility experience? Or how to land a position in the ER or even get my foot in the hospital setting esp in WI area? It has been a nightmare going through the HR and application processes of area hospitals as a new grad.:angryfire Anyone know of FNP/MPH dual degree program in WI or equivalent Distan. ed program? Any other suggestions for Grad studies? Thank you for your time
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    The business of Being Born: Documentary

    If you haven't seen this yet, you might find this very interesting. P.S. you can just copy and paste the link to watch the movie. http://movielab.tv/the-business-of-being-born,5325.html
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    The Business of Being Born: Documentary

    For those who are in L&D, i hope u enjoy this like I did. Just copy and paste the link to view the Documentary. It is link for the full movie. http://movielab.tv/the-business-of-being-born,5325.html
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    New grads on the Floor.

    I agree with turtle. I am a new grad myself, and i can't tell how much I appreciate the staff nurses who volunteer to take me in for shadowing. We don't have the mentor system where I work. I can sense the irritation and rolling eyes when the staff nurses are assigned to us. I try to balance between asking questions and keeping shut, I also note down small questions to be asked at a down time. Personally I would love to help out a new grad or a new nurse on the floor when I will have enough experience. I think that staff nurses should help out each other and pitch in if time allows. p.s. I will try bringing food after I will get my first pay check. Right now I don't have money to even refill my gas tank.
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    NCLEX Takers Support Thread

    hi everybody, i have been an on and off visitor on this forum ever since i failed my first nclex. i am very glad that i found this site, it was a blessing. i want to thank all of you for your support. you all inspiration to continue esp. "determined girl". i had never failed in any exam in my life before, so you can imagine how horrible i felt when i found that i failed. i had taken kaplan program my first time around. kaplan had good resources as far as practice questions but they it didn't help me build on my content area. i decided to study on my own and built on my content. but i did the most unlikely thing after that, i went for a three week vacation:d. right after i got back from my vacation, i studied for one month straight. i started my day at 7 a.m, then took hundred nclex style questions and reviewed them. in the afternoon, i reviewed saunders 4th edition may be 50 pages or so a day and did all of the questions after each chapter. i made notes from saunders and the nclex style questions that i got wrong and reviewed them for an hour or two before i went to sleep. i didn't take any weekend off, but i made sure i practiced minimum of 75 questions on the weekends. oh, also i went over all my practice questions at least once. i never studied like this in my life. i tried to take it easy the night before my nclex. my exam was at 8 a.m, but i kept tossing and turning the whole night. i guess my sympathetic system kicked in at the wrong time and i didn't get any sleep. i got myself candies and arrived at the exam center 30 minutes prior to the exam. i was very stressed out, this was the worst thing. i sat in the car for 15 mins taking deep breaths in and out and finally went to tackle the devil. the computer shuts off at 75 questions and it took me one and half hour. i had 5-6 sata questions and many priority questions. i saw many questions similar to my practice questions :bowingpur . two days after my exam i found out that i passed. yippieeee.... i had promised myself that i will not forget to thank my friends here at this forum if i passed. here are study materials that i used -saunders nclex review 4th edition, (questions after each chapter were good practice) however i prefer the kaplan type questions which has closer nclex wording. -kaplan question trainer (1,000 questions) -nclex rn 3500 -https://www.ncsbn.org/products.htm (unlike kaplan, ncsbn has less expensive practice exams, starting from $50 for three week unlimited practice questions) they design the nclex questions. good luck to all of you who will take nclex in future
  15. alienRNwannabe

    Anyone Up For Random FACT THROWING??

    I wonder if u have reversed 1 and 3, expectant and emergent. shouldn't it be the other way?
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    NCLEX Takers Support Thread

    I m also reading "Random Fact Throwing" by Sticky. I think it's so helpful. I am so glad that I found this website, This is my first time posting n I am happily in love with this site n you all. Thanks for being here