chicookie BSN, RN

Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg
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chicookie has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg.

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    RED flags to look for when interviewing

    A big red flag is arriving at your interview 20 minutes early and have the manager come out to greet you and say, " I was getting worried about you. I hope you didn't get lost." To which I responded, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was late. My unders...
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    Who is your spirit nurse?

    I have been laughing about it ever since we talked about it. I really liked learning why other nurses admired certain nurses. I personally feel that we don't appreciate other nurses enough and sometimes on AN there is so much negativity I wanted to s...
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    Who is your spirit nurse?

    Sorry, maybe I should have been more clear. A spirit animal is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have. Saying something or someone is your spirit animal is a statement that said person or thing is...
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    Who is your spirit nurse?

    On my unit we were having a discussion about all the quizzes that are now appearing on Facebook: What's your personality type? What disney character best represents you? What type of cookie are you? My favorite one is 'What's your spirit animal?' I ...
  5. I had a patient that was on the add-on schedule for surgery. As the shift progressed, the parent was getting angry because the patient was hungry. I told the family that if we hadn't seen the surgeon by noon then I would call but to please remember t...
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    New Grad/New Nurse/Feel Stuck- Need Advice

    Two things and I am going to be really blunt about it. 1) No one can force you into a job. You don't want it, YOU DONT WANT IT! I would latch on to the I need nights. Tell your manager I'm so sorry, I can't stay unless I work nights. She might give y...
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    Cried at work today.

    What I have found works for me when it's something like that is two things: 1) I would calmly explain to the family that while I understand their concern, I can not call the attending for that. After hours are for things that can not wait till mornin...
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    Be honest, what pt behaviors do you find annoying?

    It annoys me so much when at the end of shift I walk in with the oncoming shift and the patient or the family member says "oh by the way, *insert event that I should have known about * happened this morning" (-_-) my favorite one was "oh my IV has b...
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    Are nurses unwilling to help each other out?

    It should not be the norm but it does happen. There are some units I have floated to where no one helps each other out. I always look out for my tech and help out as much as I can because I have had techs that have saved my behind. It always annoys m...
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    Patient to nurse ratios

    Peds heme/Onc is supposed to be 1:3, regularly have 1:4. Rarely have 1:5 but it has happened. Those days suck!
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    Busiest Day

    Thursday is procedure day for our Onc patients so we always admit a bunch on that day. Everyone knows it so they try to avoid it like the plague
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    Must... Find... Food...

    I'm not an agency nurse but I completely understand. Last year we had such a low census I was getting canceled all the time. I'm a full time nurse too. My husband was out of work and I remember one paycheck after I paid the bills(not counting groceri...
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    New grads in specialties without the basics

    I somewhat agree unless we are talking about peds. To me peds is a different beast altogether. If you know you want to do peds, do peds. Personally I feel like 90% of what I learned on the adult side was completely useless when I started peds. They w...
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    This week, I learned (7/18).....

    I didn't learn this but it was reinforced this week: all parents are crazy. Some more than others, but never underestimate the things parents will do for their sick kiddos.
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    First job while pregnant?

    I'm not sure about the hiring process while pregnant. What I do know is that most places have a time limit as to how long you have to work before you can use benefits usually just the 90 days. Also you don't have to wear a business suit. Nice dress p...