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    "Gaming" Games for Nursing subjects?

    Great! Thank you both for your recommendations, I will check them out!
  2. Hello Everyone, I need the community's help. I am a Registered Nurse and Educator working on my doctor of education degree. I am taking a course on using commercially available games to teach concepts of nursing. Is there anyone out there that have used or seen video games that help with teaching a topic in nursing? Looking for authentic "gaming" games - not educational games such as Jeopardy or Family Feud. The example my instructor gave is using the game "Civilization" to teach a module in a history class. Are there any gaming games out there that help with presenting your topics? Thanks for any suggestions! Dave
  3. Hello Everyone, I need the community's help. I am a Registered Nurse and Educator working on my doctor of education degree. I am taking a course on using commercially available games to teach concepts of nursing. Is there anyone out there that have used or seen video games that help with teaching a topic in nursing. Looking for authentic "gaming" games - not educational games such as Jeopardy or Family Feud. Is there any gaming games out there that help with your studies? Thanks for any suggestions! Dave
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    An Atheist Nurse in King James Hospital

    First of all, for full disclosure, I am a Catholic Christian. I think it is horrible how some of your co-workers treated you. Beliefs or not, you are a human being and people have no right to belittle you for your beliefs. If anything, it is completely un-Christian. That being said, I respect that you feel strongly that you do not wish to mislead anyone by pretending to hold beliefs you do not have and asking someone who is of similar faith to pray with your patient. I think that is ideal and is respectful to both your patient and yourself. If there are not people with that you could ask (without a snarky answer), taking the time to be present to your patient in a moment of silence seems like the best solution. Like others who posted, I would not recommend leading a prayer for something you don't believe in. You must be true to yourself.
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    trying to find my niche in nursing....

    Hello, I work in HH as a staff educator for a mid sized agency. I work mainly with nurses new to home care. I have worked full time as a field nurse for about 3 years. I love HH because it gives you an opportunity to have a very significant impact on people's lives once they are out of the hospital. The good...flexible hours, ability to spend more or less time with patients as needed, autonomy, satisfaction of working with patients and family to make life better for them, ability to teach. The bad...paperwork, paperwork, paperwork. Medicare requires a lot of paperwork. Many agencies are on electronic record so it is easier. If your agency is on electronic documents and you are not computer literate, will be very difficult. The ugly...driving in all sort of weather, people who don't put away dogs or cats, people sometimes are not interested in helping themselves and can make the environment of care frustrating at times... I have worked in both the hospital and the field and, hands down, believe HH is a very good field to be in. If you have different obligations, I would recommend that you try it as a Fee-for-service nurse. There is even more flexibility there and, most likely, you will not have to Case Manage. Case Management carries some additional requirements with paperwork. If you wanted to test the waters, working fee for service is probably your best bet. Good luck! Dave
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    Normal Saline Question

    Hello All, I was looking for references regarding the use and storage of normal saline once opened in the home care setting. I know that ns was only "good" for 24hrs in the hospital setting. However, I have gotten conflicting information regarding its use in home care. Some resources I have seen say that ns is usable for 7days after opening while others state that a bottle of ns can be used for 30 days. Can anyone shed some light? Thanks for your help.
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    Medical Terminology

    Med terminology was my first class for my nursing school pre-requisites. I found it extremely useful. I use the terminology everyday. I'm very surprised when I run into people who never had the class for nursing school.
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    Why do the unit nurses treat the students like this?!

    Great points. How I wish some of the seasoned nurses I worked with could understand. Why drive people away? These folks will be our coworkers and maybe one day our own nurse. The golden rule still applies...
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    To BSN or not to BSN

    I am in NY, but I have heard much of what you are hearing in CA. Our hospital is interested in BSN prepared nurses. I work in home care and my agency only accepts RN, BSN nurses as well. I had gotten my RN (after having a BA much earlier) and decided to stay in school to finish the BSN out took a lot of work, but I appreciated the wider appreciation of different aspects of nursing. I have gotten into staff education after being a field nurse and I thought the wider focus definitely helped me. If you have a chance to go for the BSN, I would encourage you to do it (especially if you are just starting out...I did my BSN when it was just my wife and myself before my girls came along). Good luck to you!
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    Career change...need input and opinions please!

    Sounds like a good deal to me. Sometimes bedside or hospital nursing is not for everyone. Thats the beauty of the profession, theres so many ways you can go. Good luck!
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    Hey Everyone, New RN Here!

    Welcome aboard and congratulations on passing your boards! I remember my first weeks on orientation and thought how much I didn't know. Find yourself a mentor on the unit and don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck!
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    Why do some nurses guess on BP?

    Totally agree! You HAVE to look at the gauge to get your reading. I, too, hate the auto cuffs. Technology is great, but I just never like them. When I teach clinicals at the hospital I always have my students use manual cuffs