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    Medication Error..total sadface : (

    A lesson learned...Don't beat yourself up (easier said than done)..We have all been there, the great nurses included!..As long as you have realized and learned a lesson from this you have a step up on so many other nurses.
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    Holiday Nursing

    Hello to All...I am writing this note with a heavy heart...When I became a nurse, almost three years ago, I knew that I would be working every other weekend and Holiday...This year is going to be a tough year..Unfortunately I will be working both in a three day span of time...I am scheduled to work Christmas Eve, Christmas, and the day after..What a bummer...I work 3-1130pm and apparently my hospital has a policy (for which I have never seen nor anyone on staff has ever heard of before) that Christmas eve is the holiday and if Christmas day falls on your weekend you are responsible to work also...I find this "policy" unacceptable...Especially since most of the staff on the other weekend have all three days off!...I am curious to here what your policy is and what your take is on this situation?...Fortunately, I work with some great colleagues that, thankfully, have a heart and I have been able to peer swap..However, there are several of us in this situation and not all have been able to peer swap...I have to say that I feel really, unappreciated by my nurse manager (she is new and in years past the nurse manager has "tweeked" things; but of course it's been almost a decade since this last happened)..Especially knowing that I rarely get a dinner break and often do not get off work anywhere from 15mins to 1 hour late (It is looked bad upon to sign out late or with No Dinner, so often I just "pick and choose my battles"..It adds up over time)!..I know we should all band together and say something about the Holidays, no breaks, and getting out late but unfortunately the unit I work has a high turnover rate (due to acuity & fast pace) and I am, believe it or not, one of the senior staff and the newer/younger nurses are afraid to say anything (they often say they will but do not, myself and a few other senior staff members look like the "complainers")...I am feeling bitter and unappreciated..Am I wrong?
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    The best nursing advice you've ever received

    Expect the worst, Hope for the best...At all times!
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    "Bundle Switches"

    I have been working on a Progressive Care Unit for over a year now (mainly a cardiac unit; +MI's, cardiac caths, PPM)...Occasionally the Telemetry monitor will alarm w/ a faster rhythm than the pt's own (about 140's or so), for a few beats w/ the "rabbit ears" we call a bundle branch block; then right back into the pt's own natural rhythm...Typically everyone says, "Oooh it's just a Bundle switch."...I was trying to find some literature on it and really couldn't find much...Any info would be gladly welcomed...Thanks to all in advance!:redbeathe
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    "Bundle Switches"

    I have been working on a Progressive Care Unit for over a year now (i.e. mainly a cardiac unit; +MI's, cardiac caths, PPM)...Occasionally the Telemetry monitor will alarm w/ a faster rhythm than the pt's own (about 140's or so), for a few beats w/ the "rabbit ears" we call a bundle branch block; then right back into the pt's own natural rhythm...Typically everyone says, "Oooh it's just a Bundle switch."...I was trying to find some literature on it and really couldn't find much...Any info would be gladly welcomed...Thanks to all in advance!:redbeathe:confused:
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    Oh MY GOD!!! I WANT TO WORK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What a COOL hospital!!....Kudos to them for having a little fun!
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    1yr new RN and feeling increasingly insecure.

    I wish I had some good advice for you...I, too am in this same situation...I am coming up on 2 years as a nurse...I work on a unit similar to yours and have a great supportive staff around me but lately have been feeling not so confident..I agree with your statement about, "growing from a task based to a role based nurse"....I also feel every nurse has a "bad run" sometimes...Lastly, I agree with the comments about increasing our own knowledge base...I am looking into going back to school..ugh!...Best wishes to you...Don't be too hard on yourself.
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    Outside of your work environment......

    Sounds like she is Trouble with a capital T!...Stay away....Your license is way more important you have and still work so hard to protect it!
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    The Unit of The Bitter and ****** Nurses

    My first position as an RN out of school was on a unit very similar to this one...Completely toxic environment...No teamwork at all...Patient's were not the top priority and it killed me to see... I am now in a position although the "nursing" is much much more intense and fast paced, the staff is a god send...We are a team and always there for each other...When someone is drowning we stop what we are doing to help...My suggestion...Don't get discouraged..It's time to move on...I honestly (like you) had a bad taste in my mouth when it came to bedside nursing but now I am truly grateful to be part of this profession and working with an A plus team!...I know you will find it too...Just don't give up...This profession needs people like you!..
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    Recommendation fors ADN to BSN Programs

    Chamberlain College of Nursing.....Friend of mine at work is doing it right now...She works full time with a nasty commute and says it is doable...I am looking into it myself...Good luck to you!
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    the rosary helps

    I am a catholic...As a family member of a critically ill patient (my daughter), I can not explain the strength, hope, and support I found in the rosary countless times...Now, thank the lord, my daughter has fully recovered without any residual illness or deficits..I know that not everyone in this world is catholic but I can truly attest for the catholic individuals out there that there is so much comfort and support that can be found in the rosary...I knew at many times that my daughter's health was grave (minute to minute for months,truly) but I was able to find solace in the rosary to face everything I needed to face from day to day (or minute to minute)!..What a gift you have provided to your catholic patients!...As a nurse, now, I have often stood by my patient's and prayed with them upon there request, even if their prayer are not the same as mine..I find just a caring presence by there side with a touch of the hand can truly make a difference..I pray on my way to work every day that lord helps and guides me to provide my patient's with everything they may need from me.
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    Nurses Are Professionals? Oh Really?

    Yes I do know other "professionals" that have exact phrases they are to use with customers...I went to McDonalds the other day and the nice young lady said, "Welcome to McDonald's, May I take your order?"....Yes, they are professionals also but is their job as critical and plagued with as much responsiblities as the RN...No!...There are many days where I have thought to myself that I would kill for a job like that...Then there are those days where my critical thinking or compassion has saved a life or brightened someone's day...We are the professionals at the very least!
  13. Had an experience with my youngest daughter being critically ill for a prolonged period of time...The waiting is the hardest part...As a nurse it is so much HARDER (our minds tend to run away with us, especially to the worst case scenario)...God grant you peace and ease of mind very very soon!
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    Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Pick up per diem shifts at the hospital..With your experience as an lpn in acute care I am sure you will secure a position...If anything you will be able to see if "bedside" nursing is what you want!...After attaining my RN in my early 30's I know that I will not be able to be a bedside nurse forever...Per diem will give you that "clinical" challenge all good nurses crave to have!..Best of luck to you.
  15. One word..YUP!...Definitely think about getting some hands on experience at the bedside...Nursing school (in my opinion) just doesn't prepare you enough for the "real" world of nursing...It also gives you and edge!...Good luck to you!
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    Do I Love Nursing? What Day Is It?

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, purple!...What a great article that sums it up for all nurse of every field...Although I am not a school nurse, as a matter of fact, I am a "new" nurse (just about a year and ooooooh what a year!)working in a hospital setting and I am on my second hospital, inpatient RN job...Long story short, first job wasn't glamorous (not that I was look for glamorous), as a matter of fact it was an extremely UNSAFE environment...I hear and know what you mean about these "days"...The good, bad, and the ugly...What keeps me going are the GREAT days...Those days when you have literally saved a life, a future, or a view point!...These days are very much so in the minority (lucky if you get one a month)but make all my efforts in life worht it. Like, changing careers (because I was inspired by nurses and their dedication to my critically ill daughter's prognosis) , precious TIME (away from my family and kids), worry (about everything and anything) , and dedication so, so, sooooo worth it!...I am glad I am not the only one that feels this way...Sometimes I honestly feel that "only" a nurse can understand this view and appreciation..Thanks again for your thoughts and views..Touched me and showed me I am not alone in this field.