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Purple_Scrubs BSN, RN

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    How To Get a Job As a New Grad Nurse

    Heck, I'm nowhere near a new grad but will be seeking employment in a hospital after years as a school nurse...and I am even going to take these tips to heart. Good ideas.
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    School Nurse...and More!

    Just another day in paradise, right?
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    New glasses

    Great article, and good reminder about all the lives we touch through this job! School Nurses ROCK!!!!
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    Am I Nursey Enough For You?

    Thank you for this! I find it so odd that when nurses are talking about the benefits of a nursing career, they talk about all the specialites you can work in, and how you can find the niche with the right fit for you. But some of those same nurses are the ones who will downplay the importance of one specialty over another. I just don't see how any specialty can outrank another. Just because you are not dealing with the sickest of the sick, does not mean that you are not impacting a life on a daily basis. My IV insertion skills are no where near what an ER nurse's might be, and I would be tangled up in all the lines that an ICU nurse deals with daily. But is it the difficulty of skill or level of acuity that makes the nurse? I'd say no! It is more about the kind of nurse you are. Every nurse touches lives if s/he takes the tenants of nursing to heart and strives to do his/her best on every shift. You cannot be a good nurse and NOT make a difference, IMO, no matter what the specifics of your job may be.
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    last friday

    Woohoo! Same here. Monday is the last day with kids, Tuesday is my last day. Cannot wait!
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    Theme song to your Nursing career?

    Considering today is my next to last day for this school year (school nurse checking in here)...I've been singing in my head SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!
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    Can student administer medication without RN supervision?

    Wow, I had no idea some states/schools were this strict. In my program, by the end of 1st semester we were giving PO meds and some injections independently. By our senior preceptorship, I was basically functioning as the nurse...my preceptor accompanied me for the initial assessment and beyond that was there for questions and planning, or if it was a procedure new to me, and of course when things got crazy we would tag-team everything. But by and large I was acting as the RN with my preceptor supporting me. It was a great experience. I guess ultimately there are just different routes which hopefully all lead to the same outcome...a competent novice nurse.
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    Last week

    We will miss you terribly! Please do check in occasionally and let us know how it's going. Good luck!
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    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I always wanted to be an Equine Vet, almost since birth I think! When I got to college I started out pre-vet, but I had no idea how to study (because I didn't have to in high school and still got good grades), and I lacked self confidence, so I ended up switching majors and got a very generic business degree. Fast forward a few years I am working as a customer service supervisor in a department that dealt with legal issues, so I decided to go to law school. Aced the LSAT, got accepted with a scholarship, then just before I was to start hubby gets sick. I had to defer enrollment because he was in and out of the hospital and ended up having surgery. It was during one of his hospitalizations that nursing first "caught me eye", and I started looking into it and realized there were 2nd degree accelerated programs near my home. I turned down law school and started my pre-reqs. The rest is history Sometimes I still regret not going through with Vet School, but then I think about the life of an Equine Vet (we are close friends with ours and see what kind of life he lives!) Work-life balance is important to me, and as a School Nurse I think I have achieved it, so it all worked out the way it was meant to, I believe :)
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    Do you take daily supplements?

    I take a high quality multivitamin/mineral supplement, fish oil capsules, and recently started a combo cinnamin/chromium supplement. I get plenty of sun working in the garden so I don't take any extra Vitamin D. I do make sure to have some yogurt daily for the active cultures. After reading the OP I had to take a look at my own cuticles, and realized that mine are also much less dry than before I started the fish oil. :) I hadn't really noticed.
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    Nursing is like a four year old vision screening

    Wonderful article, I might print this and put it on my bulletin board! It is easy to forget that even "frequent fliers" get sick sometimes too. I am not too proud to admit that as I was lecturing a ff about missing so much class, the thermometer popped up with 101.0
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    Hats, err, caps off to those of you...

    It's really just a regular neighborhood public elementary school. One of the kids I cath has spina bifida and is not even considered special ed (has no mental defect or learning issues, gets around fine with a walker). The other is special ed with various issues like ADHD and high functioning autism, but she gets cathed due to a neurogenic bladder that was discovered a few years back. She kept having accidents and it was found when they investagated that she does not feel the urge to urinate.
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    Kids these days!!

    But a Hannah Montana reference I guarantee they would get!
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    Best Nursing Quotes

    "love me when i least deserve it, because that's when i need it the most." (swedish proverb) "the martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower." florence nightingale "you cannot educate a child who is not healthy, and you cannot keep a child healthy who is not educated." ~ jocelyn elders former surgeon general
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    people seem uninformed....

    I try not to give too much thought to other people's perceptions of my career choice. Heck, I used to jokingly call my sister-in-law a "glorified babysitter" because she is a Kindergarten teacher...now that I have seen firsthand what goes on in a classroom and how hard a job it is, my opinion has changed! Maybe the people just have not had enough exposure to nursing to know what it is we do...that is not their fault. Maybe they are just rude judgmental people. If that's the case, I just try not to put too much stock into their opinion.