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  1. Outraged? yeah. Doc would have needed a tube had he tried this with me or one of my female co workers.
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    Can't Choose Between 2 Residencies

    That place with a sign on bonus. 1. You more than likely will have to pay that back if you quit, or get fired. 2. Ask yourself why is this place offering a 10 G bonus? With the supposed "nursing shortage" I always question these big bonuses. 3. I turn these bonuses down. Remember there are always strings attached to "free money". Better to be able to walk away no strings attached!
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    Start Nursing School at 66?

    Yeah this is a horrible idea. I retired after 30 years as a FF medic. I went and got my RN while on the job. Your 66 and will be 69 if you do a 2 year program and then test. Enjoy yourself. If you just want some extra money, get a side gig at wal mart, lowes, home dept, mow grass, etc. Nursing blows friend.
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    Do You Have a Toxic Boss? (eyeroll)

    Not so much my boss. I work with toxic A>> holes everyday. I dealt with bullies as a kid. As an adult not so much. I need to keep in mind I am single no kids and can go and do whatever I want. Job makes you miserable, quit.
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    What makes a good manager?

    I work in a free standing ED for the local hospital so "we" are away from the typical BS. I've had the pleasure of knowing my manager before either of us got into nursing. She ran EMS as I did and do on occasion still. My opinion, if managers operated the way mine does, there would be a huge difference in morale everywhere. This lady does more and goes above her salary and job specs. As laid back as they come, fair, personable, comes out of the office and works when needed and she does the work of 10 people! She has to do her share of butt kissing I'm sure but we hardly see it and knowing her it is as little as possible. Just got a new nurse to the ED that came from the floor in our hospital. The things they had to say and do was so off the wall it was comical.
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    What do you do to volunteer and give back?

    Funny, I was a volunteer firefighter for close to 20 years and they kicked me off as working full time and going to nursing school full time cut into the time I could play fireman.
  7. Lot of good info here. I'll throw out a piece of advice as well. When you interview dress like a professional adult. Leave the flip flops at the house or at least in your car. Iron your clothes as well. Did you graduate with a BSN? As a ASN holder going back to to school. I see a lot of hospitals wanting BSN holders. Keep looking at any and all jobs you need the "experience". And think about relocation.
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    Words You Hate

    kiddo, tummy, not really a word but "plus 1" when agreeing on an internet post. I'd say most of what everyone else can't stand as well.
  9. Curious as to why you can't move 50 pounds? Look around you, people are getting bigger and bigger. 50 pounds isn't much anymore.
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    If I had a million (or more) dollars...

    A million? I'd be gone like crap through a goose! I live pretty good on far far less than that a year. Other than my house and a note on my truck I have no debt. No credit cards, no school debt. My only child is grown, out of college and on her own. I'm close to retirement from my regular job and planned on continuing nursing for a while. I'm 47 I have the years in now but planned to go to early 50's. A million bucks, pension and what I have investment wise. Yeah I'd be gone in a second!
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    Tattoos in Nursing

    I have one on my forehead that says "No Regerts" in that old english scroll. Ah I remember that drunken night...... was it in Bali, or was it Bangkok?? Seriously, I'm a 47 male and I still can't think of anything I want to mark up my body with and spend that much money on. One of the guys on my crew, is a tattoo artist and owns his own shop. He has nothing below the shirt (short) sleeves. More than a few that I work with at my PT job in the ED have tats, one younger fella has to wear those "sleeves" to cover his sleeves. My daughter has more than enough tats. Her mom and I aren't thrilled about it. But she is a college graduate, works full time and pays her bills and lives on her own at 23. So I don't have much to complain about.
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    What did you do before nursing?

    Firefighter/Paramedic 25 years still doing it full time. Went to RN school while working full time. Did some nursing a little since graduating nursing in 09. Probably will get into it when I retire or maybe go to NP or PA school which ever will be less B.S. head games like nursing was!
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    Burnout or just Cranky?

    When I stopped caring, the job got much easier. I work full time in fire/ems but, it transcends across the room to nursing. i live with A holes 24 hours a day a few days a week. If I am not running a call, training or dealing FD issues I sit in my room and read or watch TV. I used to let work consume me. Now I don't care. I do what I am supposed to do. Treat pts like I am supposed to. Put out fires like I am supposed to, train like I am supposed to, etc, etc. I leave all the complaining and ******** to everyone else. I can't fix the budget, I can't buy new trucks, I can't make dumb people stop calling 911. I make sure my guys and myself don't get hurt and go home at 0800 each morning. I don't stay over and "talk." I have very few friends from work. Most want to talk work away from work. Not me. I work pt in nursing so for me it is a little easier. If the crap gets too thick I just don't get on the schedule or turn down call in work. I get a chuckle out of the "I love my job" crowd. Once you realize the job you love does not love you back. You can get on track to fixing yourself.
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    Bullying in the Workplace

    I'm an RN as well.
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    Bullying in the Workplace

    Trust me I'm a firefighter/paramedic as my regular job. On the medic side, it is not much better. I think thats part of the reason I've only worked part time occasionally and really have zero desire to be a nurse when I retire. I pretty much hate most people. Hate to say that, but after dealing all the B.S. on the EMS where I have a little more "freedom" do deal with things. Then to go and have to deal with it in a more structured and butt kissing situation. I don't want to or have to deal with it.