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  1. swirlything

    You Arent Supposed To Hold A Newborn Baby If On Menstrual Cycle?

    ---- Pun intended??? LOL
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    You Arent Supposed To Hold A Newborn Baby If On Menstrual Cycle?

    Ok. I had to laugh at this post! Here in the NICU, most of the nurses wouldn't be able to work 1 week per month if we couldn't hold babies while menstruating. That's just preposterous!
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    Pt's mom asks to you lie to the pt---What to do?

    An MA, passing herself off as a nurse, lied to my daughter once when she was about 10. She said that a rocephin injection wasn't going to hurt, but knew full well that it was. My daugher, now 3 years later, still does not trust nurses and outrightly says that "nurses lie to you." I say, do not lie to the patient.
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    Question regarding drug administration to an infant

    It is important for parents to learn how to properly administer medications to their infant that the infant will be getting at home. In order to do this, the nurse must teach the parent how to give the medication and then have the parent actually administer the medication to demonstrate competency. This is the best way to ensure that the parent will be able to poperly administer the medication at home.
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    Needing an honest answer

    The OP asked for HONESTY, not sugar-coated civility. That's what he/she got!
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    Preceptee in Med-surg but wants a career in NICU

    I graduated in Jun '09. NICU was the only RN job I wanted. Our school would not allow us to do NICU for our last practicum/preceptorship (other schools in the area did allow it, so there were students doing practicum on the unit). I got hired in the NICU right out of school, regardless of the fact that I did NOT do my practicum there. I just made it clear to the NICU manager that NICU was where I was meant to be, regardless of anything else. So it IS possible... don't give up hope.
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    Needing an honest answer

    Medications DO cure disease. Antibiotics cure bacterial infections... as, for example, Leprosy. Iron replacement cures iron deficiency anemia. Laxatives cure constipation. Antivirals cure viral infections. Allergy shots are aimed at curing allergies rather than treating them after the fact. And as others pointed out, some diseases are caused by lifestyle choices and are therefore only cured by lifestyle choices (if damage is not to the point where cure is no longer possible). So, we have come up with cures for some diseases and ailments. Why don't we have cures for ALL diseases? Because many diseases are a result of damage or malfunction of body parts. There is no drug (at this time) that can tell a damaged thyroid to work normally... it's broken. So all we can do is replace the hormone it would make if it wasn't damaged. There is no drug (at this time) that can fix a pancrease that has been damaged by years of abuse (via poor diet and lack of exercise) or some other cause. So we cannot cure diabetes with a drug, we can only attempt to do for the body what the pancreas would do if it was working normally. Many other diseases we don't even understand enough to figure out how to treat it effectively, let alone cure it. We don't really know what is going wrong in the body that causes it. Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis and irritable bowel syndrome are expamles of this. How do we cure a disease when we do not even know it's cause?
  8. swirlything

    Nursing school sucks!

    I've always said that nursing school is nothing more than 2 years of hazing (or longer). It's just what you have to get through to get where you want to be. Focus on the goal, getting to and passing NCLEX. The semester will suck, but will be over before you know it. You can do it! Additionally, I'm surprised that your teachers haven't worked as nurses for years. In the school I went to, most of the teachers worked both as teachers AND as nurses in the hospital. In fact, some of the former students now work side-by-side with the women who were their nursing school instructors.
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    Considering nursing but is it for me?

    You get accustomed to dealing with the icky stuff after you do it a few times. I actually passed-out when I got my ears pierced and went into nursing school with a TERRIBLE fear of needles. I still cannot watch when I get a shot, but I can start IVs and give shots without any problem. After doing it a few times, it's really no big deal.
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    How has life changed since you finally became a RN ?

    I have been working as an RN for about a year now, and I'm one of the lucky ones that got exactly the specialty job I dreamed of. I have a much more financial security. Paid off all my debts. I have taken a couple of trips across the country to see my family, I hadn't been able to afford to do that before. Instead of spending nearly every day studying and focusing on school work (like in nursing school), I actually have 4 days each week which are totally mine! Additionally, I have a stronger bond with my older sister, who has been a nurse for 20 years. The bad? Not a whole lot. I work every Sunday and I miss my family that day. I have to work some holidays, and I hate doing that to my kid. 12 1/2 hours makes for a really long day. On the days I work, I'm so exhausted when I get home that I don't have energy or time left to do much other than hug my daughter and snuggle on the couch for a few minutes before I fall asleep. And honestly, I really don't like getting out of bed so early on those days I work... but does anyone?
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    Wow, is it really a zoo out there?

    Depends on where you work. I work on a unit where I feel the nurse:patient ratio is safe, the nurses help each other and are supportive of each other in our work, there is usually a float nurse who is available to lend a hand if you get really behind, most of the doctors treat us well, and we do our own scheduling. It's generally a nice environment to be in. Maybe my unit is in the minority, I don't know. Or maybe it's only the crappy ones that people come online to complain about, whereas people do not go to the effort of telling the world about the places that are more comfortable. Either way, there are hospital units that are not so high-strung.
  12. swirlything

    Before you became a nurse..

    You can get used to anything over time.
  13. We practiced on manequins with pretend water. It was sufficient to learn. It's inappropriate to force everyone to get into swimsuits in front of all their classmates. Yes, it shows the patient perspective, but the patients do not go to school with the CNAs/nurses that bathe them and the nurses/doctors that examine them. The relationship is completely different, and that's what makes it inappropriate.
  14. swirlything

    1st Week in Nursing School

    I suspect that when you start clinicals, you will be working so closely with the others in your clinical group that you will make friends and maybe even study partners. As far as study groups go, I personally found them more harm than good. Too much socializing, not enough studying. I did much better on my own, and when others asked to study with me, I always declined.... it was not in my best interest.
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    Should I become a Nurse at 30?

    I went into nursing school in my mid 30's. I graduated last year at the age of 38. I chose nursing after having a 25 week preemie that died in the NICU after 7 months. I now work in the NICU myself. My time in the NICU as a parent is likely what landed me my job. Can you handle school with 3 kids? It's a sacrifice, but if you AND your wife decide to make it a priority, then yes. As far as making $60K as a new grad, that depends largely on where you live, and if you work days or nights. I recommend an Associates degree from a community college. Then start working. Then do your RN-BSN at a university while you are working; there are a lot of online programs. The community college will be much less expensive than a university. Do not go to a trade school, you can only get an LPN there. You want to start with at least an RN, which an associates degree will get you. My understanding is that to get into CRNA school, you have to have your BSN plus a year or two of ICU experience. I've heard that some CRNA schools will not allow you to work while you are in the program (not sure how they can do that, but it's what I've been told). I don't think you need to be concerned about being a male nurse, there are a lot of you. We even have male nurses in the NICU.