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citylights89 BSN, RN

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Just graduated August 2012! Still fumbling through this thing you call "nursing".

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    Covid-19: The Guilt of the Work From Home Nurse

    As a research nurse, I've been feeling the same way. Then, my institution decided to prepare for the possibility of a surge by having all nurses in the institution do online module training in case they have to be called to go back fill the positions that were vacated by nurses who volunteered for the COVID-19 team. As soon as it seemed like a firm possibility, I didn't want to go anymore. Fortunately, they are not putting anyone in a role that they do not feel comfortable with, designating several levels of care for people to be assigned. Our research patients need us too, and I just try to think that I am still helping out because my patient's needs don't go away because COVID-19 exists.
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    Leaving Nursing for Another Career

    Mission Control at NASA or an automobile design engineer. I love cars! NASA would be a trade of stress for stress, but astronomy has always interested me.
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    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    I've never been in bedside, so I really can't compare the OR to the bedside in my experience. However, the OR has it's own caveats. Get ready to be a runner for everyone. Sometimes it feels like there is no respect and you are a handmaiden. Stress from patient interaction is not really an issue since the patient is sleep, but stress from interactions with your coworkers, superiors, and physicians will replace it.
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    I Work For A Broken Hospital

    Same thing I was thinking, although it's not quite that bad yet, though
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    I Work For A Broken Hospital

    I feel like I could've wrote this article. It seems like this is an issue everywhere.
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    Let's Ban the Phrase "I'll Go Get Your Nurse"

    Every day that I hear that phrase I am reminded on how silly it sounds. I am a nurse, not a waitress, not a maid. I just figure if I can do some small task, so can you. Don't be such a needy baby. Then again, there are people in my department who can't even throw away their own trash. Babies.
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    prn/overtime addiction/survey

    I only do OT when I'm on call. Other than that, most of the time I'm at work I'm thinking about when I can go home. The best part is when I get my paycheck and I start the cycle all over again. Good thing I don't have a lot of addictions and fancies. I try to keep my bills to a minimum. Less bills = more simple life.
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    How is your OR staffed

    My OR is going through the same problems with low staffing and people leaving for greener pastures. I attribute it to $$$.
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    What is the strangest thing...

    When my Mom was in the hospital last year, she took the little portable suction canister. Bless her heart, she said that the hospital gave it to her. She's gone now :'( I also think the nursing home she stayed at took the same machine. I didn't receive a majority of her stuff from them >
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    Suck It Up, Buttercup! Nursing When You Want to Cry

    My Mom passed away at the hospital I work at. My co-workers came to check on her when I needed to rest. My personal life and work very much inter-twined. How about trying to separate THAT from the work day? I still can't go to that unit.
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    New Grad Job Market: A Game of Chance

    Medical Assistants have the same problem and phlebotomist jobs are getting harder and harder to find.
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    Why are CV OR nurses "CV Queens"?

    Yes, it's all in the routine. It is divisive when people say that. Some of the nurses from the other services loathe CV, probably because they aren't comfortable with it...AND they think the people are overly dramatic. Oh well. They expect us to do their services, but go crazy when they have to do ours, which I can also understand. As a a result, CV ends up keeping to itself most of the time. That's the queens for ye!
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    Why are CV OR nurses "CV Queens"?

    That's kind of what I heard, as well. For me, there seems to be some truth to that because when they pull me out of CV and float me to some other area, I feel like a n00b all over again. Technically, I'm still a n00b, but being in an unfamiliar environment makes me feel more like one. The good thing about the CV OR is the routine. It's pretty much the same cases and same instrument sets. Makes it a little bit easier to get the grasp of things.
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    Finally, I am an ICU nurse: CVICU

    If CVICU is like the CV Recovery Room in my hospital, may God have mercy on your soul. I salute anyone who wants to take on that responsibility.
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    Forensic Psychiatric Nursing: A Unique APRN Opportunity

    What?! This sounds right up my alley. You got me whan I read "forensic" and "psychiatry".
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    Why are CV OR nurses "CV Queens"?

    Everyone who is not in the CV OR, in my hospital and wherever else, say that the CV OR nurses are CV queens. How did we win that title?

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