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    NTI 2016: Family Presence During Resuscitation?!

    I say let them be there, if they wish, as long as they don't get in the way. However, from my personal experience, I would NOT want to be present to see a family member of mine being resuscitated and can't understand who would want to. Unfortunately, a little over a year ago, I had to leave work and go to the ER (in the same hospital) because I was told that my Mom was sent there. I was scared; I didn't know what was going on. When I found her and saw her unconscious, my world came crashing down. When the Rapid Response nurse identified who I was and told me she had coded upon arrival, I broke down. Even though I wasn't there, since I have seen how CPR goes and knowing that my dear Mom went through that tore me up. They got her back, but she was only with us 6 more days until I lost her. I can barely handle a code now, even when they aren't mine. I nearly had an anxiety attack last week after just seeing the Code Team; I didn't even see the patient. It brings back sad memories. I thought I had healed some, but apparently not.
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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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    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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    Are You An Innie or An Outie? Personality Testing And You

    Another INTJ, here. Man, we're just racking up our numbers here, aren't we? Way more of us than I expected. Can I ask, what specialty are you other INTJS working?
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    My Reasons For Avoiding The Acute Care Hospital

    Glad I'm not the only one to think this. I always dreaded my Med-Surg clinicals and thought "If this is where I have to be a nurse, I'm not sure I want to be a nurse." Then, I realized that I don't have to, well, unless it's my only choice. It's probably not that bad, but the patient load variances between various hospitals and units frighten me because there is always that chance that I never know how many patients I might have for the day. However, I would pick it over ICU, even though ICU has less patients. ICU is way too much. ER too. Slower paces, I say! However, I ultimately settled on OR being my specialty of choice. Go figure. I definitely appreciate the "one patient at a time" approach.
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    Angels Children's (Part 3: Hanh Tran)

    Chilling. And I second the first comment!
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    Angels Children's (Part 2: Little Miguel)

    Great reading. Sucks for the character. I wouldn't want to be in her shoes! Keep these stories coming!
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    Angels Children's (Part 1)

    You, I like. Keep the scary stories coming!
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    The Disrespect Of Nurses

    Why is it when you go to workplace all the rights that you are entitled for yourself as a citizen, as a human being are denied? Shoot, I'm not about to have anyone threaten me. I will call security or the cops because if there is no one going to stick up for me, I need to do it myself. They need to quit making places of employment like abusive relationships!
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    My NCLEX story...

    Well, I guess it's like a saying we may have heard before: "God only helps those that help themselves."
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    Can a registered nurse live comfortably with their salary?

    Who said it had to be a new Mini Cooper? Hello, there is a thing called "buying used"! Besides, Mini Coopers aren't any more expensive than a nicely equipped Toyota Camry. You don't see people in a huff over a nice Camry; they just accept it. Other than that, I cosign with everything else that the others have posted above.
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    OB Rotations

    I have OB rotation this summer. I'm working on some pre-clinical case studies and a med worksheet now that our teacher advised we have done my the first day of class...which is Monday. One of my classmates who has already went through the OB rotation said that the rotation was pretty easy for a nursing course, although the nurses at the hospital were rude. I'm pretty sure that's the hospital I'll be going to. Learning this is like starting to learn nursing all over again. I just got Med/Surg down. I wish there was a way I could just skip OB and Peds. Pregnant women and kids aren't my thing.
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    Nursing School Loans

    I know they are out there, it's just that sometimes they are not as easy to obtain as the government loans. If your credit is average to excellent, you shouldn't have a problem. However, they do have the power to reject you based off any delinquencies they see fit. I've been denied for 2 alternative loans and gave up after the 2nd because I didn't want to keep getting the credit hits. If I didn't qualify through one, I'm probably not going to qualify for the other. Sub-prime lenders are a no-no.
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    Summer is here!!!!SN plz join

    I have 10 credit hours waiting to beat my ass this summer. 3 clinicals of ICU, OB, and Research. Where's a spoon so I can scoop my eyes out now?
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    Worth it or not Smartphone

    FYI I use Virgin Mobile for my Android phone. They have great plans at three tiers: $25 for 300 anytime (AT) minutes/unlimited messaging/unlimited web, $40 1200 AT minutes/unlimited messaging/unlimited web, and $60 unlimited everything. I have the $25 plan and have been using it since August 2010 with another phone before the Android one was released. I had them originally when they first came out back in 2003 and they were great then but wayyy better now. There are a few nuisances with network outages and such, but for the price, it is a great value. They operate on the Sprint Network. I get what most others have on their $80+/month phone plans for way less $$$.