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    Can a nurse be on a pot card?

    Thanks for the feedback everyone, I needed the advice to help me make a decision. I finally got my VA appointment and my meds (Zoloft). I also just signed a contract with the reserves, so there's no pot in the future. I'm doing NLP now.
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    Can a nurse be on a pot card?

    The issue here is that I definately have it, I definately want a way to cope, and going to church, spending at least an hour in the gym, learning, and doing volunteer work at the food warehouse don't quite seal the deal here. I still hate life, not my life, just life in general. I'm only happy when I'm asleep. I haven't even smoked for 3 weeks (too much risk). My ex roomate had the same problem, the difference being his coping mechanism consisted of x-box 360, mountain dew, and hot pockets day in and day out. In other words he just gave up on doing anything useful. My mom copes with having 10 kids (unappreciative kids I might add) and I don't know how she does it, being a mormon must help her, but I honestly couldn't do the things she does and cope. Maybe this could be a thread on coping skills, I'm not a complete hardhead, I listen. I just get defensive when people insinuate that I'm taking a free ride with my vet status, I don't even tell the people I volunteer with that I'm a veteran, just random people on the internet.
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    The hard part

    Their study guide is still in the mail, thanks for the link though, I have it pulled up in the other window, i'll read it twice.
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    Can a nurse be on a pot card?

    Thanks for the self-rightous rhetoric Luvthegsp, I guess you've had to put your best friends in a bag one piece at a time too. As far as I can tell, no one things it's normal to react to "popping" sounds the way I do, or lose touch with reality when smelling any burns. Go ahead and tell me the next thing, I have no business being a nurse because I can't follow your almighty example. We can't all rough it out like you do in the peacecorps!
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    The hard part

    Careplans for the most part. I've been doing this on my own for the last 2 1/2 years while performing various clinical tasks. This is the first time I've come into contact with other nursing students and my communication skills have room for improvment. Here's a list of what I have done. 1. Vital Signs 2. SOAP notes 3. Documenting care using the CHCSII format 4. IVs 5. Setting up a sterile field 6. Basic trauma care 7. CPR certification (zero experience) 8. Urology (foley catheters, assisting with proceedures) 9. ROM excerscises as physical therapy assistant I'm using the CPNE study guide in conjunction with a clinical skills book to go over the proceedures I should know. I've never seen a nursing chart or performed the nursing process in any situation. I'm assuming there are forms that guide this process, and I really need to get a sense of familiarity with them. I'd rather ask someone with more experience on the matter before I just start practicing with any old form. Plus I don't want to just walk in the hospital like a fish out of water and ask the crazy stuff I'm asking here. Short of telling me to quit, I'm taking any advice I get here seriously. Rttobern, I was planning on going to the NM workshop. How far in advance did you schedule yours?
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    Can a nurse be on a pot card?

    I'm a recently discharged vet and as the logic goes, I have ptsd. I do a good job of keeping it from bothering people, but I've picked up a coping mechanism that I'm too scared to ask anyone face to face about. I find marijuana useful, it helps me to escape some troubling thought processes and relate to peers better. I've considered applying for my card so that I won't have to worry about legal repercussions. I'd never consider showing up to work on the stuff. But I haven't finished my degree yet and I just don't know where the rest of the profession stands on the issue. Can someone tell me how having a pot card will affect my nursing career? I'd rather know now and find an alternative way to cope than set myself back in a big way after all the work I've put in now.
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    The hard part

    I've whittled the courses away and now I'm at the CPNE, I've had various clinical experiences as a medic, but I've never been able to pick up off the ground and use the nursing process by myself. In addition to the workshop (I'm doing 2 workshops just top be safe), are there any resources that could help me here? I'm going to make rounds to the hospitals today to see if there are volunteer openings, but could someone with experience tell me where I really want to look?
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    travel nursing in the alaska bush

    I was stationed in Alaska a few years ago, I never heard the 100 an hour claim, but I didn't talk to many RNs. To put things into perspective for you, an LPN was important enough to have her own office, and an RN I did know had his own gun shop on the side, the evidence is on your side. As you can imagine, SAD is a problem there, add that to the extreme cold, and alcoholism and I can imagine why they need the RNs. In a few months, the stryker brigade stationed in the fairbanks area is coming back, and those guys are business.
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    Men and Nursing .. Good History

    I'm just happy to be here!
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