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  1. Macbs4

    Traveling with pets

    I am currently working in home health, and considering a change to travel nursing. Is it feasible (sane!) to do travel nursing if you have pets? I have 3 large dogs that are my "kids". Are there agencies out there that are better at accommodating this situation? I would consider buying an RV to be my "home".
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    HELP!!! bad evaluation

    I agree with llg about your next steps. Take an objective look at your performance and I know you will discover things about yourself that you can improve. All new nurses (and even experienced ones) have room for improvement in particular areas. Regarding preceptors/managers, it would seem more beneficial to have a 5-10 minute session at start of the shift to set priorities/goals, and likewise have a 5-10 min session at the end of the shift to review the day and discuss accomplishments/issues. Perhaps you could include this in your action plan so that you get immediate feedback. I'm sorry for your troubles; hang in there.
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    In need of some advice

    We share some things in common, so I can relate to your post - such as preferring to sleep 10pm to 6-7a; having never worked nights before; being a new grad slated to work nights. First, being a new grad, you won't be bored on nights for a while. It will take a while to get adjusted to the new routine. At my hospital, we have 8 patients on night shift (6 on days), and have more paperwork on nights. I've only been on nights for a few weeks - was scared 'bout changing my sleep routine but was able to do it. There are many other threads here regarding suggestions on how to adjust your sleeping routine for nights... find those and use the suggestions that you think will work for you. The true reality of working nights (just my opinion) is you're not working just 3 days (nights) - you're working 5. Why, because you have to spend the day before and the day after adjusting your sleep patterns. On a positive note (others here have mentioned this), you get to spend more quality time with your patients (not always, but sometimes). Congratulations on passing NCLEX and your new job. You can do it.
  4. I take my shoes off in the garage when I get home, carry them thru the house without stopping all the way to the shower, spray the bottoms with diluted bleach and let them "soak" while I take a shower. Then I rinse them off and let them dry in the bathroom. Yes, it's a little overboard.
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    Please help!!! I need advice..

    Here's the key to your dilemna: "know thy self". You've likely always been better at taking "written" tests vs "oral" exams. Perhaps you're a person who has to ponder a question before answering it - there's nothing wrong with that. Some people are just great at answering questions as soon as they're thrown at them. Haven't you ever met a person who had great "comebacks"? I'm certainly not one of them. You may not be, either. But... you're still smart; you were accepted into Nursing school, weren't you? I've been an RN for a year now.... I haven't begun to learn everything I need to feel confident and am always asking for help and advice.....you'll get to know what to do with experience and repetition. Hang in there.
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    What do you carry...

    Oh! :)
  7. Macbs4

    Black stethoscopes for everyone

    Get a blank patient arm band from the unit secretary or patient registration; write your name in permanent marker, and apply it! Cheap!
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    What do you carry...

    We have to wear id badge at chest level, so retractable badge with a pen light is clipped to v-neck of my scrubs. On my scrub top: - Top left pocket: roll of tape. - Left lower pocket (I'm a lefty): an organizer containing - multi-colored pen; perm marker; dry-erase marker; mechanical pencil; eraser; scissors; forceps. - Right lower pocket: alcohol swabs, small post-it notes, and my brain sheet On scrub pants: - Left side pocket: change purse w/ credit cards/drivers license/enough money for lunch; and a tissue - Right side pocket: my car keys - Left cargo pocket: my cell phone (with nursing software) - and I set alarms as reminders - like at 6:00 pm when I need to do I&O's, clear IV pumps, and pull kardex's/prep report for the next shift - Right cargo pocket: saline flushes On my neck: stethoscope (I wish I could find somewhere else to put it cause my neck hurts at the end of the day!) Question: why do folks carry gloves in their pockets?