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  1. blackmamba123

    Eating the patients' food?

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    falling asleep during nightshift

    What does NOC stand for? I've tried night owl, and had nothing for the c. I give up.
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    Eating the patients' food?

    As I read many comments about not being able to eat at work, it made me think of a joke I saw on facebook some time ago. Nurse's diet Breakfast: 0 calories Lunch: 0 calories Dinner (after getting off work) 82,500 calories
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    Eating the patients' food?

    Well, my google search didn't turn up anything at all. This is a bit off topic, but I did come across a few articles about facilities outsourcing the dietary department due to budget constraints regarding patient food. One article mentioned how out of the money paid out for on-sight dietary services, 70% went to pay dietary employee salaries, and 30% went toward the actual food. I don't know how accurate that is...seems a little off? But, if it's accurate, it's understandable why that department gets outsourced, though it's frustrating and inconvenient at times. Here's an older article about it. It's a short one. Hospitals outsource services to save money | FierceHealthcare
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    Best thing about being a nurse?

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    Interviewing a nurse and nurse manager

    Most rewarding: being able to educate patients, options in my career Most challenging: staffing issues One thing I'd change: the staffing issues Good luck with your project and in school!
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    Weird Home Remedies That Really Do Work!

    This also works wonderfully for a sty on the eye. Brush your teeth really well, then use a strong mouthwash like Listerine. Then put some saliva on your finger and put it on the sty over and over throughout the day. Works like a charm.
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    Best thing about being a nurse?

    My favorite part about being a nurse is educating people about their condition, our interventions, or on any questions or concerns they may have. I absolutely love teaching about breastfeeding and troubleshooting with parents when they're having issues. I also enjoy giving correct information, as there's so much misinformation out there. I'm a chronic googler, and looker upper. I enjoy learning as much as I do teaching. As far as the nursing profession as a whole, I love and appreciate that we have options, from being an independent provider to entrepreneurship and everything in between.
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    Interviewing a nurse and nurse manager

    Hi and congrats on being in nursing school. I know you said you have to interview a nurse and a nurse manager. Your school does not require you to interview them in person or on the phone???
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    Eating the patients' food?

    Oh, ok. I've never seen the position with that title before. Thanks for explaining.
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    Eating the patients' food?

    What is a CA?
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    Eating the patients' food?

    I'll go out on a limb and say that most health care providers bring their own stuff most of the time. Having time to sit down and eat it in the break room...well that's another story. There are also times when I've been in a hurry and forgot, or went in, spur of the moment due to a call off and didn't have lunch prepared. On midnights, not bringing a lunch can be a mess because the cafeteria and gift shop is usually closed and ordering out is not always an option. Sometimes places have closed or have stopped delivering before I have time to even think about eating something. I've also worked in places in the past that had nothing around it but fields for miles.
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    Too ugly to be a nurse..?!?

    If this is the field you want to work in, go for it. Facilities don't hire people for their looks. They want warm bodies who know their stuff, show up on time and when scheduled, who do their work. Patients want people they can trust and who give a crap. You may hear some of the same negative or rude things you hear about your appearance now from patients, co-workers, and anyone else you come in contact with. I know I do. So what. Know your stuff, give excellent care on a consistent basis, gain your peers and your patients' trust, and regardless of what some may say about you, they will respect you. Good luck in your journey!
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    Eating the patients' food?

    Not in any of the hospitals where I've worked, no. But because I'm curious and bored like that today, I'll google it and post anything that I find. I mentioned in another post that I worked in a group home setting for a couple years. At that group home, the employer kept a fully stocked kitchen, and we were allowed and encouraged to use the food and cook it there. We weren't allowed to leave the premises at all for our breaks, so he offered it as a courtesy. There was an individual who would cook something to eat, and then take food out of the refrigerator and freezer, staple items, seasonings, anything he wanted, pack it up and take it home. He would also take toiletries. He did not get fired for it, though the owner and manager were aware of it. I thought that was excessive and maybe abusive. I never took anything home from there, but I did take crackers, and milk etc. from the nutrition room at hospitals where I've worked, that was not formally offered to us. I'm not trying to be hypocritical. He took stuff there, I took stuff in other places. I think what he was doing was just crossing a line that I draw for myself, if that makes sense. And it's clear that what I do crosses lines that others draw for themselves. Your #1 above is hilarious, and I totally agree. Based on your posts to this question, I see I could've added another response in the poll..."Yes I do, and yes it is stealing."
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    Eating the patients' food?

    This sounds posh. More like a resort than a unit. If only all of our patients could be treated so well. On a lighter note, I'd be in the break room of this unit with a white napkin on my scrubs like..."can you please pass the grey poupon"?
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