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    Med error?

    You are right! I am thinking under my current hospital's rules, but another hospital I worked for had the hour rule.
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    Med error?

    Both nurses are incorrect. At least where I work you can't give two pain medications at the same time unless one is scheduled and the other is as needed. The other thing is that you technically can't give the Norco unless the patient is reporting moderate pain (usually 4-6) according to this doctor's order. So the proper action is to give the Dilaudid (assuming it hasn't been given in the last 2 hours) and reassess pain in 30 minutes. Then you could administer the Norco if the patient is reporting pain 4-6.
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    Walmart cashiers wearing gloves?

    As a former cashier, people hand over pretty gross money. Sweaty boob money (and money from other inventful places) is common, and can scar your psyche. Even if you could wash your hands immediately after handling it, wouldnt you wish you had gloves on to do it? I'm sure they wear them all the time so they can avoid offending someone by putting gloves on in front of them to handle their money. I think gloves AND sanitizer are a great idea.
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    New grad RN, can't land a job after nursing school

    Are you applying to ANY hospital nursing position? Many students seem to lean towards specialties, and I often wonder if the reason it is so hard to get hired is because people are only applying to ICU, ER, L&D, (insert anything other than med/surg í ½í¸‚). Good luck, -Leslie
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    Very concerned

    Total failure of the safety net that was supposed to be your preceptor. There is no way in hell I wouldn't step in and teach what to do in the event of a hypoglycemic patient. We have a very standard protocol when a patient's blood sugar falls below 70, and I wouldn't expect even a seasoned nurse to know exactly what is expected. There are specific ways and places you have to chart and you also HAVE to call the on call MD to discuss upcoming insulin doses as well as a review of the IV fluids. I would imagine that most people would hold the long acting insulin just because hypoglycemia presents a much more immediate threat than the possibility of hyperglycemia later. In my opinion, that is something the doctor should decide. If it were me I would hold the medication until the doctor gave me the go ahead to administer. If you are in trouble for this I can't imagine that the other nurse is going to walk away either, not that it makes your situation better, but they are making you feel solely responsible even though they have to realize they messed up too. I am sorry that this happened, it wasn't a good experience for anyone involved, and I hope that they do try and make this a learning opportunity for nurses and PCAs on the floor. The only other thing I can say is many people have different presentations for low/high blood sugar. Some people only start to feel off when they are dangerously low, while others are completely out of it the moment they drop below 70. It isn't good enough to just ask how they're feeling, you really need to check their blood sugar to make sure they're out of the woods after an episode like this. Good luck to you.
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    Did anyone attend CSUF RN-BSN?

    I went to Cal State Fullerton and had a good experience there. The grading system has the downfalls of any school that gives +/- . It's possible to get lower than a 3.0 overall if you get too many B- or lower grades. I still think it is a good program though, I earned the grades given to me, and wouldn't want an 'easier' program just for a higher GPA. Good luck!
  7. So for people using break buddies is there not a charge nurse on the floor to relieve nurses for breaks? Or is it not common for them to do break relief?
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    Nurses are people too

    Strong unions and persistence is key for staffing ratios. You think the hospital lobby didn't fight tooth and nail against mandated increased staffing? We usually have 2 CNAs for a unit that can go up to 30 patients (telemetry) but when you have a 1:3/1:4 ratio it really makes a huge difference. Yes we do more total care, but we also have more time to think, prepare meds, educate, and of course chart. Occasionally not having a secretary is sort of a bummer, but I honestly don't know how nurses handle having 7+ patients!
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    Giving OTC medications to your aides/coworkers?

    Just so long as it doesn't belong to the facility there is no problem there. I would say if you are uncomfortable with 'giving medical advice' or 'prescribing medications', just make the bottle available to them so they can read and dose themselves.
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    Steps to becoming a R.N

    What area of California are you in? Also, have you taken any college courses, or are you fresh out of high school?
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    Having trouble figuring out a path to RN

    I live in Southern California and hopefully can help with some of your questions. Right off the bat when you said what your end goal was I thought of CSULA and their ABSN program. They guarantee an interview for the NP program and heavily favor their own students (that are in good standing). I know this because my husband is about to graduate from there. If you need any tips on prerequisites just shoot me a message, my husband was able to complete his prerequisites quickly.
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    Ohio Bill Focuses on Protecting Nurses From Mandatory Overtime

    The hospitals just don't want to hire more RNs, plain and simple. We're managing over here in California. No mandatory OT, mandated breaks, and state mandated ratios. There have been times where the clinical nurse manager comes on the floor to take patients when we were very short, but it is much better since the last hiring wave. I think this is a huge problem for LTC (I remember reading a lot of people's complaints about this happening) but this article looks like it is focused on only hospitals.
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    What would you do?

    I think if you word it in a way that shows your concern for her she MIGHT take it better. I think the type of person that pretends to be a nurse is probably one that will get really annoyed by someone calling them out on it, regardless of how nice you come across. Good luck
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    New Opportunity - Why am I so afraid?

    Do you think your current job will be flexible enough to attend an RN program? The one benefit I can think of with the hospital schedule is that it might work better for school, unless you are able to not work while going back for your RN. While it would be somewhat helpful for nursing school, the med/surg experience is not necessary. A lot of people have no prior medical experience and they do just fine.
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    Mistake on orientation..please help

    No, she is shifting blame on to you to try and cover up HER medication error. She has working eyes and a brain, she was just in a rush and/or not paying attention, which is not your fault. You would be surprised how many people blindly follow what the MAR time says, which is a VERY bad habit. Enoxaparin often will double dose someone because they receive a loading dose in the ED and a different daily recurring dose to follow up the day after. Sometimes it doesn't show up the day after, but instead shows up for that day. Antibiotics are sometimes given late, or they change the dose but the start time is way too early on the MAR and is a med error waiting to happen. Like it would be nice in the future to re-time it as a courtesy, but by no means was this your fault!
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    crna felony

    You have to be extremely careful to disclose everything on your record, or like people said above it will look like you are lying on your application. I know someone that was permanently blacklisted from a major hospital chain for not disclosing something on their record (nonviolent, not drug related). Even people that make honest mistakes are thrown under the bus, it is what it is. I agree that you should call and try to head it off before they get contacted because the background check found something that wasn't disclosed on your application. Also, while there is much to be said about the wrongs of the for-profit prison industrial complex, mentioning it when talking about your previous record does not give off the impression of someone owning up to their past mistakes. It must be frustrating to constantly have to explain yourself, but employers and schools do not want the suggestion that it wasn't a big deal (trumped up charges etc.) because to them it is ALWAYS a big deal. Especially considering it is drug related and you are going into anesthesia. Good luck to you.

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