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    To place pneumonia patients on Iso or not?

    Yeah very true. I work on a respiratory med surg floor so just about half of our patients are being treated for pneumonia. But many times family or friends of patients will ask me if they need to wear a mask to protect themselves when they visit... technically they should be since some pneumonia is spread by respiratory droplets, but nobody does so...? I never know what to tell them.
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    To place pneumonia patients on Iso or not?

    Why aren't pneumonia patients placed on isolation precautions in the hospital? My med-surg books are telling me it's spread through contact and respiratory droplets, and even some of the NCLEX pneumonics say it's contact or resp iso. But we NEVER put pts w/ pneumonia on iso in the hospital so I'm just a little confused.
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    New Grad Entitlement

    Im a mid-20 something new grad who just recently started orientation on a med-surg floor in a local hospital. I've been working in home health for the past few months and this is my first acute care job. I'm starting to notice some things about myself and it probably holds true for some people in my generation, especially after reading several posts from other new grads on here... Our generation really does feel entitled. "Our nursing program should've prepared us for what we will face in nursing, our jobs should go above and beyond meeting our expectations, our coworkers should never talk down to us." I've worked before, never as a "professional" though, so I know what the real world is like. But for some reason, I just believed that things would at least be above average for me in nursing. Maybe its the caring nature of the field, I don't know... But obviously floor nursing is very stressful. No one's entitled to hold your hand. Your school isn't there to tell you what you're signing up for. That's YOUR responsibility (research your field, shadow established professionals, look online, etc). The reality shock of what nursing is really like can't all be blamed on our schools or new jobs. And just like the rest of life, other's won't always build you up. Not to pass the buck, but I grew up in the early 90s and a lot of what we were taught in school was that "everybody is a winner", "you're special", and "you can be whatever you want to be." What was left out of the equation was that it won't always be easy, everyone won't always be happy for you and it's definitely going to take more than just thinking positive (i.e. some hard work and dedication). I don't ever really remember hearing about that side of the coin until late in high school. A lot of posts on AN's for new grads tell us to "fake it till we make it." Maybe I'm not quite understanding what that means, but it couldn't be farther from the truth. Be humble. Ask questions. Regard your patient's safety over your ego and need to "fake it." I came on to the floor for my 3rd shift with a preceptor, scared as hell but not wanting to ask many questions for fear of looking dumb, etc. After making a few mistakes early in the shift (none that were harmful to the patient, just wasted our time and put us behind), my preceptor nailed it in my head that it's better to ask NOW while I'm on orientation, then to be on my own and have my job on the line. She said when she first started in nursing she was humble, told everyone that she needed help and recieved any instructions/criticisms that anyone had to tell her. This preceptor has been working at the hospital for 18+ years and stopped at least 10 times during the day to double check something with the charge nurse, call pharmacy for clarification or even to ask another nurse what color tube she needed to draw a certain lab. No one looked at her as if she had three heads, her patient's got the best care and that was that. I'm a quiet person by nature and a bit timid with my nursing skills. But I found that the more I let my guard down, admitted I needed help with things, the more confident I became. I didn't go into a room with a Lovenox needle that I haven't used in over a year, wondering If I would remember how this specific needle would work. I stopped and asked other nurses on the floor, and could walk into my patient's room confident. This is just a start and floor nursing is a big reality shock for me but hey... I'm learning. Just wanted to throw this out to other new grads and for the older grads that are scratching their heads wondering why the hell some of us are how we are. I really appreciated the words from my preceptor today and know it'll help become a better person and nurse in the long run. Penn and Teller ******** S08E09 Self Esteem Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCa0YlXBeD8&feature=related The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement http://www.amazon.com/Narcissism-Epidemic-Living-Age-Entitlement/dp/1416575995/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327244953&sr=8-1
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    Families that talk about my coworkers

    Thanks everyone. These were great responses! I'll try to stay more neutral in the future and point em back to the agency if necessary...
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    Families that talk about my coworkers

    Wow... I never thought about it that way but you're probably right. The family talks about some of the oncoming nurses right up until the literal point they walk through the door. And then they're totally nice to the nurse, like they haven't just said XYZ about her... It always made me wonder what the heck they're saying about me when I'm gone and if they were so offended why didn't they just call the agency. Will definitely try to stay more neutral from now on...
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    Families that talk about my coworkers

    How do you address patients and/or family members that have negative opinions about your coworkers? I work as a private duty nurse with an agency and of my patient's family member talks about a lot of the other nurses that take care of this patient. Anything from "she's always late" to "she's weird and I don't like her." If it's a practical issue, I try to help them solve it while remaining neutral about the other nurses. As far as the personal opinions (she's weird, their work ethic, etc) I usually just don't say anything and allow them to vent. There was one complaint that a nurse showed up and said she'd rather be at her flea market booth selling vintage items than with the patient. I just acted shocked and said "Nobody's forcing her to be here, she shouldn't have said that." I'm not sure if I should've stayed quiet though. What do you guys think? Do you tend to stay neutral or take a side, so to speak?
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    New Grad program at Florida Hospital

    Yep I still have not heard back from Fl hospital! Mursingmedic how did you get in at Waterman? I've applied before, and was told they only hire new grads a few times a year? Any tips for getting in there?
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    Attention new grads in Central Florida

    Ok send a private message...
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    Attention new grads in Central Florida

    I have the number of a recruiter who's seeking RN'S and LPN's. Very welcoming attitude towards new grads. The area is just north of Orlando. If you would like her number and more information, send me a message.
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    When do I need to start applying?

    I would apply as soon as possible. I wish I would have done so. Some places will not hire you now and want you to reapply once you're licensed. But you never know so apply/contact HR sooner than later... good luck =)
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    New Grad program at Florida Hospital

    Thanks and good luck to u too. I'm Still excited and nervous :) sorry that's it been hard for you in Philly. I got a position in LTC and it hasn't been the best experience but experience nonetheless. I'm like you... really wanting to get into an acute care program. My app has been sent off to different nurse managers so hopefully ill be called for an intrview soon....
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    What to say when asked: "Tell me about yourself"?

    Do a search on all nurses for the john hopkin's interview guide. It's a great guide and tells you how to answer "tell me about yourself" and some other interview questions. I think a good tip to keep in mind is that managers are looking for a good nurse and a good EMPLOYEE. Tell them things about you based on your education and past work experience (healthcare or not) that shows that you will be a good employee and how you will benefit the floor.
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    New Grad program at Florida Hospital

    HR called me about a week after I filled out my online app. It was an on the spot phone interview...
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    New Grad program at Florida Hospital

    Hello all! I recently applied to the new graduate program at Florida Hospital. I had my phone interview with HR about 2 days ago. The HR professional then told me she would send 2 emails, one with a personality survey and the other to submit emails for references. I just sent those off and now the waiting begins. I'm trying not to freak out! I would love to start my career here. Any tips or insight into the interviews with the unit managers here?? I'm applying for med surg, PCU and neuro ICU. Thanks and good luck to anyone else applying!!
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    Tampa/St. Pete New Grads-where are the jobs @??

    KKrumm02 - do you mind telling what hospital you got hired at? I live in the Orlando area but have been trying the Tampa are as well for the last few months. Any info would really help!
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    Recent VA interviewing tips

    How did everything go Elizabeth?