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  1. RunningRNBSN

    How many consecutive 12-hour shifts do you consider safe?

    I am young and personally hate working 3 12's in a row; however, I don't feel I am unsafe as a nurse. I have worked 7 or 8 in a row and although I was exhausted, I don't think I was unsafe. I work with a nurse in her early 60's and she tries picking up everyday overtime. During our busy seasons, I have watched her do FOUR weeks (an entire MONTH) in a row with no days off.. no exaggeration. I don't know how she does it!
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    Med surg nurse x 28 yrs needs advice about taking job in er

    I do not have personal experience in this but I work with a nurse who did L&D for 20+ years and transferred to the PICU for a change of scenery. She has regretted the choice ever since and is having a really difficult time with essentially re-learning everything. I think changing specialties is a great thing -- change is a good thing! I would just make sure you understand why you are changing specialties and will be ok essentially having to re-learn many things all over again.
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    What do you hate most/love most about your job? List one of each.

    --PICU RN-- LOVE: Seeing my patients get better and go home. Appreciative families! Co-workers who are willing to work as a team. Educating and comforting families. The kids who hug me and say "thanks for being a good nurse". HATE: Those nurses who fuel to a toxic environment. Working night shift! Physicians and nurses who will eat you up, spit you out, and then stomp on you without thinking twice about it. Trauma admissions and codes (I am not an adrenaline junkie)! Management who forgot what it is like to be a bedside staff nurse.
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    Nursing, physician's assistant, or doctors

    They are all different careers -- you really need to do some soul searching and decide which route is best for you. I am an RN and do not particularly like being a bedside nurse because despite the progress of our profession, there is very little autonomy. I sometimes feel like a robot following orders. Yes, I am expected to think critically and the physicians I work with expect me to think about a situation before calling them; however, in the end, I am expected to follow their orders. However, being an RN gives you many different options and opens many doors. A PA is very similar to an NP (both mid-level practitioners); however, the PA is taught using the medical model. In some states PA's are not allowed to independently practice whereas the NP is essentially able to. You obviously know what an MD/DO is -- requires many years of committment of schooling and training. I am unsure if you have a bachelors degree already, but if not, you are looking at a long road ahead of you. I've met plenty of physicians who returned to school in their 30's, 40's and even 50's. You also need to think of lifestyle. Are you accustomed to having a set number of days off every week and being home at a certain time of the day? Do you want an 8-5 job? Do you want to work three 12-hour shifts? Are you willing to work 80+ hours a week? Also, if you pursue the MD/DO route, are you financially prepared to forego a salary for 4 years during medical school? Are you prepared to take out a lot of $$ in student loans? Many many things to consider... EDIT: I also wanted to mention that I really *wanted* to pursue medical school when I first started college and even during nursing school... however, as a practicing nurse, I am glad I chose to not pursue medical school. I have met very few happy physicians. Those physicians who are not office based spend at least 70+ hours a week in the hospital.
  5. I am sure you can find studies on MRSA Prevention -- search CINAHL.
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    Pursue Nursing Carrer

    I am suprised you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX. Many states require you take an approved "refresher course" if you have not practiced for X number of years. To find a refresher course, your State BON should have a list of approved courses on their their website. Are you sure you want to leave a stable job with the military for nursing?
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    Obsessed with death since entering the nursing profession

    I agree with "MiamiGuy" -- although my viewpoint might sound a bit "harsh", death is a natural part of the life cycle. I personally don't have any set beliefs of where someone goes when they die. When someone close to me dies, I grieve and then I get over it.. I find no point in trying to wrap my head around what happens to them after they die. They are dead... they have no more cares in the world, are pain free, and whether they are in "heaven" or not does not matter to me. I think people put way too much thought in to death -- grieve and deal with death how you want but I think people dwell on death far too long. Death simply sucks... but every living animal dies.. pay respect to your loved one, grieve, and then move on with life.
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    Pay Scales

    The most physical laborous intensive jobs in society typically pay the least out of most careers. Why? Because they are simply that... physically laboring. The most well paid careers are typically those that requires experience and intensive educational training.
  9. I work in a 16 bed PICU and we are affiliated with a medical school. EVD cultures are only sent per MD request and the MD is the only one who can collect it. RN's can only change the EVD collection bag.
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    Odd things you've seen in nursing

    I learned the hard way -- I was an orienting RN and had a patient who had a GSW to the head and was trached. He developed a lung infection and had frothy sputum coming out of his trach -- I went to suction him and he coughed and I got sputum in my eyes... nasty!!!
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    CCNE Accreditation is important???( Urgent )

    Do NOT attend a school that is not accredited by CCNE or NLNAC because it may be very very difficult to ever get accepted into a graduate program (i.e., masters, doctorate).
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    How much do you remember from A&P?

    An OR nurse probably sees and hears the physicians using anatomical terms and thus could probably do better at recalling anatomical terms. I honestly don't know what I would be able to recall if I had to, but I do know that I am sometimes suprised by the things I do remember from A&P. I doubt I could go as far as looking at a cell under a microscope and differentiating them anymore or recall every muscle and bone in the body... but I think I recall most of the major structures.
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    Wedding invites for my friends on the unit, do or don't?

    I am getting married later this year and I absolutely did not invite everyone -- I sent invitations to a few people who I am fairly close with. You interact with a variety of different people everyday at work.. you shouldn't have to invite everyone. Just make sure you send the invite to their home and do hand them out at work. I worked with a nurse who handed her wedding invites out in the hospital (I thought that was a bit un-classy to begin with) and she only handed them to select people.
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    The worst code you've seen?

    Did they ever figure out why his K+ was so high?
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    Do you usually stay in the specialty you start out in?

    I sympathize with you! I don't think every nurse is meant to be a bedside nurse -- I consider myself one of those nurses. Although I am very competent at what I do and do enjoy my patients, I know that I am not meant to be a bedside nurse. I don't know if it is necessarily the stress of being responsible for anothers life, but I do know that I need to get out of bedside nursing. I plan to stick with bedsie nursing until I finish my masters degree (I graduate late 2011), and then hopefully I can transition out of bedside nursing.