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    Drug Seeking Patients

    Yes it is very disheartening, and I understand I won't cure them; nor would I want to put my energy into doing so, simply because I'm not an addiction nurse. Any time I have a patient who generally has normal baseline vitals and I suspect they may be...
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    showering: before or after work

    Always after work. I shower the next day if I have it off, but if I'm working, I won't shower before work, because I don't smell bad and I'm not concerned about my own germs.
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    Vibram Five Fingers vs. Running Shoes for Work?

    I bought the NB Minimus and wore those for several years, exclusively until the summer of 2014, when I tried on my first pair of Five Fingers and fell in love instantly. I mostly wear my VFFS ( I own 6 pair), but alternate with my NB Minimus every co...
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    Getting report during change of shift

    I don't think it's a good idea for a new patient to arrive right before shift change--I think it's a safety issue. I would much rather take report for the new patient and do my own assessment, rather than getting a half-assed report from the previous...
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    Survey on infant male circumcision

    I'm not sure, but I don't think my son remembers what his father's penis looks like. I could be wrong. I cannot believe how painful the procedure was for my son. No doubt about it, he was in pain. Both my husband and I agree if we could go back an...
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    Care vs Health Care (existential discussion)

    I wish I had more time to BE with my patient, to sit with them and really hear what they're telling me, but sadly, acute care just doesn't seem to allow that. By the way, Margaret Newman was my favorite nursing theorist. I really want to know how t...
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    So disappointed in hospital RNs and MDs

    It takes 5 minutes to do a complete head to toe. How can you give a heart or BP med without first assessing the systems they're prescribed for? There is at least 5 minutes in a shift to at least do a focused assessment and inquire of other issues; e...
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    How Is Your Census?

    Our census has always been low this time of year. Goes up and stays up after the holidays are over.
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    Waiting for Performance Assessment Results

    I found it. Thanks.
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    Waiting for Performance Assessment Results

    Thanks. I guess I'll find out tomorrow.
  11. With permission I started one of my classes today. I took the performance assessment and did not receive a score; the pop-up message stated something about my mentor contacting me about my score. I tried locating information about whether or not this...
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    Why did you become a nurse?

    Up until about 8 or so years ago, I didn't even know what a nurse was or what they did. I just knew I needed something more in my life. An acquaintance recommended nursing. I took a few years to research what nursing was all about and looked into sc...
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    Phone Apps?

    Thanks. That's what I was looking for. I don't have a laptop yet, so I was hoping my phone would be an option.
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    Nov 1 RN to BSN

    I start November 1st and need 49 credits to graduate. Kind of bummed about how many credits I need. Oh well, it is what it is. Anyway, I'm excited about learning new things and the prospect of potentially leaving acute care for something more commu...
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    Phone Apps?

    Thanks. I guess I should have clarified that I'm in the RN-BSN program. I was looking for something specific for that program or a WGU app.