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tiddles has 25 years experience.

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    Returning to NZ

    Thanks for responding. That doesn’t sound too difficult then. I was hoping they would have some kind of RN to BSN Programme but I haven’t found one. Doing it here is way too costly. BTW Waikato Polytechnic (what it was called then) is where I did nursing school!
  2. Actually, many of these HH patients live with perfectly able-bodied family members. Living in squalor is a choice they have made.
  3. It's also common practice among Chinese to spit everywhere. In New Zealand (which gets a lot of Chinese tourists) there are signs (in Chinese and English) in the airport imploring people not to spit on the flooring/carpets. And don't get me started on the skinning-alive of dogs.. (thanks facebook for that image that I'll never un-see.
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    Two Jobs: Full-time night, Part-time day

    I agree with the overtime people. If you work for two employers you have to do mandatory education, meeting, skills fairs etc. at two places. Also the weekend and holidays commitments, as someone else mentioned. I just worked six 12s straight (nights) with one being an extra shift. I am old, so it's not something I do too often - but there is ALWAYS ample overtime available where I work.
  5. If someone started filming me I think I would be sorely tempted to take out my phone and record them recording me, hopefully covering most of my face in the process. Otherwise I would leave the room until security or management dealt with it. I have no desire to be on youtube.
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    When Nurses Dream...and Have Nightmares!

    I recently dreamed I only saw one of my home care patients and completely forgot the other visits I was supposed to do that day. I can't tell you how relieved I was when I woke up. I often dream that I'm trying to punch in a number such as a phone number or code - but it never goes in right and I keep doing it over and over..
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    Returning to NZ

    Hi there. I am a NZ registered nurse who has been living in the US since 1994. I am considering moving back to NZ in the next couple of years due to family issues such as aging parents, and a desire to be close to family again. I would prefer not to do nursing in NZ (I am tired, plus I am not looking forward to going through the hoops of applying for a practicing certificate) but realistically I probably will have to if I can't earn a livable wage doing something else. Has anyone here moved back after being away so long? How has nursing changed there in the last quarter century? Would it be hard to fit back in? I would love to hear your stories. Thanks.
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    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    I would definitely not recommend either LTC or home care as slower paced or less stressful.
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    Questionable actions that make you go hmm?

    My preceptor at a new job was listening to me give report and tell someone that so-and-so was on azithromycin. She gave a look like I was an imbecile and said "no he's not, he's on Zithromax!". She was a terrible preceptor - tried to make me look dumb at every opportunity.
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    Another thread about burn out

    I spent (threw away) three grand on a coding course. I figured it would help me get into a utilization review-type job, but it hasn't. The only difference it made was when I was in a care manager position my boss would give me charts that needed diagnosis codes added (big whoop - anyone can do that). Even if I wanted to take a huge pay cut and be a coder, most positions require previous experience - especially home-based ones, which would be my preference.
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    Sick Days?

    It can also depend on how desperate your unit is. Where I work there are a number of people who call out frequently. They get spoken to and everyone grumbles about it, but we are chronically short staffed so they will probably never get fired.
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    The Worst Interview of My Life! Ever!

    I've had many less than pleasant interviews, but one hilarious one that comes to mind is when I was applying in person for a job as a bar person in a London pub many years ago. The guy interviewing me gave me a LONG list of drink prices and told me to add them up in my head! I just laughed and walked out.
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    Help with behavior-based interview questions!!!!!!!!!

    I work for a hospital system within which I have changed jobs several times. Each time I get interviewed and then peer interviewed with the same type of annoying questioning. I hate it. Most recently I thought I would participate in the vaccination program for the coming season (going around schools giving flu shots) which lasts about six weeks. Well I attended my first interview, which was via phone (same hospital employer, remember) and they start asking me the same things (tell us about a time where you went above and beyond - blah, blah). After a couple more questions I was suddenly overcome with exhaustion and I couldn't do it anymore. I told them that this was more of an ordeal than I had anticipated for a temporary, part time position. I asked if they did this to the EMS and agency staff they hire (because they can't get any of our nurses to do it). They said they didn't have to, because they weren't hospital employees. Knowing that I would have to attend a peer interview with MORE of the same torture, I ended up saying thank you for your time, but I will be withdrawing my application.
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    Case Study: Can You Prevent This Medical Error?

    I'd like to know what kinds of errors are killing hundreds of thousands of people. Are we talking blatant administration errors? I imagine a huge factor would be polypharmacy among the elderly population - drug interactions, inappropriate doses ordered, allergies/reactions etc. I wonder what percentage is actual nurse-given, wrong med/dose etc.
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    Are you a "Sister?"

    Having worked in NZ and Australia, sister was used for RNs in Australia, but I never heard the term in NZ. I quite liked it, and I think the patients did to. I also remember going around with my med cart and the patients saying "here comes the lolly trolley" haha. I found patients in those countries (and the UK) to be much more appreciative and less demanding than americans. Also, it was almost mandatory for patients to leave the nurses a box of chocolates when they were discharged! Mind you, that was a while ago - things could be different now.
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    Doctors Say the Darnedest Things

    Small town ER doc on night shift - "If we hang a bag of vicodin outside the door, do you think they'll let me get some sleep tonight?