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tiddles has 25 years experience.

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    HELP!! Experienced RN interview for ED

    When I interviewed for my ED position I was given a triage scenario - 4 patients, their symptoms, VS etc. Who would I send through first, what order. One was chest pain with a normal EKG, a woman with what I thought could be sepsis, and I forget the rest. I decided the sepsis was the priority (think code sepsis, where you have to have cultures drawn and antibiotics in within a certain time frame). But then I had my hypothetical tech bring in the chest pain for monitoring, troponin etc. at the same time. However, if you haven't worked in the ED before (I had), they may not expect you to know all that.
  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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    Suggestions for scheduling on night shift

    Three in a row is a lot for some to handle, especially if you are not getting quality sleep during the day (with kids that can be a challenge). As previously suggested, do a mix for the first schedule. Also - for your own sanity, make sure you get good sleep. All it takes is one phone call or a barking dog and I'm awake for the day (I used to be able to fall right back to sleep). A fan helps to drown out noises.
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    A friend bought her degree from the Philippines.

    As an overseas-trained RN I can attest to the fact that all education is thoroughly vetted by WES and CGFNS before you can apply to take NCLEX.
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    Truth be told, if I'd had a fancy pocket computer way back when I was a young'un, I probably would have been on it constantly..although my walkman was pretty rad!
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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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    I once gave a medication to a pregnant drug abuser - she glared at me and said "this better not hurt my baby". I glanced at a co-worker who heard this and we both burst out laughing (not very professional, but we couldn't help it).
  14. This nurse is not 56. You're mixing this post with the one above.
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    Your worst nightmare

    Poor Nursingaround - I don't think you're going to be able to write any posts without a load of folks jumping down your throat. I actually enjoy your stories - they offer a nice change from the usual stuff on here.
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    Aetna work from home tele case manager rn

    I was told by a potential employer that it's not a job you can do and watch kids at the same time. You have to have a dedicated work space without any distractions.

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