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  1. Borrowers need to make absolutely sure that they understand what they are getting in to.
  2. Doesn't a pilot have a co-pilot to relieve him or her? The electricians and other licensed pros are another matter, for which I have no answer at this moment. Licensure and Board oversight are not guarantees of safe care. The current status of understaffing and of overburdening nurses is simply inexcusable and those who force too many patients upon a nurse are the ones who should be charged criminally when things happen.
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    How to retain nurses?

    More pizza, yes, with each diner getting his or her favorite crust and toppings of choice. Surely that is the answer. Love the "carry a resignation letter with you". Answer to staff retention - KISS = ITSS. Keep it simple, sweetie, it's the staffing, sugar. And pay and mandatory OT and harsh handling of honest errors and not being able to take a dinner or potty break, and having to arrive an hour early to get a parking spot and still make it to work on time, and all of the many things like these that come up. And not disciplining uppity aides - letting them run the show, while dissing the licensed nurses who are supposedly in charge.
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    Desperate and need advice

    I have no advice besides what others have said. Try to do the re-learning of moving your bedtime forward or backward an hour or so every few days until you, hopefully, get to the place you need to be. Perhaps an occasional hypnotic (Ambien, Chloral Hydrate, Dalmane) could help you get at least 5 or 6 hours of sleep, good REM sleep, deep sleep. Oh, BTW, you don't have to tell anyone you are taking meds (if you are taking any). As long as you are functioning, it is no one's business - not the school's, not an employer's. Just don't talk it about it EVER to anyone, especially at work. Your secrets with quickly become fodder for gossip all over the school or job. I mean it - not a single word to friend, foe, boss, peer, anyone. Warm bath? Warm milk? Yoga or other meditation/relaxation/breathing techniques? Total darkness, phone totally off, doorbell disconnected. I wish you the very best.
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    What is Abandonment?

    Makes striking pretty ineffective, I would think. but abandonment - Check with an attorney or 2 in your state for accuracy, just to be totally sure
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    Late to clinical

    I don't know if this is true, but I think a school has to have students in Clinical for a certain number of hours to satisfy state and /or certification requirements. That's what we were told back when I was in school. Great idea to set multiple alarms. I appreciate your mature view on this. While the world is still orbiting, it is very, very important to be punctual, both now and in your work life. Here's wishing you well.
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    What is up with these Sickle Cell Patients?!

    Please be specific. Perhaps a calm, clear discussion would help all of us to become better nurses.
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    made an honest mistake

    I think I'd tell the RN who interviews you, not the HR person - unless that person is also an RN and would understand. I wouldn't focus on it, though. Your goal is to portray an accurate picture of your skills and experience, no matter what the unit is called. Best wishes.
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    Is this insubordination? How do I deal with this PSW?

    She is, I think, supremely frustrated that she could not continue her schooling. That does not excuse her making everyone's life difficult. I think I would say, "Susie, you sound supremely frustrated, etc.". Acknowledge her and let her know you understand and applaud that she is eager to learn, ask her when she plans to go back to school, and try to befriend her a little. But let her know that you still need her to follow the boss' request because she is driving you crazy - or something like that. Use more finesse than I have here. BTW, there is the trouble - the boss ASKED her to stop. She needs to issue an order. Stop or disciplinary action will happen.
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    You must watch me!

    I am confused by those who say they don't know what medication they are actually witnessing. I would not be willing or able to witness wastage of a pill or liquid that I did not actually come out of a real and present wrapper or bottle. The waster would have to let me see the opening of the container if he/she expects me to witness it. And the nervous Nellie Newby might need a little help. I understand her anxiety and overwhelm. I think we all do, I just wonder what help she might need. Being a new nurse is such a meat grinder these days.
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    Lose vs. Loose

    You're certainly welcome. I really am surprised no one has been fazed or exasperated or exacerbated for a phase.
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    Lose vs. Loose

    versus = vs. = v, as in a court case verses = like Bible verses breath = a noun breathe = verb bath = noun bathe = verb Do they teach parts of speech and sentence conjugation any more in school? These are vitally important to being able to use a language correctly. I think kids are being shortchanged in this department these days, although my grandkids say they do these studies in their school.
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    You Misspelled "Domestic Violence"

    Not an excuse but maybe an explanation in some cases. Maybe. I have no idea if it is ever the case or not. I'm just thinking it over. Ruby, thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm truly sorry that you had them.
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    Lose vs. Loose

    You all have pleasantly surprised me with your responses. I expected to have my head handed to me but you have provided some great examples of commonly confused terms instead. Thanks to all!
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    Are We Too PC?

    Wow, what state are you in and how much do you think those rides cost the state (taxpayers)? I don't begrudge the rides for those who truly have no other means to get to appointments, but I have seen patients call an ambulance 911 to get to the ER when there was no need from a medical perspective. The issue was an AIDS pt not feeling too well, but instead of calling his friend to take him to the ER as he usually did, he straight off called an ambulance. I was his private duty RN at the time and he did it before I could say anything. That seemed unnecessary and a taxi seems unnecessary if a person could get by with a medical transportation service, a bus, or a buddy/family member. So he stuck the insurer with the expense. I am no fan of insurance companies, but I understand some of why their costs have to be reined in.
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