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Daisy_08 BSN, RN

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Daisy_08 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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    Muslim??

    I don't know if I can offer any advice other then do what makes you comfortable. If you will feel guilty about not, then stick it out. Or if you will resent it then maybe take it off. I do have a question though, I have many Muslim friends and I had always thought you either believed in wearing it and wore it or not. I have friends who do both. Just curious, I thought if you believe you should than you did regardless of others. Hope you don't find this confrontational. I am truly just wanting to understand more about Islam.
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    muslim prayer

    Do you have a chapel? I have a few Muslim co-workers who pray there on their break. Also one who just does not pray while at work. So to each there own I guess. Our Chapel has a prayer mat as well, but you would never know unless you asked.
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    Allow me to vent please

    I know its not fair and we all need to vent out our frustrations, especially to a group that understands us. Only read the rest if you want to look on the bright side... (You have a job you like. A manager you like and are friends with, they pay you regularly, you get to have stability, staying in the same area, decorating your home, seeing your friends and family. You have a nice life. If everyone was making the same money would you still be upset?)
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    Failed preceptorship

    A slow unit should mean you are set up to do really well, so I don't understand what you are getting at. You should have ample time to research and get to help other staff with procedures. I hesitate saying this, because I think the responsibility lies with you, but I never let students give narcotics on their own, or any meds until we are both comfortable. I do think that as a student you will make mistakes, when my students make mistakes I think it is a great opportunity for us both to learn, and in the long run it will benefit them (reduces anxiety about making mistakes, they now know what to do, and I can evaluate how they handle it). That being said your preceptor did not set out to fail you. I had an awful preceptor myself. She was AWFUL, but I did my best learned what she wanted (someone to do her work) and passed, and know I enjoy being a preceptor myself because I know what is like to have a preceptor who does not care. I think your best bet is to repeat the course. You obviously wont get a job offer or any references from this last placement, nor does it seem you learned a lot. Get a placement in a different area, learn from but dont dwell on the past and try again.
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    Recommended Certifications for Nursing Students

    Depends what area you are wanting to work. Your local college will likely have a variety of courses to choose from. If your not sure, take something you find interesting.
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    Pre-Nurse with intentions to work RURAL areas

    If you are not picky about where you live now, apply to a school close to an area you think you would like to work - placements are the best way to get hired, and also the best way for you to see if you want to get hired. You will then also have the opportunity to develoe a social network in the area while you are in school, and decide if you would even want to live in that area. The other option is to do your consolidation/pre-grad placement in an outpost area or rural.
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    sterile water for irrigation vs inhalation

    When we run out of inhalation bags, we use regular sterile water bottles to to manually fill. I think it would be okay.
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    Occupational therapist interested in nursing

    I know a few RNs who have become OTs. I think quality of life is better as an OT. No nights, little or no weekends. As the other poster said the OTs do seem happier. I would think you may do well to some continuing education in your field if your wanting more. Going back for your BScN is a big commitment to time and money. In the end you will be at the bottom on seniority, with less pay, worse hours and more debt. It sounds like you are good at your job, like you care. Your pts need caring and competent OTs too. It can be hard working in LTC to keep current, as in many smaller facilities. You could start a journal club?
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    "I work in the medical field"

    Had a patients family tell me she was in medical school, I ask questions, suddenly she was a nurse, kept chatting... she did a few nursing courses...well not actually...she started a PSW program (Canadian aide for personal care) but doped out....Thanks for the advice lady....
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    Labour & delivery

    In theory that may sound good, however practical experience is valuable. Can you not begin to work as a RPN where you are working as a PSW? You would be at an advantage for knowing the company, work culture, policies ect. L&D nurses need to think fast on their feet (as for most nurses). Things can go wrong very quickly. You need to gain experience as an RPN first. Skills are transferable - home care will help you gain confidence in in teaching (SO much teaching in maternity!), surgery will help with IV starts, foley's, bleeds...I could go on, any RPN job you have now will help you with your next one, even with time management and leadership skills. I would to suggest that you really look at why you were let go. The company knew how much experience you had when you were hired. So was it a lack of confidence, inability to make decisions, poor decisions? I don't want to be rude, but it sounds like there was an other reason. Get any RPN job and focus on becoming the best at that job, upgrade your skills and knowledge that relate to that job. When you feel confident in that job, then start to look at getting in to maternity. Take a maternity related course and apply for related jobs when you feel you are ready. Keep in mind if your working at a hospital all you need is the seniority to apply, the extra courses don't really matter, they may ask you to do some courses once your hired but seniority will rule.
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    Is there a lot of Chemistry in Practical Nursing?

    What provence are you in? Ontario I did a basic chem unit in a high school general science class, got a 0 on the final test. I managed fine in nursing shcool. In Ontario I don't believe chemistry is a pre-requisite for the PN, but I think it is for the BScN. But knowing it will work for you not against you. You do need to know your sciences to understand what is going on with your patient.
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    Can we Talk?

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    Novice nurse no-nos

    Use critical judgment, aka common sense. I always hear people say 'well that's not the way its done here' or 'Nurse X did it this way, so I must to'. Just because there is a rule or even a policy in place, critical thinking still must come first. For example, the policy says to run X drug so fast but your little 98yo's site might blow, you can slow it down. Or just because your bitter about doing bedside TOAs doesn't mean you can't tell sensitive information in the hall. Skills and assessments will come with time, critical thinking will grow with experience, but good judgment is often there, or not.
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    Is there a lot of Chemistry in Practical Nursing?

    Patho and pharm were hard, but not impossible. I feel like the grade reflected my work, not always the case in many courses and programs.
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    Is there a lot of Chemistry in Practical Nursing?

    I do not do any chem in either the PN or BScN program. If you want to study before look at anatomy, but I think you should just enjoy your freedom.
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    Critical Care Course

    Is there a nursing shortage out east?