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    Nursing Scrubs: The Material Makes A Difference

    I loooooove Dickies Youtility line. There are so many pockets, and they are so comfortable. I prefer the men's pants because the pockets are aligned a bit differently than the women's, and the elastic is more like real elastic (they both have drawstring, as well). The tops have a breast pocket, as well as two on the bottom, which I can't find in many other brands. I only own a few sets, so they get washed and abused a lot, and they hold up really well. They aren't cheap, but I just stalk when they go on sale, as well as use free shipping coupons, and they aren't too bad.
  2. I have heard of the 3g recommendation, but at my hospital, it's still 4g. It amazes me how many nurses don't even really know what class of drug tylenol is. I was giving report to another RN who was precepting a new grad. The pt had previously complained of pain and was ordered a one time dose of percocet, but refused the med because of the narcotic. In the evening, pt was complaining of pain again, so I called and got an order for tylenol, which the pt took with good results. The new grad listening to report jumped in to chastise me for ordering tylenol for this pt. Why? Because the pt had a hx of GI Bleed. For a second, I just stared at her, but after a moment, it hit me, so I asked her, "Do you think tylenol is an NSAID?" Her reply was that it is an NSAID and that it was irresponsible of me to get it ordered for this pt. Her tone and attitude left me wanting to share a few choice words with her, but I took a deep breath and told her, "No, tylenol is not an NSAID; you are welcome to look it up, which you probably should, since you obviously don't know what class of drug it is, but I'll just let you know that I'm right." The scary thing for me was that this wasn't the first time I had had another RN tell me that tylenol is an NSAID.
  3. I'm supposed to rotate, but I have been working straight nights for several months now (at my own request). I am very appreciative that my boss is allowing me to do so. It is hard, at times, but it works best for me and my family. Sometimes, I get home from work and I can't go to bed because I have to do something with/ for one of the kids, but at the same time, I'm home to do it, so I just try to make sure I figure out a way to get my sleep, some how. I like night shift for personal reasons, as well as those mentioned by many others. I'm at a teaching hospital, so we always have an in-house cover at night.
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    Note quite a new grad, not quite experienced

    What about moving after he does and staying through August to get your full year of experience? Or start applying now and see what kind of feedback you get with 9+ months of experience.
  5. Apologize for what is not in your control, rectify what you can and do the best with what is within your control.
  6. If you knew the tests were hard and you had trouble with them, did you ever approach the professor earlier in the semester to see what you could do to improve your scores on the tests/ in the class? I distinctly remember my physiology professor who was consistently amazed by students who did not do very well the entire semester but would only approach him either right before or right after the final- their failure in the class was not a surprise and failing/ doing poorly on the final really just kept along the trend they had been on the whole time.
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    2nd degree BSN vs. Nursing Master's

    To the OP, I would do some research on the direct entry MSN first, including local impressions about it. There are some folks who post here who suggest that direct entry MSN students have earned bad reps at their facility. I definitely agree with this. I went to school in what, at least from this website, is one the worst new grad markets in the country and did a MEPN program (not an NP program; a CNL program), yet almost everyone from my class had a job before graduation. Though I believe the person that wrote that was talking about schools with bad reputations, mine had a very good one and many local hospitals definitely weighed that into hiring our graduates. Personally, I moved across the country shortly after graduation (not by choice nor driven by my own employment), but it definitely didn't hurt me here, though I don't really know if it helped me. I had a very easy time finding a job, though recruiters spoke more to my previous employment (completely unrelated to nursing), but in interviews, employers were fairly intrigued by my degree-path and asked questions about it, but seemed very open to the idea and were very receptive to what I had to say. I applied to new grad RN programs, just like any other new grad RN and am currently working as a staff RN on a med/surg floor. Where I go from here, I don't know right now, but I like the options that are available to me, should I choose to pursue them.
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    Who is a professional nurse?

    We have a badge that hangs below our ID w/ RN in large letters. We are also going to one color for RNs. The problem with this is that, currently, techs wear royal blue, PT/OT wear navy blue, and RNs are going to be wearing ceil blue. Pretty sure we're going to hear "The one in blue. Which shade of blue? I don't know, it was blue." We do go in the rooms at the beginning of the shift and introduce ourselves as we're writing our name on their board in the space next to where it says "Nurse:" Pts still get us confused, though, so I just clarify, as needed.
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    asvab for air force nurses

    RNs in the military are officers. The ASVAB is not required for officers- a minimum of a bachelor's degree is, however.
  10. Hm, one of my favorite clinical instructors would continually tell us that critical thinking was the important thing to learn- specific skills like starting IVs or inserting foleys can be practiced in lab and will be learned eventually. We had 1300+ hours of actual clinical (and, gasp, I did a master's entry program), and I felt like they actually did do a decent job of preparing us. My biggest challenge was that I moved shortly after graduation (husband is AD military), so the hospital I currently work at was completely foreign to me. Going from West Coast to East Coast was a huge change. If I had moved right into a place where I had done an externship or internship/ capstone (or possibly both), the learning curve would have not been as steep. So far, the only skill I've encountered that I really was not at all familiar with was colostomy care, and a helpful charge nurse assisted me and taught me along the way. I still have lots of questions, but quite frankly, everyone experiences different things, and I have even helped out more experienced nurses, so I don't expect to stop asking questions any time soon. =)
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    Blind Nursing Student?

    For the first time, I just looked at a chart converting 20/XX to diopters, since I never knew what I was in the 20/XX chart, only what my prescription was. According to that chart, -6.00 is 20/500, but anything over that isn't really "convertible." I was -7.5 before I had lasik, but was fortunate enough to be correctable to 20/20 with contacts or glasses and that after lasik, I'm 20/15 in my "good" eye (was previously only -5.00) and a little worse than 20/20 in the one that was over -7. I would have been able to read the computer screen without glasses, but as a pp said, it would take being ridiculously close to the screen, but there was a point, at least, where I could actually read. Definitely no driving, though- truck or otherwise. =)
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    What to do when you literally HATE your classmates?

    You don't have to be friends with everyone you work with; you just have to be able to work with them. If you get along with them/ are friends with them, that's just a bennie. I've tried to live by this since I joined the military years ago and would be so annoyed by many of my peers. This concept was greatly challenged in nursing school (much more so than it ever was in 8 yrs in the military). Especially by those with very, very questionable ethics, and the whining- oh God, the whining! The few people I became good friends with I actually have very little in common with, but we just got along. There was only one other mother- out of 40 students- and she lived far from me, and to be honest, just not my "type." Group work was extremely painful at the beginning because we worked in assigned groups, but as school went on, we were actually able to pick who we worked with, to some extent, which really help. We knew each other's strengths and weaknesses and it made things flow so much better. Also, it's great that you are not tied down to working for a salary, but for most people, that's just how it is, and it does seem like you are judging them d/t your "higher calling." I also enjoyed working with the homeless and am drawn to the ideology of community clinics, but for now, I work in a hospital, paying back my student loans and making sure my kids have everything they need (and a few things they want). It was fairly easy to pick out those not worth my time and energy, and when at all possible, I just kept away from them. When I absolutely had to work with them, I was cordial, professional and made sure that an acceptable end result was obtained. Otherwise, they were really not on my radar.
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    What do you do for daycare?

    Yes, it's $7000 up front, but if you plan for it and take into account what the overall annual cost is compared to other forms of child care, it's pretty reasonable (it pays for their health insurance, travel, agency support, etc), especially if you have more than one small child. The past few years, we've just put aside our tax return to cover all or most of it, which does make it easier to come up with.
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    MTF's and Civilian Side Nursing Questions

    One issue you may run into at first is that very few MTFs hire new grads. Some VAs do, but considering that you move at the will of your husband's employer, you're somewhat subject to what's available where you are. I did talk to someone from the civilian hiring side of Army nursing, and they said that once you have 6 months experience, they won't consider you a new grad any more. I don't know much more than that, other than as soon as I get my resume rewritten, I will be applying to try and get in at our local MTF (I'm a vet, too and have an AD husband, so I totally get where you're coming from with trying to get into a system that will make transferring around easier).
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    Is it impossible to get a nursing job without vaccines?

    There are several you can do titers for, and if you're already immune, that is acceptable, but there are definitely a few that you probably can't or at least are going to have a very hard time getting around.