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    plus size scrubs.

    Cherokee Workwear. Those things wear like nothing I've ever seen. Marcus Uniforms has them for the lowest prices I've seen, and they're available in every color under the sun.
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    shirts under scrubs

    I second the vote for Old Navy's t-shirts. I hate thick shirts under my scrubs.
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    Personalized Badge Reels

    Etsy.com has adorable ones, and they're all handmade! Boojeebeads.com has some as well.
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    Suggestions for giving Pentasa via G-Tube

    We had to give something like this once and mixed it in baby applesauce, then mixed the applesauce with water to make it viscous enough to go down the g-tube without clogging.
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    Afraid of calling in

    Don't call. Go to work. If they want to send you home, they will. Otherwise, try to find time to study at work.
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    very badly behaved ped client

    You can say something, but it might not do any good, and her parents might not appreciate it much. Your patient might act out more than usual when she's not feeling well. You mention that the nurses were hanging blood products. Your patient might be more opinionated and stubborn than usual when her counts are low. Adults understand the difference in the way their body feels when their counts are low, or they're developing a fever, or they're becoming septic... they may not understand which of these is happening, but they know something's wrong and are able to verbalize that. Pediatric patients can't. So, much like infants cry when they don't feel well, preschoolers react differently than usual. They may withdraw and become quiet, they may cry, or they may become obnoxious and loud. Your patient's father may understand that, and it could be that this is why he wasn't correcting his daughter; he may have seen this behavior from her before when she has been ill in the past.
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    Turf wars may have cost me my dream job

    Congratulations! So glad everything worked out for you!!
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    I prefer working with new grads,or non-hospital nurses

    Those same nurses that I talked about in my first post... the backstabby, catty new grads? They had older, seasoned nurses that treated them very well too. Not every nurse treated them badly; it was easier to get on their good side than to be on their bad side. I'm not saying that this is how you are. My point is that you may want to take some time for some self examination to determine if any of these bad interactions could be colored by your attitude in any way. And I'm not sure what you mean by "hard to face the music." I don't work in a hospital. So, by your very definition, I should be one of those nurses that you prefer to work with.
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    Patient Safety Dilemma

    I would mention your case in your room. Explain that you were in a room sitting, and you had a call light on for over 20 minutes without being answered. Share that you were concerned that other patients might have had to wait for a similar amount of time without a staff member present in their room with them. If it's all about your experience, there's not any problem in bringing it up. Good luck, and kudos to you for wanting to enhance your patients' experience.
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    Moving from the exciting, challenging floor to...where?

    Most places are going to require weekends, or at least every other weekend, unless you can get into something like a doctor's office. The pay will likely be lower in a doctor's office, though. A free-standing surgical center might be another place to look. Good luck!
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    Bedside nurse or school nurse? Opinions please.

    If you're not able to get anything at your current employer that's daylight only, the school nurse position may be your best bet until you're able to get your health in better control. Keeping yourself per diem in the position you have now is an excellent idea because it will allow you to maintain seniority if a position opens up. I wish you all of the luck in the world, no matter what you decide to do.
  12. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/index.html How to file a HIPAA complaint. I hope that HHS can clear this up for you much more quickly than your state's BON.
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    What to do when there's no one to turn to?

    If your manager's "playing for the other team," you may have to quit, if you can find another job. I hate to say that, but it's so true. It's next to impossible to break that inner circle at times. I just wanted you to know that someone else has been there, had that happen, and is so sorry for you that you're going through the same thing. I wish that it would end soon throughout the profession as a whole.
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    Australian RN wanting to work in the US

    International Nursing - Nursing for Nurses Hope this helps!
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    Why do doctors office pay nurses pennies to work for them?

    The other thing to remember is that the acuity of the patient in the doctor's office is much lower. You're not primarily responsible for that patient for the full duration of a 12 hour shift. You'll see them, do a quick history, get vitals, and you're out. You may administer an injection, you may do some teaching, you may do some front office work, depending on the office. Offices with specialized work, such as chemo administration, in my experience, generally pay more. However, a lot of these things are things that an LPN can do; the offices just need an RN on staff to supervise the existing LPNs and MAs. They're paying low because the intensity of the work just isn't that high.