applewhitern BSN, RN

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applewhitern has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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    Holiday Bonus

    Everyone gets a token amount of cash, barely enough to buy a tank of gas with. That said, the managers, supervisors, etc., get treated special. They get larger cash gifts than we peons. They used to get treated to a retreat, but I guess that went b...
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    Full time RN- Part time Real Estate agent?

    It is hard to do real estate part-time, it is pretty much a full-time job. You might find you prefer it over nursing, though. Good luck.
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    Blended ACLS skill session

    Just be sure your facility will accept the online portion; mine won't.
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    Did this patient overreact?!

    Our male nurses place urinary catheters, clean patients, etc., without a female present, as do our male nursing assistants. If a female patient requests a female nurse, we try to accomodate, but this is a hospital, we do what we can with what we hav...
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    Did this patient overreact?!

    I would fully expect the camera to be turned away from the patient when exposing them in that manner. I would be furious if someone had a camera on my private parts! Females do not accompany our male nurses or male nursing assistants when they exam...
  6. My son's port was to be used for chemotherapy only, period. The cancer center always stuck him when drawing blood, they never used the port for anything other than chemo infusion. He always got a peripheral IV for everything else. They get infecte...
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    Nurse Gives Lethal Dose of Vecuronium Instead of Versed

    I work in ICU and we no longer have paralytics in our medicine dispense system. We can only get it from pharmacy or ER. This really bewildered me when I first started working at this hospital, but now I can see why! One would think any nurse would...
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    What do I need for nursing school?

    Surely your nursing school will give you a list of things you need, mine did.
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    Let go/resign from new grad 6 months in

    Those really sound like bogus reasons to let you go. (Not changing out an iv that was due that morning? We don't change ours at all, we only re-start one when it goes bad). You are probably lucky to be let go, because it doesn't sound like they wo...
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    Lost 15 yrs of Senority by changing departments

    You are lucky if you have a job that recognizes seniority; my hospital does not. It doesn't matter how long you've been here, they will cater to the new employees and not their loyal ones.
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    How Much Junk do you Keep?

    I just threw out a box of papers and folders from 10 years ago. Several brown recluse spiders crawled out of it! It had been sitting in a closet for a long time.
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    What is your opinion on calling in "sick"

    We don't get paid sick time until we are out the THIRD day. The first and second consecutive days you are off, you do not get paid for. That makes it really hard on people who do get sick; you feel almost obligated to call out the 3rd day, too, jus...
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    RN, ADN being obsolete

    None of the hospitals around here require a BSN. They prefer a certification over a BSN. ADNs get hired just as easily. They are both registered nurses with the SAME SCOPE OF PRACTICE.
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    Advice for changing my major. Leaving nursing?

    We don't use social workers in our hospital. We have RN case managers instead. They got rid of the social workers and started using the nurses instead.
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    Accused of not giving dilaudid

    Over my 30 year career, I have had patients try to say they didn't think they received the full and correct dose because they "didn't feel it." If they don't feel that instant "high," they think they have been cheated. Patients will request that we...