applewhitern BSN, RN

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

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  1. Hi I read your RN to BSN comment from a few years back. I was wondering what school you obtained your BSN at? I’m looking at my options for RN to BSN programs since I also work full time as a nurse now.  Also if you can remember, was the tuition doable or very expensive? Thanks

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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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    Charge Nurse in 6 months?

    I was charge nurse of a 44 bed telemetry unit 5 days after I graduated nursing school. Just a few days orientation. Back then we could hit the floor running without having to go thru a lengthy orientation. We were taught well in nursing school. ...
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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...
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    without a job until after new years

    I would simply starve before I risked my license, career, health, and life, by being an escort, period.
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    Drowning on the floor...only 2 months in. HELP!

    I assume those are low acuity patients? Our med-surg nurses take 8 patients each. Way back with my very first nursing job, I had a 5 day orientation, and was immediately made charge nurse of a 44 bed telemetry unit! Talk about being a nervous wrec...
  10. 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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    I hate my current job and want to work in a hospital

    Nurse's pay deeply depends on the region of the country you work in. Our LPN's here make 15 bucks an hour, and new grad RN's make about 22 per hour, so really, your 16+ per hour is pretty darn good.
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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.