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  1. In which category do you see yourself?
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    Unusual/Disruptive ways my unit functions

    Our charge nurse comes in 15 minutes before the shift starts so he/she can take report from the preceding charge nurse. They stay in the nurses station during this hand off.
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    Going from a career in nursing to med school

    One of my nurses went to MedSchool 4 yrs ago, now graduated and going into a 3 year residency. She tells me that she will have $ 250,000 study debt. The first year of Med School she still worked part time as an RN, after that impossible because of the work load. Keep the finances in mind and the hours!
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    Pathway to (UGH) Excellence?

    As a nurse manager in a Magnet hospital we had a very enthusiastic nursing staff because it is a recognition of the great work the nurse do every day. I think it depends on how management 'brings' the message. All staff felt honored when we received Magnet, not just the nurses but housekeeping, care coordination etc were very proud.
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    Compassion required???

    Most hospitals have 'compassion' one way or another in their core values. I am a manager and I would NEVER hire you, even if you were technically and excellent nurse. People are not machines.
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    Health Unit Coordinator question

    Talk to your HR.
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    Best way to space out 12-hr night shifts?

    I am a nurse managers and all my night nurses work 3 in a row, they prefer it. Some work 6 in a row (3 one week th, fr, sat and 3 the next sun, mond, tues) and have 8 nights off. Some work every week the same nights (sun, mon, tues). A fan in your bedroom for the white noise is a good idea.
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    RN to BSN..does it pay more??

    In WA state you do not receive more for your BSN. However, if you want 'more' than bedside nursing you need a BSN. Also several nurses on my floor got injured or are getting older and without a BSN there are not many alternatives.
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    Nursing the old fashioned way

    Milk and molasses enema's!
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    I am nurse manager of a telemetry floor (not in CA). Monitors have to be watched 24/7. They are NEVER left alone! We have a monitor tech/HUC sitting at the desk at all times. I have never worked in a hospital were the monitors were not constantly watched. A lawsuit waiting to happen if you don't and first of all it is bad patient care. Why would you be on a Tele floor if you are not watched?
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    how to assess chest pain

    Always believe the patient when they say they have pain. Put on O2 and notify the MD. If allowed by hospital policy do an EKG before your call the MD so you have more info at hand.