nursemike ASN, RN

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nursemike has 12 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro).

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    Where do you go when you don't trust official data sources?

    Hey now, y'all... But, yeah.
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    Where do you go when you don't trust official data sources?

    I don't think it's coincidental that a lot of the voices against masks seem also to be against the vaccine.
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    Where do you go when you don't trust official data sources?

    During the Winter, I noticed a mask was actually more comfortable when walking through the cold to and from my car. I also noticed not getting the flu or a bad cold this year. I haven't actually checked, but I think the backs of my ears have gotten t...
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    Do nurses hate nursing?

    First year nurse: I don't know if I can do this. Second year nurse: I can do this! Third year nurse: Why am I doing this ? It's hard, even under the best of conditions, and the conditions I work under are about as good as they get. My ...
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    Continuous pulse oximetry monitoring and COVID

    What kind of ratios are you running? Early in the pandemic, we were making all Covid patients 1:1. I believe that's still the case in our ICUs. It's a bear to staff, but there's just no substitute for eyes on a patient.
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    NIHSS and Aphasia

    On the NIHSS, I would score exactly what happens during the assessment. It's important to be accurate, of course, but the stroke scale is only one tool. A patient who scores 4s on LUE and LLE but changes tv channels with left hand scores 4s with me, ...
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    MEN, dont come into nursing

    I'm curious about what you've been doing to "climb ranks." I've had friends go into administrative positions--some into management, others into employee education, and a few lately have become NPs. Most seem motivated by a desire to improve things fo...
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    Male Nurse Disgusted by Female Nurses

    I was a carpenter for many years, and I agree. In particular, I noticed that working on a smaller crew entailed much less of this than on a larger crew. A group of 30-40 people just seems more likely to include more jerks. When I decided to become a ...
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    Male Nurse Disgusted by Female Nurses

    I have always been drawn to strong, smart, independent women. I am surrounded by them. I am in awe of them.
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    Is my (50K) BSN worthless?

    Many of the problems you describe seem pretty universal, so try not to get too discouraged. I remember thinking nursing school taught me everything I need to know about a med, except how to open the package. The first year is pretty awful, for prett...
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    Nurses on anti-depressants

    The point about the prospective pilot and the FAA interests me. It is a somewhat different matter than a prospective nurse. I agree with Here.I.Stand that a mental health diagnosis is a private matter, nor do I believe my history impairs me from my w...
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    Nurses on anti-depressants

    I took Celexa for awhile, and it really helped me. Being the shy, private type, I told pretty much everyone I knew about it. I was astonished how many of my esteemed colleagues took antidepressants or anti-anxiety meds. I like to believe we are simpl...
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    Useless Shift Report Information

    Once, after my annual physical, my doctor said, "Well, this is the part of the exam where I ask if you've been having any problems with ED." I was quite taken aback, but answered truthfully, "Well, their report's a bit sketchy, but I figure I'm going...
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    Any nurses that love nursing and love their job??

    I love my stupid job. It's hard, at times, and frustrating. Awhile back, I spent several months on the wrong side of the bedrails, and a year off on medical leave. Coming back to work, afterward, was one of the hardest things I've ever done, and I wa...
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    Struggles of being a male nurse

    There will always be things you "can't" do, or at least have a lot of trouble doing. Many won't have anything to do with your gender--we all have our strengths, and our weaknesses. Being male brings both. My best advice is just to be real. Can't tell...