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  1. My 96 yo DNR father died at 5am in morning in hospital from pneumonia. Nurse told me that he was sleeping when she came in, so she gave his roommate meds and when she went to check my father, he had died. I was grateful to her because I believe he died peacefully. You did a wonderful thing for the children and husband.
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    New Job Dilemma, HELP!

    I was in the middle of an orientation when a unit I wanted to work for called me for an interview. I told them I was being oriented to another unit. So I finished orientation, worked and wasn't a good fit. Should have set up an interview with the other unit by taking off orientation. I thought having a for-sure job was better than a possible job. I thought nursing is nursing. I was wrong. Duties are different on different units. Wish I had asked allnurses before I made my decision. Let us know how this works out. I push for you to go for the ft interview however you can.
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    Will I be shunned?

    As others have said, be friendly but study alone when that works best for you. At my school, the instructors would not allow us to work on graded assignments alone. We had to be in a group. If you are having a hard time finding a partner, tell the most sympathetic instructor and she/he will probably set you up with a welcoming group. For studying for tests - after your first group assignment, you can ask one of your classmates or group if you can join them or their group to study. I met one of my dearest friends because both of us had no partners when lab partners were chosen. The teacher put us together because we had no one else. We worked together on everything the rest of the time in nursing school. I would advise you to always get your part of assignments finished early, have good notes and help others in your group, and DON'T ever make snarky, snide, hateful remarks about anyone in your class to their face or behind their back. Don't do it and call it kidding. If it can hurt feelings or cause someone to be mad, don't say it. Not even to a trusted classmate. If you should get in a group which does these things regularly, ask your instructor to advise you on another group. Also, don't roll your eyes when anyone is talking (if you are an eye roller). Always take the high road in reactions. You have the jitters right now. When school gets started everything will be fine. You got this far; you can do it. Congratulations on being accepted. You will be fine.
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    I agree wholeheartedly that teamwork needs to be taught. It can also happen as a side effect of any school activity when there are teams. And girls aren't the only ones who need to be taught and experience team work. Not all guys know how to work as part of a team if they have never been part of one. But if it is emphasized in their first jobs, girls and guys will pick it up. A good team first needs a leader dedicated to building the team. If the designated leader won't do it and the mix of team members is good, a leader will emerge. But having a good leader who helps each member contribute to the team is essential. My nursing school, like many schools I am aware of, taught what a team is and had us work in teams on many assignments. So there will be good teamwork among more newly graduated and future nurses. It seems to me we need to decide how to educate the nurses who have never been part of a team or never experienced effective teamwork. The nurse managers, directors, and charge nurses have to learn about and experience teamwork themselves then let their nurses know that teamwork will be a part of the unit and teach the nurses who need teaching. I suggest having teams of nurses who are familiar with teamwork work together. Then when those teams are comfortable, a nurse be added who doesn't know how to be a team member. That way the team's effectiveness won't be disrupted and the new member will get a chance to practice his/her learning. The age of the nurses is no indication of knowing how to be a team member. Younger ( I am a second career nurse who is over 50, but I am a new graduate of a school which emphasized teamwork. So I know how to work as a team member. Just because someone is 25 doesn't mean he/she knows how to work as a good team member. We have to work with what we have. Supervisors have to give their implicit requirement that health care workers work in teams and teach those who have never learned how. Requiring team work and education for teamwork starts with the leaders, at every management level upward to the CEO, buying into it. If research finds that teamwork is more cost effective and better for patients, watch how quickly education about teamwork and requirement for teamwork happens.
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    Turned down job..did I do the right thing?

    I think you did the right thing. I would suggest that when you are ready to work full time as a RN that you check with HR or nurse manager and get a job (if one is available) which doesn't require the RN license, then work as a tech or extern for a few months before you pass the RN board test. In my state after you pass the RN boards, you can't be hired as anything but a RN. Working as a non-RN for a while after the baby will help ease you into working without the full responsibility and pressure you would have as a RN.
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Young?

    I think they act like bullies because that is the only way they know to act. Even if they went to instruction for helping newbies, when they are under pressure, they will revert to their usual behavior not the new. Letting the newbie evaluate the orienting vet nurse might help. Letting colleagues evaluate with specific examples good behavior would help.
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    A Pre-nursing Student who believes...

    She is just innocent. But when she is a bedside nurse and she walks in on one of her confused pts on fall precautions who has watery poop all over her and the bed and is trying to get out of bed to go to the bathroom, the innocent nurse will find herself cleaning the poop off everything (with gloves on and pathogen precautions), helping the pt to the bedside commode and feeling grateful that she came in the room at that time so the pt didn't fall. Somehow icky fluids seem unimportant to clean up when you know what could have happened to the pt if she had fallen or had gotten a skin infection because of poor cleaning. The icky feeling toward bodily fluids stops soon after getting in the real world when the new nurse has her own pts who need her and without her they would be in trouble. My first week on the job, the CNA taught me how to give a pt a complete bed bath. If I ever need to, I can now. There is a lot the new nurse will learn which was never taught in school or clinicals. She is innocent, so go easy on her. She will soon learn.
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    2nd Career in Nursing

    1. Take prereqs at night. Keep your daytime job until your children are grown. Nursing will still be there when they are grown. 2. Become a part time CNA (requires training) or hospital tech (no training required in my state) first. Gives you experience and connections. 3. An ABSN program is extremely time consuming. Don't do it if you have children of any age at home or an unstable marriage. Take the traditional route instead. Traditional takes longer, but you need the stability and support of a peaceful home to do best in nursing school. 4. In my state you can't work as a CNA, Tech, or LPN if you have passed the RN license. So, don't get that RN license until you have a job.
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    Reality Check for Nursing Hopefuls

    Seems like nursing jobs for New Grads are hard to get in some areas of the country. I think the first poster was giving a laudable heads up to prospective and current nursing students. I would add that working in a hospital as a tech or CNA while in or before nursing school will give you connections (and valuable experience) for getting a nursing job when you graduate. That seems the way it works here. In my area of the country LTC and home health require at least 1 year hospital clinical experience too. So listen to her. You have nothing to lose by working for a hospital before you graduate and you might get a job more easily when you graduate.
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    How can you tell if nursing is a good fit for you?

    Definitely go for the CNA training. Then get a tech job in a hospital so you can see what hospital nursing is like. Don't know what your area of the country is like, but where I am, a year's experience in a hospital clinical setting is minimum requirement for most nursing jobs, even LTC and home health care.
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    Waitlisted? Rejected? NEVER Give Up!

    Congratulations for your accomplishment!. The messages on this site from Nursing Students may be very helpful to you all the way through your program. My wishes to you for success.
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    Precepting the Preceptor

    I hear you. I had a preceptor who needed a cig every 3-4 hours. I could tell by how her mood changed. I used to be a smoker so I know what that feels like. It's not you she is frustrated with, it is the craving for nicotine causing her to want to finish so she can get out for a smoke. So she gets cross. Other smokers will validate this. I will give you some tips. 1. There is a schedule she follows (might not be written), you write it out, ask her if it is right, then follow it as much as possible. 2. Make your own notes of what you do each shift for patients even if you stay after the shift to do it. Take it home and study it. Think about what you could have done differently. Tell your preceptor you are doing this. Beg her, if necessary, to go over the list with you and see what she thinks about your decisions. 3. If you forget to do something or make a mistake, tell her immediately and ask what you can do to fix it. Then do it. We all make mistakes. 4. If you think she acts really unprofessional - see your nurse manager and ask if this is behavior is usual with her or if you are doing something to cause it. 5. As hard as it seems to do because after a difficult shift you may be feeling worthless as a possible nurse, ask her to spend time with you to tell you what you did well and what you are still having trouble with. Write down what she says. Tell her this is a list you will work on improving. 5. No matter how cold she seems during the shift, keep asking her questions. Your patients need the answers. 6. Get in touch with some of your classmates and find out how they feel. It will make you feel better if you find that others are feeling like you. Hope you can use some of these. You are good. You learned the information you need. Your patients need you. Don't get down on yourself. Good luck.
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    A Little Perspective Goes A long Way

    So true.
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    Precepting the Preceptor

    I would like to add some advice to the excellent advice given by Ruby Vee. I use "she" in this advice writing, but I think it would be the same for guys. I am female. If some of the advice needs to be adjusted, perhaps someone else can write about that. Act responsibly like you would for a patient. Monitor her, give her help when needed, give her encouragement. You may not be a teacher, but you are a nurse and you know how to care excellently for patients in need. Act toward the new nurse like you would a treasure. Smile, give her thumbs up, do anything to show her you are proud of her. Find things to be proud of, even if it is just using the phone to call the doctor from a written script.
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    You Might Be a Neuro Nurse If. . .

    You know you are a neuro nurse if you can shake hands with an acquaintance outside the hospital and you assess their muscle strength in your mind. I laughed until tears came when reading these.