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    Honestly, if you did well in school and are not suffering from anxiety issues severe enough that you may need to see a doctor, you should be fine. The PN exam is not hard if you know your stuff and it sounds like you do. Also if English is your first language you should be okay. Many of the failed applicants have english as a 2nd language, and even if they are incredibly intelligent, it is the language of the questions that is so difficult.
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    LVN Relocating to Canada from USA

    Is LVN and LPN education equivalent? Its double the time now. I'm not sure, and definitely if you're going to be going to Ontario they may not even consider it because the entry to practice requirements there are pretty strict. Maybe they will consider experience.
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    Rude Nurses

    Honestly, there are some nurses who shouldn't have students. I believe at this point in my career I am one of them. I am fresh out of nursing school, been graduated for nearly a year and I would have a mini meltdown if I were responsible for teaching. Students are more work, as much as they believe otherwise (I did when I was in school). Sometimes nurses can be terse about this increased workload, they shouldn't be. We all have some level of responsibility in "raising" future nurses, although some of us shouldn't be in an active precepting role.
  4. While I agree, I want people to tell me if I've done something wrong. I have found some more serious mistakes, these things happen but I generally just choose to fix the mistake and move on with my merry way. However, I have found some important medications not restarted for a number of days because the other ones did not notice, but we're supposed to be a team right, so its great if anyone corrects it because we're supposed to be working together. I do tend to prioritize patient care and all the documentation pertinent to patient care, however I think that what is happening here is everyone is forgetting and it is easy to put me as the scapegoat.
  5. Does anyone ever feel that people are attempting to pick on you when you are new in a workplace? They are trying to find things you may or may not have done wrong and point every single possible thing out to you, I don't mean just general communication. I mean say a bed doesn't get made, or something is done but not written down (I mean very minor inconsequential things to patient care). I also mean things like, I don't whine that my medication cart was not plugged in and I had to stand at the plug and the garbage was not taken out, but I don't fill out one inconsequential form and I hear about it every time, even though I am not the only one forgetting to do it. I feel as if these things are being blamed on me. Even if someone else does something wrong, I have to point out that I did not work the shift they are speaking of. Why do nurses do this? Especially in anew place that really needs staff. I don't mean communicating correct procedures so people learn, but picking at minor things with a newbie but not caring if regular staff forgets.
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    what do you say when they are right?

    Family members would rather have me blame the CNA, however I am honest with them and that seems to be a bad thing according to some people
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    Really starting to get depressed

    What everyone else here has said is very valid. This is a place nurses vent and get advice from others who have experienced the very same thing. However, I do advise you if you don't have a backbone, you will grow one in nursing, mine wasn't as strong until I became a nurse, my skin got a lot thicker as well and you will learn that it takes a certain type of person to be a nurse and not be frustrated 24/7, I'm sorry thats the truth but it is one of the most rewarding jobs when you have an amazing day and are able to put out some "fires" for your patients.
  8. It is very difficult to do. There are some you can be firm with in the moment but reasoning with them so they will not do it again is difficult at best, but don't forget there are ways to get through to them, just not in the long term generally.
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    discontinuing pressure alarms

    I do not see any advantage in discontinuing a pressure alarm. Please sell this idea to us if you feel your point is valid. However, experience has shown me on more than one occasion that they do work as I have caught residents climbing out and almost on the floor when their pressure alarm has gone off. Please give us your source, because I have never once heard they are not helpful.
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    Tips for administering Haldol

    Thank you for your feedback. I've since learned a lot about giving Haldol IM in an aggressive patient and also learned that my staff are great at restraining for this act but that sometimes it is not always ideal and I have even had to give it through clothing because it was just not possible to get their shirt or sweater off. Usually we will have a plan. First we get all the other patients and visitors beyond the doors of the particular section then we try verbal redirecting, then PO PRN, which will work if it hasn't gotten that bad but if its gotten bad enough that I have to re-section off the unit I know I pretty much have to go for the haldol. Then we will decide who will approach from what side and what arm/leg and what side I will approach for the needle, Needle in then we let go and get out of the way while making sure all the rest of our unit is safe.
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    nursing process & LTC...impossible?

    Sorry but unfortunately its all in the routine and you will find you dont have time for niceties and the extra care you want.
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    Is The Culture of Nursing Improving?

    I don't think so, this sounds like my job, you have to have a thick hide. It gets thicker as you go too.
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    Nursing insturctor terrifying students

    I am pretty fresh out of nursing school and unfortunately it seems to be a common failure of nursing schools. They think "old school" that frightening us will toughen us up. Although I do not agree with this strategy I understand the logic of it. Many students have no idea what being a nurse involves and that you have to have tough skin, but especially in the scenario you described, where she is not even in nursing school yet, this is crazy, especially in an era where we need more nurses and we are all working overtime like crazy!
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    New Nurse in LTC

    I think personally you should get some hands on experience first. You will not be well connected with your staff if you go straight to unit manager, as a result it will be very difficult to understand them, and them you. However if you do this, I suggest you try to help on the floor whenever you can to get some idea of what those you are managing are going through.
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    Tips for administering Haldol

    What are some techniques you use when going after a pt. with an injection of Haldol while they are running and charging at other staff? I know it depends largely on the situation and how many staff you can get to help, but do any psych. nurses have general tips? On my particular unit we are not allowed to use restraints and it has less resources (no padded room) I know the other staff will be helpful and know what to do when restraining to give the shot but as a registered staff I wanted to know if there are any tips anyone has, I'm afraid of getting the person with the needle and having them move during and be hurt by this.