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    Help with interview outfit

    My suggestion: make yourself stand out.
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    Does the bad pop up for Pearson Vue mean you fail?

    Have you seen my baseball?
  3. Regarding the video on herd immunity: Is that Brad Pitt talking with a Swedish accent?
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    What is an EKG artifact?

    Whoa killa dilla! Maybe he or she assumed we would have nursing degrees & google wouldn't.
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    Nurses Eating Their Young- A Different Perspective

    I actually need to call bull on this one. Was she planning on running urine IV? There isn't a place on a Foley bag that could be hooked up to an IV. I believe this was an example to illustrate your point that never actually took place.
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    Nurses Eating Their Young- A Different Perspective

    Yes Drill Sergeant, but may I point out we aren't fighting the Vietcong with Gump?
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    I'm Not Flaky, Lazy, Or Stupid...

    I'm sorry you've gone through all of that. It is miserable when you have a legitimate disorder that affects your behavior, & people choose to assume your behavior is due to a lack of will power or a character flaw. These people are misinformed. Also, I know how it feels to hear, "You scored this on such & such standardized test, so your grades should be higher." Hearing stuff like that may have led you to develop unrealistic expectations of yourself. Try thinking of all the things you do right IN SPITE of your illness, & celebrate them. I hope it gets better for you though.
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    Sure to Get Flamed for This

    When treated with respect by others, I find it's easier to learn, be productive, & focus on the patient; that's what's important in this discussion, in my opinion. I have no idea why someone would consider it an unreasonable expectation that nurses & students be given the respect that is due by virtue of being human. Our nurse manager at a former place of employment distributed an article called " The Downward Spiral: Incivility in Nursing" found at the link below. It talks a/b a continuum exists with uncivil behavior, from things like eye rolling & sarcasm to physical aggression, & all are considered disruptive. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/739328_1
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    Why you shouldn't become a nurse practitioner

    chillnurse, This is the best (informative & entertaining) post I have ever seen on allnurses.com.
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    Wound bed appearance with a wound vac?

    I would ask the clinician. Here's a link to a free course I did that may interest you: https://members.nursingquality.org/NDNQIPressureUlcerTraining/Module1/Unstageable1.aspx Did it look like this?
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    Why Do People Bully Me?

    Great topic. I dealt with a bully who was covertly aggressive; she was a manipulative, undermining button-pusher. I read this book called In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding & Dealing with Manipulative People that I eventually passed on to another nurse who was dealing with the same issue. It's a great book! Lessons learned: Manipulators prey on other people's weaknesses.You need to directly confront the situation without allowing emotions to drive your reaction. Also, most bullies will be totally resistant to change initially, so you have to remain firm/consistent when you do confront a bully. Thanks Commuter.
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    Balancing on the Borderline

    This isn't medical advice; this is advice to keep you in your nursing program. I have bipolar disorder, & I thought it wise to stop taking my medication around the time I started nursing school. I crashed, became depressed, & I couldn't concentrate long enough to accomplish even the smallest tasks. I came clean with my advisor, & she insisted that I take a leave of absence during the upcoming summer semester (it was an accelerated program). It gave me several weeks to get stable on my meds again; it was just what I needed. There is also something mentioned in previous threads called reasonable accommodations, which applies to students & employees. You can request modifications or adjustments to your schedule, among other things, to ensure you succeed academically. Look up your university's policies around accommodating people with disabilities. I hope you are successful in nursing school & recover soon.
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    The Stranger Within: One Year Later

    Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing Viva.
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    A Note of Deep Concern and Worry

    As for the bit about people with Master's degrees who do not work at the bedside not being real nurses, I encourage you to start a new thread and not hijack this important one. I'll meet you there; I'm a PHN with a Master's. Actually, there is something called reasonable accommodations a student or employee may request. This is part of the ADA, which has been around since 1990. If you are struggling, there are options to discuss with your adviser. I think it's important for nurses to be aware of this piece of legislation. These little steps may aid in preventing what the OP was originally posting about. This excerpt pertains to employees, but could be applied to students as well. What are "reasonable accommodations" for people with severe mental illness? Examples of reasonable accommodations for people with severe mental illnesses included providing self-paced workloads and flexible hours, modifying job responsibilities, allowing leave (paid or unpaid) during periods of hospitalization or incapacity, assigning a supportive and understanding supervisor, modifying work hours to allow people to attend appointments with their psychiatrist, providing easy access to supervision and supports in the workplace, and providing frequent guidance and feedback about job performance. http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Helpline1&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=47065
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    Random Musings on my Birthday

    Happy birthday Commuter!