40thEditionRN

40thEditionRN

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40thEditionRN has 4 years experience and specializes in clinic, ortho/neuro, trauma, college.

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  1. NOT an ICU nurse but assigned by SUP

    I remember getting to work and realizing it was my turn to float to another floor. Well, the floor they were trying to float me to was the STICU!!! I had zero ICU experience. My fellow nurses were split. I had many who supported my outrage, but just ...
  2. Late to clinical

    It'll be okay. We're only human. Just to make you feel better, I remember cooking dinner for my family one evening, cleaning up and then sitting on the couch. At 7:30pm, my phone rings and I see it's the hospital where I worked at the time. "You're o...
  3. Worsening Health, Considering Resignation

    I'm actually a nurse in Student Health. I always say I'm a "school nurse for big kids." Working as a nurse to college students is never dull, and the normal schedule is also a lifesaver.
  4. Worsening Health, Considering Resignation

    Wow. That sounds like a lot to deal with, and I'm so sorry. My health improved dramatically when I left the bedside for a college health position. My migraines were through the roof, I wasn't sleeping between night shifts, and my blood pressure was s...
  5. I'm lost. I want to quit nursing.

    Just chiming in to say that I left a very busy floor position to take a nursing job at a university. Now, Mon through Fri has its own challenges. No more days off mid-week, and I use every weekend to cart my kids around to soccer and volleyball games...
  6. Is the online bls at American Heart Association hard to pass?

    It wasn't hard to pass in terms of knowledge. I did find the scenarios to be difficult technologically to move through. For instance, performing chest compressions at an adequate speed using your mouse??? Awkward. There were a few other computer issu...
  7. Going to take that leap

    May I humbly suggest looking into college/university health centers as well? Different population, different needs, but fun! I left bedside for many reasons, including a sky high blood pressure, and I stumbled upon my current job. It has been a godse...
  8. I work in college health. Some larger colleges/universities may have weekend/evening hours, but I do not. It's a great gig, great benefits, tuition assistance for myself and my kids after a few years. I work Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 5pm. We are ...
  9. Feeling burnt out

    Late to this conversation, but I just wanted to pop in to scream AMEN!!!!
  10. Ugh, I HATE Conjunctivitis

    My right eye started itching after reading this post!
  11. SO BAD at drawing blood, starting IV's??

    You'll get it, I promise! You may never turn out to be a vein whisperer, but you WILL successfully achieve IV insertion and blood draws. I'll never forget how mortified I was when I messed up an IV on a young man who literally had highways for veins....
  12. Would love some advice!

    It was worth it to me. I get the same base rate as I got at the hospital (day shift, that is), but my position here is part-time, so decent pay cut here. And yes, I might get a marginal raise at some point, but not anything you'd see in a good hospit...
  13. What's Your Sign Baby?

    After doing bedside report, one of my patients stated, with a slightly lascivious grin, that he was thrilled I was to be his nurse that day. As soon as he said that, his roommate peeled back the partly closed curtain, popped his head out, and asked "...
  14. Saltines - thinking beyond the office

    "Saltines contain...little molecules of life." I have never had the pleasure of knowing Barb G. until today!
  15. Roll Call 2016-2017

    I'm back at it! I'm mostly a lurker, but have posted a few times. I absolutely LOVE hearing other nurses' experiences with the kiddos, even though my kiddos are mostly older and should (mostly) know better. (I work in the college health setting.) I'v...