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  1. pandora

    LOUD MOUTHED AMERICANS!!!!

    What makes you think men do better? Your view is very narrow-minded. Surely the idea of this bulletin board is so that people can sound off about things. Maybe women just make their point better. Everyone has a right to say what they like. Before I was a nurse I worked in an office and witnessed the most infantile behaviour from men who were cutting each other's throats to get to the top. Some days it felt like working in a kindergarden. So don't be too sanctimonious. Men can be just as bitchy!!!
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    LOUD MOUTHED AMERICANS!!!!

    Hardly worth mentioning really Lora, but I didn't actually refer to you as a RN. If you read the reply properly, you will see I called myself an English RN. You do seem to have a very defensive attitude (forgive me if I'm wrong), but you need to temper this a bit before you qualify. There is nothing wrong with being assertive, but you come across as aggressive. You won't get far with your colleagues or the general public with an attitude like that. I don't think it's fair to brand a whole nation as rude and brash as you did? Have you ever been to America? If not, then I suggest you do and then make your judgement. Lighten up dear.
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    LOUD MOUTHED AMERICANS!!!!

    Just another observation from an English RN. I lived in the US for 2 years and never found Americans to be rude or brash, just different ways of expressing themselves. We can be a bit too rserved and stuffy over here you know. I loved my 2 years in the US and hope to come back there to work one day. I was glad of the hospitality and kindness I received over there when I was so far away from home.
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    Body Art...

    I don't see why nurses shouldn't be pierced or tattooed. It's our choice. I have both, but my tattoo does not show outside or through my whites (it's on my hip), and I do not wear my ear or nose studs during work, although I could if I wanted to. I think that tattoos should not show, but if they do, they should not be offensive to anyone. I think most of us would have an idea of what would be acceptable to the general public.
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    UK Renal Nursing

    Hello again. I wondered what had happened to your email. I can't understand why it wouldn't go through, but try again sometime because I have checked and the address given is correct. Would like to hear from you via my email. I'm sure we have a lot to talk about. We always keep our tranplant patients on the transplant ward. This seems to work well, although the need for further beds has been recognised and the ward is going to be extended this year (hopefully). We are also going to start doing pancreatic transplants. I am currently doing an ENB course in Critical Care and hope to start ENB 136 Renal course in September. Both are modular form at Oxford Brookes University. Will tell you more when you manage to get through to me. Bye for now.
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    UK Renal Nursing

    Hello again. Your email hasn't arrived! Did you get the address right?
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    UK Renal Nursing

    I work in transplant too. A 10 bedded ward like yours. 100 transplants last year. Any more similarities? We have 4 nurses from the Philippines who are a pleasure to work with and are an asset to our team. Whereabouts are you?
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    What is Nclex?

    Thanks to both of you for replying. I would like to come and work in the States. I lived there for a couple of years once and loved it, but never worked there as a nurse. It will be a couple of years before I get over there. I work in transplant and want to do a dialysis rotation first and also get my ENB Renal Course. Any leads on which books to buy would be appreciated. Thanks again. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    confused over titles !!

    Didn't mean to ruffle your nursing feathers. Just making the point that we are not all RGNs,which is the impression I think you may have given, if you refer back to your original posting. Sorry!
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    What is Nclex?

    Can someone explain to this English RN what Nclex is? I've guessed it's an exam you have to pass before getting licenced, but can someone explain what's involved. Everyone seems so scared of it. Thanks.
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    confused over titles !!

    Tina. You've really started something here. I think you may complicate the issue by referring to all 1st level British nurses as RGNs. I qualified in 1995 and am an RN. There are no 'General' nurses being trained now. We are all educated in our own branch; therefore I am an RN (Adult), as opposed to Learning Disabilities, Mental Health or Paediatrics. By the time I qualified, the old RGN part of the register was closed to future graduates.
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    E-Mail Buddies Wanted ---

    Hello. Anyone reading this can e:mail me if they want. I live and work in Oxford, England in renal tranplant. I would love to hear from nurses around the world.
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    Share your true & funny nursing experiences!

    Hello. I couldn't get through on your website address, but here goes: About a year ago I was passing a patient's room when I heard his male nurse say, "Oh, did you you have a moustache?" On hearing the patient angrily mumble something back, I stopped and looked in. The nurse had accidentally shaved off the majority of the patient's moustache (how he missed the fact that the man previously had a hairy face I'll never know). The patient, angry and red-faced, was sporting a wafer thin strip of upper lip hair not unlike the ridiculous one worn by Ronald Coleman in those old 1940s movies. I'm afraid that far from feeling sorry for the man, I had to exit the room quickly before I choked trying to suppress the laughter. I couldn't move any further than the nurses station as I got weaker and weaker. Gradually, all nurses slowly passed the man's room and tried, inconspicuously, to view the 'new look' man in side room 5. The response was the same from each nurse. It was several minutes before I could compose myself and resume my work. The story often came up afterwards and we still laughed as hard. I would like to say that the patient was never aware of the hilarity his new moustache caused, so no harm was done, except for the fact that it took a while for it to grow back. He accepted the nurse's apology and that was that.
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    Are nurses misrepresented on TV?

    Thanks for your replies. Saphie has a point. I think that we need to be recognised as professionals who contribute considerable input to decision-making about care. All I can say to Fergus 51 is, thanks for your comments. sometimes it's difficult to get a real 'feel' for the every day work frustrations RNs go through when your a student. I didn't really understand until I graduated. You do have to 'lighten up' about a lot of things because of the nature of the job, for example, seeing much of the 'down side' of life. If you didn't you'd burn out. All the more reason surely to expect to be accurately represented by the media don't you think?
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    Are nurses misrepresented on TV?

    Thanks for your replies. Saphie has a point. I think that we need to be recognised as professionals who contribute considerable input to decision-making about care. All I can say to Fergus 51 is, thanks for your comments. sometimes it's difficult to get a real 'feel' for the every day work frustrations RNs go through when your a student. I didn't really understand until I graduated. You do have to 'lighten up' about a lot of things because of the nature of the job, for example, seeing much of the 'down side' of life. If you didn't you'd burn out. All the more reason surely to expect to be accurately represented by the media don't you think?
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    Looking for email buddies

    Hi Lynn. You can e-mail me if you want. My name is Di and I'm an English RN working in transplant. I enjoy reading, listening to music, working out at the gym and cycling around Oxford, where I live and work. I also enjoy cooking foriegn food. It's always good to have lots of friends and I like to contact people around the world. I lived in the States between 1978-80, and found the people there very warm and friendly. Why don't you e-mail me on dianadavies@hotmail.com and we can exchange more information?