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Katniss88 has 8 years experience.

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  1. Everyone develops arthritis sooner or later from usual wear and tear on joints through life. Recently I had an X-ray done of my knees that showed some osteoarthritis. I've always had an acheness in my left knee every once in a while. Having been a nurse for over 7 years, walking those on those hard floors in a hospital for makes me wonder if I'm doing more damage by the shoes I wear. The shoes I wear are saconny running shoes and are very comfortable and don't hurt my feet. I feel it's too soon for me to be developing OA at 32. A nurse that has been floor nursing for 30 plus years definitely will have OA. Looking for advice. What types of shoes do you normally wear.
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    Coping with depression and my job

    I’m currently going through a med change for my depression and dealing with my depression symptoms. My depression came back earlier this year when the pandemic began and after working on the COVID unit. Now most of my stress is from working so much overtime that is mandatory. My therapist offered to write an excuse/note to send to my manager saying that it’s not good for my mental health to be working this much. I declined when she offered because I didn’t want my manager to know I have depression and didn’t want my coworkers to feel like I’m not pulling my weight. But now I’ve reconsidered her offer of writing a note for my manager because I’m struggling with my depression. But I’m scared of what will happen when she gets the letter. I don’t want to change jobs because I like my job, but working all this overtime is too much. Changing jobs would only cause me more stress. Just scared of the unknown, I don’t want to let my coworkers down but I also hate coming to work. I hate being there. I see no end to it all.
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    Florida benzodiazepines

    I do not live in Florida, but I do sometimes take xanax PRN. You should not have a problem as long as you have a prescription for the benzo and are honest by stating that you take them by listing it on the drug screening form.
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    Mental health during the pandemic

    I was diagnosed with depression at the end of 2017 after seeking counseling for the first time. I didn't start an antidepressant till probably the next year, then I would take them on and off, kept telling myself that I wasn't depressed and didn't need the medication. Then in mid 2019, I had an embarrassing experience which provoked me to seek out counseling again. I found the right therapist and have been taking an antidepressant since. Nursing can be stressful at times, but I was doing fine with my depression and doing well until March. I worked on a COVID unit for the first time on a Friday, then the next day "bam" here are feelings of anxiety, sadness, and crying. I worked on a non critical COVID unit for a while and even volunteered because I wanted to help and wasn't afraid( I was afraid the very first time I worked on the unit). I forced myself to stop watching the news, even though I wanted to watch, because it increased my anxiety levels. We have been working overtime hours every other week since this pandemic started. Then recently the hospital is requiring us to work OT every week. That's asking too much. I am a nurse who RARLEY will pick up OT. I have worked 3 straight weeks of overtime. What makes it worse is having sicker patients than usual on my med/surg unit, these are not even COVID patients. I cannot devote the right amount of attention to a really sick patient who might turn critical when I have 5 others pts. The increased hours on top of taking care of really sick patient's has been wearing me thin. I like where I work, but I feel like I am becoming burned out.
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    What is it like in your hospital right now?

    Recently we had to start reusing gowns. My reaction to that is, what's the point of even wearing a gown then. If you've been in a COVID positive room, that gown is contaminated, no matter if you don't touch the outside of it. It's a pain in the butt trying to put them back on too. Having to reuse N95 masks over and over is awful. Such an ordeal trying to take it off and put it back on without touching the front of the mask or the straps touching it. I don't fault my employer, it's not their fault that they cannot get a hold of much needed supplies because every hospital in the country is needing the same supplies at the same time. In normal times we would not go through this much PPE in such a short time. Everyone's schedules were changed to best suite the needs of the hospital, we normally self schedule. Initially I was very nervous working on a COVID floor for the first time, now it doesn't bother me much. I'm doing the best I can to prevent myself from getting sick or anyone else.
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    Unsure of which program to continue

    I'm torn between whether it's worth it or not to pursue the BSN. Management seems to be a big reason to get a BSN but I definitely do not want to be a manager, too much of a headache. I want to get away from the bedside and I'm tired of the 12 hr shifts and the demands of floor nursing. I worked at the same hospital for 5 1/2 years since nursing school and recently got a job at another hospital. I've been working at the new hospital for maybe 4 months. I'm getting more experience but still hate going to work. My previous job was not awesome either but my friends made it bearable.
  7. I've been a nurse for 6 years and have an associates. I've been taking the prerequisites towards a BSN but I'm growing tired of taking these classes and want to already be into the nursing classes. The college I'm looking at is Jacksonville State University and by their curriculum I have just a literature class to take and an exam to test out of the science requirements. I've been looking into Chamberlain university as I could immediately start into college classes and probably be done with the nursing program faster. I'm in no hurry to finish my degree because I'm not sure of what I want to do with it just yet. I definitely want to get away from bedside nursing.
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    Calling Out for EXCEPTIONAL Snow Conditions

    Where I live we occasionally get ice and/or snow. In my five years of working as a nurse I've experienced two ice/snow storms. Thankfully the hospital I work for has a floor they don't use with beds and cots available. My first year working there we had snow and they asked us to come in well before the snow hit, the people that worked dayshift came in the night before. They planned for it in advance because they knew people wouldn't want to get out and drive in it and would possibly call out. Then last year we had snow again, they asked us to come in a couple hrs before our shift before the roads froze over again as the temperatures started to fall.
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    Completing RN-BSN program

    I didn't think of it that way, thanks. I'm looking at Chamberlain, it's expensive but it seems like the better option. It was already gonna cost me a lot of money if I took all the prerequisites online that I needed if I used the traditional online RN-BSN program.
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    Completing RN-BSN program

    I've been out of nursing school for almost 5 yrs now and have worked at the same place my whole career. I haven't wanted to go back because the BSN doesn't guarantee extra pay where I work or in the state I live. Even the nearby state doesn't. There are so many classes I have to take towards a BSN before I can even apply for the program. I have no desire to be in management and I'm not wanting to progress to a MSN or become an NP. It was brought to my attention that I should be thinking towards the years coming ahead where I may not be able to do floor nursing anymore. It's a lot to think about and wondering if it's worth all the time and money. I've looked at chamberlain college of nursing but it looks sketchy to me and the board of nursing in Alabama is very strict on what they accept. I've asked them about it and they can't give me an answer either way. Most of my classmates who have went back have went to traditional universities to get their BSN. So that's why I'm unsure.
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    Transferring credits

    I called the school that I was planning to apply for admission to, JSU in Alabama. They told me that they would accept my science courses, so I got all worked up over nothing. If I had to take them all over again, I'm not so sure I would go back. I already have to take chemistry, which I'm not looking forward to. Of course they'll have to review my transcript and see what they'll accept and what I need to take. All the classes that I've taken are at an Alabama community college, so I hoping they all will transfer. But I think it's crazy that some colleges won't accept science courses that over 5 yrs old. I understand that science does change a lot with all the advancements that they are making, but you shouldn't have to retake classes you already taken especially if you already have a degree. I was looking at Chamberlain college for the RN-BSN program, but I'm worried that if I decide to go back for another degree that their degree won't be acknowleged at other colleges because their coursework isn't the traditional route for a BSN. I wish I would have started taking the prerequisites that I needed a few years ago, but it was overwhelming with the amount of classes I needed to take before I could even get into a RN-BSN program. I need to start somewhere though. Thanks for your reply.
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    Transferring credits

    I've been out of nursing school for almost 5 yrs come May 2018. I've been putting off going back to get my BSN because ther are so many core classes that I need to get before I can even start taking BSN classes. I've been told that I have to go back to school before the 5 yr mark or my credits will not be taken. Which makes no sense when I've already completed an associates degree. My question is this something that any of you have come across? I was talking to people that are from Georgia, but I'm wondering if this is true for Georgia colleges. I'm planing on continuing my education in Alabama, my associates is at an Alabama community college.
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    Trouble staying asleep.

    I've worked 7p-7a for about three and half years now. I've never had trouble staying awake during my shift because I'm the type of person who stayed up really late even before I became a nurse. I don't have trouble sleeping during the day but my problem is I wake up several times. In the past before I became a nurse it would take me 30 minutes or so to get to sleep but I can't recall ever having issues of staying asleep. When I'm off I try to sleep at night so that I can have somewhat of social life and to spend time with family. Lately because I've worked so many shifts where I work two shifts and then off two its really disrupted my sleep. When I got home from my last shift, I barely slept any. I fought to stay awake the rest of the evening so I could sleep that night but I still woke up around 0130. So I'm probably only getting 3 hours of sleep where I don't wake up. I just want to be able to sleep at least 6 hours or more without waking up.
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    Gaining confidence

    Whenever I make mistakes in the clinical setting I am definitely self critical of myself and it takes me a while to get over it, but whenever things are going okay then I feel more confident. I hate making mistakes and am afraid of making them because I have someone's life in my hands and there is no room for error. For example, when I was giving report over the phone I forgot to get the name of the nurse and I felt horrible, but my confidence got better later that day when I started an IV on the first stick. A lot of times any mistake I make whether big or small shatters my confidence. In my personal when I make mistakes I think about it for a while and then let it go, but I can't do that when I'm taking care of patients. I believe I lack confidence in critical thinking skills because I don't have much experience and I am so afraid of making a mistake. In school they push you to think critically and give you opportunities in the clinical setting, but 4 or 5 semesters is not a whole lot of experience. Also, when you are thinking critically during clinicals it's in a safe environment where the instructor will not allow you to make mistakes.
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    Gaining confidence

    While I was in nursing school I struggled with finding confidence in clinicals, it became such a problem that my instructor took me aside to talk to me about it. Inserting foleys or any other nursing skill for the first time on my own would make me very nervous, once I completed the skill I gained confidence. I have been a nurse for a year now, but I still feel like a new nurse. The areas I still struggle with are speaking with patients and their family, talking to doctors, and critical thinking. I really lack confidence in those areas and I know that it shows. I see other nurses who have the same amount of experience as I do, just take charge and have that confidence. If I were to transfer to a med/surg floor I feel like I would struggle just like a new new nurse just out of school because I lack confidence. Although I feel like I have come a long way since first starting as a new nurse, I'm still frustrated at myself.
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    Nurses are control Freaks

    I enjoy taking care of nurses, at least the ones that aren't trying to tell me how to do my job. The reason being, they are the one patient that I have at that time that will understand when I can't get to their room the second they push the call light.