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TriciaJ RN

Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory
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TriciaJ has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

37 years of nursing in psych, corrections, med-surg, ambulatory


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  1. TriciaJ

    Regretting new job. What to do?

    As usual, I agree with JKL. Your decision will be a lot easier if you can specify exactly what it is you're not liking. What exactly were you looking forward to? Does it just not exist in reality? Is there some fundamental thing you can't see yourself doing? I changed specialties a few times in my career. I got one orientation that I would describe as useful. Sometimes I had a steep learning curve to overcome, after leaving a comfort zone of competence. It's the pits to go back to being the new stupid person and worse when they're not prepared to give you a great orientation. The alternative is to never leave your comfort zone and spend your career battling a trapped-in-a-corner feeling. Good luck whatever you decide.
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    What’s a Crusty Old Bat?

    Do we even get as many posts anymore from entitled newbies taking us to task? I must admit I got a perverse charge watching the bat-a-ball game that ensued. I totally embrace crusty old bathood.
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    Unprofessional Clinical Educator.. What would you do?

    She sounds a bit flighty. I agree with JKL - remind her those are inappropriate comments when you are engaged in patient care. Beyond that, address her concerns with minimal fanfare. Show her your BCLS card; apologize for missing her class but you were unavoidably detained.
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    Nursing with non-accredited

    Only count your first school for your BSN, and count all relevent work experience. Your second BSN school was just for added prereqs for your Master's. So don't count it as your BSN. For any job you have 2 hurdles to clear. The first one is the computer algorithm, so don't put anything on your resume that will hang it up. When you clear that hurdle you should be able to explain everything else to a live person. Good luck.
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    Happy Nurse's week.... I guess

    All professions bear the burden of showing their worthiness. (Just be glad you're not law enforcement.) I think if you have an employer who is good at recognizing everyone else, they might need a nudge to stop thinking of you as chopped liver. I'd be tempted to put up a poster in my office indicating how many more shopping days were left until Nurses' Week.
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    Social Skills Should Be a Bigger Focus in Nursing School

    You start with the "everyone gets a trophy" early childhood. Everyone knows their "rights" but draws a blank at "responsibilities". There are no clear rites of passage to adulthood so you see prolongued adolescence well into the 20s and beyond. With the emphasis on "self-esteem" and "unconditional positive regard", is it any wonder people are entering the workforce socially unprepared? With exclusive focus on academic prowess and the assumption that the "soft skills" will be magically picked up along the way, is it any wonder we have schoolgirl cliques among adult professionals? It might be difficult to teach social skills in nursing school but maybe it should be part of the applicant screening process.
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    Gross Me Out 🤮 Contest | Nurses Week

    Take the plunger out of a 5 ml syringe and load the leech in butt- first. Then put the open end of the syringe to the wound and the leech will have to latch on where you put him.
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    QuantiFERON instead of TB test

    I received BCG vaccine in nursing school and had an adverse local reaction. My arm took months to heal. I haven't risked a PPD since and always submitted to chest x-rays. Until my last job when quantiferon was available. I guess it would depend why you wouldn't want a PPD. Are you concerned about a false positive? It's certainly worth asking your employer.
  9. Maybe you'll get a real nice set of alcohol swabs next year or some saline flushes.
  10. You're accepting indentured servitude out of fear of being reported to the Board? I was reported to the Board. It was malicious and retaliatory and they had it pegged before I even got there. We went through the paces then we all had a good laugh and I went home. JKL told you how to resign. Don't tolerate that crap for one more day than you need to. THEY don't have an RN? Guess they better start beating the bushes. They have two weeks from the time you put in your notice.
  11. Then be damn sure you claim the charitable deduction. 😡
  12. WTH even is that? What does it do for the earth?
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    Should I give a two weeks' notice?

    Don't get me wrong. I've always toughed out a 2 week notice. Sometimes the longest 2 weeks of my life. My advice is if there is no possible way to go back there.
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    IV infiltration with PRBC

    Anything in the procedures manual? What do your coworkers think? Did you notify the doctor?
  15. That blue bow is really a festive touch. Have you ever worked for a florist, Davey? You'd be great in the unique arrangement department.