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  1. brotherbear

    Rates for Agency LPN in Texas

    Hi all, Does anybody know the market hourly rates for LPNs in Texas working for agencies especially in the metro areas like Dallas, Houston, etc?
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    best nursing positions for men.

    Just out of curiousity, for those who are guys, or have friends in nursing that are males what are the most ideal positions (or those guys enjoy most) for male nurses...thoughts, ideas, experiences.. thanks.
  3. brotherbear

    Incorporating as a nurse

    ...rumor has it that incorporating yourself as a nurse (ie. getting paid on a 1099 vs W2) has major advantages. Just a quick poll on how many of y'all know people who have done this. What the advantages are, e.t.c.
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    best nursing positions for men.

    to correct my position on this for sake of providing accurate info the ration of females ot males in the CRNA field is 6 to 4. Source is beckersasc.com (Beckers ASC Review). So remifentanil you are absolutely on point :-)
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    best nursing positions for men.

    you saying this 'cos it's high paying? those I've talked to who had been put under said most of their CRNAs where women, and that women dominate that field because they are "preferred" to be best in consoling and calming anxious patients about to go through invasive surgeries, diagnostics, e.t.c.
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    Name Tags

    They are cute for real but some hospital units see them as unprofessional. Sometimes it goes to personality. Not that it should.
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    Anyone studied Nursing Informatics?

    This is an interesting field especially for those coming from the IT sectors. Haven't come across any colleges offering it as a major but that's probably because IT and nursing is still "merging". Hope it grows to a fully stand-alone field.
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    Is nursing shortage a myth?

    ...from what I hear there was once a legitimate shortage. However there was also a huge exodus of people leaving other professions (in the tech field for instance) to take on nursing jobs. Basic economics dictates of course that at some point in the world of supply/demand their will be an "equilibrium". Perhaps that's what's happening now.
  9. brotherbear

    best nursing positions for men.

    Its short for 50 calories. I like to stay fit by creating a 50 calorie deficit for myself for my daily intake.
  10. brotherbear

    best nursing positions for men.

    lol@ "shoved off for work in the corner office"
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    best nursing positions for men.

    Gender has nothing to do with it. This is true in most professions. However, since guys by default have different personalities than women their choices (and thinking patterns) are often different. In this case I'm just asking for personal opinion versus the politically correct answer. No pun intended here.
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    career advancement...what to do? help

    If you're about to get into a position that will take a lot of your time (ie. pregnancy) then I would suggest taking the Staff Dev Coordinator because it's flexible hours mostly and the responsibilities are not as much. The Unit Manager position will definitely demand more of your time and is much more stressful. 2 cents.
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    Expectations of new graduate nurse

    Hi. well most facilities will expect you to know the standard nursing rules/steps for procedures that are thought in schools. By that I mean standard precautions, handwashing, charting, passing medications, e.t.c. Now they know that you are a brand new nurse so they'll be pretty lenient with your mistakes. The facility will then teach you their internal policies/customs as far as nursing/patient care is concerned. During this time it's best that you listen and ask a lot of questions (smart ones, lol). Also, make friends there so you have people to watch your back and give you information. Good luck!
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    future nursing student looking for guidance

    ...for most things it's best to "ease" your way into it. For nursing especially, since the LPN program demands less prerequisites you should do that. Take the LPN program with the least prerequisites then after you graduate and get a job as an LPN you'll have the flexibility and $$ to go through a LPN-RN bridge. If you need help finding the best ones close to you IM your zip code I can probably give you a list and their prerequisites!
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    What Do You Expect of A Preceptor?

    not necessarily a new graduate here but preceptors at the very least should be able to completely show you the "system" used in the hospital/nursing facility. By that I mean the system for med passes, patient care, e.t.c. They should in addition show you the system that works best. Of course this could be theirs or a method that one of the seasoned nurses uses. they should be responsible for a lot more but those two are critical.
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    Developing Speed

    Ok guys, there's a speed issue that seems to be evident in some nurses. What do you guys think is the best way for male nurses who are generally slow to develop speed? Especially those who are still rookies (rookie is somebody that is still within 1 year of graduating nursing school) Please list any techniques, websites, book references, personal ideas (what worked for you), articles, or anything or source that could be used for these slow nurses to build up speed, a quality crucial to many aspects of nursing. Thanks
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    Developing Speed

    Ok, to pull from the knowledge base of the nurse veterans... What is the best way to develop speed in the nursing practice, especially for rookie nurses? Please list any training manuals, drills, books, personal experiences (what worked for me, e.t.c), or any other source that helps rookie nurses develop speed (when charting, passing meds, e.t.c), a critical tool in the nursing arena. Thanks guys.
  18. You are born a nurse. We are all born as nurses. This is actually a really simple question with a really simple answer. This means that everybody, whether male or female was born with pure nursing hard coded into their genes. To give you a visual on this try observing young children playing. If somebody gets hurt the friends will immediately gather around and sincerely want to help soothe the injury or console the injured. Now bear in mind children as children we do this not because we where thought formally, but it's because it was hard coded into our genes/DNA code. As children we also do this not expecting to get any form of economic compensation. We do this so Buck, or Karen, or Beckys bruise heals, or so she feels better. That is pure nursing. We have to look at humans as energies with a bio shell (tissue). If we all practice the form of nursing we had as children there would not be as many challenges as their are today in the nursing field. To trully test if you practice pure nursing is really simple. Ask yourself if you can do it for free? Can you practice nursing for free without expecting anything in return economically? If you can trully say yes to yourself (cos you're the only one that knows this), then you know you are practicing that form of nursing that we where born with. That is, the type of nursing driven by our energy engine. If you ask yourself that and you feel this odd hesitation before the answer comes to you, then you probably are not practicing pure nursing and might conform and be pulled in by the wake of the status quo. 50Cal
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    ...Heh, I'm a nursing student and I'm like 4weeks from graduation but unfortunately I made some critical errors including a med error this past week and I'm about to be possibly dismissed. I was told however that I have a chance to present my case and be possibly put on probation but since I never had this experience before I dont know what my chances are of getting the probation vs dismissal. Basically what happened is that I gave a blood pressure medication when the pts BP was like 96/61 and didnt remember to inform the charge nurse about the low BP. The other thing is that I totally forgot to assess the dressing on a spinal surgery patient and still forgot to chart that, and never remembered to go back and assess this pt at the end of the shift. This happened on an extremely busy day. These where the two most recent incidents and from the way our director reacted where the most serious. Previously before though I had been written up for asking if I could use the tubing for Potassium to administer an IV antibiotic, plus not remembering if a pt of mine had bladder cancer. Now our handbook says that for such offenses "a student may be placed on probation or a recommendation for dismissal may be made" so theres still a chance of me getting probation versus getting an all out dismissal. Our director says I should write my version of what happened and strongly present my case come Monday (6/20), but I've never been in this situation before and dont know what will go well in the ears of nursing faculty. So I basically came here for help and welcome all advise on how I should go about presenting my case, and what I should present (paperwork, essays, e.t.c). I really welcome all advise no matter how silly or unrelevant it might seem. Thanks.
  20. brotherbear

    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    ...Heh, I'm a nursing student and I'm like 4weeks from graduation but unfortunately I made some critical errors including a med error this past week and I'm about to be possibly dismissed. I was told however that I have a chance to present my case and be possibly put on probation but since I never had this experience before I dont know what my chances are of getting the probation vs dismissal. Basically what happened is that I gave a blood pressure medication when the pts BP was like 96/61 and didnt remember to inform the charge nurse about the low BP. The other thing is that I totally forgot to assess the dressing on a spinal surgery patient and still forgot to chart that, and never remembered to go back and assess this pt at the end of the shift. This happened on an extremely busy day. These where the two most recent incidents and from the way our director reacted where the most serious. Previously before though I had been written up for asking if I could use the tubing for Potassium to administer an IV antibiotic, plus not remembering if a pt of mine had bladder cancer. Now our handbook says that for such offenses "a student may be placed on probation or a recommendation for dismissal may be made" so theres still a chance of me getting probation versus getting an all out dismissal. Our director says I should write my version of what happened and strongly present my case come Monday (6/20), but I've never been in this situation before and dont know what will go well in the ears of nursing faculty. So I basically came here for help and welcome all advise on how I should go about presenting my case, and what I should present (paperwork, essays, e.t.c). I really welcome all advise no matter how silly or unrelevant it might seem. Thanks.
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    In case not all of you read my "thank you" post I was kept in the program and put on probation, so I do thank ALL of you that participated in my thread. I respect this site so much and would like y'all to give me tips on how to prioritize and organize my clinical day as this will be really valuable for me. I have already written down some but more nurse heads are better than one. Thanks again guys.
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    I really want to thank all you guys for all your support. They read over my essay which I wrote with a lot of suggestions from this board and my sincere feelings. They deliberated for maybe 10minutes then told me I was gonna be given probation. I would have to spend an extra week on the floor to prove my ability to perform as a safe nurse. Of course there where other which all of you guys probably already know (outlining action plans, e.t.c). But the main thing is that I wanted to stress that I really appreciated all the advice and it helped me cope with the situation like you would not believe. I have definitely learnt my lesson and will apply all the preventive measures to keep all my patients safe. Thanks everybody :-) :)
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    If there is any advice I need it's how to fix the problem. I do have a legitimate problem here and thats the major reason behind this whole ordeal. Pls do tell about any ideas on my correcting this.
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    thanks you guys for all your advice. I definitely feel much better even if I get dismissed tommorrow it makes me feel good that there are people supportive. I dont know if I expressed it correctly but I DO understand the rationale of holding a BP med when the BP is 96/67. What I stressed is that at that time the red flag didnt jump out at me. However, right after giving the med the primary nurse was like "Did you check the BP". I told her I totally forgot and I went back and checked it right then. It was still the same. I checked the BP again 45mins later (PO meds take effect about that time) and it had was 96/66. Barely moved. Anyway, I do know that its not like I'm totally in the dark why BP has to be checked. Anyway, thanks you all. By the way, I'm a guy, not a female ;-)
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    MedError/Dismissal...What2Do

    thats cool man. i would certainly say that was the first thing i did, to get prepared for dismissal. i mean i try to train my mind to believe i have been dismissed already, taking steps to enter another program. this is the only way i can handle the strong anxiety. knowing i've prepared to enter another program helps me. so if they do decide to give me probation then its a surprise as opposed, and if i get kicked out it'll be no surprise and i wont be devastated by it. i really appreciate you for being real about your opinion.
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