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    Just got my NCLEX results! Pearson Vue Trick wrong?

    Glad you passed. It has been said many times that if you can't register, you have passed, but if it lets you continue, you probably failed, but there is a chance you did not. So Good Pop-up you passed Bad Pop-up, keep your fingers crossed, you possibly passed (but most that get it failed).
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    Yes Ma'am, I mean Yes sir

    I get called ma'am on a regular basis, and at 49, balding with a goatee and way overweight, in no way look like a female. It does not bother me, and most people immediately correct themselves. I usually get called the Dr at least once a shift, and just polity say no, I am the nurse.
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    Wearing scrubs home?

    Have to buy my own, specific color (royal blue), whatever style I want. No reimbursement from facility. Have to wash them myself. Only OR gets scrubs provided. Seems a lot of germaphobes here. I put my scrubs on in the morning, wear them at work, wear them home, and wear them around the house till I go to bed. Sure if they are soiled, bloody etc they are taken off, but no big deal. They go in the laundry with all my families other clothing. Nobody dead yet and no C. Diff, MRSA etc in me, wife or kids.
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    being fired by patient's family member

    Which allows the pt/family to think this is OK behavior and allow it to continue. Replace the "fired" nurse with a bigger jerk, making the first one look like an angel. Like I said, you can't fire me, but you can quit (i.e. leave AMA). If you have that ability to choose, you probably don't belong in the EMERGENCY Department.
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    being fired by patient's family member

    A patient fires their nurse???? Never had it happen, never seen it happen, never heard of it happening till now. How does this happen? I have had people get angry with me for not doing what they wanted, how they wanted, or whatever, have had a few even ask for another nurse, but I am their nurse. If they don't like it (and I have not done anything illegal, immoral, unethical etc) then they can continue to deal with me or they can leave. Like I said, never had it get to that point though. Just as I can't refuse to take care of someone because they tick me off (heck, that is 3/4 of the patients some times), they are stuck with me.
  6. And do you know how many nurses know that little clip is there, much less what it is for? Every time I use it, there is somebody that it amazed it is there and so useful. I have always moved the roller up as high as I can, just easier to find.
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    What Makes an ED Nurse Satisfied?

    So have these 3 issues been looked into being addressed? They are common issues for a reason. I am not satisfied as a nurse because we are understaffed, underpaid and need more space. Adding an extra hallway patient to my already assigned 4 rooms (see understaffed and need more space) is frustrating and stressful. Being treated in a way by "clients" that at any other place would receive a call to the police, all while new policy and procedures are being added on a regular basis - such as stroke certifications, cardiac certifications, trauma certifications, pediatric certifications, etc, all of which give the hospital recognition and more income (yet no change in my pay, see not being paid enough) is my concern. Giving me a place to hide my drink, giving me a pat on the back for doing my job, or any of these tokens will not help. Fix the problem, not slap a littly KY on. For patent satisfaction, it should be 1 question. Did you die?
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    I am not "such a good nurse!", a vent

    I agree. Why do I need to be recognized for doing what I am paid for? Our hospital has a "good catch" thing that comes out in the daily e-mails from admin, it is things managers can put in for things employees do, such as "such and such checked medication before administration and found it was wrong, so got it corrected", " tech recognized pt now fall status and was updated in system", "hazardous condition found and reported", "nurse checking medication recognized expired medication and took appropriate action". So doing your job as you should now receives hospital wide acknowledgement?
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    Maybe a stupid question..

    I agree. I don't give massages, tell inappropriate jokes, make any innuendos or anything that may be considered as offensive to coworkers. I lost a job once because of a stupid joke that no harm or fowl was meant, I had said before, head heard others say before, but one person took offense to it and brought it up with management. OP, you admit we don't have the whole story, and probably never will.
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    Excelsior Paramedic to RN?

    I did not know Alabama had joined California. I see that is a recent change. I guess the Excelsior grads already practicing there are grandfathered? Is there a cutoff date for that? The Excelsior site was not clear on that. I also see some other states are changing. Looks like Arkansas is close to an outright Excelsior ban as well. So for me, California, Alabama and Arkansas are off limits to me, and I am fine with that. Oklahoma would require I do a 60 hour preceptorship, but no plans of moving there. The only other state I would even consider moving to is Arizona, and I can endorse there (as well as all others except those above).
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    I don't even bother trying when they come anymore. They will find something no matter what you do. There will never be a perfect inspection. Why bother trying? I told my boss this and she just stood there looking at me, then said, yeah, I know, but at least try. I had not heard of the name change, and they were just at our facility 2 weeks ago.
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    Excelsior Paramedic to RN?

    Excelsior is not an easy program. It is not a shortcut to an RN degree. It is hard, and the CPNE is a tough exam, unfortunately, with a long wait time. It is not for everyone. It worked great for me, and I would do it again. I have discouraged a few from doing it because I didn't think they could do it. One I suggested he not, but he did anyway. He ended up passing the CPNE the first try. I know 4-5 others that have passed as well (both paramedics and LVN's). It can still be done, but as said, it is hard and is not for everyone.
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    Do these scrubs make my butt look big!?

    Carhart ripstop pants are "manly" scrubs.
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    Female foley and witness

    Door and curtain open most times I am in a room, unless I am exposing something that does not need to be shared.
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    No alcohol. NONE

    It is not a lie. You are choosing not to drink. You can choose to not drink and keep your job, or you can choose to drink and loose your job. See, choices. There are consequences for your actions. If you did not want to have to choose to drink or not, you should not have made the choice to do whatever got you into that situation. If you want to keep drinking or abusing drugs, you can choose to do that, but again, there are consequences to that choice.
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    New Grad Salary in Houston Med Center

    ADN and BSN make the same, but getting hired with an ASN @ Memorial, Methodist, MD Anderson, or St. Lukes as a new grad is hard or impossible depending on the facility. Last I saw, Hermann new grads were starting around $27.50/hr? I think Methodist is about the same. It may have gone up some since I last looked. Most facilities pay the same hourly rate regardless of what location you work at (like with Hermann, a new grad makes the same @ TMC as they do at Pearland), but some of them do pay a location bonus (which usually covers the cost of parking).