DowntheRiver

DowntheRiver

Urgent Care, Oncology

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DowntheRiver has 9 years experience and specializes in Urgent Care, Oncology.

The Perpetual Student - MSN Ed. Candidate 2021


“All of us take pride and pleasure in the fact that we are unique, but I'm afraid that when all is said and done the police are right: it all comes down to fingerprints.” 
― David Sedaris

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  1. UTA RN-BSN Program Answers 2018

    I did not, but I also completed it over 3 years so I usually only took one class at at time. I tried one semester to take a non-nursing and a nursing course at the same time and it was too much for me personally. I have an autoimmune disorder that ca...
  2. Patient Refusing Unvaccinated RN

    Back in early January I wound up in the ER for a bad flare of AS while 3 months pregnant, after being put on bedrest for 3 weeks due to a sub chorionic hematoma. For context, I'm a cancer survivor, have two autoimmune issues (AS & Sjogren's), hav...
  3. When Will the Nursing Shortage Be Over?

    I think what also needs to be mentioned is the fact that the nursing workforce is predominantly female. During COVID, multiple studies show that women have bore the brunt of childcare responsibilities, many having to lower their hours or quit altoget...
  4. Do not tell your employer. This is what happens: You do your drug screen. It gets sent out. You test positive for amphetamines. The organization's MRO (Medical Review Officer) calls you and tells you it was positive. You tell that person yo...
  5. I made a mistake!

    We just finished the Peacock series Dr. Death yesterday based on a true story. The documentary about this guy is coming out soon, and there is a good podcast about him. Chris Duntsch. Anytime you're feeling silly about an honest mistake, think a...
  6. Nurses, invent what you want.

    I work in Oncology and have been a cancer patient myself so I know firsthand how awful saline flushes taste when you're nauseous. I mean, this applies to non-cancer patients as well, but for some reason it was just worsened when I had cancer. It does...
  7. Getting Fired

    Since you live in Florida, I'd suggest the Health Department for you. Monday through Friday 8-4:30 with excellent benefits - I paid $50/month for just me with a $500 deductible with great coverage. It really is easy work and you get holidays off. The...
  8. I don't see it going away here in Florida anytime soon. Only 42% vaccination rate in my county but 99% of people are not wearing anywhere we go. That 1% is usually me and my husband or family, and we wear them despite being fully vaccinated. I'm 33 w...
  9. Things I wish my patients understood

    I also cannot control the cable package the hospital subscribes to. I'm sorry we don't have HBO, DVR, etc. and that you're going to miss your show. But it's not my problem and is not even on my priority list. When I worked outpatient, I also cou...
  10. I've been in this situation. Not narcs, but the manager making stuff up. Get out. You'll be happier in the long run.
  11. Side effects from med administration

    Oncology nurse here. Part of the reason I quit my job was because all of a sudden it was acceptable to not double glove during the pandemic when we've had it drilled into us for years to do so. I mean, at my last job, they tested surfaces all the tim...
  12. Skipping assigned reading?

    I would definitely skim the chapters for major points if you can related to study guides. Do your instructors give study guides? For my ASN program, we were often given 100 point study guides for a 50 question test. So you had to study a lot more but...
  13. 9-5 (or 8-5) shifts as a new grad possible?

    I was thinking about this, too. As student nurses, we had to be there by 6:30 AM and ready to hit the floor at 6:45 AM for report with our paired nurse. For me, that meant being up at 5:15 and out the door by 6:00 without kids. We had to look present...
  14. RN Working Condition in Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida

    I echo this sentiment. I love being a nurse, I love being a native Floridian, but I do not like being a nurse in Florida. Low pay, short staffing most of the time, no unions, no worker protections, most of your patient population is needy elderly pop...
  15. Achieve Test Prep for CNA to RN

    You have to be very dedicated and studious to pass CLEP exams. I took both US History I & II and only managed a passing score on one. It's funny, where I took the US History I exam at USF a 55 was needed to pass; UTA required a 60 and I made a 58...