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    New Job, asking for a higher pay

    At my very large level 1 trauma center, clinic nurses start at $5 less per hour than bedside/OR/ED nurses.
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    What do you eat during your shifts?

    I always bring a grapefruit to eat when I work at night. It takes a while to eat, is super hydrating, low calorie. I buy a big container of roasted, unsalted cashews, and keep a few small containers (those little Ziploc square plastic ones) in my bag. A greek yogurt, with another small container filled with paleo granola to mix in. I try to keep my food intake at night light, healthy, hydrating and protein-filled.
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    Dweller on a med error

    You are extremely lucky you did not harm her. It's good that this is staying with you. It will make you a safer nurse. You could let it get the better of you, but the adult thing to do is to remember it and move forward so that you are extra careful from now on, with everything you do in nursing. The fact is, that nurses can harm or even kill patients through mistakes. But the best nurses remain aware of that, and they use that fear of doing harm, to make their practice as safe as possible.
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    Is this a Med Error?

    I could see giving a muscle relaxant med ordered for TID PRN, closer together than 8 hours. Say, the patient takes one when he wakes up, but then likes an additional dose prior to physical therapy. But if a patient asked for a second dose less than 8 hours from the first, I would page the provider to verify it's ok to give that close together. If the patient will be in the hospital for a while, and this is his habit, then I would suggest to the provider to add or amend the med orders to say it's ok to give close together for PT. Otherwise, I would page every day to confirm it's ok, just to cover my butt. If you had other patients assigned to you, you shouldn't have left the floor to follow the escaping patient. You should just notify the charge nurse, call security. I'm not sure it's ok even for the CNA to follow alone. Your hospital should have policies and training on that. Safety first.
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    Performance improvement plan woes

    I agree with above comments that it takes years to be comfortable and confident. I would say actually, about 10 years, personally. But... you should not be making med errors or any serious errors. That is carelessness and not paying close attention. Focus on your doing your job well. If you have questions, or any doubt about something you are doing or a med you are giving, ask a peer for advice and help. Don't worry about someone watching you and reporting back to management. Use that person as a resource to learn. Did you just get off orientation? I went through 12 weeks of orientation on a basic med-surg floor as a new nurse. It's not right if facilities are not giving a decent orientation to new nurses and then are critical if their performance is sub-par afterward.
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    University of Connecticut. But there are other places that have a better program in my opinion. The way the UConn program was set up, you pass the NClex but you don’t actually learn a whole lot. It’s too much too fast. And I graduated with a very high GPA that did not reflect at all my actual learning. Just being honest
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    No. I have a first degree in Liberal Arts - Literature. I went back and did a one year BSN program that was designed for people with degrees in prior fields, and intended for second career (i.e. older) people. There were about ten of us at the information session I went to before enrolling. Guess what 8/10 of those people had? A bachelors in psychology. And they had all just graduated in the prior year and realized there wasn't much they could do with the degree without going on for a doctorate. If you're only halfway, cut your losses and switch to a BSN program. Considering how expensive college is, you will save yourself a lot of money.
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    Income as part time RN

    Are you on babycenter? They have an excellent "Family Finances" group that will help you figure this out. There is a budget template where you can figure out how much you need to make. A weekend Baylor shift, where you work 24 but get paid for 36, would be better, as you already have fairly low take home pay. You say you are due soon? The best thing would be to figure out what your take home pay would be, and start living on that now to see if you can do it. Your husband cannot work at all? Will he receive a living stipend for his program? He cannot watch the baby at all to avoid daycare? The Family FInances group on babycenter can help you better than we can.
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    Women's Right to Choose

    You want to argue that abortion is something not easily chosen. And I have no doubt that it is a painful experience. But statistically, 45% of women who have had abortions, are having more than one. That statistic comes from the Guttmacher Institute, which is pro-choice, and it tells me that abortion is being used as contraception. The pro-choice position can't have it both ways: saying that there is nothing wrong with it, and then saying that it is a difficult choice. What makes it a difficult choice, if it's not the deliberate ending of the most innocent form of human life?
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    Women's Right to Choose

    My primary point was that almost all of the responses to OP were outrage over the very restricted access some states are seeking to make law, but in other states, laws are being presented that allow unrestricted access to abortion. So that hypothetically, a 12 year old incest victim in one state may be prevented from aborting, while a 30 year old may be allowed to abort a 39 week fetus. To the best of my knowledge there are at least 7 states that do not stipulate a limit to when a woman can seek an abortion, and the wording of the law is vague (health of the woman? that is a very broad term). All of the reasons you say why a woman cannot be expected to seek out and utilize the services available to help her carry her baby to term, can be used to say why a woman can't be expected to find a means to abort her baby. So the woman who delivers her baby in a bathroom and discards him in the trash in secret, would you excuse her if she used any of the excuses you list above, for why she couldn't have just legally aborted the fetus she clearly did not want? And while we are on the topic of consent, the fetus is not part of the woman's body. When you have a gall bladder removed, you are not whole afterward. When you deliver a body, your body is still wholly intact. A fetus is carried within, attached to and dependent on their mother for a finite period of time.
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    Women's Right to Choose

    I am an OR nurse, and we regularly do abortions after 20 weeks, sometimes for no other reason than the woman changed her mind. Perfectly healthy baby. I exercise my right to refrain from participation, and in a huge OR, the truth is that there are only a handful of staff who will participate in them, even though the majority of the staff would probably call themselves pro-choice. I've talked with most of the staff who do them, and even though they are pro-choice, they come of those rooms feeling disturbed. One fellow nurse, who I like and respect, told me she tries not to look at the pieces of fetus, and has to think of it as a specimen in order to get through it. It's illogical to me that a baby in the womb would not be considered a person. And since R vs W, we have learned beyond a doubt that the fetus feels pain. Neonate surgeons speak of having to give anesthetic to fetuses at 18 weeks during surgery. I can tell you beyond a doubt that abortion doctors do not give anesthetic before tearing the fetus apart and removing it by pieces. You can be disturbed by the bills banning abortion, but what about the laws in New York, Vermont, Virginia and elsewhere being passed that ensure abortion up to birth without any restrictions? Seriously, no outrage? What is worse, a law that makes a woman carry a child to birth and then allows to her to give the baby to a loving home who desires a child so badly, or allowing a woman to abort her baby at 39 weeks because she changes her mind or wants to prove a point that it is her body/her choice? For the record, I am pro-life, and pro services for women and children. I hate Donald Trump. I wish there were a pro-life Democrat to vote for because I feel stuck voting Republican because abortion has to be at the top of my voting issues, but on pretty much every other issue I side with Democrat. I am seeking to adopt, but while there are 400,000 children in foster care in this country, the number up for adoption is significantly lower, and babies up for adoption are almost non-existent. I have a 2 year old, and almost all of the children up for adoption in my state are required to go to a home where they are the only child, or the youngest child. Infertility runs in my family, and I have 2 brothers and a sister who are all looking to adopt, and it is near impossible and financially crippling. I hear this same tired argument about people against abortion not caring about the women or babies after birth, but I don't know a single pro-life person like this. The best of us volunteer at pregnancy centers, and financially support facilities that provide housing, education and childcare for woman in need. The one near me allows a woman to live for up to 2 years after she gives birth, and helps her to get a degree so that she can get a job to support herself and her child. You should go to one of those pregnancy centers and ask about services. Then go to Planned Parenthood and ask what they offer to women who want to keep their babies but are poor, alone and afraid. Then come back and tell me who has the agenda.
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    Who Did NOT Do a Year of Med Surg?

    I would stick it out for a year, so that you don't burn bridges at your hospital. I started in med-surg and transferred to the OR at my hospital after 2 years on the med-surg floor (I didn't care for the culture either). Does the hospital you work in have an OR nurse residency program and hire nurses with no OR experience? If so, I would contact the OR educator in a few months and ask to shadow for a few hours in the OR. Make that contact, ask about when they run those residency programs. At my hospital, it's 2-3 times a year. And the time you spend on med-surg will help you in the OR. Where I work, many of the OR nurses have spent their entire career there and have tunnel vision when it comes to patient care. I feel like I am always walking into work and noticing things that others have missed, that would have been first and foremost in a floor nurse's mind. Good luck!
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    I'm lost. I want to quit nursing.

    I also am a nurse as a second career, though I've been a nurse now for about six years. It takes 5-10 years to really get comfortable in nursing, but I think it is just a stressful career choice. I don't love it, but I appreciate the flexibility of hours, and decent pay. You might like care management. Less stressful, though probably tedious and boring. Or the clinic, or an infusion lab. Or if you have decent IV skills, maybe a vascular access nurse? You also may like PACU if you have ED experience.
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    PACU nurses, I need your opinion.

    I am an OR nurse, and transferred from a med-surg unit several years ago, going through a perioperative training program. PACU is not really going to get you closer to the OR, especially at an OSC, which likely does not hire unexperienced OR nurses. You probably need to find a hospital with a training program, as it is a 6-10 month process.
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    New Grad peri-op RN

    Are you getting an orientation? Usually you start with the AORN periop 101 online course, followed by a precepted orientation.
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    New grad bedside nursing disappointment

    Ask to shadow on the OR. A very different type of nursing, with different stressors. But you only have one patient at a time. It took a few years for me to burn out on floor nursing, and find my fit in surgery.

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