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  1. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    1) no one should be guilted into staying pregnant because there are not enough babies to be adopted. There are plenty of children available for adoption, many of whom have been waiting for a loving home for years. 2) that is your opinion 3) congratulations on your son, but just because a pregnancy that was inconvenient panned out for you doesn't mean that everyone else will be joyful when they have a child that they didn't want. Your body, your choice. My body, my choice.
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    New Graduate, Only one interview, Should I Be Picky

    I would follow up on the MPCU position. It doesn't look like you have an offer yet and if you want one then you have to express interest and make the ask. Follow up with the OB folks, if you don't hear back, then don't let another great opportunity slip away in hopes of "what if". Nursing is a field of taking opportunities where they come, and they're not always where you thought you wanted to be. More often than not, you learn a lot wherever you go and may even come to realize that what you thought you wanted was never the fit that you thought it would be. Before nursing school I swore up and down that I wanted to go into L&D and become a CNMW. That couldn't be further from what I want after working as a nurse. Take the opportunities where they come, and learn from them. Don't let it slip away if it's the only lead you have right now.
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    Cardiac icu interview tips for an acute care nurse?

    You can't and don't want to fake experience that you don't have, but you should be genuine in your desire to learn. It's okay to not be familiar with ICU care because you've never done it. They can gather that from your resume. If they ask any ICU care specific questions which I doubt that they will, I would probably respond with a question about it- be engaged, be interested, show that you're passionate about learning, professional development, and ensuring that you are prepared to administer excellent care on their unit. Ask about the patient population, why they're on the unit, what kind of equipment are they on, what kind of drips they're on, what you as a nurse are responsible for in regards to patient monitoring (monitor techs etc). You've got this! You can always try to find some research or data on the kind of care being rendered on the unit you're going to, and if you know someone on the unit you can always ask. It's not usually easy to find unit specific data online, and I don't think that they'll really be looking for it if they know that you're transferring from acute care to critical.
  4. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    Pro-choice means right to choose to have or not have an abortion. If you believe women can choose only different birth control methods, parenthood, or adoption; then your definition of pro-choice has about as much relevance to the abortion issue as believing a person can choose to have a turkey sandwich for lunch.
  5. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    Someone referred to a Guttmacher study and left a lot of info out. Sure 45% of people who have had an abortion had more than one, but the other statistics are much more startling. How many abortions are had by women at or below the poverty line? how many are POC? How many already have children? Who do you think a ban on abortion will affect most? Women of color at or below the poverty line who already have kids to feed. https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states
  6. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    This is problematic, but I’m not sure what a viable solution would be. Child support won’t deter men from impregnating women. Prevention, education, and an understanding of equal rights might. Men need to be responsible and understand the consequences of irresponsible sex- not pulling out, taking off a condom, disposing of birth control pills, coercing a partner into letting him not wear a condom etc. Men are able to decide 100% of the time whether they will put someone at risk of becoming pregnant, and instead women are blamed when they become pregnant.
  7. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    just because they’re supposed to doesn’t mean they do. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-tps03.html Child support doesn’t stop pregnancies and won’t stop abortions.
  8. sarolarn

    The Nursing School to Welfare Pipeline

    In most cases this is 100% true. I did an online RN-BSN program, and I feel that the curriculum was severely lacking. Discussion boards that didn’t value creative thought or meaningful discussion to deepen understanding were a solid percentage of our grade. More points awarded for proper citation than content. Topics chosen for you and required to be written into a specific template for papers. There was no room for clinical or critical thinking, inquiries often weren’t responded to, professors difficult to reach. Curriculum is the same across the board in these programs and it’s very robotic. I’ll admit that the bore factor made it hard to put in what I wanted out of it, but dismissing it as such entirely misses the mark in that BSN education needs to be improved. Nurses and our patients deserve better than an education that feels more like a required visit to the DMV than professional development. My ADN curriculum and and nursing experience are what have taught me critical thinking and clinical judgment. We did community health and APA citation, research, and theory in my ADN program. I put 120% in and I feel that I got 120% out. My BSN program did not teach me anything new, it was repeated classwork in a rigidly structured format that didn’t nurture curiosity, didn’t inspire critical thought. I do have a better understanding of cost control, but I also realize that change needs to be made at a policy level because nurses shouldn’t have to worry about being cost effective in delivering quality care. I’m hoping someday I will realize that I learned something in my BSN program, I’m still pretty early in my career. I feel that most of my learning will be done through practice and personal research, though.
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    The Nursing School to Welfare Pipeline

    This is what I believe a BSN SHOULD be. It is not what I experienced. I feel like I did nothing more than write APA formatted papers on subjects that were chosen for me. I wish what you described is what BSN programs were, but they’re not. They’re mostly just cookie cutter degrees to check a box, and they don’t contribute to our profession.
  10. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    Ok, who are these 45%? how old are they? are they having these abortions once a quarter, or once every 10 years? Do they already have children and can’t afford more? Even if she IS having an abortion once per quarter, that’s her choice. Why is she having abortions 4x per year, does she not have access to birth control in another form? Partner won’t allow her to so she sneaks out? I’m doubtful that anyone is using an abortion as BC because there are SO MANY easier, less expensive, less physically taxing, and so many less risky options out there. In the case that someone might be using an abortion as birth control, how can we help that population? Pro-choice remains pro-choice, and if a person doesn’t want to be pregnant then they have the choice not to be. We can agree that prevention is key, but we sometimes hear the same people tooting the pro-life horn that abstinence is best and vote to remove sex ed from school curricula. Can’t have both. Pro-choice is not synonymous with pro-abortion, and I believe that we need to amp up efforts to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Even if we universally implement rigorous sex ed programs in schools, increase funding and accessibility to reproductive health clinics, primary care, etc; unwanted pregnancies will still occur. In those cases, the person carrying should have the ability to choose not to be, all other circumstances aside. Judgment had no place in nursing, and our opinions should not have a place in our care delivery. Six-week abortion bans are absurd, and this is being discussed because a 6 week ban does not allow a pregnant person time to act before a heartbeat is detected. So many people will be negatively affected by such law, and this is the issue at hand. Not late term abortions. Not repeat abortions. The fact that many women will be denied the opportunity to choose before they even learn they are pregnant- before it’s too late.
  11. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    Agreed. With the exception of life threatening circumstances for the child or the person carrying, I think most pro-choice folks agree that late-term abortion is radical. Abortion isn't a safe or logical birth control method, and pro-choice voters usually enthusiastically support the ideas of universal access to healthcare including prenatal care and education to prevent pregnancies and STIs.
  12. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    Seeking abortion care once versus seeking prenatal care every few weeks for the duration of the pregnancy, pediatrician visits, time off work for child care, daycare, having to stop going to school, going on welfare, being kicked out of parent's house, being forced to carry as a transgender man, long standing trauma and the care or lack thereof related to a rape, not wanting a kid but being stuck with one and resenting it for it's whole life because you were forced to carry? Why would anyone excuse someone from dropping a healthy infant into the trash? Is that really the best argument against abortion that you have? Access to care is more important the how a baby will affect a persons life? This is not about late term abortions which are complicated and difficult decisions to make, and are a severe minority of abortion cases. This is about cis-het men in congress making decisions about child-bearing individuals and their ability to make decisions about their own lives and making it a felony to terminate a pregnancy at six weeks. SIX WEEKS IS THE PROBLEM. I doubt there are droves of people excited to make a trip to an abortion clinic, it's not usually an easy decision to make and people make it seem like thought doesn't go into the decision to terminate a pregnancy.
  13. sarolarn

    Women's Right to Choose

    "partial birth abortion" is a political term, not a medical one; and no one here is advocating for late term abortions. No one here is advocating for abortion at all. I'd like to know what facilities are inducing labor at 39 weeks and then inserting needles into the heads of healthy infants so that I can educate myself on this practice. We're saying it is each person's own right to make their own healthcare decisions, including abortion; and that abortion bans such as the one in Alabama are heinous in that "heartbeat bills" or 6 week abortion bans don't even give the person carrying much time to miss a period. No exceptions for rape and incest.
  14. sarolarn

    The Nursing School to Welfare Pipeline

    In my program I think they ONLY checked if they were APA compliant. The content of the paper was unimportant, because if it were based on content I don't know that I would have graduated
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    The Nursing School to Welfare Pipeline

    BSN in a nutshell.
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