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    Want to get into correctional nursing

    I think its natural for your loved ones to feel protective over you, we tend to only get the horror stories of correctional nurses' days, not the mundane experiences. But, like with anything, you should follow your heart and move on. From what I understand, correctional nurse positions aren't typically "entry level," but, there is also a shortage. Good luck!
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    Seeing the big picture

    Just like with any new job, there is a period of acclimating yourself to the tasks as well as being able to understand the whole picture. Think of it like muscle memory, that once you've done it enough, you'll just have the process down with very little thinking. Time is a huge factor, and you should have resources to go to when you're feeling overwhelmed and out of place.
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    Antagonizing patients--just a vent

    If that was a child being treated like that, would that be grounds for reporting the behavior? Just because the individual is an adult, that does not mean he or she has any less rights to be treated like a human. There are stories all the time about abuses in nursing homes, home health, especially with our senior citizens. Someone has to take a stand; nobody needs to be treated like that.
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    DNP....Is it worth it for me????

    I can't add a whole lot to what everyone else has said, except to ask you whether in 10 years, if you don't go for the DNP, will you look back and really regret missing your chance? People make careers work around their kids all the time, and, kids eventually leave the nest or at least become more self-sufficient before that happens. Devoting yourself to your family is great, just don't lose yourself in the mix.
  5. There are so many misconceptions about nursing out there. Whether its the difference in education, the different roles or even that nurses' jobs aren't strictly limited to pillow fluffing (yes, someone said that to me), people in general just don't think before they speak. I guess it makes sense in a way, because nursing has so many different options as a career, but still, its exhausting!
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    Gaining weight

    It's definitely common, and hard to reconcile since we're supposed to be advocates of health (in a sense). But, don't beat yourself up over it. The same advice applies to you as any other person that may be stressed out and gaining weight - take care of yourself! Even the smallest changes can make a difference in your body and your mind. Just know you're not alone :)
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    Acceptance letter into the nursing program

    Congratulations! There is no better feeling than being validated like that, able to pursue your dreams and feeling like others know you've got what it takes to succeed. Enjoy your moment and your acceptance letter, then get ready for an incredible adventure, future nurse!
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    How We Can Make the Difference

    What an insightful post :) I think that in times of need, even "just medical" there is a significant part of the emotional experience that is overlooked due to intimidation, lack of time, or the lack of personal connection that we sometimes have to have to get through the day. Patient care can be so much more than the physical, and can definitely extend to family, friends and loved ones. In fact, caring for the loved ones of someone facing their own personal health tragedies can go a long way to comforting that person, as well.
  9. This is an amazing list of tips for finding a job in nursing! I know it can be tough out there, and the best advice I've given is to just stay positive and motivated when looking for a job, and to get creative... and to network... but, you really spelled it all out nicely! I bet this will really help a lot of people gain some focus and find that job in nursing they want!
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    The Society of Nursing

    What a great article and such an inspiration to those coming in behind you, and for us who have been there. You have come very far, and you will go so much further, especially with your hope and excitement about the future! Thank you for sharing, its so nice to see what our next nurses will be like!
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    Me time. Do not enter!

    Oh, yes, been there. Still look forward to those moments, and I could probably use one right about now, come to think of it. We really don't take care of ourselves enough.
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    I think I might be a scary nurse

    There's nothing wrong with being confident. I'm sure patients would prefer that you are confident, and that's probably most important, anyway. Confidence comes in many forms, too, like the confidence to make sure a treatment procedure is right before actually doing it. You can still be confident, yet, not know it all :)
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    Ack! I'm being published!

    That is amazing news! Congratulations on contributing to greatly to our profession, now go and celebrate!
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    Annoyed! Where is the love?!

    You could have said you were going to pilot school and they would have asked why not astronaut school. People are just insensitive sometimes, which, as a nurse (no matter which kind!), you're going to have to get used to, sadly! But, congratulations on your new career - may it be an amazing journey for you and your family!
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    A Tribute to Nurses Through Time

    Joshie, you are correct and I can understand the frustration that comes from being pigeonholed for your gender in a profession that has been marketed as "female" for what seems like forever. All nurses, despite gender definition, are celebrated this week. Great video and great point 🙂
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    Invisible illnesses...

    An earlier poster said it best, that people really try to minimize problems that aren't their own, especially if they are "invisible," like you said. I can't imagine how you keep up the determination and motivation you have as a nurse, but, I think its really commendable that you do. If nothing else, some of us "invisible" supporters understand and sympathize!