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OnlybyHisgraceRN ASN, RN

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OnlybyHisgraceRN is a ASN, RN and specializes in LTC and School Health.

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  1. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    The Active Conscience: Yet Another Reason Why Nurses Rock

    Great Article. I have come across some nurses without an active conscience and it is down right scary. I like them as a person but I wouldn't let them touch me or my family member with a ten foot pole.
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    Yikes I'm Getting Old!

    Age is just a number IMHO. I'm 24, and there are nurses 50+ years that are so much physically quicker and more in shape than I am. I hope I can have as much wisdom and youth when I get their age.
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    I also think that license and education and certs should be listed first. That is one of the first things recruiters look for is if the person is educated and licensed.
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    New Grad Needs Resume and Cover Letter Critique

    Instead of having an objective, maybe you should have a profile. The profile is a summary of your nursing skills and personality. Here is an example: Motivated and compassionate nursing candidate with hospital and clinical training. Successful in managing time, prioritizing tasks and exercising the sound judgment required to improve the quality of patient care. Moreover; I have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, able to relate with patients in a therapeutic manner and work well with other members of the health care team.
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    My Reasons For Avoiding The Acute Care Hospital

    I'm tired of ER,ICU nurses thanking they are God. I used to hear my ICU co-workers put down every single specialty in the hospital. I would get so offended. Specialities are not a one size fits all. Everyone has their own unique gifts and talents that contributes to every area of nursing.
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    My Reasons For Avoiding The Acute Care Hospital

    Commuter- You have done it again.... Put my feelings into an article. I was told to start off in a hospital because "that is the right thing to do" as a new grad. Even though I had previous LPN experience prior to becoming a RN, I had a really hard time adjusting to the hosptial setting. Stat orders, codes, critical labs, call lights, all memebers of the disciplinary team, rounding, and etc. It was overwhelming. I think I'm a mixture of A and B personality, mostly b though. During my time in ICU, I thought this was just normal new grad blues but I was wrong. Working in ICU nearly drove me into an early grave. I was drinking wine almost 3-4 times a week, taking ativan, and just really really depressed. Ofcourse my co-workers didn't help with creating a hostile environment. I came to the realization that this specialty and type of nursing is NOT for me and doesn't fit my personality. To test my theory, I interviewed and shawdowed at another ICU and felt the same way. I typically like a routine with an occassional code to keep me on my toes. In ICU, I felt like I was putting out fires all day long. I have an offer pending for the ER, my husband tells me I shouldn't take the job because he knows my personality does not fit one of the ER. I agree with him, however I need a job. I'm praying I get into PP or NBN. I think I would be excel in that area.
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    The Slow Code: Justified?

    Wow. Shocking. I'm shocked that you can slow a code or do a "show" code without proper documentation. Unless I had documentation of the patients' words verbatim in the chart or a DNR note, I would have fully coded the patient. Trust me, I know the feeling or not having the proper paper work and going against the patients verbal wishes. However, if there is no documentation then I have to follow policy and procedure and the nurse practice act. When I worked in bedside, I always asked my patients if they prefer DNR or full code and would document the convo and notify the MD so that changes would be made. This is one of the things I hated about working in ICU.... not being able to follow patients' wishes due to lack of documentation and follow up.
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    The Slow Code: Justified?

    I have seen something similiar in my 3 years of nursing. An elderly man coded, and initially everything was being done, but then the the doc decided to verbally end the code, but everyone involved kept documenting as if the code was still happening. Needless to say, I was shock but apparently it happens.
  9. This is not an issue of getting it or not getting it. Some posters disagree with the approach. I think the OP is wonderful because he/she truly does have a new grads best intentions. This is an interesting read. I love to read the responses, it goes to show that there are different strokes for different folks. I guess.
  10. Before I left my job in ICU I was offered to "buddy up" with another nurse to improve my nursing. She told me that if I wanted to be a critical care nurse she'll make me into one. She stated and I quote" I will ride your ass" to get you where you need to be. I decided at that moment, this is not the place for me. I don't operate well with people purposely trying to "break me down" to make me into a great nurse. I also don't do well with being coddled and sprinkled with skittles either. All I'm asking is for my future preceptor to be professional and respectful just as I am. That is all. No need for tears, extra eyes and ears, and etc. Once again, the OP was dead on about some things, but others things said I took with a grain of salt.
  11. OP you seem like a great preceptor who any new grad would be blessed to have. However, many preceptors are NOT like you and I would like to write a ( short) "love note" to some of the preceptors I had to deal with. Here it goes: Dear Preceptor, First, I so want to be like you when I grow up. I admire your skills, expertise, and knowledge. However, I do not wish to have your personality, attitude, and unprofessional behavior. What gives you the right to yell ( yes, raising of voice), spread rumors on the unit about your orientee, talk about everyone( including the charge nurses' sex life), put your hands on a fellow co-worker, and speak rudely to patients. You say you hate precepting, yet nurses have quit because of your constant nagging, threats, tandrums and bullying. If you hate precepting so much then you would change your behavior to boost the morale on the unit which will retain staff. Not only have new nurses quit but experienced nurses too, some people just don't want to put up with this. Please note that I will make mistakes, however do they really have to be reported to the nurse manager who is in charge of half the hospital. We have discussed my mistake and I've realized what could have been done better and have done better. While we are on the topic of mistakes, I have never and never will report the mistakes I've caught from you. Why? I realize that you are human and even though you've been a nurse longer than I've been alive you too make mistakes. I didn't report you when you made up vital signs did I? No, I didn't, besides who would believe me any way... you've always told me that it'll always be my word against yours. Lastly, I have allowed you to tear down my confidence, make me feel incompetent, and leave my job. I should have never allowed you to do so and I take FULL responsibility for that.. In reality you have self-esteem issues, you hate your job, and I should have known that your behavior had nothing to do with me but everything to do with your personal issues. I will not allow this to happen again. I may not have been the best and the brightest RN on the unit but I did my best, knew what I didn't know and did what was best for the patient. If you ask me a question and I don't know the answer I will look it up and get back to you, however starring at me for five minutes and rolling your eyes will not elicit the correct answer any sooner. I love when you ask me questions, so please keep them coming. To my primary preceptor: You were a great, I've learned so much from you and it didn't have to take all of the above for me to "get it". I'm so sorry that you quit, however I do understand that you too could not put up with the politics of the unit. Thank you to all of the preceptors such as the OP who really do take strives to maintain professionalism while raising a nursling. Precepting is not an easy job, and I really do realize that. Yours truly, OnlybyhisgraceRN
  12. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide.

    Compared to those making 9 bucks an hr. our 25-30 hr IS big money to them. I don't think nurses are paid enough for what we do. I'm grateful for my hourly wage however, not nearly enough to claim that I'm rich.
  13. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    Thankful To Be A Nurse On Thanksgiving

    Thank you for reminding us of what we have to be grateful for.
  14. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    The Wise Nurse Speaks

    Thank you for your wisdom. I took everything you wrote to heart.
  15. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    Resume Writing for the Transitioning Professional

    This article is great ! Thanks for posting.
  16. OnlybyHisgraceRN

    Confessions Of A Nurse Who Compulsively Eats

    I struggle with this too. After a hard shift, sometimes I'll grab fast food for comfort. Then, after eating that whopper and fries I feel guilty. Yeah, I need to get a handle on this. I lost 20 lbs earlier this year, I don't want the weight to creep back on.
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