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  1. caughtbuckinoff

    Crisis stabilization unit-common medications

    Not at all curious that someone had something sarcastic to say. God forbid I don't check the online forum every day. Shame on me. Thank you to all that replied, I really appreciate it! I got the job and am really looking forward to starting. You've given me plenty to research 😄
  2. Hello! For those of you in acute care/emergency psych facilities, would you mind sharing some of your commonly administered medications, both for emergency treatment, as well as maintenance for the patient's length of stay? I just interviewed with the local CSU and will hopefully be starting next month. I would like to become more familiar with the medication side effects, lab values, etc. (no need to share more than just a name, I'll be researching the rest of the information once I narrow down which meds) before I start administering them. I remember basic ones from nursing school (Halidol, Ativan) but I know there are many more that we never touched on. I will be working emergency intake and acute care, so if you have an additional pearls of wisdom, I would love to hear them!
  3. caughtbuckinoff

    Night nurse

    I would be quite matter-of-fact with him. Not nasty, but simply telling him that his attitude makes it difficult for you to cooperate with him. Night or day, you are a team and he needs to treat you with respect. His poo stinks too 😇. I do speak from experience. Honesty usually is the best policy, as respectfully and simply as possible (no matter how much you would like to trip them in the hallway).
  4. caughtbuckinoff

    Describe your 10/10 pain. Piggybacking off of recent pain discussions.

    I don't know. I have a great ability to forget pain shortly after it happens. I got kicked in the knee by a horse. Separated my knee cap. It hurt A LOT, but it was super sharp, super fast, and that screaming pain ended in a minute or two. Still hurt for a long time while it healed but compared to the initial kick, it was nothing. I cut the ends of two of my fingers off. That part didn't hurt, too sharp a knife. Taking the bandaid the ER nurse put on my finger (dry bandaid, mind you) hurt really badly. You know, kind of felt like a flaying. Again, really sharp, really fast. Broke my nose twice. Doesn't hurt as much as I expected it would. I would imagine childbirth could put anything I've ever experienced to shame though. I work on an orthopedic floor. Some of those traumatic injuries, OUCH.
  5. caughtbuckinoff

    Any peri operative nursing book recommendations?

    I graduate in December. I'm sure that would really benefit me but nursing school is expensive and time consuming as is. Sucks the life right outta ya!
  6. caughtbuckinoff

    Any peri operative nursing book recommendations?

    Thank you for the suggestions! As a student very interested in the OR, would joining the AORN be a good decision? It's a bit expensive, but if it would offer me a leg up and help me better understand the technologies and procedures, I'd be happy to do it.
  7. caughtbuckinoff

    What's YOUR Dream Job?

    OR nursing. I like having one patient at a time. I like that my interaction is limited to a smaller group of people (I get socially exhausted after excessive interaction with people, like I currently experience as a PCT). I like the teamwork, the organization, the cleanliness and the technologies involved. I like the 8hr shifts that our hospital system uses for the OR. I can physically handle 12 hour days, but not mentally.
  8. Anyone have a favorite that they'd recommend?
  9. caughtbuckinoff

    Working crazy hours

    To answer simply, yes, you're crazy. :)
  10. caughtbuckinoff

    if you hate nursing, what would you rather do instead?

    Horse trainer. One that actually makes money enough to live comfortably on. This, unfortunately, is nearly impossible. Also, I'm probably not good enough anyway. Still, It's hard for me to be unhappy around horses. Microbiologist. One that actually makes enough money to live comfortably on (in other words, I'd have to pursue the career student path for a while to get a doctorate. Lab rats don't make much and let's face it, the job gets redundant after a while. I'd have to get the doctorate degree in order to travel around playing with gross microbial life)
  11. Our hospital system is color coded. Nurses do get the choice of royal blue or white or a mix of the two. CNAs wear light blue. Pediatric RNs and CNAs can wear pattern/character tops. The only thing that confuses me around here is that both respiratory and radiology wear all black scrubs. Pharmacy and laboratory wear a very similar color too.
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    Why do nurses "eat their young"?

    Thankfully I've yet to run into a nurse that wanted to eat me. I've run into a few during clinicals that didn't want to deal with a student but they were subtle enough that I didn't feel like too much of an inconvenience. Every one of the nurses on the floor that I work on are wonderful about taking students. I work as a student nurse and while the floor isn't a specialty that I want to pursue, I'd be happy to be trained by nearly every one of them. Never once have I felt intimidated or unwanted (keep in mind that I'm quite thick skinned and am in the mindset that it's none of my business what someone else thinks of me :) ).
  13. caughtbuckinoff

    what type of watch do you prefer?

    All metal Fossil watches. We have a few outlets in my area so a good looking, durable watch is $40 from them. There is a huge variety of styles in that price range. They may have digital watches but school requires one with a second hand so I only looked at that type. All metal is much easier to clean and keep as sanitary as possible.
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    Med Surg and Pharm Together? Can it be done sucessfully?

    Our school has the students taking Advanced Pharmacology and Adult 1 (essentially med-surg) in the same semester. Luckily we have an AMAZING pharm teacher so there aren't too many people struggling. You'll do fine :)
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    Anyone doing well?

    I don't think that's what the thread is really about. The "book smarts" tends to be the most difficult aspect of nursing school. I know that there are a few people that chose nursing and find the scholarly aspect much easier than the hands-on, caring part, but most folks that pursue nursing are already caring, "people persons", so the patient care and clinical skills aren't where the average student struggles.
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    One thing

    I must be lucky. I've enjoyed most of my professors and even the few that I wasn't terribly fond of weren't bad. I like my classmates too. Save for the hefty time commitment, I like just about everything about nursing school. I really like that I only have one year left :)

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