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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    Working crazy hours

    To answer simply, yes, you're crazy. :)
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    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)
  8. 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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    Danskos hurting top of foot?

    Got a pair of Danskos for my birthday a while back and started using them recently. They really do relieve all the pain on the bottoms of my feet, which is wonderful. The downside is that when I wear them, I now get some pain on the top of my right foot, about where the bones of all my toes branch out. The pain starts about halfway through the shift and is relieved when I pop my foot out for a few minutes. It comes and goes and is only on my right foot. Has anyone else experienced this? I love that my feet aren't fatigued after the shift but I'm not a big fan of the alternative pain.
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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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    "There's nothing worse than a FAT nurse!"

    I wouldn't have a problem with an overweight doctor or nurse telling me to eat better. Or a skinny one. Either way is fine with me. The only thing that gets me is how someone sees the results of poor lifestyle choices nearly every day and will still make those same poor choices concerning their own life. I understand that your life is yours to live however you choose, but I can't help but want to hit the gym and add a few extra veggies into my next meal after spending the day at the hospital.
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    If Nursing were a Male-Dominated Field

    Oh boy, you've never worked in a male dominated restaurant then. Those boys can be such drama llamas! I can only assume its similar in other fields. Doesn't matter which gender you're talking about, if you lack class, then it can't be helped. I don't think any field would be much different if it were dominated by the opposite gender.
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    Danskos hurting top of foot?

    Thanks for the replies, glad I'm not too outta whack, lol. My feet have plenty of room so I don't think it's a width problem in my case. I've only had them a short time so I'll wait it out and see how they feel after they're broken in. I'd hate to have to kick them to the curb, they are the only shoe that the bottoms of my feet are comfortable in (plus, they some 'spensive kicks!)
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    Muslim nursing students

    Long sleeves are not an infection control issue in my area. Most nurses wear long sleeves under their scrub tops. If you are treated differently by your employer, you have yourself a nice lawsuit. There is nothing we can do about the patients though, unfortunately. I wouldn't doubt that you may run into some very biased folks that will be unfairly judgmental based on how you dress, but you just have to let that roll off your back and keep smiling, no matter what terrible, albeit fitting names you'd like to call them, lol. Good luck in nursing school, you'll have a blast! :)
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    Jealous that I have no life

    Please don't feel too badly. You're man is working to get you through school and hopefully you can give him a break once you graduate. I'd suggest talking to him about setting aside some time for you, like someone else mentioned, try to get a date night going, just the two of you. If he isn't one of those "guy time=absolutely no girlfriends/fiancées/wives", then try to take an hour or two out of your studying time on the weekends and meet up with him and his buddies for a beer and lunch or a game of darts or pool at the bar. Then come back home and get back to it. He loves you, I'm sure that he'd enjoy you making an appearance, especially if he doesn't get to spend much time with you. This is what I do most weekends. Once I get out of work on Sunday, I'll meet up with my boyfriend and his friends and watch football for an hour or so, then head home to study. Most of the time, an hour is enough time when he's out drinking with his friends before I find myself itching to do something else (not much of a bar fly or drinker myself). You can spare that hour or two, I promise. How anyone can weekend warrior study for 6 hours at a time blows my mind. I do not suffer from any form of ADD, but I can't handle more than two hours at a time and still be productive. Nursing school is time consuming, no doubt! But the time really does fly and soon you'll be finished and be able to get your life where you want it to be.
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    The Insanity That Is APA in Nursing School

    I don't think that I've used anything but APA format in college so far. I was a Microbiology major beforehand and any research papers were in APA format. It's definitely not exclusive to nursing school.
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    What jobs did you do before nursing?

    Not quite a nurse yet, but I've worked in restaurants (every job but management, nooo waaay to that, lol) most of my working life. I have always trained horses and gave riding lessons on the side up until about two years ago. Equine massage as well. Loved horse training, would do it for the rest of my life if there was any real money in it. Unfortunately, I require a roof over my head and food in the belly so I had to make a change.
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    Social Butterfly or stay to self?????

    Do what makes you happy. If you like to socialize, do it. If you prefer not to, then keep to yourself. There really are no loners in our class, everyone has a group or people that you'll see them studying with. We have about 28 students and while there are some people that grow closer together than others, but there is no one that would make you feel left out if you tried to engage them. There are usually certain people that study together but before a big test, you'll find four or so little "cliques" sharing a group study room and we all welcome one another with no questions asked. Open minds and open hearts make the happiest people. Go into every journey with a good attitude and you'll find your way. :)
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    Cath lab or endoscopy for observation day?

    This semester we get a couple of our clinical days for observation in a few different areas. Along with a day in the OR, we also have the choice between a day in the cath lab or endoscopy. I'm leaning towards cath lab, but I wanted to see if anyone else had the chance to observe in either area and which one they felt they learned the most.
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    Buy or Rent Nursing Textbooks

    I buy the older edition books. If the school asks for edition 10, I buy edition 9 for 90% less money. It has never negatively affected me. Buying the older edition is cheaper than renting in my experience. Try amazon.com, Abe.com, and cheap textbooks.com. Amazon usually wins out for me but depending on your book you might find another website better.
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    Clinicals, really not prep for real world?

    Love this. You always have something intelligent and rational to say. Thanks for helping to get all of us noobs through it, grntea.
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    What street clothes do YOU wear in nursing school?

    T-shirts, jeans/pants (would wear shorts but those rooms get cold after a couple of hours), and flip flops ( I live in Florida, flip flops are a way of life here). Lab days we have a school polo and khakis, close toed shoes a must. Most people dress as I do. I've only seen a dress and heels once and she was doing something for the student government after class.
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    Day shift nurses: what do you eat for breakfast?

    If I'm in a hurry, Greek yogurt and a banana (or apple). Protein shakes are great as well. I make mine with a tablespoon of both flax and chia seeds, a whole banana, low fat milk, and peanut butter (I only used a half scoop of the protein powder that my boyfriend buys, that stuff has A LOT go protein and calories). If there is time, scrambled egg whites with veggies ( usually onions and peppers), half of a bagel thin, and 1-2 slices of bacon. The real meal hold me over for a very long time. I'll admit that the busier I am, the less hungry I am and have made it through 14 hours without anything more than a breakfast shake and a banana without feeling hungry or tired. Not good for the blood glucose though, so I wouldn't recommend it. Try eating some nuts, fruit, hard boiled egg, yogurt, or cheese if you get hungry before lunch. I know it's busy sometimes but grab a bite while you're charting if you don't have any other time. Something with protein and/or fiber will hold you over better than something heavy in simple carbs.

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