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  1. thanks everyone
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    oldest nursing student?

    My thoughts and prayers are with you
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    Nurses struggling with mental illness

    It's really sad , but nice to hear others talk about having a mental illness and being a nurse. I'll never forget some of the things that were said to me while I was in school WORKING on my depression and recovery from an eating disorder (I always made sure I was safe to work with my pts.).It's hard right now because I'm having some trouble (especially since I moved far away from everything/everyone I know), I know I need support, but I felt as though nurses should be "perfect," therefore I fear even telling one person. I guess reading this really helped make me feel better about being... ME. Thanks everyone! :)
  4. OK... between handwashing and the "conditioning" hand sanitizers 5days a week, 8hrs a day, my hands are SO red and painful regardless of using STRONG lotions after I leave the hospital. I work in the NICU, and I have to be pretty careful about what I put on my hands so it does not cause a reaction in the babies. ANYONE have advise as to how to help this situation while I'm at work?
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    Why do so many nurses seem to dislike working in Med/Surg

    Don't worry MryROSE! :) Everybody has their area they are meant for in nursing... I disliked med/surg because it was very physical for my small frame... if you like to dig in and multi-task, you will do GREAT! I was rarely bored, although sometimes it is "feast" or "famine." Nurses are all ages, too... don't ever let your age determine what you can or can't do (unless it's health, which can happen at any age, too). Go for it!
  6. Go for it! I graduated in December and started in Feb. in the NICU. I knew I would like to work in peds, OB, or the NICU when I first started school, but my advice is to use nursing school to explore where you belong. My last semester experience where I worked one on one with a nurse for HOURS... I worked in OB. There were not any opportunities in my area to work in the NICU, but I have heard of internship opportunities which would be a great chance to see if this area would be right for you. So... keep dreaming! :) I dream of becoming an NP, but for right now and at least 5 more years... I'm becoming a true nurse! Good Luck
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    How did you know NICU was right for you?

    I just started in the NICU 2 weeks ago... Right now I LOVE it. I NEVER had any NICU experience. I went into it after doing an OB rotation, I love working with the sicker babies (I guess I like a challenge :) ), I like teaching parents, and I am feel very comfortable dealing with, and helping others through difficult situations. I think the BIGGEST decision for me going into the NICU was the hospital's orientation program in the NICU. The NICU is a WHOLE different area of nursing... make sure if you decide to go into this area, that you have good support. Good Luck!
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    Getting Rid of Urine Smells

    I think a lot of times it's a nose thing... I come home and even though I know there is nothing on me, the smell is there. At work, I make sure my hair is back and other items (name tags, etc.) could not get into anything... Then I usually take off my clothes ASAP and shoes (they can get a lot of junk on them), shower or wash up, put clothes in the washer, or bag them up until they can be washed, and drink some coffee or something that gets my mind away from the smell if it still bothers me. I do have one word though, FEBREZE! I use it as a short solution when I have to drive with my clothes on. I hope this helps a little...
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    Question for BSN students re: Pharmacology

    i would not take pharm. over the internet if you really want to understand it, or you learn well that way! we did not cover pharm in patho, but i do not think you need pharm until at least med/surg. i think patho is so important! good luck however you decide.
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    The Guys Club: Guy Students Come on In!

    Sorry guys, I'm a curious female... I had guys in my class and at times when we were reading our nursing books, etc. I think I felt more angry than they did about how stereotypical things are :angryfire ! I remember one clinical my male friend was asked to leave his work to help lift a patient while all the females were standing around... I am so happy to hear of more males in nursing because it's about time! Keep fighting for equal rights! I'm sorry it's 2005 and we still treat males in nursing like it's 1920.
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    What Freaks You Out?

    I feel dumb asking, but what is a code brown?
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    What Freaks You Out?

    I can stomach ANYTHING, but watching newborn male circumcisions gets me light-headed. I'm female... but it still really gets me. Burns also really bother me...
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    How did you find out about allnurses?

    I was searching on Webcrawler for NICU nursing information. I just about went back to my search, but I looked around and was suprised :yelclap: I plan on telling my friends about it!
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    Where do you nurse?

    I start in the NICU at a Children's Hospital in 2 weeks :)
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    Nursing School Bloopers

    From babysitting I realize that once baby boys are undiapered, they usually pee... So, in the nursery I tried to be careful and cover them ASPA. One night I wasn't so lucky... changing a one boy, I got myself of the forehead. Then... I had to weigh another boy. He had just gone, so I set his little naked body on the scale and I looked up to see a raining stream of pee that went from one bassinette almost them all as he squirmed his little body. Not only did it get other babies... he got my preceptor, too.
  16. In nursing school, my friend couldn't say the anatomical names so she called them "Bamm Bamm"- testes, "Fred"-penis, and "Pebbles"-breasts "Wilma"-vagina... I couldn't even remember all the names I heard them called as a CNA!