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  1. What is your schedule like as a nurse?

    3 12s/wk, however I work extra because I'm buying a house soom
  2. Why do minorities have more respect for nurses?

    i agree with this, but throughout this country wealth is typically stratified by race, so it's not too far fetched to say that the behavior that T/S is referring to is pretty typical of your affluent white person. And you're more likely to receive t...
  3. 9/5 What I learned this week.....

    1. I traced in a stressful toxic work environment for one that has complex ethical issues. Either way,it's going to take a mountain of maturity to function in either environment. 2. Nurses are horrid patients
  4. What did you do before nursing?

    No camming, although I knew several who did.
  5. What did you do before nursing?

    Bartender and stripper by night, nurse intern by day. All the way through nursing school. True embodiment of the stereotype that every stripper is in nursing school.
  6. 8/22 What I learned this week....

    That nursing instinct is real even when you're a new nurse. my preceptor wanted to extubate my emergent c-mag pt because he was "doing so well" but I wasn't convinced. True he was responding to commands and on 40% fio2 but he still didn't look "righ...
  7. Are weekender positions worth it??

    I'm considering taking one in a few months. The pay is 50% more, I don't take benefits from the job anyway so that doesn't bother me, and I have a kid going to school next year so it seems as though it'd be easy for me to spend more time with him if...
  8. What is your dream unit?

    The unit I'm currently on: cardiopulmonary transplant ICU. i told my manager she's going to have to pry me away from this job to get me to leave
  9. This week, I have learned... (8/8)

    1. Nonpulsatile LVAD/RVAD/BiVAD pts have funky looking rhythms/art line waveforms and I really have to attune myself to it. It freaked me out to see nurses silence alarms on a heart rate of 0 and a clear vtach rhythm...but the patients sitting up wa...
  10. Offered job while still an extern

    As a person who recently bought out of a new grad employment contract, I highly suggest that you investigate the contract thoroughly and decide if the contract, the unit, the facility, and the organization is best for you.
  11. Sexual Comment from Boss???

    I'm not going to insinuate that the comment isn't offensive because no one can say what personally offends you; however, i think you should take it up with your manager personally first.
  12. Maryland nursing program that doesn't require TEAS

    Don't think I want a nurse taking care of me that doesn't have a grasp on basic math, reading comprehension, and science...
  13. Be honest, what pt behaviors do you find annoying?

    *call light dings* me: how may I help you? pt: I need my nurse. me: what can she/he bring you? pt: I need my nurse. *enters room* pt: can i get a second blanket? And can I get more pain medicine yet? Me: sure! *walks to the clean linen room and then...
  14. RED flags to look for when interviewing

    ^^^omg this applies so well to my last job. The vast majority of the staff had many nights the most experienced person on the unit was the NP and we came to them with issues we should have been able to go to the charge nurse with, except our charge ...
  15. What are some red flags to look for when interviewing on a new unit? 1. Poor communication with the HR department. 2. Mass hiring into one unit (why did so many people leave in the first place? Things that make you say HMM?) 3. Not being able to g...