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  1. November 2013 Caption Contest: Win $100!

    Thanks for giving me your seat Mr. Jones. If you hadn't I might have passed out when the doctor actually respected my opinion on your case!
  2. What can I do with my BSN?

    I am expecting to graduate from Winston-Salem State University next month with my BSN. I have been a nurse for 20 years now and thought it was time to get my BSN. I have been attending online now since January of 2010. Now, I am really stumped abo...
  3. Hours

    I have worked two different types of schedules..... Five 8.5-hour shifts per week = 40 hours per week Three 12.5-hour shifts per week = 36 hours per week (but more often than not, I end up working 13 hours/day on these shifts)
  4. When a baby is born....what does your hospital do?

    At my last place of employment, they played the lullaby also. It was very soft....barely noticeable. But when we did hear it, it was a wonderful thing to know that life was brought into this world instead of all of the pain/death. I never did think...
  5. Has anyone ever been assaulted by a patient?

    I used to work in a state institution for the developmentally disabled. Most residents were profoundly MR. I have been assaulted more times than I can remember. Everyone who worked there had scratches, scrapes, scars on their hands/arms/legs becau...
  6. Questions about going back into hospital nursing

    I think that you won't know the job availability unless you try. There really is a nursing shortage....worse in some areas than others so your chances of getting hired are pretty good as long as you are in good standing w/ the BON. I would say that ...
  7. Report Sheet

    I have one that I made up. I would be happy to email it to you if you wanted me to. I have one for day shift and one for noc shift. Just let me know.
  8. I Am Now An Lpn!!!!

    Congrats!! :balloons: :cheers: :smiley_aa :icon_hug:
  9. Nursing Uniform Policy

    There are a lot of threads on here re: color coding. My opinion has (and always will be).... #1 Pts don't know the difference. Anyone (housekeeping, dietary, PT, OT, CNA, RN, LPN, lab.....)who enters a pt room is "my nurse". #2 It is my opinion tha...
  10. Prayers needed please

    My prayers are with her and her family.
  11. your very own personal crusade

    After moving from the north to the south, I have seen a huge cultural difference re: how to address other people. I once had a pt complain about me for being rude and "overly professional/abrupt". They complained that I never used the "terms of end...
  12. Unsuccessful IV stick.

    I went to the ER 1 1/2 weeks ago. Had a nurse (with at least 21 years ER experience) who stuck me. You can still see the bruise. It's not as purple anymore but it's still there. She REALLY nailed me hard. My point in sharing this is that we all ...
  13. Med error,I'm suspended,I need advice,please!

    After spending the last ~2hours reading through this thread I have just a couple of comments. I agree w/ the OP who said that you were courageous to share your story with us. Even though I have been nursing for over 12 years now, reading your story ...
  14. your very own personal crusade

    Nothing bothers me more than seeing an elderly person w/ terribly dirty eyeglasses. Even when visiting at a nursing home, if I see dirty glasses, I wash them! Not only is it a safety issue, it shows the owner of the glasses that you care! Another h...
  15. Please help with this question on my transfer application

    I am looking for an opportunity to expand my knowledge base and skills and I believe that I would be a positive part of the team.
  16. Caught in the middle

    Doc and pharmacist need to talk. Inform the doc again of the situation - stressing the fact that the pharm refuses to supply the drug. I would also document the fact that you notified the doc of inability to give med due to unavailability - without...
  17. Am I being a baby?????

    I couldn't agree more. It's really very sad. They say that nurses eat their young? Well I think some don't have a preference. They will eat the young, the old, the male, the black, the white, the.......get my meaning??? And, just ter...
  18. "I'm in absolute state of panic" UPDATE

    It's a terrible thing for our pts and for us when we have a big incident like this happen. But, there are sometimes we cannot be "seers" and know what will happen and when. If we had that ability, there would never be a need for implementing protoc...
  19. So, what exactly IS Weekend Option?

    I think every facility has their own definition of weekend option. For me, it was working every w/e and getting every 8th or 9th w/e off. Also, as an incentive, there was a big pay increase. ($5/hour up to $13/hour, depending on the facility and ...
  20. You know you've been a nurse for way too long when... write a letter to someone and they call you and ask you what it really all meant because you used so many medical abbreviations.
  21. How much did you make as a new grad?

    I am (and always have been) very happy to receive the pay I got. I guess I am one of those not "in it" for the "big money".
  22. night shift - sleep dilemma

    Give your boss your availability times. (Seems to me that working 4 days one week and then 2 the next week.........well just seems funky to me.) Tell her that working this schedule just does not work for you that you feel that you are unsafe to pro...
  23. You know you've been a nurse for way too long when...

    .............when you no longer recognize your own signature or can no longer read your own writing.
  24. pills left by bedside when patient is in the bathroom

  25. dysfunctional management and workplace politics

    -->They manage w/ blinders on. See only what they want to see. -->Don't see nurses as people, rather just warm bodies. We're not allowed to show human emotion (i.e. stress, anger, fear). -->Numbers, numbers, numbers!!! -->Unfair app...