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  1. Mona

    Ped Nursing Certification

    I am an RN with an ASN. Unsure how to apply for exam to become pediatric certified. Any responses are appreciated. Thanks, mona
  2. Mona

    NCLEX Florida

    go to site www.doh.state.fl.us (I hope this is right) and have fun figuring out what links you have to click to get to rn licensure page
  3. Mona

    Only if you are not in it for the money

    Nurse Dude, I got involved in this site this month to learn more about nursing issues. When I first began reading your posts, I was very shocked that a nurse would reply the way you had. I will admit though, I have been enlightened. I have always known we are worth more than what we are paid; but since nursing school, there has always been so much talk about the emotional rewards of nursing-and I have experienced them. I just thought that is the way it has to be. But it is time to be paid what we are worth. The more that nurses just accept this lack of compensation and even back it up with thier emotional satisfaction, the less chance we have of changing our situation. Maybe if there were more people backing you up, you would not have to go to the extremes that you have to make your point. Maybe instead of scaring off new nursing students by telling them the pay is not worth it (making the shortage even worse), we should advertise to the local college and university nursing programs about getting involved to make changes. When I finish this post, I plan to go to MNM pages and get as much info to pass out at the full time and part time nursing jobs I work(to pay the bills), and also to the local nursing programs. Good Luck in making changes.
  4. Mona

    Only if you are not in it for the money

    NurseDude, Have you always felt this way about nursing or is this just recently? Do you like anything about what you do? You appear to be very resentful about having chosen this career. Why don't you just do something else? Lord knows I sure wouldn't want you consoling me when I am on my death bed. And if you do plan to stay in nursing and continue to be this bitter, please put your angry energy toward legislation changes. I'm serious - you make some very valid points and don't seem to give up arguing them. I hope you are not this negative at work, it can really bring down the morale of the team. In a recent posting of yours, I read your quote: "the most important job I have is that of patient advocate. . ." I am curious to know how one utilizes the 'you get what you pay for' philosophy and combines it with patient advocacy. Mona
  5. Butt Wiper: Nurse's Most Wanted
  6. Mona

    aides that put your job on the line

    Hey Butt Wiper, Where are you??????
  7. Mona

    New Grad Stupids

    When I was in nursing school, I worked as a tech on the peds floor. I was taking a rectal temp on an infant (one of the first times) As I inserted the thermometer, the baby passed gas. Not realizing this was what had happened, my busy 'nursing school brain' thought I perforated the infants bowel(i only had it about 1/4 inch in)Got the nurse in to check the baby out. Recently I went into one of my many favorite CF patient's room. She had collected about a weeks worth of OJ cups - you know, the ones with the foil top you peel back to open - and stored them in her cubby. By the time I found them, they had all gone so sour that the foil top was a tight dome ready to explode. As I picked one up and warned her not to drink any, I began shaking the OJ. It exploded all over my hair, face, scrubs - luckily it only got my patients legs. We were on the floor rolling and laughing our butts off!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Mona

    Need info on nursing school

    You just go to nursing school - you don't specialize like physicians have to. If you can get a job at a hospital while in nursing school as a tech on a peds unit, that usually gets you in the door for peds nursing.
  9. Mona

    What is bonchiomalacia?

    Respell as bronchomalacia and look that up. Also check your email, I left my home number-have lots of info from a peds respiratory book(I'm not industrious enough to type it all out right now) Give me a call, I'd love to talk. Good luck,mona
  10. Mona

    Newbie with a question

    Wow! You do have a problem. Personally, I think it would be unethical of you not to mention to ALL parents of children in this teacher's class - they have a right to know what kind of teacher their children are being influenced by. If this child coming to your office has a school problem definitely unrelated to the abusive teacher, maybe not appropriate to add to her worries then. But if at all possible, organize a meeting of parents from the school. Maybe even notify the media of what this teacher has done, and that the teacher is still working there!!! It's outrageous!!!!!!!!!! Look out for all children that may cross her path. Good Luck.
  11. Mona

    Do the squeamish survive?

    In nursing school at the beginning of each clinical semester, I would run to the bathroom after preconference and cry due to fear of the unknown!! And for almost a year I dodged needles, flat out refused to give shots. Let me just say it took alot of support from my fellow students (and a really sedated patient) to go through with my first injection. I remember shaking so bad that my instructor had to steady my hands. BUT THAT'S HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still don't like to give shots, but I definitely have it together now. It may sound a bit sick, but I actually enjoy the challenge of venipuncture. Most people learn to deal with it. Good Luck!!!!
  12. I have worked on a general peds unit for 2 years-1 as a tech and 1 as a nurse. I have never seen a mock code done, only talked about. Over the past 6 months we have had alot of turnover, and the majority of our staff consists of new grads with less than 6 months experience. I dread the day the very unexpected code occurs. I have done my best to express concern to my nurse manager and peds educator - I guess they are too busy. The few 'senior' nurses remaining roll their eyes at my requests for help. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW OFTEN MOCK CODES SHOULD BE PERFORMED ON GEN PEDS FLOOR WHERE CODES 'NEVER' HAPPEN? ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW I CAN START TRAINING? Thanks for any help!!! Mona
  13. Mona

    Please warn me if I'm crazy!!!!

    DAWN I GRADUATED FROM AN ASN PROGRAM 1 1/2 YEARS AGO. WHERE I WORK, ASNs AND BSNs ARE PAID THE SAME. BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO ENTER A BSN PROGRAM FIND OUT ABOUT YOUR AREA HOSPITAL'S CRITERIA SO THAT YOU DON'T PUT YOURSELF THROUGH MORE THAN YOU HAVE TO, ESPECIALLY IF YOU MAY SOON BE A SINGLE MOM!! I HAVE SPOKEN TO SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE SAME ASN PROGRAM AS I, THEN GONE BACK FOR THE BSN LATER - THEY SAY THEY DID NOT LEARN MUCH NEW INFO, THOUGH THEY ARE PLEASED TO HAVE A BSN. THE ONLY OTHER THING I HAVE TO ADD IS THAT I TOO HAVE CHRONIC BACK PAIN; NO MATTER HOW 'PROPERLY' YOU LIFT BIG PATIENTS, YOUR BACK WILL STILL HURT. AS A PEDIATRIC NURSE THOSE BIG, KILL YOUR BACK PATIENTS ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN (AND YOU DON'T MAKE AS BIG OF A MESS CHANGING DIAPERS EITHER!!!) IT IS STILL VERY OFTEN FRUSTRATING, BUT OVERALL VERY REWARDING. DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU "YOU WON'T HAVE TO LIFT PATIENTS, THAT'S WHAT TECHS ARE FOR" - I HAVE FOUND THAT TECHS ARE EITHER REALLY BUSY, OR REALLY LAZY! I PERSONALLY THINK THAT WITH ALL THE FRUSTRATIONS IN NURSING,AND IF YOUR BACK IS AGGRAVATED BY THE PROFESSION, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEE SATISFATION IN HOW YOU HAVE HELPED OTHERS BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN PAIN. GOOD LUCK, WE NEED GOOD PEDS NURSES!!!!!!!