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  1. borkowskikid

    Rude Nurse

    You know, I can understand how an LVN that may have been practicing for 10+ years can get a little bent out of shape when a nurse fresh out of school with no prior medical experience technically "oversees" them. Not implying that's the case here, but it does happen.
  2. borkowskikid

    Why do you love being a nurse?

    Oh, the struggle is real isn't it? I've always told myself that I work to live, I don't live to work. With that guiding principle I've come to the conclusion that yes, nursing can be the hardest thing EVER at times, but you know what? I'm home more days a week than I am at work, my salary is twice the average household income in my region, and occasionally I get to make a genuine connection with someone that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life, (also the fact that we get to wear pajamas to work everyday, yay!).
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    As seen on TV

    I'm personally a big fan of the BVM either hovering over the patient's mouth or just barely touching when the nurse/doc/medic quickly gives breaths
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    What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    Man, I love these! Can't believe I just found this thread. It's my first nursing job in med/surg, code blue a few doors down, not my patient but I run to help. CPR has started and the nurse doing compressions is this tiny little thing so I ask if she wants me to take over, she doesn't hesitate to take me up on the offer. The patient is an older gentleman, I guessed mid eighties, there's these two middle-aged ladies who quickly leave the room (later find out that they're his daughters). The code team shows up. The doc walks up to the opposite side of the bed from me and starts to ask me questions about the patient that I don't know the answers to. So I look at him, and while I tell him that I'm not the patient's nurse, I notice this older lady standing by the window that I didn't see when I first walked in. She's in her eighties, wearing this blue and black sweater with a gold chain around her neck and we meet eyes for a second. She smiles at me. Now, you know that smile you might give someone that's kinda subtle and is really more a sign of sympathy than anything else? This was not that kind of smile, rather this lady actually appeared joyful, which I thought was weird. So this happens in just a short second or two and I get back to doing compressions. The guy never ends up getting ROSC and the efforts are eventually terminated. I hang around to help this nurse out with cleaning everything up. By this time the whole team is gone and it's just me, this nurse, the two daughters, and this man's body. The lady I saw, who I just assume is this guy's wife, is not in the room anymore. I'm gathering some of his things and I come across his glasses, I turn to the daughters and ask if Mrs. X would like to take them. They say no and begin to tell me that Mrs. X died just the summer before. So I apologize and explain that I just assumed that the lady with them was his wife, to which they appear confused and tell me that they came by themselves and that they were the only people in the room the entire day. No one recalls seeing a cheerful elderly lady standing by the window, or anywhere else for that matter. I like to think that maybe it was his wife just happy to be together again.
  5. borkowskikid


    It seems to be a common theme that there's always at least one heinous professor that makes you question your entire existence in every nursing program, at least through my experience that is. What I can tell you for sure is that the first year out of school will be the hardest. You'll learn more in the first six months than you did throughout your entire college career and at times you'll think you made a huge mistake. Some of the other nurses will be mean to you for no reason and you'll most definitely leave a few shifts in tears. Your feet will hurt. You'll fall asleep on the couch from exhaustion. Eventually you will make a mistake that you'll beat yourself up about forever. You'll miss tons of lunches. You'll stay late charting. Doctors will be rude to you. Did i mention that you'll think that you made a huge mistake? But, you know what else will happen? After that first year, nurses will come to you for answers. You'll become a time management master. You'll eat every lunch. You'll leave at 1900 on the spot. Doctors will listen to you. Other nurses will recognize you for your proven skill. Patients and their families will sense your experience and actually listen to you. You'll be able to handle crazy situations like doing jaw thrusts while writing a note or family member fainting in the room while you're doing compressions on their loved one. I've had a lot of feelings similar to the ones you're having now, but to be honest I wouldn't change a thing. I love being a nurse, you just have make it through the rough parts, i.e. the parts you're in right now. P.s. I went to a liberal arts college so I have a lot of education friends and almost all of them presently hate their jobs
  6. So I've applied to a couple of schools here in Texas, mostly online, but I can't help but have this deep uneasy sensation in my gut. I work full time in ICU with a wife and a 3.5yo daughter at home and I'm worried I won't be able to handle work, school, and family. Is there anyone that could describe their typical week in NP school in regards to assignments, readings, papers, tests, etc for part-time course load? Or any helpful insights for returning students with families and full-time work?
  7. borkowskikid

    Did your dating life improve when becoming a male nurse?

    Funny, I was just talking about this the other day. I'm married now, but back in the good ol days I actually found that being a male nurse did help in the dating game, but maybe not in the way some might think. I don't think there were any girls that felt an immediate attraction to me after learning I was a nurse, rather I think being a nurse enabled me to be more socially comfortable, have more open and honest discussion, and to remain cool in intimate situations, which in turn may have had a role in all the things that happened and those that didn't, but who knows for sure. For example; I was having a drink at a local bar with my brother who was on leave from the army. The bartender was this cute young girl, sweet too, and we chatted quite a bit, innocent friendly things, but afterwards my brother whispers to me "how do you do that?" "do what?" "talk so easy to girls." I laughed out loud "i'm a nurse, bro!" and he just nodded like oh, that makes sense​
  8. borkowskikid

    How NOT to write an incident report

    O. M. G. Becky...
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    Don't Say The "Q" word!

    I was orienting a new nurse when she said the "Q" word, of course I quickly corrected her, but unfortunately the q-karma proliferated exponentially through the cosmos before it could be dispelled. One of our patients soon choked on a piece of fish he was eating for lunch, coded, and ultimately died.
  10. borkowskikid

    do i still have a chance at pursing a nursing degree

    Is there any harm in applying anyways? Maybe even to both? You won't know for sure unless you give it a shot. Also, in my opinion, sticking it out and retaking stats and chem if needed is probably the best way to go. There's absolutely nothing wrong with going LPN, but there's probably a good chance you'll end up going back for your RN in a few years anyways right?
  11. borkowskikid

    Baby nurse doo doo doo doo....

    I literally LOLd reading this. Good stuff. Real talk.
  12. borkowskikid

    How do you deal with know-it-all family members?

    Well now, it's easy, you don't...
  13. borkowskikid

    I'm very exhausted after 6 months of working in a surgical onco unit?

    I have to agree with beekee. I felt like I learned more in the first 6 months of my nursing career than I did in two years of nursing school. It wasn't until a year after graduation that I had my first shift where everything that could go wrong did, but I actually held everything together and the day wasn't half bad. A year! A big thing for me that really started to turn things around was when I finally got to a point where I was experienced enough to comfortably do and say the hard stuff: foley? Boom! IV? Done! Your pain is 10/10? Well too bad, it ain't been four hours yet gurl! But in all seriousness, eventually you'll get to a point where you won't have to find the answers, you'll know them, and you won't have to always ask for help, because you won't need it, and your ability and skill will show and patients and coworkers will be able to see them. So hang in there, it gets better, trust me
  14. borkowskikid

    Go to grad school or jump off a cliff?

    I guess I'm just reaching into the dark here, not sure exactly what I'm looking for, but I'm thinking about going to grad school. The idea of going back for another 3 years makes me want to literally dive face first off a ledge into a pile of broken glass, but I feel compelled to do it anyways. When I first started nursing school I knew hands down that I wanted to be an NP, and I still do, it's just the whole school thing really turns me off. BIG TIME! Which is weird, because I got good grades; graduated summa cum laude, sigma theta tau, alpha chi, yadda yadda yadda, and I've done really well in the field; specialty certification, well renowned, advancements, etc. So now I'm at a crossroad where one direction continues on my original path to my long term goal of becoming an NP, or the other that takes me somewhere I would have never guessed I'd be going: complacency... So I don't know. I could remain comfortable in what I do, keep my three 12s a week, actually leave work when I leave work and be satisfied with what I got or I could jump in that broken glass and pick out the shards for the next... three... years... I'm undecided ������*♂️
  15. borkowskikid

    I don't feel like a real nurse

    I see this type of behavior from new nurses all the time, and to be honest I don't believe it's because they are smarter, or have more skill than you, rather I believe it to be naive of inexperience. New nurses have this master plan in their heads; that they're going to be FNPs, CRNAs, Educators, and the like and most of them don't plan on staying long in their first gig. They jump at chances that will potentially get them closer to their goals, even if they would benefit much more from getting extended experience in entry level departments like med/surg. Some of the best nurses I know have done nothing but med/surg! But, with that being said, you must at times, especially with your experience, close your eyes and take the plunge. Turn your brain off for a minute when you hover over that submit icon on your online application to the unit you're wanting to move to. Whenever you feel like you may not be good enough, just know that no one really is until they get their feet wet. The only way you'll accomplish your goals is by actually chasing them, even if it means starting over in a new field.