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    My coworkers dont like me because I bragged

    Never complain, never explain. Just be nice and helpful to everyone from now on. New gossip will come along soon enough, and I say this as someone who loves gossip.
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    How do I become stronger clinically?

    Seek out opportunities to learn from your coworkers. Ask to be assigned to assigned to cases you would like to learn about. I always offer to take patients dumped on us from other areas so that I can learn. Take advantage of chances to float to other units. The more you do, you will get stronger.
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    HIPAA violation and future employment opportunities

    Real talk, not being nasty. Why did you not just text your friend?
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    I am new to nursing but I don't want to do this anymore

    Nursing is a difficult high stakes/low control job. It is promising that you leave work feeling good some days. After several years of inpatient nursing I still have VERY frustrating, sometimes downright scary days. So do other experienced nurses I work with. That said, inpatient is not for everyone. However, you need to finish up your residency and get at least a year of bedside before you will be a competent nurse for another job. I say competent because I am sure you could get hired in another position but you need developed assessment skills. It is knowing the difference between agreeing to the provider's orders for the home health patient or knowing enough to say "Absolutely not, he has to go to the ER NOW." I myself would like to move into a different type of nursing but I know I am learning valuable stuff the longer I work inpatient. I graduated with a gentleman who did a 1 or 2 years of hospital nursing, now he works in a clinic and loves it, so it worked out for him.
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    How do you deal with know-it-all family members?

    She's your mother-in-law, you have to get along with her in order to maintain your wedded bliss. If she says, "Oh, carbs are so bad for you, I know all about xyz..." let her drone on, when she's done smile and change the subject. "I just have to tell you about this book!" Do not be a doormat. You can make it nice. Look her straight in the eyeball if she is getting on your nerves and say, "Oh, I'd just rather not talk about my work right now." Then smile! "Let's look at these pictures over here." If she keeps going on? "I've got a million things to do, I have had fun talking to you!"
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    I am seriously considering a job at a hospital 70 miles one way. Seeking the wisdom of anyone who's done a super commute for 12 hour shifts. It's a position I am very interested in on a well-staffed unit at a Level II hospital. I am getting frustrated with no parking available for staff where I work; we are bussed in daily and I have to leave my house an hour early to catch or miss a crowded bus where I am smushed like a sardine.
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    Thank you all for your continued very helpful comments. It is 70 miles of straight road with 1 stoplight 35 miles in, and then 1 about 30 miles after that. I might try to do some per diem work to satisfy my curiosity for working at this hospital :)
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    Thanks everyone for your feedback. I own my house so I can't move right now. I think I just have to look for better opportunities in my community or closer than 70 miles away.
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    Which areas in hospital least physically demanding?

    Home health (if you don't mind driving) or Case Management
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    Nurse Imposters

    You could say to the person you believe is an imposter: "I would like to speak with the Registered Nurse please. Are these your credentials?" Ask to speak with the MD and say to him, "I have to take orders from your licensed staff. A Registered Nurse. It is a matter of compliance." That should get everyone's attention.
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    Wow embarrassed and really ticked off...

    Go ahead and "dislike" this comment but I have worked with teachers for 5+ years...some of them (not all) can be quite selfish and territorial. You will have more luck asking them to stay after school (they hate this) than asking them to give up their planning period.
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    Poorest lack of judgment EVER!!!

    I can't even. This is like me calling Wells Fargo and saying "I know you're a bank, can you give me some money?" I'd be having a meeting fast (like you did) about emergencies, liability, scope of practice...etc.
  13. Students who sit at the nurse's station on their phones, on Instagram. Now...there are some nurses who do it, so I guess they think it's fine. I graduated school only 3 years ago and we would have been sent home for such behavior. I don't have any time during my shift usually for being on the phone unless I am on a break. I don't like taking it out of my bag as a rule. Too easy to leave it somewhere, too gross being around germs. Being on social media all day is not a good thing. Put the phone down and do ur job already. I say this as a young nurse.
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    2 full-time jobs?

    I am not judging, I am giving you advice since you asked. You are 3 years away from graduating. Do not take on this debt! Get down to brass tacks and start paying off that 90K. You can return to nursing in the future when you are in better fiscal shape and won't be taking on such stress. I would also suggest getting a different apartment to help cut costs. Work full-time and pick up a part time job if you have to. Be reasonable. It makes MUCH more sense to pay off that 90K now then decide 3 years from now you will work 2 full-time jobs.
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    When did being pregnant become a disability?

    I worked up until the day before I delivered. Was never charge, never asked for special favors. I was treated quite well by my coworkers. Other colleagues have requested special assignments during their pregnancies. That's not what I did. I breastfeed, but I don't take extended pump breaks or expect others to drop everything so I can pump. I tidy everything up and then go pump.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    Personally, I would just let it go at this point. If you have reached out and been ignored, and as sometimes you say she gives you the cold shoulder, then I'm not going to be the person to bring up such a delicate matter. If she brings it up to you, certainly say what's on your heart, but I feel like she's giving you very mixed signals here. If she is not on the October schedule, that's certainly a sign I would say from TPTB. As you say, a sad situation. This whole thread has made me sad.
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    Old nurse won't retire

    "Barbara is a very likable woman, but frankly, she needs to retire. She is not very fit, and limps with a bad leg. She calls in frequently, which has a bigger impact on a small hospital. She never had kids and her husband died years ago. She doesn't seem to have hobbies. I'm afraid that management will start writing her up for her attendance to get rid of her. Even though I love her, she doesn't pull her weight anymore. I don't want to sign up for shifts with her and have to do 3/4 of the work. It'd be a shame to see her be forced out. One time she told me to let her know when she is starting to slip. Well, that's been going on for a while, but people are being patient since she's been sharing with all about her impending retirement. She needs to retire with dignity as planned . I can see multiple issues here, but the biggest ones are 1) she appears to be a liability, not an asset and 2) she has asked you to let her know when she started slipping. Even so, I am not sure that I would want to bear that burden. How genuine was her request? Was it a passing comment? Her actions are speaking louder than words. It appears she does NOT want to retire. However, she calls in frequently and is not pulling her weight when she works with you. You can only control your actions in this situation. You will go nutty trying to control or influence hers. If you don't want to sign up to work with her, don't. If the grief it will cause you is not worth the money you earn being there, just don't do it if you have a choice. The next part is harder. You have to stop doing her work. I'm happy to help others, but I also have a responsibility to make sure MY patients are cared for. As I explained to a CNA who liked to ask me to do her tasks, it is not efficient for me to do my work AND her work routinely. This goes for the 22 year old who stares at Instagram for the better part of the morning. It's one thing to help boost people in bed, but I'm not going to pass your meds because you decided to be on your phone from 8-10. Finally, when something happens and it might, you have to address it as a patient safety issue only. It's not about her being older, or having a limp, or no hobbies.
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    Full time vs Part time vs Per Diem

    I have done it all: full-time, part-time, multiple part-time and per-diem jobs. Now, I love the flexibility of per diem, but I also really like my current specialty. For that reason I have dropped down to part-time and while I watch every dime it has been worth it for myself and my infant. Currently per diem wouldn't work as I need benefits and I can get them part-time. I also have an awesome retirement match and would give that up if I went per diem. It's whatever butters yo bread.
  19. If you walk up and hear someone gossiping, keep walking. File away that tasty tidbit and move on with your day. Maybe she's just trying to make sure you get a lunch? I precepted someone once and got so sidetracked by 14:00 she was like umm...I guess I will go to lunch now! I felt terrible for forgetting about it. She may still think you need direction and is trying to help instead of just letting you twist in the wind. If she tells you something and you take it as an order, smile and say "OK." It's then up to you if you do it or not. This can go a few ways. One, she decides you are independent enough and she stops giving you "orders." Two, she keeps at it and you just say "OK" every time because what's the real harm in it? Three, you lose your cool and one day the fur flies. Edited to say I will take a bossypants any day over a tattletale...
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    Per Diem?

    As others said, depends on the facility. Some have requirements like "2 shifts every 5 weeks" or whatever. Some also come with holiday requirements so be aware of that. Congrats on getting into Case Management!
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    Outrageous Complaints

    This is why staff are so quickly burned out at the bedside....
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    Float staff having a hard time

    Can't like this enough. One reason I really appreciate my employer's "no-float" policy for new grads and new hires. Float nurses need to be independent, competent, confident staff. The whole idea is that you can plug in and get going. I am usually treated very well when I float. I also don't expect the staff to be best friends with me when I'm there. One practice I do not approve of is when everyone gives their worst patient to the float. Our charge doesn't permit that. But if I couldn't prime IV tubing, they'd be right to side-eye me.
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    New nurse staying way past 9:30 pm on day shift

    9 patients at once is way too much. That said, when giving meds, get your "quick" passes out of the way first. That way they aren't delayed for passes that will take longer (the ones where patients have 20 medications).
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    Questionable Behavior: Reports and Write Ups

    The last time I "reported" someone, (trying to get a policy changed, nothing against the person) I severely, severely regretted it. It backfired tremendously. No good came of it and looking back on it wasn't a safety issue or even a major issue. Now with experience I see it was not worth making waves about. If there is any chance you can directly deal with this person, do it. Just say "I notice you made [this statement] and to be honest with you, it made me uncomfortable."
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    How did you know when your specialty was THE one

    I have been in the same job for 3 years as a nurse so I can only speak to that. I had various tech jobs. In my current position we take ICU stepdown and move them quickly to the floor to make beds for other patients. It is very hectic. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be in something a little bit calmer or slower, but I'm not sure.