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    Texas Board of Nursing-discrepancy- help need advice!!!!!!

    The school mispelled her name and it's her fault that how the school spelled it doesn't match the legal documents? My name is commonly mispelled, should I go change all my legal documents to reflect that? I guess your "truth" is different than mine
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    Texas Board of Nursing-discrepancy- help need advice!!!!!!

    She just got accepted into a program and she's waited too long to fix it right away? Good lord why can't people be nice here. OP - I'd give it a couple days and follow up with the school and see if they've been able to get a hold of anyone and what the progress is. I'm sorry this happened to you
  3. Make yourself invaluable to the nurses and nurses aides. Answer every call light, bust your butt, do your assignments away from the nurses station (ie, DO NOT sit at their computers). Don't hover, spend time with the patients as they can be lonely and will be happier to have someone to talk to. The more you show you're willing to do, the more the nurses will bring you in to show you. Also, the busier you are the less your instructor can see you to pick you out (I used that tactic for a particular instructor, worked like a charm, I was the only one she never berated because I was always in a room). Also, show confidence even if you dno't have it right now. I was one of the only students in my cohort that was never fired from a patient because I exuded confidence but was never afraid to say "I don't know, but let me find out". Also, enjoy this time...
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    Nursing school is making me fat

    When I was in school, I had the same issue. I wrote out a 4 week menu and rotated. I did shopping every 2 weeks (I had clinicals on weekends) and made/prepped meals for the week ahead. AS a previous poster noted, weight control is 80/20, with 80 being nutrition so get a plan that works for you
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    Denver Nurses pay

    Nurses with 2 years experience are starting at $27 in CO Springs... I'm sure denver is close to that... Supply and demand
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    New Graduate Nurse

    There are a ton of threads on this topic, do a search for maybe some more info. Unfortunately, there is no nursing shortage so new grads finding jobs is difficult. I graduated almost 2 years ago and moved out of the area to get my job experience... turns out I really like where I moved so am staying ehre longer :) win/win
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    What does your countdown look like?

    Here's mine: 42 days until graduation 33 days until the pinning ceremony 6 more clinicals 4 more papers 2 more exams 1 NCLEX-RN (because I have to be confident, right!?)
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    New Grad in LTC - Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

    You and your supervisor contacted the MD, what else did the DON want you to do? I would possibly ask that if he mentions the watching you comment again. Get more clarification and don't sign anything until you have that clarification Noone can tell you what to do. If you generally like your job then I'd stay. The grass is not always greener
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    What kind of a job did you have while in nursing school?

    I worked 40+ hours/week at a desk job... saved up PTO and used it for clinicals
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    Avoiding patients hitting on you

    You're very likely going to get hit on and you're going to have to find a way, your own way, to deal with it. You're young so you will probably get A LOT of practice, LOL... learn to keep good boundaries, learn how to act like a professional, don't give any openings, don't respond in any ambiguous ways... be blunt a purity ring won't likely make a bit of difference, but if it gives you confidence then that's great
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    What can you tolerate the least?

    This is odd for me coming from a psych background, but I just can't deal with borderline patients or patients with borderline traits. Not enough nurses/aides know how to deal with the "splitting" that they do with staff and it drives me batty. I try to warn them/tell them what will happen but they're so medically focused that they don't get it... luckily some of my charges get it
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    How well do you deal with vomit

    I didn't deal well with vomit before becoming a nurse. In 4 months of nursing, I'm starting to become less bothered by it. Last night a patient vomited in the sink and I had the distinct pleasure of cleaning the chunks out to drain the sink. In the past, I would have likely needed a good upchuck ofmy own for this, but I managed quite well if I do say so myself, LOL I think, for the most part, people don't just vomit for no reason. They're post-op, on narcs, GI issues (outside of poisoning/viruses), etc...
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    Do you find your previous degree was of any help in nursing

    they didn't so much look at my previous *degree* but how I used that, ie my experience. I was a social work case manager and worked in the medical field helping disabled individuals be successful in the least restrictive environment. My new director was very interested in how my case management experience would impact my nursing practice, it was a big topic of discussion during my first interview.
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    What is the nurse-patient ratio where you work?

    4:1 except we have 2 non-tele pods and those can be 6:1 at night if the population isn't too heavy I should add that this is only our unit... we have 3 floors on the hospital and I don't know how other units operate
  15. You make an awful lot of sweeping generalities about new grad nurses... Perhaps you need to look within your self and your own biases before writing a post like this. Just because you couldn't start in a hospital doesn't mean the entire new grad population can't.
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    Bedside rounding in-front of patients

    We do bedside reporting but I always give a brief synopsis prior to going in. At the bedside I can introduce their new nurse and point out IV's, dressings, settings on machines, how much O2, etc. Sometimes things all run together after a 12 hour shift with little things. I include the patient in the report and always ask them if there is anything they want to add or anything I've forgotten. Sometimes I have and it's great to include the patient. I think it helps with continuity of care, too. We have single/private rooms though so that might make a difference.
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    My First Patient Death

    Although the title is a little deceiving, because I wasn't actually working when she died. I had the cutest old lady come in and I did her intake. Her family was very supportive, very nice and loved her very much. She had been walkie/talkie before coming in and didn't come in for anything that would cause swallowing concerns but when I gave her some water she cleared her throat a bit and when she did this a 2nd time I called the doctor for a speech eval because I was worried she was aspirating or on the verge of doing so. The doctor gave me so much pushback and didn't think it was necessary but I pushed back even harder and got my eval. ST did the eval and put her on nectar thicks and a dysphagia diet. I cared for this lady for a few days. When I got back in 2 days later I saw that her name had been removed from the board, I figured they'd found a place for her to go but the doctor pulled me aside and said she had aspirated and died :/ She told me I'd done everything I could and her family was very appreciative of my care. I also had found out she was DNR so pushed to get that in her chart, "just in case" so she was able to go peacefully when it was decided she wouldn't likely recover. I'm just kind of sad over this. She wasn't a long-term patient but her and her family really touched me. Thanks for reading. I just needed an outlet where people would understand
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    Walkie Talkie

    I use it not only for their current state, but how they were previous to how they came in. I had a lady who had come in walkie/talkie for a back surgery, stroked twice and now could barely talk, couldn't stand and had a feeding tube. She was walkie/talkie before she came in, it helped to know her state prior when working with her and her family and understanding why her family was so (seemingly) over involved... because it was a HUGE change for them and this was how they were coping. it was just an easy no-nonsense way of saying how she used to be. People get so uptight about some such simple things.
  19. I'm a new grad new nurse as well... 1) Have someone look over your orders if you're miswriting them. This could be a huge issue. Have someone double check before you finalize them. I did this the first handful of times until I became comfortable. 2) regarding blood sugars (every 15 mins?) does your facility have a hypoglycemia protocol? We have something like (I'm in a hospital so probably a little different) but if under 80, if NPO, administer D50... if they can tolerate PO give so many carbs/drink and test again in 15 mins. Then it goes from there. If you can cite company policy, the family will likely feel more comfortable. When you say "send out" do you mean on like a day pass or when they're being discharged? we have facility wound vacs and then insurances pay for home wound vacs, so are you sending facility wound vacs home with people? For me, things are crazy and hectic but I have to take things one at a time an make sure I do those things correctly. You are doing no one any favors if you do a half-a$$ed job on 100 things but do 50 things well. Prioritize and delegate. For me, that is super important. the whole new nursing thing is so overwhelming so come up with ideas to help you manage each day, each hour, each task. It will get better (so I hear, I'm just now going into my 4th month)
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    1) ADN-BSN or 2) Work?

    I have to be working as part of my RN-BSN program. Personally I would take the job,, they're much harder to come by. you will NOT be doing more work outside your work hours to perfect your craft because you're going to be exhausted. If you can, do both but I'd highly suggest taking the job if offered.
  21. Graduated in Dec '13, NCLEX Jan '14, applied to jobs in undersaturated areas and was hired in Feb '14, moved and started working March 10th.
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    Calling All First Year Med-Surg RN's!

    I'm in my 4th month on a meg/surg floor. I moved quite a distance to take this job since my location was oversaturated with new grads and I'm so happy to say that I LOVE the people I work with. Nursing is really hard and there are days I only sit to pee but I'm glad I found such an amazing place to get my feet wet and learn. I've learned so freaking much in such a short time. our director is incredibly supportive of new nurses and the nurses I work with are always willing to help out, answer questions and just be good people. The charge nurses are always availale to help out (well, maybe not always but they'll bust their butt to get to you as soon as possible) I'm on rotating 12's so do some nights and some days. Glad for the break from both (both have redeeming qualities but I need a break from both as well!). Things are all rainbows and unicorns, sometimes I get a heavy feeling in my chest just not wanting to go in at all because Id on't know what I'll encounter but once I'm in the swing of things it gets better. I hear so many bad things about nursing and I can see some of that but for the most part, I'm incredibly grateful I found the place I work
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    Just a bad shift...

    Oh man... My last 3/4 shifts were non-stop for a solid 12 hours but I'm so grateful I have a supportive charge nurse and UAP who are very helpful. I've come to realize I've found a fantastic place to work
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    Good paying job while in first semester

    I had this problem and used my PTO instead and it worked out fine... is that something you can do, too?
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    Help newbie switched to nights and a mess!

    to be honest, it sounds like you just had a bad start at nights... Of course there is a little bit different of a rhythm, but for me it's usually a little bit less hectic because I don't have to deal with families, doctors, administration, etc...