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  1. marienm, RN, CCRN

    I think I'm tapping out...I hate nursing :(

    This opinion may not be popular or may not resonate with you, but I think it's okay to be a nurse and not be passionate about it. (This topic has been well-discussed in other posts, in fact!) It feels antithetical to the academic perspective that (I feel) overemphasizes passion and deemphasizes things like a reasonable salary and good health benefits. Am I telling you to suck it up and be a nurse even though it doesn't ring all your bells? No, you're in charge of your own life! I am saying that it's okay to work - and I do mean *work* and try hard to do well - at a job that is, fundamentally, just a job and a means to an end (which could be paying down some debt, or saving for a vacation, or getting family health coverage, or whatever). If you require passion from your job and can't see it any other way, can you identify areas of nursing that spark that passion? Refugee health, mother-baby care, HIV prevention, working with the chronically disabled, etc? Some of these niche jobs might require some acute-care experience first, but honestly some of these are probably less-desired or lower-paying and might be open to new grads? If caring for refugees is your passion, would you be willing to do it in an after-hours busy clinic? Would that feel like an acceptable tradeoff? Good luck with your decision! It's okay to acknowledge that something isn't what you thought it would be.
  2. marienm, RN, CCRN

    Cardioversion without ECG leads

    This is not my primary area of expertise, but if you wanted a synchronized cardioversion you would need the ECG leads *from the defibrillator* on the patient. (The bedside monitor might help you make a decision about initiating cardioversion, but it won't allow the defibrillator to sync.) Wuzzie (above) is right to point out that some pads incorporate a 3-wire ECG.
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