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    2019 UPENN BSN/MSN

    Is this for BSN or MSN students? I haven't heard about it.
  2. I disagree. Loan forgiveness is set up to attract people into needed professions or locations. Teach nursing school and get 85% of your loan forgiven, for example. Choosing the loan that offers forgiveness is fiscally smart, not theft.
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    Thoughts on vegetarian/ vegan diet

    If you are a nurse working in the community you need to be able to do some nutrition education. I'm comfortable with the basics of teaching diet for stable people in the community. I would never recommend a vegan diet, because that's not what the CDC recommends. But if my patient is already a vegan I am comfortable teaching them about how to get their macro and micronutrients from vegan food. I took nutrition and health promotion as part of my nursing education.
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    Is $85k worth it for BSN program with no guarantee acceptance?

    At 38 yrs old I went to an accelerated BSN program and borrowed around 26K. But I had a BA from 1999. I'm not going to tell you what to do, but I will say that paying the 26K off, along with my outstanding loans from the first degree is a real pain in the ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. I do it and it's not killing me, but I do not want to add any more. I am starting NP school in May and I plan to get a job at the affiliated hospital so I can go for free. Nothing wrong with thinking about your NP goals now. PM me anytime.
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    Anyone else regret becoming a nurse?

    I think it would be a waste of money and time to get an MA certificate. There is nothing they do that you don't already know as a nurse. Nursing is a very broad field. You just got your bsn. You can't possibly have worked in every environment in just 5 years. Have you tried home health? Working for an insurance company? Case management? Telephone triage? Utilization review? Occupational health? School nursing? Public health clinic? There's more to explore before you throw in the towel.
  6. Sounds like my first nursing job. I went to an ACT team and love it. Now I am moving on again to get my psych NP. Go ahead and start applying for other specialties that interest you. Also look outside the hospital environment, which is often toxic. If you have your bsn, check out nurse family partnership, since you are interested in psych and OB. Also consider corrections. PM me anytime.
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    Older Doctor doesn't think nurses should be in charge

    I want to revise this, because telling the doc you need haldol is not really a problem. There was other stuff that was really bad where I worked. From a bully nurse manager who ran over the docs. Just over the top stuff. But I don't feel like I can say it here. Anyway, suffice it to say that there are nurse bullies, doctor bullies, social worker bullies, patient bullies. It takes confidence and skill to make your point without being dismissive or servile. And not everyone has it.
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    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    If I had known that this was possible, I would not have become a nurse. In nursing school we went over a case, where the nurse gave a med by the wrong route, which ended up in the patient's death. Not only did she not get falsely charged with murder, but she kept her license, she kept her job, and became a champion of prevention in the hospital.
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    Older Doctor doesn't think nurses should be in charge

    I have seen both problems. I have seen RNs (at the direction of the nurse manager) boss physicians (and NPs) unfairly. And I have seen physicians (and one particular NP from a direct entry school) mistreat RNs. Some people truly don't understand the difference between listening and obeying. Physicians should always listen to nursing staff, but that does not mean obey, necessarily. The doc has over a hundred patients. The nurse has far less. The nurse knows what's going on with her patient and is trained to report her concerns. A doc who is irritated by the data he gets just because it came from the nurse is failing to work in the best interest of the patient and also wasting time. But when nurses ask docs to do their bidding without taking the time to explain why or skip pass the assessment data (I need a haldol order vs. Patient is agitated and responding to internal stimuli, per history haldol has worked in the past) they are not respecting the liability that the doc is taking on and the doc's role. And I agree with the previous poster that we ought to respect each other's expertise on the team.
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    Do not understand scheduling issue

    Doc has a poor bedside manner and needs help getting her own patients so they are routing your patients to her, because you have a good bedside manner and lots of patients want to see you. If I were you I would be generous about this. You're salaried, so days you work with this doc are easier, but you are still paid the same. Seems like a win. If patients complain, direct them to management. I would enjoy my light days with doc. Bring a book. Go online and get stuff done. As long as I was otherwise happy, this would not be a reason to leave. The fact that doc needs you to get patients is a plus and shows you are important to developing customer satisfaction. I don't think this means they will let you go. I think it means the opposite.
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    Do you miss bedside nursing?

    I don't miss working in the hospital. At all.
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    Extreme nurse burn out need help please

    I recommend that you don't go back to work there. I agree that this is a workmen's comp situation. Also, please call OSHA and make a report about the workplace violence you suffered. I'm very sorry for what you have been through. It is NOT your fault.
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    Took My NCLEX yesterday 75 Questions - Help?

    I felt the same exact way when I passed in 75. The questions were hard and I wasn't confident. But I did it.
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    questionable IM injection

    Viscous = dense and thick liquid.
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    Non important documentation

    I refuse to double chart anything. If I need to make a separate report on something it's going to reference my original documentation only.