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    Death of a Dream

    I wonder what is the point of this article? The ever-so-dramatic title of "Death of a Dream" - people have shown you ways to make things work *if* you really want to....However, you have an excuse a minute of why those suggestions won't work for you and insist you are just fine with your current situation. Are you just trying to get some sort of validation, pat on the back, or pity? So you have to wait to go to school a few years - so do a lot of people. I don't get the "woe is me" mentality. There's just no point in writing an ARTICLE like this if you aren't really trying to get suggestions to change your situation.
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    Engagement Ring help!

    Diamond jewelry has an enormous markup in stores....We were too broke in the beginning to splurge on an expensive ring and I was fine with waiting a few years. We found my ring set at an estate sale. 2-3/4 carat platinum for 2K....original paperwork it cost 26K. Some people might have hangups with a "used" ring though, but I could care less. I would rather buy something used that is one of a kind than some run of the mill item. I leave it at home for more reasons than one. I lost a small diamond out of mine while doing laundry at home one day. If I had been at work, it would have probably never been found. I wouldn't ever be comfortable having it on a chain or safety pin. It could get lost that way too. I've also had catty people at work that, once they saw my ring, obviously had some issues. I've had people go "wow, your ring is huge!"...It made me feel uncomfortable at times.
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    Doctors want Dr. Oz off Columbia medical faculty

    THIS!!! I couldn't have said it better myself!
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    Nurses against Narcotic Abuse

    I'm on board with you and completely agree prescription pain medications are a huge health threat, in addition to many other prescription medications. When I was working, I got increasingly tired of being a part of a health care system seemingly run by pharmaceutical companies and physicians who would rather treat symptoms rather than illness. To those who have already responded, I had no idea about any of those non-pharmacological pain techniques mentioned. You nurses have done your homework and that is commended considering little is touched on during school or in work environments. I've never seen a set of protocols to be followed to help patients alleviate their pain naturally before the administration of prn pain medications. Even if there were, most nurses do not have time to sit with a patient long enough to guide them through their pain relief naturally. I have only heard of one physician brought to justice due to reckless prescribing of pain medications. I'm sure there are more, but I haven't done any research. It was the pharmacies that raised the flags on this particular physician. Some details of the case can be found here. I think there should be more investigations on physician prescriptions and if enough of them are busted, perhaps it will cause some others to re-think their practices. But, it's all about the mighty dollar $$ This is a sticky subject, but medical marijuana has been shown to be very effective for chronic pain and to augment the effects of opiates, yet many pain clinic doctors regularly speak out against its medical legalization. Note, "medical legalization", not even recreational. Talk about a conflict of interest. If there was a way for pharmaceutical companies to be able to monopolize on medical marijuana products, it would probably be legal in a heartbeat and rescheduled from a schedule I substance. Again, follow the $$$. Lastly, it was also mentioned about nurses scope of practice being limited by physician orders. This is another issue that would have to be dealt with. More education of nurses in the field of natural remedies and even certifications might start to bring about change to the scope of practice. There are a lot of roadblocks to real reform.
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    For AAA patients

    Yes, thank you for the correction....My grandma had an inoperable AAA so we knew it was coming. Her last CT had shown 8cm....In the few days leading up to it, she started vomiting coffee grounds and felt very sick. Once it dissected/ruptured, she screamed in pain, got pain meds on board and it still took over 3 hours for her to actually pass. I was surprised it took that long - I was expecting quick because that almost always seems to be the case.
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    For AAA patients

    A ruptured AAA can cause excruciating pain and someone can take up to a few hours before they actually die. If not done already, I would make sure you guys already have orders for comfort measures for immediate use once it happens.
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    Death of a Dream

    Oh honey, don't assume. I was a widow and single mom for 5 years while putting myself through my LPN program, during which I met my husband now. I lived 300 miles away from any family and since I had a bachelor's in another field prior to my LPN program, I was ineligible for financial aid and paid my tuition out of pocket. I worked as a PCT in the hospital at nights with a college student staying at my house while my son slept. It was a great gig for her too because she made a little money while getting to study and sleep. I went to school 4 days a week, most of the time after up working all night to return home, get my son off to school and attend class and clinical all day. I was home when he got home from kindergarten, we ate dinner together, took a bath and then I left around his bedtime. When there is a will, there is a way! If you truly wanted advice, there are a lot of true single parents on here who have made school/kids/work happen that would be a wealth of information for you in order to help you try to solve your problem.
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    Death of a Dream

    You brought up details about your family, so of course people are going to comment...I once had a family living in a rental house that never paid their rent on time. I listened to the sob stories for months and the wife said she only made $150 a week working full-time for her dad. I told her maybe she should consider finding another job and she jumped down my throat. Yep, they were evicted shortly after that. You've had a lot of people giving advice about your husband finding another job, because obviously the situation isn't working for you guys all that well. Your posts have a trend with: "I want" "I don't want" "I can't" "he wants" "He can't" I am starting to wonder why you made your original post since it seems you have made up your mind that it can't happen.
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    UPS Drivers make HOW much????

    Nurses are underpaid - yes. I will never understand though why there are always so many threads not understanding why other fields like ---INSERT OTHER CAREER HERE --- could possibly get paid more than nurses along with some justification on why ---OTHER CAREER--- don't have to do all the things nurses do.
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    Death of a Dream

    I don't understand how he is a crew leader at his job, yet only making $1000 a month.....and he's gone weeks at a time. Anyways, my plans to become an RN after LPN school didn't work out how I wanted until recently when I got accepted to a bridge program. My family commitments took precedence over my desires for that last 5 years. And you know what? I am not going to the bridge program. I learned in the last few years of "waiting" that I would rather be in allied health - I prefer the science and diagnostic end of things more than holistic patient care. Some people would probably think I'm crazy and shooting myself in the foot, but we don't need my income and I'm not going to invest a single penny more into something I'm not sure about. If you can't find a job as an LPN, you could always try to search for jobs in other areas and you never know, you may find you love something else more. You should be able to easily get grants that would practically pay 100% for you to attend online classes, you can take every single science pre-req online, you don't have to do those hybrid programs. You seem determined, yet are coming up with reasons why you can't do this or that..you are defeating yourself at every angle.
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    Neuro/EEG/Sleep Techs

    Thank you for your reply!
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    Confused guy seeking help

    Radiation therapy is dead in my area for job prospects. Have you thought about radiography or sonography? Radiography is an associates, but with your bachelor's, it would make you a nice candidate down the road as a lead tech or something maybe.
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    Neuro/EEG/Sleep Techs

    Is anyone on here an EEG tech? Is this a good field to get into right now? Do you like your job? I asked this question on the Neuro Nursing forum, but it doesn't seem to be too busy. Pay wise how does it compare to an RN in your area? Thank you in advance!
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    The Official I Hate School Thread

    A thunder shirt worked wonders for my in-laws dog, especially on 4th of July.
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    Convicted of murder as a teen and now a nurse

    Again, 11 pages and nobody has said with 100% certainty that the person with a nursing license is actually proven to be the same girl and not just someone else with the same name? Best I can tell, one website said that only 1 person in the US has that name, but those sites are not totally accurate.
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    Time off

    You could work PRN and be able to schedule as much time off as you need depending on how many shifts per quarter your facility requires.