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nursel56 has 25+ years experience and specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty.

LVN - 1976. Started RN school 1984. Left nursing never to return in '87. Working in private duty nursing since 2004. Now halfway to the pasture.

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    You Don’t Know How to Argue

    Great article, SafetyNurse1968! I also took Philosophy 101 in college, thinking we'd be studying Aristotle and Descartes or something like that but I hung in there anyway. One of the most valuable classes I ever took. I do admit I still respond emotionally sometimes. I can still be baited by a troll, but I'm getting better, and that's good enough for me. As to facebook, I do have a facebook page. I never talk about nursing or politics. I'm there because there are about 25 people from my high school I've reconnected with. It's all grandchildren, puppies, gardens and vacations. (usually theirs, LOL)
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    My baby Roxy

    I'm so sorry. I wish there was a way to zap hurtful comments like that before they exit the idiot's mouth. Try to ignore it. (hugs)
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    Self doubt

    Hi Kassandra! Glad you decided to post here! Jared wrote a great post. I just want to add that from what you are saying, both of the jobs you've accepted as a new nurse are extremely challenging, and jobs in which you have every right to expect as thorough an orientation as any new nurse, LPN or RN. I do understand that in today's job market we don't always get the support, the preceptors, the classroom orientation and other factors that create the foundation for success in your first nursing job. Nevertheless, I would strongly encourage you to take control in your own mind what you absolutely require before you switch jobs again, and realize that in the two instances you mention self-blame is certainly the wrong mindset. It might be very helpful for you to look over our forums for new grads, as well as the First Year After Licensure Forum here: https://allnurses.com/first-year-after-licensure-c141/ I'm sure you'll come across many posts expressing concerns similar to yours. You are definitely not alone in your doubts. All the best to you!
  4. Isn't a board-certified dermatologist calling themselves "Dr. Pimple Popper" kind of like a nurse calling themselves "Nurse Bedpan"? Her nickname is not exactly respectful. Having worked in dermatology I know they take care of very complicated diseases, not to mention their status as the go-to person for every mystery rash that ever walked in our clinic.
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    Farewell Esme - In Loving Memory

    Dear Allyson and all of those who knew and love Kristi. She was the most generous person I know online or offline. I say that because no matter what was going on with her health and other stresses she endured, she never turned away when I relied on her during my first year as a guide, It was if she had all the time in the world. I still have those messages she sent to me and will cherish them always. Her posts about her beloved dog were sweet, but more than that they were funny. Thank you and rest in peace, Kristi.
  6. I went back and looked at your posts in this thread and you never said anything about censorship coming from trump.
  7. The only thing I'm shocked about is you keep saying Trump is censored when he isn't.
  8. They didn't silence or censor anything. The link they added to the tweet has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with the integrity of elections. They took the same approach to misinformation on COVID19.
  9. Deep down inside, the fact that so many people are not only OK with that, but actually champion that behavior, and that a number of clergy openly do the same, makes me fear for the future of our country, toomuchbaloney.
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    Does Trump have Covid?

    He said he didn't have it, I think around the same time he said he was taking the hydroxychloroquinine to prevent the infection. I guess I'm still confused as to whether this is a treatment or a prophylactic measure, just generally speaking it seems like an important distinction. The puzzling thing though is his doctor Sean Conley, DO stated that: Trump also said that he is taking zinc, and that he has taken an initial dose of azithromycin, or Z-Pak. Why? πŸ€”
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    HELLLLLLLOOOOO, Retirement !

    @Davey Do I've been trying to determine all the twists and turns in all of this, as lately I haven't been delving as deep into the threads, but the emerging picture has caused me to feel-- a "dump truck" load of mixed emotions! Oh no, I hate that! I imagine living through it is that times exponentially more. It sounds like you were treated like crap more than once and that makes me sad. 41 years and that is just not right. Not uncommon these days, but I suppose each phase of a long career can contain a unique trauma no less painful than the student's, "oh my god what if I kill a patient?" So now I'll retreat to a safer zone and respond to the first post here. The idea of an endpoint to my career seems too final at present even though my options employment-wise are pretty slim-- I'm still forking over the exorbitant license fees. Perhaps my miserly nature will tip the scales, who knows? I was thinking of putting "halfway to the pasture" on my profile, and that's about it! πŸ’•
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    Chewing Gum

    I don't think we should have a strictly hard and fast rule about reviving old threads. Some of them are real of gems of entertainment, and information. I was a little disappointed this is not the 2010 thread that included the warning that gum-chewing nurses run the risk of leaning over their patient and having their gum fall out of their mouth presumably onto their patient's abdomen, followed by the drooling of excess saliva onto same.
  13. Praying for friends, family and all who's life was touched by Dr. Breen. What an unimaginable loss.
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    Home health nurse working as a maid?

    Oh, my. I want to laugh, I want to cry, I want to say nobody really gets the soul of private duty nursing unless they've seen it for themselves. Stories? I've got a million of 'em-- but most are so bizarre and unique I fear the HIPAA monster might come looking for me. That time my patient lost a contact lens and ordered me to find it and drop it in the water used to clear the suction tubing because oops forgot my contact lens paraphernalia. . .😲 I feel exactly like you do with the other things you mentioned. The fraud, the dishonest caregiver/family member racket, etc. Even when I deliberately try to focus on those people who truly need us I can't banish it completely.
  15. Hey RubyJuly2020. We all have those "what have I gotten myself into moments?". I think what you are visualizing as competition is not competition. Whether half your cohort are now working in OB or not, a lot of nursing students say they want OB or peds, and run like the wind when they find out "I just love babies" is very complex and entails a steep learning curve. Likewise, the nurse who applied for OB several times in the last 10 years and wasn't hired is not your competition. You see an excellent nurse, they may have seen something else. You were lucky to have your friend's mom be so generous about sharing her experiences, the tour, etc. I remember I had to "shadow" a nurse during a high school career program, and really had the luck of the draw with the nurse I was assigned to. Her personality was similar to what you described. I always thought wherever I end up, I want to be "that nurse". It's helped me navigate the rough patches. Best wishes for success on the NCLEX!
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    Pt's wife just snapped at me

    Sometimes they're only temporarily crazy. I recall an incident that occurred with a patient's mother. I had been working there for a quite a while, gotten along fine. For reasons I still don't know, she started to rant about useless nurses who refuse to scrub the kitchen floor, and how we're lazy and think we're all that. The thing is, it had been explained over and over what skilled nursing vs caregiver hours are for. As she seemed to be ranting about nurses in general, and I was the one who happened to be there at that time. It only happened once, though. I tried not to take it too personally, but yeah it was upsetting to hear.

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