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WanderingNurse45 has 7+ years experience and specializes in Emergency and Neonate.

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    NICU Blog?

    i am a neonate nurse. recently, i've been practicing neonate nursing in level I or level II (depends on the country) neonatal units. Though I don't know if i could share here our guidelines and protocols
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    Is it OK to include a photo with resume or CV?

    at first i disagree with Nurse Beth then this photo situation happened to me. For some reason, i landed on some e-mails regarding my application and i almost didn't got the position because " He looks like he have a solid clinical background but he looks like someone with weak management skills." Fortunately, the bigger boss was focusing on the content of my CV. Lesson learned: Do not put a picture in a CV especially if you have the meek appearance or scary appearance. It is ridiculous but that is reality.
  3. everywhere you go, there will be someone who will be like that- melodramatic. What I observed is this usually originate innately from nurses or from the workplace itself. Some nurses are born this way ;-P. Whatever happened during their childhood or what not, they are just like that. The workplace, especially in your situation, if not busy enough or not challenging enough to distract people, will cause a lot of drama. I too have the same situation. Because there is nothing to do, people are making things "colorful" (unintentionally). They start idle talk that leads to people become upset, people start to scheme things etc. etc. How to avoid the drama? 1. Make sure to be busy. 2. You cannot ignore them but you can avoid them. Hide! 3. If you are the target of drama, identify a proxy. It's just a matter of distracting them. 4. If cornered, smile and nod and reply, " Oh", " Yes" and " That's unfortunate". You don't need to understand what they are saying but pretend you care. bottom line, it is something you have to live with until you retire. The way to cope with this is distraction.
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    Being the Nurse Everyone Wants to Have

    I think you will stand out as a nurse to your patient if you are "caring". Every nurses gives medications, does procedures and whatever-nursing-stuff from the Nursing Funda' book but what will separate you from the "drones" is caring. And when we carry out our task to the patient, we remember that the patient are like us too- people. Example, i had a mother who just lost her child and she was crying hysterically. A colleague (for whatever reason she had) was telling her in a loud and irritated voice, " Please, shut up." because she wanted to debrief/console the mother. I know nurses are afraid to be too emotional and involve with the patient but it is never wrong to empathize with them. It is never wrong to look beyond the disease. One time, I was looking for my nurse. I saw her in a room bottle feeding a baby. I asked her where is the mother and she said: " I let the mother take a shower. It's been days since she got one." Small things like that makes a difference. I mean until know i still remember that nurse.
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    What are your views on male nurses

    to be honest, i joined nursing because of large amount of women in the class. Big mistake. Expectation was totally different from reality. I stayed being a nurse because I want to save lives.
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    Do you think I did something wrong here? Advice?

    moral lesson of the story: 1. ) If you are involved in a situation that is "under investigation", do not disclose anything. If there is no "gag order", assume their is a "gag order". When you start sharing information, especially through facebook, it's a matter of time before the Management will rain fire on you. 2. ) If unsure, ask! This is your way of protecting the patient and yourself. Most of the time, doing the right things causes trouble to those who are doing the wrong things. It is an inevitable conflict so try to learn to deal with it. I was naive once to believe that the workplace in hospital is caring and nurturing- i mean we take care of people. Right? But apparently, it was brutal as ****. We are no different from other institutions.
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    10 Survival Tips for the Highly Sensitive Nurse

    more than 50% of the nurses are over stimulated. It depends on the workplace. Apparently, each country has their own way of working. Apparently, each bracket in the organization has their own way of working. Apparently, rookies and veterans work differently. Bottom line, not because someone is HSP doesn't mean they are psychologically sick. Also, you cannot just take pills for things like this. It's not like you are having a nervous break down here. But on the flip side, it would be nice if i could inject diazepam to those nurses who are borderline neurotic.
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    What to do after a rough shift?

    fun with the girls? hehe that would be fun. for me, after a rough day and tomorrow is a day off, i take a shower, put my clothes i am willing to ruin or lose and go out in the city and have a night I will not remember tomorrow. If i have a shift the following day, I'll eat ramen.
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    Frustrated and Unsure

    hehe. I took Nursing because of the number of women- terrible idea. Anyway, feeling of helplessness is very common and it really have a huge negative impact to anyone who is used to control things. Usually, I encourage rookies to hold on because there is no turning back for them. For you, I think you have to really think about it NOW- stay or leave. There is no judgement. I'm just saying that the road ahead ain't no walk in the park. There are a lot of things to challenge you in Nursing. Usually, a lot of us-nurses- grow out of it. I myself want to quit every now and then (even now) but I always find myself back in the game and usually stronger. What made me grow out of it and what made me stronger was that I understood what nursing is all about- to take care of people and none can do it better than us. So if you decide to stay, try to exercise this more: think more about the patient. Let their recovery your fulfillment and not if you accomplished your task of the day. Let their satisfaction your happiness and not how you perform for the day.
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    Nurses are not in high demand!

    Great people had help also. Musicians like Mozart and Beethoven didn't became famous by themselves. They had rich patrons who help them. People like Einstein didn't became famous scientist by themselves. Someone recognized their work and these people published it. Basketball players like Michael Jordan had some scouts and managers who landed him to be the greatest basket player. My point is: Asking for help (connection) is not an unusual thing. No one can reach their destination alone. So, my advice is networking. Go to nurse conventions, conference and alumni gatherings. Introduce yourself. Put yourself out. Someone is always looking for someone. True story. A few months back, one of the "big boss" visited my workplace. After work, we had some soiree and as courtesy, I introduced myself. He remembered me from the office and he we had a chat- a mix of personal and professional story- then he said, " I might need a guy with your skillset." Fast forward- I had a terrible hangover the following day- fast forward, I am here in one of the hottest assignments (but difficult as **** but nothing I cannot manage). I became part of the circle. Just an FYI, apparently, the guy checked my track record and asked around about me. My supervisors gave a really good feedback about my work hence it was not difficult for that " big boss" to put me in his department. My work speaks for me. I am sharing this because it is more like you need to market yourself. Remember that it is another "person" who will "bring you up". Do not suck up to your boss by doing things not related to your profession. Do things that is within your profession. Through this, you learn new thing and once you get your break, you know to do stuffs already. To summarize, grow as you market (actively) yourself.
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    10 Survival Tips for the Highly Sensitive Nurse

    Hah! Happy to say I am not a HSP (at least not as much c",) ) Just a friendly tip to everyone who are HSP: Try to keep it to your self. I am not saying suppress it. I am saying that if you are irritated, do not go doing tantrums in the nurse station. Yes, ask for help if needed be but seriously, try not to be the jerk in the shift. How I managed not to be an HSP? 1. Routine! Routine means planned activities for the shift but be flexible because disturbance in routine causes a person to go "off rhythm". So instead of an hourly tasklist, make your tasklist to be "activities that needs to be done in the shift". 2. Music in my head. Yup. I play Panchabel's Canon in my head if I am trying to focus. Sometimes, I play a marching song in my head like " When Johnny comes marching home", " The battle hymn of the republic" and/or "the opening song of game of thrones". 3. Deep breathing and Smile. As we already know, deep breathing relaxes muscles. Smile tricks your brain that you are happy and people are more receptive to a smile. 4. Romanticize your work. Do not be melodramatic but understand the beauty of your work. In NICU-if I am going weary- I look at a picture of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus and chant: The bond must be protected. The baby must be returned to its mother. Sometimes, it helps if we forget about the paycheck and the career. Sometimes it helps when we just only think how we can help people.
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    Nurses are not in high demand!

    First of all, you have to start somewhere as a nurse. All of us here started as a rookie. Something newcomers take for granted are the skills you get from their workplace. If you found a place where you can practice all those skills from your "Fundamental Book of Nursing", you started on the right place. So that when you apply for your next area, you can say in confidence that you have a strong basics when it comes to skills and theoretical knowledge.
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    Peds is NOT easy!

    I hate Peds but here I am now..LOL. If only people knew how hard to insert cannula to 1 month to 9 months? I mean inserting to newborns is much easier because their veins are visible.
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    What do you love and hate about NICU?

    hehe. and it never gets old.
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    What do you love and hate about NICU?

    what I love about NICU is hearing the cry of a newborn baby. It's like the sound of life. what i hate about NICU is hearing no cry from a newborn baby (but breathing). It means busy.