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  1. Neuro ICU to Nursery?

    Neuro ICU to Nursery - interview advice? Hi guys! I’m a neuro icu nurse with about a year and a half experience with a nursery interview lined up next week. I did say something slightly off color on the phone and I think I may have messed up my chanc...
  2. Finding a job in or near SF?

    Thank you both for your input. I'll try applying to a wide range of locations in California to increase the likelihood of working there as to get my foot in the door (but I will go ahead and apply for new grad programs at locations like UCSF and Sta...
  3. I struggle w/ studying for Gerontology semi-urgent

    I'm a bit surprised y'all are taking gero in 1st semester! For my gero class, I focused on thinking through how the aging process affects the nursing care that is being given. Also important: things like physical assessment changes, medication diffe...
  4. Weight-based dosing question

    Thank you both for your responses! The patient wasn't fluid overloaded, but was obese. I'll discuss this further with my instructor and nurses at the facility to see if there's a protocol for dosage calculations of obese patients.
  5. Weight-based dosing question

    Hey guys - quick question. Is there ever a reason to use a weight other than the patient's actual weight in weight based dosing? Last week, I was calculating some drips, and I noticed that none of my calculations matched the MAR. After closer examin...
  6. Finding a job in or near SF?

    ***very long, whiny post ahead*** Hey, people of allnurses. I'll be graduating in May 2018, and I'm in a bit of a pickle right now. Currently, I am attending school in my home state (TN), and I really want to get a job in San Francisco - only becaus...
  7. The group I'm graduating with is full of people who are complete, uh, words I can't say on this website. Lots of catty, petty, drama queens (and kings). We learn to take care of our patients, but we're failing to take care of each other.
  8. D/C Foley when patient is sitting?

    I've actually d/c'd a Foley when someone was sitting in a chair, but I would generally advise against it (especially if it is against policy!!!). It's a bit messier and more difficult to clean a pt in that position. Also, if you can avoid it, please...
  9. How do you deal with the conflict in nursing school?

    I feel your pain! I graduate in May and I'm surrounded by those types of people. I also have dealt with actual nurses like her in the hospital setting - some were rude to the point I wanted to run and hide in the linen closet whenever they were prese...
  10. Girl in my cohort is cheating

    Oh gosh. First - set boundaries. If she's asking personal questions, tell her you don't feel comfortable sharing that much information. Also, since when is it a thing for strangers to try to control other stranger's lives (RE: the permit) like that? ...
  11. Is this a fair way to fail a student?

    As others have said, you're at the mercy of your school. Are there other students in the same situation? Forward your school e-mail to your phone so you don't miss anything - so even if you are caught off guard, you have a better chance to do someth...
  12. Clinical instructor feels I'm not competent?

    I'm a fellow nursing student and I know how nerve-wracking it can be - especially if you feel intimidated and anxious. I *personally* do not feel that your instructor's comments were tactful at all. That being said, you will need to work on (at leas...
  13. How do you respond to competitive peers?

    I'd say you're on the right track as far as not giving specifics with grades. Also, try to gravitate towards peers who don't see you as another person to one-up. As a current nursing student, it really saddens me to see this sort of behavior from o...
  14. Not a CNA, LPN, CMA, etc.

    I'm in nursing school and I wasn't a CNA before. It's been tough for me - but only because I have anxiety and struggle to talk to people. I'd say it's really good for developing patient communication skills, but not an absolute necessity. Also, I hi...
  15. I try to, but it never ends up that way - not before lecture, anyways! I do learn the best from reading textbooks and taking notes, though - if the textbook explains the content well! If this is the case, I usually skim, then focus on the nursing c...