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    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 chances a bit (She wants me there super early after my shift and I said we are often short so I may run a bit behind and will call her and give her a heads up as to my ETA which sounded better in my head). :( I don’t think I’ll have time to change into business casual clothes - the interview is 730 AM after a shift. Should I risk running a bit behind and bring interview friendly clothes or just go in scrubs? Additionally, what nursery specific questions do I need to prep for? I’m so nervous. I hate interviews but I hate the unit I work in so much and working in either the nursery or nicu has been my dream since nursing school :( Thanks in advance
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    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 Stanford). If things don't go as planned, then so be it - I understand that I may not get exactly what I want, if I am able to "get" anything at all. Patience is a virtue. :)
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    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 differences (e.g. Beers criteria), nutrition/hydration needs (some of which will be impacted by said physical changes), chronic conditions and so on. Definitely figure out your learning style as Rose_Queen suggested. That will definitely help you better apply the content you are studying. Good luck! :)
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    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.
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    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 examination, I realized the discrepancy was due to the MAR listing using a different recorded weight - as an example, the heparin was dosed for a person weighing 15kg less than my patient. Is there a good reason for this? My initial thought was risk for bleeding, but my patient's aPTT remained non-therapeutically low. Thanks! :)
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    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 because my significant other lives there, and I will be moving there after graduation (hopefully ... ) However, I've done my research and know it's darn near impossible to get a job in that area, sometimes even for experienced nurses. Are there any areas close to SF (or at least accessible via public transit) where I'm more likely to be hired as a new grad? I also don't know what to do about taking the NCLEX. I don't want to sit for a CA license if I'm not going to get a job there, but on the other hand, processing times for licensure endorsement are awful (or so I've heard). Additionally, is there anything I can do to make myself more likely to be hired? I'm the vice president of my school's SNA, I'm an Honors student (3.8 GPA), working on a thesis (I was told by a professor I would be the first nursing student at my school to do so, too), I tutor on the weekends, participate in student research symposiums, had a brief nursing internship, and I am finishing up my minor in philosophy (with an ethics focus) ... but is there anything else that I could list on my resume that might actually stand out to a potential employer? Is anything of what I listed even relevant? Sorry for the long post (and for being a whiny baby), I'm just kind of stressed and confused as to what I need to be doing. Worst case scenario I stay here for longer to gain experience, but my significant other won't move, so... that's really far from ideal. Honestly, any advice is appreciated.
  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.
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    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 don't do stuff like that when someone is trying to enjoy their food.
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    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 present! The best advice has been shared already - ignore her, focus on graduating, passing NCLEX, and getting a job. People like her usually get what's coming to them... eventually. :) Good luck - you're almost at the finish line!
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    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? Creepy. That's a red flag. Now, with regard to the cheating thing ... I would advise that you avoid studying with her or with students that cheat - it's possible for you to also get in trouble. Reporting it is your call to make, but know that you *could* get in trouble as well (depending on your school's policy).
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    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 something about it. I know a lot of my classmates don't have their e-mail connected to their phone, and well ... they miss a LOT of important notices and deadline changes.
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    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 least) appearing confident. Patients can and will get scared if you look and sound like you don't know what you're doing (I had that happen once during my med-surg clinical). Practice these tasks in your head - not just the administration of the shot itself, but what you will say to the patient and how you will say it. Prepare for questions - including questions you may not immediately be able to answer. Additionally, talk to your instructor and ask specifically what they expect from you and how you can meet those expectations throughout the duration of your clinical. Good luck! :)
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    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 others. We should strive for excellence for ourselves and our patients - not for the sake of putting others down.
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    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 highly recommend trying to obtain a nursing intern/extern position before you finish nursing school. Clinicals are nice and all, but an internship where you follow a nurse and their schedule will teach you a lot (I'm currently an intern for the summer).
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    Did you read all of the assigned readings in nursing school ?

    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 considerations - what will the RN need to do given x or y situation/medication/findings? This has worked quite well for most courses thus far. :)
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    "Nursing of the Childbearing Family" Clinical

    OB clinical has been my favorite! If you're going to get a head start, I would recommend starting with care of the laboring patient, postpartum assessment, and newborn assessment. Knowing what's expected in these patient populations is important - then you can learn about unexpected findings, when to be concerned, etc. Good luck! :)
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