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    Help with SATA

    Look at the question and then treat each choice as a true/false question. Hope that makes sense.
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    Longer commute for less pay. Worth it?

    If you are taking the same pay cut I would stay at current company and avoid the commute. My time is valuable and if it means an extra 3 hours on the road I wouldn't do it. That's also extra gas and wear and tear on your vehicle. If youre unhappy in offered position, then you could start looking for something else.
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    Off orientation--scared

    In case anyone has been following my story. Thought I'd post an update. I have been working as a nurse for about 4 1/2 months now. Off orientation for about 10weeks. All of a sudden, last week it dawned on me that i was starting to get it. I am learning better prioritization and time management. I had two different patients recently who needed blood at the same time and my coworkers were complimentary about how well I handled (their words) "an unfair assignment". I have been the blood queen lately. Another patient who was to receive blood I was the one who caught a mislabeling of the blood product and refused to give it until it was straightened out. Even though the nurse who was checking the blood with me thought it would be fine. Things are coming together. Anyone out there feeling anxious, lost, depressed-- it's normal. When they say it gets better after 6 months to a year, I am finally starting to believe it. Hang in there all of you new grads. Learn as much as you can and ask as many questions as you need to be a safe practicing nurse. We can all do this. One day at a time!
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    cuff pressure for trach

    If you plug the teach without deflating the cuff your patient will not be able to breathe. When the cuff is inflated air moves in and out through the teach. When the cuff is deflated air moves up and down through the mouth/nose.
  5. The above poster is correct. Bully's are everywhere. I also think it can be a department or facility specific behavior. Leadership goes along way. If leadership allows that kind of behavior from its employees or actually behaves that way, bullying seems to become "the norm." Toxicity breeds toxicity. It is not specialty specific.
  6. The crying and and anxiety are normal. Look around these boards. Especially the first year after licensure board. I have been going through the whole crying and anxiety thing. I am now 4 months in and the fear has slowly subsided. One of my good friends from nursing school is going through it. It is scary just starting. You have only given it three weeks. Maybe consider postponing school for 3-6 months till you get more comfortable and see how your body reacts to nights.
  7. I did clinicals at a hospital last year that had a nurse who wore her cap, but none of the other garb. Regular scrubs. Just the cap.
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    quitting school, pls help.

    Have you spoke to an academic or guidance counselor? They may be able to help you.
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    I am starting to get depressed

    Oh my I know how you are feeling. I too, am a new grad. I have been with my job for 4 months. Probably about 8 weeks on my own now. Things were feeling ok while I was still on orientation, I felt somewhat comforted by the fact I still had the safety net of my preceptor. And then I was let loose on my own and I was terrified. Lots of anxiety and tears both at work and at home. I am not sure if it was the job or a multitude of other personal stressors I have experienced over the past year or a culmination of it all , but I finally talked to my dr and started a low dose ssri. Things are improving. I am getting into the groove of my own nursing style and time management. Each shift things still come up that I don't know how to deal with, but I suck it up and ask for help when it is needed. I try to reflect on my way home from each shift about what went well and what I should do differently next time. I have been told that everyone goes through this and the only way to get through it is to go through it. It sucks, but I am starting to believe it. Things are getting a little better. Good luck to you.
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    Off orientation--scared

    Thanks ruby vee. I know that I have to go through it. And everyone does. I just want it to be over. I do need some tough love. Someone to snap me out of it and tell me to "suck it up buttercup." I assume every new nurse feels very similar, but it still feels so lonely. Each shift I have something new comes up, but last night I decided to take the attitude of 'next time I'll know what to do.' Thanks for for the support :)
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    Off orientation--scared

    Here it is six weeks later and I am still struggling. I just can't seem to stop myself from being so hard on myself. I had a good week and thought things were starting to fall into place. And then the last shift I worked all heck broke loose. I couldn't keep up. I know it has only been three months since I started, but I am starting to lose faith in my abilities. I have had 5 days off and I just can't stop thinking about how awful it was and how scared I am to go back. The depression that so many speak of on these boards is so real. I work third shift and my schedule is a bit unpredictable. On a night, off a night on a night. Then maybe on two nights. I think my body needs a little more consistency. I have a meeting set up with my manager on Monday to hopefully make my schedule a little better. Hoping that helps. To anyone else out there feeling similar know that you are not alone. I know this would probably be better off in the first year after licensure forum if anyone wants to move it.
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    What is your work routine?

    During my initial assessment I talk to the patient and find out things out that way. Later on, as I am charting or if I have a question I will review notes, labs etc. Sometimes I might check labs quickly prior to med pass if I am verifying a potassium or dig level or inr or whatever before giving those meds. It's definitely not like in school where you have the luxury to poor through every aspect of the chart. Of course I am also not having to write a ten page care plan with outcomes and interventions either. You will find your own routine. I am still a new nurse and fine tuning my routine every shift I work.
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    New grad in the float pool?!

    Most float pool positions in my area want experienced RN's. They don't want to have to teach you how to be a nurse. Just orient you to the unit and let you fly. I am a new grad too and I am just one month off of my orientation and am still learning new things each and every shift. Things that just don't get covered in nursing school. I would approach this cautiously, I wonder if they are desperate for bodies in the float pool.
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    Forced to get flu shot or wear a mask

    Better than the option of get the shot or voluntarily terminate your position.
  15. Hi-have been working in an ltach for almost three months now. First job out of school. Would love to hear about others experiences in this specialty. I know there must be others out there working in ltach, but this seems like a pretty quiet forum. Any other 'ltachers' out there that would like to connect or share stories?
  16. I have nothing regarding the professor. Sounds pretty over the top. Could you make soup at home and bring it in a thermos or whatever other hot dish you prefer?