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    Embarassing but true, please advise

    As long as you don't lie about it, most misdemeanor first time offenses in most states won't keep you from getting a license or preclude you from getting a job. Definitely keep trying to contact the Board in your state, just to make sure, and tell the truth on job applications and in interviews. It may hurt you, depending on how the job/NS application market is where you live, but having a DUI once doesn't keep you from becoming an RN in the states that I've lived in. What will get you kicked out of school and/or fired from a job would be them turning your DUI up in a background check if you didn't disclose it on the application. Find out what the laws are in your state, be up front with everyone, and if you get an interview tell them what you learned from the experience and why you are no longer drinking. Good luck!!
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    Taking an unpaid vacation, is it possible?

    On my unit, we are allowed to take vacations without the appropriate PTO to cover them. On many other units it's not allowed - it came up at a staff meeting recently, and may change. You can always ask, but it might not be the best thing to ask in an interview. Also, your math isn't exactly right. You say you need 42 days of vacation to cover 6 weeks - but that would mean you're claiming 7 days a week. If you get 30 x 8 hour days of PTO, divide it by 5, and you have 6 weeks of paid vacation at 40h/wk. If you get 30 x 12h shifts, you can take 10 weeks off. The problem you're more likely to run into isn't lack of PTO, it's lack of available vacation time. We can request it up to 6 months in advance, but they limit the number of people who can be gone at any given time. If you don't ask for it by 5 3/4 months before you plan to be gone, the time isn't usually available. Anyways, worth looking into!
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    Daytonite has passed away...

    I was worried since I hadn't seen much from her lately, and knew she had been dealing with some health issues. Her posts were invaluable to me while I was a student. Sad thing to read...
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    Is this common practice or was I in the wrong??

    I don't know how common it is, but my hospital uses staff inservices as punishment for errors very regularly. We have regular staff meetings, and there's always a group of people who are required to do a presentation on lab/blood bank/medication safety because they made an error during the previous time period. It's a result of our "nonpunitive" incident reporting system, and mgmt wonders why we avoid filling out incident reports whenever possible. Of course, inservices aren't punishment, they're opportunities for learning. Whatever you say...
  5. I responded once to an overhead page, after they'd asked for doctors and got nothing. A gentleman had a seizure in the aisle right next to me. The guy woke up, turned out diabetes ran in his family, and he was able to take some OJ and crackers and felt better. the flight attendents were on the radio with a doc on the ground to cover us (I think 3 RNs responded on that flight) if needed. I wondered if they had any meds in a box somewhere if they needed them, or if somehow the flight attendents could dispense meds in an emergency - not starting IVs and pushing code drugs, but I wonder if they're allowed to give, say, an ASA for a suspected MI until the plane can land.
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    Lost Jehovah's Witness to H/H

    I'm not particularly religious, but I try my hardest to respect those who are. I've also seen two patients die because they were JW and refused transfusions (and I'm also a newer nurse - we have a largish JW population and my hospital has a bloodless surgery department). When others question their decisions, I just ask, "if you thought that you could stay alive for a little longer by doing X, but that it would forever condemn you to hell, would you do it? If your other option was to assuredly move on to an afterlife that you truly believed in?" If your religion expressly forbids something, and you are a true believer in that religion and its teaching, I understand how you could decide to reject medical care. It gets tricky when the pt is a minor, and getting the courts involved might be the best choice in those circumstances. Adults, though, should have the right to refuse care for whatever reason is important to then. Just my two cents...
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    Beating Stress post duty

    When I get home, I fix a snack and curl up with a good book, a glass of wine, and a cat or two on my lap. I read for an hour or two before I go to bed so I can get work out of my brain before trying to sleep. The only medical show that I watch with any regularity is Nurse Jackie, and of course they're all wildly inaccurate.
  8. I'm with the ice cream taster. Any career path that paid that little would never have been a blip on my radar screen, so I wouldn't have considered getting the education. If something like that came out of some future health care reform bill, I'd be in law school before the ink on the bill was dry.
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    White Boards

    Years of experience is from AIDET/Press Gainey, of course. We're supposed to include it in our introduction to patients, as is everyone who works at my facility (transport, radiology, lift team, etc.). I think that whoever came up with that idea didn't consider that "Hi, I'm Julie, and I'll be your nurse tonight! I graduated six months ago but I just came off orientation last week!" doesn't really inspire confidence. We typically write our name, the date and day of the week, and where the patient is on the white board, because confusion is common in our population.
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    TCU Applicants...........

    Oh wow - I didn't realize that if I did DNP I'd start right away! I'll be applying next fall for the class starting in 2011, and thought it would push everything back a year. That option now sounds even more attractive!
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    I lived in the Lower Garden District for many years - inexpensive, at least pre-Katrina, relatively safe (for NO), and super convenient. I actually walked to LSUHSC for nursing courses, but only because I didn't own a car (it's a few miles). Visit New Orleans and walk some neighborhoods before you commit to where you're going to live - it's a city like no other, and it's not for everyone. Some people may be more comfortable in the suburbs - Metairie is the closest to school - or over on the West Bank or North Shore, but when I move back it will be Lower Garden or bust. The upper Garden is nice as well, but pricier, and the Irish Channel is a little cheaper but the neighborhood can be a little dicier. You can also find inexpensive housing way Uptown, near Tulane and Loyola, and it's mostly other students around you (with the noise problems that entails). I live in FL now, but I'm applying to LSU for 2011. Good luck to all!
  12. I know an RN who took a year off after graduation and NCLEX and continued bartending, because he didn't feel he was quite ready for a "real" job yet. It took him a while when he was ready to start to find a job, but he was able to find one eventually. This was about 10 years ago however, and most hospitals in our area were providing loan repayment and sign on bonuses. When he interviewed places, every single one told him that his taking a year off was a serious issue. He didn't get the job he wanted, but he got one and stayed on that floor for several years. So - while not recommended, it can be done.
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    How Many Patients Each Shift?

    1) What type of setting do you perform nursing? Neuro ICU 2) What type of nursing care do you perform - team nursing, primary nursing, or other? Primary 2) How many patients do you care for usually per shift? 2, occasionally 1 3) What is the maximum amount of patients do you care for? 2 - we're tripled only in rare occasions, and it's never happened to me. 4) What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Ask for help! We have great teamwork on my unit.
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    what is an okay GPA to put on your resume?

    I put mine on because it's a 4.0, but I read that you shouldn't unless it's over 3.5. There's nothing wrong with a 3.3, but I wouldn't include it. It's not standard to include a GPA, so don't. If they want to know, they'll ask, and yours is very respectable, especially for nursing school.
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    No Lunch Break

    I'm not a "health nut," but I eat healthy. I don't always take a full 30 minutes in the breakroom, but I eat during 99% of my shifts. The key is to bring several things to eat, none of them large. I usually have a snack around 2100, when I start my charting, then dinner between 0100 and 0300, depending on my schedule for the night and the stability of my pts. My lunch box always has a small leftover entree (think vegetarian pasta), a yogurt, and a cheese product (cottage, string, whatever I've bought), and usually a salad or some fruit. I eat the fruit/salad with either the yogurt or cheese the first time I get free time to chart, and then if my patients become busy or unstable I know that I've already eaten something that night. I take a full break later if they're stable, or eat at my station if they're not (I work ICU). Either way, I keep myself healthy by bringing in real food from home instead of hitting McDonald's or the vending machines. It's really not that difficult, and I've been doing it for a year and a half now. You just have to plan ahead, and prep some meals in advance. Good luck!
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    Staying late to complete your work

    I usually work a 12.5 hour shift: in at 1845, out at 0715. Sometimes it stretches to 13, if I'm in a little early or I have to stay late to finish a note. That's never a problem on my unit, and it's rare that any of us earn OT without picking up an open shift. Once, whemI was on days, I had a pt nearly code at about 1700, and she didn't stabilize until 1900. That night, I didn't clock out until after 2100 because I had I had to chart everything that had happened, and help the night nurse straighten her out. No one on my current unit abuses the privilege, so we get a lot of leeway. On my previous unit, one nurse in particular took at least two hours to chart after her shift, and at least an hour to get report before, every single day. Instead of mgmt talking to her, they instituted a policy where we couldn't clock in before 0642 or out after 1918 without filling out a form. When I switched units, it was fantastic to have all of my coworkers just there to do their jobs instead of work the clock for extra hours. No one ever gives us a hard time, because it doesn't happen unless it's legit.