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vampiregirl has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice.

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    Continuing Education

    Have you considered joining a professional association relevant to your area of experience or pursuing certification? I have found professional associations to offer so many learning opportunities and I learned so much as I was studying for certification in my specialty area.
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    I keep getting my fingerprints rejected.

    When I needed digital fingerprints for a previous job, I was able to get them done by a company called Identogo which in my area (Indiana) performs this service at local Goodwill Career Centers. I just had to online to schedule an appointment, I seem to recall this as an uncomplicated experience all around. Looks like they are a national company. https://www.identogo.com/services/live-scan-fingerprinting Good luck!
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    Panic Attacks

    Makes me wonder whether the parents influenced the student's view on mental health treatment. Sad that the stigma regarding mental health continues...
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    Panic Attacks

    Not a school nurse, but have encountered an increasing number of kids in the camp setting who have anxiety attacks that aren't listed on the medical and/ or confidential forms submitted prior to camp. Some of these kids are have already identified strategies that work for them and just need some encouragement to be able to implement them. I think one of more important roles for healthcare professionals in this situation is to empower these kids to self-implement calming techniques. Having symptoms of anxiety can just be miserable - no matter what age the patient is!
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    Tips for first camp interview?

    ICU experience can be applicable to the camp setting in several ways... think about things like being able to think clearly in an emergency, great assessment skills, ability to multitask. All of those are so relevant to camp nursing. What personality traits help you in your current nursing position... those translate to the camp nursing world. Good luck in your interview! Camp nursing can be amazing!
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    R.N. debating to pursue BSN

    I completed my BSN a couple of years ago at local private college. It was actually less expensive compared to other programs I looked at. It was designed for working adults and very organized. I think I learned as much from my cohort as I did from the courses themselves. And most of our projects, papers etc allowed me to delve deeper into topics relevant to my area of practice. I also found the research class very beneficial (but I love EBP anyways). No regrets here about getting my BSN.
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    Dry, Cracked Hands

    Ugh. Dry cracked hands are the worst! And I too am not a fan of the infection risk (or being a biohazard risk with bleeding)! In addition to the recommendations of the previous posters, I made the switch to non-antibacterial soaps with not a lot of fragrance in them throughout my home. This was another piece of the puzzle for me. I'm also careful with the hand sanitizers that I use outside of work (vehicle, purse etc). The alcohol content oddly enough doesn't seem to cause issues for me - it's the highly fragranced ones that I've noticed are more irritating to my hands. Good luck!
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    Webcams in Nursing Homes?

    Like several other posters, my concerns lie in ensuring patient dignity (in some cases both the targeted patient and the roommate) and how the video footage would be used/ who has access to it. This is yet another area where technology has progressed faster than regulations and legalities can be addressed/ implemented. So many different aspects - both positive and negative. It will be interesting to see what the future brings in this area.
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    Med/surg to Inpatient hospice empath health job

    An hour for an admission isn't bad at all. When I worked inpatient, I could complete an admission in 2 hours if I didn't have interruptions and I was considered one of the quickest. Where I work now in home hospice, it typically takes 2-4 hours to complete all the tasks associated with an admission depending on the complexity of the patient. Not only the software, but the tasks associated with admissions can make a huge difference in time requirements.
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    Med/surg to Inpatient hospice empath health job

    I've worked both inpatient and home hospice. For me, I love my current job which is hospice case manager for small, local non-profit with a commitment to quality. Both inpatient and home hospice can be great IF you work for a good company. Good leadership and a strong team (Social Work, Spiritual Care and aides) are essential. Learning good self care is also critical. Hospice done right is ensuring that patient's symptoms are well managed and that the caregivers have the education and support they need to care for their loved ones. Hospice can be sad but there is also a lot of joy and satisfaction with hospice nursing. It's a sacred privilege to be present for some of the things I've witnessed. I would be a little cautious about salary. I've not worked a salary position in hospice but have worked salary positions before... and am not sure I would again in the future.
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    Scary commute for work?

    One more consideration is the addition of 2 hours to your day. If typically nurses get out in reasonable time after their scheduled shift, it might not be too bad even when you are scheduled with shifts on consecutive days. Also, how are you with flipping shifts. I know for me an hour drive home after I'd worked a night shift made me a little extra cautious (especially when I had recently worked days).
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    fluid/electrolyte replacement

    We used slightly weak gatorade alternated with water. Electrolyte popsicles and regular popsicles were also offered as needed. We also had lemon-lime soda available in the clinic. Our camp ordered gatorade powder by the case, on super hot days we had it available for all campers at "water stations" around camp. On those days, popsicles were available for everyone and lifeguards had access to electrolyte popsicles. Campers were encouraged to alternate gatorade with water. All campers were required to have a water bottle of some sort. Bottled water was distributed as the beverage for afternoon and evening snacks (8 oz bottles). Counselor training included education about preventing dehydration and early identification of dehydration. These strategies worked, we did not have to send anyone out for further medical care all summer to have dehydration addressed.
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    RN to BSN or straight to BSN??

    This may be true in some areas. And for a while I saw this in the area I live. Now I'm seeing more institutions hiring ASN prepared nurses with a stipulation that they must complete a BSN within so many years (typically 3-5). Typically the hospital offers a tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance. Also, there are a variety of RN to BSN options.
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    RN to BSN or straight to BSN??

    I'm not convinced there is one "right" answer to this question. I graduated with my ASN and worked for several years as an RN. I went back to school to complete my BSN. My work experience made some of the material "more" relevant (because I had experiences to apply it to) and I got so much benefit from interactions with my cohort members. I paid for school as I went along; this route made the most financial sense for me. I know others who got their BSN before they started working in the field. I've talked to several nurses who are glad they did it this way because they could focus on their careers and family without having school thrown into an often complicated equation. I think evaluating one's circumstances and the opportunities available to them would be the best option.
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    Should I try LTC?

    There are some good LTC's but you have to look carefully to find them. I was fortunate enough to work at one as a new grad and gained a strong skill base there. Currently I'm a hospice nurse so I visit several different SNF's. A couple are provide good care to our mutual patients, one downright scary and the rest middle of the road.
  16. That's a lot of changes at one time, the emotions you are expressing are completely normal. Give yourself time to adjust to this huge learning curve. Figure out who are the good resource people on your new floor. Find things that you are already good at and let yourself shine in those areas. Find some positive people on your new unit - and this doesn't have to just be nurses. At several of my previous jobs I've found the most delightful environmental services, unit clerks etc that have cheered me on as I've figured out a new job. Being kind to people can make a world of difference and help you feel better. Several months ago I switched jobs to a small non-profit in the same specialty I been in for several years. This agency is amazing and I'm so thankful that I work there. But the learning curve was rough for me. Hang in there and see where the journey takes you.