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    Any Mormon/LDS nurses here? I need help?

    Mormonism teaches that it is a commandment that you "rest from your labors" and "keep the sabbath day holy." Plenty of Mormon nurses/doctors/firefighters/police officers, etc work on Sunday but they feel guilty. I always did. In short, she will not be denied membership in her religion or anything like that but there will be guilt. Also, a lot of callings are "Sunday" callings, as the OP mentioned in her first post about being in the Young Women's. That means she's expected to be there on Sundays. Mormonism is pretty different than other religions in a lot of ways. It's not that she can't be a "good Mormon" without going on Sunday. It's that she's expected to be there because she has a job at church she's expected to be there for. I suggest either asking for a different calling (Cub Scouts? That's only weeknights) or working noc shift. Problem solved.
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    Entry level CNA (first job)

    Report everything to your RN. If a patient's BP looks even slightly off, report. I learned that the hard way.
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    Any Mormon/LDS nurses here? I need help?

    I am former LDS so I understand where you're coming from. The church teaches that you should be in your Sunday meetings. If you're given a Sunday "calling," that's even harder. People who aren't LDS or haven't been LDS don't understand that the church teaches you have to "keep the Sabbath day holy." I used to feel an extreme amount of guilt when I worked a Sunday. It is not so easy when you are LDS, I'm glad you reached out specifically to other LDS people. (I hope my understanding is ok as a former LDS.) I also recommend working a grave shift. It is a healthcare reality that we are required 24/7, 365 days a year and Sundays are part of that. Work Saturday nights, or Sunday nights; and you have your solution. I started doing that when I was still Mormon. I was tired at church, especially because it's 3 hours, but I was present. But Sunday afternoons are great for naps. Good luck and congrats on meeting your goal of finishing nursing school- hope to join you soon.
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    What's it like to work in a hospital?

    I have been a CNA for about 18 months. I decided to try it first before dedicating time and money to nursing school. I have had two jobs. The first was in a skilled nursing facility. To be completely candid, I hated it. We were constantly short staffed. The nurses didn't respect the CNA staff and vice versa. Back biting, gossip, etc. All I did was wipe butts - I know that is a major part of nursing in general, and we have to expect mess. But I want to learn, be exposed to different facets of nursing, to observe, to DO. A few months ago, I was hired on as a float pool CNA within a hospital system. I float to four different hospitals. Different floors, different specialties. I.LOVE.IT. I have expanded duties. I feel like I'm part of the nursing TEAM. I love my RNs. The only thing I don't love are 12 hour shifts. They get long and that's taken some getting used to. But, that's reality. I think most nurses and CNAs work twelves. But I only work one day a week. :)
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    What does CNA do, exactly?

    Um, run? I run/walk a lot. Yesterday my pedometer clocked over 7 miles for a 12 hour shift. Call lights Vitals Catheter care Showers Linen changes Feeding Assisting the nurse Toileting Oral care Incontinence care Chart Feeding I do think it's a good idea to start as a CNA, especially if you're considering nursing. I became a CNA to get my feet wet to decide if I wanted to go into nursing, and while I am still a little on the fence I think I've decided nursing school isn't for me and I am going to go into radiology. I'm so glad that I became a CNA first. I've been one for about a year.
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    Assisted living CNA BORED

    Down time??? I work in a skilled nursing facility/Rehab and there is NO downtime. My 12 hour shifts are nothing but run, run, run and I rarely get a break.
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    CNA? Yes or no?

    I am very glad that I became a CNA first. It really opened my eyes to the reality of nursing. In fact, I've decided to go into Radiology instead.
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    3rd shift

    35 is still high. I work graves a lot, and I generally have about 12-14 pts.
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    Clinic Nurse - LPN?

    My desire is to work in a clinic, not a hospital. In particular, a fertility clinic. I just don't know if I need to become an LPN or an RN to work in a fertility clinic - or a doctor's office, in general. Urgent care, doctor's office, LTC, etc would be more cup of tea if I were unable to find employment in a fertility clinic. I have looked at the websites for the fertility clinics in my area, and while the sites have "nursing staff" sections, they do not detail whether their nurses are LPNs or RNs. I know that I should call and ask, and perhaps I will - but I was hoping that someone here may have some input. Thank you thank you!
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    Relief vs. per diem vs. on call as a CNA

    I'm a PRN (as needed) grave or evening shift CNA. I am required to work only two shifts a month to stay employed, but I wind up working more like two shifts a week. As a student and a mom, it's perfect for me. I'm usually scheduled, filling in for CNAs who have requested their usual shift off, etc. Sometimes I am called. I get paid more per hour than the regularly scheduled CNAs both because I am PRN and because I am grave/night shift. I also tend to work Saturday nights, another unpopular shift for the regular CNAs so I work a lot of Saturday graves. Perfect for me again, because my husband is home Sundays and I can sleep when I get home. RE: your question about avoiding nights, the answer is that yes you can. If you apply for the job and have an interview with the DON, s/he will most likely ask you what shifts you are available for and you will tell him/her that you would prefer to only be PRN for day shifts, weekend shifts, etc.
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    Scrubs for the slim

    Word. And short to the mix (I am short, too), and I look like an unkempt, unprofessional child playing dress up in her mother's clothes.
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    What will happen if you miss a college class?

    Anthropology? pffft. I'd be more concerned if it was an A&P or Micro lab, but your second day of anthropology? Eh.
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    Scrubs for the slim

    I am 5'3" and 110 lbs. I have Wonder Wink. Bought them on Amazon. They fit great!
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    Is an associates degree in nursing a waste of time?

    No. This is the route I'm going, and I'm very pleased with my decision.
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    Are ER Patients Getting More Ridiculous?

    When I had my daughter, more than one nurse made a comment to either me or my family about the type of patient I was. One, while happily getting something for me, remarked to my husband (when he thanked her for going out of her way to do it) that it was her pleasure to help when his wife was a nice, grateful patient who didn't treat her badly. I was in the bathroom and when he told me that, we were both surprised. Another nurse told me candidly one morning that she was the lucky one that day who got me as a patient as the nurses were all clamoring to have me as a patient because I had received a reputation. Again, I was puzzled. Then there was when my son broke his arm really severely and was in the children's hospital for what turned out to be about 48 hours due to needing surgery for it. A nurse made a comment to me that it was a delight to have our family that day, because we weren't demanding. At the time, I didn't get it. I didn't think I was doing anything extraordinary. Frankly, I still don't think I was. But now that I work in healthcare and now that I have gotten to know so many nurses both in real life and online, I get it. I totally, totally get it. It's a hospital. It isn't Club Med. And the sense of entitlement that so many feel these days is so pervasive that it's infecting all facets of life.
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    What advice would you give your 19 year old self?

    That boy is an idiot and a total waste of your time.