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  1. I was reading that I should avoid soy sauce and red wine vinegar because they may cause a positive alcohol test result. And vanilla extract too. Are there any other foods that might cause a positive result? What about apple cider vinegar? Now I'm fee...
  2. I'm wondering what the benefit is to self reporting to tpapn, versus waiting to see what your employer plans to do with you, and letting them third party refer you to tpapn if that's what they decide.
  3. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    I already mentioned this earlier, but wanted to reiterate, PLEASE think about the basics, the ABCs and the nursing process. If the question is about what you would consider for a patient just arriving, remember you'd always assess before acting. Al...
  4. is this what its really like? 2 wks in...

    chicagobsn, i feel your pain! i went home MANY times in tears! in fact, i recall actually crying in the bathroom on break a few times as well. my preceptor was ex-military, an EXCELLENT nurse and he taught me well, but at the time, it was hell. i...
  5. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    Woo Hoo XIGRIS!!!!! CONGRATS!!! Did you find yourself dazed afterwards and unable to really recall the questions you'd had, like I did? In the end, which study materials did you find most helpful? VS
  6. I remember going through this! EXACTLY THIS. Thinking "this is not brain surgery, why can't I get these?" I hate to admit, but just getting practice is the big key, but for some pointers, first off, make sure you're holding down the skin below the...
  7. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    I passed!! I just got home, and there is a big disclaimer at the beginning of the exam that says I can't reproduce in any way any of the questions from the exam. So I'll just give you what I learned about the studying materials. There were several ...
  8. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    Ok everyone, it's time. I take the test this Friday. It took several weeks after I sent in my card saying I wanted to sign up, before getting the authorization letter in the mail that gave me the permission to sign up for the exam. I took the week ...
  9. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    well, i started out trying to study a little every day, and i did that for a while. i have lots of study materials available, keep hearing about more and i guess i think if i throw enough money at this, i'll pass! so i keep buying more! anyway, i d...
  10. Streamlining triage-required questions

    Our ER is trying to revise our triage template (computer charting) to remove any questions that are not needed at triage. Not saying we won't ask them EVENTUALLY, once the patient gets back into a room, but to avoid the backup that we've had, where ...
  11. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    Sounds like we have a lot of review sites & materials to choose from. My problem is I get overwhelmed when I have too many choices! Even in a restaurant, I can't stand it when I get a menu that's pages and pages and pages! Just give me a few t...
  12. Why get a BSN?

    I've gotten several emails, some from the hospital I work at, some random emails from schools that somehow got my email address, about "RN to BSN" for ADNs. I have my 2-year ADN, I'm an RN in the ED at a great Level 1 trauma center. I like my job, ...
  13. Anyone currently studying for the CEN exam??

    I started studying about 6 months ago, then it kind of went by the wayside when something came up...can't even remember what it was that interrupted my studying! I was all excited about it, attended a CEN review course offered at my hospital, bought...
  14. Looooooong rant... Condescending nurse... advice please!

    OMG, I think we work with the same woman! I have one that is just exactly as you describe. I'm not much of a "confronter", and I don't think it works most of the time anyway. The whole "clear the air" idea generally results in more animosity, from...
  15. HELP I'm falling apart!!!

    I have SOOOO been there! I was a new grad in the ER, and stressed myself sick for months! One thing you never mentioned but I thought might be an issue is the fact that you were a tech. You have skills that the nurses don't, so I wonder if you're ...