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    Trigger Warning!

    Mods : This may be in the wrong place as I have yet to figure out how to get to the break room. I have been told at my school and facility that we are now required to give a trigger warning before we speak an opinion that may offend the sensibilities of another. Something on the lines of "I have to warn you that I am about to say something that may trigger a strong negative emotion in you!" This gives members of the intended audience the opportunity to recuse themselves from the conversation to avoid being triggered or otherwise negatively effected by what I am about to say! IMHO political correctness is simply suppression of constitutionally protected free speech which is a basic human right in this country (USA). I am wondering how many others on this forum find this trend ridiculous. I am purposely not going into specific details or issues with this - just wondering how many of my fellows feel about this. Hppy
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    Pre nursing student has a question for current RNs

    Did I go into nursing because of a deep desire to help people. Not really! I do like helping people but I went into nursing after a serious failure to launch in two different careers. Nursing has been very very good to me. It has given me a job that is intellectually stimulating and for the most part emotionally satisfying. It has also given me stable income so that I don't have to worry about living comfortably. Hppy
  3. I think I would tell that younger person I was to never stop learning because whenever I think I know it all, what I don't slaps me in the face. Hppy
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    Pre nursing student has a question for current RNs

    Eloquently said! Hppy
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    How many of you disinfect car after work?

    I don't really disinfect anything or take special measures when I leave work. The only thing I don't do is wear my hospital shoes in the house. I don't use hand gel or antibacterial soaps - just plain soap and water and plain laundry soap. I haven't caught anything in all the years I've been nursing.
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    Are there any real nurses on this site?

    Okay, apology accepted! If you really want to know what we do ask!
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    Are there any real nurses on this site?

    I agree with Rose. If your question is the title of your thread then that's pretty inflammatory and not really worth the time it would take to muster up the indignation necessary to for a reply. So ask your question and we will answer. Hppy.
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    Do Not Resuscitate Order for suicidal patient

    This - When my mother who was suffering from dementia had a hemoglobin of 4. We as a family requested diagnostic procedures to find out if she had a bleed. Namely a colonoscopy. Everyone we talked to said "She's DNR" I said just because she has a DNR doesn't mean we don't diagnose and treat problems that arise. Hppy
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    Not reporting an employer to KNAP

    I wouldn't chance it! The only things the BON are tougher on than drugs screens is anyone in the program they catch lying to them. They will see any lie as "A symptom of relapse" and the walls will come crashing down on your head. Better to be honest with your case manager and get permission. Hppy
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    Getting my adolescents back.

    Short history - after almost 20 years of psychiatric nursing working with all populations I finally found my home working with adolescent girls. Recently like the week between Christmas and New years I left on a Friday with 4 patients on the unit and came back on Monday to a full unit of acute adults. It seems the revenue stream of adolescents dried up so they shifted the girls that were left to the mixed gender unit and closed my all girl's unit. Without going into too many identifying details I was offered the charge position on the mixed gender adolescent unit yesterday. They would like my answer tomorrow. My only hesitation is that I don't want there to be a perception that I can't handle the adult population. I don't know why this is concerning me as I've never much cared what other people think. Just looking for insight from some of my fellow psych nurses. Adolescents are not an easy population because you have to deal with parents and the apples don't fall from the trees, but they are sort of my niche! Hppy
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    Extensive Orientation

    I can't speak to orientation in Texas as I have only worked in California. But from everything I have heard and my own experience Nursing home orientations are short and you are expected to be up a running fairly quickly (1 to 2 weeks). You seem to be struggling right now and I agree with Not.Done that your posts so far are not making much sense. I would never postulate that you were under the influence but I also know the depths of despair the early days of these programs bring us to. Especially when we (like myself) are really addicts/alcoholics and our disease and behavior has brought us to our knees. Unless you absolutely must work a nursing job to survive. It might be best to do something less stressful as you work on your recovery. There will be time later for a nursing job. I feel that you may be setting yourself up for failure at this point if you persist in finding a high stress job right now. It would help to know a bit more about what you are going through. Might I suggest you write in all out (Journaling/writing is very therapeutic) and then you can cut and past whole thoughts/questions rather than disjointed comments that don't give us enough to even try to be helpful. Good luck to you Hppy
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    Does the BSN in 10 apply to all nurses or just RN's and why?

    There will always be people who disagree on this topic but at the end of the day a patient in pain, or with a new CA Dx, or facing great loss doesn't care what studies show. Nothing replaces your presence at the bedside, a kind word, a gentle touch, quiet support - any nurse with any degree can do this. Hppy
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    Does the BSN in 10 apply to all nurses or just RN's and why?

    I am not necessarily talking about clinical rigor - but I have never written more papers in my life, and I have BA's in both English and history. Really It just seems to be a huge money grab to me but that is only my opinion. Hppy
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    I got some hips, can't find scrub tops

    Try Uniform Advantage - they sell on-line and they have very helpful sales people through Chat that can help you find the right top to fit. The scrubs the sell are fashionable, well made and reasonably priced. https://www.uniformadvantage.com/ Hppy
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    Does the BSN in 10 apply to all nurses or just RN's and why?

    I tend to agree. No one can deny that a BSN student undergoes a more rigorous course of study. What I have noticed however in my own program is that the focus does not appear to be designed to make better bedside nurses. All most of my fellow students and instructors seem to talk about is getting the coveted MSN (NP) the DNP. These later degrees move nurses away from the bedside not toward it. Perhaps if bedside nurses were given the support they ask for in terms of safe staffing, PTO and Flex scheduling patients outcomes would improve as well. Having taken statistics I have learned that it is very easy to message the numbers to convey whatever message you want. But when a person cites "Studies show" without referencing the studies themselves so we can read them and form our own opinion it becomes nothing more than opinion. A nurse does not have to have an advanced degree to be a great bedside nurse and the fact that the Diploma and ADN are paid less and are toughing it out at the bedside speaks volumes about our perceived worth to the organizations we work for. I personally thought about getting the NP but at my age I would be 60 by the time I finished so I am now doing it for the significant pay bump I will receive moving towards retirement. Hppy