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  1. bethin

    "You take the BUS to work!"

    I'd ask him how much he spent on gas when it was $4 a gallon. In one month I spent enough on gas to make a car payment on a Mercedes! Not only are you saving money, but you're also saving the environment. I would gladly take public transportation if it was available. In some countries, especially European, public transportation is the only way to go. Think of NYC. Do you really want to drive from Brooklyn to Manhattan during rush hour??
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    What kind of learner are you?

    Same here. I hated being read to in school because I couldn't retain the information but I love to read. I have to see the words to comprehend.
  3. bethin

    Bad Day!!!

    I feel for you. I had a day like that last week. I left early and I was supposed to do CPR after work, but after a RN made me feel like an uneducated piece of pond scum I left (she said this after my shift was over and report given). I hadn't cried in ten years and I didn't make it out the door before it started. I cried all day and I didn't want to go back either. Then I reminded myself that I am better than that, and to never let anyone make me feel inferior again. The whole reason I was a piece of uneducated pond scum? Housekeeping was moving beds and had moved a bed under the bedside chart (little thing that pulls down where you can write). Anyway, this nurse just couldn't muster the strength to move the darn thing. She demanded that I do even though I was busy putting in I & O's and answering the phone. Her response "well, everyone else does it." Felt like telling her that if someone jumped off a bridge she should feel free to follow. Sorry to hijack. Next time you work, go in there with your head held high, smile and say good morning/good night to everyone. Trust me, they'll forget about it and something new will arise. As far as the NM, it sounds like not much can be done there, unless you get a large group of nurses to talk to her boss. If I was in your situation, I'd be looking for another job before the NM really truly hated you (undeserved of course). Good luck!
  4. bethin

    Do you wear your seatbelt

    I don't work ER but I put mine on before I start my car just in case of that freak accident where someone hits you while you're parked. It stays on while I'm in the car waiting for someone. I wear it if I move my car from the street to the driveway. I guess you could say I'm anal about it.
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    please help me

    Does your school have a tutoring program? My school had one, but they did more than tutor. They talked about and helped students with test anxiety which I think you could benefit from. I always get books early, I don't wait till the week before classes start. I start reading while on break so I have a head start. Good luck!
  6. bethin

    Thoughts on Apple's Mac

    You'll love it jnette! I was PC all my life until 2 years ago when I decided to go to the dark side. The support when I needed it was wonderful (and they spoke perfect English) and they were so patient. Everything runs just as fast as the day I bought it. Graphics are much much better and everything is just easier. And no, I still have yet to figure out how to do smilies and post pics in posts.
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    Bathroom Inservicing

    We have that too. We used to have funnies posted too but management decided that laughing while peeing is a no-no. They also used to have a LARGE poster of a man pointing his finger at with the words "I want YOU to wash your hands!". I tore that sucker down. Made me nervous. I don't mind that that kind of stuff is up. I'm in too much of a rush to read memos while going to the bathroom.
  8. bethin

    Moving to indianapolis...help!

    First, you'll have no problems finding a nursing job in Indy. Riley is part of the Clarian network which included IU Med Center and Methodist, all excellent hospitals. There's also Community Hospitals with a several scattered throughout the city and there's also St Francis ad St Vincent. The color of scrubs depends on unit policy. I've heard starting wages around $30, but I'm not an RN. Cost of living is cheap here. I would strongly recommend you contact a recruiter at Riley and see if you can get into a new grad program. Good luck!
  9. bethin

    How to get stool smell off of your hands?

    Off topic but I also use shaving cream on patients who haven't bathed since the Millennium. Works great at cutting armpit odor.
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    How to get stool smell off of your hands?

    I use lemon juice.
  11. bethin

    Criminal Background Check on Yourself

    I've always gotten a form letter and then sent that to the address listed on the form, they in turn send it to whomever I address it to. I'd ask the school.
  12. bethin

    For the nightshifters.

    That's how I look at it. I also think I'm no more tired after a 12 than I am after an 8.
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    For the nightshifters.

    I've done 5 8's and I'm doing 3 12's now and will never go back. I do my shifts in a row and believe it or not that helps me. I do feel that some weeks all I do on my days off is sleep and then by the time I wake up all the stores are closed. Makes scheduling dr's appts hard too. I like knowing I have 4 days off though. With regards to holidays, even though I work 12's, our manager only allows 8 hour shifts on holidays unless you specifically ask to do a 12.
  14. bethin

    Do you take any stimulants?

    Two Red Bulls, a Mt. Dew, and a large cap with four shots of espresso. I'm someone who needs A LOT of caffeine before I feel any kind of jolt. I don't do this regularly though, only when I don't get enough sleep.
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    Funeral leave policies

    For parents, spouse and kids we get 2 days off. I think that seems a bit light. If you lost a spouse would you be able to go back to work 2 days later? Sure, they can't have someone off for months but people need time to get it together and spend time with family. Also, it's hard if your parents or kids live out of state. Two days to fly out, attend a funeral, probably plan it too, and fly back is pushing it. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc we get 1 day off.
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    Wrist B/P digital cuff vs. old manuel arm type

    I work med surg, but we did a trial for the wrist cuffs. First we tried it on ourselves, me being the first. My bp runs high all the time - as in 135/90 would be good for me. The wrist cuff read my bp as 80/48. Immediately after the reading someone did a manual reading and got something much different. Tried it on all the staff and not one was accurate so needless to say we don't use them. Even dinamaps run weird sometimes. I can have a walky talky feeling fine pt who gets a reading of 79/38. I do a manual and get a normal reading. You really have to use your judgement.