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Alex_RN has 5 years experience as a BSN.

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    should I just give up? DUI/ mental illness

    I wish I had answers for you but all I can do is echo everyone else's words of encouragement. You might post your DUI question on the Recovery board. Those nurses have walked the walk and would have the most current information, possible even specific to your state.
  2. I am a bedside RN and I shine when it comes to patient education, customer service, and the general areas of my specialty. I pride myself on doing a good job navigating my patients though their admission, especially upon discharge. I am curious about other areas of practice, though. I had no info about OR nursing so asked the OR Educator about the upcoming Periop training program. It is a much bigger deal than I realized, like going back to school for six months. As an internal candidate and known entity, he tried to sign me up right away. I was a little overwhelmed. I am going to go to an information session in a few weeks but from our talk, it sounds like it does not use my current strengths. Honestly, I have put a lot of energy into my current specialty and am not too interested in starting over. I would appreciate hearing what people like about OR nursing, especially if they came from bedside nursing beforehand.
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    Spouse of nurse

    Not the money but the effort: I would be very unhappy, too, if I felt that my spouse wasn't working as hard as me.
  4. According to South Korean news agency, a pregnant patient with a 6-week-old fetus had gone to a clinic in the country's capital Seoul. A mix-up in medical charts and failure to check her identity led to the mistaken abortion. The patient was supposed to receive a nutritional shot at the clinic. The nurse had allegedly injected her with anesthesia without confirming her identity, and the doctor had performed the abortion without checking her identity either. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/24/asia/korea-wrong-abortion-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
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    Spouse of nurse

    Living expenses went up and you are both feeling the pinch. I suggest you work on budgeting together. Is your spouse working full time? Maybe there are ways to increase his salary in their current job? Or maybe look for a better job? Hard to do in your 50's plus there is something to be said for stability.
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    How often do you wash your scrubs? :)

    All of my scrubs are dark navy and I wear black shirts underneath. I do wash them after one shift but I run a separate cycle for scrubs and work shirts: "for darks" detergent, cold water, pre-soak, gentle cycle, and warm (not hot) dryer. I usually wait until I have 3 dirty sets before I start a load. I don't get dirty at work, just sweaty. Please elaborate on your shoe washing machine!
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    Nurses, Get Ready for Amazon Prime Day 2019

    I use Amazon several times a month but I try to keep in mind that I don't always need things the next day. I hear that the fulfillment job is grueling and low-paying, so I try to ease up on delivery speed. I am fine with 2-day or Amazon Day, where they save up your orders for a specific weekday.
  8. I assume you have not told your new employer. You will start orientation already on limited duty: No infectious cases, no potential violence, etc. I don't know how that plays out in L&D but most anywhere else your daily assignment will be impacted by your pregnancy.
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    Nurses Week Gifts that Knock You Off Your Feet

    A patient's family brought us a selection of different flavored Oreo cookies. I was pretty excited, actually!
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    should I just give up? DUI/ mental illness

    Only you know your situation, but please don't give up unless you know for sure what hurdles you face. I have a bad habit of stressing out over "what if" and I really work hard on staying grounded. It will help if you can nail down the facts. Hurdles aren't walls. You can overcome hurdles. You don't want to waste all of your very hard work. I often fall back on the nursing process as a resource. Remember your ADPIE: Assessment: Stop, take a breath, and assess the situation. Diagnosing: Make an educated judgment about what is going on. Plan: What strategies can you use? Implement: Use those strategies Evaluate: Is it working? Do you need to try something else? I actually write stuff out because if I write down, "I'm a big loser" then I can see that isn't helpful and break it down to, "I am too anxious to study" and "I am always tired and emotional" I can work on that. Becoming a nurse was the hardest thing I had ever done and actually being a nurse, after a few hard first years, is perfectly fine. It is ironic that nursing school, which required every emotional resource I had, also reduced my access to those resources, like sleep, peace of mind, and down time. I am so glad those days are behind me!
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    This is an important thread. I have enjoyed reading the posts.
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    My school had similar policy. Nursing school is the time to crack down and get ahead of your education. Your philosophy should be: 1) Leave No Point Behind, and if things start to slip, 2) Panic Early and Often. Nursing schools need to have good stats to market themselves. That means if you sit for the NCLEX and fail, you make them look bad. They want to weed you out before graduation if you are not a good shot at passing the NCLEX. They still want to collect your sweet tuition $$, though, so they may crack down more closer to graduation but having tougher policies for your core or clinical classes. It is true, nursing school is harder than nursing.
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    BON and alleged verbal abuse via pt

    I am so sorry you are going through this. The reality is, if the patient is 400 lbs, then she is 400 pounds, and what does polite have to do with physics? Are you supposed to cripple yourself and pretend that she is not morbidly obese? A simple, "I am sorry that I expressed my frustration with the lack of necessary and safe staffing," should be enough in my book. Best of luck to you.
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    Reasons nurses get fired

    We lost a ton of nurses who had many years of experience but no BSNs because of a policy change as the result of a change of corporate ownership. They were not fired but over the course of several months they left for other jobs. Now the average number of years experience is significantly lower overall. I imagine this saved the company a lot of money in payroll.
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    Flushing tubing after IV ATB administration

    Our primary lines are 18ml, secondary are 7ml. We always run ABX as a secondary.
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    Teachers Discriminating against students

    I saw a lot of personality-based inequality in my program, so I totally believe you. Several people I knew were flunked out at the last minute. Most of them transferred their credits to a different school in the same corporation and became LVNs instead of RNs, then started working while doing a LVN to RN ladder program to get their RN license, then finish their BSNs in another program after that.

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