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    Really reasonable thing to do. I've learned along the way that this is almost always the best course of action. I still have my initial freak out but then I get it together and see what really happens.
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    HELP! Don't know what to do.

    1. Contact the BON in your state and ask them what you need to do to take the NCLEX. 2. Contact the school you graduated from to see what you need to do to get your ATT (authorization to test). They have to send paperwork to the BON for you to be able to take it. 3. Find an in-person NCLEX prep course. They will best be able to assess your odds of passing. Realize that 3 years out puts you at a significant disadvantage. 4. In addition to the in-person version buy an NCLEX prep book and do the test questions. All of them. Repeatedly. 5. Prepare yourself mentally and financially to have to start over. 6. Do not drag your feet in getting steps 1-4 initiated you are on borrowed time.
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    Reusing IV Flushes on Same Patient

    Gross. You can't really keep the tip of the syringe sterile doing that.
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    Elementary nurses - mask question

    These kind of look interesting.
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    Ways to cover a hand tattoo for nursing school and clinicals

  6. I think the poster meant they can't hear others well because of their masks. We are running into that on phone triage.
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    Do Black Nurses Have a Different Experience?

    Thank you for saying this. I really believe by sharing our collective experiences we will come to a greater understanding of each other. And by sharing we will also be able to forge connections that might not have been possible before.
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    Do Black Nurses Have a Different Experience?

    No, you aren't and I am grateful for your measured responses. Unless we can get a dialogue going nothing will ever change.
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    Do Black Nurses Have a Different Experience?

    Thank you Herring for making the leap I was too chicken to do. http://www.aclrc.com/forms-of-racism Leave it to the Canadians to word it in such a way to make it easier to understand. It seems to me we continue to use terminology interchangeably which adds to the confusion. Much of what we call "racism" is, in reality, more accurately defined as prejudice, and/or discrimination. This goes both ways. However, for those of us in the minority population there is a twist that does not apply to those of us in the majority. The prejudice and/or discrimination against the minority is supported and intensified by the accompanying systemic racism that exists in our country while the prejudice/discrimination against the majority appears to be rooted in long-standing and often justifiable mistrust and anger. We will never get rid of the latter until we entirely get rid of the former.
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    Site Changes

    Pardon my stupidity but where is the sign on button? The only way I could get on today was by opening a random post and scrolling to the bottom.
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    I turned in my mentor because she was diverting morphine

    To whom are you responding? Using the quote button really helps.
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    I turned in my mentor because she was diverting morphine

    Would you be okay with someone you loved being taken care of by a nurse who is using drugs?
  13. Went to the local chain grocery store yesterday. It was remarkable. Every. Single. Child was wearing a mask. Not one of them was throwing a fit and they were mostly of the under 5 set. Imagine a world where the children are more mature than some of the adults.
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    NP: Age limit?

    You’re not too old at 55 and in your case it might be okay financially. I am the same age as you but I have been a nurse for 32 years. For me going back for my NP would be a financial risk. I have been a nurse for 32 years and I make pretty good money. If I went back to school now not only would I incur rather substantial debt but I would likely take a pay cut that potentially could take a few years to recoup and I’m not sure I want to have to work past the age I can retire to make that happen. Sure, I could probably move and find a better paying first job but at this stage in my life I don’t wanna. So, for me, it doesn’t make sense financially. You need to research the market where you live and evaluate your risk.
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    Taking Vacations

    Then I hate to break it to you but it’s literally going to be decades before you have that much time off available. Typically, as a nurse, you will accrue 2 wks per year for approximately the first 5 years. This is not given in a lump sum at the beginning of the year, you accrue it at a certain percentage per hour worked. Basically, you will have to work a year to earn the time off. Your next bump up will be to 3 weeks which just means you earn a higher percentage of time off per hour worked. As far as being able to take more than one week off at a time that will be completely dependent on your employer but I have to tell you, in over 3 decades at this, if there are many people wanting time off it will be less likely that you will be granted extended vacations as you desire. I’m afraid your dream of 2 long vacations per year is going to remain a dream for some time.
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    Taking Vacations

    Are you in the US?

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