WishfulThinkingRN

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  1. Med/Surg to ICU - Need Advice

    Make some connections with the nurses in your ICU. If you can get some charge nurse experience under your belt, that's a huge bonus and will open a lot of doors for you. Getting into a step-down unit is also a good option. This shows you can handle s...
  2. Need Advice on Accused Medication Error

    I'm sorry you were subjected to this. Based on what you've described, your actions were appropriate and you showed good judgment in having the presence of mind to ask a question and clarify. This was something your instructor should have encouraged. ...
  3. Taking A&P 1&2 at the same time

    I took both together in fast-tracked summer course and while I did well, I really wish I had taken them separately. That summer almost killed me. I'm legitimately amazed that the amount of caffeine I consumed combined with the insane amount of sleep ...
  4. Nurses secretive about getting another job

    I really don't understand why you care. It's her life, her business. If she wanted you to know, she'd tell you. I have great relationships with the people I work with now and still stay in touch with people I have worked with in the past. Most of the...
  5. ARE MOST RN SCHOOLS LIKE THIS??

    Most nursing schools have a grade cutoff between 75 and 80 percent, mine was 78. Some choose to apply this rule to individual tests and others just to your overall class grade. Most have a rule about how many times you're allowed to fail, usually onc...
  6. Stupid hurts.

    Just because you can shove a blowtorch up your rectum, doesn't mean you should
  7. Does Hospital Leadership and Policy Promote Working When Sick?

    I've worked through kidney stones, migraines, infections, bronchitis, ear infections, strep etc. I don't like working sick, but I absolutely hate feeling like I'm putting my patients and other coworkers at risk whether it's because I'm contagious or ...
  8. Help Quit New Grad ICU Job

    I'm going to put a positive, albeit long, spin on this. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here, and will hopefully prepare you for your next job. Lesson One: Dealing with conflict appropriately. Not every nurse is cut out to be a preceptor. I'...
  9. New nurse overutilizing ED tech

    Not sure if she's used to relying on PCTs to do vitals all the time? How comfortable is she with multi-tasking? She may or may not understand how busy the PCTs are. If this many of them are coming to you with the same problem/issue then it needs to b...
  10. Vaccination for clinical

    Yes. As a patient. When you're diagnosed with measles.
  11. Most nursing schools have interviews for the much same reasons medical schools and law schools have interviews. Being a good student on paper is only half the battle. Being able to communicate effectively with people and form professional relationshi...
  12. Mandatory Uniforms

    Need more context. What kind of uniforms? Are we talking about color coding based on occupation/department? Or something else?
  13. A little off topic...

    Well, the other day I was helping another nurse place a foley and right after insertion, we immediately got sprayed with liquid feces. It came out like a chocolate geyser. I'm not sure that I've ever seen anything quite like it. I mean it was everywh...
  14. Kicked out before even starting

    Deadlines can be frustrating but they are a necessity. Nursing schools are at the mercy of their clinical sites and they have a deadline to keep as well. If you don't meet your deadline, they can't meet theirs and then they'd end up with a nursing st...
  15. Failed first pathophysiology exam

    Nursing school is a beast. You're going to flunk an exam or two, it's okay. The important thing for you to do now is accept it and learn from it. What happened with this exam? Were you unprepared for the material on the exam? Did you feel that you ha...