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    The Nurse at the Bedside

    Exactly! I went from full time to part time when I could afford to, the strain of today's real nursing work is tough to take as time marches on. While we gain experience our bodies don't regenerate I've been dropping hints that I would like to start decreasing hours further, maybe going PRN. The look of horror from the newer nurses tells me that they appreciate my being there even if upper administration doesn't know what I do! :)
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    The Cannibalism of Nursing

    Bingo card, OMG funny!!!!! Is there a Bonus Round for the square that has I Never Said What I Just Said twice?
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    The Cannibalism of Nursing

    why thank you! and I really do hope that it will help someone. Sometimes just seeing the facts laid out in front of you is enough to jog a reality check. At least that's how I've often found things when I'm working with a patient who hasn't yet figured out why, after doing A+B, C always happens. Maybe that will happen here too.
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    The Cannibalism of Nursing

    If this is clickbait, shame for posting it. If it is for real, we have here an LPN who has been working for a year and a half after somehow managing to accrue 26 grand in student debt (for a PN program??), doesn't know what she doesn't know about End of Life care or Pain Management, mocks her coworkers (if she is doing it here she does it there), has problems getting along with absolutely everyone, and comes here to complain that the problem lies with everyone else, not her. And that the reason everyone else she works with doesn't like her is because Nurses Eat Their Young, NOT that the nurse in question is difficult to work with and likely comes across as a know it all (based on the "older nurse who wanted to medicate my patient" comment). Even when she knows very little. Did I get that about right? OP if you're for real, don't interpret the responses on this thread to mean that everyone in the entire profession wants to snack on your butt. Interpret it to mean that it's time to evaluate your own interactions with coworkers and what kind of message you are sending about yourself. Take the opportunity to consider making some personal changes. At this point it's not likely that you'll be able to do any better in your current environment as by now no one wants to give you the time of day. Apply to another facility and bring a whole new attitude with you!
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    This is also an urban myth, and very old.
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    Funniest, Weirdest, Most Unusual Baby Names

    This is an urban myth.
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Own?

    A friend of mine is a police officer and she describes some of the most horrible hazing and cattiness I've ever heard of no matter what the gender. But I think she'd look at you weird if you suggested that Police Eat Their Young. Like I said before, people are people no matter where you go, there are friendly and unfriendly co-workers and it doesn't do our profession any good at all by insisting that our PITA colleagues are worse than another profession's PITA colleagues! I'm a little embarrassed at the level of complaining I'm seeing from people who seem to really believe that nursing is the one place where this kind of thing is a reality, has no one ever worked in any other field before???
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Own?

    About a million years ago I worked in an office where I started as a trainee and the person training me was well-placed in the unit/group, like the unofficial Lead. I like the job and liked learning and it wasn't long before she had taught me everything she was going to teach me to do the job well, and I did it well. So then I got offered a promotion, and it put me ahead of my Trainer in terms of standing. I wasn't her boss at all, just got a better gig and a bit more pay, and was given a better title and so on. I was thrilled! But the person who trained me did not find it so thrilling and she gave me the cold shoulder for what seemed like forever, she was blaming me for taking her promotion when in fact it was never her promotion, it just was a spot that opened up and it was given to me because I was the best person for the job. I'm sure she would tell you I backstabbed her to get that job but the fact is I was just better than her at what the job required! Sometimes people really will backstab you, but sometimes they rise above you because they are good or better promotion choices. One thing I do know lol is that since it wasn't a nursing job no one who complained ever said anyone ate their young lol!
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    Why Do Nurses Eat Their Own?

    You said you genuinely wanted opinions so here is mine, I think the title of this article is inflammatory and designed to get people to read something they otherwise might have just skipped over. I think that there are people who treat other people badly no matter what the profession and having yet another person harping about how Nurses Eat Their Own is just fanning a fire that should have been put out by now. I think that new nurses will cheer is and most experienced nurses will scoff at this and the whole thing will be pointless because in the end we all make our own beds, and we all must learn to lie in them. Reap what you sow, like that. There's nothing new about that!
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    My schooling included everything you described was in yours and it wasn't a BSN program. I know it prepared me at least as well as you believe yours prepared you, but I don't have a BSN, so I still don't see how it better prepared you than someone who had the same clinical components but fewer courses overall? if you mean you are better prepared than certain ADN programs in your area then that I can understand but if you're saying that your schooling was more comprehensive than any or all ADN programs I'd have to disagree.
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    because it costs them money. better to blame poor outcomes on those stupid, poorly educated nurses! then it's not the hospital's fault because after all they told them they need to get BSN degrees to fix the problem.
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    thank you commuter, because now we know the real answer, which is to throw out all the BSN and ASN grads and make Diploma School graduates the entry to practice! Yay! :) there are competent nurses and incompetent nurses in all areas of educational background, plenty to go around ;-)
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    A BSN new grad does not have better outcomes than a ADN new grad. BSNs having better outcomes has a lot more to do with having much more experienced nurses going to get the BSN degree later on, you and your BSN colleagues are interchangeable straight out of the chute. After you have the amount of experience that lots of the BSNs who have lots of experience also have, you'll have the same outcomes!
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    Do Bachelor's Degrees Save Lives? - The Facts about Earning a BSN

    Do Bachelor Degrees Save Lives? is the title of this op ed piece and the answer is a simple No. Competent Nurses Save Lives and they arrive at that competency by a number of routes, all of which are still valid and in use today. Next time my patient is circling the drain and I have to use my experience to draw on to figure out my next move maybe I should go find a Bachelor Degree since they save lives, I hear the degrees are hanging out in the breakroom lol.
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    Nursing: The Highly Skilled Customer Service Representative

    LOL! I think part of the trouble with using clients instead of patients is that professionals who have clients try hard to keep them coming back for repeat business. If nurses are doing our jobs as well as we can we should be trying to keep them from coming back over and over!
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