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    Novice Providers & Mortality

    Maybe Nurse Practitioners are more prepared for the stress of practicing as newbies? I think back to being a new nurse, having little frame of reference for clinical judgement, pathophysiology, medications, and technique for nursing procedures (IV's working the pump, placing ng tubes and catheters, etc). Not saying I wasn't educated, but working through that lack of experience is not unfamiliar ground for new grad NP's. So in a sense, we may be more prepared than new MD's and DO's. We may have more skills with troubleshooting, researching, and asking for help. The role is certainly different than registered nursing, and it would be helpful if there was more of a structured entry into practice across the board. At least some sort of mentorship program with another health professional would be valuable,and would hopefully make it a safer situation for patients.
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    Did you contract anything from a patient?

    Only from my coworkers who don't stay home when sick, and then spread their germs all over the breakroom... I've started wiping everything down before I eat lunch (along with the standard hand hygiene). So sick of catching whatever junk people bring from home.
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    Nursing is not what it is made out to be..

    I somewhat agree with the OP. Nursing is very romanticized, especially during nursing school. The reality is quite different...
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    Any one pursuing a DNP, this fall?

    "In 2008, 13.2 percent of the nation's registered nurses held either a master's or doctoral degree as their highest educational preparation. The current demand for master's- and doctorally prepared nurses for advanced practice, clinical specialties, teaching, and research roles far outstrips the supply." AACN retrieved from American Association of Colleges of Nursing | Nursing Fact Sheet Wish there were some more current stats...
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    Any one pursuing a DNP, this fall?

    Yes, the amount of programs has certainly increased. However, the percentage of DNP prepared nurses is very small compared to MSN, BSN, and Associates prepared nurses. I remember seeing it broken down somewhere but am trying to find the official source. Will post when I find it....
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    New at Charge, HELP!

    I was forced into being charge. It started off as "we need someone for Saturday nights" and then it turned into an every night I work I'm charge kind of thing... Being successful at charge nurse does not depend solely on your experience, although experience certainly helps. The right kind of personality and ability to be a team player as well as a leader are the most important things to focus on. Rely on the experienced nurses as resources and mentors.
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    Any one pursuing a DNP, this fall?

    The only reason I am considering DNP when I am done with my MSN is because I love teaching. Also, I may want to be more diverse as a nurse practitioner. For example, teaching full time or part time and seeing patients full time or part time. Plus there is the prestige of having a terminal degree. Not a lot of people can say they have it. Drawbacks for me are cost, time, time away from my family, wanting to start a family, and me wanting a break from school. In addition, I struggled with my research project regarding the implementation. I am not looking forward to another in depth process of a huge project that is required with DNP or PhD.
  8. People with afib will can have odd readings, both high and low, that require a manual for accuracy.
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    Patients Say the Darnedest Things

    "Show me how to work this bed alarm so it doesn't go off."
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    Really hard choice

    What would your dad want you to do? Also, you could always have a discussion with your manager regarding scheduling so you can have more time with your family. You may be able to have your cake and eat it too. I suspect there will be difficulty and heart wrenching moments with whatever you choose. Good luck to you.
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    My coworker was high and got away with it

    The policy at my work when someone is suspected of being under the influence is... Employee informs the charge Charge informs the manager Manager informs nursing supervisor Employee is taken for immediate bac/urine drug testing. Nowhere in this process are patients interviewed or the accused person's charting is checked. The op didn't do anything wrong. The charge should have looked up the policy and procedure for handing this situation.
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    The Nurse at the Bedside

    I would love bedside nursing if my feet didn't hurt, my body wasn't sore, and the patient ratios were a little more reasonable and safe... And if I wasn't charge nurse, a role I was talked into performing by my manager.
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    Math requirement for RNs?

    I think it depends on how you define math literacy. Setting up an equation for dosage calculations correctly shows that you are math literate. The people who can't make it this far have no place in nursing, calculator or not.
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    Dysfunctional Unit?

    Attitude reflects leadership. Your leader is probably the one who needs the attitude adjustment. I think teams can be built back up over time, but it could take a while to regain trust on both sides regardless of who has been wronged.
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    Dealing with a dirty old man

    It makes me wonder about the state of nursing when if given the choice, we choose getting groped over getting punched in the face...
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    Charge Nurse

    On my unit, it's more like who is willing to be charge? Everyone hates it. We have no guarantees on patient ratios. We do get a differential, but I'm not sure the stress is worth it.

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