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nurs4kids has 20 years experience and specializes in Pediatric Rehabilitation.

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  1. nurs4kids

    Jeff State Spring 2016 Applicants

    Hubs got in, Shelby! Good luck to all of you!
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    Is a physical exam required before being licensed as an LPN

    OP, I just acquired a job as a case manager....after twenty years RN experience, AND a BSN. I think others are trying to be nice, but I am going to be blunt to try to save your daughter from wasting tons of money, AND the mental anguish of nursing school. Nursing school is no place for someone who is mentally OR physically fragile; it is hard as hell, period. And if, by some chance, she made it past that, then her chances of obtaining a case manager job as a LVN/LPN with little or no experience is almost impossible. They want degrees, AND experience as a floor nurse. Also, a position as a case manager is mentally taxing; I am not sure she really wants to do that either! Kudos to your daughter for continuing to push in spite of her health issues!!! Good luck!
  3. nurs4kids

    Jeff State Spring 2016 Applicants

    Feeneisha, it is already interesting! Here I am with twenty years exp as a RN, and he is only taking the basic sciences. He discusses things, or asks me questions r/t anatomy, and I look at him like he has three heads. He has photographic memory, me-not so much. Just last week, we had a debate over a craniotomy vs craniectomy. I spent half my career in neurosurgery, so I had no doubt I was correct. Let's just say I will not argue with him about medical terminology ever again. My 16 year old daughter got a kick out of it. ;-) Thanks for the well wishes. Congrats and good luck to you two!!
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    Jeff State Spring 2016 Applicants

    Okay, I've read the threads on "Jeff State Applicants" from the past several years. I couldn't find one on Spring 2016. Looks like in the past, the cut-off scores ranged from 170-180. Apps are due next week. My husband is applying at both Shelby and Jefferson campuses with 177 points (117 on TEAS, and has only taken Bio 103 & first A&P). He does have a transferred in 3.9 GPA though. We are hoping for this semester, but worst case we feel confident on next semester after adding another 30 from the second A&P he's taking right now. I thought I would start a thread so we can all wait out the next several weeks of misery together! ;-) I think am more nervous than my husband!
  5. nurs4kids

    THANK YOU, to the staff, mods, and admins....

    My heart goes out to the Allnurses community. I am rarely around here these days, but when I was told the news by a coworker, my heart broke for everyone. Brian was an amazing man who made a tremendous impact on the nursing profession. Tracy
  6. nurs4kids

    Sex in the workplace.....what do YOU think should be done?

    LOVE IT! Umm, can I get this doc's number? We all know that we don't become alarmed until it's been 45 minutes or so with multiple pages and still no call back. I've been searching for this type man for years. :/
  7. nurs4kids

    "Sir or Ma'am" when addressing physicians?

    I apologize for inconveniencing you with my insignificant post. Was not my attempt to make a "big deal" as I was simply interested to see how other colleagues felt about this insignificant, non-issue. I, too, have had MD's address me as "Mrs." and I address them as "Dr." and every now and then with an attending, I may even throw in a "sir" but that was not the question; "ma'am and sir" was the question in the OP. The other nurse, who brought it to my attention, is also male and it actually disturbed him more than it did me, so I wondered if it was related to male-male interaction. Rest assured that no "big deal" was made of the original incident; we all left the shift holding hands and singing "Kumbaya" as it was our last night for 7. To everyone else who replied, thanks for your input. I am with the majority in that I tend to offer and address depending on the amount of respect I am shown. Only thing different with me is that I absolutely refuse to call them by their first names, even if they address themselves by first name. I personally feel that they deserve the title of "Dr." simply because of the hard work and sacrifice necessary to become a MD. Altra, I like your observation. While he is a very respectful young man and does address everyone the same as the docs, I do believe he over uses when speaking with a doc because it stands out (both of us had noticed it without it being pointed out); it's almost excessive. He intended no disrespect to coworkers or anyone, nor was any taken. We were just concerned with him setting himself up to be "looked down upon." He's a new nurse, lacking confidence, and I think that may play a role in his overuse AND our perception of how it could be interpreted.
  8. Just curious to the general opinion of fellow nurses. Raised and practice in the south, but ran into a funny debate this past week. While I was raised to say ma'am and sir, it is not my practice to do so when addressing doctors at work. Maybe because I'm older than most of them or perhaps it just isn't customary? I'm not sure. The debate arose as another coworker and I listened (and cringed) to a nurse on the phone with a doctor. A well raised (by southern standards) 24 year old, he seems to amost be excessive with the, "yes, sir..yes, sir...yes sir" in his telephone conversations. He's a great kid (I only pray mine will turn out so well) and when we mentioned to him he may want to tone down the "sir's" he was visably offended. We tried explaining that he was setting himself up to be "run over" by being submissive, but he didn't buy that--said if he got run over it'd be because he allowed himself to be run over, not because he was being respectful (he may have a point?). Most of our physician's are not from the south and most that we deal with are residents, so they are also very young. All this left me pondering what is the PROFESSIONAL standard for addressing physicians? Food for thought...
  9. And I suspect this is where the hearing loss correlation comes in....
  10. nurs4kids

    They won't stop calling me!

    Haha..it was too funny to edit. No, not perverse my marriage, but preserve. However, sometimes I may perverse it a bit too!
  11. nurs4kids

    They won't stop calling me!

    There is a huge difference in attitude of "seasoned" nurses and the younger generations. I fall in the seasoned group, but completely understand and agree with the younger generation thought process. Nursing is NOT a calling. Ministry is a calling, whereas the Lord "calls" you to preach. If nursing were truly a calling, we'd be willing to do it without pay; just for the satisfaction of answering the call. I love my little patients, but I'd much rather spend the day with my family, so a calling it is not. It's a job, period. I worked *only* weekends when my children were small. It was nice for a few months and then it got old and tiring quickly. To suggest the OP should be on call (without pay) simply because she *only* works weekends is ridiculous. She was hired to work weekends and that is her *only* responsibility..to the facility and to the patient. Many nights, I left a sick toddler/infant to go to work. Those nights would be filled with misery and distraction; I gave very little to my patients. One night I realized I was insane. It was impossible to truly care for another while my very own flesh and blood was at home needing me. Is that wrong? No, it's a mother. As a charge nurse, I am not bothered by those who don't answer the phone. I take it as a, "no." No need to keep calling back, vm works just fine. Nor do I feel obligated to answer during my off time. I normally do though, and have no problem saying, "No, but thanks for calling." I don't feel the need to offer a reason, afterall I am off. So, if you want to answer, answer. If you don't, don't. It's your choice. I don't see either as wrong. First and foremost, I am a mother. Secondly, a wife, then daughter, sister, friend, etc. Nurse is way down the line. When I'm working, I give 110% to my patients and facility. When I'm home, I give 110% to family/friends; that leaves no room for me to give to work when I'm off. I like it this way and it will stay this way. If my desire to raise my own kids (rather than a babysitter doing so) and perverse my marriage causes the fall of nursing, then it was very unstable prior to my arrival in the profession. Name me ONE other profession where call is taken during off time (not during "call time"). There are none. It is the belief that nursing is a calling that has held back our profession, not the new belief that it is a career that allows you to care for others. Hold your position, you owe them nothing beyond the weekends.
  12. FWIW--this did NOT happen at a HOSPITAL pharmacy. This was an outside IV company that was at fault. It actually effected patients in several Birmingham hospitals; not just one. Thank God, my hospital does not use that company. Local reports say the bacteria was found in several places in the prep area AND that sterilization should have killed the bacteria but did not. I'm not sure this was a particular pharmacist/pharmacist tech error; sounds like a system error. As a side note of interest...the owner shut up shop the day the story broke and is said to have left town. That has guilt written all over it imo.
  13. nurs4kids

    VP shunt...yikes

    Wow!! Never, in over 15 years of caring for VP shunt revisions have I heard of that!! I would think there would be some obvious neuro changes with that drastic pressure change.
  14. Most hospitals will hire you as a CA after your second nursing class. There is another CA program in the Gardendale area, but I don't know the name.
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    Lawson or JeffState

    This is probably a bit late, but I had to defend Lawson after reading the posts here. I attended Lawson back in the 90's before it was integrated (I was the token white girl). I could not have asked for a better education. I had attended Jeff State and UAB prior to going to Lawson and only ended up there because of a scholarship. I hated Jeff State. Lawson's nursing program rocked in the 90's and I seriously doubt it's changed much. I don't know their current NCLEX pass rate, but they use to have the top rate in the area. If you leave Lawson and can't pass NCLEX, then something is terribly wrong. Both schools are great schools. Lawson is tough, but for a reason. For anyone to say Jeff State is the better school is just a matter of opinion...in my opinion.
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    How to prevnt Medication Administration Errors

    I came here searching for this exact thread. My facility is researching "Med Admin Distractions" and we will initiate an action plan sometime this year. I found the attached file and thought you may find it useful. I too would love to hear what other facilities have done to address this issue. Environmentworkflowstaffingpatternsmederrors.pdf
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