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  1. So we make the patient sign a consent that says if anyone is caught using or even touching the machine/mask they will be asked to leave the facility and the Nitrous will be removed from the room. We decided to take a no tolerance policy on it and we were worried at first but we actually have never had an issue with it!
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    SHHHHH, dont tell anyone I'm a RN

    I worked as a CNA throughout nursing school and for a few months after graduating while I was job hunting. I was honest with my employer and she knew as soon as I found a job as an RN, I'd be out of there. But, it was never questioned whether or not I could remain there having a higher degree.
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    Enrolling in online RN to BSN after NCLEX: Should I work?

    Working full time and doing your RN-BSN is manageable. I don't have kids but I worked full time (3 12's per week) and did the program full time. It was only 3 semesters. The biggest thing is to stay organized. Once I got all of my due dates for the semester, I would put them in my planner and work around my due dates.
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    Should I become a CNM or Air Force CNM?

    I'm in the same boat. I want to go back for my Masters and I have always wanted to be a CNM but now that I work in labor and delivery as an RN and see their lifestyle, I'm not sure. I've been tossing around a masters in management/leadership or education. I feel like I'm at an impase.
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    Shift work and dating

    Ugh, I have the same exact problem! But, I have tried a dating website on and off for a few years with no success. I wish there were more healthcare networking..it would be nice to meet someone that understands my lifestyle.
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    CNAs give medications

    I used to do this before I became an RN. I was a CNA at an Assisted Living and I took a few hour course to become a "med tech". I always made sure I covered myself because I felt unsafe doing it. I couldn't tell any of them what their medications were for, I was just tasked with giving it to them. We frequently had missing narcotics.
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    Hurricane Irma

    I signed up for the hurricane team and we are reporting to work tomorrow at 0700 (even though I am nightshift). I was also at work for 3 days last year during Matthew. I will be there Sat-Tuesday and we get double pay. I am bringing my scrubs, PJs, linens, towel, toiletries, water, games, magazines, and snacks. They are providing meals, but I may not like what they are providing. They told us to bring our own linens this year because the amount of laundry last year was apparently ridiculous. We will hopefully be sleeping in our postpartum unit since it will be closed. Stay safe!
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    Enrolling in online RN to BSN after NCLEX: Should I work?

    I enrolled in an online only RN-BSN program right after finishing school and I think it helped me get my job. A lot of hospitals are Magnet or going Magnet and want to know that you're going to go back for it. I worked full time and did the program in 3 semesters, easily. I started school in august and work in september. If an assigment needed a real life experience and I didn't have one, I did a "what if". It's all about organization. Right when I got my due dates of assignments in the beginning of the semester I would put them all in my planner. Then I'd make my work schedule around that, knowing I need to get an assignment done if I work the 2 nights before it's due, etc.
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    Working Toward CNM - Will Job-Hopping Make Me Look Unreliable?

    I would think you would want to work in labor and delivery to see if being a CNM is what you really want. We (labor nurses) work very closely with CNM's at my hospital. I have been debating going back for my CNM but am hesitant due to their lifestyle. I also shadowed a midwife in the office to see what they do besides deliver babies. One of our fellow midwives started as an L&D nurse at the same time as CNM school and regretted not having any labor experience. Her first vaginal exam was as a midwife student vs as a nurse. Of course everyone is different, but I think it would be beneficial.
  10. So, we are in the process of starting Nitrous at our hospital. From all of the research we have done, most hospitals have a consent form to sign and in that it says that if anyone other than the patient is caught using it, it will be taken away immediatley and that person will be escorted out of the room. We will also exaggerate that upon initiation. Hope this helps.
  11. I graduated May 2014 and passed my NCLEX in June 2014. I applied to nearly 10 hospitals within a 60ish mile radius and put out nearly 200 applications. Keep checking back. All it takes is one person to take a chance on you. All of my friends found a job way before me and I was also discouraged. I ended up starting on a med surg floor in September 2014. Also, many hospitals have new graduate programs but only do them at certain times of the years, so look for that also. Keep your head up and keep applying! New positions are posted daily. Also keep a look out for hiring events!