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I guess I'll finally fill this out! I currently work in the ER for 2 hospitals in North Carolina and as exhausting as it is I have a hard time seeing myself anywhere but the ER. I am 2 weeks away from being finished with my BSN (PRAISE THE LORD!) It has been a long year but it is worth it. I also hold a BS in Biology. I'll probably hang out on the forum more often after school and my wedding are over. Always into trading perspectives and ideas with new people! If it takes me a while to respond I apologize in advance! Let's chat, get inspired, vent, cry, and celebrate together!

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  1. AtLeastMyDogLovesMe

    Forced to resign after 7 weeks

    I agree. Sometimes asking the question that your mind is processing can be received poorly. We weren't there so we can't say but perhaps you don't exude confidence with your questions? For example, your discription of the Zocyn situation seems pretty cut and dry. You either A) prime the zocyn, grab the dilaudid, push, then attach zocyn or you do it the long way by running the zocyn then stopping it to give the pain medication. I think you are overcomplicating things. You obviously know what to do just do it. Sorry your first experience was so rough. Maybe your next gig will have a more patient staff. Shake it off and in my mind no need to mention it in interviews. Good luck!
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    How much do YOU think nurses are worth?

    The problem with comparing what we do to celebs and athletes or even high earning business people is we don't really make the hospital money, per se. Pwople will pay 150 dollars a ticket or more to watch someone throw or kick a ball but they don't think they need to pay their medical bills. While you could argue that many people keep coming back to a facility because they like the nurses, Healthcare isn't a typical business set up. A high powered sales guy for a huge bank can say yes i deserve a bonus because i single handedly made this back 10 million dollars. Nursing doesn't work that way. Plus let's not forget the biggest users of hospitals are ppl who are broke anyway. High income earning individuals are a) healthy hence being high income ppl and b) have the means to get things done outpatient. If my income as an ER nurse was a reflection of my clients ability to pay for services I'd be really really hungry! Lol
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    Becoming a CEU provider?

    Thanks!
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    Becoming a CEU provider?

    Do any of you movers and shakers out there have any experience becoming a continuing ed credit provider? I did some preliminary searching and found what is required for my state and I know I need to apply with the ANCC or some other organization that has the right to issue credits. Is there anyone out there who has built up a business as a provider from the ground up? Thoughts? Challenges? Successes? Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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    Will my EMT experience help get a job as an ER-Nurse?

    Hmm...There mere fact that you are asking this question tells me that you don't have an experience problem. You have a self marketing problem. When the time comes to shine up your resume and get ready for interviews take time to study how to market yourself on a resume when you have little to no experience and study how to ace a job interview. If you know how, you can make ANY experience relevant.
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    How to decrease new grad anxiety

    You won't get over the nerves until you get the experience. Don't do any intervention unsupervised that you've never done before. Bring an experienced nurse you trust with you to walk you through. Take your time and know what you're doing any time you are preparing to do something invasive or give a major medication. No one has ever died from 500mg of Tylenol so don't stress over small stuff. Take your stuff that can kill some one (electrolytes and insulin for example) very seriously and make sure you always reevaluate. You will be fine. :)
  7. AtLeastMyDogLovesMe

    Why the double standard.

    I certainly "get it." I would never want to be accused of rape/battery for simply doing my job. I will stop what I am doing in a heartbeat to help a male colleague get a task done and would fight anyone that made any false accusations. Unfortunately, many guys use it as an excuse to not do ANYTHING other than start an IV for female patients. Its okay to be cautious but its NOT okay to constantly ask me to do your job FOR you instead of WITH you. In fact I flat out walked away from one of our transport paramedics because he stopped me from going to the bathroom to put his transport leads on a patient. I said are you kidding?? Your partner is right there any you literally transport patients on the heart monitor on a daily basis and you've NEVER asked me to do it before. Do it with your partner at the bedside and stop acting like boobs are a big deal. Sorry for the vent but that just grates my cheese! lol
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    Nursing is Just a Job- common myths in nursing

    I dunno...I think having that attitude is exactly what makes many nurses miserable. "Its just a job." "I'm just a robot following the doctor's orders." I know for me having those thoughts made it very hard to go to work some days. Nursing is a baby in its development of a profession and it is going to have some growing pains. I think we would get more fulfillment if we started to stand up for our profession, push for development and growth, and took more control over our careers and developed entrepreneurship. I think if we do these things we can start to develop our own autonomy and feel less like robots just taking MD orders. ...omg I sound like an old lady academic
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    So what's going to happen to health care now?

    Love this. I was an advocate of the ACA for that exact reason...it SEEMED that it was going to FORCE competition. Business people and advocates of free market are always screaming to let the markets regulate themselves. In theory the ability to choose insurance would then make insurance cheaper if I have choice beyond my employer. Unfortunately that hasn't been what has happened for many people. I had a friend who when he initially signed up on the exchanges was quoted something astronomical. He went back on and reapplied and got insurance for less than $100 a month. Don't ask me what he changed but obviously he changed something major! In regards to what to expect, who knows? The president elect said whatever he needed to say to get into office. I'm not sure he even believed 98% of what came out of his mouth. Further, he isn't a politician and I am not sure he has any earthly idea how things really work in Washington. I think he is going to get one of hell of an education come January 20th.
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    Clinical Judgement Call...Not sure if I did the right thing

    As an ER nurse I can say you definitely did the right thing. We get patients from LTC that are sent for normal chronic complaints without ANY intervention prior to calling EMS...you saw a change, you did the interventions available to you so yes, you were completely appropriate. That sort of patient is a slam dunk EKG and troponin maybe even admission at some hospitals.
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    Regret becoming a nurse....

    Cocoa, There are MANY comments and so far the ones I have read contained some solid advice. I too would like to echo the sentiment that what you are feeling is NORMAL. I can't think of the theorist that talks about the stages of nurse psychological development. Benner talks about professional development but I can't remember who talks about the mental stuff. Basically you are at the stage where the realism of the job is hitting you. I have to admit that can lead to some rough days and make it hard to get up in the morning. I don't think you should make any permanent decisions just yet. I know it probably sounds ridiculous right now, but you should wait about 6 more months before making any final decisions. I say that because it is typically around the year mark where one really starts to flow develop a rhythm and confidence. Then you can accurately decide if the job is for you or not. Don't make a permanent choice to give up your license while you are in the hardest days. Further, there are many things you can do as an RN including research. Start to look beyond call lights and ungrateful people. Compared to medicine, nursing is a very young profession and rapidly changing. Is there something you can do to develop the profession in the areas you like? Why can't you function as a nurse working with Alzheimer patients? Can you perhaps start your own home care business for these kinds of patients one day? Just throwing some things out there. I too have found myself rationalizing that it is just a job and not really a profession. You will see many people thinking the same here on allnurses venting those frustrations. Remind yourself that is not really true and can really downplay just how important we are to healthcare. Don't devalue your work! What we do is valuable. Keep your head up!
  12. AtLeastMyDogLovesMe

    When to apply for jobs NYC new grad

    There's typically a new grad "hiring season" at the start of the new year. Don't waste time applying for non-new grad positions. Find out when the hospitals you are interested in accept new grads.
  13. AtLeastMyDogLovesMe

    Having doubts about nursing school. I'm desperate, any advice appreciated.

    She didn't say she had a nurse position. She just said she had a position...
  14. AtLeastMyDogLovesMe

    Having doubts about nursing school. I'm desperate, any advice appreciated.

    Hmmm...I hate to generalize, but there is definitely one thing to keep in mind with what we do - it is female dominated. So with that being said there are definitely situations where there's "too many women in the kitchen." One of my fears when going into nursing school was knowing how being with a lot of ladies can be sometimes...especially since I am the kind of girl who always got along better with boys anyway. On the flip side, I have worked with some WONDERFUL women and BEAUTIFUL humans that I look up to. I will say this though...I have NEVER not wanted to do my job because I was with a bunch of cliquey/miserable nurses. There are many units like that but there are many units where they get along REALLY well. There are even cases where maybe day shift is cliquey and don't work together but night shift is cohesive. It just kind of depends on the personalities in that department. Should you ever let that get in the way of YOUR income, YOUR future, and YOUR career?? HECK NO! There are many options that do not include being at the bedside in a department you loathe. So if your career aspirations lead you to want more, then go get it. Certainly don't let a bunch of sour grapes spoil your wine!
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    New nurse feeling inadequate

    Completely agree. Being a new nurse is already hard enough much less being on an high acuity, advanced level unit. What you are feeling is normal and it probably takes about a year to completely get over the jitters and be confident in what you're doing. I don't think you've done the job long enough to formulate an honest opinion of it. One piece of advice shared with me was, every time you hear something that you aren't familiar with, write it down and look it up. Do that about once a week. Three more months from now you'll start to wonder why you were ever so nervous :)
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