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    Why do you love being a nurse?

    Great coworkers, only working 3 days a week, flying in a helicopter when I do have to work...
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    Sexually harassed during clinicals by a male nurse

    Thanks for mansplaining her sexual harassment story. You're also making a pretty ridiculous false equivalency by bringing up fellow nurses, I mean "girls", asking you for lifting assistance.
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    HIPAA violation?

    Why were you looking in her chart? Unless you were the nurse in direct care of the patient you never should have opened it. Personally, if I had a family member admitted to a floor I worked on I would stay far, far away from it. You cannot discuss any aspect of her care with anyone in your family unless you have her express permission.
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    Medical Response?

    You have lots of good answers already but I'll throw my hat in. Flight nurse and medic here. The priorities are always always always A, B, C. It's nice to note that the patient is posturing and to know the proper terminology for it, but it's not particularly helpful in this scenario. Is the patient maintaining his/her airway? Yes? Move on to B. No? Open the mouth using a jaw thrust maneuver (c-spine c-spine c-spine) clear the airway with suction (as needed), insert an adjunct if possible, and assist ventilation with a BVM and 100% O2. Rendezvous with an ALS crew and transport rapidly.
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    As a RN, which would you choose?

    I would have been shocked if you showed me this as well. CPR is lifesaving. Why would you, as a person who is assumably healthy enough to be working as a nurse, not want to be resuscitated? Now, if I have metastatic cancer, that's a different story. Or if I'm 90. But there's a reason we do CPR...it work. It saves lives. I know people who have survived sudden cardiac arrest with 100% recovery.
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    Medical kidnap? Discuss

    Well, in the Mayo case, the family sound as if they were absolutely difficult to tolerate. However, if they were treating the patient as if she were legally able to make her own healthcare decisions then there was no reason why they should not have let her leave AMA or transfer to another facility. If you're in your right mind, of legal age, and not threatening to harm yourself they can't hold you hostage if you want to leave. Hospitals aren't prisons. To me it sounds like a pissing match (pardon my French) that got out of hand.
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    new nurse advice. screwed up?

    You're describing a patient with poor perfusion. Even if her BP "runs low", in this case, she is clearly symptomatic with poor perfusion. This would be a definite case where you need the physician to evaluate. I don't want to sound dramatic, but the signs and symptoms you are describing are ominous.
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    Uh, yeah. I'm surprised this person wasn't fired on the spot. That is completely unprofessional and unacceptable.
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    Wearing gloves with HIV positive patients

    Disagree with this. You are perfectly entitled to wear gloves every time you enter a patient room, but that is not standard precautions. I only wear gloves when there is a likelihood of encountering open skin or bodily fluids. Wash your hands before and after all patient contact and there is nothing to be afraid of. OP, your nurse was off base.
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    Dangers of teaching kids they can be boys or girls

    Your idea of presenting a reputable source is a...YouTube video? Let's see some peer reviewed research that backs up what you're saying. Anecdotes and YouTube videos won't cut it. If you make inflammatory, controversial comments on a public forum without backing them up, you're going to get called out on it.
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    Want to be a nurse but I am really bad academically

    I can tell by reading your posts that you are a thoughtful, intelligent person. Don't be so hard on yourself. The advice given to you here has been really good so far, and I just echo the suggestion to go to a good local community college and get a math tutor. Pursue CNA training as well - that will be a good start if you want to be a nurse. You can do this. Just because you've not been successful with math before doesn't mean you can't NOW. Go for it.
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    HR fired/terminated

    That sounds like a question that nobody here can answer definitively. I will say though, if you were fired by your manager then you were fired. The fact that your name is still active in the system is really meaningless.
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    How confident are you with reading tele

    Yes, quite comfortable. I've been a flight nurse/critical care transport nurse for a few years now and it is an essential skill. Would recommend a book called "Rapid Interpretation of EKGs" by Dale Durbin as a resource.
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    Knaves, Fools, and the Pitfalls of Micromanagement

    Excellent article. Really spot on.
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    Was I wrong?

    You were exactly right. I would've done the same thing. Your coworker doesn't have the right to say that her sickle cell patient isn't in pain. Pfft. Kudos to you for doing the right thing and advocating for your patient.
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    Need some guidance on where to start..

    I think starting off in med surg is great. And chances would be good of landing a travel contract with a year of med surg and a year of ED experience. Some agencies may require more experience...you'll just have to do some more research.