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In my limited spare time I love relaxing on my So Cal beaches and planning (real and imaginary) vacations.
I reblog what makes me smile, cry, or think.
Like, I’m sorry honey, I know we are having some major house keeping issues here today, but there is not reason that you need to have a full room clean 3 times daily (aside from reasons like you’re smearing shit all over the walls or God knows what else).
I swear this is half of my job as a nurse.
What's your view on male nurses?
I love working with male nurses! The female nurses I work with are pretty great but there can be a lot of gossip and drama. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely male nurses that gossip but typically the ones on my unit don’t get involved.
I have observed that the male nurses I work with are well respected by doctors, their patients, and other team members. The nurse on my unit who is most commonly mentioned by patients as being their favorite is male.
I should mention- every once in a while we’ll have a patient who will request to have female nurses only. This really has to do with the patients comfort level.
Hope this helps!
You guys I have to say it!
Male nurses have it made. No one ever questions their judgement. It’s like doctors and patients and family members just assume a male nurse is good at his job but we women (especially young pretty ones) have to prove we know our shit first.
This angers me. If I ever see a doc doing that to a female nurse I will happily and firmly correct that shit. My default position is that - until proven otherwise - anyone who gets through nursing school (medical school, flight school, the police academy, whatever…) does in fact “know their shit.”
It’s usually subtle like if a doc asks what the patients creatinine was yesterday and I don’t know it right away and offer to look it up (even tho they have a fuckin iPad in their pocket and were just on the computer for 20 minutes) I can sense their attitude. If the nurse is male they can get away with not knowing a single lab value and the same doc will just be like “it’s cool man, don’t worry about it. I’ll just look it up here.” And it just sucks bc I know a couple make nurses that are just awful. Like I would never let them care for me or a loved one. And they get twice the respect that our best female nurse would get by default.
We have the same issue but coming from 2 families. If I come on nights and the family complains and I tell them it was one of the male nurses who was there on days (we have 5 on days, 3 good 2 shitty) they drop the complaint and just say oh well not really a big deal. If it was a female nurse they make a huge issue out of what is always a tiny issue. Drives me nuts.
I'm not sure if you've already answered something like this, but I just finished my 2 years of pre-req's and I'm starting in a nursing program in less than a month. So, what tips/pointers/advice do you have for surviving studying, classes, and clinicals? Thanks so much (& thanks for the daily laughs!).
Here are my pathophysiology notes. Hahaha
My recommendations for managing life:
1) Rewrite your notes - handwrite or type up your own notes after the lecture, preferably within the first 24-48 hours after a lecture. Put things in your own terms, draw pictures, make up mnemonics and pictures.
2) Use colors, pictures, and mnemonics to help you remember the dry material - pharm especially.
3) Schedule EVERYTHING. You will have moving parts like clinical, lab, class, and studying so make sure you write down everything and try and block out some time every day to review notes or study.
4) Quiz yourself or teach subjects to yourself - if you can’t put it in laymen’s terms or explain it in simpler terms you probably don’t understand it.
5) Schedule in some down time/free time. Take time to watch your favorite TV show, run, sit out by the pool, read, whatever makes you happy.
6) Schedule in extra time for everything - if you need to be at clinical at 6:30, get there at 6:10, there is nothing worse than being late and you can sit in the parking lot and study if you’re early.
7) Remember that everyone else is going through this too. Study with a group or support each other. Nursing school is hard and no one handles it perfectly. Ask for help when you need it and support others when they need help.
8) Take advantage of tutoring early and regularly if you are struggling to understand a concept. Everything will build on itself, don’t think you can BS your way through the class and be fine. Really understand the content.
Hope this helps!! Ask me anything, honestly. I’m not perfect at life, I have struggled in nursing school but I am more than willing to share what works for me.
All great ideas. Some I need to be better at.
Jesus was a homeless Palestinian anarchist who held protests at oppressive churches, advocated for universal health care and redistribution of wealth, before being arrested for terrorism, tortured and executed for crimes against the state, now go ahead and explain to me why he’d vote conservative. I’ll wait.
i’m sorry that’s just the best sentence i’ve ever read
Canon Jesus is so much cooler than American Jesus.
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