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What kind of nurse are you?

I graduated nursing school almost two years ago and got a job doing inpatient acute care nursing on a telemetry floor. I basically have that down now and I'm clear I don't want to be this kind of nurse forever. Part of the appeal of nursing is there are, supposedly, a million different kinds of jobs nurses can do. So what are they and how do I get into those jobs? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 6, 2014 - 21 answers

 

Care and feeding of home medical professionals?

This weekend, I'm going to have a home infusion nurse in my house for approximately 4 hours a day while I'm hooked up to an IV. This process is going to repeat every 4-5 weeks indefinitely, to treat an autoimmune condition. What do I do with her? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Feb 14, 2014 - 15 answers

How much should I spend on my education?

Go to the far away, cheap nursing school, or close, expensive one? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Feb 9, 2014 - 16 answers

The wide world of healthcare

Calling all nurse practitioners: tell me about your career. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Recovering from a mistake in nursing

I'm a new RN but was terminated after I screwed up and verbally abused a patient. Help me figure out what's next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Breastfeeding-convenient fashion help!

Tall, broad shoulders, large bust, small waist and hips, at two months out I fit back into pre-pregnancy jeans but none of my shirts work for my new (hormonally-enhanced) shape or for breastfeeding. What do nursing mothers with the shoulders of a lumberjack wear? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon on Jan 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Migraines and hospital night shift mitigation

My friend is in nursing, working in an ER right now, and also finishing up a degree to be a nurse practitioner, with intention to work in a hospital emergency dept. She suffers from migraines, and whenever she's worked a nightshift, she's been hit with a terrible one at 3 or 4 in the morning. It seems like new hires in every position she's found are expected to take on regular night shifts, and that even later on they'll be expected to do that a few times each month. Is there any hope of getting hired in an ER at that level with a stipulation that drastically limits the number of night shifts she has to endure, or is there really no recourse other than to leave the emergency department in order to work. (In her present job, she's been doing regular 12-hour daytime shifts, which has been fine.)
posted by spbmp on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Help picking NCLEX review flashcards.

My fiancee is graduating with her BSN, and is taking the NCLEX in two months. What flashcards should I buy her? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Dec 9, 2013 - 2 answers

I need a review or overview of nursing quality indicator systems.

I am on the hunt for a review, overview, listing of, or any other compilation of sorts that you may find explaining all the different American quality indicator systems in health care, specifically nursing if you're that good. AHRQ, ANA, NDNQI, .... but a more inclusive list and description of all their individual quality outcome management recommendations. I've been searching for days and haven't really found exactly what I need or want. Thanks!
posted by acertainseason on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Adult looking for answers about college, specifically Nursing school.

I'm a 31 year old single father who currently has something of a dead-end job after giving a sales career a shot (I was terrible). I have a BA in History from Ohio State with a graduating GPA of 2.42 (it's fun working full time, going to school full time and raising a kid full time!). I want to go back to school, but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace on Nov 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Expectant mefite ISO cat-pee proof chair for baby noms and writing work

For the past year or so, this has been my writing/computing set-up. The chair (a used Shermag glider) was super comfortable, but also super ugly. But my cat keeps peeing on it, and crazynesting has me wanting a better-looking (and smelling) cat-pee proof replacement. Challenge: under $200. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Breastfeeding help for two month old

I've looked at the archives but couldn't find much specific to my situation. I have been breastfeeding my nine week old since he was born, but recently things have gotten more painful. It's never been easy or pain free, but lately nursing has resulted in so much bleeding that my poor little guy is spitting up pink/red after a feeding. I have four days left of maternity leave and an appointment with my OB in two Thursdays, but is there anything I can do in the meantime to make feedings a little less upsetting for both of us? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Aug 25, 2013 - 28 answers

Advice for applying to grad school and coming up with a backup plan.

I need to figure out what I'll do if I don't get in. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Nursing someone after oral surgery: how to not screw it up edition

A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but 1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people 2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure 3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt. So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jul 8, 2013 - 22 answers

Nursing after one year

My little guy will be turning one this month. Nursing is going fine and I work at home so I am able to nurse him frequently throughout the day (and once at night). Soon I'll need to decide whether to continue nursing or wean him. I'd like to know more about the experience of nursing an older baby, between one and two. Also, I am wondering how continuing to nurse will effect my weight loss efforts, appetite, and appearance.
posted by bq on Jun 6, 2013 - 29 answers

Should I become a phlebotomist as a path to PA school?

I'm 27 and would like to become a physician's assistant (PA), but don't have any background in medicine, a prerequisite for nearly every PA program. Should I go through a phlebotomy program? Are there phlebotomy jobs out there? Would this be a good way to get working hours as a medical professional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I find a nursing job in a tight job market?

I’m relocating to Baltimore, MD and looking for a nursing job. I’m fresh out of nursing school, which does not work in my favor, but beyond that consider myself to be a strong applicant... [more inside]
posted by margoc19 on May 14, 2013 - 17 answers

How much does Medicare pay for a room - just the room, overnight?

[USA filter] Even with the new disclosures I can't figure out how much Medicare pays for just a hospital or nursing home room - 24 hours. Just the room charge. [more inside]
posted by cda on May 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Foolproof way to feed baby kittens?

I've got three new baby kittens with no mother, and I need to feed them. I don't have access to any good pet stores or veterinary clinics, but I do have lactose-free baby formula and a plastic syringe with the needle removed, which I've been using to feed them so far. But is there a foolproof method of holding them or something to get them to drink from it? I can usually get them to drink, but only about half of the amount recommended. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Apr 23, 2013 - 20 answers

trying to patch together a career.

Unemployed, interested in a bunch of things, not sure how they fit together. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 18, 2013 - 18 answers

Find the snowflake a Public Health job

How should my friend search for a job? African-born U.S. citizen, 10 years of nursing experience in the U.S. (fully certified), Public Health masters degree, experience with research, Experience with refugees, sex workers, AIDs, and basic research
posted by jander03 on Apr 2, 2013 - 11 answers

neonatal nurse side income jobs

Asking for my wife, who is a neonatal nurse that is taking some time off to spend at home with our kiddo. She's interested in what kinds of side jobs might be available for someone with a neonatal nurse's experience. [more inside]
posted by striker on Feb 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Applying for nursing school and just a bit lost

I may be able to apply for nursing school as early as this fall. Yay! Can you help me come up with some resources to help guide me through the application process and assess the merits of different programs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Nursing Transfers

Asking for my brother: He is attending a 4 year university for a BSN in nursing. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Dec 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Need to find someone in NYC to help look after my Parkinsons-having dad.

I'll try to stick to specifically relevant snowflake stuff here. So, my father is 78 and has Parkinson's, which is compounded by long-standing blood pressure issues that leaves him prone to falling unexpectedly (moreso than a typical Parkinsons patient). He lives in a big loft in the East Village (NYC) that he's lived in for forty years, and has no designs on leaving. [more inside]
posted by softlord on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Leaving my baby

I'm leaving my 7 month old baby with his other mom for three days. This will be the first time I'm away from him for longer than a couple of hours, and the first time I won't be able to nurse him. I am really anxious about this. What can I do to help this go as smoothly as possible, and keep me sane? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 9, 2012 - 15 answers

Upper back/neck pain?

Any ideas on how to treat this upper back/neck pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 16 answers

How to find 24 hour nursing care for a parent?

My father has recently moved to an assisted living residence, but we think he may need more constant care. Is 24 hour nursing or live-in caregivers affordable? How do you find the right person/service? This is in Toronto, Ontario. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Oct 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Yet another 'help me narrow down job fields' question.

Job/grad school planning filter: health-related jobs editions. Nursing, public health, social work, or something else entirely? Help me narrow my options and get myself on a better career trajectory. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Best practices for post-op family support?

My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 21 answers

What are our choices in caring for an infirm uncle?

What alternatives exist to nursing home care for an almost senior citizen with severe epilepsy? Lots of details follow... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Sep 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Me and my partner want to have an ANC, interested in your stories

Are you part of an Adult Nursing Couple? I'm interested to hear your experiences. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Baby/Toddler likes to bite mama while breastfeeding...what do we do?

Our lovely baby boy (11 months old, with two sharp and pointy bottom incisors with two more coming in on top) has started biting mama fairly regularly while breastfeeding over the past few days. What are some things we can do? [more inside]
posted by nosh, daven, shtup on Aug 22, 2012 - 27 answers

How bad is it?

Moment of crisis. Wife was fired from nursing job; now she's concerned that future nursing jobs may be partly or entirely beyond her reach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Will my poor mopping skills hold me back?

How can I best interpret the feedback I'm getting in a veterinary work experience placement? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jul 25, 2012 - 11 answers

What to expect during a grad school interview?

What should I expect when interviewing for a Masters-level nursing program? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Jul 13, 2012 - 2 answers

A one-handed read

Can you read books on an iPad one-handed? How about while nursing a baby? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 13, 2012 - 46 answers

PhD in nursing?

What do you do with a PhD in nursing? Is getting one a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Help a new nurse transition to the night shift?

I'm a new nurse and was offered a night position (11-7) at an awesome facility. Please give me tips for working the third shift! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2012 - 16 answers

What's good at-home work for a retired nurse seeking extra income?

My mom has been a nurse for 43 years and is about to retire. She'd like to pick up some extra income at home. Is anyone aware of at-home work that would use her extensive nursing knowledge? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jun 8, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I know if breastfeeding is right for us?

How do I decide if breastfeeding is the right choice? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Jun 5, 2012 - 67 answers

Stethoscopes: I want one.

I want a stethoscope, but I know nothing about them. Please teach me about the differences between stethoscopes and direct me toward some good ones. [more inside]
posted by bookish on May 27, 2012 - 13 answers

What profession would suit me best?

Should I go into nursing or human resources? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on May 3, 2012 - 16 answers

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program?

What should I ask the former director of my first choice nursing program? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Apr 25, 2012 - 2 answers

How to corral the boobs for style and ease of access?

Magestically breasted nursing mums: help me dress my new body. [more inside]
posted by brambory on Apr 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Bridemaid Dress Alterations on the North Shore

Where in the North Shore area of Mass should I have a bridesmaid's dress altered? Difficulty: I am nursing still and need the dress to allow, ahem, access for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Apr 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Not-so-new-grad RN returning to nursing

[Nursing filter] Not-so-new-grad RN needs advice on returning to nursing after a year of soul-searching. [more inside]
posted by constellations on Mar 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I not kill my future patients?

I'm learning how to do dosage calculations in class - I'm terrible at math/dimensional analysis, and I am afraid I am going to overdose/underdose/kill all of my future patients! How do I quell my panic and embrace this aspect of my job? Advice from animal and human nurses especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Mar 2, 2012 - 12 answers

So, what gives? I thought nursing was a growth field

I'd always thought I'd be a nurse, and I finished all but the final pre-req before I veered off to work in insurance for a while. My question is, is there really a nursing bubble going on right now, and how is it affecting new grads and more experienced nurses? If there's no bubble, what are some of the reasons my more experienced RN friends are having problems finding work? Thank you
posted by Issithe on Feb 21, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I get my 14-month-old son to go to sleep without nursing?

LactationFilter: help me decouple nursing and going to sleep for my almost-14-month-old son. Related: Help me keep my sanity! [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jan 1, 2012 - 18 answers

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