HANDLING NURSE BULLYING

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I wish this was not a common theme amongst most hospitals…but unfortunately it remains ever-present. Some places less than others, some more than most. Nurse bullying is real and it happens more often than not.

I am so fortunate to work at a zero tolerance nurse bulling establishment…however, I still find it happening. How does one handle such situations? I’ll share with you the best ways I have gotten through sticky situations the right and wrong ways. Read More




SOLITUDE

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It’s funny how things happen all at once. For the first time in my life, I find myself alone…in many aspects. I am now living alone, something I couldn’t have foreseen happening. Additionally, I am now alone on the floor as a nurse, without a preceptor holding my hand. I have longed for this moment of solitude in the nursing world…but not so much in my own personal world. Read More


SELF-CARE

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My self-care routine is still in the works, mainly because my schedule is all over the place. Being a resident, our pay is significantly less than established nurses, our shifts flip flop between days and nights, and our and minds are overloaded with information. Some weeks we have classes all week and the following week will be all night shifts. This makes it difficult to create and maintain a self-care routine. Additionally, working with a tight budget presents more struggles. But as my residency comes to a close, I have begun prioritizing my self-care routine, regardless of finances and regardless of fatigue level. Read More



SHIFT NECESSITIES

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It is most definitely possible to get through life…or shifts…without planning or being prepared. However, there is a sense of ease when knowing you’re ready for whatever gets thrown your way. Everyone brings different things with them on their shifts, perhaps I bring a little more than necessary, but my motto is better safe than sorry! Below are my shift staples: Read More


IT’S OKAY TO NOT FEEL OKAY

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At the beginning of my residency, I felt on top of the world. It was as though I was seeing everything for the first time. EVERYTHING was exciting. Then things took a sudden shift. Reality set in quickly that I, K Chandler Rosemont RN, will have to care for patients under MY license, without a preceptor there to guide me. There is a different level of stress related to this. Something I never felt as a nursing student. THIS is the time when I shape the type of nurse I will be for the rest of my life…and I want to be an incredible nurse! Read More



NIGHTSHIFT

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In nursing school, I had this idea in my head that nothing happened over nightshift. I heard from some sources that nurses slept during nights! And this was confirmed when I would come early to my day shift (at one particular unnamed hospital) and see nurses asleep at the nurses’ station. Going into my first nightshift, I had no idea what to expect. Was there a lot to do? Would I feel tired? Was CHLA different than this other hospital? Read More