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?  Read More



HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

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A friend who is currently in nursing school reached out to me asking about how to make her resume stand out from the crowd. Everyone takes the same nursing courses in nursing school and everyone completes the same rotations, so how do you set yourself apart without pushing yourself too hard? The physical body can only take so much at one time, so how can you rise above and beyond without crumbling under the pressure? How much is too much? Read More




PICU NURSING BRAIN

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Kiddos are nothing like adults. Everything, every piece of data, is more sensitive in an acute child than an adult. I found that all the nursing brains I was using didn’t allow enough room. For adults, you can put three patients on one sheet of paper. However, in peds, I needed one piece of paper per child. Read More