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You want to be a registered nurse?

Viagra dosage Let’s cut through the B.S. Viagra dosage and get real about it.

Viagra dosage Put a hold on all this soft-focus “I live to care!” or “It gives my life meaning…”

Viagra dosage Here’s the reality.


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Viagra dosage You really want to deal with that?


Viagra dosage You’re first in opinion polls and first on the firing line.

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Viagra dosage In twenty different languages!

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Viagra dosage Body fluids.

Viagra dosage If the body produces it, viagra dosage you will handle it. Viagra dosage Feces (insert your own euphemism here); vomit; blood; infectious exudate, viagra dosage aka “pus”; vaginal drainage of every sort; amniotic fluid; saliva in the form of spit directed at your person and whatever secretions a trachea is producing on a given day.

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They come from various state and federal agencies. Viagra dosage You can be sure of one thing: they will make your job as a registered nurse harder. Viagra dosage


And if it shouldn’t, viagra dosage like nurse-patient ratios, viagra dosage the administration will find a way to turn it around and use it against you. Viagra dosage That is a whole post in and of itself.

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Makes ducking body fluids seem like a Disneyland “E” ticket….


Viagra dosage So, viagra dosage you still here?

Viagra dosage Seriously?

Viagra dosage You must really want to be a nurse.

Viagra dosage Okay, viagra dosage then.

Viagra dosage Oh, viagra dosage and all that soft-focus stuff?

Viagra dosage About living to care and giving life meaning?

Viagra dosage It’s true.

Viagra dosage We’ll talk about that in another post.

Viagra dosage Just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page….

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  • Candy

    August 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Well put! This is definitely (in a NASCAR reference, for your benefit) where the rubber meets the road. Good words — every would-be nurse should read this before applying to nursing school. If you scare them off, good for the profession — we need people who are clear-headed about what they’re doing, not those living in some fantasy about becoming the next Flo!

  • Rachel

    August 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

    (If only I’d seen this post before I went through with nursing pre-reqs a few years back…)

  • NPs Save Lives
    NPs Save Lives

    August 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Great post Kim!

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  • Virginia

    August 4, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Well done with your description of nurses ADL’s in a hospital setting, and it does not matter what unit you are on. I worked in the Emergency Dept as Asst. Nurse Manager and you forgot the most important thing. They never have enough staff. Forget it if they have a disaster for example a fire. You must leave the building carrying a patient. I just finished my Master’s Degree in Nursing. My project focused on improving the Standards of Nursing Practice, and the CEO stated they will never institute this change in their facility. Why? She could not provide the staffing. Mean while the Board of Trustee’s approved it to go hospital wide. Could you imagine our own Nursing Leaders will not opt to help our nurses. Why? Most of these superviors, managers,CEO never worked long enough to know how hard nurses work all day. I still love nursing. It’s one of the most respected professions. I just wish that nursing adminstration would help us when making changes.

  • Ray J Ross
    Ray J Ross

    August 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this and so, so true! I have been doing this since 1987 moving my way up the food chain from Orderly (old school), LPN and now RN. It has and still continues to be a wild ride, but begs the question, “When do I want to get off?”

  • Autumn

    August 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Great post! You forgot to mention the good stuff that makes all the crap worth it (and I’m not referring to the paychecks) tho….or maybe that’s the part that is coming in another blog?

  • Christine McIlmail
    Christine McIlmail

    August 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Loved your blog and laughed and cried. Still at it for 37 years , still love it but my kness are mad at me. Yes I am PROUD to call myself a NURSE.

  • Chris

    August 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Printed out and pasted to the mirror to be read daily…can’t say now I wasn’t warned… Thanks !

  • Rhonda

    August 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

    LOVE your blog 🙂 I too am a 32 yr veteran of nursing, mostly ER and critical care………I can sooooo relate.

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  • David

    August 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Great blog post! Reality check… real nurses deal with these things because they see the human picture. Thanks for your dedication! In your experience, have you worked PRN very much? Providers define PRN staff in so many ways, it confuses nurses. Any suggestions?

  • PRN Nurse
    PRN Nurse

    August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I work PRN regularly. Some providers use PRN it like on-call. PRN is typically as needed to supplement. I do a lot of Hospice Crisis Care because hospices can’t fill their Crisis needs with FT staff. And I have found that I can make a higher hourly rate if I contract directly with the Hospice or Facility versus going through a staffing agency. I found this site PRNLIST.com that helps me find jobs when I’m available. I maintain my resume there, and can send it to anyone, when a PRN job arises. Anyhow, I recommend it.

  • ErRanter

    September 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    will miss the posts. Someone had mentioned earlier about the good stuff. It is there, you just need to sift through the bad. It is still rewarding to me.

  • John Conway
    John Conway

    April 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

    As a new recruit in the military one of the lessons learned was to respect medical staff. It was at the height of the Viet Nam war and the possibility of suddenly finding yourself in close proximity to a nurse was pretty high. Luckily I avoided any major injury then and have been fortunate to avoid all but relatively minor ER visits so far in these 65 years of life. But every time I meet a nurse, it’s with a smile and not a little awe.

  • Haley Brosig
    Haley Brosig

    September 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you so much! I am currently a freshman at college and this post helped me decide that nursing is the job for me 🙂

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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