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    New puppy and 12 hour shifts.

    Perhaps now is not the time to be taking in any new pets. Once you are employed and have a place of your own, look into doggie day care, pet sitting, etc. for the days you are working. 12-14 hours is way too long to leave a dog alone, especially a young dog, on a regular basis. I love dogs, but went without one for most of my 20s because I knew I wouldn't be home enough to properly care for it. I did have a cat.
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    Talk to me about your hair...

    I just went to the sweaty bands website. They're having a sale today with free shipping. I really need to wear a headband to keep down the frizz and flyaways when my hair is pulled back but I'm severely headband-challenged. Nothing stays put. Sometimes they just pop off when I move my jaw. I've tried every type I have seen at the store. I'm going to order a couple sweaty bands, I hope they really work! As for the original topic, I only do a bun for work. Everyone is on contact isolation and I start sweating quick in those blue plastic gowns. Add a faceshield mask and my neck is pretty much the only exposed part of my body that can vent off heat. So I keep my hair pulled up off it. Plus I don't like the idea of my hair possibly touching anything in the patient room.
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    Any Myers Briggs personality test takers?

    I've taken several quizzes and always come up as INTP. I'm in my last semester now and I really want to work with geriatric populations, med-surg, or oncology. Perhaps ICU after I get some experience. I love reading nursing journals and evidence based practice and trying to implement what I've read in my clinicals. I'm also interested in research and informatics. I think, after some years of experience, I could design a really awesome program for electronic charting.
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    Where is the line between faith and delusion?

    Just wanted to say thanks for the thoughtful replies, I've been reading them, and I hope there's more to come.
  5. I was wondering this after covering delusions and hallucinations in my psych class... Why is it that if someone says something like "I received a message from God that I should travel to and become a missionary" they are exalted and revered, but if someone else says "I received a message from God that I should cover my walls in tin foil and put all my furniture on the south side of my house" they are labeled crazy and likely thrown into a psych ward? I've heard many religious people say that they've literally heard the voice of God telling them to do something or giving them advice. How is this not considered a hallucination? How are these people that think God is sending them messages not delusional? It seems that if God is telling you to do something "good" like adopt a downs baby with AIDs, no one questions it. Of course, if God is telling you to hurt yourself, then you get committed. However, didn't God supposedly tell his own son to take a course of action that got him crucified? If I said Zeus was sending me any kind of messages, I would be considered crazy. Thoughts on this? I don't mean to be inflammatory - it's something I'm truly wondering about - are there any guidelines for discriminating between religious delusion/hallucination and accepting someone's faith/spiritual beliefs?
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    Dementia: A Punishment

    Who taught you that dementia was a punishment? That's just.... delusional. I'm still a nursing student, and not an expert by any means, but I've read a fair amount about dementia. I read that one way to prevent dementia symptoms is to use what you've learned and continue to learn new things. When the brain is constantly making new synaptic connections, it can prevent the confusion and memory loss associated with dementia. For example, someone who does crossword puzzles or learns how to use a computer is forced to recall information they've learned and use it in a new way. This causes another "route" or "highway" to be built or remain open in the brain (neuronal circuitry) which then helps the brain to avoid having areas that have fallen to disuse. Basically "use it or lose it" aka brain plasticity. Now if someone has a low IQ, or they grew up impoverished during childhood and didn't get a good education, when they are older they are going to have less information to draw on for recall. They're not going to be able to apply things they've learned to new situations, because their knowledge database was lacking in the first place. Someone who was forced to go to work at a mundane or laborious job at a young age, and that's all they did their whole life, is going to be more likely to develop dementia because they stopped learning new things. Compare that to someone who had a higher IQ and came from a higher socioeconomic class - they went to college, traveled, perhaps sought out new experiences into their old age. And then there are environmental factors as well. People with low IQ are more likely to use substances out of frustration, watch television instead of reading a book, eat food that is not of optimum nutrition, etc. I'm not saying that intelligent people don't also have these problems, but I don't think I'm wrong to assume the correlation between low IQ and poor choices regarding environmental factors. JMO, please don't rage at the sweeping generalizations I've just made :)
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    Do you make time to workout during NS?

    I have no time for it :( I get to the gym only once a week. I need to lose weight but I'm only managing to maintain my current weight. I have a small child so that's where all my exercise time goes.
  8. I've been meaning to rewatch that movie since I'm in my psych rotation now. Actually I'd love to read the book, but there's no chance of that happening until this semester is over. So why does Nurse Ratched wear long sleeves? Is she a cutter?
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    Preferred food-gift?

    if we got bagels & spread, would i need to provide plastic knives or is that something the nurses can generally take from the cafeteria/patient supply and it's okay? i think i like that idea the best. i think the coffee idea is good too, but I can't remember seeing a coffee pot in all of the break rooms. Fruit is good too. Maybe we can do a dozen bagels, spread, and a small assortment of fruit for each unit, for those who may not want gluten/carbs. I'm pretty sure there are 4 to 6 nurses each unit per 12 hour shift, so I think that would cover everyone. Thanks for the ideas! Originally I was thinking a basket full of purse-sized hand lotion for each unit but I think that'd end up being too pricey if we bought enough for everyone. Plus people end up getting that kind of stuff for xmas which is coming up soon.
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    Preferred food-gift?

    I'm a student and my clinical group is planning on bringing something for the nurses on the units we've been on this semester, as a thank you for putting up with us and helping us learn. We've been on 3 different units and we're there for change of shift so it's got to be something everyone could share, like a food gift for each unit. Any ideas or preferences? I've been told by nurses I know that you all are sick of donut, candy and cookie trays. Is that generally true? One suggestion I got was some bags of gourmet coffee & tea for the breakroom and some flavored creamers, what do you think of that? Please give me some ideas, I'd hate to drop off a load of crap that the nurses will just curse us for ruining their diets :p