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10/21/07 10:52 A

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Danilott,
There is a special place in heaven for Nursing school teachers. The future of nursing is in your hands! Do you find that you only just scratch the surface of a subject before you must pass them on to other areas? I know our new Grads in St. Louis don't seem to have any idea of how to take care of patients and know very little nursing theory before they are graduating. Then, it is mostly learn on the job for them, and hence, we all become nursing teachers. Do you find that most don't want to do bedside nursing and really want to be NP's or Nurse Anesthetists, like they do here?

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10/19/07 3:45 P

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Dear ALISRN07 -

I have a similar problem due to a weird shift. I teach nursing at a school that has 2 shifts of students - a day group from 0800-1230 and a different group from 1730-2200. You can see with that schedule why I rely on military time. Whew! The good news is that I have that gap in between where I get my nap, eat, nap, nap, . . .

I have just arrived here at SP and have been on vacation this week, but I'm concerned about how I will do next week back on my regularly irregular (yeah, like the EKG) emoticon schedule.

P.S. I'm inferring from your moniker that you are a new grad R.N. Major congratulations and welcome to the nut house! emoticon

Edited by: DANILOTT at: 10/19/2007 (15:46)
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10/17/07 9:45 A

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These are all great suggestions. I remember working 12hr nights and living on chocolate and coffee...No wonder I got sick!

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10/17/07 2:57 A

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good advice. I will try to follow it

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10/16/07 7:26 P

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One suggestion that was made to me-I don't use it but a few of my coworkers do-is to find others that you work with that would be willing to go to the gym with you. That way you can hold each other accountable and debrief/destress over the happenings of the night.

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CINNALATTE's Photo CINNALATTE Posts: 614
10/16/07 12:22 P

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I work 7p-7a, and make myself go to the gym in the morning when I clock out because I know once I get home, I'm not going back out. It also helps wake me up for the drive home. I do 20 minutes on the elliptical, hit the weights, and within a half hour, I'm on my way home feeling good about my workout. the elliptical also is not hard on knees like the treadmill is or the bikes.

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10/16/07 11:48 A

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Healthy Choice meals are the way to go. I tried lean quisine and it had the same amount of calories for smaller amounts of food, or at least it seemed that way to me.

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10/16/07 11:18 A

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I actually alternate between daylight 12 hours and night 12 hours (week to week). What I've found to work for me is this: regardless of the AM vs PM thing, I follow the exact same schedule. I get up at 4 or 4:30 AM/PM (depending on how many days I have worked in a row), workout, get ready and leave (it takes me 45mins - 1 hr to get to work). That way, my body knows exactly what's coming regardless of whether it's daylight or midnight.

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10/16/07 4:54 A

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I totally understand what you are going thru. I would start slowly- your body is probably in shock still from switching to working nights. Go for a short walk BEFORE you get in your car in the morning just to get the blood flowing. See if some of the people you work with will walk with you. Let your body adjust to working nights and slowly add more into your workout. I also do things at work like squats, wall pushups, etc. Unfortunately what it all comes down to, I think for everyone, is making yourself do something. I think its extra hard when you work night though.
I wish you the best of luck!

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10/16/07 4:54 A

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i also work nights , except 12 hour nights in a hospital., the things i have found that help are:
make yourself workout after work or when you get up. if i work out before i go home i tend to sleep better after a work out and a shower.
drink your water.
use nights for your fruit and veggies
take lean quasine meals
if your don't take it , don't eat it.
if your can't write it , don't eat it.
keep a journal of your work outs, feelings , etc.
i have only been on sparkteam for a few weeks, these are tips that if done work well.
you can do it.
remember to keep movin,
take stairs, instead of elevator , yes this means up.


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10/16/07 4:09 A

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I recently took an 11-7 position in a nursing home. I had hoped to go to the gym in the morning when I get off but I am usually too tired. Then I sllep most of the day. I think my caloric intake is down because I sleep alot. But I am having so much trouble making it to the gym. As an added noted I recently injured my knee so I took about 4 days off from the gym. Any suggestions??????

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