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4/18/13 8:07 P

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Awesome. I know enjoyed the yoga class I used to take. Took my sister, a much more athletic person than my self to the class & she couldn't believe how sore she was the next day. I realy need to get that added back to my routine.

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4/15/13 11:08 P

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Congratulations, Amanda!! I hope you like the new job. Also, I hope you find some relief for your allergies :).

I did some "yoga" today! Which was more like, a couple really easy stretches and a couple minutes of focused breathing. BUT! It's a toe in the water.

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4/14/13 11:25 A

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Thanks for joining us on this healthy life style trip.

I know some of you have been aware that I have been looking for a full-time day jobb since January. On Thorsday I found out that I got just such a position at the city hospital. I know it will not be as glamorous as working in the big university medical center across town. I also realize that most if not all my clientele will be kind of rough around the edges.Many there won't be able to pay for any of the care they receive, but then again, I have always seen my life mission to reach out to and advocate for the outcasts of society.

Yes, I am still planning on leading & guiding this group, but I will need you more than ever to step up and share your unique night shift challenges & methods to overcome such challenges.

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4/12/13 6:52 P

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Welcome, Becky! I admire you for working where you do and the # of hours/shifts you do! Good luck on your journey! :)

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4/12/13 7:51 A

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Hello, this is my first day on Spark People and I work at the VA in the ER at night doing two 12's and 2 8's every week. I have 95 lbs to lose and I try to avoid meat.

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4/9/13 8:11 P

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Offically got allergy tested on Monday. No, I didn't need the testing to know that I was allergic to things sping through fall can have my sinuses working at full steam. I can though now say that I know some of what I am allergic to: most of the grass & tree pollens that were tested registered severe and the molds they tested me for came out moderate to severe. No doing shots yet, going to try some medicine & avoidance meaures. I pick up my script tomorrow.(Prerferrably sometime that it doesn't take 3 highway patrol officers to direct traffic around Walgreens becuase of road work.)

Let's just say when the allergist states that he thinks I won the most allergic award for the day, I know that I had let this go to long. One more take care of me thing started.


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4/5/13 4:08 P

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I want to wish you the best in your job search and interview process. One of the best things in nursing is that there is such a variety of opportunities that you are bound to find the right place for you.

As your mother probably told you, "If you don't try it how do you know if you like it or not." Working on an obstetrics unit or a pediatric unit is something I have never tried, & keep saying I wouldn't like, so you have the heads up on me there.

Best Wish.

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4/5/13 3:43 P

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I started working on a Labor and Delivery unit in December, and my orientation ended a couple of weeks ago. I decided though ,that it is SO not for me. So I quit, which I've NEVER done after such a brief time at a job. I am just praying that it doesn't hurt me later on, but I just could not work on that unit. Some of it was the hospital policies (2:1 nurse patient ratio, which sounds fine, until they both need 1:1 care for something (epidural, delivery, emergency, etc) and you literally cannot do it all. And yes, often the "team leader" can step in and watch your other patient while you deal with the 1st, but not always-- if someone else is ALSO having issues with both your patients then you just have to pray no one dies. Regardless, it still made me feel inadequate, even though it certainly wasn't my fault if both of my patients had issues at the same time.

Some things I discovered about myself- I hate emergencies and I am not the type to enjoy the adrenaline rush that goes along with them. I thrive on routine/consistency. I know that all nursing jobs come with some surprises and emergencies, but I don't want to work on a unit where surprise and emergency is constant. Also, I never knew where I would be assigned-- labor rooms, OR, c-section PACU, urgent care, or high risk perinatal- which just added a level of anxiety. Plus, I really want to take care of the babies more than the mom, and we didn't do that- the nursery RNs would come down for that.

So, I have applied for a job in Alabama (I went to school there so I still have a lot of friends and nursing connections there). I have an interview next Thursday! So that is exciting. And now I'm just working on "recovering" from the stress from my L&D job. I didn't have a great handle on my anxiety levels and depression BEFORE that job. So, I'm trying to make the most of my time off to grow. I'm reading books and journalling, and trying not to be discouraged when I'm not magically better right away.

Ok! This was a longer post than I intended! Hope everyone is doing well!

Elizabeth

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4/4/13 2:19 P

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Great job Keith! It sound like you are moving in the right direction.

As nurses, it seems like way too many of us are way to willing to do every/anything for every/anybody, except ourselves. Keep your mommentum moving forward or you can always ask for a push of help from your colleagues here at SP.

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3/24/13 5:46 A

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Thanks Amanda. emoticon I have been going around and around about how to proceed. But I think that my biggest problem was that I did not practice self care. It's hard to put our selves first. Why I put others first is another story. I always feel guilty when I try to put myself first. LIke when they call you from work to come in on your day off. I have learned over and over again that no matter how much you do it is never enough and won't guarantee your job..At this age, 52yrs, I feel like the only thing I have left is to think about my health first. When I was working and working and working I was also dealing with the daily physical and mental pain of being a nurse for 12 hours everyday. I seem to have come to a part in my life where not taking care of myself is not an option. Sure, I am very fearful of what the future holds..I pay on a mortgage and all. At this point I have no choice. I have decided to only do PRN work from now on and make my health a non-negotiable priority. Thanks. Keith

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3/20/13 3:33 P

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Keith,

I can appciate where you are coming from. Although it took one of my docs not signing a return to work form that I needed before I even started to take steps to make sure that I cared for myself. I have to say, I am still learning over 4 years later how to take care of myself as well as I take care of my clients.

I look forward to getting to know you better on our journey to healthier lives for ourselves and our clients.

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3/17/13 5:31 A

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Thank you very much. Keith

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3/16/13 11:52 P

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Hi Keith, welcome to the group. It can be hard to take the plunge to really make your health and life a priority, even if you want to, so props to you for that.
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3/13/13 11:06 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Keith. I am new to this site. I am an RN thats likes to work nights..Right now I am in between jobs.. emoticon . Really I am just burned out and am taking a critical break to try and work on my health. I would really love to lost some weight. I am also taking this time to maybe think about working at a different level in nursing. After 4 years in the hospital I spent about 14yrs in various Long term Care/Rehab which required another wholly different set of skills. There is no doctors around and you have aids. Anywho, I hoping to grow as a nurse and maybe go to an LTAC. But first, I have got to do sometime about my weight. I have been using the site to mark down my meal. It is slow going...I was really burnt out...didnt want to get out of bed for about 2 weeks. Thanks for the support I have received so far. Cheers. Keith emoticon

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3/2/13 2:46 A

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Exactly right!
Noone is expected to know everything! Especially just off of orientation. It is important to ask for help if you feel like you are drowning! You will rock. It just takes time sometimes!! GOOD LUCK!!

"Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're going to fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself. Because if you don't then who will?" Marilyn Monroe

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2/22/13 4:16 A

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Remember on such a busy unit, don't be afraid to tap the the resources & experience of your colleagues. Those horror stories make great learning experiences. Ask them what they learned from the situation or think through what you could learn from the situations that they describe.

This is something you can do. You have a great team around you. Even when you come off orientation, you will not be expected to know it all. Can't saw that any of us can know it all even in our specialty.

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2/17/13 11:27 P

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Hello all! In case you missed my intro a month ago, I am working on a verrry busy Labor and Delivery unit. I am about to be done with orientation and I am so nervous! I'm not new to nights, so that part is ok. I just feel like there is no way to be prepared enough for the variety of things that crop up at any time! It probably doesn't help that it seems like whenever there is a lull at night, people start swapping horror stories. Anyway, any support would be great.

I am trying to be better about my SP activity, as well as my exercise activity, but so far I'm not seeing much success in either.

As a positive side note: my boyfriend and I adopted a dachshund 2 months ago and she is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

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2/16/13 1:12 A

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I so agree! Between 1-3 for me is a bad time! Its usually not so busy, and I don't know about you, but when I don't have much to do all I want to do is eat! And yes! If its not patients, we nurses like to bake and bring it in! I consider it a victory if I can pass by the goodies without taking some! :)

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1/19/13 1:58 P

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I will usually eat around 2AM and alway have to talk myself out of chips etc. Sometime unsuccessfully! We only have cold food now, they cut the hot meals so there is only sanwich and salad stuff which is good. I agree with people giving you crap to say thanks, I just put it in the break room and let everyone else eat it!!!


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1/12/13 12:02 A

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A suggestion that I have seen several times & used with some success is having some cut up fruit or veggies to nibble on. I have also been know to snack on a peanut butter granola bar. I hope these ideas help.

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1/11/13 2:47 P

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I don't ever go to vending machines but omg people love to give nurses junk food as thank yous LOL. We always have cookies and candy in our break room and you are right around 2 or 3 am I find myself arguing with myself over having a cookie or not having a cookie.

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1/8/13 1:43 A

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Absolutely. It seems to be amazing how the vending machines seem to havve a special attraction between 2 & 4 am.

If your facilities cafeteria is open, there is often less selections at night & what is offered is smothered in some type of oil. It also seems like the only places open to order delivery from are pizza, pasta, &/ Chinese. Again, much grease is infused in those high carb, low fruit &veggie options.

On top of, this how many of us actually sit down to focus on what we ate eating when we do take a lunch break?

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1/7/13 4:13 A

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I am sure this has been talked about before but does anybody else feel they eat the worst when they are at work?



Take Pride!!


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1/3/13 6:13 A

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I thought it mighty be good to start a new area for our general communications. A local forum I belong to calls this their front porch. It is a place for us to gather & talk about things in general.

Have a Healthy Year.

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