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  • May 26

    It takes me about 1 hour, 15 minutes to get to work. More if there's been an accident. In that case all bets are off.

    There really aren't very good jobs that pay well at all close to home. Now that I'm back to bedside in ER, it's only 3 days a week. I've done commutes like this for years so I'm used to it.

  • May 12

    There are so many.

    Med-surg is a pretty generic floor with all types of illnesses and injuries. They are usually pretty sick or injured, but don't require cardiac monitoring. Sometimes med-surg units are divided into orthopedics, renal, etc.

    Telemetry/IMCU/Transitional/Stepdown requires constant cardiac monitoring, sometimes portable, sometimes they're hooked to a fixed unit. They aren't as sick as in ICU.

    ICU are for the very sick and usually one nurse has only two patients, sometimes it's one-on-one. Sometimes you'll see PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), NICU (Neonatal) ,SICU (Surgical) or MICU (Medical), CCU (Coronary Care Unit)

    Pediatric units are like a med-surg for children, usually but not always under 18.

    Labor and Delivery/Post-Partum are for women who are having babies, and after delivery. There's a nursery attached also for the babies.

    Oncology units are for those with cancer. Sometimes, especially in smaller hospitals, these can be lumped in with med-surg.

    Psychiatric units are for people who have acute (sudden, usually short stay) mental health problems.

    ED/ER is often divided into adult, pediatric and urgent care, which theoretically gets people with minor illness/injury and gets them out faster.

    Perianesthesia includes pre-operative areas, the operating room, and recovery, more commonly called PACU (Post-anesthesia unit)

    Those are some of the basics. Larger hospitals and teaching (hospitals where doctors learn) hospitals usually have units divided even further into sub-categories.

  • Oct 30 '16

    Unless you actually observe them carrying out overt sexual activity then you are only either observing flirtatious behavior (somewhere along the spectrum of extremes) or being exposed to heresay. Even if one of them tells you they are having an affair, it's still heresay unless you see it yourself. Kind of like nursing practice.

    As said above, unless it interferes with patient care it is none of your business. It is especially not anyone's business to sit around gossiping, speculating, and spreading rumor.