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Joined Oct 24, '06. AnnieOaklyRN is a RN, Paramedic. She has 'Previously ER RN, 17 years in EMS (yes, I still love it) , IV RN 8 months!' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'IV RN, (911) Paramedic'. Posts: 1,928 (31% Liked) Likes: 1,991

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  • Sep 17

    Quote from NurseEmmy
    My employer doesn't seem too concerned about it, mainly because they haven't migrated to the Admin's office yet. I bet when that happens they will ramp up the effort to clear these blood suckers out.
    Meanwhile I am grossed out and paranoid.
    You should sneak a couple of them into the Admin's office. That'll get the ball rolling!

  • Sep 12

    This is my hobby/sport, if you will. I jump out of airplanes. I fly a wingsuit and do RW(relative work).

    I love being a Nurse.

  • Aug 21

    Quote from AvaRose
    Anything over $30K/year is more than necessary.
    Provided the cost of living is low in the area where you live. $30K there is not going to be anywhere near enough in places like LA or NYC.

    From February 2015:
    According to a Bloomberg report, the average monthly rent in February for a studio apartment in Manhattan is $2,351.
    That leaves $1,788 for an entire year's worth of expenses beyond housing. $30K is nowhere near enough to survive everywhere.

  • Aug 13

    Life advice: go for the least amount of debt possible.
    Even if it means starting your journey in an RN program at a community college. You can work while making your way through the various degrees and hoops by distance and have your employer help fund it.

  • Jun 13

    How tall are you and how much do you weigh? I know I can support some nurses, but some would topple over on me.

  • Jun 1

    I have been a RN for 11 years now, have seen much as many of you have. One thing that continues to irk me are nurses that think because they are a nurse are somehow a cross between Florence Nightingale and Jesus--and act like it. You know, "super nurse syndrome"

    I was at my local gym and saw the a T shirt that said:
    I sacrificed my life, so I could save your life. I am a nurse.
    Really? You sacrificed your life to be a nurse? WOW, I never realized that going to nursing school and getting a job involved life sacrifice.( like so many 100.000's people that go to college to get jobs).
    GET OVER IT ALREADY, your a nurse, your not mother Theresa, you don't walk on water and you DID NOT sacrifice your life to become a nurse.
    Nursing school and how hard it is, another thing that people want to whine/brag about I get tired of hearing about. Really? I'll bet becoming a chemical engineer is very hard, I'll be learning computer coding is very hard, in fact I'll bet most any college degree--they just don't hand them out for showing up. You have to work for them and earn them---just like nursing school.

    What I am saying is being a nurse does not somehow set you apart from the rest of the world, or make you a better person---just because your a nurse.

    Doing your job, being courteous to patients AND coworkers AND people in general is what we and everyone else on the planet should be doing----we are all members of the human family.

  • May 26

    Quote from melosa08
    I moved out about a year ago. My only complaints are if I don't do xyz, xyz will never get done. If I don't go grocery shopping, I won't have any food (thank goodness for delivery *Shout out Domino's Pizza*). If I don't do laundry, I'll run out of clean clothes. If I don't clean my apartment regularly, it'll become a mess.

    It would be sooo nice after a long day at work, to come home to a home cooked meal. If I don't feel like going to the store, I wish I had a significant other that would go for me. If I don't feel like cleaning (I'm never in the mood to clean), it would be nice to have somebody else do it this week. Etc, etc, etc.
    You dont need a significant need a butler

  • May 23

    Ugh, what a horrible way to go, conscience and aware while your body is assaulted. Where is my DNR paperwork??

  • May 23

    Don't listen to them. I was a high school dropout and I went back when I was 38. MSN is getting a little ahead of yourself. A Masters might be too much. I would try working as a CNA, plus check out programs in your area for a BSN. Do a couple of prerequisites and see how it goes. You could even go the LPN-BSN route.Good luck to you.

  • Mar 20

    UH Rainbow is a great place to work, lots
    of applicants.

    I did not know that about Metro. What is the max an RN can make hourly there?

  • Mar 17

    Quote from AnnieOaklyRN
    I did always note how much more friendly the people are compared to my area
    Ohio is technically part of the Midwest, and people in the Midwestern states have always had a reputation for having bold friendliness.

    On the other hand, people in the Northeast are stereotyped as being more terse and direct, which can come across as rude to those who come from other regions.

  • Mar 17

    Go for it! My husband and I sold our house in the Northeast and moved thousands of miles away without ever having visited the place we were moving. We had no jobs, no place to live, and didn't know another soul here. It was exciting to explore somewhere totally new and make a new life. Now here we are, 15 years later, and we're gearing up to do it again! Although this time around we're checking out our potential new cities ahead of time and at least one of us will have a job secured in our new area before we make the move. Enjoy your adventure!

  • Mar 17

    I got to spend a mere 4 days in NICU during my OB rotation, and luckily, I had a nurse to follow that fit your goal exactly. She gave me the best nursing experience that I'd yet encountered in a clinical rotation.

    I went into the semester with some interest in possibly going into NICU, but wasn't sure. I knew by then that I wanted to work in pedi at least. After working with this particular nurse, I was sold out to the NICU, and am still working toward accomplishing my goal of being placed there.

    On behalf of all the nervous and scared nursing students, thank you for caring.

  • Mar 17

    I so agree with all the above statements. I am a recent graduate and new(unemployed) RN. During my Pediatric rotation I was allowed to spend two days in the NICU. The first day I wasn't allowed to do anything and was pretty much ignored. I busied myself by reading all the charts of the current pt. population, looking up things I read about and was completely clueless about, and researching meds. I didn't know. The second day however I lucked out I already knew the nurse. I had worked with her when I was a CNA on a med/surg. unit and our kids go to school together. I had no idea she had switched positions and now was in the NICU. Anyway, when she hit the floor for report I was there with my little cheat sheet. Afterwards she turned towards me and asked me "ok so tell me about these babies". After my previous day of research I was able to tell her everything about her assignment and more. I was allowed to do everything for these babies with her watchful and caring eyes upon me explaining everything along the way. It was an awesome day.

  • Mar 17

    So today I was wondering..... how well do we as NICU nurses best represent what NICU really is to nursing students?

    Too often, nursing students are abruptly dropped off at the NICU door, handed a scrub sponge, and abandoned by their nursing instructor, who is equally petrified of what lies beyond the glass-paneled door...

    We all know that students rarely get a glimpse of what we do in NICU, let alone get to experience the day-to-day life that is our job as a neonatal ICU RN. Often we groan inwardly at the idea of having someone tag along with us on our highly organized and structured routine, interrupting our seamless flow of care with the interjection of questions and gasps at "how small these babies are."

    Nursing schools haven't changed much in the way they teach neonatal nursing care. They just, well, don't. I mean, when I was in nursing school 5 years ago (= ages), We briefly covered nursing care of the well newborn along with the onslaught of information that comes with learning enough antepartum, labor/delivery, pediatric and newborn nursing in a mere 15 week semester. I can't even remember what I learned about neonates.

    So where does that leave us, the lucky nurse to have been volunteered to show a student around?

    I think it leaves us NICU nurses with an obligation to give them a realistic and honest taste of what NICU life is like. This means having them get report with you, check orders, go on deliveries, calculate meds, run fluids, change diapers, feed, assess, look up labs, observe procedures, attend rounds, etc. The most important thing is to let them get their hands "dirty." I can't tell you how many students have followed me, with a wild, petrified look in their eyes, suddenly relax and melt when I've picked up a bread-and-butter 31 weeker on room air and passed him to them while I changed the isolette mattress....The look is priceless..puzzlement, terror, then excitement... They suddenly go from believing "This is something I could NEVER do" to "Wait, I could do this!"

    We need more good nurses in NICU. Here's our chance to mentor a few good ones, before they leave the unit thinking, "Wow... I could never do that.... I'm going to med/surg!"

    My goal is to have that wet-behind-the-ears nursing student, overwhelmed by life, school, and the choices ahead of them, leave the unit after that one day thinking "THIS is what I want to do....."