Latest Comments by AnnieOaklyRN

Latest Comments by AnnieOaklyRN

AnnieOaklyRN, BSN, RN, EMT-P 17,731 Views

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: 1,900 (30% Liked) Likes: 1,946

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    When I saw my first paycheck as a medic....

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    xtinaladaraj, joanna73, nlitened, and 2 others like this.

    Be careful, you don't want to appear desperate for the job!

    Leave them alone for two weeks at least. The whole point of a thank you note is to bring your name back up with the recruiter and managers. Next time wait a day or two and then send the thank you, that way they are reminded that you want the job and still exist!

    Annie

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    oh how I feel your pain, just with the opposite problem!

    ANNIE

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    Quote from adventure_rn
    Oooh, WhiteCoat Clipboard, EMT Edition!!

    EMT Whitecoat clipboards


    [IMG]https://mdpocket.com/image/cache/catalog/Clipboards/WhiteCoat_Clipboards/Standard/Blackout/EMT/Rear_Blackout_EMT-622x622.jpg[/IMG]
    I have the Peds/Infant Edition for NICU nursing, and it is truly the best nursing purchase I've ever made. It has reference materials specific to your specialty (a god-send for new grads), it's made of metal so it's sturdy (read: if you accidentally heave it across the room it won't shatter like a plastic clipboard, speaking from experience), it folds in half (great to prevent HIPPA violations), AND when folded it fits in scrub-size pockets (not sure what size pockets paramedics have (?) but its pretty portable).

    Not kidding, I've gotten at least fifty compliments on it from coworkers in the past year. Will never be without it.

    That said, a quality Littmann scope would be a pretty awesome, albeit expensive, gift. My dad used a Littman in med school in the 80s, and it was in such good shape I used it all through nursing school a few years ago--the sound quality of my 30-year-old stethoscope was actually better than the quality of some of my friends' cheapo scopes...although it did develop some questionable gooey black gunk in the bell that had to be scraped off and sanitized before use, lol.
    Great idea, but with the progress of computerized charting that isn't something a medic would use. We already have tons of stuff to carry into the house (monitor, bags, etc.). I'd stick with a stethoscope.

    Annie

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    Quote from Wile E Coyote
    Gift certificate towards a new pair of boots.

    Most places pay for boots and other uniform type stuff.

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    mmc51264 likes this.

    Hi,

    I am a medic. If he doesn't already have a nice stethoscope, I would say yes. I have a master cardiology from LIttmann and it is fantastic. You need a really good stethoscope as a medic because otherwise all you hear is road noise!


    Annie

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    oncivrn, lemur00, Marisette, and 14 others like this.

    Here's an idea, spend the money on more staffing instead of useless crap like this!

    Annie

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    I would say no, don't even reach out. You have to have professional boundaries for your own wellbeing! Don't get to emotionally involved with patients and families or you may start having emotional problems related to the loss or stress.

    You helped them already as a nurse. Draw the line now and let them grieve as a family.

    Annie

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    direw0lf and meanmaryjean like this.

    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I'm mighty jealous of you all. See- not only have I never lived alone, I've never- in my whole life- had my own ROOM. I slept in a crib in my parent's room as a baby, had sisters to share w/ since the age of 14 months, went to college(roomie) and got married (Mr. MaryJean) and then had four kids.

    I'm now 61- still have two college kids at home and really, really really want my own space!
    No wonder you are "mean"!!

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    Hi,

    Here is my story which is very similar to yours.

    I live alone and have since I turned 29, I am 38 now, and you know what? I LOVE it. I get home from a long shift I can come home and have no worries about bothering someone else or them bothering me. I hate the TV so I don't have to worry about someone else watching it with the volume cranked (like nails down a chalkboard for me).

    I worked as a medic and then decided to go to nursing school, I graduated with my ASN in 2007, got a job immediately as a new grad making a fairly decent wage (about 25.00 and hour). I was 29 and had lived with my mom all of my life, and realized that it was finally time to leave the nest now that I was done school for the time being.

    I decided I really didn't want to rent and pay someone else's mortgage, so I looked online to see if there were any places for sale that i might be able to afford to buy. A small condo would be ideal at this point in my life I thought. I had no idea how much my actual take home pay would be since I hadn't even started to work as a nurse yet, but I did the math and figured I could afford a place for around 150 K. I searched online and came across a brand new condo development with garden style condos. I went with my mom and looked at them, they were very nice, and priced around 156K. Perfect! I picked out the colors of the rugs, cabinets etc, all while being extremely nervous as to whether or not I would even be able to afford the place. I was scared ******** because not only was I taking on a mortgage, but I had to pay utilities which I never had to deal with. Also if anything broke, like the hot water heater or the furnace, I couldn't call a landlord to fix it. I payed my mom around 400 a month for rent and that was it.

    I began my new nursing job in August and closed on my condo on 9/21/07. Here I am almost 9 years later... I am doing fine and have more than enough money every month (of course my pay has gone up too), although I will add I reverted back to working on the ambulance because I am not a huge fan of being a nurse. When I made the choice to buy a home I also considered that I had an additional career I could fall back on if the nursing job didn't work out. I also had a per-deim job as a medic on top of my nursing job, so I could increase my pay if I needed too.

    I am happy here, but the downside to buying a home is that you have to worry about selling it if you want to move into a bigger home or to a different place. I am in the process of putting my condo on the market now and it has been EXTREMELY stressful. I suggest if you are not sure you want to stay in a certain area for at least 10 years you don't buy a place, just rent, until you are ready to settle down. On the upside I make 92K a year and would end up owing about 1500+ in taxes every year, but because I own a home I can make deductions and end up getting money back instead, so that has been worth it!!

    Needless to say my 1100 square foot condo was lonely with just me in it. I had friends and family that would visit of course, but it was missing something. I was used to having the companionship of a pet. I went off to the animal shelter and picked up two kittens a few months after moving in. They are still here and doing well, although I must say they will be my last cats, as they are a lot of work and I'm not a fan of having a cat litter box in such a small place. Anyway, the whole pet thing is something you have to decide is right for you. They are A LOT of work, and you need to be able to provide for them even when you are exhausted from work. I would say try living on your own first. I got cats because I work long shifts on the ambulance and I would not have time for a dog. I got two cats so they would at least have the company of each other when I am not there. I also have a parrotlet and he is the bomb! He is awesome, doesn't smell, easy to clean his cage, he comes out and stays with me where ever I go, and best of all he talks up a storm, but he doesn't scream like a large parrot would! He is the cutest funniest thing!

    My advise to you is to find a job as a nurse and make sure you like nursing BEFORE you get your own place, even if it is just renting for now. You don't want to get trapped in a job you hate. Then when you are ready go for it, get a place to live on your own, you won't have regrets. I say stay closer to family when you first move out on your own, just my opinion.

    Good luck!

    Annie

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    I could never understand why nurses and everyone else OBSESS about high BP! Yes it's high, is it going to kill him right now NO it isn't. What do you think it's doing to the patient when you are in taking his BP every 10 minutes, it's making him nervous and worry, add that in with being in pain and nervous and stressed about being in a hospital!

    For god sakes people, STOP obsessing about high BP. Yes it may harm someone over a period of years, but right now it isn't going to kill them, but obsessing about it may!!!!

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    Actually a few of the automated CPR devices DO actually do such good CPR there have been a handful of patients that have woken up during CPR and needed sedation. It is not a myth or legend! I have heard of this happening several times with the Lucas Device that our ER uses! Manual CPR very doubtful however!

    Annie

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    llg, INN_777, NightNerd, and 1 other like this.

    I agree with everyone else, stick with the new grad job and get settled and learn what you are doing first, then do the home nursing if you want to in a year or so. You will be surprised how EXHAUSTED you will be after a 12 hour shift and a 36 hour work week! You will need to focus on the learning you will need to work on whatever floor you were hired for as a new grad. Also I am of the opinion that a new grad should not be doing home care because of the lack of experience.

    I think starting two jobs simultaneously, even if you are not a new grad, is a set up for failure.


    Annie

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    katie93 and OCNRN63 like this.

    Personally I would take the CNA aside and ask her not to do RN tasks on your patients. Let her do what else she wants so sshe gets herself in trouble. Also mention that she is risking not being able to get an RN license in the future if she gets caught and it is reported to the BON.


    If after you ask this CNA to stop doing RN tasks on your patients, and it continues, assuming your hospital must have a computerized safety reportiing system. Start writing it up in there and I bet it gets attention real fast!!

    Hanging fluids may not seem like a big deal, until she accidently fluid overloads someone, hangs the wrong fluid, or her comfort level improves and she starts playing with medications. A patient at my hospital got an entire bag of Heparin in an hour because someone adjusted a beeping pump, and they had a strong suspicion that it was the CNA.

    Annie

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    poppycat, Seity, and roser13 like this.

    Research the blood flow to the heart and then tell us what you think the answer is.

    Annie


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