Turtle in scrubs 5,024 Views
Joined Mar 8, '07 - from 'Kansas'.
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The hot water in a washing machine is not hot even to sanitize clothing, not even close.......
Reference to washing clothes can be found here CDC - MRSA and the Workplace - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
I'm curious to see if anyone has, or knows of, any research out there on safe practices for washing scrubs at home. I've read through posts here on allnurses of what people do and think should be done, but I'd love to see some research data if there is any out there.
I'm tired of going through scrubs so fast because I wash them in hot water if it really doesn't make a difference (i.e. mechanical washing and hot dryer kill of organisms anyway), but I don't want to be the fool who spreads nosocomial infections to my patients, or infect my family.
From my experience WOCN's are in demand (in the couple of States I've lived in). I am not familiar with a DWC. It may be popular in different areas of the country however. I think the question is, 'are there jobs out there that require this certification'? Have you seen postings for jobs that require a DWC? Or, do you work for an employer who will hire you in a new role, or pay you more money if you have this certification? If the answer is 'No' to these, I would steer clear of going that route.
Whatever route you take, I would recommend researching the job demand in your area first. If you are in an OP clinic I'm guessing you have vendors stop by. Talk to them! They have their finger on the pulse of the area, and will often be able to tell you who is looking for a WOCN, etc. Some places will hire a nurse without a WOCN, and pay for them to go to school if they will commit to working at their facility for a couple of years. It's always worth asking! Visit local hospitals and clinics and just ask questions. Check out Indeed and see what jobs are listed for WOCN's and DWC's.
I'm a Director of nursing at a SNF and the wound care director. This is an absolute breech of confidentially. Even texting an MD for orders is a HIPPA violation. If I found out that anyone of my staff nurses did this, they would be terminated on the spot. Imagine if that was your family member!! Come on people... Be an advocate for your patients
No, I've not heard of this. Without knowing the wound, generally if it needs moisture added then an alginate is not appropriate, as it is utilized to absorb exudate.
Hi everyone. I'm looking for some recommendations of a good moisturizer for regular to dry legs to be used under compression wraps, and total contact casts. I'm looking to moisturize while avoiding maceration. Any ideas?
Definitely check to see what your hospital policy is. This may clear things up one way or the other. If there's a hospital policy against something you're doing then you can either cut your hair, or respectively challenge the hospital policy. If there's not a hospital policy then there's your support to challenge her.
Wondering if anyone has gotten an RN license through Endorsement from another State recently. Specifically I'm wondering how long after they specified that it was "In Review" did it take? They have all my info, fingerprints, and I've passed the JP Exam.
Any recent experience?
Thanks HouTx! I'm pretty open at this point. There are no jobs with CSR posted at this time in my field. I have sent over my resume in case something comes up. This past weekend I was in town and stopped by the CSR at the Medical center and it had a good feel to it. Really I'm just snooping around trying to gain any information I can from a far before moving to the area.
Meditech seems to be a pretty archaic system from what I've heard. I saw the system pulled up at one of the Methodist hospitals and it was like the old DOS black and white screen and they were using F keys! Not that this would make or break a job, but it sure can make it nice when you have a system that is user friendly. I currently use Cerner and although it has its quirks I think it is pretty good for information retrieval. Epic seems to be very well liked as far as EMR's go.
Really, I'm just looking around. Any thoughts you can share are most welcome.
Hi everyone. I'm a Wound Ostomy nurse relocating to SA and curious about CSR hospital. Can anyone tell me what EMR charting system you use? Is it a good place to work? Any thoughts on their Wound Ostomy team?
Can anyone please tell me what EMR computer system Methodist uses? Epic, Cerner, McKesson....
Thanks woundnurse4u, ... so was it on Monster.com that you found your job, or did you use a headhunter?
I'm currently working as a WOCN and looking for a WOCN job in the Richmond VA area, but haven't seen much of anything. Most of the WOCN's I know got their job at the place they were already working, or by word of mouth. I'm not sure how best to go about this. Applying for staff nurse jobs in the past was pretty easy, but this seems to be a different ballgame. Anyone use Monster.com?
Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks!
Not a dumb question. But when you say "do I have to", do you mean from an employer standpoint, or the certification board?
From the certificate board standpoint, it looks like you have 5 years to take the exam after finishing your course work. (I would not recommend this)
Eligibility | Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board
From an employer standpoint it all depends on the employer. I imagine most would expect that you would be taking it within a few months of finishing your program.
From a practical standpoint... job or no job, I recommend taking the exam soon after you finish the program. The information will be fresh and it will make you more marketable.
Hope this helps!
In my reassessment I can (and do) write out a description, and I agree with what you said. Problem is, we expect the nurses on the unit to be documenting the PU's in a EMR with little drop down boxes that don't allow for all that. Also if it is a HAPU, Risk Management is involved and they want a definitive answer... as do our billing coders.
As a staff nurse I was sometimes frustrated when the WOCN's would evaluate my patient and in the consult would write out what I saw as an ambiguous description.... meaning I still didn't know how to fill in my little boxes. Now as a WOCN I find I am doing the same thing in an attempt to best describe the history and current state of the ulcer. As a WOCN I want to provide the best assessment and yet at the same time be of the most help to my staff. I'm finding a disconnect here that I'm not sure how to bridge.
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