bamaRN34 506 Views
Joined: Mar 11, '07;
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I actually asked one of our ENT's why they made us wear our masks during everything (except a BMT) and the others don't. He told me that since we are all in kids faces and don't know what kind of bug they may have (airborne/contact) it's to protect ourselves. Also from blood and fluids getting in and around your mouth. Oh another good one is wearing a mask in the Cysto room. For what reason? I have yet to figure out.... maybe along the same lines as the blood thing....no pee in the mouth!!
I meant 8 to 12 on a floor - not SICU - that's why I am leaning toward the unit....smaller nurse to patient ratio. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
Update: I have just been offered a job in the SICU at a larger hospital. I have worked there with organ donor management last month, but I couldn't get a good feel for the atmosphere. I believe everyone would be very helpful, but after reading posts about new grads in the ICU (which I feel like one right about now!), I am a little worried about moving straight there. Thing is, I am a surgery nurse. I am used to one patient at a time. Eight to twelve (gasp!) on the floor would swamp me! I don't think I could handle that - or could I? Please help....
I have been an OR nurse for two years at a smallish hospital (six OR rooms + one cysto - no major neuro, trauma or heart). I went into the OR straight out of school - no floor experience. Now- I'm burned out with the OR, and I want to go somewhere else - ICU, floor, step-down unit, I just don't know.........What do you think? I would really appreciate your imput. I work with an organ procurement group now, but the hours are killing me, and I would like something with independence, but it is not necessary. How about home health, or hospice? I would really like some advice from those of you with much more experience than me.
Thanks in advance for the great advice I know is coming!!!
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