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  • May 29

    When I first started a few years ago, I bought 6 sets. This would last me for one working rotation and I would have one extra set just in case. Fast forward to now and I show up to work in a plain shirt and hoodie when I work a later shift or on a weekend. I've found that I go through a set or two throughout my working rotation.

  • May 29

    We have pink sleeve that are made out of sock like material that have no stick/BP printed on them that go on that arm. When stretched full size, it will usually cover about the size off a full forearm so it's pretty darn noticeable and hard to miss. Then I think the floors also have signs to put at the head of the bed as well.

  • May 10

    The problem with LTC is that most of them are for-profit, so their primary consideration is maximizing their profits as much as legally possible. That means keeping staff and care down to a minimum. IMO, as long as that is the case, nothing is really going to change.

  • May 10

    Get your ADN, work in a hospital that has tuition reimbursement. Get the BSN while working and have them pay for it and if they know you are in the program to get your BSN you will be more likely to get hired or get retained!

  • May 10

    I was married during my ASN program. My wife and I both worked, with my wife quitting work once we had our daughter (about 6 weeks prior to graduation).

    I can't speak to your specific colleges, but first off if you have to sign saying you won't work more than 10 hours then don't do so. I believe that a real man is one of integrity. Maybe that means going to a different program or if you start and truly need to work to survive, then I would have that conversation with the college. Lying does not build the trust with the faculty which you need. Who knows, maybe a scholarship or two might come your way if they knew your situation.

    For me personally I worked throughout my entire ASN program averaging over 30 hrs/wk. Yes school did come a little easier then it does for some, but don't let that be your excuse. Great time management makes up for a lot. One of my favorite quotes came from the instructor of my graduate statistics course. He asked me, "How much time does it take for a grad student to write a research paper?" Me, "I don't know, how much time?" My instructor replied, "However much time he/she has!!" The point is you will have time for what you have to have time for. I noticed that on the weeks that I worked less, the number of hours spent studying remained pretty close to the same, but the hours on Youtube went up.

    Just my 2 cents...

  • Apr 22

    I think prompt attention to their psych help is needed. They should not have to wait until 8am - chances are they can't sleep anyway. So yes, getting them help ASAP is indeed good. I can't see why we should wait?
    I would be outraged to hear that voluntary patients had to wait to be seen and to speak to someone. This is something I would try and reduce!

  • Apr 20

    Personally, I think a large part of the appeal of ED visits comes from the fact that going to the ED involves no planning or commitment on the patient's part. They don't have to be there at any certain time, they don't have to make any pesky phone calls to schedule appointments...just show up when you feel like it. I know that a lot of PCPs have walk in hours, but those hours usually seem to be pretty limited. I wonder if people were allowed to just walk in to their PCP at any time would cut down on unnecessary ED visits.

    There is also most definitely a cultural aspect. Your mom took you to the ED for a fever when you were little, so that's what you do with your own children. It's hard to break a habit.

  • Apr 13

    Let's think for a minute about what HIPAA is. Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. While what it actually is, and who and what it covers is a very detailed topic, the short version is that a HIPAA violation involves releasing or sharing protected health information without the consent of the involved party.

    So now you can answer your own question. If the parent was not a patient of this provider, nor a patient at the hospital, they are not protected by HIPAA. Arrests/criminal actions are a matter of public record and not at all related to HIPAA. Inquiring about one's neighbor who was arrested, regardless of where they were arrested, is in no way related to HIPAA.

    This story sounds like the "Lemonjello and Orangello" twins. Everyone says they have heard of patients by those names, yet no one can provide proof that they exist.

  • Mar 11

    I am both a paramedic and an ER nurse. I have been working in the ER for about a year now and I have about 7 years experience as a paramedic. I would have to say that probably the hardest thing about making the transition from paramedic to ED RN is learning to prioritize tasks between your patients. And you will always be reprioritizing what you do and when you do it. Another thing that you will have to get used to as an ED RN is that you will probably not have quite the extensive protocols that you are used to having as a paramedic, at least as far as patient care is concerned. There are lots of policies that you will have to get used to and there will be some protocols that you will be allowed to follow but the majority of what you do will depend upon the medical practitioner that you work with.

    As it pertains to patient care, in my ER we have a grid of things that we can do without consulting ER physician. This grid basically follows 12 conditions that may present to the ED and what they want us to do during the triage process, including ordering x-rays, lab work, medications, fluids, etc. On top of that, some physicians are just different, mostly in that they would rather you do the basic triage stuff and then they'll come in and assess the patient and determine what labs and studies need to be done.

    One good thing about the ED is that all of your orders and the like are typically "stat" and must be done basically right then or very nearly so. In a typical MedSurg environment a lot of your medications and tasks are set to be done at certain times of the day and I really load you up with stuff to do. In a typical day I will usually see somewhere between 13 and 22 patients, depending upon the shift that I work. Generally speaking, that means that I do all the work of assessing, charting, passing medications, doing various tasks, communicating with multiple people and getting my patient to the floor, transport, or discharge home that many times a day. It also means that I am typically seeing 3 to 4 patients at a time all day long. I then get to turn my rooms over and make them ready for new patients between 4 and 6 times per room, on average. I will have some patience under my care for hours and some I will have under my care for maybe an hour. This past week I had several patients that were under my care for less than half an hour. I have also had patients that were under my care for the better part of 8 hours and were turned over to the next shift.

    There are also times that we have had absolutely no patients in the waiting room or in the ER so we had absolutely nothing to do for quite a while. When that happens, typically I start looking to do things like restocking the rooms and making sure things are clean and checking inventories and only if there's nothing else that I need to do, I might then sit down at the computer and surf the Internet for a little while.

    I have been at this for a little over a year now. I'm certainly getting more competent in what I do but I still have a ways to go before I consider myself very capable of handling anything that comes through the doors. Do understand that I am not in a nurse that is incapable of handling stuff, rather I'm still somewhat new and I'm still learning things. One of my biggest tasks over the next year is for me to become even faster at things that I do. One of the things that I do not do "fast" is deal with medications. That is the only area that I will not be fast simply because if I make a mistake with the medications, that can have profound implications for the patient if something is not correct. And I have caught problems with medications simply because I have taken the time to check. Everything else that I do is typically done very quickly.

    The biggest thing you will probably spend more time doing is learning to manage your time effectively. You will also probably have less autonomy than you are used to but your scope of practice will be much wider than it was in some ways.

    You have indicated that your orientation period will be 12 weeks. I highly suggest that you really take to heart the "lessons" in the book "Fast Facts for the ER Nurse" as you are currently reading it, continue studying it. Probably your first day or two actually in the ER as a nurse will be spent shadowing. I would then expect that you will get one patient at a time for about a week, maybe 2, and then you will probably add another patient to your load every week or 2 until you are at a full load. After that you will probably spend a lot of time working on time management and prioritization. With any luck, you will not get a nurse that does not like new grads in the ER, especially those that were paramedics before. I had one of those. Fortunately for me, she at least did her job and once I switched over to a different preceptor, I was able to do very well.

    I wish you the best of luck! The ER is a wonderfully crazy weird place to work and I would not want to work anywhere else.

  • Mar 11

    so heres my input on your situation

    youre a medic, your colleagues will know youre not an idiot and familiar with the emergency setting.

    here are the differences between being a medic and being a er rn

    1- you will now have x patients at the same time instead of your usual 1 at a time
    2- you will now be with the patient for hours instead of your usual 15 minutes
    3- you will now get dumped on instead of being the dumper (haha)
    4- you will now be serving turkey sandwiches to your patients and figuring out how they will be going home

    hopefully, you get a good preceptor. somebody who most importantly can train you in a fun way. I would rather have an ok but fun preceptor than a very smart/educated but strict one. you can practice safely and still have fun doing it

    good luck!

  • Jan 16

    5th amendment rights

    If the person refuses to answer and the person is not displaying any signs or symptoms of going cray cray, not much you can do.

  • Jan 9

    I had the sweetest lady the other day. 92. Worked 40 hours per week as an RN. Until she was 84. I made her repeat it while I picked my jaw up off of the floor.

  • Jan 9

    As a former Sailor, all I can say is run, sit ups, push ups, repeat

  • Jan 2

    Lowest was room temp whatever that was. He was dead. Never took the temp but that was probably the lowest.

  • Jan 1

    A lot of nurses (myself included) think the NURSE part of nurse practitioner is pretty important.

    What one learns from practicing as a nurse for a substantial amount of time is often what makes a nurse practitioner so valuable.

    Also, about the RNs making so much $$$ - not always the case. We are severely underpaid in many parts of the country.

    And we don't often get the opportunity to "comfort" the way we would like to.


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