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    Pay is published and easily searchable. It is based on your rank and time of service. Your rank is determined by your years of nursing experience. Five years might bring you in as a Captain. Drill pay is different though and harder to figure out. It is about the same as nursing pay but for 8 hours not 12. You are put on orders for all training and make the rate based on your rank. Schools are in Wash state, Ohio, and Alabama. Your training will be all broken up based on the availability of open slots. Active duty will be pushed right through but Guard and Reserve have low allocation for slots and it takes forever.

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "intake". Is that mental health? If we can verify their medications from their record we give them what they need on the best schedule we can. Otherwise, we do it at the four hour mark, or if they are admitted- sooner.

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    It's coming from our CEO and some interest at the state level.

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    poppycat likes this.

    If you aren't willing to cover it for work, get it closer to your core.

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    Well that was my impression too, thanks. I think the goal will be for narcs as a second line intervention. Nitrous will be in the mix too.

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    My ED is looking into a whole "narc free" model of pain treatment including Lidocaine infusion for pain. Does anyone have experience with this? Does it work? I've given it plenty prior to Amiodarone but never had a patient say it helped with pain.

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    Thanks for posting this, this just dropped into my world. I'd like to hear from someone who works in a nearly narc free ED and see how it is going.

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    I think the name of a business should describe what it does, like Tony's Pizza. Unless you can become so famous that your name becomes ubiquitous like Google.

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    adubs923, Pixie.RN, and Armygirl7 like this.

    Work your shifts in a row, sleep late on day 1, get up after 4-5 hours of sleep on the last day. Go to bed immediately when you get home, if possible. I can't stress this next point enough... ready??? Blackout curtains, ear plugs, and white noise. This combo seriously changed my life.

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    You have an excellent picture of the training. You sound nervous about SERE. Virtually no one fails. Just do what they tell you and you will be fine. It is... uncomfortable, but the best training I've ever had, in any field. There is a variety of indoor and outdoor training (including overnights), and a fair amount of classroom. They give you all the gear you need, and keep you safe. If you know what SERE stands for, it follows the continuum of each letter. You left out FTU which is your flying internship that follows flight school. It is a few weeks and returns you to your unit as Basic Air Qualified.

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    The Chaplain would be an excellent resource to cross the gap between nursing needs and hospital policy.

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    amzyRN and canoehead like this.

    Standing orders are a nice idea. We can order tests and medications, including narcotics. It sounds like it would be a big reach for a facility that doesn't seem to care much about patient pain though. But every challenge is an opportunity!

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    If you pass your training and NCLEX, then you are qualified. Always make decisions on the best choice for your patient and you will have 90% of it. Ask questions, and never proceed unless you know what you are doing. Everyone new is nervous, good luck.

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    Medscape is my crush. It is the fastest way to get drug information. There is no prohibition on me having my phone on me. I also have the NHS Stroke Scale app, which again is the fastest way to reference and calculate a stroke scale.

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    patient chilling watching Greys Anatomy


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