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    rninformatics likes this.

    Hi everyone! I am currently in Walden University for my MSN and in a couple of months I need to start the process of selecting a preceptor. Anyway, I need help in finding hospitals with a nursing informatics team. I called one hospital and they did not know what I was talking about. Should I have asked for the IT team or nurse educator instead? My hospital has a nursing informatics team but everyone was grandfathered in and are only BSN prepared. Any help will do. Thank you.

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    In my hospital, there are mandatory flu shots. However, if you sign the waiver, end up getting the flu, and take sick time, you will not be paid for that time off. I always take the vaccine, since I have Sickle Cell, but I think it is ridiculous to force people to take the vaccine. I read that the vaccine varies in effectiveness from year to year and this is why I believe it should be someone's choice and not mandatory. One person I work with never took the vaccine, but did take it this year. She ended up very sick a few days after and had to take a few days off. Then she thought she was getting better and became worse and ended up take off another couple of days. Many of the other people I work with became sick after taking the flu vaccine and then were working around the patients, which is not the smartest thing to do.

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    wooh likes this.

    There needs to be a collarboation with pain specialists and pharmacists to manage chronic pain. I have sickle cell anemia and sometimes stronger medications, like Percocet, is needed. However, if I feel pain coming on, I use OTC, drink lots of water, and try to stay warm to relieve the pain. I do believe there are too many addicts and some don't feel relief from the strongest meds on the market. I guess time will tell if this program will last.

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    herring_RN likes this.

    I feel sorry for the family, the patient and the nurse. I wonder what the nurseatient ratio was at the time and if there was an appropriate amount of UAP on the unit.

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    I have heard stories from older nurses in the OR where surgeons would throw scapels (this is before the safety blade), yell and stomp out of the room when they did not get their way. It is ashame that nurses have to deal with these "babies". I do not hear other professionals dealing with this mess.

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    I recently tranferred to the OR and stories like this is scary and shows how important having accurate counts are.

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    On my med/surg/oncology floor: vs q8hr, i&o q8hr
    On my telemetry floor: vs q4hr or more often if on a cardizem drip, i&o q8hr

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    lindarn likes this.

    Quote from loricatus
    If someone is in good enough shape to be taking a cooking class, what in the world are they doing in the hospital? Are the patients there going to be renamed guests?
    That is exactly what I am thinking! Unfortunately, hospitals are a business. If a patient had a choice between the nice hospital with walking trails or another hospital with regular food, the fancy hospital will win.

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    At my hospital, you are required to either receive the flu vaccine or sign a paper saying you refused with all of the possible consequences to patients and co-workers listed. It is one of JCAHO's new "goals" for the year.

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    There is also payscale.com and indeed.com/salary.

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    Have you tried remedial classes? Before taken my boards I attend Kaplan. Before you do anything, you take an exam. When resulted, the results shows your weaknesses and strengths. From there you can take exams in areas where you need help. Also it shows you how to pick the right answer if you are stuck on the question. There are other programs like Kaplan if it is not in your area. Good luck!

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    I always watch. My hospital has a pyxis, so you have to be in the med room
    to type in your ID number to witness. The sink and sharps box is right there.
    It only takes a second and can save you trouble later on.

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    Hello everyone,
    I must interview a RN with a MSN or PhD for a class. If anyone could help, I will really appreciate the offer.

    Thanks again!!

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    lindarn likes this.

    Hi! I have been on a telemetry floor for 7 months after transferring from a med/surg unit. I want to transfer to the OR, but the manager blocks people from transferring to other units. I truly hate this unit. I work the night shift. We are always short staffed. I hate being the aide, tech, and US and still being blamed for things not being done. I love the people I work with, but I am tired of not having help. Now, I sent the transfer form without telling my manager. When I schedule my interview, I know that I will be asked about why I am leaving so soon. How can I answer this question without being negative about my manager and my unit?

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    I work for a facility that became Magnet in 2002 and renewed their status in 2006. Staffing is bad, retention is low, especially on my tele unit, and everyone is unhappy. The only time we have great staffing is when the State or JCAHO comes for an inspection. I do not know how many more months I can stay at this facility.


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