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    I graduated from QCC. It's a very competeive program and the only thing that matters is your grades in the pre-req classes. They don't look at activities.

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    I wanted to work in the NICU or L&D. I was lucky to get hired in the NICU right out of nursing school. I've been there ever since and absolutely love it! I couldn't see myself anywhere else.

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    We have a computer time clock, we punch in our employee number and scan our fingerprint.

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    workingmama77 likes this.

    I don't do a lot of OT. I have 2 kids and am in school part-time for my BSN so I already feel overwhelmed! The most I'll ever do is an extra shift in a pay period.

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    Quote from HyperSaurus, RN
    Nurse Connie, that does sound scary! Do you have the aide assigned just to you and your team of patients, or does the aide float the floor?
    We have one aide that only works with us in the NICU, she is absolutely amazing. When she is off or we need more help we get aides that float but typically there is a pool of 4-5 aides that are familiar with NICU and work with us often.

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    e38201 and SeattleJess like this.

    I must work at the same hospital. We are so short staffed right now! It wasn't like this when I first started here. It's not uncommon to have up to 5 feeders, but we usually do have an aide, sometimes 2 if we are very busy. But recently we've had ridiculous ratios on the vent babies as well. The other night I had 4 in the ICU, 2 on vents, 1 on high flow O2 and one on NEC watch! I did have an aide with me that night. Last night I had 2 who are both on isolation, one on an oscillator and the other on a vent. Tonight, by some miracle, there are 6 nurses on and I have the oscillator baby 1:1, which is the way it's supposed to be! We have been filling out protest of assignment papers almost on every shift, but nothing changes. It's scary.

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    loriangel14 likes this.

    I don't do anything special either. My scrubs get washed with everything else, I don't change out of my shoes before I get into my car. I rarely get sick, neither do my kids.

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    We are a small Level III 30 bed unit. We don't attend births, since we do have residents and the OB nurses are NRP certified. The charge nurse takes an assignment and we are assigned admissions.

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    Every time, no matter what.

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    Quote from qcc_studentcandace
    hi, I'm a second year student at qcc, and I'm working my way into the nursing program. I've taken most of the pre-requisites and done well ranging from B-A but for a&p I I scored a C-. I know they ask for a B or better and some people might bless you with even a C. I'm taking a&p II and I'm working harder and I believe I can get a B or better in that class. So, I was wondering if I still had a chance of getting into the program with A&PII than I, even though I know both are needed.

    Help! Please and thank you!
    I graduated from QCC in 2011, and from what I remember, the A&P 1 grade is what really counts for admission. If it's still as competitive as when I applied, that C- is not going to cut it. I'm sorry.

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    Quote from RNmo
    I could never assist with circumcision *shudder*
    This is the only thing I REALLY, REALLY HATE! Luckily, working nights, we don't do too many!

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    We always use diapers too.

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    muircv likes this.

    No difference in units at my hospital either.

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    I was lucky. One of my professors at school recommended me to the ADN and got me an interview.

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    catlover314 likes this.

    We are a smll unit, less than 50 beds, with 3 rooms. We have one large freezer for all the breast milk, (like a refrigerator, but it's just a freezer). East patient has their own bin and it's stored according to pumped date. Two rooms have a mini fridge. It works for us. No idea about the brands though