Fox_RuN, BSN 3,737 Views
Joined: Aug 31, '10;
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Registered Nurse; from
7 year(s) of experience
CVICU, Cardiac/Telemetry, SICU
I'm currently getting ready for my first travel assignment through the University of Colorado. I'm already looking towards next steps though. Does anyone have experience with the Alaska Native in-house travel program? Not a lot of info on the website. I'm from Michigan so the prospect of winter travel nursing in Alaska doesn't bother me, especially if it means extra benefits/pay.
We are nurses. What's a weekend and holiday, much less a "day"? Because I, and many of us, don't get them. P.S. coming from a union hospital here.
I'm a current, experienced CVICU RN from the University of Michigan am looking to relocate to Portland and OHSU's CVICU.
I'm planning a trip back out there in March and have been trying to get a hold of the nurse manager via e-mail to set-up a shadow time just to make sure the unit would be a good fit before I start getting serious about moving. I e-mailed this past weekend and haven't heard back yet (is she difficult to get a hold of via e-mail? on vacation/leave? etc...?)
I saw there were job postings up now, but I'm hoping there will be listings May-August.
I have 7 years experience with everything from basic LVADs to ECMO, BSN grad from University of Michigan, SICU/CICU float experience, Ebola/BSL4 training, won a fellowship position and am currently publishing an article with AACN. I'm pretty sure I would be a fairly "turn key" nurse on that unit, but I just want to see the unit and hear candidly from nurses who work there about the unit. Also makes me nervous I haven't heard back.
Camp nursing is not year-round employment, just so you know. And many camps (church camps in particular) rely on a weekly-changing parade of volunteers, not a full-time RN.
I am sure it is not want you want to hear, however, I STRONGLY recommend that you do at least one year of pediatric nursing in a major hospital center. Children are definitely not miniature adults and their needs are very different. How you cope with a child's medical and/or emotional situation is significantly different than anything you would have learned in school or on an adult unit. Children need to feel your confidence. Don't short-change yourself or the children. Get the training you need before attempting camp nursing.
Has anyone had experience with the website greatcampjobs.com? Are they legit? The description of the camps in their system sound promising... I'm just always skeptical of things that seem too pretty on-line or things that seem too good to be true. Thanks
So, I just got my transfer request accepted to go to CVICU from med/surg -oncology, which is all I know. I am a fast learner and very dedicated....just wondering if the seasoned professionals have any recommendations to prepare myself for this transition! Taking ACLS next week and they will be sending me to the CCU classes along with additional CV classes. I didn't know if there was anything else I should brush up on, like meds, procedures, etc?? I just want to set myself up for success....thanks!!
Wait - so you're not an ICU nurse? But you were hired as a float RN for an ICU? How? Do you have an orientation? I hope you do. How else would you know how to manage the MI, arrests, drips, invasive monitoring, swans, IABPs, etc. This just sounds strange (read: a bad idea) to me. The float nurses at my hospital had to have at least a year or two of ICU experience.
I've been stuck with a (clean, thank goodness) needle before, after a patient got combative with me.
Always keep a step ahead of your patient, get help holding down limbs if necessary, especially if you have to do IVs or butterfly blood draws where you can get stuck a bit easier if they decide to spaz out on you
All depends on the area you're working in too...psych, ER and ICU I'd say have the highest risk...
More common though are flushing those feeding tubes..it's like being shot...only with stomach/intestinal contents...always get a good grip, especially if you have a suspicion it may be clogged (and if it doesn't flush, check your tube clamps!) All of the above learned the hard way
We're bringing my daughters' bunny rabbits this summer, but they do have an Animal Care program and an available hutch. I've seen dogs at camps. You just have to ask around!
Also, are there any winter camps out there? I remember going a camp in winter with my 5th grade class, but that was a special session...
To Campnurse1....Maybe this really is EXACTLY what I need. I need a nursing job with autonomy that lets me be my quiet, introspective self. Just playing my guitar, reading, fishing. A job that keeps my nursing skills sharp, but lets me enjoy the woods I so desperately crave right now...
Which camps will let you bring pets? Dogs? I'm having a tough time doing some google searches on it
A background on me:
-Moving from S.E. Michigan metro working at large, academic (adult) CVICU to tiny Ontonagon in Michigan's upper peninsula (Ontonagon is about 180 miles from Duluth, MN). Have a total of 3 years nursing experience out of school. I'm originally from northern Michigan and want to get away from the city. I miss being in the woods.
- Have my Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification and am a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and am wanting to leave the hospital environment and preferably take care of some baseline healthy people in beautiful outdoor settings (I've decided hospital nursing isn't quite for me, although working at CVICU has shown me I can keep my cool when the world is literally crashing down around me and touch anything as long as I have gloves on oop:)
-Embarassingly, I am much, much better at giving last aid than first aid, even though I'm comfortable handling multiple, complex extracorporeal devices such as centrimags, impella, CRRT, IABP, various LVADs, lumbar drains/ICP monitoring and titrating multiple drips.
-I'm pretty good at wound care though, I do have to say.
-I have no peds experience, only intermediate cardiac/telemetry experience before CVICU.
- On my tombstone, I hope it will read "She worked herself to the bone...no, seriously." In other words, I'm not afraid of hard work. I get teased at work because my patients are always clean, generally stablized, expired gtts changed and back-ups ordered for the next shift and the lines/dressings/tubes/tube feeding supplies are organized, untangled, labelled and dated. If I'm sitting too long, I become suspicious and say, "Damn it, there must be something else I can organize or label!"
-I unfortunately tend to be an introvert (I'm the weirdo who prefers organizing lines in her sedated/intubated patient's room rather than sitting idly on Pinterest chatting). I'm friendly, professional, and a forceful patient advocate when needed.. However I'm really just an awkward only child who likes to be involved in her work versus idly socializing. I'm not a big one for small talk and especially gossip. Another reason I want to leave the hospital.
-Also, the ICU environment is physically and emotionally draining. I'm 25, physically fit, however only weigh 54kg. I'm tired of wrestling confused, 140kg men and my back coming out the losing end . I'd like to be in a place where the majority of physical demands come in the form of hiking, rather than lifting/wrestling. I think I'd like to retire from the WWF as "fun" as being "The Sedater" is.
-Okay..... so as a hopeful camp nurse, I plan on reading "The Basics of Camp Nursing" and I have sections picked out to peruse in my Wilderness Medicine textbook by Paul Auerbach. What other resources should I look at? What general recommendations/tips do you have?
-What camps do you all have to recommend in the Michigan, Wisonsin, Minnesota area? Are there other camps in other states you'd recommend that pay for license transfer and travel expenses as well as food/lodging? I'm not going to have another job other than maybe some flu clinics, so length of stay/time of year of camp isn't as important, however I'd prefer assignments 4 weeks or less. Which camps have a great support system/resources?
-Also, not required, but STRONGLY desired; which camps will let you bring your dog, if any? I haven't adopted one yet, but would like to bring future dog with me (well-trained of course) if at all possible. Although partner could watch him/her while I'm gone temporarily, he's not really a dog person/trainer in the way I am.
Thanks so much you all!
Obviously you and the people who liked your post have never been stalked by a patient before have you? Until you've had strange calls on your cellphone and creepy friend requests on facebook, you should probably not be speaking about this with any authority.
The examples you give... nurses deal out very painful and unpleasant treatments sometimes. Police deal with much unpleasantness, but to be blunt, they get to carry a gun to protect themselves.
Teachers, secretaries, social workers don't poke people and insert things into peoples' orifices on a daily basis. Paramedics poke people, but sometimes they aren't even conscious and they don't care for those patients for as long as nurses do.
I'm not in psychiatry either; intensive care, rather.
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