Dela RN 1,965 Views
Joined Apr 30, '11 - from 'AB, CA'.
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I'm a peds OR nurse and it really depends on the surgery site and length of case but for the most part I'd say they come with their underwear (or diaper) on. If we need to put in a foley, we just remove their underwear and it's usually not an issue. If it's a bigger patient, I have asked them to remove their underwear before they lay on the OR bed, just to make it easier on me later.
So I'm looking into getting a working holiday visa and registering with AHPRA as well. For those of you who have gone through the registration process with AHPRA, I have a question for you.
In section I: English language skills requirements where it asks for a certified copy of your academic transcripts, did you get your transcripts certified or were you able use the transcript the institution sent you in one of their sealed envelopes. It just seems strange, for them to want a certified copy when they can have the real thing, sealed from the school. Maybe it's just a canadian school thing where you can request your transcripts come that way...
I'm not surprised about your working conditions and I bet there are a lot of units that are working in similar situations however that does not mean this is the way it's suppose to be. PRC forms should be filled out if patient safety is in question and being understaffed and nurses missing breaks affects pt safety. Are you getting paid for missed breaks? Have you talked to your union about your concerns?
I worked close to full time, lived below/within my means, and directed half of my paychecks towards students loans and any tax refunds towards it and was able to pay off loans with in 2 years
I find that pts can have high/normal oxygen saturation numbers and still have crappy sounding lungs
Does anyone know the best route to get into the OR after graduation? Should I just apply for the periop course offered by grant macewan? Any advice would be helpful!
We do this in our OR. Our MH cart has emergency items specific to MH like your Dantrolene and syringes to reconstitute it, however some of the other drugs on the MH cart might overlap with the crash cart. I'm not completely sure. However we would have to bring in the crash cart anyway because our defib is on it.
I just got accepted by UofC Degree-holder program for 2013 January. I am studying for my first term at the U of Lethbridge in Alberta since September. I wonder whether I should change my school.
Both are 24 months' programs. UofL is actually not bad, from the second term on, the students will spend 2-3 days/week in practicum. We have small class size. I have spent $3000 for tuition fees and textbooks this term.
I want to know something about which school will be benefit my school life, education preparation for the nursing job, job opportunities in the future?
I personally like small cities. but Lethbridge is not convenient in terms of traffic, grocery shopping, and making friends. I'm thinking there are more choices in Calgary.
That sounds about right! Reading alone can be confusing especially if you haven't seen it before so it's hard to mentally picture doing it. When I learned to do a surgical hand scrub (a year ago), we went through/read the AORN periop 101 module, then watched my instructor do it and then she had us do it and she watched us.
Not an experience OR nurse but here's some questions they asked me...
1. Tell me about your past employment and how it's relevant to this position.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What were you goals 2 years ago? What are your goals now?
3. Why are you interested in the operating room? Why do you want to be an OR nurse?
4. What kind of communicator are you and give an example of it?
5. Give an example of a confrontation between you and a co-worker, how was the problem solved?
6. What are the roles of the nurses in the OR?
7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
8. What would your colleagues say about you?
9, How would you set up for a latex allergy?
10. What is the safe surgery checklist?
11. How do you handle stress in your life?
12. How do you handle emergency situations? And give an example.
13. What is family centred care? (I work in a peds OR)
14. Rate how well you are as a scrub and a circulating nurse in these services: eg. Ortho, general, ENT, Neuro, plastics, etc.
15. How do you maintain your education?
16. How would you set up for an emergency craniotomy as a scrub nurse and as a circulating nurse?
17. How do you prepare to scrub/circulate for case you've haven't done?
18. How do you maintain a good work life balance?
is there any thing positive that can be said about the OR specialty other than witnessing surgical procedures?
There seem to be expert consensus that OR is one of the most boring and uninspiring fields in nursing, and that I am tempting career-happiness suicide by wanting to join the teams of OR after graduation. If true, I pity the hopefuls who are going into OR come this graduating year. Fortunately for me, I have this forum and the luxury of planning ahead.
A couple of contracts back, AUPE was told that all part time nurses had to lose their slash days that paid OT. AUPE was the first up to negotiate that year and fell for it. It was never raised when UNA negotiated. So the only time part time LPNs can claim their OT is when they work past the end of their shift or on their designated weekends off. It's upset a lot of part time LPNs that they basically work all their picked up shifts at straight time, while the RN next to them who has also picked up a shift will only do so on their slash days for double time.
UNE's are assigned LPN or RN shifts. It cuts back on the number of available shifts for casual and part time LPNs who can not pick up an RN shift (well officially, we all know that Staffing will sub us in when they can't find an RN on most units).
That's very unfair that you aren't paid OT for any picked up shifts. As an RN, if we are requested to work a shift that hasn't been voluntarily picked up, it's OT. The same should apply for LPNs.
Do LPNs not get paid OT anymore? When did this happen?
What's the issue with UNE's that you would like fixed?
I haven't worked for them but I found this website which is interesting. It seems more like the PSW thing.
PayScale Canada - Nurse Next Door Employer Wages, Hourly Wage Rate
I had a elementary school patient I was admitting. One of the questions we ask is if there were any dietary concerns they wanted the hospital to be aware of like if they were a vegetarian. The kid thought very intently and responded, "Ummm we're omnivores"
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