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    We get a lot of vents on my unit too (tele & ICU stepdown) and they can be difficult when the pt is awake and is trying to talk to you. Remember to be patient and try to understand what they are saying. Also, like the above post said....you will be dealing with a ton of sputum and spit and etc. There will be a lot of suctioning too. I sometimes have a hard time dealing with this but it's part of the job. Also, remember that these vent pts always have an airway if anything happens. That's one down...then you just have to check for B & C in a code.....usually they are breathing too b/c of the vent so there's 2 down....left is circulation. It gets easier as you take care of more vent pts.

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    Take as many computer exams as you can....they are extremely helpful. I took boards 2 yrs ago and found the Mosby's flashcards helpful too b/c I kept some in the car and in my purse and they were everywhere so when I had 10 minutes I was studying. Good luck!!!!

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    I also have a Master Cardiology and can't hear as much as I'd like to hear. I'm upset since I spent an arm and a leg buying it during school. I'm looking into buying and new one but haven't made a decision yet....what do you all reccommend???

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    I also have a Master Cardiology and can't hear as much as I'd like to hear. I'm upset since I spent an arm and a leg buying it during school. I'm looking into buying and new one but haven't made a decision yet....what do you all reccommend???

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    We also use them at my facilty and do not like them for the many reasons that have been listed. We have never had monitor techs and it has been suggested but we have been told that it is too expensive. We used to have pagers that showed the actual rhythm on them which was much easier and more user friendly b/c we could see what the monitor was showing. We were told that it was a liability issue and had to switch to pagers that make us go to the monitor/pt and check. It takes up time and as nurses we don't have alot of time to waste. :wink2:

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    Well, I'm thinking about going back to school and getting my Masters in Nursing but am having trouble finding exactly what I want. Duke University has the specific program but I'm in KS and am not quite ready to make the move. Has anyone taken an online full program course?? I have taken online classess and really liked them but taking a whole course load online....I just don't know. Any thoughts?? I'm looking forward to gettting my Masters and continuing my education but I'm hitting a rock. Thanks for listening!!!!

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    The infection control dept at my facility states that it is okay to use the alcohol foam instead of washing hands unless the hands are visibly soiled and/or that pt is in an isolation room of somesort. I believe that this info also comes from the CDC.

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    I'm notorious about not taking care of myslef and I often pay for it be getting sick and just being emotionally and physically drained. I have started taking 5-10 minutes a day and reading an inspirational word of somesort and that seems to help. I have also started getting a massage when I can afford one. So far it's been about 1 every month or so and I would love to get one more often but I just can't right now. I think it is very important to take time out and take care of ourselves and not just our patients.

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    I am a recent grad about 2 yrs and work on a tele/critcal care stepdown unit and I read an EKG made easy book. It really helped and I also took several classes that my facility offered. I would advise taking any and all classes that are education and especially regarding cardiac rhythms. Don't get discouraged....it takes time to get it right and to know what you are doing. I think that name of the book that I bought was "EKG Interpretation Made Easy." Hope this helps. :O)

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    I used the Mosby's Study flashcards/notcards and I found them very helpful. I think they are around $20-30 for over 1000 questions and you can find them at any bookstore. I hope this helps. :O)

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    Hi-
    This is my first post and I'm not quite sure how this all works but I'm looking for some advice on becoming a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner. I've been out of nursing school for 2 years working with my BSN on an ICU stepdown unit and tele unit. I love the cardiac side of nursing and want to go back to school to get my Master's. I'm in the KC,KS/MO area. Where can I go to school to get a Master's and specialize in Cardiology??? I know KUMC and UMKC offer Master's in Nursing but do they specialize in Cardiac care?? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.



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