Latest Comments by gonzo1

Latest Comments by gonzo1

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    SurgicalTechCST and psu_213 like this.

    The only place you can guarantee sterility is in an operating suite. That said, I encourage the doctors to use sterile gloves etc because it never hurts to be cautious. They rarely say no.

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    This happened to me. I had to write a long description of how I worked and who I worked for and then get letters from the 4-5 agencies I had worked for. I was working with 4-5 different agencies and had been for about 4 years. Chase bank eventually said no, but a little mortgage company said yes. Of course I also had a fair amount in savings so that helped seal the deal.
    We have been very happy with the little company that gave us a break.

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    Congrats and good luck to you. I'm sure you will do great

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    RegretfulLPN likes this.

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm sure that it will be helpful to many in the future as this is a question that arises alot.

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    Congratulations on passing and thanks for sharing. I've worked in ICU for 4 years and want to take it but was afraid because so many people say it's horribly hard.
    You have given me the courage to do it.

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    Here.I.Stand and Kssrn404 like this.

    They will most likely welcome your med/surg/tele experience. Almost all the ICU nurses I know started out in med/surg or sometimes ER. You will be able to teach them some things and vice versa.
    1. Answer call lights fast.
    2. Always be looking at something educational in your down time, not candy crush (until orientation is done) LOL
    3. Be curious, ask questions and ask to see things. When there is a vent patient ask to go in and look at vent etc. Don't just sit and play on phone (true story) Probably not going to make it through orientation.
    4. Talk to the other disciplines and learn as much as you can.
    5. Offer to help when appropriate. There's no techs in ICU so we have to rely on each other a lot.

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    I have worked several places where this happens. When I was a new nurse people would ask me to change with them all the time and I did. Then I started asking people to change with me. Two times in a row I got even worse patients and so I have never again asked. I take what God gives me and it has always worked out for me.

    I do ask to float if someone is floating to another unit I will ask if I can go instead and they almost always say yes. I'm comfortable floating to med/surg, ER, PP, EMU and a lot of nurses hate floating so it works out good for all.

    Do you have to take pts as the charge?

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    HouTx, poppycat, Graduatenurse14, and 2 others like this.

    1. The BON is not your friend, not there for you and could care less about the trouble you are having.

    2. This is why no nurse should ever go without their own insurance. I have had mine since before I graduated and used it twice with wonderful outcomes.

    3. Thank you for your service. Nursing is getting scarier and scarier.

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    You could also call and try to interview or arrange a visit to some existing group homes. This is a big business in AZ, Tucson for sure. Great idea. My mom was in two different facilities. Had to move from the first one near the end as it wasn't able to accomodate hospice patients.

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    Good question. I think I'll try these myself.

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    This sounds like a nice job. Can you tell us more about it? Maybe something I'd like to do.

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    You need to ask the questions the way they are worded. This is used to evaluate the patients and their level of mentation. If they are a dementia patient they won't know they are wrong unless you tell them. When they answer, just say thank you and move on. This approach can be used with all the questions. Document what they say and then do the next question.
    Hope this helps. I do a lot of admissions and if I stopped to tell people they answered wrong a one hour admission would take three hours.

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    sevensonnets and TriciaJ like this.

    It's time to move on. The fact that you can put 9 years of experience with this one company on your resume is very good. Jut tell interviewers that there was a change in management and you are taking this opportunity to branch out into new nursing experiences as you completed your LPN not long ago.
    They will be able to read between the lines and see that you are a very stable employee and are leaving due to new management. This happens all the time and recently happened to me and about 30 nurses I worked with.
    Congrats on your longevity and completing your LPN.

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    nurse lala, smartnurse1982, llg, and 3 others like this.

    I always steer away from people who make statements like, "I always say." Mental health issues run the course from someone who is afraid of spiders, to psychopaths. I think we would be hard pressed to find anyone that doesn't have some sort of at least small fear or phobia. I work ICU, ER and psyche and have seen nutsy nurses in all these positions.

    From my experience a person who is really mentally ill won't stay in psyche nursing very long because they aren't really there for the patients, but to help themselves. I've seen a couple who only lasted a few months. Just like all other types of nursing there are all kinds of nurses who work psyche, some are extremely well adjusted people from normal homes and some have issues of their own. It's this mix of personalities that make for a strong unit where everyone can learn and grow.
    EKUGRAD, you sound like an awesome person and they are lucky to have you.

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    I did PT before nursing. Graduated with 4.0 gpa. Graduated from nursing with 3.8. They are both very challenging programs and it is sad that she apparently has no respect for what your program entails. Did you help her get through high school?
    You are both very young and as you both mature you may decide that being a close friend of hers is not worth it, esp if the relationship is all about meeting her needs and not considering yours.