Latest Comments by bebbercorn

Latest Comments by bebbercorn

bebbercorn, BSN 7,781 Views

"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." ― Rumi

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    dishes likes this.

    I doubt you will have to pay the fees back, but speak to a lawyer as others have suggested. The fees are normally to cover your classroom costs, ACLS, BLS, etc. There may be another RN waiting to take your spot. This early in the game, I think you'll be ok.

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    Dezi919 likes this.

    Budget cuts meant we couldn't afford the new electric razor... but I'm friendly with the landscapers, so no worries!

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    I started on a floor that did a lot of post op bariatric pts... they were, by far, my favorite patients to take care of. 1) They weren't there because they were "sick." 2) They were embarking on a new, positive journey and were almost always excited about getting started. 3). Not too many orders... especially with the surgeon that did them... no IV pain meds, never had an NGT, it was scheduled, ambulate, medicate, give PO at a certain hr... etc. However, 18 months in, I felt like there was not much more to learn (I feel like this will be where I go to work when I am close to retirement). MICU, on the other hand, will blow your mind! If you ultimately want to do ED, MICU, Med/Surg or even Obs is a good place to start (high turnover, will help you determine lower acuity pts). Congrats on aceing your interview, and good luck!!!

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    Red398 and NutmeggeRN like this.

    10 seconds is a really long time to be feeling for a pulse, so if you're not sure you feel it in that time, call the code and start compressions. I have worked on rapid response teams and code teams for many years and agree with my ICU colleague that I should not arrive and be the person to start compressions or realize this person is in arrest. That being said, I will also piggyback on highlighting WHERE you feel for a pulse. If the person has a low BP, you will not palpate a radial pulse. Get comfortable with carotid/femoral pulse checks. It is really easy to stand back on a person that was rapidly revived and roll your eyes, but finding someone unresponsive or seeing someone go unresponsive still elicits a sphincter response in even the most experienced of us.

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    I agree with PP, this dependence on cell phones is a bit frightening... Can you give your family and close circle of friends a direct line to the nurse's station? This might make the transition more comfortable for you. Mine have this anyway, because I can't get to my phone right away and if yours is off, in an emergency, your close contacts are more likely to reach you calling that number anyway.

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    They only came to see me for the gatorade :-(

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    Liz12345 and TriciaJ like this.

    Agree with Nurseonamotorcycle... my last shift I had 3 psych holds. Your expertise will be highly valued.

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    I like the above suggestions about the how, but when I was a new nurse I so much appreciated the WHY... What the heck is a lactate, why is it important to check... Why do I have to go to blood so fast, why can't I give 8 liters of LR??? The task at hand is important, but understanding the rationale behind it can save a life!

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    I'm generally of the mindset to not quit before a year, however, I recently had the experience of "trying to stick it out...wouldn't want to look like a job hopper!" I realized that I became more miserable, my family felt it, and it made me question if I still loved my specialty. The answer is yes, but I'm moving on from my facility. If they cannot be supportive or at least professional, you are actually doing a disservice to your patients by staying and supporting it. This attitude rubs off, believe it or not!

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    Agreed with above... as far as strips to know, SVT, Vtach w/o pulse, Vfib, S. Brady, S. Tachy, and Asystole. Know what you can shock. It's not as hard as ACLS. Know Epi! (0.01 mg/kg)

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    Thanks for the response! I interviewed and they seemed to be ok either way.

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    Totally not ok. I'd be livid if I were that mom... what if she is not christian? Like, atheist, or Jewish, or Muslim, or Sikh? Pagan? The list goes on and on... Or so what if she is christian and it was completely against her wishes... I am mad at this instructor with you!!!

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    Can a travel company submit you for a job, where you have applied at that facility before? E.g., I want to work in Anytown, USA, applied for a PRN RN job at XYZ hospital. My travel company has a spot there. If I rescind the application, am I eligible for placement?

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    Annacat, there is a cutoff for foreign income before you have to pay taxes... it's been a while, but when I worked abroad it was 70,000. After which, you have to declare and pay... (I'd imagine most making over the cutoff aren't exactly honest with their earnings)...

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    madricka, bsyrn, psu_213, and 2 others like this.

    I have pulled an epi "just in case" my unstable pt coded in the elevator... I have pulled narcan "just in case" for that young ams coming in... I have pulled heparin and plavix for that STEMI, "just in case"... benadryl has yet to make my "just in case" list.


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