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  1. Difficult seals in VAC therapy
    If you do not have "ostomy putty" then use stomahesive paste to fill in any crevices. Just use a small amount. Also, use a bridging technique to bring the trac pad over to the patient's side. This...
    Jul 9, '12
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  2. need some wound advice
    I would not apply duoderm on open wounds that are around the anus. Getting those dressings to stay in place will be next to impossible. In cases like this, if the wounds are due to incontinence,...
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  3. gangrene in a very private area.
    Is the scrotal wound due to Forniers gangrene? Cancer? Pressure ulcer? What is the goal of treatment? Comfort only? Drainage control? Odor control? Is it dry gangrene or wet gangrene?
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  4. wound care
    You need to check with the surgeon for specific wound care orders for a surgical wound. If the surgeon wants it irrigated then it should be irrigated. If the surgeon doesn't want it irrigated then it...
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Graduated 12/10, still no job, giving up...
    Sounds like you have an ADN/ASN, new grad, looking for entry level position, no prior experience in healthcare. So yeah, it's gonna be tough. My advice is to re-evaluate your resume because it might...
    Aug 11, '11
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. 2nd Interview after a year!!!!
    First, I would look up the potential employer on the web and see what services they offer. Then, look up those services and see what is involved in terms of care. Be honest that you do not have the...
    May 12, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. States with Real Nursing Shortages?
    I think some of the issues of "shortages" and geographical locations have something to do with the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Some nurses ended up delaying their retirement....
    May 12, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. cheapest online RN to BSN?
    In state first and see if your employer will kick in some tuition.
    May 11, '11
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  9. What do you consider to be nursing's biggest setback?
    Someone asked a while ago about why I have that perception about entry levels and education. I think I have seen these issues posted on the blog, whether it is a nurse with a certain educational...
    May 11, '11
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Failed NCLEX 5 times
    That was an excellent point! Perhaps you are overthinking the questions (easy to do and even easier when you are a nurse). Are you also second guessing yourself during the exam?
    May 11, '11
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  11. Part Time BSN programs
    Have you looked at online programs out of state? There are several reputable universities that offer online programs. They are no less rigorous than onsite programs. I have completed online...
    May 11, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Areas of the country with jobs for new grads?
    Florida.
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Did i do the right thing?
    Yes, always report a problem to the resident's nurse. Do you know for sure that the house supervisor was relaying information to the resident's nurse or to another nurse who just happened to be...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. What would you do?
    You should point out the error on the schedule to your manager (maybe it was a honest error or maybe the manager was given some erroneous information by another party). If you do not get an...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. What does it mean??!!
    Don't worry about this at all. It's not worth the stress of worrying about it.
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. What would you do?
    You were hired for a 3 10 hr/shift week schedule. Period. There is no swapping around hours unless the manager decides to realign the positions and offer full-times benefits. And if the clinic wanted...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. How do I get a new job after being fired?
    Hmmmm. In my experience most facilities give employees a "leeway"time- usually 6 minutes to clock in either before or after their scheduled time. You did not mention the nature of your tardiness so...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. RN to BSN..does it pay more??
    A BSN pays off in terms of opportunity. Does your employer offer any tuition assistance benefits? That was how I had my undergraduate paid for me and I graduated debt free. My obligation to the...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Patient who is on his call light every 3-5 minutes ALL night long
    Ah, the disgruntled frequent flyer. Stay polite and keep a smile on your face. Before you leave the room, ask the patient if there is anything else that he needs. Document abusive behaviors toward...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. How far did you get...?
    The bonus to having a BSN is that more doors are open. If you are content to have what you have in terms of your career with an ADN, then an ADN is just fine. If you end up wanting different...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Calling all Chrge Nurses
    You will be dealing with more than just the day to day business of providing good care. You will now have staff issues/conflicts, family complaints, and other anticipated problems. If the plumbing is...
    May 10, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  22. Changing Careers
    Some of this sounds like the same routine from my old days romping in LTC. Except for the higher acuity. Very true though, hospitals are under pressure to discharge patients and those patients enter...
    May 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Does anyone really like their job?
    I like my specialty. I could do without the politics within the organization. And some additional staff need to be hired pronto as my workload is crushing me. But I like my specialty.
    May 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. In the middle of a nurses career, are they paid roughly the same as they began?
    Good example that some nurses do have more earning potential than others with that $82K. Is that with shift diff, weekends, holidays? Also, some travel and agency can earn more. And someone pointed...
    May 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. In the middle of a nurses career, are they paid roughly the same as they began?
    First and foremost, averages are the dumbest way to calculate anything. Seriously- you want a median wage, not an average. Second, you have to factor in annual raises in those industries. And were...
    May 9, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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