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  1. Questions for Jehovah's Witness
    I am getting some info on a medication that is a blood component and want to properly say how to ask pts for their religious practices. Would you say "Ask pt is they are a practicing Jehovah's...
    Dec 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. DNR's that do not mean a thing!! Help...
    If a pt has signed a DNR, it's the health care surrogate's responsibility to care out and respect the DNR when the pt becomes incapacitated. They are supposed to carry out the wishes of the pt and...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  3. How do I change my outlook?
    I think the instructors may emphasize passing over getting straight A's because there's lots of students who are terrified of not graduating. There's a tremendous pressure that students bring on...
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  4. Do i stay or do I go? helplessly stuck
    Did an academic adviser tell you about the direct transfer?
    Oct 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  5. Any tips on how to make some extra money in school?
    If you don't have a job, you can try to do task-paid stuff like house sitting, baby sitting, dog walking, maybe some cleaning? When I was in school, I did have a job, but was always looking out for...
    Oct 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  6. Anyone getting calls for flu shots?
    Lol! I love your posts!
    Oct 13, '13
    Forum: Pandemic Flu
  7. Why I Refuse Flu Shot
    You mean you've never been symptomatic.
    Oct 13, '13
    Forum: Pandemic Flu
  8. fentanyl dosing on a vent
    If we really need to sedate a pt (like with ICP monitors with cerebral edema, or even ARDS pt on pronator beds) we can go up to 600 mcg/hr. I've seen fent 600 mcg/hr, versed 10 mg/hr, propofol 70...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. CCRN help!
    Laura Gasparis also has an awesome questions book (I think over 1000 ques.) and a reference guide (pearls).
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. another ICU nurse's opinion
    I've seen a calcium gtt once (for Ca channel blocker overdose), so not sure if we have a protocol. I'm sure we do or pharmacy knows. If the ionized Ca was 3.7 and the goal is 4-5, then from what the...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Hyponatremia question.
    There are diseases that can cause primary hyponatremia in normal volume states, however many cause the body to ultimately shift volumes due to ADH. (so basically yes and no). Pneumonia is one (more...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  12. Advice for exams?
    Well, it sounds like you are definitely studying enough. Sounds to me that you are interpreting the test questions wrong. Most people have a a hard switching to the critical thinking questions. Maybe...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  13. Splinting Post-Op
    If it is not abd surgery, maybe they are referring to ortho surgery? There's lots of splinting with hip, elbow, arm, hand, pelvic, leg fractures. There's splinting in vascular surgery too. If someone...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  14. Why do you choose to start IVs in certain veins
    Consider the size of the vein b/c medications can burn and veins can blow. If you have to give IV potassium, the higher up the arm, the less it will burn. Veins become thicker as you move up. Hands...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  15. Central lines
    The big factor between the two is right in the title. PICC's are peripherally inserted central line catheters while a central line is just a central line (usually in the femoral, subclavian, or...
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  16. getting sick from microbiology
    You need to chill or else you are going to convince yourself that you have every cancer that you learn during lecture. Most times when people are "sick," its viral. You are 10 times more likely to...
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  17. Question about hand hygiene
    It literally impossible to only wash your hands according to guidelines. Hand sanitizer makes it more realistic. You are supposed to wash before and after just pushing a button on a pump. Even after...
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  18. Circumcision
    I had the option of observing during my OB rotation. The instructors didn't make anyone go. With the two that I saw, the doctors used lidocaine and there wasn't even a cry. So, I'm glad I got to see...
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  19. Working while in nursing school?
    I'd say don't fall for people telling you that you should be a PCT during school. It doesn't give you some extra edge. PCT's get worked to the bone. Many don't have time to learn a bunch of nifty...
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  20. New grad in SICU... advice please!
    There is a website that is great. icufaq.org. It's got tons of info and all sorts of links. I think it's an awesome website.
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  21. What would you do?
    Just as a note. It's no longer ABC, it's CAB now (according to new ACLS guidelines). Compressions first. The longer you put off compressions, the higher the mortality rate. If there is a code, you...
    Jul 25, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  22. (Just a rant) Are nursing test unfair....
    I'm sure you have heard the idea of picking the righter answer. Many questions seem to have choices that could be argued either way. I still see questions that get a "oh, whatever!" from me. They are...
    Jun 16, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  23. Adrenergics and Cholinergics
    A good thing to do is always make a note of which drugs are cholenergic, anticholenergic, beta or alpha agonists or adrenergic. Exams always test on that or the mechanism of action. I got into the...
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  24. Consolidation vs Infiltrate vs Opacity on CXR
    I'll start with a disclamer that I'm obviously not a radiologist, but I will try my best. As you gain more experience in the ICU, I recommend getting into the habit of looking at every xray. I...
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Sepsis Questions
    First thing I do for a fever is remove all the blankets the family has placed on the bed. I turn down the A/C, I remove the 10 pillows from all over the bed, and turn on a fan. If pts are wrapped up...
    May 22, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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