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  1. Quit during orientation
    "A lot less physical"? My days are plenty physically exhausting. There are many days that it seems all I do is clean patients and do "grunt work". My PCTs are awesome but they can't do it alone and...
    Jun 22
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  2. New grad or inexperienced nurse interview question
    I wasn't asked anything like this. I guess it was assumed that because I passed boards that I knew that stuff. My interview was more of a getting-to-know-you type thing. Strengths, weaknesses, etc....
    Apr 29
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  3. What is it like to be an Oncology nurse?
    Be prepared to give lots of blood products. Also know your chemo. It is my understanding that to become certified there is testing involved. All bodily fluids are to be treated as toxic, not just...
    Apr 15
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  4. Would you take a patient's blood sugar without an "order"?
    I would check if the pt asked. If a pt has q4 vitals ordered but requests a BP check would you not do it? I check if requested and call the doc if it's not WNL and request orders to address the BG....
    Dec 26, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Newish grad. Dealing with students on the ward.
    Let them know that you'll be happy to answer questions if they keep up. Otherwise they can forget it because you're responsible for your pts, not them. I'm not going to pursue them to teach them....
    Sep 16, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Multiple infusions, having trouble
    We frequently have 2 antibiotics due at the same time. One I see frequently is Rocephin and Vancomycin both due at 0900. In that instance, I'll start the Rocephin first at 0800 (it only runs for 30...
    Jul 16, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  7. Was reprimanded for wearing gloves while working with a patient
    C-diff? MRSA? These diagnoses require the use of PPE and proper hand hygiene. Encourage the pts to also wash their hands before leaving the room. While I work at a hospital, our policy is to have...
    Jul 10, '14
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  8. Why I pursued nursing and my love for needles!
    Health department nurses I'm sure give lots of vaccinations, as do peds nurses, especially in the doctor's office!
    Jun 28, '14
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  9. Patients Cheeking medications
    All make good points. Here is my view FWIW coming from a unit where frequently pts are admitted for vague diagnoses with no real medical data to back them up. I could (and used to) get worked up...
    Jun 19, '14
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  10. Indwelling Catheters
    Starting POD 1, we very strongly discourage the use of bedpans. I make sure the newer techs know this so that they won't use a bedpan for their convenience. Every trip to the bathroom provides a...
    Jun 13, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Indwelling Catheters
    My floor is ortho/med-surg. Generally our patients only have Foleys if they came in with a hip fx. Since they usually go home or to rehab on POD 3 or 4, it doesn't make much sense to keep one in...
    Jun 13, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Why do they always start with IV fluids?
    Disclaimer first: I don't work in peds. My main thought is that in the absence of heart or kidney disease, extra fluids simply prevent dehydration and cannot hurt? Of course, this also implies a...
    Mar 16, '14
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  13. How to Pay for Tuberculosis and Hep B Vaccinations
    I got my TB test at a local hospital for $10 each (needed 2 negatives). The health dept told me that they only do testing for exposures. The health dept also would not do my hep B for free. I paid...
    Mar 6, '14
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  14. Patients REALLY do these things!
    You got it! Same things apply when you're a nurse so better to know them now! You're awesome and you'll rock those clinicals! Always great to see students with a great attitude ;)
    Feb 20, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  15. ED tranfer.. No verbal report required
    We do faxed SBAR and admit orders. I only want to speak to the ER nurse if the pt has dementia (are they climbing out of bed) or if there's something weird I need a heads up on. Ultimately I'm going...
    Feb 17, '14
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  16. AC IV starts
    This ^^. You may need to go kind of sideways. Some people's veins don't really run up and down. This way you know the angle of entry.
    Feb 5, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  17. Front Desk Staff
    I absolutely adore our support staff. Our unit clerks are a valuable resource for anything from helping new nurses with policies to deciphering physician orders (many still prefer to write their...
    Jan 28, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Mandated overtime.  What?
    Not really sure how this works but I'm interested. Our BON is vague on the issue, stating that failure to work beyond your scheduled shift is a staffing issue, not abandonment. However, failure to...
    Jan 28, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. When will I learn? Right back where I started
    I completely understand. I'm struggling with the option to get on meds. Just don't know what to do. I don't know what else to say except you're not alone.
    Jan 11, '14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  20. Ideas for Effective Time Management at Work/Juggling Tasks
    I check for early am meds first (renal meds that need to be taken with breakfast, thyroid, etc); those pts get all their meds at that time. If they are joint pts, I assess for pain and medicate...
    Jan 1, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Getting a meal break
    I work med-surg and we generally cover each other. Of course, most of us try to be mindful to have everything done to keep the covering RN from having to do much more than maybe give pain meds or...
    Jan 1, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. $11/hr as a registered nurse
    I have to wonder if these are salaried nurses working long hours...
    Jan 1, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Shingles precautions
    Thanks all! I'll ask our infection control person whether it is actually the policy or if the other nurses are just doing it this way. Next time I see the ID doc I'll ask him too.
    Nov 30, '13
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  24. Shingles precautions
    When a pt is admitted with shingles we've always put them in a negative pressure room on droplet precautions. I asked a doctor about the necessity of wearing a mask. He states that since I've had...
    Nov 28, '13
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  25. Nursing shoes for TINY feet?!
    Personally I love Sketchers. I've been wearing them for years. They have white ones and their D Lites are very lightweight. Sketchers makes shoes in all sizes. Maybe a larger child's size would be...
    Nov 28, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear