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  1. How is ER charting different than floor?
    Assessments are done based on what the patient is presenting with. Everybody gets a generalized head to toe assessment along with a falls risk assessment and assessing for communicable diseases. ...
    Jun 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. APPENDICITIS
    Line, labs, meds (usually morphine & Zofran but it depends on the provider + NS) and yes, Flagyl, Levaquin or Zosyn. Vanc is overkill. Abdominal CT and if the appy is confirmed, then a surgical...
    Jun 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. When is your shift over
    I always move to a private location if I have some additional charting to do or something.
    Jun 10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. Hallways
    How do you comply with HIPAA when you have hallway beds?
    Jun 10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. What's it like at your ER
    Our ratio depends on staffing but 99% of the time it's 1:4. Our techs do not have a set ratio as they help answer call lights and help with patient needs throughout the ER. If we have a patient...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. Discharge Areas/Lounges
    We only utilize a discharge room in our Fast Track area that is only open until 2300. After the patient has been treated they are moved to the discharge room where the nurse (or tech) obtains their...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. ER Design
    I'm curious to know about other ER designs as we are working on redesigning our own ER. We have already implemented some changes but we're working on more. Triage: preferably 2 RNs and a triage...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Pain Management in the ER
    Our doctors use those cocktails for migraine/HA patients, too...though some prefer Compazine or Zofran. And some like to use mag. It seems to work pretty well for patients as opposed to the use of...
    Jun 9
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. stethoscope?
    I have a Cardiology III and I love it. Mine is in plum.
    Jun 8
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. Pain Management in the ER
    I feel like our doctors always order something for pain relief but that doesn't always work for the patient. You don't always need narcs to treat pain but that's what a lot of patients want. I...
    May 31
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Are you allowed toasters?
    We do not have a toaster in our ER but we have one in our cafeteria...
    May 31
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Calling out the pts name in the waiting room...HIPAA?
    We have restaurant style pagers. I like to hand them out but I have noticed that everyone doesn't adhere to that practice...and now they have fallen out of favor with our staff (but not necessarily...
    May 24
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. Calling out the pts name in the waiting room...HIPAA?
    They do that for the military, at least for the pharmacy here as well as clinics. :)
    May 24
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Difference in NP & PA roles in the ED
    It depends on the provider where I work. We have a PA who will only stay in their level 4/level 5 corner and will RARELY see level 3s. We have other NPs and PAs who will see the same patients that...
    May 24
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. IV sites for Abd CT
    For CT PEs the site must be in the forearm or higher. They prefer to have it in the AC and it was to be a 20G or larger. The contrast infuses at a higher rate for CT PEs than other CTs with...
    May 24
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Who loves their job as an RN in the ED?
    I have been an ED nurse for 14 months. I came from the floor - PCU to be exact - and had 2 years of experience there prior to transitioning to the ED. I can't even imagine working the floor now...
    May 23
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. Policies and procedures
    Does anybody have any resources (books, blank templates, anything!) or any advice regarding writing a new P&P? I have never done anything like this before. Thanks!
    May 1
    Forum: Nursing Management
  18. question to ER folks
    Yes, PCU and ICU nurses floated to the ER quite often where I work. They never really trained me, either, they just sort of threw me into the mix and I was able to handle it. I already had 2 years...
    Apr 30
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. Writing a new policy
    Does anybody have any good resources or tips when it comes to writing a new policy? We are revamping our care of behavioral health patients policy which will include things like visitation hours,...
    Apr 30
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  20. question to ER folks
    I transferred from PCU to ER within my hospital. I floated a lot to the ER so I established a rapport with the staff, charge nurses and nurse manager which helped when I made the switch. OP,...
    Apr 25
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. any leadership and management books?
    What about books related to nursing management and leadership?
    Apr 22
    Forum: Nursing Management
  22. Guns and Wepons
    We have security during the daytime. On nights we have PD, so we call them for any issues. No metal detectors in our ER. All doors are locked and accessible via badge access only.
    Apr 18
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. Malpractice question
    NSO and Proliability seem to be the most popular options. I believe they offer student discounts but I'm not 100% certain on that.
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Charge nurses
    I have also done this and nothing happened. In fact, the person I reported found out that it was I who reported them and that caused some issues. I thought that stuff was supposed to be anonymous....
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. No more glucose checks by CNAs/PCTs
    UAPs are able to able to check FSBG in all of the places I have been.
    Apr 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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