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  1. What should EVERY nurse know about Dialysis
    Thank you!
    Mar 24
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  2. What should EVERY nurse know about Dialysis
    OK -- dumb question time. What is the difference between the "arterial" and "venous" needle in an AV fistula, and which is which? I find this mighty confusing, because the two cannulation sites are...
    Mar 23
    Forum: Dialysis / Renal / Urology
  3. New Jersey: Time to receive APN license?
    All I can say is, submit your materials as soon as possible and stay on top of them! The squeaky wheel gets the grease at the BON. I try to have as little as possible to do with that agency! It took...
    Feb 10
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  4. Give regular insulin 30 units every am?
    Critical thinking also means understanding the pharmacokinetics of regular insulin. Regular insulin will have an onset in approximately 30 to 60 minutes and peak anywhere from 1 to 5 hours, depending...
    Jan 11
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  5. Give regular insulin 30 units every am?
    I would hold it, too. BG of 70 and you're supposed to give 30 units of regular insulin 2 hours before breakfast? That patient will crash HARD. That new nurse is thinking critically. :)
    Jan 11
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  6. starting a new job before or after i take my board?
    Sounds good, as long as the doc is immediately responsive. As a new NP right off of orientation, I would have been pooping myself if I were alone. LOL I really leaned heavily on the other NPs for the...
    Jan 10
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  7. Personal Admissions Statement
    When I interviewed for my NP program, the director told me she found it helpful when students said something in their personal statement about why they were choosing *that* school. Is there something...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  8. Anyone NOT work as a bedside RN while in school?
    I think you will be absolutely fine, but that is just my opinion. You will have the necessary patient/family communication skills in place, your nursing assessment skills will be fine, and two years...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  9. starting a new job before or after i take my board?
    Just want to clarify that although I started after I took my boards but before licensing/credentialing was done, I was essentially functioning as an RN. I was *not* seeing patients by myself,...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  10. DNP seems like a waste...
    And some of those DNPs are extremely pricey. (Can you say, NYU???) I wonder how lengthy the payback time would be, even assuming a DNP would be given hiring preference. wtbcrna, I just happen to know...
    Jan 2
    Forum: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  11. Anyone go back to paper charts after EMR?
    If I take the job, I will report my angst -- or no angst. :)
    Jan 2
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  12. Anyone go back to paper charts after EMR?
    This practice does not accept Medicare or Medicaid. So until their other payors insist, I guess they can get away without EMR. I inquired when/if they were planning to get an EMR and was told they...
    Jan 1
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  13. Anyone go back to paper charts after EMR?
    Thanks for your insights! A friend of mine joked that when/if the practice gets an EMR, I will be a rock star. :yeah:
    Dec 30, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  14. Anyone go back to paper charts after EMR?
    Interviewed for an interesting job last week. The practice (a specialty group) does NOT use an EMR and still has giant, thick paper charts. I currently work in primary care with a fully-integrated...
    Dec 29, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  15. DNP seems like a waste...
    I would like to see some DNP programs that emphasize the skills needed to be a better *clinician*. A year+ out from starting my first NP job, I would love to take courses in advanced diagostic...
    Dec 29, '13
    Forum: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  16. Reactions to being a NP
    Don't forget autonomy, which is a huge part of my job. I have a level of autonomy as an NP that I could only dream of as an RN. That, in itself, is worth a lot to me.
    Dec 29, '13
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  17. Anyone NOT work as a bedside RN while in school?
    I did not work as a nurse while doing my NP program, and I am glad I did not. The workload was intense. It was a financial sacrifice, but doable. OP, you will see plenty of unpleasant patients in...
    Dec 29, '13
    Forum: Student Nurse Practitioner
  18. starting a new job before or after i take my board?
    I started after I took my boards, but before all my licensing and credentialing was done. I think it would have been too stressful to start a new job while studying for the exam.
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  19. ANP vs. FNP
    I am an AGNP (primary care). No problem finding jobs here in NJ in primary care and adult specialty practices. There are plenty of places that want FNPs, but also plenty who are willing to hire adult...
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  20. Interesting or Different Anatomy:What have you encountered?
    You just reminded me of a young child I saw during my peds rotation who had an umbilical hernia that was so large and extended, it looked like an elephant's trunk. Actually, when he first pulled his...
    Oct 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Interesting or Different Anatomy:What have you encountered?
    Dermoid ovarian cysts can have teeth, hair, muscle. My GYN thought I had one at one time (didn't, it turned out). I felt like he just told me I had Rosemary's Baby growing inside me!
    Oct 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. New Grad-First Day in the ER--Feeling Overwhelmed and Foolish
    I second this! Techs and CNAs can be an enormous help to a new nurse, and if you treat them with respect and thank them (profusely!) for all their help, they can make your life easier. And they seem...
    Oct 23, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. New Grad-First Day in the ER--Feeling Overwhelmed and Foolish
    Do they ever come back positive? LOL!
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. New Grad-First Day in the ER--Feeling Overwhelmed and Foolish
    Me, neither! LOL
    Oct 20, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. Interesting or Different Anatomy:What have you encountered?
    I recently had a patient on Bactrim for a week call me and say she had suddenly developed an all-over body rash. I told her to get in to see me that day! She was very irritated that she had to come...
    Oct 20, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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