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  1. IS MICU/SICU too much for New Grad?
    I started in ICU, but I was also a nursing assistant for 2 years in the same unit beforehand. Other new grads from my class who got hired there included an ED NA, a step-down NA, and someone with no...
    Sep 28
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. sedation
    Hospitals & critical care educators are trying to move away from propofol and the heavier sedatives because "research shows" patients undergo withdrawal from it upon extubation. Of course these are...
    Sep 28
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. Pushing meds through NGT/OGT with the plunger
    I've only seen gravity used with a G-tube, but it's basically the same thing. No reason it can't be done either way.
    Sep 28
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. Best transition into ICU?
    Many new nurses who can't get into ICU right away will start in an ICU or Cardiac Stepdown unit. It's a step up from med/surg or telemetry in that you'll be dealing with things like chest tubes,...
    Sep 7
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. Charge nurse taking patients in ICU
    I work in a smaller regional hospital in Ohio, and our charge nurses do not take patients, if for no other reason than they have to respond to codes and rapid-responses on other units and could be...
    Sep 7
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. Why Lactated Ringers?
    Thanks!
    Feb 26
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Why Lactated Ringers?
    Something which I've wondered for awhile but could not get a definitive answer via online search or from coworkers: Why do most surgeons prefer to use Lactated Ringers as opposed to Normal Saline...
    Feb 25
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  8. Able to finish all tasks in ICU?
    Our facility also has a policy allowing us to chart on a patient within 24 hours, so we can come back the next night to add anything we may have forgotten. Not sure if that is an option for you. As a...
    Feb 11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. Advice for clinical rotations on ICU/Trauma/Stepdown ICU floors
    A lot of good suggestions here; I will add to not pretend you are in control of a situation when you aren't (don't let your ego overrule the needs of the patients) and don't try to be bossy or think...
    Feb 11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. Preceptorship in the ICU
    It sounds like you've prepared about well as you can. I am also beginning my ICU orientation as a new grad (I worked there as a CNA during school), and picked up that Kathy Taylor critical care...
    Jul 20, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Young Male CNA discussion!
    I've had similar experiences to blackvans, though not quite 1/5. If they want a female CNA for toileting, etc, they just have to wait that much longer to be assited, so it's their loss. It does get...
    Mar 14, '13
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  12. Frequent flier narc users
    Hospitals will also lose reimbursements for revolving-door visits, so in this case it will probably be addition by subtraction if it cuts down on their overall visits.
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. Sutter of Calif. does it again...
    Man, I used to go there as a patient and told myself if I moved back to the Bay Area and couldn't get in at Kaiser, Sutter would be a solid second option. I guess I'd better stay back East where...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  14. Volunteer to be a union rep or not?
    There is good and bad in having union representation; the good is obvious, but one of the downsides is the laziest & complainingest employees are usually those who want to use the the union to take...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Collective Bargaining / Nursing Union
  15. cna caught in the middle
    If you are given instructions by your charge nurse, those are what should be carried out. Explain to the other CNAs that you must do a, b & c before you help them out with their tasks for the...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Time Management for the Not So New Grad
    Yeah, like Brandon the idea of pharmacy hours kinda threw me (as did the old-school concepts of paper charting, smoke breaks, and no hospitalist on site). The advice is great for this (hopefully)...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  17. RN's pay in Dayton OH area?
    Starting pay at Springfield Regional is $22/hr I believe; add $5 to that for night shift. I can only imagine MVH and the Kettering Network pay as much or more, especially for an experienced BSN nurse.
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Ohio Nursing
  18. Can i have a job during the nursing program?
    Yea, this is how I'm doing it too. I worked FT as a CNA up until this final semester while doing the RN program, the second year with a little guy at home. Basically it's time management and...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  19. I'm 37 & male...
    There's a guy in my RN classes who is an LPN at Children's Hospital in Columbus OH; he's a brawny-lookin dude and has never mentioned catching flack for his appearance or gender. He started in the...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  20. I said nothing; family, friends or a job will stop me from being a nurse
    Hey, I'm 37 years old and just finishing my Associate's after working as a CNA these past four years in acute care. It's a long road, but trust me it is worth it. Like yourself, I slacked off my 20s...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  21. LPN school before RN degree to work my way up??
    I would recommend against this, since you're already an STNA and have a feel for the health care setting (best if you're in acute care). If you know for certain you want to be an RN, just go for the...
    Mar 10, '13
    Forum: Ohio Nursing
  22. North Jersey hospitals
    Which are some of the better hospitals & health systems in North Jersey to work as an RN? I'm planning to move to the area in a couple years after I get out of school and get some nursing experience...
    Apr 22, '12
    Forum: New Jersey Nursing
  23. Question about Jobs in NJ.
    Try to get a nursing assistant position at a local hospital while you're in school. I've been a CNA for three years now, in three different units, and after making a good impression on each manager...
    Apr 22, '12
    Forum: New Jersey Nursing
  24. CSCC worth the wait?
    CSCC=Clark State, I'm assuming. I'm there now, Spring Quarter of the first year. Don't be intimidated by the waiting list; as long as you finish up your pre-req's, specifically A&P, you shouldn't...
    Apr 22, '12
    Forum: Ohio Nursing
  25. What is the first thing you are going to buy once you are a nurse?
    So far I'm obsessed with paying off my debts, but I think I'll splurge on a vacation once those checks start rolling in.
    Apr 22, '12
    Forum: Male Nursing Student


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