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  1. Should ICU get more pay than floor nursing?!?
    It is all supply and demand. If they can not staff Med/Surg floors then they are going to offer incentives. When an ICU position opens up and 20 people apply then there have no reason to offer high...
    Apr 6
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. IV Amiodarone extravasation
    Just be smart about the PIV you are using. Make sure it has a good blood return and will take a hard flush. If not, start a new one. I hate putting IVs in the AC but if the patient is getting Amio,...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  3. when to start compressions?
    You can attempt to cardiovert Torsades de Pointes but it will most likely fail. With a synchronized cardioversion the device tracks the R wave of the QRS complex in an attempt to precisely deliver...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. What if.....your Director has falsified his credentials?
    Certification Verification Search Personally, the first name on my badge is not the same as my license. You would not find me if you searched using only that.
    Aug 11, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  5. PCCN?
    I took the exam yesterday and passed with a 90%. The test was very Cardio/Pulm heavy. Like a previous person mentioned I had a couple WPW, A few MI Location/Artery, Long QT, Electrolyte effects on...
    Jul 30, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. Normal Heart Sounds w/Pacemaker?
    Pacemakers themselves do not create abnormal heart sounds. What you most likely heard was a valve murmur in a patient who happened to also have a pacemaker. The majority of patients who get...
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  7. The growth of male nurses
    So are you implying that females' motivations for entering the profession are intrinsically more altruistic than their male counterparts? Many of my female coworkers would cite the reasons you stated...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  8. SICK of BSN Pedestal
    But I like my pedestal....seriously. I do not think ADNs are any less competent than BSNs or vice versa but in today's economy and job market the BSN has a clear advantage (For new grads). My BSN...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  9. Littmann black on black vs smoke edition
    The black edition is a very dark black with all the parts looking pretty much the same color. The smoke is a dark grey or gunmetal which is slightly lighter than the black tubing which adds a little...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  10. Quality between Littmann models that big of a difference?
    With any of the cardiology stethoscope I would definitely invest in a Batclip. They are very heavy and get annoying around your neck. Amazon.com: The BATCLIP (BLACK): Health & Personal Care
    Jan 1, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  11. Graduating soon with an ADN in St Louis MO
    That is what we were all told when applying for jobs but me and many of my classmates have positions and start in January before passing boards. As far as the job market goes I was told by HR that...
    Jan 1, '13
    Forum: Missouri Nursing
  12. Graduating soon with an ADN in St Louis MO
    Congrats and good luck. I just graduated with my BSN and went through the new graduate application process. It can get complicated and stressful. Your best bet is to find personal contacts (floor...
    Dec 29, '12
    Forum: Missouri Nursing
  13. First time doing CPR
    It is normal for a person to freeze or feel overwhelmed the first time they do CPR outside of the hospital. If someone collapses in front of you then check a pulse, tell someone to call 911, tell...
    Dec 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  14. Quality between Littmann models that big of a difference?
    I have owned both the Master Cardiology and the Cardiology III. As far as sound quality goes I think they were pretty much even, both are fantastic. My problem with the Cardio III was the size/height...
    Dec 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  15. Intraosseous Access - Have You Used It?
    We commonly used them in EMS for peri-code and code situations with poor venous access. Many medics will go straight for IO for codes. It's an great intervention prehospital but it has not really...
    Nov 26, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. When someone mocks you for being a nurse
    Don't even let it bother you. Just be confident in who you are and the profession you have chosen. Those who mock are usually ignorant and know little about what nurses actually do. A lot of my...
    Nov 23, '12
    Forum: Male Nursing Student
  17. BiV pacer question
    Short answer: Yes, a BiV Pacemaker can have to ventricular pacer spikes. Long answer: A BiVentricular pacemaker, also know as a cardiac resynchronization device (CRT), has two pacing wires; one in...
    Nov 22, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  18. Prolonged QT Interval
    The QTc is the rate corrected QT interval. There are a few formulas but I think the most common is the QT divided by the square root of R-R. EKGs should automatically calculate it for you but on a...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  19. V-fib refractory to an initial/second shock
    If you are ever bored and want an interesting read search for some articles on "Double Sequential Extermal Defibriillation" or DSED. Pretty interesting concept of using two defibrillators for...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  20. help understanding non rebreather masks
    Glad to see another EMTLIFE'r on here Akulahawk. Others have already answered your question but I just want to echo what they said, definitely not a stupid question. I have seen numerous people in...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  21. Is this common practice?
    I am just a student but I will offer my input. I have always been trained (In EMS, so probably different priorities) that analgesia should be the main priority followed by sedation. A patient...
    Nov 5, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. For the men, a school/zombie apocalypse bag.
    I have a 5.11 tactical backpack. It is awesome just like all of their products. RUSH 24 Backpack | Tactical Backpacks | 5.11 Tactical
    Nov 4, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  23. Death and the dying patient, what experiences do you have?
    I had a pretty steep learning curve when it came to death when I was an EMT. Before getting into medicine I had never really experienced death, I was fortunate enough that all my grandparents were...
    Nov 4, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. So.....What's up with this patient?
    I was thinking acute Cor Pulmonlae in relation to a PE. Athought it does not really fit the symptoms it is good to rule out.
    Nov 4, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  25. Prolonged QT Interval
    To add a Zebra to the equation...Hypoglycemia can prolong the QT interval. Did his QT prolong as his heart rate dropped? It is good to know the QTc
    Nov 3, '12
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing


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