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  1. Starting RN salary in Dayton, Ohio
    My starting salary was $22, which seems to be about average for Dayton, unless you're looking for peds (which pays less)
    Dec 13, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  2. If You Think You Haven't Heard It All...
    When I did psych clinicals my friend had a pt who had been in ICU for an attempted OD before being sent to psych. One day he told the nurses he was going home to have dinner with his wife because it...
    Nov 20, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. MRIs & Computer charing...HELP?!?
    Can you chart in the control room periodically? That's where I computer chart when I travel with pts to MRI.
    Nov 13, '08
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  4. Where to work first
    While I think a year of med/surg can be valuable, post-partum jobs can be hard to new grads to snag, so that's awesome that it was offered to you. If that is your passion, I would take that position....
    Nov 7, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  5. IVs
    One other tip, take the tourniquet off the arm before you flush the IV, otherwise you might blow the vein. Been there done that.
    Oct 19, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. Should I be THIS freaked out over vomit????
    My first week of working an a RN I was participating in an internship and my preceptor and I had this fellow who was postop. She and I were both in the room when he started to vomit. I don't even...
    Sep 30, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. an almost funny comment
    Ha. Heaven forbid she has to assess her patient!
    Sep 30, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. Do you have to list EVERY job?
    LIST IT. I don't know about the issue of pulling your license and seeing your jobs, but the nursing community is smaller than you think, and they will find out. I would just say, when asked, that...
    Sep 11, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  9. smart pumps
    Priming them isn't too bad. Just remember to "wedgie" the tubing into where the air indicator is, and make sure the tubing isn't stretched out so it will infuse properly. I find the guardrails very...
    Aug 28, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Alcoholism: disease or choice?
    I think alcoholism is many things. I have many alcoholics in my family, but my mom is the current active alcoholic. While the initial drink was certainly a choice of some sort, alcohol is so embedded...
    Aug 27, '08
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  11. Avoiding burn out
    I'm kind of similar. I have no game face, my coworkers apparently think that I can't hold it together in stressful situations. I try to handle everything myself, perfectly, and before I know it I'm...
    Aug 27, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  12. Every other weekend- what century are we in?
    Personally, I don't care about working weekends because I like the slower pace and the extra money. On my unit we finally have enough staff that people who have been there for two years or more have...
    Aug 27, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. My pockets are overflowing!
    One trick is to put your roll of tape on your hemostats, clip your hemostats to the bottom of your scrub top, and put your scissors/shears through the tape the other way. And yes, cargo pants rock.
    Aug 23, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Nursing student questions to new RNs
    1) How quickly did you take the NCLEX and get your license? I graduated 11/17, got my ATT 12/6, and took my NCLEX 12/26, and started working 1/21. I think I got my license in the mail the first...
    Aug 20, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  15. IV Placement - distal or proximal??
    The issue with lab draws only exists if the person has fluids running because of the risk of diluting the sample. So our lab people either draw in the other arm, or ask if we can pause the fluids for...
    Aug 15, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  16. Interprete Lab/Tests resutls to patients
    Yeah the only time I will mention test results is if a test is normal or negative and I am 150% sure I understand what it means. If a head CT says "no acute injury" I feel comfortable saying that,...
    Aug 1, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. As a new grad, expect to stay late?
    I've been off orientation for about two months now and I tend to clock out 10-15 minutes late most days. I've had to stay 30 minutes late twice, due to some issues that popped up right at shift...
    Jul 27, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Funniest real orders you have seen in a chart?
    One of our neurologists does that. He'll write the date and time and say.. Please d/c IVF Thanks! Dr. So-and-so Oddest (and sweetest) order I've ever seen was for a lady with CA who had to...
    Jul 22, '08
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  19. "Your patient is SO rude!"
    Yeah, this woman had been getting blood draws every 6 hours for 4 days, and not one lab tech had called me to tell me how rude my pt was until now. I wonder if she does go to the ICU if those...
    Jul 22, '08
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  20. "Your patient is SO rude!"
    I thought this was hilarious.. hopefully others will too. :) I work on a neuro step-down unit, so we deal a lot with people who aren't in their right minds for one reason or another. Most of the...
    Jul 21, '08
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  21. My two least favorite words
    As a new nurse, my least favorites are "new admit" and "learning opportunity" which usually either means I have messed up somehow and get to learn from it, or they're making me do something really...
    Jul 18, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Orienting a new nurse...need advice
    During my orientation I had a wonderful, sweet preceptor, who always tried to make sure I had a good day and didn't feel overwhelmed. She would call me frequently (esp. when I had the whole team) and...
    Jul 17, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Opinion on Nursing Field
    I've never seen a surgery. Not even in my OB clinicals -- none of my pts needed a c-section or anything. Vomit is the thing i can't handle. I'm better now, but the first pt I took care of during...
    Jul 2, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. 41 man told to go into nursing because...
    My grandma's boyfriend (man that sounds weird to me) is a podiatrist. He went to med school in his late 40s or early 50s after he retired from the military. He wound up in podiatry because, according...
    Jun 26, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. I finally had a good day!
    Pardon me for tooting my own horn, but I'm really excited. I've been off orientation for about 4 weeks now, and I have had a string of bad days. Not the whole day has been bad, but good 4-6 hour...
    Jun 26, '08
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure

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