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  1. Epic Charting System
    I was very pleased with the ease of EPIC vs. PulseCheck at my last hospital. Some of my change-resistant coworkers had nothing good to say, but I thought EPIC made much more sense from a continuity...
    Oct 3
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. What was the MOST ridiculous thing a patient came to the ER for?
    I just love when I see 'PAIN OTHER' as the CC, because it's either going to be really good ("I have a ben-wa ball in my vagina and it's pinching but I can't get it out," "I think I broke my penis,"...
    Aug 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. HELP! New ED RN Off of Orientation Soon
    Stick it out. I graduated in Dec. '11, passed my boards in Feb '12, started my first ED job in Sept. '12, and transferred to a different ED (for commuting reasons) in Oct. '13. I have spent A...
    May 22
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. Surviving my first RN job
    You, my friend, unfortunately seem to be stuck in a "nurses eating their young" scenario. This is both unfortunate and frustrating. In my experience there are two things you can do. 1) Try to...
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  5. Is it too much?
    Nope. As long as you have a strong resume and cover letter to back up your enthusiasm you can never apply for too many jobs. If/when you're called to interview, do make sure you have a strong...
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  6. When it rains, it pours. Job decisions.
    OR RN job, no contest. Working as an OR RN (even in a surgical center as opposed to a hospital) will be a better knowledge base and learning experience than an Epic implementation tech. Trust me....
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. Sepsis + Antibiotics = Severe Hypotension?
    I kind of want to put this on a post-it and stick it in our fishbowl. Or maybe just tattoo is on my hand so I can easily flash it to the doc the next time we get someone who is hypotensive,...
    Mar 4
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Is 1-year ED experience enough to apply elsewhere?
    One year is sort of the golden rule of thumb. Emergency nursing looks especially good on your resume because you're expected to deal with a variety of things and be flexible. I'd suggest polishing...
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 2
    I disclosed that I had a history of depression which I treated with therapy and meds, but stated that at this point I was not in therapy and had weaned myself off all meds -- which is true as far as...
    Oct 16, '13
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  10. How long did it take you to master inserting an IV?
    Oh man, this question hits so close to home right now. I have a year of experience in the ED, and I still dread having to drop a line in someone. Don't get me wrong -- I will never refuse to TRY,...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Best snack food
    Granola-type bars, nuts, apples with peanut butter or caramel, cheese and pepperoni, hummus with pita chips, potato chips, doritos, m&ms... I try to bring a variety of shelf-stable stuff and stash...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Emergency Room Skills
    As long as a patient is in possession of at least some of their mental faculties (e.g. not post-ictal, in the throes of a mental health crisis or suffering from dementia) I can make peace and...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    I just changed jobs, and I think the move illustrates the pay difference you can get moving into a larger metro area. Former Job: 1. PA (SE but on the very edge of what could be considered the...
    Oct 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. ED computer systems
    We just went from PulseCheck in the ED to EPIC housewide. There has been a learning curve but for the most part everyone has adjusted well. We have 74 beds, not counting the 2 trauma bays plus the...
    Aug 5, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Philadelphia area job market?
    My casual search has shown that in general hospitals are posting more RN positions. Unfortunately most of these are still wanting experience. About 40%-50% are looking for someone with a BSN. ...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  16. What other types of jobs options can I explore besides floor nursing?
    I have a similar query. I am a new(ish) grad on her 3rd career and working in a very busy ED. I love what I do and I love the ED -- it was the ONLY place I ever wanted to work. Unfortunately I can...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  17. Do you know where you are?
    I work night shift and half the time I can't appropriately answer "What day is it/what's the date?"
    Apr 11, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  18. Do you know where you are?
    Oh man, I get some absolutely stunning answers to this in the ED. :banghead:
    Apr 11, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  19. Tying Patient Satisfaction to Medicare Reimbursement is Problematic
    This pretty much articulates every objection I have to these stupid patient satisfaction surveys in a clear, concise nutshell. Essentially I won't get a raise for providing quick, competent,...
    Mar 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  20. LOC or ABC first?
    If you're missing the A, B or C, the LOC won't matter because your patient will be done for in a matter of minutes. Whereas a patient with a decreased or fluctuating LOC can still maintain their own...
    Feb 28, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Looking for Nursing Accessories
    I was hoping you all could help point me towards some places to shop for two things I'm having trouble finding. One, I am looking for a badge reel that has a celtic knot design on it. I googled...
    Feb 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  22. What's the BEST nursing shoes?
    I have three pairs of work shoes I rotate through which help with different problems. I wear my Danskos for my 12 hours shifts because they completely eliminate the knee and back pain I get from...
    Feb 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  23. Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more!
    While I doubt you'll get in any trouble since you no longer work at the facility, you did kind of burn your bridges when you called up and quit without notice. No judgement -- it sounded like a...
    Jan 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Had My First Conflict With A Preceptor Today
    She is an excellent nurse and I would totally not mind working with her as a coworker. But as a preceptor I feel like she sort of abandoned me and hung me out to dry. We had a difficult assignment,...
    Jan 23, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. A word to the new, the inexperienced, the overwhelmed and the mystified
    I could have used this reminder-cum-laugh today, but I will carry it with me for the next time when I feel like I am incompetent, am drowning and will NEVER get to your level. Every nurse starts...
    Jan 23, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock


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