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  1. New grad nurse looking for some guidance
    I disagree with the above. If you want to work in a hospital, you need to get your foot in the door. You can always do a pediatric job PRN
    4:50 pm
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. First Med error??
    I'll be honest and say it sounds like you the gave the med without really understanding the pharmacology and what it actually did - and you got burned.
    7:47 am
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Sepsis
    I would say they need to be NPO because they often become encephalopathic, go into acute respiratory failure, and require intubation - which is safer when the patient is NPO.
    7:42 am
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Epic Training - Pros and Cons
    I preferred the new versions (5.0 - 6.0) of Meditech to EPIC. I am NOT a fan of spreadsheet charting and would prefer to check boxes. I also liked that Meditech compiled the information in the EMR...
    Oct 21
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. ICU pay differential?
    I don't think anybody said you were bitter, it's just that those of us who are already in the ICU perhaps have a different viewpoint on it. ICU nursing doesn't necessarily require more knowledge...
    Oct 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. ICU pay differential?
    Why should specialization per se necessitate more pay?
    Oct 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  7. ICU pay differential?
    ACLS is required for many floors, as well. Floors also have specialty training that's required, such as chemo-certification on oncology floors. A broad brush doesn't work in these comparisons.
    Oct 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  8. ICU pay differential?
    I'm not sure why you think people need advanced certifications to work ICU. CCRN is a not a requirement to be a unit nurse (just as PCCN is not required to do telemetry). Certifications are...
    Oct 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  9. ICU pay differential?
    ICU nurses are not paid more where I work - nor should they be (and I'm an ICU nurse). I've done both floor and ICU, and I worked a lot harder on the floor.
    Oct 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  10. Career Suicide??
    Frankly, I wouldn't want to work at a hospital that doesn't consider you to have recent acute care experience (ridiculous). Such bad judgment doesn't bode well for how they handle employees.
    Oct 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. VRE
    VRE
    To address something mentioned above, I've only ever seen VRE treated once (with Zyvox for VRE in the urine). I've never seen anyone getting ABX for a positive perirectal culture because, as I...
    Oct 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Forced Resignation - looking for advice
    You can't collect unemployment if you quit (although you won't be getting it anyway because they have the documentation to justify a termination).
    Oct 16
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  13. how does your facility measure I&O
    Any strict I/O order without an indwelling catheter is a joke. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
    Oct 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Which unit has the most code blues?
    Codes on the floors usually are a disorganized cluster - it's not unique to your facility! Critical care nurses (including ER) are just calmer because they do it more. I work on a MICU and...
    Oct 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Which unit has the most code blues?
    In my hospital, among in-patient units, I think CCU and the CV surgical ICU have the most - but they also seem to have the more successful ones also.
    Oct 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. What can you do with a nursing degree besides nursing?
    I know of people with BSNs who never actually practiced, but they did so by going back to school and getting graduate degrees in something else. I don't personally know any BSN people who just got...
    Oct 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Code blue
    That man's death sounds like the best outcome for him considering what all was going on. And who the heck codes a patient in that condition for 2 hours?
    Oct 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. whats so good about working in a hospital?
    In an ideal world, 20 would be the mandated ratio for LTC, with maybe 12 for skilled.
    Oct 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Are physicians that thick?
    I understood whom you were directly it toward, but as I felt its sole purpose was to antagonize, I chose to ignore it.
    Oct 3
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  20. Nurses Who Don't Want to be Nurses
    That probably describes at least half of all nurses. Get over it. Not everyone has some bizarre quasi-religious masochistic calling for this stuff.
    Oct 3
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  21. Should I Become a Nurse?
    There certainly are advantages to nursing in the financial and time aspects of the job. I would strongly advise you, however, that if you're used to being treated in a respectful, professional...
    Oct 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Technical difficulties - not charting
    Agreed you can't just not chart for days on end. What if the patient has to go to the hospital and there are no records available from the PCP? Not good - or at least needlessly exposing the nurses...
    Oct 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. PCCN 2014 - any & all comments appreciated
    Congratulations. It's not that bad, folks. Really.
    Oct 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Are physicians that thick?
    If urology didn't order it, I wouldn't have notified them either.
    Oct 1
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. Frustrated with angry, demeaning doctors
    A lot of this depends on the hospital/unit culture. If a doctor talked to me the way the OP describes, they'd be having a discussion with our unit's medical director and nurse manager. It's *not*...
    Oct 1
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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