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  1. self extubation
    Had that happen to me a while back and to make things worse I had a student with me...luckily the patient did fine and the docs joked "well, they must have known they were ready to have the tube out!"
    Aug 10
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. Critical Care Charge Nurses
    On our unit a full patient load is 2 patients. Charge nurse takes 1 patient, does daily chart audits and sometimes acts as the unit secretary in addition to the usual charge nurse stuff.
    Jul 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    I agree with the article. I think it's ridiculous for nurses to have to crawl over visitors to get to the patient, especially in an emergency situation. Also, what is everyone's unit policy on...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. Backstabbing in the ICU (maybe a little venting!)
    I have had a very bad experience this week (not sure if qualifies as bullying or just back-biting) and am hoping this is not common in the ICU, or nursing in general. I had a demanding,...
    Mar 23
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. TICU Resource Suggestions
    I just started in trauma so I bought Nurse to Nurse Trauma Care: Expert Interventions by Donna Nayduch, and I highly recommend it. I already owned Critical Care Nursing: Demystified and the Little...
    Feb 23
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  6. Able to finish all tasks in ICU?
    I think I am still adjusting from my previous PACU experience; there it seemed so easy to get all your charting done and everything wrapped up nicely. Unfortunately, the expectation is you will chart...
    Feb 22
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Able to finish all tasks in ICU?
    Thanks all! My current brain has boxes for UOP, temp, and BG; I might have to add some for neuro checks. My preceptor said I need practice getting everything done efficiently which I should get by...
    Feb 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  8. Able to finish all tasks in ICU?
    Hi all! I have just started a new job in a TICU at a Level 1 trauma hospital. I am still in orientation but I feel like it's going to be a constant battle to get all the "tasks" done on my shift...
    Jan 31
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. Learning to manage 2 patients?
    Thanks for your suggestions! In my facility they do walking report and at first I thought it was awkward but I guess at least you know they're alive and in no acute distress. I really appreciate all...
    Jun 30, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. Learning to manage 2 patients?
    Hey all! I am orienting to ICU with a few years of Med-Surg/PACU under my belt. This is going to sound silly, but so far I have only ever taken care of 1 patient at a time. Now, I will have to start...
    Jun 25, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Average recovery times?
    Ah, I was wondering about the "nausea and pain free" part. A few nurses that worked in other hospitals told me sometimes you have to send the patient home puking because they won't feel better until...
    Sep 8, '12
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  12. Air Force Nurses- Car a hassle with COT/NTP?
    I don't know if you can ship your car because COT and NTP are considered "tdy" i.e. a short temporary training. If you are staying at the base where you are doing NTP, then you can probably ship your...
    Sep 8, '12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  13. I wish I knew (blank) when I was a new CCU RN...
    Aaah scary when the MDs don't know what's going in; I guess there's new docs in ICU too. Thanks for the advice. Did you go in as a new grad?
    Aug 19, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  14. I wish I knew (blank) when I was a new CCU RN...
    Hello everyone! I will soon be training to become a CCU nurse coming from 2 years experience on a low-acuity Med-Surg and 6 months of PACU. I am wondering if anyone has any advice or if there' s...
    Aug 19, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  15. Does the "I'm going to make a HUGE mistake" feeling ever go away?
    I am a new-ish nurse (2 years) and I have long-standing anxiety about screwing up in my nursing practice. When I was in nursing school, I had nightmares about being unprepared during clinicals and...
    Aug 14, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it.
    I am not a faceless robot that exists to wait on you hand and foot! I bother to learn your name and treat you like a human being so please do the same!
    Aug 11, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  17. Average recovery times?
    Our surgical recovery is split into two areas for ambulatory procedures: acute anesthesia recovery in a gurney, then we move patients into chairs before they go home. I am curious how long patients...
    Aug 11, '12
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  18. I feel so incompetent!
    Thanks guys i feel like now i will alll but strip search the patient it was a rookie mistake and probably won't ever forget it :) and several people told me don't ever take the OR's word on dressings!
    May 11, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. I feel so incompetent!
    Today, i missed the fact a patient had a JP drain. I am a newish med-surg murse (1.5 yrs) and just switched to PACU. This is my 1st week off orientation the OR told me the patient had 2 lap sites and...
    May 11, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. How early is too early to give a PRN med?
    Scary. Although I do notice the same nurses get tagged in discrepancies over and over again in my facility. Not that I think they're drug-using, but they tend to be the ones that get in a hurry and...
    Apr 1, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  21. Insulin while NPO?
    Silly question: would you give insulin to a patient who was NPO before surgery? It seems like the answer could be obvious, but I am feeling a little guilty. Scenario: Mr. Smith was an elderly,...
    Apr 1, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  22. Seeking advice from Air Force nurses,
    Agree. You can always request an overseas tour since you are eligible after two years TOS. Good luck!
    Mar 2, '12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  23. Any nurses out there in the military?
    So, luvbug080688 and LunahRN, what do you guys "do" as nurses? Med-Surg? ICU? OB? Peds? Do you enjoy your jobs/where you work? Do you feel like you are given leadership opportunities?
    Feb 23, '12
    Forum: Government / Military Nursing
  24. Nurse to Patient Ratio
    Define "small." I personally know of one small rural hospital where they only staff 1 RN, 1 LPN, and 1 NA with no nursing supervisor. The RN and LPN act as ER, Med-Surg, OB, swing bed nurses,...
    Feb 23, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  25. Things you'd LOVE to tell coworkers...and get away with it!
    Just want to say I love this thread because it keeps me sane. It keeps me from saying something inappropriate to someone at work by getting it out here. That being said, here goes: I find it...
    Feb 22, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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