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  1. Man, how do you get into OR? these are my hopeful ideas.
    The other types of nursing you mentioned: cath, post-op and GI procedures do require ICU skills. You will need to be able to understand the EKG on the monitor, be familiar with airways, and have...
    Apr 17
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. How can I toughen up?
    I agree with classicdame. Take the focus off yourself and put it on the patient. It comes with maturity to realize that people are not looking at you and observing you or judging you nearly as much...
    Apr 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. are mandatory scrub color-coding in hospitals the wave of the future?
    I suspect the move helped people get into wearing solid colors and away from the tacky prints for a more professional look. My hospital moved to uniforms a few years ago and it worked out fine. The...
    Apr 16
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  4. Who went straight for ADN?
    The typical student in my ADN program was a recent 4 year college grad with a degree and no marketable job skills. Most of us had no medical experience, and some of us had worked as CNAs or EMTs...
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What has your workplace done to retain nurses?
    I once got a handwritten thank-you note signed by my nurse manager and assistant managers thanking me for all the floating to other units I did when the census of our home unit was slow. I was blown...
    Apr 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. New nurse just doing screening, frustrated!
    Odd that you should get a pre-op nursing job right out of school. From what I have seen, long-employed older nurses who need a break from the physical strain of inpatient care often work in this...
    Apr 8
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  7. Prioritizing infusions
    Vanco is hard on the veins, especially for someone with poor IV access. I would go ahead and give the platelets while the IV is still good. If the docs decide that they really must put in a central...
    Apr 7
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  8. Burned Bridges
    Basic interpersonal skills varies with culture. What if the OP comes from a background where growing up she was expected to be confrontational when disrespected and maybe get loud? Ignoring the...
    Apr 6
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. How often are you called off?
    Since there is usually a need for floating somewhere, not very often. Maybe 3 to 5 times a year off for me. Going home early when the census drops is more common, especially if you work per diem like...
    Apr 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Starting in a new MICU
    I agree with you. Things have changed and paper charting was quicker if you ask me. Documentation is now tied to reimbursement by Medicare/Medicaid. The computer systems were not designed for the...
    Apr 4
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Feeling sad and anxious before night shift
    Maybe it is not nights. Maybe it is the anxiety you feel now that you are off orientation having only been there a short time. Are you a new nurse? I worked 3-11 for a long time, and I always felt...
    Apr 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Give me some hope...Is ANYONE happy being a nurse??
    The employers a lot of us work for are as "corporate" as the company you once worked for. See if you can do some "shadowing" where you spend time with nurses in their workplaces to get a good idea...
    Apr 3
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Getting back in the game
    Apply for a PRN position in the staffing pool and sign up to work weekday days. Start with your old employer and people who know you. I really dialed back my hours when my kids were born. I learned...
    Apr 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. ER or OR that's the question...
    I have worked the floors and now work in ICU. The floors do have a lot of chaos and you do get pulled in many directions. Sadly, the time to listen to a person's emotional needs can get lost in the...
    Apr 2
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  15. Remember the Geri-Chair?
    If Juan was the patient today, I suppose he would have a sitter? Or maybe he would be wandering off. I remember patients in the Geri-chairs. We had one lady who used to work at a laundry. The nurses...
    Mar 27
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  16. Med Surg Then and Now
    The white uniforms are almost completely gone. The amount of charting we do has gone up. Computer charting often takes longer, especially if you have lots of patients. The computer makes the charting...
    Mar 26
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  17. Rad Tech Vs. Nursing 2014
    If I had my way, I would have done the Rad Tech. My twin works at my same workplace. She is a Rad Tech, I am an RN. Her pay is similar, and the stress is way lower. She sees one patient at a time,...
    Mar 25
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  18. Oral care in patients
    You know Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Nurses have their own hierarchy of "Things to get done". The most important "Have to's" Start with assessments, meds and charting. Charting is on computer, no...
    Mar 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. V neck scrubs
    Shave the areas that stick out above the V-neck maybe?
    Mar 22
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  20. vent about work assignment
    Unless the person who makes assignments knows exactly what you need to avoid, they will make uninformed decisions. Maybe the TB patient was one of the few who was not getting chemo, and they thought...
    Mar 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. EMR and CPOE--is it really safer?
    Electronic charting/orders are not meant for the end user. It exists so "big brother" can monitor us more closely. Computer charting is much easier to audit for compliance. Electronic charting is...
    Mar 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. I'm Afraid I'm going to hate nursing
    It sounds like you are young and nursing will be your introduction to the full-time adult working world with all of its stresses and responsibilities. That is a major life change, so of course you...
    Mar 22
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  23. Non-acute nursing jobs. Suggestions?
    Maybe a different doctors' office might work? The pay is going to be low, and MAs have taken over most of the office jobs nurses used to do. Low stress and a slower pace has a few tradeoffs and...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Slanderous rumor mongers in the workplace
    I doubt that gossip will last long. People like her tend to quit or get fired easily. So wait her out. In the meantime,learn to suddenly remember that you need to do something elsewhere when she...
    Mar 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  25. NICU unit secretary at nights?
    Unit secretaries are being phased out in favor of cross-trained CNAs who do unit secretary duty at my hospital. The phone still does ring at night, visitors still need to be let in(open visitation...
    Mar 20
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal


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