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  1. Critical drips
    Ketamine isn't as scary as it sounds. I know our facility has a lower max dose on the floors compared to the ICU and it can really help with pain control (amio, cardizem, heparin all fair game on the...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  2. Fresh Heart Training
    I started on a smaller CVICU first and I worked on the unit as a tech while in school which helped once I became a nurse. Being overwhelmed is good when you're new - it means you're learning. At that...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  3. Impella vs IABP
    The IABP only offloads the heart by about 15% which is often all is needed. The impella tends to offer more assistance and the newest model has the ability to offer full cardiac assistance. ...
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. LVAD programs around the country?
    I didn't mean to offend but I did start my post by saying I can only speak to my experience at my facility... hiccups? really?
    Jun 9, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  5. New to CVICU
    Ask tons of questions! I always ask my orientees what their background is and what kind of patients they have taken so far in orientation, and what kinds of patients or skills they want to work on......
    May 30, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  6. LVAD programs around the country?
    Oy... VAD coordinator from step-down? All of ours have at least a decade of CVICU experience on units utilizing VADs. I can't speak for the rest of the nation or for anyone else's experience...
    May 30, '13
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  7. lung transplant epidural
    I haven't done any research on the topic but I can say our facility does them fairly quickly; we generally try to get it done before lifting sedation. It's rare, but sometimes they'll do it...
    May 30, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  8. Staffing & Patient Acuity
    We're pretty spoiled with our post-ops as well. We single our post-ops until extubated and dangled (mobility is HUGE in our ICU). If a pt is extubated toward the middle or end of the shift, they are...
    May 30, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  9. Heparin Protocol questions
    Our facility uses weight-based protocol but pharmacy uses the weight to determine a starting rate and bolus dose - that's the only time weight is factored into our use. The order set then shows the...
    May 30, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  10. I want to leave my job - advice please!
    Update --- I have seen many threads and posts about RNs wanting to leave their jobs and start a new field. I look back on this post and almost can't believe I wrote it. I really enjoy my job! While I...
    May 30, '13
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  11. I want to leave my job - advice please!
    I was hired as a new grad into an inner-city ICU and absolutely loved my job and everyone I worked with. After a year, my husband and I had the opportunity to move out of state which I was quite...
    Dec 19, '12
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  12. I got the job, now where to live?
    I'm moving to Seattle next month and accepted a job at UW (yay!) but we still need a place to live. While it's not exactly a "nursing" question, I was wondering if any of you Seattleites might be...
    Sep 11, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  13. seattle rn positions
    I'm moving to Seattle next month from Michigan. I applied to UW, VM, Northwest, and Swedish - within a week I had interviews lined up with all of them, last week I flew out and was offered jobs at...
    Sep 11, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  14. Seattle Interviews
    I have interviews scheduled soon with managers at Northwestern, Swedish, UW, and Virginia Mason. I'm not from the area so I know little about the hospitals/medical centers. Can any of you speak to...
    Aug 23, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  15. Poll: I got my new grad job in...?
    Michigan - Cardiac ICU
    Aug 23, '12
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  16. Moving to Seattle - job advice please
    Good point and that brings up another question I have. We're planning on living somewhere downtown (where I get a job will help guide where specifically)... Is public transportation a reliable...
    Aug 3, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  17. Moving to Seattle - job advice please
    Thanks! I applied to a couple positions at Harborview and UW. We'll see... I have had call-backs on other jobs I applied for and still need to interview with the managers. Looking promising so far!...
    Aug 1, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  18. Moving to Seattle - job advice please
    My husband and I are moving to Seattle at the end of October. I have just under a year of experience in Cardiac ICU so far I have applied to a number of ICU/ED jobs at Swedish, Virginia Mason, and...
    Jul 26, '12
    Forum: Washington Nursing
  19. Nurse wants to volunteer oversea.
    Candyn - $500 isn't too bad when you consider they cover the flight from Miami to Haiti and back, plus room and board while you are there (and you can choose how long you stay), and you get a...
    Jun 11, '12
    Forum: Volunteer Nursing
  20. K+/Mag replacement protocol
    We have standing replacement protocol orders on nearly every one of our patients. Like most posts, we do not replace HD patients but do check levels every AM. However, we also do CRRT on my unit and...
    May 23, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  21. Nurse wants to volunteer oversea.
    I volunteer in Haiti through "Project Medishare." Great organization, life-changing experience. Check out their site for info.
    May 23, '12
    Forum: Volunteer Nursing
  22. How do you fit it all in?
    I'm curious as to how everyone manages to fit family life and responsibilities into your SRNA life? I know where there is a will, there is a way... how do you learn to juggle?
    Jan 19, '12
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist (SRNA)
  23. Going from cardiac step-down to CVICU
    As a new nurse nearing the end of orientation, I can speak from experience (for the first time in my nursing career) when I say "don't stress." You will learn everything you need to know (the basics...
    Jan 19, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  24. At long last... I'm in the club!
    benm93 - It was lots of hard work and some good old fashioned luck. I was in nursing school when I heard from a friend about a manager on a cardiac stepdown unit seeking out nursing students for...
    Jan 19, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  25. Would You Go To Haiti To Help?????
    Project Medishare is a great organization and I highly recommend the experience for any nurse. They also have another large focus on prosthetics and physical therapy working with the Haitians who...
    Jan 15, '12
    Forum: Volunteer Nursing


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