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  1. Highmark to invest $475 million in West Penn deal
    This is good news. I used to work at West Penn, it was a very nice hospital to work at. A Magnet Hospital with dedicated nurses.
    Jul 4, '11
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  2. opinions about 1 year  "2nd degree" BSN nursing programs
    My daughter is applying to a one year "2nd degree" BSN program. Any advice?
    Jan 14, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. I think I just ended someone's career
    Ending someones career is better than letting someone possibly end their life. I worked with an excellent nurse who accidentally killed himself in the bathroom at work by injecting himself with a...
    Nov 6, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Mean Nurses
    There is a difference between being "assertive" and being "aggressive". A good nurse SHOULD be assertive. "Mean" people are aggressive. The laws today prohibit a hostile work place. When someone...
    Oct 16, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Winner of the creepiest nursing commercial ever....!
    I believe that studies have been done with patients who reuse catheters at home, and there was no increase in infections. The "germs" at home are not the same as the germs in a hospital. Hospitals...
    Oct 1, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Taking BP on pt. with pacemaker
    Pacers and ICDs are placed in a vein then into the heart via the superior vena cave. (NOT an artery.) Therefore, there would be no issues with the blood pressure on the affective side. There has...
    Sep 28, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Anybody else catch this?... Glee Male nurse
    Glee is a great show! It's a comedy...treat it as such. (my husband is a "sin against nature"
    Sep 22, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. What is considered the weekend shift for 7p-7a?
    It is 7p-7a Friday and Saturday.
    Sep 22, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. What would you do??!
    if offered the other job, I would probably take it. I would tell the other place honestly the reasons. For one, the money. They need to know that 5 mins away, nurses are making close to $10 more...
    Sep 19, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. luncheon with the CEO.. what should I suggest?
    I would ask for more "ancillary" personal. I think most administrators underestimate their importance to our team. People who probably get paid just a little over minimum wage, yet have a big...
    Sep 18, '10
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  11. Giving tylenol to a family member.
    I think the sue happy people in this world has RUINED it! I can't stand our legal system when it ignores common sense. If someone is asking for a tylenol, chances are, they know if they have...
    Sep 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. What are “caring” qualities of a nursing leader/manager?
    I'm sorry to reply this way. I was trying to edit something that I wrote, and couldn't figure out how. I just wanted to say, that I have nothing against Degree nurses. I DO have an issue with...
    Sep 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. What are “caring” qualities of a nursing leader/manager?
    I think that a manager should remember what it was like when they were a new nurse, and be a good support system/mentor for their staff. One problem I see is when managers come right out of school...
    Sep 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. HELP PSE!!  How to read ECG
    I absolutely agree with looking at lead II first when you are learing how to read EKGs. You have to know the basics, before moving on to 12 leads interpretations. Once you understand and can...
    Sep 11, '10
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  15. Cardiac NURSES advice?
    Check for compatibility if you are mixing drugs.
    Sep 8, '10
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  16. Should CVVHD be 1:1
    I always thought that CVVHD and patients on left heart assist should be one to one. I agree that not all patients on CVVHD are unstable, but DANG, the whole procedure itself takes so much time,...
    Aug 11, '10
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  17. Four 10's or Five 8's? Which would you do?
    4 10s for me.
    Aug 11, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Tired of nurses threatening to quit!!!
    I say let her quit. I would tell her that the department doesn't need negative people who bring the department down. I would rather work harder without her than miserable with her.
    Jul 31, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. UPMC vs West Penn?? New Grad needs HELP
    I'd say go to West Penn.West Penn Allegheny Health System cares more about the patient. UPMC is all about making money and screwing West Penn Allegheny. They closed one of their hospitals, taking...
    May 25, '10
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  20. Becoming a CEN as a new grad?
    If it helps you get a job, go for it. I think that if you can study and pass the test, the experience will bring you the greatest rewards.
    May 3, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Cruise Nurse Great job
    I too am interested in the pros and cons of cruise ship nursing as well as the estimated pay. I heard that on average, one person dies on each cruise. Anyone else hear this? I would think that...
    Apr 20, '10
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  22. Annual Arrhythmia competency testing
    If your job requires you to know EKGs then yes. If it is a monitored unit for example. But if it is a Med Surg.Ortho etc floor, I think that not doing something everyday makes it harder to...
    Apr 10, '10
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  23. Assigning staff vs.floats in ICU
    I do not give "Float" nurses a difficult patient when possible. IMO, it is not in the patients best interest. For the most part, they are less comfortable with the routines, doctors, and location...
    Apr 10, '10
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  24. Q re: v tach for long duration
    Not all VT is life threatening. A patient can perfuse with certains types of VT such as RVOT, especially when it is a slower rate.
    Apr 9, '10
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  25. takotsubo syndrome "broken heart"
    Broken Heart Syndrome is real. As said above, it can be diagnosed with a negative Cath and an echo. I believe the heart has a specific shape of an hour glass. Their EF is low, but in most cases,...
    Apr 8, '10
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac


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