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  1. Nurses not prepared for report
    I think report protocol varies depending on facility. I have never seen a Kardex! On my floor you are expected to take report immediately at 7a/p. some nurses come in early and look up pt info, some...
    Sep 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  2. Need IV help!
    I rarely need to do dosage calculations, your facility should give you access to a website where you can look up compatibility. When in doubt call pharmacy!
    Sep 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  3. Combative/Violent Confused Patients
    These things happen frequently. If a pt seems off- step away from the bed until you can determine their state of mind.
    Sep 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  4. Starting IVs
    5 iv starts in year is just not enough practice. You need more live sticks to gain confidence. Are you changing outdated iv's? That is one way to get some more practice on your floor & ask other...
    Sep 3
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  5. Would like your input as a RN if your hospital has room service
    We have room service but meals don't arrive at shift change. They can't get breakfast til after 815. Dietary calls the floor ahead with delivery times for all the diabetics meals and the nurses are...
    Apr 17, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  6. Nurses who have passed the NCLEX-Please help me!
    I took my nclex in 2011 & passed with 75 questions. I did the entire Saunders review book and studied 2-5 hrs a day for a month before. My advice is to give yourself a few weeks to study bug don't...
    Apr 17, '13
    Forum: NCLEX Discussion Forum
  7. Online RN/BSN @ University of Buffalo
    I believe this program is only one year old. I am interested to hear what others think of the program.. is it really just one year? That's great, I thought 18 mos. good luck!
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  8. Thoughts on Pt Nurse ratio
    I work on a med surg/onc floor and our ratios are the same - occasionally we go up to 8 pts, once I had 10. I also had 12 wks orientation & that was enough time for me. Most of my patients are not...
    Jan 11, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. Urinary Cath Insertion
    The 3-way catheters are usually a pretty large gauge I would think that is possibly why the pt didn't complain of pain- the urethra was already kind of stretched from the 3- way cath. I have had...
    Jan 11, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. What is the maximum number of patients per nurse?
    I work m/s onc: 5 is minimum, 6-7 is typical, 8 on bad night. Once i ended my shift with 10 when another hospital had to divert their ER to us & we short with a call in and no float. We have a...
    Jan 6, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  11. To be the best nurse I can be
    Yeah reading dr handwriting is hard! We went CPOE a few months ago and it's a lot better except you have to keep checking the computer b/c the drs don't have to be on the floor to enter orders.
    Jan 6, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  12. Am I doing the right thing? New nurse getting butt kicked
    I still felt very anxious at 4mos into my job, somewhere around 6mos things started clicking and I felt better. I still have nights that are bad, but I feel like I have the flow of things down...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. New grad, new job, 1 week of orientation. :/
    1 week is really not enough IMO, I think it's a threat to your license. I wouldn't even accept that position unless you are very confident in your skills. Just learning the flow of the floor takes...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  14. Buffalo NY nurse agency recommendation?
    I work for CHS, med surg hired as a new grad. I think it's a decent place to work, on my unit there is not an issue with lateral violence, some difficult personalities but nothing much beyond that....
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: New York Nursing
  15. What would you have done?
    I wouldn't have ignored the order, I would have called the md back stated that had assessed the pt and reviewed w/ my charge & wasn't comfortable giving that dose, could I give 5 or 7 instead and see...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  16. Would you trade a great team for an easier floor?
    I have been on my floor for a year, I promised myself I would give it that long no matter what. It's a hard floor med surg w/ oncology, head & neck / ENT and palliative beds- a good mix of med and...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  17. To be the best nurse I can be
    I think it's important to develop a routine that works for you and then stick to it as much as possible. I work 11p-7a mostly here is my routine 2245 look up pts, fill out my brain, check orders...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  18. Nursing job struggles
    How many med-surg positions have you applied for? I applied to about 50 before getting an interview and got my first rn job. Also the most helpful thing I found was to have a relationship w/ the...
    Jan 5, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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