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  1. How does your NICU unit run?
    I'm surprised how many places do scheduled routine assessment times. In my NICU, we have either q2, q3, or--rarely and only for the bigger kids--q4 assessment/feeding times. Most are q3. The babies...
    Jul 22
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  2. Any thoughts of USA infant mortality rate
    Another point worth mentioning is that in the US--or at least where I live--a pregnant woman does not see her OB until she is already 8 weeks pregnant (barring any complications). By that time, she...
    Jul 22
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. how much do you pay on student loans per month
    I had $26k in loans and paid $500/month to pay it off quickly. I also made larger payments some months when I had extra. It was 4 different loans, so I would always pay a lot more towards the one...
    Jul 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Vent: parents
    NICU is just a completely different world than what parents are used to. They often interpret many of their baby's cues wrongly (i.e. seeing the baby splay out their hands - "they need to stretch...
    Jun 28
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  5. Win $100! June 2015 Caption Contest
    "My husband got sick of me bring home germs from work so he installed this decontamination shower. Pun intended."
    Jun 17
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  6. How to handle a coworker who is giving poor care
    I think if you had posted this in the NICU forum, the responses would have been different because as a NICU nurse, I totally get what you're talking about. I have worked with a few "senior" nurses...
    May 27
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. How to eat on night shift
    Eat "breakfast" when you wake up (in your case, 2pm). Eat a snack in the car or in the report room before your shift. Eat "lunch" anytime between 11-2am. Eat a snack sometime between 4-6am. Eat a...
    May 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. HIV needle stick
    What is wrong with you guys? I'm sorry this happened to you, OP. The chance of transmission is very, very low (I think about 0.25%). Sending good vibes your way.
    Apr 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Feb - Mar 2015 Top 8 Captions - Help Select $100 Winner
    Who chooses the 8 captions?
    Apr 1
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  10. Second career nurses: what if you ended up not liking nursing?
    If you're questioning it this much, don't do it.
    Mar 26
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Father Smuggles Newborn Out Of Hospital - Nurse Deactivates Alarm
    There's a difference between a Code Pink and an infant's band alarm (at least at my hospital). In my NICU, babies in open cribs wear security bands and on average, there will be maybe one or two band...
    Mar 23
    Forum: Nursing News
  12. FLAME ON!
    "Does the Pearson Vue Trick really work?" "I got this pop-up, what does it mean?" Those are the only 2 that really annoy me, and I avoid it by not going to the NCLEX or student forum. Oh...
    Feb 24
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Feb - Mar 2015 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    "I refuse to use those purple wipes - I thought I'd disinfect my charting desk the old fashioned way."
    Feb 11
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  14. How many of you actually enjoy your job?!
    I LOVE my specialty (NICU) and like my job. Do I jump for joy the night before work? No. Am I content when I get to work? Yes. Even on the craziest days when I've been running around all shift, I...
    Feb 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. When to piggyback This
    I can see how that would be confusing. Basically, the only way the antibiotic would be flushed in at the rate the NS going at was if the antibiotic wasn't on it's own pump and just flooding into the...
    Jan 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. New Nurse Proverbs.
    When starting a new job, listen more than you talk. You will learn a lot more this way.
    Jan 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Tips on being a parent
    I wouldn't say "play dumb." You should definitely ask questions and be present. The thing is, with a 32-week preemie, the plan of care is going to be pretty straightforward and routine (as long as...
    Dec 31, '14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  18. Do you carry around your stethoscope?
    Well if you don't think it's necessary to listen to your patients (which it is), listen because it's your JOB to do so. You're the nurse. You're there to assess, monitor, and document on your...
    Dec 29, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Did You Go Into Nursing For One Specialty?
    I was almost in the same situation as you are, OP. The only difference is, I knew I wanted to go back to school and become a nurse first and then subsequently fell in love with NICU. Before I even...
    Dec 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Should I pursue a career as a registered nurse or elementary teacher?
    If it's as simple a question as nurse vs. teacher, I would go with nurse. There are so many different fields of nursing you can go into. You can even teach as a nurse, but you can't nurse as a...
    Dec 3, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Has anyone mistaken you for a punching bag at work?
    One time, a patient spat food at me and later on had the audacity to shoot pee on me!! ...
    Nov 26, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. Are all nurses perpetually exhausted?
    Not exhausted but tired, yes. If I don't work my days in a row and just have a day or two off here and there it feels like I am perpetually working. And I want to do less on my days off. If I have at...
    Nov 19, '14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  23. graduating in may, getting married
    I would only tell them if your wedding & honeymoon would interfere with the orientation time. For example, if you start your job in September and know that you have a 2 month orientation, you have to...
    Nov 16, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. What can you tolerate the least?
    This. I'm a NICU nurse so no bodily fluid has grossed me out, but looking at the contents of a suction cannister is pretty disgusting and makes me gag.
    Nov 9, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Why did you become a nurse?
    1. Got tired and bored of working 5 days a week at a desk job 2. Wanted more meaningful, altruistic work 3. Wanted a job where I could work part-time after starting a family and still make decent...
    Oct 20, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion