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  1. How long did you work med-surg before getting an ICU job?
    I worked for a year and a half on a Med-Surg floor. It gave experiences with different types of acuities, as well as different diagnoses. Whenever I was floated to the ICU, I enjoyed the challenge....
    Sep 12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. thermoregulation in the neonate
    He was very mildly hypothermic after his bath. I would check his axillary temp. in 30 minutes X 2. What you are looking for is an increase in and his ability to maintain his temp. at a range of...
    Sep 11
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  3. Further studies for NICU
    Have you completed the NRP and STABLE courses?
    Sep 11
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  4. Nurses - The Unsung Heroes
    I am retired from nursing now, but my love for it hasn't died. This year was the first time that our (new) Nurse Manager made Nurses' Week a special all-week-celebration for our NICU staff. From...
    Sep 11
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  5. How to get tincture of Benzoin out of clothes
    What about trying to get candle wax out of a pair of pants and a silky top? Any ideas?
    Jun 5
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Crying babies
    [QUOTE=Bortaz, RN;7649279]I also have been successful using my iPod on my phone to play them some soothing music. Can't do that much now, because there's one particular heifer on my unit that will...
    Dec 25, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. what did you do before?
    I had always been interested in working with NICU babies, but the hospital I started my career in had not yet opened one. It was a pediatric hospital, and this was in 1976. I started by working in a...
    Nov 27, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  8. Good nurse gone
    In response to the person who asked where the stabbing occurred: The attack occurred at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview TX. It happened in their ambulatory surgical center, at...
    Nov 27, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  9. Diagnosing versus identifying symtpoms
    Without X Ray interpretation, you cannot state for certain which bone is fractured. You might chart something like this: "Patient presented with 10cmx10cm laceration on inner calf, with edges of...
    Oct 31, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Is it covered under Obamacare? - Cartoon Contest Winner
    I voted for Obama. I have had pre-existing medical conditions for 30 years. I was tired of being turned down for health insurance b/c I had arthritis. Or b/ c I had (and beat) breast cancer. I have...
    Oct 31, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  11. Is it covered under Obamacare? - Cartoon Contest Winner
    I live in the South and love Obamacare. I don't know if it's b/c I have relatives in England, & have visited it 4 times. So I have seen socialized medicine @ work. You are right. Lots of...
    Oct 31, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  12. I am scared to do CPR
    It's normal to be anxious about performing CPR. Don't let your fear stop you from initiating lifesaving measures on a patient. The more you practice, the less anxious you will be. When the code team...
    Oct 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. August 2013 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    Hey friend, where's MY cup of coffee? Did you forget to get me one, too? :coffee::coffee:
    Aug 18, '13
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  14. August 2013 Caption Contest: Win $100!
    What? You didn't bring me a cup, too?
    Aug 15, '13
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  15. What do you think of 12 hour shifts?
    I started my nursing career a long time ago, and we worked 8 hour shifts, 5 days a week. I did that for 8 years. When our unit introduced voluntary 12 hour shifts, I decided to try them, and loved...
    Aug 8, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  16. Abdominal IV
    I worked in an NICU for 30 years, and I know that if we could not get an IV in a baby that needed one, we would stick an abdominal vein. This was not a routine occurrence; rather a decision that was...
    Aug 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. You know you've been a nurse too long when...
    Uh oh...That's me! :nurse: We also washed and starched our own caps, and wore these thick white stockings with our uniforms, no matter how hot it was!
    Aug 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Start at a Level III or Level II?
    I would definitely start working at a Level II NICU. You will get the basics of what neonatal nursing entails. You need a good background and experience working with infants who are less ill, so that...
    Jul 24, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  19. You know you've been a nurse too long when...
    When you can't watch medical shows on TV without yelling @ the screen "How the heck can he be on room air? He just had a crushed chest repaired? And where are the chest tubes? And the IV pumps?" ...
    Jul 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. That awkward moment when....
    Oh, thank you. At least I'm not alone! I did that once, then felt terrible about it. Then again, I discreetly look @ every person I meet in public to check out the state of their veins. Especially...
    Jul 12, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. My first case of NEC
    " One of the early signs of sepsis is lethargy, as Jory described. You may also note a change from baseline v/s: infant hypo or hyperthermic. Usually hypothermic. If the baby is in an...
    Jun 27, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  22. My first case of NEC
    NEC is one of the most dreaded complications that a premature infant can develop. I hate it with a passion. :( And you can do everything that you are supposed to do---monitor the infant closely,...
    Jun 13, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  23. And then the MD said.....
    I've worked with innumerable doctors during my 35 year nursing career, but there are two that stand out. Dr. C was a resident 34 years ago, when I had first started my job. I worked in the...
    Jun 13, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Nurses working on day off...
    I knew my work phone #, and I have an answering machine. I never went in on my day off. I would sometimes trade days with other nurses, & volunteered to work holidays b/c I don't have family close...
    May 15, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  25. Mandatory Meeting With CNO
    In December 2010, I was forced to retire from nursing after 35 years, due to my deteriorating health, and now receive SSDI. I worked in the NICU for 31 years. When I left, we had 85 Level III beds. ...
    May 6, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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