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  1. NMSU-Alamogordo
    Definitely the best bet is to go to NMSU main campus in Las Cruces. The drive will be about an hour to an hour and a half depending on traffic on highway 70 in LC.
    Mar 14
    Forum: New Mexico Nursing
  2. Tired of discrimination
    Where I am, we need Affirmative Action for whites...
    Jan 6
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  3. I had time for a chat....
    You did great by her! I love those rare occasions when a patient truly appreciates what a nurse has done for them. I know many patients appreciate us, but so few actually verbalize it. A "thank you"...
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. fell asleep, administrative leave
    It's common at my hospital to use one's 30 minute lunch break for a nap. As long as everyone knows exactly where you are going to be (locker room or break room) it is not a big deal. The buddy system...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Black Friday, Code Blue
    OP- sounds like you and I would work well together. :wavey: I am professional but firm when I have a patient that codes or if I see that the primary nurse is freezing up, which happens more than I'd...
    Dec 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Black Friday, Code Blue
    I'm an ICU nurse and I often "run" to codes. My run is definitely a brisk walk as opposed to a run because, in all honesty, running through a busy, obstacle filled hospital is all but impossible. I...
    Dec 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Your Experience with Your Hospitals Cath Lab Personnel?
    Our cath lab crew has cliquish, bratty, holier-than-thou behavior. They complain about everything from IV's in an awkward place (um, at least you have one on that 80 year old, dehydrated patient!) to...
    Nov 16, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  8. Nurses dressing up for Halloween
    Imagine doing CPR with those butterfly wings attached to your back. What if your fairy dust drifts from your hair during a dressing change. Or how about consoling a family after the loss of a loved...
    Oct 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Advice on dealing with confused patients
    You have vents and insulin gtts on a tele floor? AND confused patients? What is your patient load like? Sounds very unsafe all the way around.
    Oct 16, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. Songs That Remind You of Nursing....
    Circus music, but especially this one... Can you survive 10 minutes of the afro circus? - YouTube
    Sep 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. IV push
    I dilute pretty much everything, especially if pushing through a PIV. If a patient has a central line or PICC there is no worry about irritation of the vein but you don't want adverse affects from...
    Sep 22, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Chart have to be kidding me!!!!!
    I have on of my coworkers audit mine before I leave. After missing "little boxes" twice, I was not willing to get a written warning in my employment file. Our charge nurses are supposed to do the...
    Sep 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Chart have to be kidding me!!!!!
    It is legal, especially if they've written it as policy. Our restraint charting is audited as well. We get an email the next day if we didn't do what policy states (Q2h charting on all restrained...
    Sep 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Small children visiting patients in the critical care setting... thoughts??
    We have the same type of policy in our ICU. Personally, I don't think anyone under the age of about 10 should be allowed to visit ANY patient room. Not only because they are exposed to, and expose...
    Jul 8, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  15. Please explain this concept to me!
    Was the secondary hanging higher than the primary? Regardless of what the pump is programmed to do, it will always pull from the highest hanging bag first. I learned that one the hard way as a newbie...
    Jun 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Anyone know of a creative badge holder?
    We have the pharmacy and nursing staff collect vial tops then we gather every couple of months to create new badge holders and share horror stories. We give them away instead of selling them. It's...
    Jun 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Zeroing the!
    If your cap has a hole in it, please replace it with a sterile cap without a hole. The hole defeats the sterility of the system.
    May 18, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. No appreciation for NOC
    May 11, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Welcome to the Jungle
    I had such fear the first time I stepped on the unit. I never, and I mean NEVER, wanted to work anything with "really sick" patients. I thought my true love was postpartum. I am passionate about...
    May 11, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. National Nurses week
    Our hospital combines Hospital Week with Nurses Week. RT, Radiology, Lab all have their own weeks. No such thing as Doctor's Week, though. LOL We usually get a lunch bag or some other type of bag...
    May 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Staffing & Patient Acuity
    Fresh post ops in our hospital are 1:1 until extubated. IABPs are always 1:1.
    Apr 29, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  22. Tricks of the trade: Diversion- stories of the stupid and sly?
    RN found with a 10CC syringe full of Propofol that he had pulled from the port above the pump. Our hospital is too cheap to invest in lock boxes for sedation. I can't believe full bags of versed...
    Apr 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Roswell NM???
    I like Roswell, the newer parts anyway. From what I understand, gang crimes are pretty common though. It still has a small town vibe. There is a Super Walmart, Applebee's, Chili's and other national...
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: New Mexico Nursing
  24. Core Measure Responsibility
    Just another "to do" to keep us from patient care. I'm tired of making sure everybody else gets their jobs done while my patient care potentially suffers. If there are quality nurses who follow Core...
    Mar 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Unsanitary practice?
    Alcohol based hand sanitizers do not kill C-diff. I hear about poop, I immediately think C-diff. Personally, I'd refuse to use that room unless they installed a sink. Then I'd report it to OSHA and...
    Mar 17, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety