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  1. Flushing with Sterile Water
    I know the sterile water is not acceptable--but the question is, since that's all I have at present, which is worse: not flushing at all (current practice most of the time) or flushing with sterile...
    Feb 11
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  2. Flushing with Sterile Water
    I am working as an educator at a hospital in a developing nation. I found early on that the nurses very seldom flush their IVs (not after giving medication, not after insertion with blood draw), but...
    Feb 11
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  3. Wound Cleaning Techniques
    I'm not in the US, I'm sure you'll be relieved to hear! I'm in the developing world. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Feb 9
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  4. Help! Need tips to speed up with wound care
    I was going to say the same thing... I can put myself in their shoes and feel relieved that finally there is someone who knows what she's doing. The aides may be burnt out from getting ignored by the...
    Feb 9
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  5. Wound Cleaning Techniques
    Well, to be honest, we're also doing sharp debridement.This is a culture war that I'm not sure I'm going to win, but since my job is teaching nursing students as well as nurses, I'm trying to start...
    Feb 9
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  6. Wound Cleaning Techniques
    I have another question from the developing world... the standard method here for wound cleaning is pretty rough-literally rough. Basically, they take 2x2s moistened with normal saline and scrub the...
    Jan 7
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  7. Wound care/tropical areas
    I'm currently working in the post-surgical ward of a hospital in a tropical area in Africa and seeing some interesting wound care techniques. I was surprised to find them doing a modified sterile...
    Dec 17, '14
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  8. International Medical Relief career advice
    Do you folks speak French? That's the number one suggestion I have... French speakers are needed more than any other language.
    Oct 25, '14
    Forum: Volunteer Nursing
  9. TX RN positive Ebola
    I'm very curious about this "breach in protocol". Some articles/quotes make it sound like they know what it was, and others make it sound like they're just presuming that's what it was. This is what...
    Oct 12, '14
    Forum: Disasters: Preparing and Responding
  10. SO much anxiety I don't want to go back
    Good luck, Mary. I'm glad you found a new surge of energy. I am sure that a few good souls are going to emerge from this mess that you can count on. Also, look beyond the RN staff... if you don't...
    Oct 8, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  11. Traveler orientation
    Yeah, the hospitals I've been permanent staff at have had travelers at all the mission/values stuff, plus computers; my first assignment I started out on the floor without orientation. I had to sign...
    Oct 3, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  12. SO much anxiety I don't want to go back
    You will be OK! It was hard for me to let go of what apparently is a little streak of perfectionism (my co-workers at my last permanent job are shaking with laughter right now). I hate making...
    Oct 3, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  13. Getting pulled...
    I was hired on at this placement for PCU and I've been on PCU about 1/3 of the time... the rest has been various med-surg units. I'm not sure why they even hired someone for PCU. But since, as I...
    Sep 16, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  14. Getting pulled...
    Very true, and the acuity even in the ICU may be too low to be interesting. All of the acuities at my current placement seem to be stepped down from what I'm used to--to the point that the med-surg...
    Sep 16, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  15. Getting pulled...
    Well, I can't fault you for finding one branch of nursing boring--I find some branches boring, too--but it does strike me that it doesn't sound like you have a good understanding of the patients and...
    Sep 16, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  16. Returning to Perm In a Different Specialty After Travel
    You won't get a job, then. I concur with everything Ned says. I doubt it would be a problem to get another permanent M/S/Tele job just because of travel, but transferring to a (significantly) new...
    Sep 8, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  17. Health Insurance while in a contract
    What does your travel company offer? How much does COBRA cost? Have you looked at your state's Obamacare website?
    Sep 8, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  18. Bay Area, CA
    Right, but when you're a traveler the hospital doesn't "hire" you at all. Travelers don't count toward the BSN numbers for magnet status, so it's not such a big deal--always worth trying. I don't...
    Sep 6, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  19. Which position is better for a new RN?
    Med/surg/ortho, but actually I would go more by your gut feelings during interview and when you tour the unit. Check out whether things seem calm and organized, whether the nurses are...
    Sep 4, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  20. Nurses not prepared for report
    NOT coming in early is "an error in time management"? Hell to the no. if anything--and I wouldn't actually go this far--isn't needing to come in half an hour early for a shift "an error in time...
    Sep 1, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  21. Floater to ms/tele needs advice after a disastrous shift!
    Well, hopefully the point of the incident report will be to check into things on the unit. I've had days like that on very well-run units... sometimes it just happens... but I've also had every day...
    Sep 1, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  22. Housing yourself.......
    How do you make any money if you don't take the stipend? My hourly pay would be so low without it.
    Aug 28, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  23. time frame for first assignment?
    I had a similar experience with recruiters who seemed eager until push came to shove. It took much longer than I expected (and than recruiters led me to believe) to find my first assignment, but for...
    Aug 26, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  24. Going from med surg to telemetry
    I think that will be plenty of orientation time--any more and you might get bored. A lot of it will be learning as you go, because you just aren't going to get the patient span during your...
    Aug 25, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Share your packing routine and tips
    I saw on the other thread that there are other people who fly... do you take less than those who drive? I've definitely got to cut back (my family drove me to this, my first assignment). But maybe my...
    Aug 25, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing


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