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  1. How/when did you know which nursing specialty you wanted to get into?
    I still don't know, so I'm sticking with med-surg float because I get to work on all but L&D and ICU. But I orient to those soon, too. I figure if I don't know what rings my bell by the time that's...
    Oct 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Thomas Eric Duncan and Hipaa
    He's died now, so I think privacy issues re fully out of the picture.
    Oct 8
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  3. Pay for parking?
    We can park off-site and shuttle for free, but I don't trust it to be on time. I like to get on campus at least half an hour before my shift so I can caffeinate and have some chow. Ten bucks a month...
    Sep 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Pay for parking?
    $10/month, can park in the garage for PM, NOC, and weekend shifts. Given how tight on-street parking is, I consider it a deal.
    Sep 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. germ-zapping robots
    We only use them on iso rooms. One is broken, one is on order, and one is functional. If the prices come down, maybe we'll end up with enough to do all the rooms, but at this point they're something...
    Aug 19
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Bedside rounding in-front of patients
    Not everything needs to be stated at bedside. The huddle is good for discussions of alarms, incontinence, etc. There is no violation of HIPPA because the information isn't any more than docs discuss...
    Jun 22
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Well here's something I didn't think about: secondhand pot smoke?
    That's because people respond to that post before they get to your apology. Happens everywhere, not just here.
    Jun 2
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Employee Health nurse tells me MANY nurses have Hep. C....
    The gown is to protect other patients from contact patients. Refusing to gown up puts people at risk.
    Sep 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Employee Health nurse tells me MANY nurses have Hep. C....
    I only know I don't have it because I got stuck and had to have bloodwork done. Whee? Altra's right, though, universal precautions and education are key.
    Aug 20, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Worst IV Pumps Ever!
    At least with vanco, we open the little vent above the drip chamber and that cuts down on the air alarms.
    Aug 19, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  11. I get out on time...
    We're expected to get out on time, and incidental OT is frowned upon. I've been late clocking out a few times recently but there was a lot of stuff going on. Most of the time I'm good.
    Jul 11, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Seeing the big picture
    Yeah, I go home every day and think, "Welp, no one died!" and feel pretty good about it. I have only passed one or two things on to the next shift, and those are usually 1430 admits that I just can't...
    Jun 23, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  13. New Inpatient Rehab Nurse
    FIM and IRF-PAI measurements are critical to payment so those are high on your list of Things To Learn. If your rehab is like mine, it's not post-op stuff, that goes to Med-Surg. We get the CVAs,...
    Jun 22, '13
    Forum: Rehabilitation Nursing
  14. seek advice on proficiency and time mgt from senior nurses
    Re talking to docs: have all your ducks in a row. Have the info you need written out or on the screen BEFORE you page them so it's ready when they call back.
    Jun 22, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  15. Seeing the big picture
    I'm ending my first month off orientation and what I am struggling with is moving from being task oriented to being able to see the big picture on my shift. My time management has already improved,...
    Jun 22, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  16. Orientee Horror Stories?
    I had to give carb coverage (4:1) and even though the math was dead easy, I made someone else check because I was looking at giving 20U to someone who wasn't getting anything for sliding scale due to...
    May 31, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. "I'm not floating."
    Gee, I guess I am glad my job in the float pool isn't as bad as your occasional float experiences. a lot of that is probably that I expect to float every single day. I wish I could say that I got six...
    Apr 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Better living--and working--through chemistry.
    Good for you. It is amazing what correcting a chemical imbalance can do, isn't it?
    Mar 26, '13
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  19. Shocked by facial piercings at work
    I'm not sure how facial piercings equal not being clean.
    Mar 12, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Nursing School= No Life
    You can still have a life. We have three kids, took a trip or two, and managed fine. It's all about time management and prioritizing (oh, how you'll hate those words). I won't say there weren't...
    Feb 19, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  21. Using Your Photo As An Avatar
    I switched my accounts to a new user name because I was worried things I said made it too easy to identify me. I've gotten a little slack but you can bet your sweet bippy that I won't risk my...
    Feb 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. The CORRECT answer to the dreaded "What is your weakness" interview question...
    "I'm really looking forward to improving my time managment skills."
    Feb 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Interview Help
  23. What's the BEST nursing shoes? lets you try shoes out for a while, and they carry Berks and Dansko for sure. I think also Algeria (Alegria? can't remember). Great company and really good trial policy.
    Feb 7, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  24. Need an amplified stethoscope
    Check out ultrascopes. I have a HOH classmate who got one and likes it a lot. I have a standard and I hear better with it than my Littman. I also like that you can customize them (including uploading...
    Feb 3, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  25. Preparing for my first day as a Nurse!!
    QFT. I loooove my mini sharpies. I have a red and a black hanging on my lanyard and I use them for marking samples, noting abnormals, writing notes, whatever. Super handy. Target carries them, and...
    Feb 3, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure

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