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  1. Cops and Nurses
    I was pulled over in my scrubs once and he was going to give me a ticket till he saw my military ID. But I've been pulled over NUMEROUS times and have received all warnings. The only two times the...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. How many pairs of scrubs should I purchase initially?
    I own 4 but I only wear 3. I don't like the pants of one of them because the elastic is bent over, but even when I work tons of OT and work 6 shifts in a row (not all 12s), I just wash them after I...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  3. etomidate and diluting
    Well that's what I thought! That's why it really never even crossed my mind to dilute it until somebody asked me! And even when the docs push meds, they have no idea what needs to be diluted or not!...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. ER to medsurg
    I've worked for the last 5 years in the ER and did an 8 month stint of teching on a med surg floor. I want to stay in the ER primarily, but I definitely want to be more well rounded. We occasionally...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  5. AC IV starts
    I think the biggest mistake people make is a 45 degree angle… I'm an ER nurse so I start IVs all day long in ACs, and I will typically go in at a 30 degree angle. If I use a hand, I almost scrape the...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  6. Anxiety on my days off!
    (or Imitrex is PO- but don't inject it in any way other than subq)
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  7. Anxiety on my days off!
    I don't think anything we tell you will change it! I think you just need to realize that IT'S OKAY! Nurses are people too. Nurses DO make mistakes, so even if you do make a mistake, it's not the end...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  8. Female cathing
    Tons of old ladies have their urethra up their vagina. It's a miracle that we even find those bad boys, but I guess you just get used to it. I don't really go in for many caths unless I do it myself...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Newly qualified and scared :-(
    That doesn't sound like a very good environment for a new nurse. I don't think I'd stay. I felt competent coming out of my training and had a good support system behind me after my orientation. While...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  10. New nurse
    Honestly, one of the trauma nurses who I looked up to told me she almost put a patient into a coma from giving way too much insulin when she was new. It made me realize that even great nurses make...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  11. etomidate and diluting
    Well I've only ever given it peripherally AND undiluted! Whew!
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Would you do nursing school all over again from start to get your degree?
    Is this hypothetical or are you in that position? After having been through it, probably not. I was so burnt out and hated nursing school so much. My job isn't THAT awesome.
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  13. What can I do to raise my self confidence?
    Can you become a tech after your first semester of nursing school? I could and it helped. (I had also previously deployed so had patient care experience.) I was NEVER comfortable in clinical though....
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  14. First RN job
    I went straight into ER, but I do want to work PRN on a med surg floor. I think it'd be good to have skills from more than one area!
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  15. New and 'fun' things
    Tension pneumos are skinny white man syndrome. My friend had one at 19. 6'8" and skinny as can be.
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. NG Tube
    I have placed many NG tubes successfully and still HATE putting them in! I always take a second person- tech or nurse. I bend the tube a bunch and pull it and stretch it out. Have my pt look down,...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. etomidate and diluting
    I guess uptodate failed me! Or in the midst of a crazy day and now a frazzled evening, my reading skills are lacking. Thanks for checking and being my second set of eyes!
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. etomidate and diluting
    I have never diluted my etomidate to give IVP during conscious sedations, but today was asked by another nurse if he should dilute it. I don't typically because if the MD pushes it, I know exactly...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. Hardest thing about nursing school?
    Disagree. I was stressed all the time when I was in nursing school. I do go home sometimes and think, "Oh sht, probably should have done that" but it's usually not anything huge. Or I'll think, "I...
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  20. Appearance?
    In my school, your hair had to be a normal color and no visible tattoos or piercings. Same with my job. I think as a professional, you shouldn't have crazy colored hair and visible tattoos/piercings...
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  21. What's your patient load?
    Within 2 hours?! Any chest pain who comes in typically has 90 min enzymes (or I think should). That seems crazy. I don't think many of our patients get out in under 2 hours.
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. Not getting any patients assigned at end of preceptorship
    We never had our own patients in nursing school. You get all the experience you need when you start. As long as you have good coworkers, you'll be fine. I've been a nurse for 1 1/2 years and still...
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. Going to ER from ICU. Help!
    If I'm talking to a person who is young and healthy and has pink nail beds, I sometimes will put radial pulses present. Or I will touch their hand when checking vitals. All is warm, I document...
    Jan 2, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. "But for me, 98.4 means I have a fever...."
    Never?! I've seen a few doctors do it in the last 2 years in the ER. They'll just pop on the cuff while talking if they don't like the number currently glaring at them on the monitor.
    Mar 19, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Socializing after work in your scrubs
    I do it. I don't go dancing, but I do go eat a meal after work with friends sometimes. After all, I DO eat lunch at work wearing *gasp* my SCRUBS! I also grocery shop in them if I need to. If I'm all...
    Mar 19, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations


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