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  1. The HARD Truth for most nurses
    Its okay not to like cleaning *** and ****. God knows I don't. You just have to look at what makes you happy. I am an ICU/RRT nurse, sure I have to clean poop but I also get to run codes, manage...
    Mar 20
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  2. ICU pay differential?
    I would like to say something on behalf of all the medsurg nurses out there. Being an ICU nurse and rapid response I too used to be on the side of we (ICU/RRT) should get paid more. I used to think...
    Mar 19
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  3. ccrn
    I thought the PassCCRN practice test where harder than the actual test. If you can consistantly pass those, even by the smallest margin, then just schedule your exam already! You will do fine! Look...
    Mar 12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. CMC
    CMC
    So regretfully to say, I failed my CMC certification last week. I studied for 3 full days plus I have been an MICU nurse in a level one facility for 2 years and I float to CVICU regularly for extra...
    Mar 12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. sedation and anesthetics
    to be clear when I said bolusing propofol I was talking about when anesthesia orders induction meds for intubation. After intubation we can titrate the drips such as propofol ect. I do not bolus...
    Mar 8
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. ICU pay differential?
    I am a rapid response nurse as well as an MICU nurse in a level one hospital I am CCRN certified and have my BSN. I run CRRT, and can place ultrasound guided PICC lines and PIVs. I can run codes and...
    Mar 7
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  7. sedation and anesthetics
    Are you all allowed to bolus propofol and titrate drips? What about ketamine? I was under the impression that all ICU nurses could do this but apparently there are some facilities or states that it...
    Mar 7
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  8. Admissions
    Okay I am sure y'all get this a lot but could a current CRNA tell me how strong my resume is please? I have really worked hard over the last year to boost my resume. Credentials/Experience ...
    Mar 4
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  9. Starting to look like a IV drug user :/
    I have to stop using IV drugs!!!!! HAHAHA jk. I have really good veins so I usually let the new nurses and nursing students practice their IV skills on me. A little pain for the advancement of my...
    Nov 1, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. How long did you study for CCRN?
    It kinda depends what kind of facility you practice in. I was a MICU nurse in a level one facility for about a year before taking the test. I took a week off work and studied HARD for 4-5 days and...
    Oct 27, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Ya so I use ultrasound for all the difficult sticks... I still stick at least once without it to keep my skills up (unless they are +4 edema or something). Also I have 2 inch needles in all the...
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  12. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Google sherlock ultrasound and you will see it.
    Oct 18, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  13. IS MICU/SICU too much for New Grad?
    I have to respectfully disagree with this statement. I have way more autonomy as a ICU nurse then floor nurses do. I have standing order sets that allow me to give multiple drugs without first...
    Oct 18, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  14. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Luckily I work in a facility that has a very strong support team plus we have procedure carts that carry just about every type of access one would need at a given moment. One technique that I have...
    Oct 18, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  15. Most drips at once
    Levo, vaso, neo, epi, dopamine, saline, albumin, blood, plasma, platelets, meropenem, vanco, TPN, acyclovir, insulin, fentanyl, and vecuronium. needless to say the patient didnt make it.
    Oct 10, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Okay I know PICCs aren't supposed to be "emergent" lines but reality dictated differently. Here is the scenario, I am an MICU nurse certified to drop PICC lines. I had a status post code from the...
    Oct 10, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. CMC exam
    I dont actually work in CVICU, I work in a level one MICU and we get all types of cardiac patients other than fresh hearts and balloon pumps. I pick up in our CVICU on occasion but 97% of my time is...
    Aug 29, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. CMC exam
    Hello all. I just passed CCRN today. Now I want to tackle the CMC exam. I scored fairly well on the cardiac portion of CCRN. Any study tools y'all recommend?
    Aug 18, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. First PICC insertion!
    Thank you !!!
    Jun 28, '14
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  20. First PICC insertion!
    I just placed my first ultrasound guided PICC yesterday!!! It was a freaking awesome experience. I still have to get 2 more successful insertions before I can place them by myself but I am on my way!
    Jun 28, '14
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  21. Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?
    Wait what??? You had to sign a contract stating that you have to pay 12k for your residency?? Wow that is terrible. I did an ICU residency and a level one facility and I got a 4k sign on bonus and my...
    Jun 26, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  22. Rapid Response
    I got the position, thank you!
    Jun 23, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. Rapid Response
    In my facility there are Rapid nurses from all the critical care areas although the vast majority come from SICU and MICU. To answer your question, there is always as dedicated RRT nurse available...
    Jun 17, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Rapid Response
    Does your facility have dedicated RRT nurses or are they staff nurses who have one or 2 RRT shifts a week? At our facility I work staff in MICU and then once a week I am a rapid response nurse with...
    Jun 16, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Why PPI in GI bleed?
    Well said. In cases that bleeding is caused by esophageal varices we also use octriotide which also decreases pepsin (decreases gastric acidity). In addition to decreasing gastric acidity it also...
    Jun 15, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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