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  1. Relocating to Chicago from Philadelphia...
    Thanks, that's very helpful. I already do have a BSN: since Philly is such a BSN preferred market, I opted to get one initially instead of the ADN first. I didn't think to check non children's...
    Mar 31
    Forum: Illinois Nursing
  2. Relocating to Chicago from Philadelphia...
    Hi Illinois nurses! DH are planning to relocate to Chicago from the Philadelphia area in the next year or two. I have 2.5 years of RN experience now in pediatrics (ER and medsurg) so by the time we...
    Mar 27
    Forum: Illinois Nursing
  3. Is anybody else tired of the nurse practitioner craze?
    This thread is nearing its 3rd birthday. I know I would hate to be taken to task for something I said 3 years ago...
    Mar 24
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  4. Thoughts of a Student Nurse
    Parents.
    Feb 2
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  5. Co-worker asked how much I make an hour
    Or we could unionize.
    Nov 25, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  6. Co-worker asked how much I make an hour
    I'd like to point out that keeping salaries confidential benefits the employer because it weakens our bargaining power for salaries and raises when we don't know where we stack up. So while I don't...
    Nov 20, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Anyone work with NPs who deal with actual emergencies?
    I used to want to be an ER NP until I saw that they essentially do fast track and ortho stuff. At my ER if they see a sicker patient they're acting more in a resident function than as an independent...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Top 10 Reasons We Get Fired:  Freedom of Speech
    2nd Elkpark. Freedom of Speech applies to the government, not employers, not websites. And the government historically violates that constitutional amendment anyway (McCarthyism, anyone?) so thinking...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Is 1-year ED experience enough to apply elsewhere?
    I was able to get a per diem job with 18 months of experience. I wasn't looking at the year mark so I am not sure if I'd have done as well at a year. Since getting experience, however, I've gotta...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. How long was your orientation
    Why did you think a BSN would get you out of that??
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Do you think physicians could pass the NCLEX-RN?
    The NCLEX is a test. Physicians take tons of tests so develop good test taking skills if they didn't have them from the start, and in my experience are generally pretty book smart. I think with a...
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Nursing specialty that requires minimum patient contact and best hours?
    You can always work in PEDs. Kid poop is way awesome than adult poop.
    Nov 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. St. Christopher's Hospital as a New Nurse
    I would see if there are any NICU related conferences or organizations that meet in the area and try to network that way. Do any of your teachers from nursing school have connections at St. Chris?
    Oct 29, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  14. St. Christopher's Hospital as a New Nurse
    NICU is a secured unit so I wouldn't just show up. I'd give the nurse recruiter a call to follow up, but I think they might have recently started requiring BSNs. It wasn't a requirement when I was...
    Oct 29, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  15. Would you commute an hour to a job you wanted?
    My commute allows me to work one day less a week than I'd be able to work with a short commute due to salary and weekend incentives. So I end up with more time with my daughter.
    Oct 12, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. If you could be instantly multilingual...
    Oh, and I'd want to instantly know Spanish. At least a third of our patients speak Spanish and that's probably a conservative estimate. The translator phones are a pain to use so we don't usually...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. If you could be instantly multilingual...
    I'm pretty familiar with klone's posting history. She's trying to convince you. If one *only* cares about business and money, nursing is an odd choice of a profession. You can make a decent living...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Would you commute an hour to a job you wanted?
    I allow 90 minutes for my commute. It usually doesn't take that long but sometimes does. Monday mornings my commute home hits during rush hour so that takes 2 hours. We get snow but more importantly,...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Jehovah's Witness nurses in the critical care unit?
    I ran a mess of a trauma last night in my sleep. I couldn't get meds out of the pyxis because the screen was gibberish and I'd try to select the patient and med and something else would happen. So I...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. ER in my area requiring ACLS and PALS
    IME, places that require ACLS/PALS up front are looking for nurses that already have ER experience. Hospitals in my area will require them for new hires but then when you expire they cover the cost...
    Oct 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    Sounds like the support staff were unionized by SEIU. AFAIK they don't represent RNs. $27 base seems low in Philly for a nurse with a year experience. When I started as a new grad the city...
    Oct 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Hospital RNs - how do you organize your shift?
    Report: 7:00-7:30-45ish depending on how organized the day shift RN is. 7:45: start seeing patients for 8pm assessments, bringing along 8pm meds and 9pm meds if ordered. 9ish: chart assessments,...
    Sep 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. IV push
    Doh, you're totally right. We have a replacement protocol and it's given piggy back and diluted with IVF and it still burns like a mofo.
    Sep 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. IV push
    Sounds like potassium, and that burns even when diluted. I follow the hospital's formulary drug guide. For undiluted meds I've never had issues pushing small amounts slowly.
    Sep 24, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. To get insurance or to not get insurance...that is the question
    Such bad advice. No one needs to know you have malpractice insurance, so the notion that it makes you more of a target is BS. Hospitals will cover you under their policy.....if your interest is their...
    Sep 23, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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