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  1. ICU Charge Nurse with Patient Assignment
    I'm in an urban trauma hospital with 48 ICU beds out of about 200 total. Where I am senior staff (on the unit 1 year) takes turns as charge. Usually one day per week per nurse. Some units charge...
    Apr 5
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  2. First Dive
    Depending where you work the pace might not be as slow as you hope. I'm an ICU nurse who works in a clinic with a multiplace chamber. I dive all the critical emergent patients plus work in the...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  3. Why did you choose nursing?
    I went in to nursing for the glamor. No, honestly it was for job security. I spent 15 years in sales and was tired of the stress and the constant stress of having my performance measured to two...
    Dec 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  4. How to welcome a new staff member to the ED
    Do you see babies? Mom/dad have to be in on it... Parent calls your orientee and says something is bothering the baby. He starts his assessment, you come in behind with a loaded diaper. ...
    Dec 8, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. Hospital Unit Secretaries
    We're cutting unit clerks (secretaries) left and right. They now cover multiple units each day, as many as 60 beds each. On nights there might only be 2 in the building (we're an urban trauma...
    Dec 8, '13
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  6. "Seasoned Nurses will eat their young"
    When I was teaching I told my students that at my hospital we didn't eat the young. We ate the weak. There's a fair amount of truth to that.
    Nov 16, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Guys, what do you like best about being a nurse?
    2nd career here too. I spent 15 years in business before I left looking for more job security. I found it and now I love critical care. I like the challenge of figuring out what's going on...
    Aug 10, '13
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  8. NG tube in an intubated patient
    That's not silly at all. We don't know the particulars of the arrest, but gastric contents sometimes to end up being aspirated. It's possible that it was the cause of the arrest or that the pt...
    Aug 1, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. What is your dream nursing career
    My dream is to work in a hospital that only admits Supermodels and Olympic athletes. Can someone please tell me where I can apply. Any floor. Any shift.
    Jul 9, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  10. ICU yuck
    Hats off to the peds nurses out there. I work in a neuro ICU in a trauma center and in another highly specialized unit and all the things that go with don't bother me in the least. But not...
    Jun 9, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. What personalities traits are necessary for success and happiness in nursing?
    I'm going to add one thing to a growing list of important traits: Intestinal fortitude and the inner strength to do what needs to be done (like advocating for your patient or yourself). We don't...
    May 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Need a team name for Operating Room staff for the Color Run.
    Slash and dash
    May 19, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. How many Hours per Week do you work
    It depends on what's going on. I have 4 jobs, 1 f/t, 1 contingent, 1 as Adjunct faculty and another job in education. Short week: 40 hrs Medium week: 52 hours Long week: 64 hours Longest...
    May 4, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Love or hate your IV pumps?
    I don't know if they beep any more than any other pumps I've used (Alaris and Baxter). I think there was more beeping early in the adoption of the pumps. Overall I think they perform well. We use...
    May 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Love or hate your IV pumps?
    We use the Hospira Plum A pumps. They're ok for simple stuff and are easy to use, but they only come in either a single pump (with 2 channels) or in a triple pump (with 6 channels). The triples...
    May 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. RN pay for contingent RN's at DMC.
    Pay for a Staff Nurse who is contingent is about the same as a f/t RN. The difference is no benefits. Shift premium is about 7% for afternoons and about 10% for midnights. I've never heard of...
    May 1, '12
    Forum: Michigan Nursing
  17. charge pay
    Charge is an extra $1.00 per hour. Senior staff is expected to share the duty. After about a year you're considered senior staff. Charge takes an assignment just like everyone else, usually two...
    Apr 15, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Using cameras to track wound healing
    I work in a hospital-based wound care clinic. We measure and picture wounds every week. We use Pt labels on post-it notes stuck to paper rulers and only frame the wound. Eveything goes directly...
    Mar 29, '12
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  19. university of detroit mercy second degree program
    Big dude-As a graduate of the SDO program as well I'd like to disagree with some of what you said. First, I disagree with your assessment of the faculty. The academic faculty is largely made up of...
    Mar 4, '12
    Forum: Michigan Nursing
  20. Unna boot
    We call them Unna boots, too. We wrap from just above the toes to just below the knees. We also put a fan fold more or less centered on the tiba with each layer to provide a little relief when it...
    Feb 20, '12
    Forum: Wound / Ostomy / Continence Nursing
  21. did you become the nurse you thought that you wanted to be?
    I seem to have, yes. When I went into school I was interested in Hyperbarics. Going through the program I enjoyed L&D a lot and considered Midwifery for a while. Coming out of school I was...
    Feb 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Wound care puzzle
    You could create a wick in the area that's tunneled with something like iodosorb or a thin slice of hydrofera blue or an acticoat flex 7. Pack the rest of the wound with the Aquacel Ag and cover...
    Jan 28, '12
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  23. What color scrubs do you wear?
    One hospital is Navy ofr RN, Maroon for PCAs, Black for RT. Another is Ciel for RNs, Maroon for Techs and a third is Navy for RN, Kelly green for Techs. Sometimes I think we should switch back to...
    Jan 15, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  24. dressing change
    Wound care outside the OR is normally a clean rather than sterile procedure. As long as good aseptic technique was used it's fine.
    Jan 9, '12
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  25. No, I am not going to do that
    This is not something that I'd put up with for a second. In fact, I work in an outpatient clinic now and last week we had a patient make an inappropriate remark to one of our techs. I found out...
    Nov 12, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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