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  1. who does your casting and splinting?
    Both the RN's and the Techs are instructed on splinting. The Techs do it mostly but the nurses do it when the Tech is busy or when we have no tech. The Docs never. Occasionally Ortho will come...
    Mar 9, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. How do you deal with Non-Urgent Patients
    Two reasons in my opinion that we get so many nonurgent pt's in our ED. First MD offices are so booked that the instant response of many office personnel is, we can't see you, GO TO THE ER. The...
    Jan 30, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. Per Diem?
    Per diem is a casual position. You work only when you are needed. There is no guarantee of time and no benefits. Yes, you can work when you want to but they have no obligation to use you if you...
    Jan 30, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Moving to Pittsburgh
    Sewickley Valley Hospital is a nice size community hospital. I don't know what positions are available there or what starting pay is for a GN. Allegheny General Hospital is a level 1 trauma center...
    Apr 1, '07
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  5. ICU jobs in Pittsburgh...
    When your contract is up, try AGH Suburban campus. Small 6 bed ICU, nice stepping stone for a larger ICU experience.
    Mar 17, '07
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  6. ER: The dumping place
    Just an additional thought. Along with what everyone else has said, we a now are a society of quick fixes. It seems like people have no patience for nonurgent illnesses. Everyone wants a pill for...
    Aug 6, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. patient belongings
    We only do belonging lists on pt's who are admitted. We have a checklist of what they are keeping with them in the hospital and they sign it. If they can't sign, have decreased LOC or no family...
    Jun 17, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Dealing with the loss of fellow nurse
    We lost one of our nurses a few years ago. She was found dead in bed, was young and had no medical problems. It was quite a shock to all of us. We collected money and gave some to her favorite...
    Jun 4, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. How much did you start as a nurse and when.
    $6.00/hr as a new RN in 1975. Now making $32.00/hr as a charge nurse. My salary increased very slowly over the years and was stagnant for quite a while in the late 80's and 90's. Jumped quite a...
    Jun 4, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. causes for a non reactive pupil
    For sure a head CT was in order as well as an admit at least to an OBV bed, with eval by a neurologist. I've never seen a minor narcotic OD result in one non reactive pupil. You were right to be...
    Apr 21, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Dispensing medications
    OTC or not, I would not dispense any medication without an order from an MD.
    Apr 10, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. how much experience did you have before becoming an ER nurse?
    Started as a GN in SICU/Trauma- 3yrs there then 4yrs in CCU then to ER. Been in the ER now for 24yrs.
    Mar 25, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. Awesome ACLS Website !!!
    Just did ACLS renewal and they mention changes but are still teaching the same stuff. I may be wrong but I believe they said the new material will not be introduced until fall 2006.
    Mar 12, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Cna Classes In Pittsburgh??
    Try Community College of Allegheny County or Beaver. You may want to call HR at Butler Memorial and see if they have any info.
    Feb 22, '06
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  15. Advice needed concerning job search-Pgh
    Sewickley Valley Hospital and Ohio Valley Hospital still do babies. They are located closer to the North Hills. I don't know if they hire GN's for OB but you could check them out.
    Feb 22, '06
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  16. Just needed to get this off my chest.
    Asthma is not just asthma. It can be very deadly. I'm sure you did everything you could. As nurses we may become used to death, but hopefully we never stop being affected by it.
    Nov 28, '05
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. ED security
    No metal detectors, one lone security guard per shift, that has to round the whole building. No security stationed in the ER. Two camers and monitors that don't work half the time. We are a...
    Nov 6, '05
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. ER RN new in Pittsburg
    I don't really know salary levels but if you are used to west coast salaries, you won't be making as much, but cost of living is cheaper in the Burg. The shortage here is not as great as other...
    Oct 22, '05
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  19. Charge Nurses
    I work in the ED. I am steady daylight charge and get a higher base rate. There is also a steady 3-11 charge. I work 4 ten hour shifts, mostly Mon thru Thurs. no weekends. The steady 3-11 charge...
    Oct 1, '05
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. ER Dept Scrub Color
    We wear black scrubs in the ER but can wear any color top or jacket. ICU and PCU are navy and white. Med surg is white pants with any color tops or jackets. Aides are wine pants with any color...
    Sep 7, '05
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Nurses over 50 &/or with health issues affecting work
    Wow this is an old thread. Happy to report, I had my R hip replaced at 47, with no complications. It's been 3 years and at 50, I still work in the ER, 4 10hr shifts a week. I'm on my feet all day...
    Sep 3, '05
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. IV Phenergan and Toradol "Push"
    Yes, Toradol burns, I've also been on the receiving end and had pt's tell me it burns. I also dilute the Toradol with NSS before giving it. Maybe the combination of two very irritating drugs made...
    Jul 31, '05
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. What do your ER patients families say or do that irks you?
    "I haven't eaten all day." After arriving by ambulance for a sore throat, "I'll need a cab pass home" "I only had one beer" ETOH 269 "Are you the doctor, or JUST a nurse" "I have to be otta here...
    Jul 24, '05
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. UPMC Passavant???
    http://www.upmcnurses.com/Benefits.htm Try this link, I believe all UPMC facilities are the same.
    Jun 28, '05
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  25. Pittsburgh Nurses...is there a shortage?
    Yes there is still a need for nurses in Pittsburgh. Any of the major health systems, West Penn Allegheny, Mercy or UPMC have bigs ads in the paper every Sun.
    Jun 28, '05
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing


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