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  1. blood transfusion and first 15 minutes
    I used to stay with the pt for 1st 15min when I worked floor. Our policy doesn't state we have to physically be in room w/pt. It says VS pre transfusion, then 5 min after initiation, then 10 min,...
    Mar 15
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. How is your ICU staffing done?
    I will never take 4 patients! My max is 3. If they're in ICU, they're there for a reason. I'm in a small community hospital ICU as well & my max is 3. We only have 6 beds total.
    Mar 15
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. ICU visiting hours
    Have a pt now who's fiancÚ is at the bedside 24-7...talking on the cellphone ALL NIGHT LONG. Can't figure out why the pt is spiking temps despite normal WBC ct and negative blood cultures....hmmm...
    Mar 9
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. What was your last job prior to ICU?
    Prior to getting into ICU, I worked on a cardiac floor where I learned telemetry. I personally feel it's very important to have a good grasp on basic telemetry/cardiac arrhythmias prior to moving...
    Mar 9
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. ICU visiting hours
    I work in a small community hospital ICU, more of a glorified Med-Surg floor, if you will. So a lot of times, these patients have family members who haven't seen Mom or Dad who was admitted from the...
    Jan 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. "Omg. I just got my CNA license, and I'm giving narcs."
    Before I became and RN or even a CNA, I worked in an assisted living facility and was giving meds and insulin all the time to the residents.
    Dec 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. As a Nurse and a Patient
    I had a patient tell my day shift coworker that I was a 'drill sergeant because I 'made' her use her Incentive Spirometer because I didn't want her getting post-op atelectasis turning into pneumonia!...
    Dec 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. CCRN
    Yup! DEFINITELY Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio!! Her tapes( I bought them on VHS) were wonderful and hit everything. I also attended her live CCRN review class. Also recommend the Pass CCRN book but...
    Nov 8, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  9. Ever have a patient complain about you?
    Oh yes, I've had patients complain to management about me. One didn't like my tone. One complained to my boss that I kicked her husbands bed with my plastic Quarks shoe when I was just taking the...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. vent about floating
    Well lets see...I'm an ICU nurse so our Nursing office figures that I ought to be able to work in EVERY dept in the hospital from OB to Psych. And I've even been put IN CHARGE of different units such...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Alarms Fatigue: How are you planning to meet this NPSG?
    My hospital is not JCAHO certified so I don't need to worry about this. We are certified by the AOA only and of course our state's Dept of Health. Being JCAHO certified is not the be all end all that...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. From CCU to MedSurg?
    I would never go from an ICU to a med/surg floor. You are going to have trouble not needing to know every little last minute detail on a med/surg patient as you do when you're only caring for 1-3...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  13. What do you love about the ICU?
    I love being a point of reference for other nurses in the hospital. Like last night, another unit needed an ABG drawn on a pt. There's no Respiratory therapist on night shift at my small community...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  14. How critical is your ICU?
    Been there, done that. Over it. Glad you still love it. I couldn't handle that kind of stress EVERY SINGLE DAY!! I had THREE patients like that...one balloon pump, one fresh MI and a new trauma...
    Aug 17, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  15. How critical is your ICU?
    I work in a small community hospital now. My typical pt's would be on a med-surg floor if they were in the bigger hospitals down the street. I.E.-chest pain r/o MI's on heparin/ntg gtts, Afib/RVR on...
    Aug 15, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. When did you find out you got the job?
    Immediately after the interview. I was told the background check was a formality. Was also asked to call a former employer to ask for references. I told her that I was told by one former boss that...
    Aug 3, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. ICU Overflow, What Happens Then?
    If our ICU is full and there is no one that can be safely moved out to one of the floors then the ER holds the patients. If need be, they'll transfer the patients out but Admin highly frowns upon...
    Jul 29, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. Random question: Would you wear a $300 watch to work
    Did Chanel's Fall 2013 Scrub line debut yet? lol:roflmao:
    Jul 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Random question: Would you wear a $300 watch to work
    The day my facility outlaws watches is the day I QUIT nursing! Clocks in the rooms frequently have dead batteries or no clocks at all because a patient stole it! I feel NAKED without a watch! I need...
    Jul 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Hospital nurses - is it really that bad?
    I'd have to say yes. I'm NOT a fan of the hospitality aspect that management has been drilling into us as of late! I am there to take care of a patient NOT make sure his girlfriend has a comfy pillow...
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Favorite CCRN Book
    Yep DEFINITELY Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio!!! I saw her live! I bought her CCRN CRAM on VHS and her CCRN review book. That and the Pass CCRN! questions disc helped me to pass CCRN on the first try!
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. Any recommendation on ICU apps
    I have Fast Facts by Kathy White on my iPhone in addition to her Peds app.
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  23. Learning to manage 2 patients?
    You just have to figure out a system to manage your time. And become really good at multi-tasking. If I'm with one patient, I have in the back of my mind thinking what I need to do for the other...
    Jun 26, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Ccrn
    I took the CCRN in March 2006 after working in the SICU/CCU for over 3 years. The hospital paid for the exam. I took the hospital sponsored CCRN review course and also took a live review class with...
    Jun 10, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Where do you prefer an IV?
    In the forearm of my non-dominant hand! I had surgery in April and the student nurse-anesthetist who was a former colleague of mine when I worked at that hospital, DIDN"T EVEN ASK where I wanted my...
    Jun 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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