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  1. Wrist tattoo in Nursing
    I have tattoos. Turns out that due to "discrimination policies" they can't do anything about it. In the job interview I covered them up :)
    Sep 28
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  2. Berlin's and toddlers
    How horrible. In our PICU, we have volunteers (we can have "special requests if the nurses call down to the volunteer dept") for active PICU kids although this is rare to happen. Also, I ask...
    Sep 28
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  3. Tell me about your first pt to code...
    I work in a cardiac cath lab, and we had a patient last week who had V-tach for 2 days! Conscious, BP systolic ranging between 90-120, happy sitting up and chatting. Said he felt fine, a bit dizzy...
    Sep 28
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. Tell me about your first pt to code...
    Pulseless V-tach is when there is no "pulse" (ie you can't feel the beat at the wrist or carotid) however there is V-tach showing on the machine, because ventricular tachycardia is actually happening...
    Sep 28
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. Tell me about your first pt to code...
    Chances are, the colostomy bag will explode, or the tube dislodge, during CPR. It just happens. It's not the priority, and can be fixed afterwards. It means poop everywhere. If you are a "spare...
    Sep 28
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  6. Tell me about your first pt to code...
    When I was a new grad, my work put me through an advanced life support course as I am in a cardiac cath lab, so needed the skills. This enabled me to learn a) recognising a code, b) what to do during...
    Sep 28
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  7. Question on reacting to tachycardic afib
    The risk of throwing a clot is well under 1%, and usually happens when a patient goes from AF to sinus (ie post-cardioversion).
    Sep 28
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  8. EKG tips and tricks in the ER?
    Just so you know, those "computer interpretations" are very very often wrong. They are most certainly not to be relied on. Frequently I get "AF" when it's really flutter and vice versa. Incorrect...
    Sep 28
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. Burned out and hate nursing
    I felt like that myself, I intensely disliked the ward and in fact during nursing school I questioned whether I wanted to be a nurse at all. At the end of nursing school, as a new grad, I was then...
    Sep 28
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Cath lab vs ICU
    I love the CCL. It's a faster pace than the ICU!! The on call depends on teh facility, and we don't have that much on call.
    Sep 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  11. Difference between apical pulse and pulse monitored on display
    Monitors can be fooled by you shaking one of the heart leads!
    Sep 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  12. Acls and pals course
    Really important to have a hands-on course. The one we did required a physical test at teh end to make sure we could handle CPR, and do it properly. We verbalised when to give each drug, what to do...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  13. PPM Question
    I don't know what type of machine you are using, so can't advise you. However, I hope you realise how important it is to know how to use one of these. If the pacer stops working (or you program it...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. MI post heparin drip
    If a patient is on heparin and we need to reverse it (which is very rare), we could reverse the heparin. Actually, in the cath lab, we usually GIVE heparin!
    Sep 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  15. Question on reacting to tachycardic afib
    I don't see what the concern is. If the patient is asymptomatic all that needs to be done is trial of amioadorone or something similar, and to be put on anti-coagulants if they aren't already. The...
    Sep 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  16. Opinions sought
    Yup, that sounds like a great background for a cath lab. I would suggest you learn your ECGs in and out, and also do an advanced life support course, and an ECG course.
    Sep 25
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  17. A Nursing Student with Epilepsy?
    2 years for a drivers license here in Australia. And I have mine.
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. A Nursing Student with Epilepsy?
    I am a registered nurse and have well controlled epilepsy. I struggled to get through nursing school a fair bit due to memory issues, and even now struggle with memory issues (side effect of epilepsy...
    Sep 25
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Brain lesions and excessive sleepiness.
    I would wonder if this "sleeping in mid sentence" is related to a seizure? Has the patient had an EEG? It's odd that that occurs. Lesions can cause epileptic-like seizures.
    Sep 25
    Forum: Neurological Nursing
  20. Post care of a perclose?
    I work in a cath lab. Post care is checking the groin every 15 minutes afterwards (like a normal groin post cath, with no perclose). We instruct the patient of normal care of the groin afterwards....
    Sep 22
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  21. Cath Lab on call schedules?
    We have 2 labs and are a fairly busy lab. We rotate with an EN and an RN on (or two RNs) each on call, and have an appropriate skill mix. It works out that we are on call about every 3rd...
    Sep 22
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  22. Central line dressing question
    I would also be concerned about skin intergrity from repeated dressing changes.
    May 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Pediatric Psych?
    I used to work in a paeds psych unit that was within a major childrens hospital. We primarily had eating disorders and mood disorders. Occasionally we would also get early-onset psychosis. We had 2...
    Mar 30
    Forum: Pediatric Nursing
  24. Allergy to epi
    Frequently my patients say they are "allergic" to a medication, when in actual fact their symptoms were side-effects, not allergies. The most common is nausea and vomiting from drugs (not actually...
    Mar 30
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  25. Lesbians (LGB) in OB Nursing
    I've never had a problem, and am a lesbian. I don't shout it out to the hillside, but if someone asked (which they haven't), I wouldn't hide it. It's my private business, and my colleagues respect...
    Mar 11
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing


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