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  1. Highest blood pressure ever recorded
    Wow, glad to see you are ok! Definitely the highest I have ever seen with a good outcome, but that's just 2 years of critical care experience (4 total).
    Oct 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. sedation
    It is absolutely a hit-or-miss drug. I think it is worth a shot as long as your docs leave you something to use if it isn't effective. I have mostly found it useful for patients that have had long...
    Sep 30
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. Fluid bolus by gravity or pump?
    If it is non-urgent (low urine output, mild hypotension, etc.) then I use the pump. If I am really trying to get it in then I am using a pressure bag. I don't generally just let it hang because there...
    Sep 30
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. Your PROPOFOL stories wanted
    I love propofol. I have certainly seen symptomatic bradycardia as well as significant hypotension in certain patients, but if a patient has required continuous sedation for more than 48 hours we...
    Sep 30
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. What's your nursing kryptonite?
    I just learned mine today- yeast infections. Had a patient with one so bad you could smell rotten vag in the hallway... Pardon my french while I go vomit
    Aug 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Do you hear nurses will take over respiratory work?
    I second what most people have said here. I don't think it would be unreasonable to go without RT, however their in-depth knowledge about ventilators/settings in general is very helpful. I think it...
    Jun 8
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  7. Only a nurse will understand...
    Just this past week I was working nights. I generally can only sleep 5-6 hours during the day, and by the time my 3rd shift rolls around I'm dead beat. My (new) husband needs a little training, he...
    May 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. You know you're a nurse if...
    That sounds perfect! A Newfie will be our next :)
    May 12
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  9. The newest and coolest thing you've ever done
    ^ sounds about right ;) Fun haldol story: 20mg q6h atc with 10mg prn q4h... But we fixed his delirium in 24 hrs! Of course we were watching his QTC
    May 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Interventions without MD orders
    In nursing school do you learn how to calculate a free water deficit? I didn't. If you don't know that how do you know what rate the solution should run at? Do you know whether a patient should have...
    May 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. The newest and coolest thing you've ever done
    Precedex is the bane of my existence. Every now and then we get an attending who thinks we can replace propofol running at 80 with precedex...of course only titrating by what, 0.2 q15 minutes? Or...
    May 11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. You know you're a nurse if...
    Can I turn this into a pet thread?!?? Dexter is so cute! I'm not going to hijack the thread, when I was out of town my dog bloated and the boarding facility took him into the emergency vet for...
    May 11
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  13. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    Maybe the bad scores are coming from normal visitors that don't like seeing crazy people walking around in their underwear in the hospital.
    Apr 30
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. Are 24-Hour Open Visitation Policies a Bad Idea? (Yes)
    We have an open visiting policy, but when explaining the policy to families I ALWAYS include the caveat that the nurse reserves the right to limit visitors according to patient needs. I am open and...
    Apr 21
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  15. New grad struggling...should I stick it out?
    One last piece of input: if you decide to stay and a year from now you feel comfortable and confident and have a good relationship with your boss, you really should talk with them about extending...
    Apr 5
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. New grad struggling...should I stick it out?
    For what it's worth, I truly don't think a 12 week orientation to the ICU is sufficient for a new grad. Where I work it is 6 months for a new grad, 12 weeks for an experienced floor nurse, and 4-6...
    Apr 5
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Assertiveness, Having an "edge". Advice needed
    ^ Exactly. Being assertive is not synonymous with being mean. It is having confidence in knowing what is right for the patient. When I have a family agitating my patient I don't just tell them to...
    Mar 24
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. ICU Nurse in USA To Ask Questions Of
    As others have said, this will greatly depend on the type of ICU you are in. I work in a 650 bed teaching hospital MICU (affiliated with a university). As such all of the ICUs are specialized, and...
    Mar 24
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. Leaving the nursing field after 3 years
    We got three boxes of Russell stovers for 8 staff.... Plates upon plates of cookies... I'm fat today and goodness if that doesn't do wonders for my job satisfaction. What can I say, I'm easy to...
    Dec 26, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  20. Have you ever had an accident driving to work in a snow storm?
    You've got that right. I have grown up in the northeast, victim to lake effect snow, major snowstorms, ice storms, and combinations of all three. Weather is a fact of life. Part of being an adult is...
    Dec 16, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. looking for my niche in nursing
    In the NICU are you using your resources? I started in the MICU after two years but had my orientation during "slow season," which meant I had NO sickies while I was on orientation. That meant that...
    Dec 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Do I have what it takes to become a CRNA?
    Deleted post, I'll send you a PM instead
    Dec 11, '13
    Forum: Student Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  23. Any INTJ personality nurses out there…I need help in choosing any advance nursing car
    Just because we are INTJ's does NOT mean that we make bad/unhappy bedside nurses. I definitely thrive in the ICU. Even though I am an introvert, I still like people. I just can't give give give all...
    Dec 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Charge nurse
    Making the next shift schedule, helping to facilitate/coordinate discharges and admissions, helping out where needed on the floor/floating, and (ICU) responding to code blues throughout the hospital....
    Oct 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    Put a bandage on my ankle today and had to stop myself from putting the date on it.
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes