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  1. Winter 2015 Article Contest Top 10: You Pick 4 Winners
    Awwww, you all have me blushing!! Thank you so much!!!
    Apr 20
    Forum: allnurses News and Announcements
  2. One of Our Own
    Vampiregirl— you are so right! I was given the exact same message when I started in EMS— "it's not your emergency." Like you, it has gotten me through many calls. I've also used and passed along the...
    Mar 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Poor doesn't always mean poor
    I've done two medical missions to the extremely rural and poor portions of the Dominican Republic (no running water or electricity, donkeys are the main source of transportation, dirt floor and...
    Mar 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. One of Our Own
    Thanks tnbutterfly! I sincerely hope this was a once-in-a-career type situation (knock on wood!). I will certainly consider writing about some of my more "interesting" patients, though!!
    Mar 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. One of Our Own
    You guys crack me up! Writing is soooo not my thing!! I've been putting off getting my BSN only because I HATE writing papers! Stupid, I know. Personal topics are a little different, though. ...
    Mar 8
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. One of Our Own
    Macawake, you are so right! Your words are some of the first that are comforting. So many "think" they know how I feel and offer kind words, but they don't bring comfort. I know they mean well, and I...
    Mar 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. One of Our Own
    In the fire and EMS department we become a family. We work 24 hour shifts several times per week with the same people. We work hard and play hard. We share holidays, meals and sleep in the same...
    Mar 6
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Beyond Burnout: What is Compassion Fatigue?
    Been there, done that. I LOVE the high acuity, technology, and independence of the ICU. It was the unrealistic family members, physicians that didn't want to discuss the real prognosis, and...
    Feb 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Denying death as a society
    Soooo very true, and exactly why I'm taking a breather from the ICU. Like others have mentioned, I have also found that families are more receptive if it is first presented as "it's time" rather...
    Jan 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Skype Interview with Cruise Line
    Approach the interview as you would any other. It was exactly the same as any in-person interview I've done, just through a computer screen. Dress as you would any other interview, have your rsum, list...
    Dec 16, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  11. Intubation - confused about orders
    You are a pt advocate. It is perfectly acceptable for you to speak up in a professional manner. I have and will continue to do so for my pts. They are relying on us to do that! After reading your...
    Dec 12, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  12. Skype Interview with Cruise Line
    Sure!! Ask away!! as far as shifts, it was 24 hours on and 24 hours off. When I say 24 hours on, I mean I didn't get to sleep and worked for 24 hours straight.
    Nov 26, '14
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  13. Cruise Ship Nursing Anyone?
    Yup— been there, done that. You'll learn real quick that US employment standards are pretty posh! I worked 100-120 hours per week on less money than I made landside. Living quarters were tiny...
    Nov 23, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  14. Had to code my best friends husband
    Hind sight is always 20/20. It's not easy to turn off the criticism, but it sounds like you did everything you could to get him to take care of himself. Please know that you were a loving friend to...
    Oct 13, '14
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  15. PARAMEDICS IN THE ED...Do you have them????
    PLEASE don't call EMS providers "ambulance drivers!" I can run a full ACLS/PALS/NRP cardiac arrest and initiate hypothermia. I can RSI and intubate. I can perform a chricothyrotomy. I can rescue...
    Sep 11, '14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. sedation
    Precedex is not intended to be the sole drug for sedation when used for longer term (not immediately prior to extubation). By using precedex in addition to another sedative, the amount of that...
    Sep 3, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Difference between ICU and ER nurses
    "Sit down and critically think..." Ha! I wish! It's more like running like a chicken with its head cut off while doing ten things at once, keeping track of orders, vitals, drips, tests, charting,...
    May 11, '14
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  18. RN Shift Report Sheets - New Grad
    You are very welcome, ICURNBSN!! I posted that four years ago and have made multiple revisions as my pt population changes. I have since worked in an "all in one" ICU and now work as a critical care...
    Apr 9, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. What do you wear to an interview for a RN position?
    I always wear a suit. Studies show the interviewer makes their decision within the first 30 seconds of meeting you. Appearance is a major influence. Elude confidence (but not overly so). Remember...
    Apr 5, '14
    Forum: Nursing Interview Help
  20. Girl Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy
    Thanks, GrnTea for the push! I just dropped my note in the mail. Hugs to those nurses, techs, etc!!
    Jan 15, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  21. Girl Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy
    Wrong head, Spidey!!
    Jan 9, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  22. Girl Brain Dead after Tonsillectomy
    I find it hard to believe that any reputable transport company (flight or ground) would accept the transfer of a deceased body. In the pre-hospital arena we don't get as much of a say, but in...
    Jan 5, '14
    Forum: Nursing News
  23. Nurse with anxiety/depression
    It sounds like you are having a rough time right now. If you look around here on Allnurses and over in the Breakroom, you will find that many of us on this site have depression, anxiety, bipolar, and...
    Nov 26, '13
    Forum: Home Health Nursing
  24. Higher Nurse Staffing Levels May Mean Fewer CMS Penalties
    What a novel concept! From Medscape: Higher Nurse Staffing Levels May Mean Fewer CMS Penalties
    Oct 15, '13
    Forum: Nursing News
  25. What Are The Most Creative Call-off Excuses You Have Heard?
    A co-worker called out because their "fish was sick." Seriously! Apparently it was some high dollar exotic fish that they had to take to a vet (didn't know vets cared for fish-- learn something new...
    Sep 24, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism