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  1. Isolette Practices
    I try to dissuade them from even popping when reintubating (if it is a semi-controlled situation). The trays slide out and spin, so the lower half of the baby can remain in the warm environment. I...
    Apr 4
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  2. How long until day shift on your unit?
    Whoatemyburger: You work in a NICU where there's *high* turnover?? I don't think I've ever heard of such a place.
    Apr 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  3. Isolette Practices
    There is data that speaks to the possibility of it taking hours for the box and baby temps to stabilize after having the "top popped." I only open if ABSOLUTELY necessary. And it usually isn't.
    Apr 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  4. Has anyone ever 'taped' a gravity feed?
    Yes, there is literature that speaks to the benefits of gravity bolus feeds versus pump feeds. I'll dig through my stuff when I get a moment and post some links. My hospital used to use syringe...
    Apr 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  5. How long until day shift on your unit?
    Depending on the availability, often after 1-2 years you can get a day/night rotation. Our unit only rotates folks 1-3 nights/4 week schedule. But for straight days? 12's will take 26+years. ...
    Apr 1
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  6. Bar Code Medication Administration NICU Style
    Hello everyone! My institution (teritiary care, Level IIIc NICU) is moving to scanning for med administration soon. I have been charged with the task of polling other NICU's to find out how you...
    Mar 31
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. MRSA Best Practices?
    Same here, every baby that enters our unit gets swabbed on admission, every Monday (unless positive, then they are no longer screened), and on transfer or discharge.
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  8. MRSA Best Practices?
    We have been using CHG wipes on our neonates for a little over a year. We only decolonize if they turn positive, though (CHG wipe baths for seven days, and Bactroban Nasal Ointment 2% to nares and...
    Nov 18, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  9. MRSA Best Practices?
    Hello fellow NICU folk! I am working on MRSA best practices and am trying to get a sense (beyond what the “Consensus Statement of the Chicago-Area Neonatal MRSA Working Group” says) of what *your*...
    Nov 14, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  10. Visitation during handoff
    We are all private rooms (Level IIIc) and visitors are allowed at all times. We have now also moved to bedside report (standing in the patient room, parents and visitors present!) to allow parents...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  11. Patient's Families as Facebook Friends....
    I would say about 40% of our staff are friends are with current patients, probably close to 60% are friends with previous patients and families. I do have a problem with it. I won't do it. I have...
    Mar 7, '11
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  12. arterial stab policy on your units?
    If you've ever had an art stick, you'd understand why I am about to say what I'm going to say. I HATE THEM!!!!! Lots of our RN's will do them to get "larger" samples of blood (and not even try a...
    Mar 7, '11
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  13. open visitation/ 24/7
    I work across the state from you, Kalamazoo, and we have open visitation 24/7. We have been that way for at least six years and I still dislike it. Only the parents are allowed to stay in the rooms...
    Mar 7, '11
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  14. Bereavement
    We send cards after death, six months, and then at a year out. We order our cards (and a nice natural paper box) from Memories Unlimited, Inc http://www.memoriesunlimited.com/ Our transporters...
    Oct 10, '10
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  15. How long did you study for the RNC exam?
    My hospital just paid for us to take the NICU review course that Dr. Verklan gives. It was quite thorough and good. Seriously, vent changes??? That's not even in my scope of practice! How can...
    Oct 10, '10
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  16. Need help from everyone re: communication devices.
    THANK YOU to all who have replied. Keep them coming, folks! Anyone use iPhones?
    Aug 29, '10
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  17. Need help from everyone re: communication devices.
    Hello fellow NICU folks. We are building a new hospital and our NICU is going from 9 to 12 bed rooms to all single care rooms. Needless to say it's quite an adjustment for most of us. I've been...
    Aug 16, '10
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  18. baby sitting primary after discharge
    Many, many, many of my co-workers do it. Quite a few go to birthday parties and exchange cards and go to lunch together, too. I do not. I feel like I'm putting them out of the nest and sending...
    Nov 25, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  19. Question about your unit
    I work in a 40 bed (can be up to 43) Level IIIc NICU (once called a Level IV, but now the max is Level IIIc) in a large teaching hospital. We have inborns as well as transports and our own transport...
    Nov 25, '08
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  20. Rounds
    I am in a moderate sized (40 bed) Level IIIc NICU at a teaching hospital. All our rounding services expect RN input. We have had to beg, borrow, steal, plead and threaten to get them to this point....
    Nov 21, '08
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  21. soluset/buretrol tubing
    Us too, though the ER used to put them on all peds/neonatal cases (even though they used pumps just like the units did). When they hit the admitting unit they were promptly thrown away.
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  22. Is a new grad in the Burn/Trauma ICU to specialized
    I think you will be fine. One thing I learned very early on was that trauma and burns do not discriminate... What does that mean? Well, think about who might be involved in a car accident or a...
    Nov 17, '08
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  23. Do you allow rings of any kind in your NICU??? and other infection questions...
    About a year and a half ago we went to nothing below the elbows for the staff. We totally wish it included visitors! We do not allow any fleece clothing and have recently started to make nurses...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  24. Vancomycin & lipids
    Vanc used to be incompatible with lipids in our med books, but in the past year it has listed them as compatible. Amp can be given at a rate of 100mg per minute, so I just turn off my TPN and...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  25. Do you swab for MRSA upon admission?
    I work in an academic Level IIIc NICU (in case anyone is using these answers to benchmark) and we swab all admits, transfers and then weekly every Monday. We used to put all transfers into...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal


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