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  1. Surviving my first RN job
    You, my friend, unfortunately seem to be stuck in a "nurses eating their young" scenario. This is both unfortunate and frustrating. In my experience there are two things you can do. 1) Try to...
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  2. Is it too much?
    Nope. As long as you have a strong resume and cover letter to back up your enthusiasm you can never apply for too many jobs. If/when you're called to interview, do make sure you have a strong...
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  3. When it rains, it pours. Job decisions.
    OR RN job, no contest. Working as an OR RN (even in a surgical center as opposed to a hospital) will be a better knowledge base and learning experience than an Epic implementation tech. Trust me....
    Mar 8
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  4. Sepsis + Antibiotics = Severe Hypotension?
    I kind of want to put this on a post-it and stick it in our fishbowl. Or maybe just tattoo is on my hand so I can easily flash it to the doc the next time we get someone who is hypotensive,...
    Mar 4
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. Is 1-year ED experience enough to apply elsewhere?
    One year is sort of the golden rule of thumb. Emergency nursing looks especially good on your resume because you're expected to deal with a variety of things and be flexible. I'd suggest polishing...
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. Calling In Sick: Dealing With Mental Illness At Work, Part 2
    I disclosed that I had a history of depression which I treated with therapy and meds, but stated that at this point I was not in therapy and had weaned myself off all meds -- which is true as far as...
    Oct 16, '13
    Forum: Nurses With Disabilities
  7. How long did it take you to master inserting an IV?
    Oh man, this question hits so close to home right now. I have a year of experience in the ED, and I still dread having to drop a line in someone. Don't get me wrong -- I will never refuse to TRY,...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Best snack food
    Granola-type bars, nuts, apples with peanut butter or caramel, cheese and pepperoni, hummus with pita chips, potato chips, doritos, m&ms... I try to bring a variety of shelf-stable stuff and stash...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. Emergency Room Skills
    As long as a patient is in possession of at least some of their mental faculties (e.g. not post-ictal, in the throes of a mental health crisis or suffering from dementia) I can make peace and...
    Oct 6, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    I just changed jobs, and I think the move illustrates the pay difference you can get moving into a larger metro area. Former Job: 1. PA (SE but on the very edge of what could be considered the...
    Oct 5, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. ED computer systems
    We just went from PulseCheck in the ED to EPIC housewide. There has been a learning curve but for the most part everyone has adjusted well. We have 74 beds, not counting the 2 trauma bays plus the...
    Aug 5, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Philadelphia area job market?
    My casual search has shown that in general hospitals are posting more RN positions. Unfortunately most of these are still wanting experience. About 40%-50% are looking for someone with a BSN. ...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  13. What other types of jobs options can I explore besides floor nursing?
    I have a similar query. I am a new(ish) grad on her 3rd career and working in a very busy ED. I love what I do and I love the ED -- it was the ONLY place I ever wanted to work. Unfortunately I can...
    Apr 30, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  14. Do you know where you are?
    I work night shift and half the time I can't appropriately answer "What day is it/what's the date?"
    Apr 11, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  15. Do you know where you are?
    Oh man, I get some absolutely stunning answers to this in the ED. :banghead:
    Apr 11, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  16. Tying Patient Satisfaction to Medicare Reimbursement is Problematic
    This pretty much articulates every objection I have to these stupid patient satisfaction surveys in a clear, concise nutshell. Essentially I won't get a raise for providing quick, competent,...
    Mar 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  17. LOC or ABC first?
    If you're missing the A, B or C, the LOC won't matter because your patient will be done for in a matter of minutes. Whereas a patient with a decreased or fluctuating LOC can still maintain their own...
    Feb 28, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. Looking for Nursing Accessories
    I was hoping you all could help point me towards some places to shop for two things I'm having trouble finding. One, I am looking for a badge reel that has a celtic knot design on it. I googled...
    Feb 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  19. What's the BEST nursing shoes?
    I have three pairs of work shoes I rotate through which help with different problems. I wear my Danskos for my 12 hours shifts because they completely eliminate the knee and back pain I get from...
    Feb 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  20. Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more!
    While I doubt you'll get in any trouble since you no longer work at the facility, you did kind of burn your bridges when you called up and quit without notice. No judgement -- it sounded like a...
    Jan 30, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Had My First Conflict With A Preceptor Today
    She is an excellent nurse and I would totally not mind working with her as a coworker. But as a preceptor I feel like she sort of abandoned me and hung me out to dry. We had a difficult assignment,...
    Jan 23, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. A word to the new, the inexperienced, the overwhelmed and the mystified
    I could have used this reminder-cum-laugh today, but I will carry it with me for the next time when I feel like I am incompetent, am drowning and will NEVER get to your level. Every nurse starts...
    Jan 23, '13
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  23. Passed my Boards Last Week, I got a Job...Confused
    Unless you live in a place where multiple facilities are hiring new grads (and there are some out there), take the job. Look at it this way: Take the job you've been offered. If your current...
    Jan 19, '13
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance
  24. Lining and labs/ hemolyzed specimens
    Per our department policy, our lab techs/phleebs are supposed to do all lab draws on our patients separate from nurses starting IV sites in order to reduce hemolysis of specimens. I'm kind of...
    Jan 18, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. How to be competitive for a new grad program?
    I'm from PA so my experiences may not translate exactly, but here's what I have learned in a tough job market (Philly metro area). Get a job as an NA/PCA/whatever on a floor with an acuity level you...
    Jan 18, '13
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance


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