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  1. What baby catches you every time?
    Agreed! Someone else can have them when they're big and grunty, but I LOVE taking care of the micro dots :) we have a 300ish gram baby now that just blows my mind. Crazy how someone so small can...
    Apr 20
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  2. Formula issues
    I wish we used similac, but we use enfamil mostly and Gerber for our term kids. I hate the Gerber too! I really feel like part of the GI upset with some of our NAS babies is caused by the Gerber...
    Apr 18
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  3. There has to be a BETTER WAY to obtain a blood sample.
    A-MEN! Our satisfaction scores are in the toilet and it's because people like the OP are the ones who take the time to fill out the surveys and there is nothing we can do to make them happy, even...
    Apr 9
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  4. Bar Code Medication Administration NICU Style
    Sorry, I only meant to quote the part about putting a sticker on the computer :)
    Mar 31
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  5. How long until day shift on your unit?
    Most of the night shifters where I work are there by choice, so the few who do want to go to days don't have many people to compete with whenever a daytime position opens up. I know I certainly have...
    Mar 31
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  6. Bar Code Medication Administration NICU Style
    We used to do this, but infection control had a fit and our managers put an end to it. We just put a sticker on our brain sheets now if we need it to be close by :)
    Mar 31
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  7. Bar Code Medication Administration NICU Style
    We attach a crib card with a patient label on it to the bed to scan. Even if the baby has ID bands on (most do, but the little ones have them taped to their beds) they are hand written and we don't...
    Mar 31
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  8. Can we talk about breastfeeding and breastmilk please?
    This brings up a good point for me. I'm all for breastfeeding and I don't have a problem helping a mom do it as much as I can, but you mention syringes, we don't use them but we do use cups...and I...
    Mar 25
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  9. What baby catches you every time?
    I always feel like an awful person when I have a downs baby, but I just don't enjoy taking care of them. I'll cuddle them all day long, they're sweet as can be, but they drain me when I'm responsible...
    Mar 24
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  10. What baby catches you every time?
    I love NAS babies. They're always just so beautiful and sweet. I have all the patience in the world for them because it is SO not their fault that they're so fussy. I hate it when I have a heavy...
    Mar 23
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  11. Taking assignment near tax home?
    I'm clear on the tax benefits, I was wondering about this. I didn't know if there was a "rule" saying you aren't eligible to take travel position if you live in the area. Thank you.
    Mar 23
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  12. Speaking of tape residue...(and other pet peeves)
    Such a pathetic statement, but so true of so many things. Speaking of lab, I won't be surprised to see lab techs get banned from my unit by the time I'm finished working here. They took most of the...
    Mar 23
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  13. NICU unit secretary at nights?
    My unit wouldn't be able to function at night without them. They input all of our admission orders, order any blood products that we need, are able to run to the blood bank/pharmacy/lab if we need...
    Mar 22
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  14. Speaking of tape residue...(and other pet peeves)
    Another one that's popping out at me after working tonight...leaving trash in beds. I found so many chloroprep swabs and syringe caps! Grr!
    Mar 22
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  15. Speaking of tape residue...(and other pet peeves)
    Ha! Like OCD, but in alphabetical order like it should be. Love it.
    Mar 21
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  16. Taking assignment near tax home?
    I was browsing through articles about travel nursing and one mentioned that to legitimize a tax home, the nurse could take one assignment a year there....but if that's your tax home and permanent...
    Mar 19
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  17. Speaking of tape residue...(and other pet peeves)
    Yeah, that's a big one too. We've gotten in the habit of using the teddy bears from the little tegaderms instead because it's not worth fighting with some of the RTs who insist on using the dots...
    Mar 18
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  18. Speaking of tape residue...(and other pet peeves)
    Love all of these! One little thing that really drives me crazy is when the baby is on a cannula and the dots are put on so that one side's tab is up and the other side' stab is down! Obviously not a...
    Mar 18
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  19. What cars do you all drive?
    Looking for some input from current travelers, I'm thinking about getting a new vehicle soon but I'm only planning to stay where I'm at for another year or two before I begin traveling. The general...
    Mar 18
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  20. Has anyone ever 'taped' a gravity feed?
    I've never done feedings this way so I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Is there a benefit to that over using a syringe pump? The only thing I can think of is not wasting the 2mls...
    Mar 16
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  21. Interesting cases anyone?
    Yes! So cool! Freaked me out at first though because no one had mentioned that this baby had it and I was a pretty new nurse...after some research I learned about it and had everyone I saw come over...
    Mar 14
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  22. Has anyone ever 'taped' a gravity feed?
    This is interesting to me, because my unit always puts it on a feeding pump...we confirm placement and check residual before we start it and make sure it's well taped. (The exception being less that...
    Mar 12
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  23. Timing of antibiotics
    Ditto Our unit also stocks Amp in the Pyxis while Gent has to come up from pharmacy, so that's another reason the Amp gets administered first.
    Mar 4
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  24. SCHOOL PROJECT: What are the effects of being a neonatal nurse? Please Help
    You're lucky. One of the hardest things about working in NICU is the unexpected deaths. It's usually rapid onset sepsis or NEC, but it is very possible for a baby to go from fine (room air, eating...
    Feb 27
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  25. Isolette Practices
    We try to limit popping the top, but it's not really a huge deal in most cases. If the baby's temp is stable enough, we can pop the top if we need a better angle or more room to accomplish a task....
    Feb 27
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal


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