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  1. 8 months in and suddenly can't start an IV!
    This is almost certainly the root of the "problem". It's a skill that takes a combination of finesse, focus, and confidence, and a blow to your confidence can make it seem suddenly impossible. But...
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. ED specific supply costs
    In our department we use the sticky disposable probes, charged to the patient, on anyone who needs continuous O2 monitoring (less likely to come off than the reusable ones) and staff carry pocket O2...
    Sep 14, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. Relocating to Ft Campbell--job prospects??
    Skyline Medical Center is pursuing level II trauma designation. It's about a 45 minute drive from Clarksville, but a significant portion of the staff is from Clarksville or even KY and it's...
    Aug 30, '13
    Forum: Tennessee Nursing
  4. We don't need your kind here
    Agree with you on most points, but please remember: BSN-prepared nurses are not "higher-licensed" and ADN and diploma-prepared nurses are not "lower-licensed". And RN is an RN and a would-be magnet...
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. What is the "best" stethoscope for the ED?
    Another vote for ultra scopes. Back when I was a student, I borrowed one from an instructor and suddenly had that "oh THAT'S what we're listening for" moment. I told my mom, an ED physician, about...
    Jun 8, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. Poop Free Nursing Jobs in the Hospital?
    This. I was surprised to have gotten so far in the thread before seeing this suggestion. I have a lot of sympathy for the OP; poop doesn't bother me but phlegm and the smell of flaky/greasy skin...
    Jun 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Tech vs. RN
    This! A million times. It's one thing to recognize that at any given moment you have different legal rights and responsibilities, but another to assume that that completely defines your relative...
    Jun 2, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. 2013 Nashville Area New Grad Pay
    His reported shift diffs are inaccurate so it's likely the pay rates are too.
    Jun 1, '13
    Forum: Tennessee Nursing
  9. will hospitals hire with 6 months CCU experience?
    They may, and some new grads do change jobs within their first year. But if you've already found one job in the specialty you're interested in, it would be smart to hold it for at least a year. ...
    May 31, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  10. Nursing Program for Low GPA
    This. It's possible to rescue your GPA and change fields to nursing after a lackluster performance in a previous area of study, and I know multiple nurses, including myself, who have done so. But in...
    May 31, '13
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  11. Triage complaints- the good, the bad, and the shocking.
    "My right foot hurts really bad." "Did you injure it?" "No." "How long has it been hurting?" "Pretty much my entire life." Sigh.
    May 31, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Shoes for a new student
    I've tried various nurse-specific brands of shoes, and my best luck has been with plain old running shoes, the kind of thing designed to take a beating on the pavement and protect your knees. If you...
    May 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  13. Disgusted with nursing career
    Whoa, what? I'm sorry you don't like your job but if you aren't advocating for your patients and reporting *witnessed abuse*, maybe nursing isn't the right career for you! That it bums you out should...
    May 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Per Diem Nurses?
    As a new grad in Florida a few years ago, that's what I would have started at in the hospital setting if I hadn't moved out of state. I've had a few hospital jobs throughout the southeast and the pay...
    Apr 21, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. From the floor to the ER
    I spent several years on med-surg before switching to the ER. The biggest transition by far was breaking the habit of doing full head-to-toe assessments in favor of focused assessments. It felt like...
    Mar 30, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Triage-How is it done in your ER?
    Until recently, esi. Now we do straight back and triage in the room, and the triage nurse is not allowed to stay and help. So basically the triage nurse is a greeter until all the rooms are full....
    Mar 16, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. State surveyor in LTC
    Is putting a paper barrier down before priming IV tubing considered best practice where you work? I've never heard of or seen it done, and I can't imagine a rationale for it. If you didn't do...
    Mar 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  18. Bachelor of Science with Major in Nursing versus BSN?!
    I don't think this is a distinction that any hiring manager anywhere is going to care about. That said do be sure to check the accreditation of the program. Make sure it is accredited and that the...
    Feb 18, '13
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  19. Upfront payment for non emergent conditions
    We do it at our hospital. I think it's great- the providers don't love it (since they have to do the screening but don't get reimbursed) but it saves a ton of nursing time (and aside from saving our...
    Feb 18, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  20. Feeling miserable nearly a year
    Nursing is not for everyone- and even for people who are really called to nursing, not every specialty and position in nursing is a good fit for every nurse. It sounds like you're in a really...
    Feb 18, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
    As a new grad you won't neccesarily make more money as a BSN- some hospitals pay more to BSNs but some don't, and it's rarely a large difference for equivalent work- one hospital I worked at offered...
    Nov 1, '12
    Forum: Tennessee Nursing
  22. What gadgets/tools do you own?
    My scrub pockets always have alcohol swabs, flushes, swabcaps for luerlocks, iv tubing caps, a pen, and a carpuject syringe (and at the start of most shifts, tape and a scissors, but they rarely...
    Oct 11, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  23. Help! Need some career advice, two job offers.
    If I'm reading your post correctly, one job is full time and reasonably well-paid, while the other is PRN and extremely underpaid. Even leaving aside the issues related to specialty, that seems like...
    Oct 9, '12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  24. Scrubs that won't make me look like a blimp...
    I'm 5'4 and a slim but very curvy hourglass (34D) and I love, love, love the Wonderwink line, especially their "2-stretch" and "utility girl" scrubs. The tops with the toggles/drawstrings under the...
    Oct 4, '12
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  25. Working in a christian place while being an atheist?
    I'm a non-believer working at a secular hospital in an extremely religious part of the country- my patients and coworkers frequently make religious comments, specifically religious comments assuming...
    Sep 14, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality