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  1. New Grad Needs Experience
    What Missnurse said. No replacement for hospital experience. Start in the hospital, and forget about the EMT program. Unless you see your career path leading you to a first responder type position...
    Jul 29, '12
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  2. New Grad seeking ICU career path
    Starting out in Tele gives you a leg up on the competition for the TICU positions. TICU is competitive and there are fewer of those jobs; They are going to take people who have floor experience...
    Jul 29, '12
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  3. CEN to ICU?
    Greets, I'm a 10 year CEN ER nurse who is "looking to try something new". I've done ER from 100,000 + academic centers to 6 bed rural hospitals. I love the really sick patients and I like the...
    Apr 9, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. Your least favorite patient.
    Har har har. I love this thread. :rotfl: My least favorite are the ones with minor complaints and a condescending/demanding attitude. This is the nightmare scenario: Young couple late 20s,...
    Mar 31, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. Hiring freeze in VA and DC?
    The economy affects us all, but hospitals in the DC market are still hiring. GWU Hospital, and several INOVA locations (Mt. Vernon, Healthplex, Fairfax). As far as travel nursing goes,...
    Feb 21, '09
    Forum: Washington DC Nursing
  6. Is ICU too challenging for new grads?
    No no , and no! If ICU is really what you want to do, and you "really feel you belong", then there is no stopping you. Study hard, learn alot and you will succeed. This bogus "new grads can't...
    Oct 10, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Trauma ER or Level 3 ER!?!?
    More precisely, you can challenge (sit for the exam) for a paramedic certification as long as you have a BSN and a active RN licensure. -Craig RN, BSN, and others... :-)
    Oct 10, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Pt signed out AMA then died! what do you think?
    Did you contact the attending MD and get orders for this guy's AMA? Did you have the patient sign the AMA form and provide him detailed discharge instructions about what could have and what he...
    Oct 10, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Trauma ER or Level 3 ER!?!?
    You stated that your goal was to become a flight nurse. If that's the case, the big messy ER is where you'll need to get some experience. However, that may not be the best place for you. Allow me...
    Oct 10, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Who worked during nursing school?
    If you have to ask this question, then you do not need to work during nursing school. :-) Those of us that needed to pay rent, eat, put gas in the car, etc. etc.... we worked because there wasn't...
    Oct 10, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Do You Have To Work Med-surg??
    If you wanted to be a policeman, how much sense would it be to be a firefighter for a year? If you're a person who is certain that one specific specialty is what you want and have make it your...
    May 3, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Trauma Shears & Eye Protection suggestions, please.
    For shears, there is only one correct answer... http://www.bigshears.com (picture attached for proof) Suckers are big, too. Weigh about a pound (~400gm) They can cut thru anything. Denim,...
    Feb 11, '08
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  13. Ever watched old cartoons?
    I agree with your decision. The fact that this lady had risk factors out the wazoo is a side point. However, this doesn't sound like new onset cardiac pain. The salient points are: reproduceable...
    Jan 21, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Ever watched old cartoons?
    Ever seen when a character passes out? All the "color" drains out of him so that he's see-thru?? I ask for a reason. Keep reading. My pt is a young adult, transferred to us for a distal...
    Jan 13, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Does your ED/ER hire new grads? (and related ?s)
    Yes, they have internships and externships. Usually coincides with school graduations, but ideally they'll start a new grad training class whenever they're enough people. I think it's pretty...
    Jan 13, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. Took care of pt who tested positve for c-diff
    I;ll join the 'wash your hands' chorus. And remember; c-diff is unaffected by hand sanitizers or the alcohol hand rubs that are often used in lieu of handwashing. Don't stress. :-)
    Jan 13, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Traveling to Hawaii -need some advice bad:)
    :ahem: Seeing as how the s.o. is from Maui, allow me to expound on a few things. ;) Maui is god's country. Top 3 most beautiful places I've ever seen, bar none. People who live there, truly...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  18. FASTSTAFF, RNNetwork, and CrossCountry Travelers help me!
    Been with Cross Country for 2+ years, the same recruiter for 2 years solid, and I've had an excellent experience. Good pay, decent benefits, housing is the one wildcard. Sometimes, it's fantastic,...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  19. Travelers with One Year experience
    Ask someone with whom you work with (in a supervisory position) how they would rate your clinical competence and skills. Compare these to your own personal list of 'great good/bad' skills, and see...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  20. Please share your happy travel moments! New traveler with some serious jitters!
    Been traveling solid for 2+ years now. Seen Hawaii, mostly all of Florida, now staying in DC for a bit (2 years) before probably heading off to Texas. It's been great, assignments have been nearly...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  21. New Traveler
    Traveling is awesome. I'm seen more/done more/made more that I ever hoped to do working at one facility. Sure, there have been average & poor assignments, but the good outweighs the bad. If you're...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  22. Anybody work agency full time?
    I've been working agency/travel for 2+ years now, averaging 9 months per location (Hawaii, Jacksonville, Orlando, DC). It helps to go with a larger company if you want a selection of different...
    Jan 7, '08
    Forum: Agency Nurses
  23. Newbies - Keep an eye on your drunks!!
    There's lots of alcohol-related complaints here. I've found that the hospitals here would rather let the person "sober up" and then release to custody of a friend. Besides, if the person is a chronic...
    Nov 23, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. Newbies - Keep an eye on your drunks!!
    I thought you all would like to know... saw Bogan up in the ICU: AAO x 3, GCS 15, with no neurologic deficits. Bogan will most likely be downgraded to telemetry by tomorrow. :-) :balloons: ...
    Nov 12, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. Newbies - Keep an eye on your drunks!!
    A little story for your weekend coffee... allow me to paint a picture for ya. ***** 0030 on a weekday night, in a usually busy (but not tonight) Level 1 ER. You're doing your thing, got 4 patients...
    Nov 11, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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