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  1. Mercy Ships
    Not sure if anyone's still reading this thread, but hi from the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Pointe Noire, Congo! :) I've worked with Mercy Ships for nearly 6 years now, so I can answer any...
    Jan 4
    Forum: Volunteer Nursing
  2. How to teach in West Africa
    I am indeed on the Africa Mercy! Well, not right now ... I'm home for a quick vacation, but I'm headed back soon. Have you been? Or are you coming? =)
    Jan 9, '10
    Forum: Patient Education
  3. cup feeding
    Just as a disclaimer right at the start here: I live on a ship in Africa, so the resources we deal with are WAY more primitive than what you've got. That being said, we cup feed a ton over here. ...
    Sep 28, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  4. I kind of need a hug.
    Jersey? Jersey?! Can you just stop by and say hi to my family for me while you're that close?! ;-)
    Aug 24, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  5. I kind of need a hug.
    Just as an update - the little one who got intubated on Saturday went back to Jesus this morning. His kidneys shut down overnight, and he was in full-blown ARDS, and when the dad came in to visit...
    Aug 24, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  6. I kind of need a hug.
    For once I'm posting an obscure question from the coast of West Africa. Today, I just need a hug. I was in charge, and one of our feeding program babies (not the one I posted about earlier with...
    Aug 22, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  7. super-high alk phos - any ideas why?
    Hm .... good point. Interestingly enough, we just had a patient who was discharged following a course of treatment for mucocutaneous leishmaniasis! First I had ever heard of it .... Baby is...
    Aug 11, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  8. super-high alk phos - any ideas why?
    Okay, my newest what-on-earth-is-going-on-here from the ship in West Africa ... We have a little cleft lip / palate baby who was admitted through our feeding program. She's 4.5 months old, and...
    Aug 11, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  9. Bereavement Committee - Help Please!!!
    A lot of what Jan mentioned is similar to what we did at my old hospital, except we actually didn't have as much stuff! I love the idea of soft jammies and blankies for the little ones. We always...
    Jul 22, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  10. Neuro ICU - Do you talk to brain-dead patients?
    It was mostly refraining from talking to the kids in front of their parents. If the parents were holding out hope in the face of properly-done brain death criteria and a signed death certificate, my...
    Jul 14, '09
    Forum: Neuro Intensive Care Nursing
  11. Neuro ICU - Do you talk to brain-dead patients?
    Almost 11 years ago now, my cousin (17 at the time, and he might as well have been my brother) was admitted to the CCU at Sick Kids in Toronto after a near drowning. It was one of those freak...
    Jul 14, '09
    Forum: Neuro Intensive Care Nursing
  12. How to teach in West Africa
    I just have to share a story from my shift the other day. As background, I live and work on a charity hospital ship off the coast of West Africa. Two evenings ago, I was precepting a new nurse, and...
    Jul 8, '09
    Forum: Patient Education
  13. Infant feeding question
    I was thinking about that the other day, but we don't have any on the ship right now, and they're not something you can get on the streets around here. Mangoes, yes. Haberman feeders? Not so much....
    Jul 5, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  14. Infant feeding question
    Unfortunately not. But just by the sound of it, she was more than microaspirating. I figure she's always had a really poor suck, even with the tumor there to support her jaw, because she's about to...
    Jul 4, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  15. Compassion support withdrawl
    I worked PICU back when I was practicing in the States, and I also seemed to have fallen into that role by the time I left. My first loss was, thankfully, nothing like yours, and I think that's what...
    Jul 2, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  16. Infant feeding question
    Well, she kept on not gaining weight and sounding worse and worse lung-wise after every feed. Also, I had a long chat with her mama (through a couple interpreters) and it turns out that mama has a 4...
    Jul 2, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  17. Funny things that pts say
    I was taking care of a little boy with hypospadius following his repair. A couple of days after his catheter was removed, I asked his mama how he was doing. She smiled widely and proclaimed: "The...
    Jun 24, '09
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  18. Funniest real orders you have seen in a chart?
    I'm not sure what they even said, but one of our docs decided to write his orders in French today. He's from Spain, and I'll grant him the fact that we're docked in a French-speaking country, but...
    Jun 24, '09
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  19. Infant feeding question
    Hi all! I'm currently working as a pediatric nurse on board a charity hospital ship in West Africa. We've currently got a little baby who had a massive teratoma removed from her left jaw (adherent...
    Jun 24, '09
    Forum: NICU Nursing / Neonatal
  20. Congratulations to PICU's Own AliRae
    Aw shucks Jan, thanks! =) It's been forever since I've logged on to this site, and I must say, I've missed it! I'm back on the ship, stationed this year in Benin, a skinny little country between...
    Jun 24, '09
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  21. You Can't Be Naked in the Hall
    I've been living on a floating hospital in Liberia for the past nine months now. Coming from a PICU background, I started out completely daunted at the thought of caring for more than two patients. ...
    Oct 31, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Nurse to patient ratios and acuity in YOUR PICU
    When I started reading the question, I thought "sure we do!" and then I kept reading and realized that you were talking about the actually sick ones. Absolutely not. No one in my former PICU thinks...
    Aug 26, '08
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  23. Nurse to patient ratios and acuity in YOUR PICU
    Amen, sister. I just talked to my old extern, now turned fabulous new grad nurse. She informed me that a kid I primaried last summer (renal agenesis, PD) is still on the unit. He's fourteen months...
    Aug 17, '08
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  24. Nurse to patient ratios and acuity in YOUR PICU
    I want to work at kessadawn's hospital! To add: our unit has 14 of the beds arranged in a U around back-to-back central nurse's stations. The other 6 beds are in a back offshoot that's not...
    Aug 17, '08
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  25. Nurse to patient ratios and acuity in YOUR PICU
    As far as I can remember ... 1. I'm not sure if our cardiac program exists anymore. It was just a baby, anyway, when I left. We do CRRT but not ECMO. We do some transplants- mainly kidney, but...
    Aug 16, '08
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric


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