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  1. Short ICU Interview - good or bad?
    You think 25 minutes for an interview is short? Really??? When we panel interview the new grads, if we spend less than 15 minutes, we're done and we aren't going to hire you. Chances are good that...
    1:01 am
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  2. keeping license active
    I think that is a personal decision. In some states you can only remain inactive for a certain number of years until you have to retake boards to get an active license or give up your license....
    Nov 25
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  3. keeping license active
    You should check with the BRN of the state you are licensed. In my state, an active status license means you CAN work in the state, not that you have to. Renewal is based on filling out the renewal...
    Nov 25
    Forum: Nursing Online Distance Learning
  4. How do new grad programs narrow down applicants?
    For my unit, we interview 10-20 applicants with plans to hire 2-4 people once or twice a year. I was informed that our HR usually gets several hundred applications for those few openings. I'm not...
    Nov 25
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  5. How long did you work med-surg before getting an ICU job?
    I stuck it out 18 months on Medical Telemetry. I had 10-15 patients, ran vasoactive drips, and did charge nurse. If I didn't learn organization & prioritization, I was sunk. Jobs were easier to get...
    Nov 25
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. Student Nurse Preceptorship Help
    If it is possible to get an internship in a specialty area of your choice at a hospital that hires new grads, you should try to get it! Why? It will give you a better idea if you like that area or...
    Nov 22
    Forum: California Nursing
  7. Prelicensure BSN program
    Sometimes students don't pass the didactic. Others don't pass the skills lab testing. They sometimes give you a second chance at testing. Once you do pass, you get to continue with the next cohort...
    Nov 20
    Forum: Western Governors University Online Nursing
  8. Prelicensure BSN program
    There have been program changes as WGU has had some changes this last year. I know the WGU scheduler is different now. She is new & less efficient than the previous one. She assigned the students to...
    Nov 20
    Forum: Western Governors University Online Nursing
  9. Precepting New Grad in CVICU
    This sounds like me! It's taken me a decade of trial & error precepting new grads to figure out my teaching style & sometimes it doesn't jive with the new grad's learning style. Talk it out & try to...
    Nov 18
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  10. REALLY need insight on what to expect clinical wise
    @ShondaJ: Yes I'm in SoCal 😊. That sounds like you have a good plan. Good Luck with school!
    Nov 13
    Forum: Western Governors University Online Nursing
  11. ADN with a BA
    @fatorres: I think the reason WGU accepts so few students is because the students do the clinicals only at that one hospital. That's a lot of students all at one time! To the OP: WGU is an...
    Nov 13
    Forum: California Nursing
  12. REALLY need insight on what to expect clinical wise
    @ShondaJ...nope...I've been a RN for about 15 years. I've also been a clinical coach for WGU for a couple years now. That's why my previous post is a bit tentative because it's not from the student...
    Nov 13
    Forum: Western Governors University Online Nursing
  13. REALLY need insight on what to expect clinical wise
    I'm not 100% positive but the WGU students usually have clinicals every few months. Approximately 3-4 clinical sessions per year. After the online study is completed, there is a skills competency...
    Nov 10
    Forum: Western Governors University Online Nursing
  14. ADN with a BA
    It was a while back, but Mount Saint Mary's had a "fast track" RN program that a friend's wife went through that was less than 2 years if you already had a degree. I don't know if it still exists. I...
    Nov 10
    Forum: California Nursing
  15. best way for a nurse to manage cuts on her fingers?
    If the cut or crack is not too deep, I use OTC stuff like Liquid Bandage, Nu-Skin, or Nexcare Skin Crack Care. Most of these products work for small areas but will need re-application throughout a...
    Nov 10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. How common is time and a half after 8 hours?
    I get paid straight time for 12 hr at a lower base rate; weighted time for hours over the first 8 (basically time and a half for last 4 hr); double time for anything over 12 hr. Some hospitals pay...
    May 19
    Forum: California Nursing
  17. Anyone have experience caring for patients on bypass?
    Your brother is pretty darn sick if they have to put him on ECMO! We've initiated it on flu patients this season but then transfer them out to the university hospital ASAP! I heard our last ECMO...
    Jan 28
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  18. Seizure activity during re-warming phase of hypothermia
    We use paralytics both in cooling and warming phases. Seizures and myoclonus are more likely to be observed during rewarming. We use paralytics, propofol, Ativan, keppra, and other seizure meds as...
    Oct 12, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  19. Definition of Hemodynamically unstable...
    Fresh post op open hearts, any patient who comes straight out of surgery during the recovery period, impellas, most IABP, patients in behavioral restraints, one legacy pt, and any crashing patient...
    May 4, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. New hospital gown design
    Seems ok for ambulatory patients, but how would it work for bed-bound patients?
    Apr 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. What is your schedule like in a day surgery center
    My hubby works at an ambulatory surgery center. He gets his schedule on Friday for the following week. However, his "schedule" is pretty loose because they make changes frequently to when he comes in...
    Apr 10, '13
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  22. How do you reward yourself after a tough shift?
    On night shift, breakfast and beer. On day shift, Mexican food and margaritas!
    Apr 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Fentanyl bolus question
    To the OP: the nurse should have been calling the doctor for additional pain meds! Pulling drugs from the line to give boluses of pain medication is practicing medicine without a license and is out...
    Mar 29, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  24. ICU vs ER
    I always thought throughout nursing school that I'd be an ER nurse. It didn't work out that way due to decisions I made. I'm now an ICU nurse. So when the opportunity came up to cross-train for ER, I...
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  25. Extubation Difficulties
    How does your patient do if you wean off everything but precedex? Have you added high dose haldol? Sometimes you just need to extubate the agitated patient if you feel they will "fly" once...
    Mar 24, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac


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