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  1. From the Other Side of the Bed Rails - When the Nurse Becomes the Patient
    Thank you so much for this blog. Unfortunately over the past few years I have had many experiences with being a patient. First when our daughter was born early and in the NICU (she's doing great...
    Jan 7, '10
    Forum: Nursing and Spirituality
  2. Am I Being Unrealistic?
    My heart goes out to you guys that sounds like hell, I feel exhausted just reading your posts. I work in a non Union Magnet hospital and we have 4 CNAs during the workday into PMs to do transports...
    May 20, '09
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  3. Opinions please re: Phase I
    We have strict protocols that there must be 2 RNs in the PACU whenever we have a patient. From my understanding this is ASPAN's written policy. Sometimes this means making anesthesia or the...
    Apr 2, '08
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  4. 18 gauge insertion
    I've found that often once I get the catheter in, sometimes it helps to turn the IV fluid on wide open and float the catheter in the rest of the way with the fluid pressure once you have pulled the...
    Apr 2, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. You might be a PACU nurse if...
    The floor nurse calmly says, so "is this your only patient"after you have been put on hold for 30 minutes and held the patient already for an hour because they supposedly didn't have a bed but one...
    Aug 24, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  6. Pyxis, Omnicell, Accudose Comparison
    I've only used Pyxis, which I did not mind too much at first, until we got the stupid fingerprint access. :angryfire It sounded great until we got it. It seems impossible to get into at times...
    Jul 24, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Holding overnight (or even days at a time)
    We have only had to hold patients overnight a few times a year and when we do administration is notified and they usually come by in the morning to see how we are doing. If it is an ICU patient we...
    Jun 3, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  8. If you could do it over again, would you choose nursing?
    Yes, as any job it has its ups and downs. It is one of the few degrees where you can find a job and have decent wages right out of school. Although radiology sounds interesting also, you could...
    Jun 3, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Pediatric Discharge Criteria
    Pretty similar to the adults, usually aldrete score 8 or 9 or above (unless going to peds ICU), stable airway, pain under control, no surgical issues, etc. Although peds patients often stay for only...
    May 24, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  10. Nursing Assistants in PACU
    Our CNAs do a lot of transporting and stocking. They also help settle a patient when they get to PACU, helping to put monitoring equipment on, call the floor to let them know the patient is in PACU...
    May 24, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  11. Applying DVT prophylaxis in PACU
    The majority of the times antiembolism stockings and venodynes (SCDs or sequential compression devices) are started preoperatively and patients are also given lovenox preoperatively (depending on...
    May 24, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  12. Whoa! Crazy ProTime/INR
    HOLEY SMOKES! God bless you floor nurses because you are so resilient. You need to pat yourself on the back for surviving that shift. These are the kinds of days I try to block out of my memory...
    Apr 6, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. What nursing school did everyone attend?
    Viterbo College (now Viterbo University, as they now have masters programs) in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. I thought it was a wonderful school, with good preparation and lots of clinicals (we started...
    Apr 6, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. PCA's in PACU
    We start then in PACU, at first we thought it would be more of a pain thatn it has been. We give anesthesia ordered pain meds until the patients get comfortable or as long as we can safely give them...
    Apr 1, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  15. PACU Staffing
    Does everyone out there work at a hospital with more than one PACU for inpatients and how do you staff it? For example having a separate PACU for vascular/thoracic cases and another PACU for...
    Mar 30, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  16. Does anyone really enjoy LTC?
    LTC was a wonderful place to start out. A lot of times it is downplayed as a god place to work, but I disagree. Especially while going to nursing school, you name it you see it in long-term care so...
    Mar 17, '07
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  17. Are betablockers the new way to go?
    I had gone to an ASPAN seminar where the use of beta blockers was talked about as the latest measure that we would see it more. It has been being used for many surgery patients to prevent heart...
    Jan 1, '07
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  18. Anyone using Vistaril?
    We often give vistaril IM as needed, but usually we give it for severe pain along with IV narcotics. It seems to help. Usually zofran or dolasetron are given in the OR prophylactically, but if not...
    Dec 31, '06
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  19. Weclome to the New PACU Nursing Forum
    thank you:)
    Dec 6, '06
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  20. Nurse's ex-colleague says felony charge too severe
    If you go to and click on the link for criminal actions against Madison nurse, there is information for who to write letters to politically. There is also information if you...
    Nov 9, '06
    Forum: Nursing News
  21. PACU RN's- what is your visitor policy?
    1. does your pacu allow visitors? yes 2. if so, under what circumstances? i.e. peds cases only, special needs, ect. peds cases, pt's with special needs. we do allow family on occassion if we are...
    Aug 5, '06
    Forum: PACU Nursing
  22. CNA prior to RN School?
    I worked as a CNA in a nursing schools, during summers and on some weekends, while going to nursing school. I found it tremendously helpful in nursing school, especially in pathophysiology since you...
    Jul 29, '06
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  23. What field of Nursing will you work in??? & best/worst place to work?
    Currently I work in PACU, and so far it has been my favorite place to work. As of anywhere it does have its down times where it gets really stressful, but overall the good times outweight the bad. ...
    Jul 28, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Nursing Job Satisfaction.  Would like your input for school project.
    Facility:hospital, PACU
    Jul 18, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Recovery Room Nurse
    While it is true you won't be constantly lifting pts out of bed in PACU, there is a lot of lifting. You have to be able to respond to the confused pt and be able to quickly turn a patient to their...
    Jul 14, '06
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing

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