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  1. Do you titrate drips?
    What are your ratios? I work in a small ICU where we commonly titrate sedatives such as propofol and versed, as well as vasoactives such as cardizem and labetalol. The pressors aren't used as...
    May 18
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Is anything at your work that puzzles you
    Or, on the flip side, a family member waits quietly while you finish a conversation then sheepishly says "Sorry to bother you, but I think something's wrong with my mom's IV" and you walk into a...
    May 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. How many jobs/units until you found your "niche"
    In close to nine years, I've worked in LTC, SNF, post-acute home care, private duty, and now ICU. It's the closest thing to a niche I've found so far, but I am not done searching.
    May 13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Esme Needs Your Prayers
    Prayers and hugs for Esme <3 <3 <3
    Apr 29
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Professionalism....name your irritation here!
    Disrespect for patients, which can take the form of anything from loudly talking at the nurses' station about how pathetic or what a PITA your patients are, to making fun of a sedated or unresponsive...
    Apr 26
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  6. Question re: Overtime
    you are doing 3 twelve hour shifts, yes? That's 36 hours a week. Usually overtime pay doesn't start till you hit 40. You should be getting paid for your time, just not OT.
    Dec 31, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Good Scrubs, Body Type
    I am 5'8 and order Dickie's bottoms in tall length. I don't find them to be overly long and would even prefer another 1/2 inch, so they might be what you're looking for. Also I would say to measure...
    Dec 23, '14
    Forum: Nursing Scrubs / Uniforms / Gear
  8. Secondary and piggyback
    If I am infusing a med that is connected to the secondary tubing above the pump, I call it either a secondary or a piggyback. If I have something y'd in below the pump I say it is, um, y'd in. :) ...
    Dec 22, '14
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  9. A Word to New Nurses
    Yes!! And please help the CNAs with patient care when possible. Not only will it help you earn respect and be seen as a team player, there is much you can learn just from observing how they do...
    Dec 13, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  10. best way for a nurse to manage cuts on her fingers?
    It's the worst when you don't know you have a little cut and the sanitizer finds it for you! At least if you know you have one you can brace for it.. I haven't tried tegaderm but will after...
    Nov 7, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. What's the appropriate response?
    My response would have been a dry "ha ha very funny" and I would've ignored anything further.
    Nov 1, '14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Needed to vent
    I can't tell you how many times I was asked when I was an LPN "so you're training to be a nurse then?" Gah. I'm happy to educate people who don't mean any harm and just don't understand the different...
    Nov 1, '14
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  13. Smelly nursing home what to do?
    May also be that the residents are not being changed often enough; a wet brief can start smelling bad after a couple of hours.
    Nov 1, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  14. The hardest parts of nursing?
    Finding out my patient's devastating diagnosis before they do, and anticipating their reaction when the doctor tells them. Knowing what to say when they ask about their test results. On the same...
    Oct 30, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Trying to get out of Home Care and into a hospital
    Disagree with above. No mention of references needs to be made. Firstly, most online applications include a place for references. Secondly, references are typically not checked until after a job...
    Oct 28, '14
    Forum: Nursing Resume Help
  16. Helping other students!!
    I think maybe you are reading too much into your advisor's comment. No one is going to expect you to help others constantly to the point where it affects your own tasks or learning. The clinical...
    Oct 28, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  17. Dealing With Death in the PICU
    Thank you for this article and for the amazing difference you make in your precious patients' and parents' lives! I am grateful for all of the pediatric nurses out there who fill the need that many...
    Oct 27, '14
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  18. Is it normal to quit a job because the culture isn't welcoming?
    Whether you work or have worked there will have no bearing on future clinicals. If you have no interest in working there as a nurse in the future and don't need the income, why stay? If you didn't...
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Knitting during class: ok or not?
    I have to say the title of this thread made me smile. I am in the camp of those that would have no problem whatsoever. But OP, based on the "poll" represented in this thread and the fact that another...
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  20. No specific training, total disorganization - is this normal?
    I know you didn't ask me, but in my experience new hires in these cases quit because they are overwhelmed. It's hard to get fired from a facility that has a hard time keeping staff as it is.
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  21. DNR HELP
    In the absence of a do not hospitalize order, I would look at things on a case by case basis. Have a discussion with the patient, doctor, and family to decide whether or not to send them out. I am...
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. PRN window
    The downside to computerized charting. I used a computer system that would only allow once daily prns to be given every 24 hours. For example, patient takes zolpidem at midnight one night and wants...
    Oct 26, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Impaired nurse - where to go?
    I would bypass the admin and give an anonymous tip to the BON. This nurse should not be practicing unless she gets some help.
    Oct 22, '14
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  24. I want to quit 4 months in
    I'm very sorry you are having trouble. Night shift isn't for everyone. Have you talked to your manager about this? Is there a possibility for you to go to days even part-time or PRN while you look...
    Oct 21, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. So excited!!!!
    Congrats!
    Oct 19, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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