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  1. Need Survival tips for Night Shift!
    I've been on night shift (12's) for a few years solid now. I love it! I've been blessed with being able to work my night shifts together with a good amount of time off in between. If I need to flip,...
    Oct 31, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Are you doing this at work?
    giving nebs: yes drawing own labs: yes, and run them most of the time, too starting your own iv's: yes running own blood gasses: i would if we did them here (hopefully soon!) cleaning own rooms:...
    Oct 27, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. Anyone ever ask for more orientation?
    Asking for more orientation is perfectly fine, especially as a new grad! I wound up asking for 2 more weeks, because I soon realized after a few weeks on my own (and some scary patient situations...
    Oct 14, '11
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  4. Dream job if you weren't an RN
    Ooooo, professional world traveler, that would be a blast!! :) Hmmm, dream job...designing evening gowns or being a pilot for a flight-seeing tour company. I'd love to get paid to fly! :D
    Oct 14, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. Do your Managers and Charge nurses work on the unit?
    I've seen it both ways and IMO the best places I've worked have been where the NM stays active in bedside nursing, even if it's just one or two shifts a month. It seems to make a big difference in...
    Oct 14, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. New or Experienced: Am I acute care qualified?
    Some hospitals used to have (5-6 years ago) residency/internship programs that weren't restricted to just new grads. It's likely changed with the current economic climate, but perhaps there's still a...
    Oct 3, '11
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  7. Potassium replacement protocol
    I'm in the process of developing a basic Potassium Replacement Protocol for our very small, rural facility. I was wondering what other facilities have in place in their med/surg departments. I'm...
    Oct 2, '11
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  8. Are nurses really high in demand?
    Oregon has something similar with OHSU and the nearby community colleges. IMO ADN is a great way to start because you typically get a really solid clinical background (unlike many BSN-only programs...
    Oct 2, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. How far would you drive to work?
    My shortest commute ever was 5 minutes. I used to drive 40-60 min one-way to one job depending on the traffic, passing several other hospitals, and it was totally worth it. I loved working at that...
    Sep 30, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Providence Alaska and Alaska Regional
    I thought I'd revive this thread since it's been a while and things may have changed. I never did make it Anchorage a few years ago, but now I will be going there for sure, and so I'm applying for...
    Sep 17, '11
    Forum: Alaska Nursing
  11. Cell Phone Service in Anchorage and Surrounding Area
    Even though this thread was from last summer, I thought I'd chime in if someone else was wondering about this. I know several ppl with AT&T up here and even in remote areas they get decent coverage....
    Mar 31, '11
    Forum: Alaska Nursing
  12. IV Fluid/IV Tubing
    General US wholesale prices for primary gravity drip tubing can be around $3-6 each. Pump tubing sets vary widely, on average $7-12 ea. Secondary sets are around $1-2 ea. :)
    Mar 31, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. IV Pumps--have you used Baxter's Sigma Spectrum??
    What problems are you running into with priming the tubing? I think I've used most of the different brands out there at one time or another for primary drip tubing and they all seem to prime about...
    Mar 17, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Calling in sick?
    Wow, I guess I've been pretty lucky in the places I've worked so far as a nurse. I've never had any trouble if I called in sick (a rare occurrence). Most of the time I was required to call the charge...
    Mar 16, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Instrument sterilization in small clinic
    Hi Deemalt, Have you found any new info since you last posted?? We're still searching, though I think we might be leaning towards the Cidex line of products, but we don't really have a good reason...
    Mar 15, '11
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  16. IV Pumps--have you used Baxter's Sigma Spectrum??
    Hi All, I'm looking into purchasing new IV pumps for our small, very rural clinic/urgent care/ED/Obs (4-bed Obs and ED combined). :) We're leaning towards the new Baxter Sigma pumps, as they look...
    Mar 15, '11
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. Adventist and Agnostics?
    I have had a very positive experience working in 2 different SDA facilities. The environment was very caring and holistic care was really emphasized. Not everyone I worked with adhered to SDA beliefs...
    Nov 23, '10
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  18. Instrument sterilization in small clinic
    I recently was given the task of ordering supplies for my clinic/urgent care/rural ED (but not a hospital) and I'm starting to do some research into current evidence based practices for steam...
    Nov 18, '10
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  19. Providence Alaska and Alaska Regional
    There's a good chance I'll be moving to Anchorage in the next year or so and am trying to figure out which hospital might be a better fit for me. My background is in Trauma/Neurosurg ICU in a Level 1...
    Jan 15, '09
    Forum: Alaska Nursing
  20. CCC A & P teachers - anyone had Watson or Kop?
    Bown is awesome!! Had her for my biology classes years ago. Came across this thread and just had to post something when I saw her name mentioned. :)
    Mar 20, '08
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  21. EZ IO's...problems with leaking?
    Thanks for the replies. :) We haven't used another since then, but the ER I work in just started stocking them, so I'll probably have more opportunities in the future to get more experience with...
    Jan 9, '08
    Forum: Flight Nursing / Surface Transport Nursing
  22. EZ IO's...problems with leaking?
    My EMS agency recently started using the EZ IO drill, and not too long ago we got to use it for the first time on a real adult patient (Code 99). It was very easy to use and we had definite bone...
    Dec 14, '07
    Forum: Flight Nursing / Surface Transport Nursing
  23. How Marketable Are You as a Rural Nurse?
    I can't say I really work in a truely rural hospital, it's more a community level on the outskirts of a metro area, but our ICU is often staffed with only 2-3 nurses and we get just about everything...
    Jul 21, '06
    Forum: Rural Nursing
  24. Clackamas CC interviews this week
    I wish you well with your CCC application. They have a great program and it's so worth it to jump through all the hoops you have to to get in. That way you get to go through school with a group of...
    Jul 13, '06
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  25. HELP New Neuro-ICU nurse
    Hang in there...I'm a new grad in ICU as well, but with one year behind me (whew!). I can so relate to your frustrations. I actually had very supportive preceptors, BUT sometimes I think they would...
    Jul 13, '06
    Forum: Neuro Intensive Care Nursing