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  1. CMC exam
    I dont actually work in CVICU, I work in a level one MICU and we get all types of cardiac patients other than fresh hearts and balloon pumps. I pick up in our CVICU on occasion but 97% of my time is...
    Aug 29
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. CMC exam
    Hello all. I just passed CCRN today. Now I want to tackle the CMC exam. I scored fairly well on the cardiac portion of CCRN. Any study tools y'all recommend?
    Aug 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. First PICC insertion!
    Thank you !!!
    Jun 28
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  4. First PICC insertion!
    I just placed my first ultrasound guided PICC yesterday!!! It was a freaking awesome experience. I still have to get 2 more successful insertions before I can place them by myself but I am on my way!
    Jun 28
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  5. Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?
    Wait what??? You had to sign a contract stating that you have to pay 12k for your residency?? Wow that is terrible. I did an ICU residency and a level one facility and I got a 4k sign on bonus and my...
    Jun 26
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  6. Rapid Response
    I got the position, thank you!
    Jun 23
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Rapid Response
    In my facility there are Rapid nurses from all the critical care areas although the vast majority come from SICU and MICU. To answer your question, there is always as dedicated RRT nurse available...
    Jun 17
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  8. Rapid Response
    Does your facility have dedicated RRT nurses or are they staff nurses who have one or 2 RRT shifts a week? At our facility I work staff in MICU and then once a week I am a rapid response nurse with...
    Jun 16
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. Why PPI in GI bleed?
    Well said. In cases that bleeding is caused by esophageal varices we also use octriotide which also decreases pepsin (decreases gastric acidity). In addition to decreasing gastric acidity it also...
    Jun 15
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. What I Would Love To Send to My Hospital's Inpatient DON
    Wow I didn't realize that this was not standard of care. I guess I have been sheltered working for my institution..... The things I have taken for granted O_o
    Jun 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    There is no better feeling as a nurse then to know you truly beat death...Running a code yourself, making all the decisions, getting the patient back and then managing that patient in the ICU until...
    Jun 3
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  12. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    hand to hand combat with the Grim Reaper. That is what I am talking about.... Thats why I come back day after day. 14525
    Jun 3
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  13. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    This is something you will have to do some soul searching on. I believe it is very doable to jump straight into ICU as a new grad and many people excel when put in that situation. The thing is, there...
    Jun 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  14. Working extra in CICU
    I generally work Medical ICU and Rapid response at my hospital. I was asked by the director of CICU to pick up a few days in their unit. Is there anything drastic I need to know about before I work...
    Jun 1
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  15. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    I recommend starting ICU as a new grad as long as you are willing to put in the time outside of work to learn everything you need to know. I started in the ICU as a new grad and it was an awesome and...
    May 21
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    Oh that is sweet. When you said texas tech I assumed you were going to be in lubbock. Parkland is amazing! I wish you the best of luck in your career.
    May 21
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    Ohhh that is a very polarizing question on the differences between ED and ICU lol. I will first start by saying that I have never worked in the ED except for when I am there as a rapid response...
    May 20
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. Bad time to start ICU job?
    Go for it. It is a lot to learn but with some hard work you can make it happen.
    May 14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. New grad
    Go ICU right away, I strongly disagree with the idea of having to have med/surg experience before ICU. I am a strong supporter of learning the "ICU" way before you have any bad habits. That being...
    May 12
    Forum: Neuro Intensive Care Nursing
  20. Is the CVICU for open hearts the most acute ICU?
    I really think it just depends on the day and what going on in the unit. I work at a level one regional hospital in MICU. I am also rapid response and float to the other ICUs. Open heart is super...
    May 11
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  21. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    I have been an ICU nurse for about a year now. I have learned a million and one things and still have a lot left to learn. I just wanted to offer a little help to new grads trying to get into the...
    May 7
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. ICU as a new grad
    Thank you all for your support. To Meriwhen, my internship was vital to my success in the ICU. There was always watching over us to make sure we didn't make any life threatening mistakes. They would...
    May 7
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  23. Fired for refusing??
    Unless you have a serious medical issue with getting immunizations I dont see how them being mandatory is a big deal. Hell be eradicated polio and small pox with immunizations obviously the good...
    May 1
    Forum: Pandemic Flu
  24. Coude
    I agree call urology. Even for males the thought of using a coude makes me shutter. O_o
    May 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Nurses are Not Doctors
    Just look at the APRNs in the 16 opt out states. They practice independently and studies have shown that they have the same patient outcomes as MDs. Obviously they are not performing heart surgery...
    May 1
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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