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  1. Questions for all Med surg nurses
    What is your nurse to patient ratio? ideally 5:1. More often than not it is 6:1. Sometimes we are 4:1, but expect tons of admissions. I personally have gone up to 7:1 on very busy nights and some...
    Apr 19
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  2. Preceptorship on Orthopedics
    Can't think of any particular books I've used, but read up on things like total joint protocols (Hips, knees, shoulders, ankles, etc), PAIN MEDS, antibiotics (mostly ancef, zosyn, vanco, flagyl),...
    Apr 19
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  3. How often are you called off?
    It all depends! We have a "request for cancel" book where you can write your name in on days you would like to be cancelled, and if census is low they will call you before they call anyone else. I...
    Apr 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. Peer review evaluations
    We do them and there hasnt been a problem as far as I'm aware. I've been there 3 years, so I have gone through it 3 times and never had anything bad said about me! :cool: We have to choose two...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  5. Experience with switching from med/surg to a different specialty?
    I know, I am all over the place! In school I really enjoyed critical care areas, with NICU being my favorite. I love critical thinking and seeing very sick people get well again. I don't know how I...
    Mar 22
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  6. Experience with switching from med/surg to a different specialty?
    I am approaching the 2 year mark at my current job (first RN job) in med surg. I like my job most days. I am comfortable. I still learn new things almost every day but I kind of feel bored, and...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  7. I Have A Name
    We have white boards in patient rooms where we write our names, the attending's name, the aides name, and patients preferred name. When I get a new admission I always ask "what would you like us to...
    Mar 21
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  8. Making Heparin shots less painful for pts?
    We use 1 ml TB syringes (our heparin comes in vials we have to draw up ourselves). Not many patients have complained about them that arent needle-phobes.
    Mar 21
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. Part time Nursing shifts
    I am a 24/hr week eve/night RN. so I can be put on the schedule for two 12 hour nights, three 8 hour nights, three 8 hour evenings, a mixture of three hour nights and evenings or the dreaded one 12...
    Mar 15
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  10. Question for night-shift and/or weekend nurses
    Do you feel like you're at a disadvantage due to not having frequent, in-person contact with your NM? Not really. I like not having a bunch of suits around while I work. My manager makes it a point...
    Mar 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Stupid hospital/company tricks
    Unit Clerk and Manager had a secret meeting and decided to lock the cabinet with extra pens, pencils, post it notes, erasers, highlighters, etc. The only person with a key is the dayshift unit clerk,...
    Mar 7
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Can anyone give me a quick rundown of what RNs do in LTC?
    Would I have to have an actual certification, like a piece of paper saying i took some kind of class? I give IV meds and start IVs all the time at the hospital and I am chemotherapy certified as...
    Jan 20
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. Can anyone give me a quick rundown of what RNs do in LTC?
    I work part time (24 hrs a week) on a med surg floor at the hospital. I like my job and like having a lot of time off, allowing my schedule to be pretty open. I have had an itch to try something...
    Jan 18
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  14. POLL: nurse-to-patient ratio
    mostly 6:1 on night shift, good nights are 4-5:1, bad nights are 7:1. i work a surgical med/surg floor.
    Jan 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. Weekend Incentive Program/Night shift
    we have weekend nurses on my unit, they get paid around $10 more an hour than non weekend people, and the night shift has a $1 differential on top of it.
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Generic name for vitals machine?
    we call them dynamaps, but i think that is the brand name of the ones we use.
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Night shifters-when do you eat?
    my schedule is so messed up, still working on it! but, on my days off I usually wake up around 1430/1500 and have a cup of coffee, sometimes a bagel or yogurt. around 5 or 6 i sometimes have a lunch...
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. How is the night shift for a new nurse?
    It's the best shift to start on IMO. I started out on 12 hour nights, reluctantly. But now I love it! I do a couple evening and day shifts here and there but I love my nocs! I have had several...
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    1. PA 2. 1 year and 2 months! :) 3. med/surg- surgical unit, mostly ortho and some general, GYN, Onc, urology surgery 4. Base pay - $24.33/hr 5. .75 shift diff for evenings, .85 for 8h...
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Young Nurses!
    I'm 24 and have been a nurse for a little over a year now. I am the youngest RN on my floor at the moment, there are a lot in their early 30s, and even more that are 40+, but I seem to get along with...
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. St. Luke's School of Nursing
    Congrats! I graduated in Aug 2012, it is a great program. Be prepared to study hard and have no social life, especially your first two semesters. If I remember correctly it is 2 hours of lecture 3...
    Jul 21, '13
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  22. How high have you seen??
    in nursing school during my ER rotation, a 20 something woman came in unconscious. the glucometer reading just said "HIGH". took a venous sample and it was 1200!! new onset type 1... she turned out...
    Feb 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Learning Spanish is a plus, bilingual? trilingual?
    i work in a city with a high hispanic population. not knowing spanish didnt stop me from getting hired, but man do i wish i knew more spanish. m actually looking into taking some classes. every time...
    Dec 23, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Am I The Only One?
    philly is really saturated.. if you dont mind commuting or relocating the reading/allentown area is a bit better.
    Dec 13, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  25. Have dress codes changed for clinical prep?
    we never had to come the day before to do research, and im glad we didnt! i find that idea kind of silly anyway. when they become nurses, they dont come in on their day off to look up their patients...
    Dec 7, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism


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