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  1. If You Give a Patient a Cookie
    I'm glad we don't stock cookies on my unit! Hahaha.
    Nov 10, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  2. New TV Show- Nurse Nation on MTV
    Nurses aren't portrayed accurately to the public anyhow. At Halloween it's about skimpy lingerie. Adult movies use nurses all the time. TV shows pretty much seem to make nurses either all about drama...
    Oct 26, '13
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  3. Didn't know where to put this, but help?
    Welcome to nursing. We get exposed to everything, and it's almost always before we know it's there. That's why universal precautions exist. Except for wearing face masks, contact shouldn't be an...
    Oct 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  4. when to start compressions?
    I'd grab a 12 lead if they weren't attached to a monitor that had 12 leads. Monitors can show crazy stuff. Check the equipment.
    Oct 23, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. What's the nurse-patient ratio in your unit?
    ICU Stepdown/tele. 8:1 is for both days and nights, although days slip usually 6:1. We admit and discharge more than any other floor. We are insanely busy and should have better ratios. We get blamed...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. This is a really embarrassing question but I have to ask
    In real life, listening on the patient's back to lung sounds can be helpful as well. Ask the patient to take a deep, steady breath. I love my cardio 3.
    Oct 10, '13
    Forum: Pulmonary Nursing
  7. CPR actually WORKS!
    I think the quality of chest compressions has a lot to do with poor stats. I think a lot of times people don't push hard enough or allow for recoil. Of course ACLS needs to be pretty spot on too. One...
    Aug 11, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  8. Blood sugar is high but patient has no insulin
    I know that sometimes we monitor blood sugars in patients receiving high doses of solumedrol. If it's too high they sometimes have sliding scale coverage.
    Aug 7, '13
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  9. How many patients do you get on night duty?
    8 on cardiac Stepdown unit. Running around and managing drips and post procedure issues can be very trying at times.
    Aug 7, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  10. Do physicians have authority over nurses in the hospital?
    I'd say a fourth of my shifts I never see or speak with a doctor. I use routine orders as needed. Handle things myself. I make decisions without any doctors dwindling over me. I appreciate the...
    Aug 4, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  11. "I don't want him as my nurse"
    When a patient tells me 10, I confirm by saying "so this is the worst pain you've ever experienced?" Sometimes the patient will be like.. Well maybe it's an 8. Sometimes they continue to say it's a...
    Aug 4, '13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner
  12. Zithromax IVPB question
    Just throwing out there that some meds can not be mixed with NS. I gave an med for fungal meningitis (don't recall the name) that had to be run at a certain rate and had to have boluses before and...
    Jul 4, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  13. I Quit My Job
    It's been a while since I posted this initially. Update: my job on ICU Stepdown (supposedly) is fantastic compared to the job I described here. I'm charging and feel comfortable and competent now....
    Jul 2, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Medications in syringes
    I use micromedex all the time. If it's unsure or not tested, I call pharmacy. I also have the app for iv compatibility on my phone. It's great.
    Jun 15, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  15. How many hospitals do you have?
    The place I work is the only hospital that offers any type of advanced care within 40 miles. There are very small community facilities but they can't handle anything that needs more than just an ER...
    Jun 10, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. What is the "best" stethoscope for the ED?
    I have a cardiology III and it's great. However, it is heavy. If you could test then and hear just as well with a lighter one, I'd do the lighter one.
    Jun 8, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. Nurses who go on breaks during report
    Definitely unacceptable. You need report. They need to give you report then do what they need to do. Is this a tactic to ride the clock? I won't take over care until I receive report.
    May 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. When is high too high?
    I'd have called the doc and asked if it was okay to get an EKG and put the patient on tele. I'd also suggest a cardiology consult. There's a reason the HR is so high and it probably should be treated...
    May 15, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  19. Telemetry to ICU.... To stay or not....
    I'd switch. The ratios in tele are killing me. I'm considering moving too.
    May 15, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. When is high too high?
    What was the rhythm?
    May 15, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  21. When the patients aren't looking..... Rockin' ER video
    Sweet!
    May 13, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. When the doctor doesn't respond to their page...
    Is the only thing you had a pager number? Call around to see if you can find another number. The doc should have answered.
    May 11, '13
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  23. Got fired for changing fluid rate
    You were fired for that? My facility has a patient first mind frame. Assuming no CHF, I'd open up fluids too. That patients pressure needed to come up.
    May 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. What Is The Shift You Will Never Forget?
    Walked into my job one morning in the small hospital I worked for. Had an ER and a 20 bed med surg unit that accepted any age of patients. Had a young child, probably 7, who was on telemetry....
    May 6, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. New grad with 8 months experience in Med/surg is Per diem work a good option?
    I'd definitely try for the med surg. Agency nurses are expected to hit the ground running and chances are that 8 months of experience hasn't prepared you for that. Hopefully you'll land the med surg....
    May 6, '13
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance


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