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  1. New grad struggling...should I stick it out?
    One last piece of input: if you decide to stay and a year from now you feel comfortable and confident and have a good relationship with your boss, you really should talk with them about extending...
    Apr 5
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. New grad struggling...should I stick it out?
    For what it's worth, I truly don't think a 12 week orientation to the ICU is sufficient for a new grad. Where I work it is 6 months for a new grad, 12 weeks for an experienced floor nurse, and 4-6...
    Apr 5
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. Assertiveness, Having an "edge". Advice needed
    ^ Exactly. Being assertive is not synonymous with being mean. It is having confidence in knowing what is right for the patient. When I have a family agitating my patient I don't just tell them to...
    Mar 24
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. ICU Nurse in USA To Ask Questions Of
    As others have said, this will greatly depend on the type of ICU you are in. I work in a 650 bed teaching hospital MICU (affiliated with a university). As such all of the ICUs are specialized, and...
    Mar 24
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. Leaving the nursing field after 3 years
    We got three boxes of Russell stovers for 8 staff.... Plates upon plates of cookies... I'm fat today and goodness if that doesn't do wonders for my job satisfaction. What can I say, I'm easy to...
    Dec 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Have you ever had an accident driving to work in a snow storm?
    You've got that right. I have grown up in the northeast, victim to lake effect snow, major snowstorms, ice storms, and combinations of all three. Weather is a fact of life. Part of being an adult is...
    Dec 16, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. looking for my niche in nursing
    In the NICU are you using your resources? I started in the MICU after two years but had my orientation during "slow season," which meant I had NO sickies while I was on orientation. That meant that...
    Dec 13, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Do I have what it takes to become a CRNA?
    Deleted post, I'll send you a PM instead
    Dec 11, '13
    Forum: Pre-CRNA Inquiry
  9. Any INTJ personality nurses out there…I need help in choosing any advance nursing car
    Just because we are INTJ's does NOT mean that we make bad/unhappy bedside nurses. I definitely thrive in the ICU. Even though I am an introvert, I still like people. I just can't give give give all...
    Dec 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  10. Charge nurse
    Making the next shift schedule, helping to facilitate/coordinate discharges and admissions, helping out where needed on the floor/floating, and (ICU) responding to code blues throughout the hospital....
    Oct 25, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Silly random nursing thoughts, one sentence, NO JUDGMENTAL FOLKS ALLOWED
    Put a bandage on my ankle today and had to stop myself from putting the date on it.
    Oct 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Humor / Share Jokes
  12. Trauma Centers- East Coast
    If you aren't looking for glamorous weather you can check out University of Rochester, rochester is right between Buffalo and Syracuse, and is the region's level 1 trauma center. It isn't very...
    Oct 5, '13
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  13. A little frustated
    That is a nice little benefit, but I would focus more on getting I to peds/neonate, than into ICU. I know what it feels like to feel rushed in life, but you have a whole career in front of you. It...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. when to start compressions?
    Lol... Best story ever. Although not for that patient, poor guy. Should've told him to quit walking the line and make up his mind already so you could do something about it.
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  15. CRRT training, how much is enough?
    I learned on orientation, but then they updated our machines so we got a class to learn that. In preparation for that we had to do an online evaluation of what we knew about CRRT which I failed...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. A little frustated
    Getting a little bit of experience on the floor before transferring to the ICU was the best decision I ever made. As a new grad you are learning a lot more than how to be a nurse. You are learning...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Seeking advice.... Would you go for an RN degree if you were in my shoes?
    I think all of those choices are Associates degrees, with the exception of RT. Radiology technology is more math/physics, so maybe that isn't for you, but it isn't impossible. Really, dental hygiene...
    Sep 29, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Seeking advice.... Would you go for an RN degree if you were in my shoes?
    There are other healthcare related degrees you can look into as well. Dental hygiene, radiology tech, respiratory therapy, scrub techs. Have you thought of any of those? The only one of those that is...
    Sep 28, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. How does your facility treat ARDS?
    Thank you, I was able to get my questions answered when I went back to work last night too, as they discussed these options in more detail during rounds. From what I understand he was too...
    Sep 27, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. Seeking advice.... Would you go for an RN degree if you were in my shoes?
    Honestly it sounds like healthcare admin might be closer to your cup of tea. Having healthcare experience will help you in an admin position, and some administration/leadership/business experience...
    Sep 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Benefits - I'm In Shock
    I get 1 week of PTO(40 hours), paid holidays, but 5 weeks of vacation. Only problem with that is that I have yet to use all 5 weeks, vacation time fills up really quickly. But on the plus side it...
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. ICU RNs running CRRT?
    Dialysis RNs set up, but we run the machines after that. It really isn't that bad once you get the hang of it, and we have them frequently enough that most of the nurses are accustomed to it. We keep...
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. How does your facility treat ARDS?
    Lucky this thread is here because I came to AN this morning to ask a question about this topic. What is the ideal time frame to start RFOV? My example, a recent patient of mine developed ARDS post...
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. ICU visiting hours
    We have open visitation, but unfortunately there is no official hospital policy to regulate it. We have "unwritten guidelines" that I share with my patients. Over all I think that it is better for my...
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Water
    Technically we can only have covered water, but they will have to pry my morning coffee from my cold dead hands.
    Sep 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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