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  1. Hypothyroidism
    Hope this is the proper forum for this question. I had a TSH drawn 6 wks. ago (muscle spasms, fatigue, wt. gain, slurred speech, eye twitching & freezing COLD all the time). The level came back...
    Dec 31, '10
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  2. what made you choose GI?
    I went into GI when I had small children. I needed to switch from afternoons to days. 6 years in I moved from a hospital to outpatient setting (no more weekends, holidays, evenings or taking call...
    Dec 31, '10
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  3. Sedation nurse acting as tech too...
    I'm not sure what IL law is re: LPN's giving conscious sedation. I know in our GI lab they do not. In regards to the first post, SGNA states if the nurse is doing the sedating (vs. a CRNA) then that...
    Aug 26, '07
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  4. what are signs/symptoms of bowel obstruction?
    Your pt. could have a bowel obstruction, or be constipated &/or impacted. He needs to be seen by an MD if he hasn't had a BM by now!
    Aug 26, '07
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  5. colon prep and gatorade
    Our docs use the Miralax prep. You mix it w/32 oz gatorade and 32 oz H20. Speaking w/pts that have done different preps in the past (Fleets, Go-Lytely) they say this one is much more tolerable.
    Jun 25, '06
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  6. Complications from colonoscopy or diverticulosis?
    It does sound like a micro perforation to me. I mean, if she had absolutely NO pain prior. Was that abcess in her colon? It seems doubtful to me that she developed diverticulitis from the scope if...
    Sep 11, '05
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  7. colonoscopy pres for s/p bariatric pts
    We use the Miralax prep and it is the same for bariatric pts as regular pts. Patients are instructed to drink the prep as directed. When it is coming out perfectly clear they can stop, tho....
    Sep 11, '05
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  8. OK...now CNP's can do colonoscopies???
    I don't know.....I've heard Fellows ask some strange questions re:coloscopies. I've also heard other nurses criticising them behind their backs and saying how they could do the scope in half the...
    Sep 11, '05
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  9. Colonoscopy Results
    Keep your colon healthy with fiber supplementation and a high fiber diet (whole grains, high fiber cereal and some fruits/veggies such as raisins, strawberries, broccoli. Most are actually very low...
    Jul 14, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  10. For your next colonoscopy
    I've read those before. They're funny!! :D
    Jul 14, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  11. I have an interview...
    Call is rough when you have kids. That's why I have to work per dieum right now. I have 4 (kids). At the hospital where I work you get called in A LOT! Lots of times when we come in in the AM, the...
    Jul 14, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  12. Tetanus shots
    Thanks guys. That makes me feel better. Maybe I was thinking about the immunoglobulin. It's been so long. Anyway, good to know DH won't be paralyzed. LOL Amy :)
    Jun 17, '04
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Tetanus shots
    My husband got a tetanus shot in the butt today. Am I crazy or isn't that contraindicated? At least when I worked in a doctors' office it was. I was told it was too irritating to be given near the...
    Jun 17, '04
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Switching Jobs
    So........did you get the job? How's it going??? Amy :)
    Jan 17, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  15. interferon question
    I don't have any experience w/Interferon. But I did want to say I hope your husband is doing well !! Amy :)
    Jan 17, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  16. Still in Shock - Friend Dead After Resection
    Oh no....... How sad. I'm so sorry for your friend. :( The way you described not keeping anything down makes me wonder if she could have had an ileus.....or a bowel obstruction... guess we'll...
    Jan 17, '04
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  17. Left-over Sedatives
    No. It's wasted and noted accordingly. Amy :)
    Sep 30, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  18. Protocol for DM & Hypertensive pts.
    They are given instructions per their MD. It varies, but the norm seems to be to have them take half their normal AM insulin dose. They bring their insulin with them for the second half as soon as...
    Sep 30, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  19. Pre-endoscopy check/ Use of Alcohol
    for the pre-endo check I just use clean tap water, checking both the a/w and suction channels to make sure they are working properly. we use DSD scope washers for processing. And yes, they do an air...
    Sep 30, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  20. Calling all GI nurses !!
    No. If we are doing someone unsedated or using IVCS then we have them gargle w/4% lidocaine. Otherwise we don't use anything. We have anesthesia sedation and they are so deep there's never any...
    Sep 28, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  21. post colonoscopy position
    Still debating rectal tubes? Sigh...guess I don't know the "theory" behind them. All I know is the patients seem to have an easier time getting rid of the residual air. Patients can relieve...
    Sep 27, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  22. Propofol
    I'd just as soon avoid it as long as possible. Yes, we can get adverse effects from normal IVCS, but those agents can be reversed. There is no reversal agent for propofol other than "tincture of...
    Sep 27, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  23. How do u clean the scope taken out from  the pt's mouth (which has to be reinserted).
    We don't clean it either, if it's going to be reinserted into the same patient. We rarely reinsert it, though. Once in a great while after a dilatation. The MD passes it to me, I hold it, he does...
    Sep 27, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  24. Please tell me your opinion
    It sounds like you need more staff! We have the same pace, BUT we have a tech who processes our scopes for us. That's a HUGE timesaver! Sigh...needing staff and getting it is two different things,...
    Sep 27, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  25. Can you go to endoscopy unit fresh out of nursing school?
    Sure. IF they hire new grads. Most specialty areas don't. The problem w/specialty areas is that you're doing one area and you don't get a lot of experience in the big picture. But you need to...
    Sep 27, '03
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing


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