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  1. Health Insurance rates...
    I'm single, no kids and pay $7/month - yes 7 - for an HMO plan. No deductible, $20 copay for all office visits (incl specialists, urgent care), no lifetime max, no deductible or copay for hospital...
    Apr 1, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Rounding on patients at night
    I come in at 11 two nights a week so I often have to wake up my patients to introduce myself and do an assessment. I work on a surgical floor, so when I patient comes from PACU we do vitals q1 X4h....
    Feb 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Planned Parenthood
    I work there (contingent) and I LOVE it. I started as Health Care Assistant (MA w/o certification), and when I passed NCLEX got to transition RN. I'm not there for the pay for sure ($6/hr less than...
    Jan 20, '13
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  4. Is this even allowed?
    In Michigan there is a law that any woman getting an abortion must obtain a packet of information about their "options" written by the state and have this info for 24 hours before the abortion. This...
    Jan 18, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. How do you all like to start your shifts?
    Look up patients before report, done w/ report 1920-1930, assess the first patient, including lines, drains, etc, give pain meds and address immediate wants/needs (ice water, reposition, etc), repeat...
    Jan 17, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Need help! seniority or higher pay?
    I would take the higher pay, if pay and seniority are the only differences to you. 2 months is not much in terms of "seniority." And I think $1/hr more is significant.
    Jan 8, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  7. Restraints
    I think whether mitts are considered a restraint varies by facility. Previously, they were not considered a restraint at my hospital (which I always found odd). Recently, policy has changed and now...
    Jan 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Med Surg Nurses:  How many patients do you care for?
    I work on a surgery unit, but we also get medicine patients when gen med floors are full. 3-4 on days and 5 on nights.
    Jan 7, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. So, who is working tomorrow?
    I'm happy to work - 12 hours of triple time!
    Dec 25, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. what makes a good/great nurse?
    Clinical competency and empathy.
    Nov 29, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  11. Where can I actually help people??
    My surgical floor takes the liver and kidney transplants. Tons of teaching, and these patients are almost always eager to learn (and compliant w/ meds, treatments. etc).
    Nov 28, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. Giving iv meds through running line
    I work on a surgery floor. Phenergan is a commonly prescribed med, and we give it IV push.
    Nov 25, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  13. So I get a call from the lab.....
    We don't get a call from the lab unless K is over 6.0 And isn't normal K 3.5 to 5
    Nov 13, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Is it possible to get the holidays off?
    We get triple time on Christmas (double time and a half for all other holidays), so most people want to work. Unfortunately, Christmas and New Years are always overstaffed, so we get called off by...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  15. Current starting rate in MI hospitals?
    I'm not sure where you got your info, but new grads start at U of M at 27.11/hr base, night shift diff is 1.25/hr.
    Nov 4, '12
    Forum: Michigan Nursing
  16. RNs: How much vacation time do you get?
    15 hours per month =4.5 weeks/yr (I work 40 hrs/wk)
    Oct 29, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Was I at fault? the nurse embarrassed me in front of others.
    If an aide gets my light, great. But ultimately it's my responsibility, because they're my patients.
    Oct 10, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  18. Starting Pays and O R Nsg
    U Of M has an OR residency for new grads. I haven't heard good things about the work environment in the OR, but I don't know first hand.
    Oct 7, '12
    Forum: Michigan Nursing
  19. Piercings & Tattoos?
    I have my nose pierced (I wear a small stud) and a tattoo on each wrist. I work in a large university teaching hospital and this has never been an issue.There is an aide on my unit with several...
    Oct 2, '12
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  20. The cost of a Ace wrap
    In reference to RNperdiem, and if the family can't afford the medicine/supplies, the pt doesn't get them. In the parts of the world where healthcare works like this (developing countries) usually the...
    Sep 26, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. What Kind of Patients Do You LIKE Most?
    Post op pts, esp the ones who can't wait to get up and walk or the ones who I find using their incentive spirometer on their own w/ no one around, haha. Transplant pts who study their Ed...
    Sep 3, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  22. What patients/behaviors/illnesses/injuries do you HATE the most?
    Dementia C-diff Medicine service pts (we're a surgery floor but get overflow if no gen med beds open)
    Sep 3, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  23. What exactly would an ortho/urology nurse do?
    My guess is that you'd be caring for patients post op from urology surgeries (surg for bladder CA, prostate CA, CBIs) and other urology issues (work up for hematria, etc). And also ortho post-ops...
    Aug 30, '12
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  24. What is the nurse-patient ratio where you work?
    Michigan (union): med-surg 4:1 days, 5:1 nights.
    Aug 26, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  25. Looking to relocate, where to move to maximize my income.
    In SE MI I make 28/hr as a new grad and cost of living is pretty low. I have enough to live in a 2 bed/2 bath townhouse, drive a new car, pay student loans, and save.
    Aug 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion

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