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  1. Orientation Length and Type
    -What length of orientation did you have? 16 weeks -Were there specific ER classroom time or general nursing classes? How many hours would you estimate? Cardiac dysrhythmia class x 2 days, ACLS,...
    Aug 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. CEN as a New Grad
    Forgot to mention, I passed easily. Many of my experienced (many years) coworkers did not pass, for what it's worth. They are very good nurses.
    Feb 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. CEN as a New Grad
    I took it as a new grad, and with only 7 (4 on orientation) months experience as an ER nurse. I was an ER tech for 2 years while in school...so I did have a little more experience. It's just a...
    Feb 14
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  4. Pull until full triage
    We bedside triage nearly all our patients, and ultimately it is the primary RN's responsibility. That said, we typically have a team leader in each area (85 bed + hallways ER) to help, although they...
    Jan 27
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  5. Removing a ring with O2 mask strap
    I've used a rubber tourniquet in a similar fashion.
    Jan 25
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. IV Push
    Not sure what you're asking.
    Jan 25
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. I never, ever went to ER when I was a kid
    Yup, no different in our ER. It does, however, make it more difficult to sort out the truly ill folks sometimes. I can recall a few times already, in my short career, where I thought a pt was being...
    Jan 23
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Nurses vs Phlebotomist
    I'm not sure I've ever seen a phlebotomist in our ER. Not sure why one would be needed, to be honest.
    Jan 17
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  9. How long was your orientation
    Maybe you should consider one of those careers?
    Nov 13, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  10. Patient ratios.
    What??? That's bananas. Maybe in a fast track/minor acute setting, but not in an acute environment...that's just unsafe, IMO. In our acute areas we are 4:1 max, usually 3:1 and a hall space.
    Aug 23, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  11. Can anyone suggest a good EKG interp book?
    Dale Dubin's book is great.
    Aug 3, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Knew it was her
    Sorry, but IMO it's unprofessional to be posting this type of thing.
    Jul 31, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. Lidocaine IV causing SVT?
    It sounded (over the internet)as if the Charge was saying..."Just push it", with a snitty voice. At least that's how I read it. I would have wanted to check a reference if time allotted....it...
    May 22, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Lidocaine IV causing SVT?
    Gotcha. I knew there must have been more to it. I would think if anything, you'd see the opposite response in terms of HR. I'm a newer nurse, so I cannot speak from experience. I'm interested to...
    May 22, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Lidocaine IV causing SVT?
    I think I would have handed it to the charge RN and asked them to push it. My big question is- Why would the med be given if the pt's vitals are stable, and he is asymptomatic, save for the PVC's? ...
    May 21, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. WE WON! Let us know if you do.
    90 beds...It'll never happen!
    Apr 12, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. CEN book
    I second the ENA book. Solheim's Pocket Pearl books are helpful also. I am currently studying for the CEN and have used both.
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. ENA
    ENA
    A phone call may help provide some insight. I called once and they were very helpful.
    Mar 25, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. New grad in ER
    Lots of discussion on this very topic here on the board. I graduated last May, and started orientation in an ER in September. I had 16 weeks orientation, and I have been on my own for almost 3...
    Mar 22, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  20. Orientation
    I had 3 patients after 2 weeks, but my preceptor was right there if I needed assistance. I had been working in the department for almost 2 years as a tech, and knew the flow of things, so that...
    Jan 28, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Hypoglycemic nicknames
    How 'bout "we have a hypoglycemic patient en route to room xxx". Why would you need a nickname?
    Jan 28, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. prioritizing in the ER
    8-17 patients? Geez...what kind of ER is this? That seems unsafe to me.
    Jan 23, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. Lining and labs/ hemolyzed specimens
    We don't have phlebotomists in our ER. I've never used a syringe to pull blood specimens either. We put the blood collection device directly on the hub of the IV set (Nexiva or Jelco) and draw from...
    Jan 16, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. Lining and labs/ hemolyzed specimens
    Nope. We draw labs when we line, and unless flow is very slow, or extremely fast, there are no issues.
    Jan 16, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. How long was your orientation
    I am a new grad, and started in the ER. My orientation was 16 weeks, and I have been on my own for 2 weeks. I was told the national average length of orientation for new grads in the ER is 16...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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