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  1. African Americans in Oregon
    I haven't found that. I moved to Eastern Oregon from Portland and haven't seen any evidence of racism here. Our community is very accepting of any background.
    Jan 8, '09
    Forum: Oregon Nursing
  2. Comments from the peanut gallery....
    Wow. Talk about nurses eating their young. Now I'm a seasoned ER nurse who gets irritated by many things - even someone interrupting a vent. BUT - she explained herself and what she was really...
    Dec 7, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. ADNs and forensic nursing.
    There are a couple of programs where you can get a forensic certificate without a bachelor's degree.
    Nov 15, '08
    Forum: Forensic Nursing
  4. Training Options
    I started as a SANE at our hospital and furthered my education from there. I had to do a lot of self starting to get the experience needed to round out my education. Luckily, I hooked up with some...
    Nov 10, '08
    Forum: Forensic Nursing
  5. lidocaine for IV starts?
    I've found that using lidocaine increases my rate of missed IV's. Without it, I can get in virtually the first time every time (except for those "everyone has a bad day" type of days). If I use...
    Nov 8, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. Do you disclose a positive urine HCG?
    I talk to my patients about test results all the time. Potassium levels, INR's, Dig levels, etc. It's giving data - not a diagnosis. I am not diagnosing someone by saying "your pregnancy test came...
    Nov 8, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  7. Ez-io
    Infants are notoriously hard to get because it's so darn easy to pop on through. If your hand is not steady and you are not ready for that initial pop into the marrow then it is almost a guarantee...
    Nov 8, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  8. Nurse denies police access to patient, is arrested. She sues.
    You need to be VERY sure of the laws in your state. In Oregon, there are certain instances where we are required to cooperate with police in regards to arresting patients, giving info on discharges,...
    Nov 8, '08
    Forum: Nursing News
  9. Where to move?  HELP!
    I actually make more here than I did working at a trauma center in Portland
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Where to move?  HELP!
    Eastern Oregon - completely "outdoorsy" area. Union hospitals - wages good. I love love love it!
    Oct 17, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. ED t-shirts Hilarious
    Oh my gosh! I love those. Off to go shopping.
    Oct 11, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  12. Tell us about your ED ?? =)
    I work in a rural/frontier ER. We have 4 beds, 2 of which are critical care. We have one nurse to staff the ER and we get back up from the med/surg floor when needed. The nurses in our facility...
    Oct 11, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  13. reportable cases in the ER
    In the state of Oregon we are required by state law to report any DRIVER of an MVC who is under the influence. Or if the MVC is used as an assault (i.e. trying to kill someone with their car). ...
    Oct 1, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  14. Joke..You know you are truly an ER nurse if...
    I just laughed so hard I snorted. This is the best thing I've heard in ages.
    Sep 2, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. Question for ER moms
    It's none of your bosses business until you decide to tell them. Definitely give them enough time to plan for your maternity leave though.
    Sep 2, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  16. "Flex" Competition Ideas
    Alphabetical diagnosis - who can write out the most diagnosis in alphabetical order (appy, broken arm, cardiac arrest, dementia, etc) Who can make a 100 link paperclip chain the fastest Good...
    Aug 8, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  17. What was the WORST thing a patient has been brought to ER for?
    21 y/o male ejected during rollover MVC. Nasty head injury, facial fractures, lost one eye. Expected to be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. Happened on Thanksgiving day. Woke up on...
    Aug 2, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  18. Evidence collection on unconscious patient
    Number one - check your state regs on this. I'd ask your local DA to be sure you are in compliance with these. Maybe they can consult on your policy as you develop it. That's what we did. ...
    Jul 23, '08
    Forum: Forensic Nursing
  19. what makes you a good ER nurse?
    What makes a good ER nurse? The realization that "some dude" will never be caught because he does not exist. For example: "I was just sitting there minding my own business when some dude...
    Jul 23, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  20. Small ER Management
    We also have 1 nurse to staff our ER at night. They usually waste with the med/surg nurses since our hospital is small enough to run and get them (i.e. 100 feet down the hall to med/surg type of...
    Jul 23, '08
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  21. Medical Screening Exam at triage by RN
    The radiologist reads the Xray. We wait for the dictated report. Doesn't take long at our facility as it is not a huge ER.
    Nov 6, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  22. Need Policy Help
    Make sure you are aware of your state law on the topic. Each state is different.
    Nov 2, '07
    Forum: Nurse Management
  23. Medical Screening Exam at triage by RN
    I'm in Oregon and we do MSE's at our facility. First and foremost we determine emergent vs. non emergent (MSE) - this may include some labs and/or Xrays. We then triage them into the order to be...
    Nov 1, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  24. Is it appropriate to check on pts?
    We routinely do follow up calls on our pts we transfer out. We use it as a QI process. By obtaining the info we find out many things: 1. could we have changed the outcome by our initial...
    Jan 17, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  25. Pediatric Chest Tubes
    What size chest tubes do you stock in your ED for peds cases? I feel like we are overloaded with multiple sizes that we don't need. What are your PAR levels?
    Jan 16, '07
    Forum: Emergency Nursing


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