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  1. Are You An Innie or An Outie? Personality Testing And You
    ISTJ as well. . ..
    May 28, '13
    Forum: Nursing Job Search Assistance
  2. How much do you owe in student loans?
    I'll say an amount. I owed $25,000 after four years at a university. I have a 20 year repayment plan. I would say as a side note to make sure and pay them because the do not go away, even with a...
    Mar 27, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Navigating Doctors Idiosyncrasies
    Yeah, she was admitted because there was pain with urination and she kept passing quarter sized clots with much difficulty. Thanks for all the feedback everyone!
    Mar 24, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  4. Navigating Doctors Idiosyncrasies
    So back story. . . I had a 32 yr old female patient that was a direct admit around 2300 for hematuria. We call the doctor and get orders for a CT abd/pelvis w + w/o contrast, insert three-way and...
    Mar 21, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  5. Retirement in the nursing field.
    I'm not saying that the nurse caused sepsis. I'm saying the nurse didn't see the alert and transfer the patient to the appropriate level of care as she should of, and as it should have happened.
    Feb 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  6. Retirement in the nursing field.
    I don't know about that. I followed an experienced nurse with 32 years on-the-job who was not very proficient with computers and didn't see the Sepsis Alert notification form because she says she's...
    Feb 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  7. What if we had to tell the real truth when asked about our weaknesses?
    I have a low tolerance for incompetence. That's why I like working night shift. Less people means less incompetence. "Oh. Did I just draw blood from a fistula?" "She's not responding; I think she's...
    Feb 7, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. You might be a night shifter if...
    You have a hard time checking if your patients are A/O X4 at 0200. "No sir it's not Tuesd... Oh wait, no, you're right." You can see in the dark better than most.
    Jan 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. I Feel Like I'm in a Rut
    Thanks for the responses! I have my ECG, ACLS, BLS, and PALS. I can't take my med/surg cert or gerontology cert until August 2013. I've just become part of the SuperUser team, Skin/Wound team,...
    Jan 12, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  10. I Feel Like I'm in a Rut
    So like the topic says, I feel like I'm in a rut. I've been a nurse for a year and a half and I've been a med/surg nurse that whole time. I feel bored. :yawn: We don't get a variety of...
    Jan 9, '13
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  11. What are you good at?
    I'm the sepsis/declining patient queen! I can figure it out before the computer (though I wish the docs would believe me more.):bored: I transfer a patient on average at least once a month (I...
    Dec 24, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Money Management
    I use Mint.com to help manage finances. I love it because I can list when my bills have to be paid, how much, and I can set a budget. It pulls charges from bank accounts and credit cards and...
    Dec 12, '12
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  13. New Grads / First Job Survey
    Degree type: Bachelors Graduation month/year: 05/2011 Sex: Female Age range: 19-24 Job Setting: Hospital Geographical Location: Arizona Race/Ethnicity:Caucasian How long have you been looking...
    Nov 30, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. heparin bolus and continous infusion
    We have a facility policy regarding Heparin that explains when to check aPtt, when to bolus, etc. Did you check to see if your hospital has one? It could be different per hospital.
    Oct 7, '12
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  15. Only Charting "The Good Vitals"?
    It's the same with the Accu-chek machine. You get a sugar of 482 and then recheck it and get 246. Both numbers will populate in the computer. But if you look it's obvious. "What?! 482?!. . . oh a...
    Sep 14, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  16. Extreme Lab Values
    I had a patient with a pH of 7.04. I didn't know that was possible. :eek:
    Sep 10, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Only Charting "The Good Vitals"?
    The patient was an admit about 30 minutes before change of shift. So the report from days was understandably lacking. They didn't even know where the IV was, let alone if the patient was on...
    Sep 7, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  18. Only Charting "The Good Vitals"?
    So I have a question for everyone. The scenario: I had a patient the other day who was 88 RA and 78/49 with a HR of 92 at beginning of my shift. Came in for weakness and fever. The CNA put the...
    Sep 6, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  19. What are you really good at?
    I'm a "Sepsis Whisperer" on my floor. I can spot it within 12 hours of the official signs and symptoms. Queen of the transfers because of it (I'm Med/Surg)! Also I'm great at patient...
    Sep 4, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  20. Pay Off My Student Loans In Full or Make Monthly Payments?
    Thanks all for your input. I'm just gathering feedback before my meeting with my financial adviser. I'm not completely financially retarded. I have a 401K, EE bonds, savings, etc. I do worry...
    Aug 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Pay Off My Student Loans In Full or Make Monthly Payments?
    I have the ability to pay off my student loans completely now and be done with it. It would almost completely wipe out my savings, but I would be debt free. Also I would save about $8,000 in the 20...
    Aug 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. 3 things you wish someone would have told you, that you had to find out on your own..
    1. Never let anyone hear you speaking bad about your patients. Never. That stuff gets around easily. 2. Hourly rounding, especially at night, is EXTREMELY important. 3. Don't take...
    Aug 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Keep previous licenses?
    I think you should renew. Always. I renew my pharmacy technician license always, even though I don't plan on using it again. My father was a pharmacist, worked in corporate as a buyer for a...
    Jun 14, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. How is the job market for nursing where you live?
    I think that they will always have need in rural areas. I'm in Arizona and there are a significant number of new grad nursing jobs out here. You just have to know where/how to look. It's hard...
    May 24, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. How far do you travel to get to work?
    I drive 3.5 hours to work. 200 miles. So personally I don't think 45 minutes is a big deal! :-)
    May 23, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure


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