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  1. Lining and labs/ hemolyzed specimens
    I don't want to argue, or inflame, but I am just offering some perspective. Coags are a different beast. It only takes about 1/10 of 1 ml of plasma to run a coag test. In this case, it's not a...
    Jan 19, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  2. Lining and labs/ hemolyzed specimens
    I'm not an ER nurse, but I think I can give some perspective here. Before becoming an RN, I was a lab tech. You know, the one who actually runs the tests. I think every hospital has a communication...
    Jan 18, '13
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  3. Fevers In CCU
    Some of our patients are allowed to run high, but not that high. I agree with the previous poster though, this is a time to use nursing measures. In my state you need an order for a cooling...
    Dec 14, '12
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. New RN medication assessment
    When I started in my first ICU, I had to take something similar. NCLEX meds are a good start, but you'll likely be asked about drips as well. Know your insulin drips, pressors, propofol and other...
    Aug 30, '12
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. "Loosing" my license
    I can commiserate. I worked at a job where we were mostly all afraid of losing licenses. We had a doc who loved to call the BON and complain about us. Constantly. It's a harsh, stressful environment...
    Jul 14, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. First code
    A wonderful nurse once told me that I should not expect any code to turn out well. She said to remember that if you must do CPR, they are already gone, and you MIGHT be able to bring a handful back....
    May 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Learn from my STUPID mistake
    Let the embarrassment begin. I unclamped a Mahurkar to flush it, before I attached the flush. I'll never do that again, the blood spot is still on the ceiling.
    May 3, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Things you'd LOVE to be able to tell patients, and get away with it.
    "I can respect that you finally put your grandfather on hospice care. Very noble. But why, why, why, did you then bring him to the ER when he stopped breathing, and tell us to maintain his hospice...
    Mar 29, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. Now I get why experience means everything yet nothing
    That's a nice realization. I want to one day go to NP school, but am waiting on some more experience myself. I want to get out of bedside nursing before my back gives out completely, and your post...
    Mar 17, '12
    Forum: Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  10. Older, overweight, and drug addicted patients
    I think it should be said that did not post this in an effort to be self-righteous, it was more a speaking of my mind for my own benefit. I am grateful for these patients, I understand not everyone...
    Feb 13, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Older, overweight, and drug addicted patients
    I would be willing to bet by the title that the reader here will think this is a rant, but it is quite the opposite. This came about because the longer I spend here on AN, and the longer I work in a...
    Feb 12, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. American Red Cross and Hipaa
    Wow Jay, thanks for the fantastic information. It surprises me how few of us health care workers know this, and I will be sure to take your post into work with me and educate our staff. It is a time...
    Feb 11, '12
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  13. Problems with the aging nurses
    I usually don't post on the more controversial threads, like this one, but I have a story that might fit as an example. Now, I won't throw age into the post, but physical capacity. I used to...
    Feb 6, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. DeSales RN to BSN
    Hello All! I have recently been accepted into the RN to BSN program at DeSales University. Before applying, I researched AN for info on the program, and found very little, so hopefully this...
    Jan 4, '12
    Forum: Pennsylvania Nursing
  15. American Red Cross and Hipaa
    Thank you all for your great responses! rjflyn - How would you verify that it really is the Red Cross calling? We have caller ID, but it only shows a number, not a name. I wonder if they have a...
    Dec 8, '11
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  16. American Red Cross and Hipaa
    Thank you all for your replies. After some quick googling (yeah, it's a verb now) I found this: For Health Care Practitioners! HIPAA Exemption for American Red Cross The American Red Cross...
    Dec 7, '11
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  17. American Red Cross and Hipaa
    Just curious if anyone else has experienced this: A nurse in my unit received a phone call at work from a person identifying herself as being from the American Red Cross, and was calling to...
    Dec 7, '11
    Forum: HIPAA and Nursing Challenges
  18. What is the dumbest order you ever read?
    "Ativan or Benedryl" was all that was written on the orders, when questioned, he said "whichever puts him to sleep faster, in any amount you need." Nice.
    Oct 31, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Ketamine for adults while intubated?
    I don't know of any reason it would be used, maybe someone else has a better answer for you, but I can tell you this: In my hospital, adults do not get ketamine. Period. It's too hard on the limbic...
    Oct 31, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. A nice little story
    I see, and sometimes post, some vents and frustrations here on AllNurses, and I think it's time for a positive story. I'm a recent grad RN, working in a small ICU. I've had many bad days, and have...
    Oct 31, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  21. Do I have a decent shot at getting an ICU job as a new grad?
    I agree, it's not only possible, it's likely. A word of advice though: do your research! I was hired as a new grad into an ICU not too long ago. It was easy! It was the first job I applied to, and...
    Oct 3, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. Any ICUs or critical care settings where the standard ratio is 1:1?
    1:1? What's that? Granted, I work in a small community hospital, our "critical" may be another hospitals "step-down", but in my ICU there is no 1:1, usually no 1:2. I almost always have at least 3,...
    Sep 4, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. "Don't be nice to her"
    Heh heh, you are correct, a crap hole it is. Thanks for all the advice. Just a side note, I AM glad that I have a job, and I don't want to complain too much in this terrible job market. There are...
    Aug 10, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. "Don't be nice to her"
    Thanks guys and gals, you gave some great advice and some things to think about. I'll be sure to be very, very careful, and look for other opportunities. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
    Jul 29, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. "Don't be nice to her"
    Thanks to everyone for the advice. ICUenthusiast, in answer to your question, no, we don't have a union. I am considering speaking to my director about it all. She seems like a friendly and...
    Jul 28, '11
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing

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