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  1. Nurses First Aid Kits
    I never kept one until I found myself in a situation where I needed one desperately to help someone and didn't have one! Now I keep a commercial first aid kit (just the basics) but I added lots of...
    May 14, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Surgical Nursing
    I went straight into the OR from graduation and I adore it. I think that if you are 100% sure that you want to be in the OR and you have the opportunity to take a job, take the job. OR nursing is SO...
    Mar 26, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Going to India-- what meds to take?
    Definitely Pepto! I'd take a wide array of OTC stomach remedies as that's what is most likely to get you out of commission. I would ask for a broad spectrum AB for each family member, but none of my...
    Mar 17, '07
    Forum: World Nursing
  4. Removing Staples
    My favorite tip for removing staples is to remove every other staple, then go back and get the ones you missed. That way, if you find a spot that isn't totally closed, you've got a little security...
    Mar 5, '07
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. repiratory compensation
    I'll take a shot. pH is maintained by buffer systems, let's talk about the bicarbonate buffer system. CO2 + H2O <===> H2CO3 <===> H + HCO3 In metabolic acidosis, bicarb (HCO3) is decreased...
    Dec 15, '06
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  6. The Circumcision Discussion
    Absolutely untrue. 95% of UTI's in males occur in uncircumsized males. Since we know that female partners of uncircumsized males are at a higher rate of contracting STD's, including HPV, it seems...
    Dec 14, '06
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  7. Postpartum nurses and circumcisions?
    I'm not a pp nurse, but in my facility, nurses do not have to participate in procedures that they consider unethical. For example, if there were a tubal ligation, and you were ethically opposed to...
    Nov 11, '06
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  8. Hesi-NCLEX comparison
    I did well on both, and I do think that scoring well on the HESI can be a predictor of NCLEX success, but don't expect the tests to be very similar. In some ways, the HESI is harder because the...
    Oct 27, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  9. Morbidly obese patients
    SO, I'm not bashing the obese here, but I will say that I have had many obese patients that absolutely refuse to do anything for themselves. I HAVE had patients of all shapes and sizes with hotel...
    Oct 25, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. What are some subspecialties?
    Cardiac Rehab or Diabetes Education are probably your best bets, but I also like the idea of Renal - very specialized diets and low activity tolerance among that population could make it interesting....
    Oct 22, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Being an advocate in my own care. . . .
    I think a lot of people with depression find that certain seasons exacerbate the situation. It sounds perfectly reasonable to increase your SSRI dose for the winter months (or on a trial basis)...
    Oct 18, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. reorientation in dementia
    Newest information (which any of us who have dealt with this personally already knew) indicates that there is no point in reorienting and that going along with the flow is better for the patient. I...
    Oct 9, '06
    Forum: Geriatric Nurses / LTC Nursing
  13. Online support group for infertility?
    My personal recommendation is You'll find tons of the support you seek there. It's amazing how difficult the world can be when you are considering conceiving and it's not coming easily...
    Sep 19, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Scrub hat pattern?
    Can't help with a pattern, but check out these pony tail scrub hats. I just ordered some and really like them. Amanda
    Sep 16, '06
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  15. My first few days, as a new RN
    I totally agree with you. I'm a new grad in a for-profit hospital and I would never, ever for any reason accept a patient load like this. It IS a seller's market and one can afford to be quite...
    Sep 16, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Student Nurse Looking For Textbook Advice
    I bought all of mine on amazon, but not through the retailer, per se, but the section where people sell their old textbooks. I saved a fortune! Amanda
    Sep 12, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Preceptors-What's the real deal?
    WOW! I liked my preceptor before but now I adore him. I am 2 weeks into my first job out of school. I think my preceptor gets a few extra bucks for me, but probably not what he should be getting....
    Sep 7, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. 4th Side rail as restraint
    I agree with purplemania, intent has a lot to do with it. In my facility, if the patient is cognitively intact and agrees to rails x4 as a reminder to call for assistance ambulating, it is not a...
    Sep 2, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. I don't know how to feel about this
    Yes, the transport nurse was a pro, but so are you. You're right, the parents probably won't remember that you made the discovery, regardless of what happens, but you did exactly what you are...
    Aug 7, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Bandaids to keep 'em happy???
    I think it's great. I put a lot of band-aids on invisible boo-boos at home. It's not going to hurt, and if it helps, great. Amanda
    Jul 28, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. Lantus insulin question
    I'm not giving lantus to someone with a BG of 45 without knowing why their BG is so low and discussing it with the MD. I've had this convo with a doc before, he insisted it be given, and I ended up...
    Jul 26, '06
    Forum: Diabetes / Endocrine Nursing
  22. Question
    Ice chips melt to 50% of the qty. For example, if you give a patient a 50cc cup of ice chips, it melts to 25cc water, so you'd record the intake as 25cc. Amanda
    Jul 25, '06
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  23. Is this pleuisy? Empyema? Effusion?
    Howdy folks. Preface this by saying that I'm not looking for medical advice, just for the proper terminology - and no, it's not me - I am just stumped. 61F, non-smoker c/o rib/heart/breast...
    Jul 24, '06
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Help me decompress
    Wow - that's an amazing story. I've heard similar types of stories but have never seen anything like that up close and personal. I certainly can't offer any sage advice, but I do understand why...
    Jul 24, '06
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing
  25. opinions about epidurals
    KScott, I think you make an excellent argument. Someone asked what labor felt like. I had always heard that it felt like "really bad menstrual cramps". OK, fine. I've got endometriosis - no...
    Jul 22, '06
    Forum: Ob/Gyn Nursing