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  1. My Orthopedic Nurse Certification Exam (ONC) Heartbreaker
    I'll second what was said above, that's a great score for walking in cold. I'm scheduled to take mine at the end of January. I work inpatient ortho, so our patients are elective joints and traumas,...
    Dec 5, '14
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  2. Leakage of septic arthritis after surgery
    For hardware removal in a septic joint, we typically see a copious amount of drainage, at least for the patients at the hospital I work at. With time on the ortho unit you'll start to know what's...
    Dec 5, '14
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  3. How to prevent falls
    All of our ortho patients have bed alarms on at all times. Our beds allow you to set the alarm to 3 different levels of movement sensitivity, and ours are set to only alarm if the patient actually...
    Nov 24, '14
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  4. what's it like to be a patient sitter in Arizona?
    In the hospital system I work for, patient companions can have homework, computers, etc in the room. Patient sitters are not allowed to have anything- you have to have your eyes on the patient at all...
    Oct 30, '14
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  5. How to switch from bedside to OR
    Find out who the OR manager is and send an email asking to shadow for a day. That shows that you are interested, and will also give you an idea if it's something you'd really want to do. I went to...
    Aug 18, '14
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  6. Any OR RNs get their FNP?
    I've seen/met several who have gone back for their FNP so they can first assist, and make a living off of it. A couple were already RNFAs, but said Medicare would not reimburse their services if they...
    Aug 18, '14
    Forum: Operating Room Nursing
  7. Ortho certification...
    We are reimbursed for the test, up to $250 (the cost for NAON members to take it). but that's it. I'm currently studying for certification, and am learning a lot. I know it sounds cheesey, but the...
    May 1, '14
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  8. My story and some questions from a confused older student
    I floated to the ED the other day and asked about this. Only 1 of the PCTs I worked with had their CNA. The others were hired as nurse assistants (non-certified), and Banner trained them in IVs,...
    Sep 26, '13
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  9. My story and some questions from a confused older student
    I work for Banner and this is not the case- we use CNAs on the unit. CNAs take vitals, do bed baths, etc. We use PCTs in the ED. They start IVs, insert foleys, draw blood, etc. Our CNAs and PCTs are...
    Aug 16, '13
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  10. Arizona Hospitals
    i'm at a non-profit hospital up in the Phoenix area. We've been code purple for a few months straight now... however that hasn't helped our staffing situation. We are extremely short staffed and are...
    Mar 15, '13
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  11. Orders to hold meds?
    I always notify the doctor if I hold a med that doesn't have parameters on the order, but I would not wake up a doctor for that. I work days, and often night shift lets me know if they held anything,...
    Jan 29, '13
    Forum: Nursing and Patient Medications
  12. I just can't do this anymore...
    i'm sorry to hear that your husband is not supportive of your wishes. that is a hard road to navigate, and i hope it goes smoothly for you. so, what do you not like about nursing or your job? you...
    Jan 15, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. Burnout within 1st year possible?
    You sound exactly like me! My first job began in March in a women's health clinic. However I knew I wanted to be in a hospital setting, so I kept applying. I finally landed a job in ortho/med-surg...
    Jan 8, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  14. Any tips on where to take Pathophysiology?
    I took it all online through Phoenix College and received an A in the class. It's not that bad and everything I learned really helped me to understand disease processes I learned about in nursing...
    Jan 7, '13
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  15. Can someone tell me more about the Bio 201 lab?
    Phoenix College does use human cadavers, but it is optional. They were all people who donated their bodies to science following death. The lab part is mostly anatomy identification, bones, organs,...
    Dec 28, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  16. burning bridges?
    Hello! I started a new grad position in October for one of the larger hospital systems in the valley. It is not my dream job (of course), it's med-surg, but it is a foot in the door. I have only been...
    Dec 11, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  17. New grad, bullied at report.
    belittling you with passive aggressive behavior and snide remarks is bullying. however, your response and how you let it affect you are your own choice. i think the hyper-sensitivity and hurt...
    Dec 6, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  18. Can you Negotiate Salary or Relocation with Arizona State Veterans Jobs?
    It never hurts to try and negotiate your rate, although for it to be effective you will need to have a lot of experience and great reviews to back you up. I highly doubt any facility in Arizona will...
    Dec 6, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  19. Finding a job after school
    Here's a survey by the Board of Nursing that they do each year showing you the statistics. For me, I...
    Dec 6, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  20. Looking to get my BSN in Arizona
    I am in the RN-BSN at Grand Canyon University. The classes are 5 weeks long each, and it's pretty much just busy work. I chose it because it actually ended up being drastically cheaper than ASU's...
    Nov 24, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  21. New orders
    every facility will have their own protocol for this. whoever trained you or your manager should be able to answer your question.
    Nov 18, '12
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  22. Maricopa Medical Center
    I can't answer all, as I don't work there. It's the county hospital in a bad part of town. Personally, I would love to work the ED there. Can't say anything about benefits, pay, or ration, that's...
    Nov 15, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  23. masters degrees without ever working at the bedside?!
    this isn't something i'm overly concerned with, as many states mandate how many years experience a nurse must have in order to teach. i did go through my associate's program with a friend who was...
    Nov 12, '12
    Forum: Post Graduate Nursing Student
  24. University of AZ Tucson New Grad position
    that's about average. banner starts new grads out around 25, scottsdale is around 26. not sure about the dignity system. mayo starts new grads out at a whopping 20.xx (ouch). if you want to make...
    Nov 6, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing
  25. Traveler ISO short term housing near Banner Desert for Jan-Apr 2013
    tempe is directly west of that hospital. there are lots of furnished rentals available in tempe, check craigslist. good luck!
    Oct 27, '12
    Forum: Arizona Nursing