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  1. What do you guys use for art lines??
    We do everything but open heart and ecmo here (12 bed PICU), but still have some pretty crappy neuro, trauma and oncology kids, as well as the usual respiratory. We routinely return waste. Still...
    Jul 20, '11
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  2. PICU medication dosages to memorize
    Two easy answers for this question! 1 - Get to know your emergency drugs intimately, including code drugs, RSI drugs, seizure meds, pressor and sedation gtts, etc... we carry a small,...
    Jul 20, '11
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  3. ROLL CALL!!!!!  Where are our WV nurses????
    Hey guys and gals! This forum has been silent for WAY too long! Who's still out there??? Don't sneak and peek - speak up and say hello!!!!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!
    Jul 20, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  4. Obtaining WV RN License
    Jeff - You should be able to apply for licensure by endorsement as long as you have an active license somewhere. WV is usually pretty good about processing stuff, but make sure you have all your...
    Jul 20, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  5. Are the "chest thumpers" new?
    They've been around in some form or another since the early 70's. I used them occassionally on the squad back in the 80's, but they were bulky, unreliable, and O2 powered - and sucked thru the tanks...
    Jul 18, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  6. Anyone working at Princeton or Greenbrier Valley?
    Hey guys! Possibility of relocating to the southern part of WV later this year. Was wanting to touch base with someone at either of these hospitals to find out what the nursing environments /...
    Jun 19, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  7. Good area of nursing for a male to work in?
    I've worked PICU since I graduated and love it! (I'm just an overgrown, arthritic kid anyway!) ER is a good fit, too. Also know alot of guys that are very happy working other critical care areas, and...
    May 16, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. How to find an apartment in Norfolk / Portsmouth?
    hey guys. Have been made a decent offer for employment in the area, and am considering commuting from WVa for a week on / week off schedule. Anybody have suggestions on less expensive housing in...
    Apr 29, '11
    Forum: Virginia Nursing
  9. Washington DC
    Nurseinadream - I am just now investigating possibilities of travelling, and the DC area is a primary area d/t its location near family, etc... would you care to PM me with what company you work for...
    Apr 25, '11
    Forum: Travel Nursing
  10. Anyone know about MedExpress in Huntington?
    So just looking around. Does anybody have any experience with the MedExpress Urgent Care Centers in the Huntington/Charleston area? Good to work for? What is the pay scale? Just looking for...
    Feb 13, '11
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  11. Sick and tired of the AAS BSN debate
    Some arguments never end... Lets speak from a practical level. As a general rule, ASN/ADN programs tend to focus heavily on skills and practical means, while BSN programs tend to enjoy more time...
    Oct 24, '10
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  12. Calling in: different time frame for night and day shifts?
    That is also the policy where I work. Dayshifters get an extra couple of hours to call in versus night shift - always did seem unfair....
    Oct 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  13. What do you call your "greatest" compliment?
    "I can tell you're a Christian, arent you???" It's hard to beat THAT one (and YES I am!)...:yeah:
    Oct 15, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. ED ratio across the US
    WV Night shift 4:1 medium - high acuity, Level 2 Trauma, primary cardiac and stroke center usually 12-14 pt's per 12 hour shift barely safe; staffiing is always short and staff satisfacion low...
    Oct 4, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  15. picu room design
    Although our current PICU is in a place once used as an adult ICU, we are looking at moving to a new unit in the next 5 years. Our new adult ICU's were all built with very spacious rooms utilizing...
    Sep 18, '10
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  16. Looking for PICU / PEDS per diem - suggestions from the neighbors???
    Hello neighbors! Live and work in WV, have been PICU CCRN for 5 years. Looking for per diem / part-time PICU-type jobs in Ohio - recently got my Ohio license. I know many places aren't hiring right...
    Jul 1, '10
    Forum: Ohio Nursing
  17. New grads in PICU...thoughts?
    I was a new grad when I started PICU as well. Keep an open mind - know that there is ALOT to learn. Be a sponge! Soak it all in, ask questions, and have fun! It's nothing like nursing school, but...
    May 28, '10
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  18. pediatric crash carts
    We don't use the Browlow Bags - generally they were designed more for EMS or for Rapid Response situations. But we DO have Broslow Crash Carts - all color coded. Of course, it is up to your...
    May 27, '10
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  19. Have you ever seen a seizure for  hypoglycemia?
    Seen it many times. The beauty of it is - fix the sugar and you fix the seizure!
    May 18, '10
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. Thoughts on hospitals near Beckley
    Just to help you out - it never took me more than an hour. From Hinton, the interstate is the long way - instead take Rt 3 via Alderson. The hospital is actually in Fairlea/Ronceverte. It's an easy,...
    Mar 29, '10
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  21. Commuting from WV to Ohio for work - thoughts?
    Hey guys. Live in the Huntington area and have been considering commuting to work per diem in Columbus at Nationwide. Anyone from WV driving to Columbus hospitals for work - Nationwide, OSU,...
    Mar 28, '10
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  22. Thoughts on hospitals near Beckley
    Dont know much about Beckley ARH anymore, but Summers Co. is very small with very limited resources. If I were going to look in that area, go to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center near Lewisburg. ...
    Mar 28, '10
    Forum: West Virginia Nursing
  23. Staffing Ratios getting thinner - "its the economy stupid!"
    I should clarify that anytime we have done 4:1 it has involved floor kids/Peds overflows that had no beds. But 3:1 is not that unusual, and can often incude vented patients...
    Jan 4, '10
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  24. Staffing Ratios getting thinner - "its the economy stupid!"
    So I know this is re-hashing old discussions - but what trends do you guys see in PICU staffing right now? What nurse/patient staffing ratios is your unit using, and what are some of the criteria...
    Jan 3, '10
    Forum: PICU Nursing / Pediatric
  25. Disappointed with VA Board for their Inconsiderably Rudeness Members
    Amen WheelingNurse! Basic geography here - WEST Virginia vs. Virginia! Two different states...
    Dec 10, '09
    Forum: Virginia Nursing