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  1. BREAKS?????? You've gotta be kidding!!!
    I pee frequently no matter how busy I am. Unless there is a code there is time for a bathroom stop. We also get our 30 min lunch uninterrupted more often than not. Our hospital has really worked on...
    Feb 4
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  2. Nurses: How far is your commute?
    3 miles to the hospital. I work three 12.5 hour shifts a week. I can't imagine commuting an hour each way....or even 35 min. I'm spoiled.
    Feb 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  3. Using both ports of central line
    Most of my patients that have multiple line PICCs have them because we need to run several things at once, even things that wouldn't be compatible otherwise.
    Jan 16
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  4. 2016 salary thread
    COL in WI varies a lot. I posted before but I'm in a northern Milwaukee suburb and renting a one bedroom isn't bad but larger options can be expensive. Madison is more expensive too. We we do...
    Jan 12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. New grad, please Help with med surg organization!!
    We have lots of different options at work to choose from. I do two patients to a page. There are lots of nurses that have a sheet for each patient. If you ask 10 nurses you'll get 10 sheets. If...
    Dec 16, '15
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  6. 2016 salary thread
    1. Metro Milwaukee WI 2. Inpatient RN, oncology/med/surg 3. 18 months experience 4. 26.00 base pay, I think it's 2 for PMs and 2.5 for NOCs and 2.50 for weekends 5. My 2500 square foot, 4 bed 3...
    Dec 8, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  7. Should I buy a nice stethoscope?
    I replaced my classic II with a III and I like it. The tubing is slightly thicker and seems more sturdy. I'm on an oncology and med/surg floor. It gets lots of use!
    Dec 8, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  8. Npo and medication
    Another one who has most doctors place orders that say NPO except meds, or strict NPO.
    Nov 21, '15
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  9. I really hate nursing school?
    A lot of people dislike nursing school. It's not the same as working. That said most nurses don't get hired into their dream job (especially into school nursing) right away. So plan on spending...
    Nov 20, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  10. Full time working moms - how do you manage it?
    My husband is the primary parent when I work several 12s. Also my family is around to help out a ton too. So I don't pay for child care at all. The other people I work with pay for child care...
    Nov 20, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Does the size of the work unit matter?
    I'm on an 18 bed unit. Day shift we have 5 nurses and 3 aides. From 19-23 we have 4 nurses, still 3 aides. Nights have 3 nurses and 1-2 aides. We work every third weekend. I feel like we are a...
    Nov 17, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  12. Stethoscope engraving
    My facility requires first and last names to be visible. If your name changes legally you need to change your badge as well. I engraved only my first name on my stethoscope. It's bright orange...
    Nov 12, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  13. Tips for Being a Good Patient
    Safety is my priority. I will do my best to keep you modest but if I think you need someone to help you shower or aren't safe in the bathroom by yourself someone will be with you. Very rarely are...
    Nov 6, '15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  14. Refuse or fail hair follicle test?
    My organization does hair follicle tests for any patient care contact people. That includes RNs, CNAs and even the front desk check in people. They don't even bother with urine anymore for pre...
    Nov 5, '15
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  15. How long is your commute?
    I'm spoiled, it's only 3 miles to work. I can ride my bike in nice weather. ADNs are hired fine in my area. I did apply to a few positions that would have taken me about 45 min one way.
    Nov 3, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Nursing and tattoos
    Love sleeves will likely be your day to day wear. I've heard of places that don't allow long sleeves (infection reasons) but there aren't any in my area like that. The finger might be the issue...
    Oct 29, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  17. Cleaning up a dead person in a hospice setting
    I work on an oncology floor that also does quite a bit of comfort/hospice care. When a patient dies the aides do most of the cares but I frequently help too. We remove lines and drains, bathe...
    Oct 29, '15
    Forum: Hospice Nursing
  18. pleurex drains
    I've seen them used for malignant ascites quite a bit as well.
    Oct 27, '15
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  19. Tattoos in Nursing
    Everyone one is entitled to their own opinion, and I know the plural of anecdotal is not data. The funny part is my mom hates it because she worries I'll look weird old. I'll just be glad to be old....
    Oct 24, '15
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  20. Tattoos in Nursing
    I have several tattoos, two can be partially seen at work if I don't have longer sleeves on. One is a nursing themed half sleeve. I've had nothing but great feed back. I've also never met a...
    Oct 23, '15
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  21. Stephen King Readers Thread
    I'm a SK lover too! I just started a leg tattoo sleeve with The Dark Tower. "There are other worlds than these" is the quote I'm using. A raven, the rose and a compass (my personal addition)....
    Oct 1, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. What med surg skills do med surg nurses do about 80% of the time?
    Yeah get the skills by doing them. Repetition. I work an odd med/surg/oncology unit. It's also the icu step down and we do a lot of hospice/comfort care. I give a lot of pain meds, lots of...
    Sep 25, '15
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  23. Best way to learn IV skills?
    Repetition. Just doing it is the best way. It's fine if you take some time to prime lines etc. as your get more comfortable the "speed" will come. Any time there is a new IV that needs to be...
    Sep 25, '15
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  24. Do RNs get extra pay for working with students?
    We don't pay more for charge nursing or having nursing students with us. I enjoy having students with me 99% of the time.
    Sep 23, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. What does your school have you wear to the Pinning Ceremony?
    We wore dress clothing and graduation gowns, no caps. Those of us graduating with honors also wore our cords.
    Sep 20, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student


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