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  1. How can I help my aides?
    Thanks for the suggestions! OT has been discussed but I guess they haven't found a solution. Some will just leave and not chart. Maybe the other shift balks at having to do all the stuff left over,...
    Oct 23, '15
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  2. OCCC Spring 2016
    I graduated from OCCC in 2012. Great program. Good luck to you all!
    Oct 21, '15
    Forum: Oklahoma Nursing
  3. altered cardiac function?
    Loving the detailed help from the veteran nurses! It's hard to think as a student these days. With a little experience you start to just form these ideas without really knowing how or why. You just...
    Oct 15, '15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  4. How can I help my aides?
    Overall our CNAs do a great job. We have 1 in particular though that has horrible time management skills. We all dread when she is assigned to our patients. She has been with us for maybe a year and...
    Oct 15, '15
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  5. How does your facility prevent falls?
    Place our aides as sitters regardless of how few we have. Still doesn't prevent falls. Our falls tend to be the A&O patients who think it's OK to get up despite multiple devices connected and meds on...
    Oct 14, '15
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  6. altered cardiac function?
    Yes, INR affects thrombus risk. But does your patient have evidence (S&S) of altered cardiac output? The output is most likely fine (excluding other causes of altered cardiac output) but the defect...
    Oct 13, '15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  7. altered cardiac function?
    What does INR affect, cardiac function or thrombus risk? Start there. Good luck!
    Oct 12, '15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  8. Asking Former Preceptor for Some Space
    Was this nurse in charge during the shift?
    Sep 24, '15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  9. I need a RN-BSN Preceptor!
    Did you try contacting any clinical sites? If I'd had to do that I would have been planning since day one in clinicals.
    Sep 23, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Ethics: Does knowledge of a patient's blood borne pathogen change your care?
    I'm reminded of a time when I had a student and we had the opportunity to start an IV. I mentioned the patient's HIV status and she got really nervous. I asked why, since we're following universal...
    Sep 10, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Med-Surg Nurses: How many phone calls do you take per day??
    We don't carry phones, we have to come to the desk. If I'm busy whoever is calling holds or I return the call.
    Sep 6, '15
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  12. Feds investigating University of Phoenix
    I am an ADN educated RN. I am also a charge nurse. I'm a good nurse and have had many senior nurses ask me for advice. RN is RN.
    Sep 5, '15
    Forum: Nursing News
  13. Does a nurse preceptor qualify as a "supervisor/manager" type of reference?
    What about a former charge nurse? I like to use them on apps as a reference and have specified that they were the charge nurse.
    Sep 5, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. I really need help with this case study?
    Where are your available sites for IV placement? Are there any contraindications for using one site or another, either with the site itself or with the blood/drug? What are your considerations in...
    Sep 5, '15
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  15. What are the 3 most dislike RN duties in demand?
    Everyone is different. I hate placing NG tubes. And I'm sick to death of the AM med pass. I love, love, love educating my patients!
    Sep 4, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. Admissions
    We get a report faxed and then the ER nurse calls for a report. Usually I don't even want to talk to them unless I have a question because they want to give me a lengthy report that covers my faxed...
    Aug 18, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Is an associates degree in nursing a waste of time?
    I have an ADN. I had no problem getting a job and have had no problem being offered jobs that I subsequently did not take. I'm also the charge nurse on my floor. I'm an RN, and a good one, and that's...
    Aug 14, '15
    Forum: Pre-Nursing Student
  18. Quit during orientation
    "A lot less physical"? My days are plenty physically exhausting. There are many days that it seems all I do is clean patients and do "grunt work". My PCTs are awesome but they can't do it alone and...
    Jun 22, '15
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  19. New grad or inexperienced nurse interview question
    I wasn't asked anything like this. I guess it was assumed that because I passed boards that I knew that stuff. My interview was more of a getting-to-know-you type thing. Strengths, weaknesses, etc....
    Apr 29, '15
    Forum: Nursing and Professionalism
  20. What is it like to be an Oncology nurse?
    Be prepared to give lots of blood products. Also know your chemo. It is my understanding that to become certified there is testing involved. All bodily fluids are to be treated as toxic, not just...
    Apr 15, '15
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  21. Would you take a patient's blood sugar without an "order"?
    I would check if the pt asked. If a pt has q4 vitals ordered but requests a BP check would you not do it? I check if requested and call the doc if it's not WNL and request orders to address the BG....
    Dec 26, '14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  22. Newish grad. Dealing with students on the ward.
    Let them know that you'll be happy to answer questions if they keep up. Otherwise they can forget it because you're responsible for your pts, not them. I'm not going to pursue them to teach them....
    Sep 16, '14
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  23. Multiple infusions, having trouble
    We frequently have 2 antibiotics due at the same time. One I see frequently is Rocephin and Vancomycin both due at 0900. In that instance, I'll start the Rocephin first at 0800 (it only runs for 30...
    Jul 16, '14
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  24. Was reprimanded for wearing gloves while working with a patient
    C-diff? MRSA? These diagnoses require the use of PPE and proper hand hygiene. Encourage the pts to also wash their hands before leaving the room. While I work at a hospital, our policy is to have...
    Jul 10, '14
    Forum: Infectious Disease Nursing
  25. Why I pursued nursing and my love for needles!
    Health department nurses I'm sure give lots of vaccinations, as do peds nurses, especially in the doctor's office!
    Jun 28, '14
    Forum: Nurses Rock