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Joined: Feb 25, '02; Posts: 53 (9% Liked) ; Likes: 5
Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in ICU, PACU

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    I have not purchased books yet. I am still trying to have an approved MAT plan. My previous education decreases four classes I have to take and I am still awaiting word if I need to take an elective. What program are you beginning this fall at Duke? I am in the post-masters FNP certificate.

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    OBRN4U likes this.

    I am attending the on-campus orientation.

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    I work in the recovery room currently. New grads do well with a good orientation in the recovery room. You need good supportive nurses working near you and very supportive management. You can do this if you like working in a fast-paced environment and focus on ABC's primarily and surgical assessment.

    Purchase the Perianesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum book and the Perianesthesia nursing "A critical Care Approach". This is a good start. Know your anesthesia drugs. Pulmonary assessment is very crucial. Know how to be able to insert oral airways, do proper jaw thrusts/chin lifts and recognize bronchospasm, laryngospasm and negative pulmonary edema. I am not sure if you will be doing pediatrics, but they often have laryngospasms. Recognizing dysrythmias is also crucial.

    The great thing about working in the recovery room, every day is a new patient load with new experiences. It is an exciting job and very rewarding.

    I started in the CVICU as a new grad and did very well, and so did my patients.

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    That is easy, ask yourself, which one provides more weight-bearing activity. You can eliminate two easily. Then, take the last two and decide which one provides the most full body weight-bearing exercise.

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    As mentioned earlier, ASPAN is a good start. However, if you are looking for real life experience information, I can help you with that. I love the PACU and the variety of patients from infants to geriatrics, to ICU to outpatient, we have it all! And we LOVE to give pain medications! We have a fine balance in keeping our patients comfortable and making sure they are still breathing. Airway management is our priority as well.

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    Hello all UOP Alumni and current students!

    I was a graduate of their RN-BSN program in October 2006. I am extremely happy with UOP and learned so much. I was so happy with the BSN program, I am going to start the MSN-ED online program next week. My BSN program was on campus, so I am looking forward to doing the MSN online.

    If anyone else is starting this program, please let me know, we can compare notes.


    All my counselors at UOP have always been helpful and promptly returned my email or phone calls.

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    I exercise, eat really healthy (eat protein, it will keep you going longer) and make sure I have spare time for resting. Getting enough sleep is half the battle. Exercising and eating healthy help sleep though.

    Eating foods that are closer to its natural form is best, stay away from the processed foods.

    Do not indulge in the junk in the nurses lounge, candy, donuts, cake, soda... this stuff is poison to your long 12 hour shifts.

    I do drink coffee in AM when I wake up, but will switch to a healthy tea in PM if needed.

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    Tell them oral hygiene is more important than hair hygiene. A clean mouth prevents an array of infections and mouth sores. Ask them if you had to go without brushing your teeth for 3 days or washing your hair, which one would it be?

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    sharona97 likes this.

    ACLS isn't "dumbed down". ACLS is set up where everyone will get through their weaknesses before they leave the building. Everyone I know including me have studied hard to pass the written test and we take it seriously.

    Perhaps ACLS should be considered more percise rather than "dumbed down".

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    I personally would drug test her.

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    WillBeRN likes this.

    I worked full time and went to school for the BSN. I finished last October at the University of Phoenix and was very pleased with the program. The classes are one day a week in person (if you live in AZ) for 18 months for core classes. It took me 20 months because of some co-requisites I had to fullfill and I was able to test out of one class. It was a lot of work and I had some sacrifices to make with family and personal time. It was all worth it in the end and I don't regret it at all.

    There is a lot of presentations in power point, papers in APA format, reading and class projects. Clinicals were fun because we could choose where we wanted to do them.

    Getting your BSN makes a difference in your personal and professional life in many aspects. It is also a nice bridge to have in place when you are thinking of going back for your Masters degree.

    Regardless of the controversy, I strongly believe that getting your BSN helps nurses in many clinical aspects and can only improve care for patients.

    Good luck

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    hmm...BSN adds statistics, nursing research, more leadership, healthcare policies, family and ethics are just a few things. You definitely increase your presentation, paperwriting, educating patients and research skills.

    Getting your BSN does make a difference. I did the RN to BSN route. It took me 20 months.

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    I'm sure bacteria can harbor on chipped nail polish, but I think the length of the nails is the most concern. The longer the nails, the more likely chance of increased bacteria as well.

    Also, rings are another culprit for harboring bacteria. The less rings the better. It would be ideal if there were no rings present.

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    Death by defecation, or death by elimination.

    I tell my patients not to bear down, especially if they are cardiac patients.

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    There is no easy fix to the healthcare system. The government does poorly with their own system and hasn't proven compentency to even take over the system, or even guide it. The government wants a universal database for hospitals, but their computer system and equipment is subpar and should be the last ones dictating these requirements.

    I also have issues with people who don't have insurance but have new cars, cell phones, big screen TV's, Coach purses and flashy clothes.

    This is a multi-layer problem, the government shouldn't be the only one to solve the healthcare crisis, as individuals, we all need to do our part. One major way we can all help the crisis is be proactive in our own health and practice preventive healthcare measures. We have a healthcare crises because a huge portion of the population does not take care of themselves, and that is the root cause.

    A lunch of cheese burger and fries washed down with "diet" soda is what an average american things is being proactive in their own health.

    I don't blame the government, healthcare organizations, I blame society.

    Yes, I agree that many diseases are not preventive, but at least there will be room in the ER for the people who really need it.