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    Orion81RN likes this.

    Why isn't your agency giving you the household info before you even go to the meet and greet? I had a comprehensive booklet with all of our expectations, requirements, rules, and responsibilities all laid out. It also explained our household composition so that you didn't waste my time if you hated dogs or were deathly allergic to cats. I also included things I was picky about (you needed to bring CLEAN slippers/crocs for use in the house),there was no pork of any kind allowed, and you needed to bring your own flatware if you were eating meat. It also listed the perks (cable TV with all movie channels, occasional fun outings, use of wifi, unlimited cat cuddles).

    It's not too late to talk to the parents. If the parents are that unapproachable, then talk to your ADON or DON to get this worked out.

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    Can't you just have a nice conversation with the parents? Our nurses had access to our wi-fi and there was a cable television in the bedroom. They could read/study, knit, watch TV/movies (nothing R-rated) as long as everything was done and kiddo was happy.

    In your case, if the child is in the stander, he/she might need some distractions through singing or reading books. But a sleeping, content child should give you plenty of time to chart, read your own book, whatever.

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    Put what you are most interested in!! It could be an awesome experience!! When I was in RT school, an open heart was mandatory. I ended up going to a CABGx3, a total knee, a CABGx2 with valve replacement, a trach and PEG, and an open G-J. I got to intubate for two of them and I was at the head for most of them with a great view. The surgeon is the one that makes or breaks the vibe in the room. My hospital knows that I am super interested in seeing an organ harvest so I am hopeful that I will get to see that at some point.

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    I can't imagine how that isn't a violation of the patient's privacy and the facility's policies.

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    Buckeye.nurse likes this.

    One of my NICU nurse co-workers uses two diaper pins to pin it to her top near her heart. I leave my engagement and wedding rings at home.

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    Quote from hppygr8ful
    Also my dog is not covered on the family medical plan!

    Hppy
    But you can put your dog/cat/human child/emu/pig/zebra on your Walgreen's family plan for $40/year. Gabapentin 300mg 400 capsules are $396 at the vet. At Walgreen's with no insurance they are $444 but with that family plan....$28!!!

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    The only little girl white shoes that I can think of are white patent leather shoes that people buy at Easter. And they look ridiculously uncomfortable.
    Old-school style Reeboks are back on the market. They make child sizes and are mesh-free.

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    I have a Littmann Cardiology III (borrowed by a friend and never returned) & IV; a Kila pediatric and standard, and a Littmann Classic II. My hospital uses Littmann neonatal in our NICU so I have used them extensively as well. I will say that the Kila is as good as the Littmann in terms of acoustics. And Kila's customer service is great.

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    Some of them lie to the families as well as to the nurses.
    My favorite is when the nurse doesn't come in and the on-call scheduler doesn't answer her phone even though they claimed 24/7 support.

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    Julius Seizure, TriciaJ, wondern, and 4 others like this.

    I'm not sure where you live but if it's a city, check into housesitting. I graduated high school 24 years ago. I have a school mate that has NEVER had place of his own. He has housesat for 24 years in San Francisco. He has a backpack and a suitcase and a PO Box. No kids, no spouse, no car, no bills except for cell phone. And he gets paid to live in nice houses.

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    Quote from Kitiger
    One parent told me that - after she changed her child's trach - the nurse said, "So THAT'S how it's done!"

    The nurse had worked there for several weeks. She (the nurse) told me she probably shouldn't have said that ...
    This doesn't surprise me at all. We had nurses that had never done a trach change on a real patient. Just watched one in school and did it on the doll in the 5-hour vent class at the agency.

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    Quote from Crystal-Wings
    How do people like that get approved for care to begin with???
    I have often wondered the same thing. Some of our nurses would be like "my other case is just a g-tube or just seizure precautions and they have 24/7 nursing" and I'd be confused because my kid was trach/vent/g-tube/actual seizures/medically complex and we fought for every hour we got.

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    Are you in the United States? If so, you need to take the NCLEX and you might want to check here and even see if you are eligible.

    Also, if you are seriously planning to leave your criminal history off the application to the board of nursing, you should read some of the threads here first and realize that you won't ever get your license that way.

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    The only hospital that doesn't have a set color based on job is CHKD.

    RRMC has a gorgeous new SICU and are remodeling their MICU.
    They have L&D and a Level 2 nursery.

    SCP is a very modern hospital. Their L&D is just about to open.
    They have a good cardiac unit.

    SNGH is a HUGE hospital.
    They take all high-risk L&D patients and have a Level 2 nursery.
    Their heart hospital is amazing.
    They have a burn/trauma ICU, neuro ICU, two general ICUs, vascular ICU, cardiac ICU, cardiac surgical ICU, and a step-down ventilator ICU.
    They do a lot of research.
    They are the regional Level I trauma hospital.

    Culture varies not only from hospital to hospital but unit to unit.
    I did extensive clinical rotations at these hospitals and at no time did I see a lack of availability for basic supplies, linens, etc.

    Sentara facilities are weird about weekend shift diff. If you are not assigned to weekends but pick up a weekend, you do NOT get the weekend diff.

    **Not a nurse but an RRT.

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    Being an RT is amazing but there are things to consider. There is less room for advancement. There is no equivalent of NP or APRN for RTs. RT departments generally have 1 manager, an assistant manager or two, and 2-4 clinical specialists. Nursing has managers and advanced opportunities in nearly every department. Depending on where you work, you need to know how to handle patients from delivery to geriatric. You need a solid science background. You might have 20 patients if you are on the floors (lots of walking) or 6 patients if you are in an ICU. Your acuity can range from a PRN albuterol nebulizer to a 350g baby on a jet with a critical airway and a host of medical issues.


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