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    lalopop86 and anotherone like this.

    I know nurses that aren't potty trained.

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    5:1 without techs, nights.
    Most nights its only 4:1.
    However I could have an LVN and work in a team, have about 8 patients total (4 primary care, and 4 more with my LVN providing primary care for the other 4).

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    Second that, I completley agree with PP.

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    I see that the OP already decided, but here is my 2 cents...
    I've had mine for over two years, bought them a year after I moved to Cali.
    They are lifesavers (eye savers) here!!!
    I wouldn't wear sunglasses for the first two years at all, but just recently bought a pair of Rx sunglasses since we've moved to a part of the state where the sun is ever so brighter than in the SF Bay.
    Now I use those for driving and outside on a bright sunny day, and my transitions on a cloudier day. Anyhow, my eyesight has been SOOO much better since I started wearing transitions, I will never go back to regular lenses.

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    I also work in a small (78 bed) community hospital, in a 6 bed ICU. LOVE IT! Came from a large hospital's 43 bed M/S unit, and this really has been a nice change for me.
    We have hospitalists, who come and see pretty much all the patients. A few of our docs come and take care of their own, mostly the surgeons. We also ship out some of the patients that need specialized care, and lot's of times we will have med/surg patients to take care of, if there is no bed out there. We also have to float to M/S, ER and OB. Oh, and the pharmacy isn't open after five, but if we need something the house supe can get it for us, or we can get it out of the Documed on M/S. No Pyxis here!!!
    Hope this helps!

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    Really, if they end up closing this program it will deeply impact our small community.
    We need all the help we can get!

    I believe we sat in a class together today and yesterday...

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    Please stop by tomorrow at the Shaw Pavillion of MRCH to sign petitions, all day event!!!

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    Guessing Humboldt State?

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    Arcata will be in the low 20's, Eureka and Fortuna a little higher, because they are unionized. No idea of Crescent City, or Fort Bragg. There is a new grad training program at St. Joe's and Redwood Memorial starting this June, it's posted to their website.

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    JB2007, Debilpn23, mamamerlee, and 3 others like this.

    You did everything you could for this person.
    When it's time we all go, and not a minute before.

    I had a dying pt for the last 3 days, somebody who hasn't ''been there'' for years, and keep getting pneumonia. Finally the family agreed it was time to let her go. We made her comfort care.
    I realize that is totally different, but still makes me feel bad, mostly for the family though.

    She was as comfortable and peaceful as possible when I left.

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    hi, this is what we use in our facility, we (nurses) don't have access to the scheduling part though. hope it helps.

    optilink pcss patient classification and staffing system, a workload management tool
    optilink staffrunner scheduling tool can be used standalone or fully integrated with the pcss module

    features: patient classification system utilizing a professional judgment model; workload measurement including patient-staff assignments; outcome tracking and staffing effectiveness measurement; prospective insight into labor and cost variances; real-time decision support for precise deployment of staff; cost, productivity and overall performance reporting; and patient-staff ratio compliance monitoring.

    is your product stand alone or can it be interfaced and integrated with an organization’s installed platform? optilink pcss is fully integrated with a scheduling tool and can be interfaced to the following systems: admission, discharge and transfer; time and attendance; human resources; payroll; billing; and charge master.

    who owns the data? client.

    does the product provide specific hours and skill mix for each patient event? yes.

    are caregivers/data users involved in system design and maintenance? yes.unit leaders are responsible for creating unit-specific patient classification guidelines. in addition, the software is configured to reflect the organization’s care model and staffing guidelines.

    what is the initial cost of the application and what are the yearly maintenance fees? varies significantly with size, number of units, system components purchased and interface requirements. yearly maintenance fees are at industry standard.

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    phillymalenurse2b likes this.

    Quote from phillymalenurse
    Hello All, Well, Just Got The Results Of My 2nd Attempt And Sadly Failed W/ 265 Q's. As To The Results, All Areas Are Near Passing. What I Am Wondering Is How Close? I Have Taken 2 Prep Courses- Drexel And Kaplan. Just Hoping For Words Of Wisdom.
    Hi and
    Sorry to hear that.
    You could try preparing from Saunders and/or Mosby's NCLEX books next time, I've found those to very helpful on my exam.
    Good luck to you!

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    Quote from beth66335
    Good job! Don't you just love the adrenaline shakes afterwards!? Happens to me every time I work a Code Blue!
    Thanks, yeah, I do love the adrenalin rush, too. :spin:
    I felt pretty good about myself, being able to help out a bit, you know...
    I totally understood the difference between the way all the other lay people reacted and myself at that point.
    We, nurses are just used to react well in an emergency situation.
    We keep our heads cold, that is at least until all the scare is over...

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    It only happened yesterday afternoon, and thankfully no one was seriously hurt...
    I came off the night shift in the morning, went home, slept a couple hours, had lunch and headed for the nearest Target
    Bad idea, it was just jammed full of people in the beautiful Northern California sunny Sunday afternoon. Anyhow, on my way home I was stopped at a red light, when I saw this crash on the other side of the median. I think one of them must have ran a red light, but since I only moved here a few months ago, I couldn't figure out yet how all the traffic signals work...
    So, this one guy coming north hit another going west I believe.
    After the crash they both got out of the car. I was already on my way, instructed the younger one was bleeding from various wounds on his head to sit down, opened the back seat to his car, got my towel out of my trunk held it to his head and tried to calm him in general. Told the other guy to sit down as well, because he was walking around. Asked both of them if they had anybody else in the car with them trapped, they said no, thankfully.

    Tried to call 911 to begin with, but I was so tired and nervous that I couldn't hit the right keys on my phone pad.
    Asked the other bystanders if they have called 911, and they said yes. Police and were on the scene within 3 minutes. I couldn't believe how fast they were. They moved my car out of the way told me to stay with the bleeding guy. He was keep on asking me, am I going to be OK, Miss? I tried to keep him as calm as possible, told him that he was bleeding, but I tried to keep the bleeding down to a minimum with my towel. When the EMTs finally arrived a little bit later I gave them way.
    I asked the police if they needed me for anything, they asked if I have seen what happened, I said no, I only saw the "bang", so they let me go home.
    I was pretty shaken up afterwards, but now it is all settling in.

    They called me from work around ten to see if I wanted to come in for the night shift, and I said no, I felt like I already had my fun for the way. By the way this all happened a few miles from my work, I pretty sure the victims ended up in our ER.:uhoh21:

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    Quote from reesern63
    No insult intended, you may think you speak English but is it comprehensible? I just had the most awful customer "disservice" experience with a computer company that outsources its calls to India. Yes, they claim to speak English as well, but after 20 minutes of me saying, "Excuse me?," "Would you repeat that?," "What?," I was at my wit's end.

    And whether or not nurses from your country speak English isn't the point. The issue is we have plenty of nurses in our own country who would gladly return to work if hospitals would invest in making the workplace less chaotic. All that money spent importing nurses could be spent on nurses here.
    Yes, I'm sure that insult wasn't your, or anybody else's intention... However American born nurses have to understand that saying things in the above thread about our language competency and comprehension does sound insulting at times.

    I myself was born and raised in Europe, and came here six and a half years ago, via marriage, my husband is a Michigander.
    It took me a long time to get licensed in nursing here, and I had to go back to school for a few (3) courses. I feel like I worked hard to get some respect from my fellow nurses.

    I can't imagine anyone getting paid less than American nurses just because they are foreign born. I believe that if you are being taken advantage of - allow yourself to be taken advantage of - in that way (by an agency or a hospital), you shouldn't be in the workforce, not here, not anywhere.

    On the other, more important subject of making the workplace more acceptable and less chaotic:
    We nurses need to speak up about that to our supervisors, our DONs, our CEOs, our unions, etc!
    If we don't have have a voice, nobody else will speak for us.
    And maybe then all those American born and trained nurses will be working in our hospitals again. (and hopefully getting along well with us, foreigners, weather "imported" or here by choice)