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BlueShoes12 BSN, RN

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BlueShoes12 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Stepdown ICU, Trauma.

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    PACU interview

    Thank you! I ended up being offered the PACU residency position.
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    All these nurses writing articles

    Not impressed by JACHO. I always fail to see how having my (covered) water bottle placed next to my (freshly cleaned) stethescope is a bigger infection risk than, you know, me being in the room with the patient and breathing the same air... The other good one was when we had to throw out a freshly opened liter pump bottle of Coffee Mate because the date that it had been opened had been written an inch off from the designated date label. That seriously happened. Over an inch. The date was correct too.
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    PACU interview

    I am interviewing for a PACU residency position on Monday - it will be a group interview. I've been a nurse for a few years on a stepdown/surgical telemetry unit. I'm pretty comfortable with the interviewing process, usually interview well and have an interview outfit/portfolio ready. However, since I'm new to PACU, does anyone have any suggestions for PACU-specific questions to be prepared for? The residency is designed for nurses without prior PACU experience. Thanks in advance!
  5. I don't love working 12-hour shifts, but as long as I'm at the bedside, I absolutely would not want to be at the hospital more than three days/week. My ideal schedule would be two twelves and one eight. The flexibility of having a three day work week is wonderful.
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    Getting a job with ADN?

    I graduated from an ADN program and had 3 offers from four interviews at my local Magnet-recognized facility - however, I already worked there as an NA prior to graduation. This is also a more rural area - the hospital itself serves as a regional hub.
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    What was your first job as a new graduate?

    I started on a cardiac/surgical/neuro progressive care unit and am still there a few years later. Lots of variety - trauma patients, neuro, post-ops, etc. Never the same patient population from day to day.
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    Discussing salary with co workers

    Just don't do it.
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    Nursing Smells You Love?

    Oddly enough, shaving cream! The hospital I work at stocks a brand that smells really, really good. Otherwise, I guess donuts if someone brings some in?
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    What is your "thing" and how do you deal with it?

    Oh, one more to add - the worst gangrenous foot I've ever seen. Whole foot was black up to the lower leg, complete with maggots. We have a small unit and you could smell it from one end of the unit to the other. I started gagging every time I got near that end of the unit, even after we stole some peppermint oil from pharmacy and I rubbed it under my nose so I could barely smell anything! We've put leeches on, used maggots on wounds once - I find all that stuff really interesting and normally like wound care and dressings. Normally smells don't bother me, but that foot got me.
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    What is your "thing" and how do you deal with it?

    Bed pans with stool... I put a Chux inside the bed pan so I can just throw it away instead of trying to rinse it out. If it's really gross I've been known to just throw the plastic pan away and get a new one. Tip for sputum: have the patient spit the sputum directly into the specimen cup.
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    Case Study: My Stomach Hurts

    When will the diagnosis be posted? It's been a couple of weeks. (I did submit a serious answer way back when). With the new info, I'm going suggest checking at least an H&H, if not a CBC and a 30-day prescription for Protonix, as well as no more NSAIDs... if the H&H is low may have to consider requesting an EGD. Is it OK to put the info above on this thread since it doesn't contain an actual suggested diagnosis? If not, let me know and I'll remove it.
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    Thoughts On Incentive Plans

    Take the money that would be spent on bonuses and use it to ensure adequate staffing. I would also be motivated by 12 extra hours of PTO, or something like that, to use at my leisure.
  14. I was once called in at 5 p.m. For one patient. I was not particularly amused, I have to say. I don't think there's any universal time though - at my hospital if you're on call it's for the entire shift.
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    Nurses Charged in Deaths of 12 Nursing Home Residents

    Good grief, why wouldn't you call 911 if your residents were stuck in 100+ degree temperatures for 3+ days? It's basic common sense and human decency, which isn't something that you need a nursing license to possess. However, this isn't only on the nurses - this is also on the DON, administrator, medical director, etc. Sounds like lots of balls were dropped and unfortunately innocent people paid the ultimate price. Look at how quickly things happened once the emergency authorities were finally alerted on the timeline provided. People never need have died if only one staff member had reached out for help earlier.
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    Case Study: My Stomach Hurts

    I submitted a guess. Curious to see what the final answer is!