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  1. hs2005

    Going PRN?

    Trying to decide if I want to switch from my full time status to PRN between two different units. One of the units always stays busy, but the other has low census days and I know I would be the first cancelled. Also worried about the choice of shifts I will have available. Of course I worry about losing short term disability and retirement- my health insurance is with my husband's company. Anyone else have these doubts when trying to make a decision to go PRN? Any advice?
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    Ever feel unsafe in your job?

    I have only worked at one facility so I don't know if it is the size of our hospital or if this is just how it is everywhere. I have worked on two different units and on both units I have hit a point that my coworkers and I are thrown into things we are not comfortable with. The theory seems to be if you have done something once or twice and you are the only one around then you are considered proficient. I don't mind doing things if I am properly trained, I don't like feeling like I have a pulse so I should be able to handle any situation. I am seriously thinking of applying to other facilities because I don't like fearing for my license. It does not help that everyone is extremely negative and has the same complaints but has no one to take their complaints to. Does this go on everywhere? Is this just part of nursing? Don't want to go to another facility thinking the grass is greener.
  3. hs2005

    Anyone ever feel bored?

    does anyone ever feel bored in working in the OR? Sometimes I feel like once the case is set up and rolling I am just on the sidelines doing my charting. Am I the only one??
  4. hs2005

    cloth scrub hats in the OR

    We can wear the cloth hats if we wear the disposable ones over them. We are told the same thing that there is no way of knowing how often they are being laundered.
  5. hs2005

    New grad jobs NOLA/Northshore

    Most hospitals in the area start new grads at 22.50-23.50 an hour. I think University is under a hiring freeze again, but not sure. Did you just graduate? If so just make sure you have applications in at all of those facilities and just keep applying. I am pretty sure Ochsner is hiring in L&D right now. And yes they do give their techs priority. Let me know if I can give any more specific answers.
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    Tulane University Hospital

    Any nurses out there working for Tulane? Just interested in what people think of the hospital.
  7. hs2005

    Advice on reading EKGs

    I need help. I have taken an EKG course and understand the rhythms when they explain them, but then the info. seems to get lost. I seem to have some mental block when it comes to reading these and I am terrified I will miss something on a patient. Has anyone else had this problem? Any advice on how to get more comfortable with the heart?
  8. I am out of orientation now and working 12 hour shifts. Does anyone else just feel physically and mentally exhausted after their shifts? Does this get better? I am wiped out on my days off and have to use them as recovery.
  9. hs2005

    Help! Stuck between a rock and a hard place!

    I have heard mixed things from people working at Tulane, some people love it others hate it. I think it just depends on the unit. I would ask the recruiter if you could spend a day on the unit doing a shadow shift. This would be the best way to see how everyone interacts and what a typical day is like. If they are not willing to allow this, there is something wrong.
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    I agree with crescentcitygirl, I wish I had taken the ACLS and or the EKG course. These classes would have been extremely helpful! And yes the instructors do have a need to either frustrate the hell out of you or make you cry. But just keep your eye on graduation, you will get through it!
  11. Make sure to double check that they did receive it, they will not send you confirmation and they are famous for losing applications. Make copies of everything you have to turn in because chances are you will be asked for those items again.
  12. hs2005

    Charity Nac1 exam next week...

    You can pull off a 79. I remember the test questions being a lot more general than they were on the individual unit tests. You will be surprised at the amount of information you remember. Just don't let yourself get too stressed. Good Luck!!
  13. hs2005

    Louisiana (New Orleans) Job Market for New Grads

    If nursing is what you want to do, don't let today's job market for nurses in New Orleans discourage you. This will turn around before you graduate.
  14. hs2005

    ochsner nurse tech summer program

    I would not worry too much, this is about the time they made offers to us last year so you should be hearing something soon.
  15. hs2005

    CSN- NAC I

    Since we can't mention names, I will send you a private message to try to help you out.
  16. hs2005

    New Orleans Hospitals?

    Since EJ has MD anderson cancer services now I would think that would be a good fit for you. I know a lot of people are happy there. Don't know much about the others.

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