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  1. GGarryy

    Texas Children's PICU New Grad

    They use the STAR format for interviews they have a panel of people asking prefabricated questions "give us a specific example of a time when you had to correct a coworker who had performed a task incorrectly and how you handled it" they want you to answer it "Situation" "Task" "Action" "Result" "S-my coworker did not have a proper seal on the ambu bag during the code,T-They need to be re-educated without being insulted, A- I pulled them aside in private and educated him on the C-E clamp, R- Their PALS skills improved and our report strengthened" They are going to ask about customer service, ethics, team dynamics, times when you were counseled by leadership, and delegation they want specific incidences and they want it in this format. Don't act like you were expecting it, but have some ideas ready so you don't have too much awkward silence making you nervous. It can be an amazing place to work, you just have to play a lot of corporate games since it is such a large institution.
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    Pediatric CCRN

    What study material did other people use for their CCRN peds? I ordered nurse builders which is what I used for my CPN years ago, but it doesn't give the rationals with the answers, not very useful for my kind of learning.
  3. GGarryy

    Washington State Licensing

    I just applied for my Washington State RN Licensure By Endorsement, It doesn't seem like they take as long as other states, they already cashed my check. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about how long it has taken them to get their temporary permit from the time their check was cashed. Also how do you find the license? I can't find any license verification on their website.
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    New RN, leaving after 6 months unprofessional?

    I left to travel after 3 years and felt in over my head. You have to be ready to walk on to a unit with nothing more than a tour and take patients. Most of the time you don't get computer training even if they say you will. The units who need travelers don't usually have support staff. The managers will sell the unit like there is a ton of teamwork but if that were true they would be staffed. The traveler is the cheapest person to get rid of, so if you aren't cutting it, or you ruffle any feathers, you're gone. That "contract" you have only protects the hospital if you call in or leave. They can cancel it whenever they want to. I've been traveling for 7 years. I love it. I'm not telling you this to stop you. I'm saying be very careful about what you decide. I have been offered jobs just to drive across the country and be told my job was changed after they looked at my resume. I have been placed on units I didn't have experience in without my consent. If you screw up that hospital will not back you, you don't work for them. Your company will say you should have said you weren't comfortable. Do you genuinely believe after a few months you can walk blind onto a unit and take a full patient load safely? The other thing to consider is how difficult it is to get a staff job with less than 2 years of experience. If traveling doesn't work out, you will still need to work. I quite my first job after 8 months to move back to my home town. BIG mistake. Even though there were 30+ hospitals in the area, it took me months to get a job. I didn't qualify as a new grad, but I didn't qualify as an RN1 either because I had less than a year of experience. I would suck it up for a few more months then transfer to a different floor at the hospital you are at. It doesn't look bad to say you just realized you aren't interested in endocrine. But I wouldn't leave your hospital, very few places take travelers with less than 2 years experience and you might find yourself against a wall. I'm in my 30s and still traveling (most others are older than me you have plenty of time).
  5. Remind the patient plastic wrap is splash proof not water proof. That being said a small amount of water in the line won't kill them (remember we reconstitute drugs with sterile water) before all the know it alls start attacking me I know tap water isn't sterile but the patient is already on prophylactic antibiotics and there isn't going to be any bacteria in a fraction of an ml of water that isn't already colonized on them or their home. I would redress and flush the IV. If there are no signs of infection, leaking, phlebitis, or swelling then don't change the site till it's time to. But if you're having enough doubt to ask a bunch of strangers then it probably would be worth pulling it and starting with a fresh site... assuming that's an option.