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  1. HiddencatBSN

    Too soon to travel?

    Also you want to consider that experience is not just exposure to different conditions in a state if the art teaching center but also being able to manage complex assignments with poor resources. The place I’m traveling at is like stepping back 25 years in to the past in terms of workflow and infrastructure and if I was only used to state of the art teaching infrastructure this would be very hard.
  2. HiddencatBSN

    Too soon to travel?

    I’ve been a nurse for 8 years and I just started my first travel assignment and I could not imagine being able to do this if I weren’t more than “competent in my skills.” Like, I’m “frequent preceptor and reaource Nurse” level and think it’ll be ok but just barely. Our orientation is the hospital P&P and 2 days with a preceptor so you really need to know what you don’t know.
  3. HiddencatBSN

    Hyatt Place vs Residence Inn

    I'm doing my first travel assignment in the Bronx and have a choice of staying at a Hyatt Place or a Residence Inn. Distance/commute is pretty similar and amenities appear similar or the ways they differ aren't huge issues to me. Does anyone have experience with either chain and have a preference?
  4. HiddencatBSN

    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    I work in the ED and we override ALL the time because we need the med before pharmacy can profile it. Usually by the time I get to a room it’s been profiled and I can scan it but especially for stuff that’s very urgent it might not be. Overrides are blocked on non-emergency meds but not on emergency meds so there’s a built in allowance for the overrides to happen given the way patient care works in the ED.
  5. HiddencatBSN

    Associates degree in nursing. BA in English

    Literally no one has cared about my previous, non-nursing degree since I started down this career path. It’s never counted for anything in terms of degree differential or employment requirements (A BA plus an RN is not a BSN). Idk how it is in Massachusetts but if it’s like my area, you’re a nurse with an associates degree. If you’re asking about what it’s like to be an RN with a previous degree in English however, I think the critical thinking, communication, and creativity is super helpful. A lot of people go in to nursing from a very concrete, objective, science-based frame of mind and there’s so much subjectivity and shades of gray and balancing out competing needs that I think having a lit degree has been an asset to me.
  6. HiddencatBSN

    Nurse Charged With Homicide

    I just read about this and headed right on over here to talk about it. It sounds like the hospital, faced with losing money, threw her under the bus. How many patients did she have? How many shifts in a row had she worked? Was she on her regular unit? Was she properly trained? How was the vecuronium labeled? What distractions did she face while getting the medication, and do they profile meds to patients there (so you’re selecting from a med-list and not all available meds)? If the hospital was in danger of losing Medicaid money over this why is the nurse taking all the blame legally? Did she have a pattern of risky practice or negligence?
  7. HiddencatBSN

    Older Doctor doesn't think nurses should be in charge

    I just tell them with a smile that they are not the boss of me. But I’ve been pretty lucky that most of the physicians I’ve worked with respect the relationship as a collaborative one.
  8. HiddencatBSN

    Is It Possible to Never Make an Error? The Perfect Nurse Fallacy

    Ooof, a nurse who claims to never have made an error or mistake makes me really worried because they're either not aware of their errors or they're hiding them. No way have 54% of nurses never made an error.
  9. HiddencatBSN

    What travel RN agencies do you recommend??

    Try to get peds ED experience and/or PICU experience in that time frame too. I'm a peds nurse and have been thinking about traveling for several years, just got a letter for my first assignment, and found that having inpatient peds and peds ed expanded my options a ton. Peds acute only will be much more limited. And I agree to shop around to agencies and ask lots of questions and give it time before you commit.
  10. HiddencatBSN

    How do you give notice?

    When leaving a job, I've always made a point to go in person and verbally give notice and then hand a letter with the same information (statement that I am giving notice, last day I will work, and a thank you for the opportunity provided). But it seems like a benefit to giving notice by email is that I can ultimately give a couple days longer notice, copy all supervisors directly instead of picking one to start with, and avoid being present for their initial reaction. So what do you all do and why?