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humerusRN has 7 years experience.

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  1. humerusRN

    New grad only night shift available

    What is your child care for when you are on days? I am just thinking any 12 hour shift for a single mother would be hard!!! Unfortunately, night shift is usually the only shift open to so many new grads. Experience leads to days. It's not as easy as "creating a job" for you on day shift, as FTE hours are finicky, and are approved thru lots of hoops and hurdles. Good luck!
  2. humerusRN

    Preparing to get my BSN

    I wish we had a cool handshake. I work bedside, inpatient pediatrics. I do all of the above.
  3. humerusRN

    Two Jobs: Full-time night, Part-time day

    This would never fly at my facility because while we self schedule, we also have to balance.... so you get moved around. It would be unrealistic to expect everyone else to shuffle their schedule *except* for you because you work nights somewhere else. Nope nope nope.
  4. humerusRN

    Adult Oncology to Pediatrics

    We have hired many adult RNs into my unit over the years - I hear from them that it almost feels like they are back to new grad status because, like another poster pointed out - kiddos ARE NOT little adults. They compensate differently. Get sick differently. Code differently. But this is why you have orientation! You have the basic skills, you just have to learn to apply those to kiddos and you'll be set. Good luck on your new position!
  5. humerusRN


    # of times I have used chemistry in nursing = 0. I honestly think that so many programs make it a requirement just because it is another lab science! I wouldn't sit this one out, you'll be fine!!!! I never used my chemistry requirement in nursing school. Anatomy and Physiology? Definitely. Math? 100%. Chemistry - not really. You'll be fine.
  6. IMO, 4 hours without the RN rounding is inexcusable and definitely would be grounds for disciplinary action for the RN (and the CNA).
  7. This is our set up as well - inpatient pediatrics. If you've ever needed suction and not had it ready (and working) - you'd understand the rationale in this set up. We do throw them away (as well as our opened and connected to the wall bag/mask) after each patient is discharged.... and replace with new equipment. Each patient gets their own suction and ambu bag.
  8. humerusRN

    Changing specialties - from L&D to peds

    I don't know anything about L&D, but I can tell you that we hire from all kinds of adult specialties on my unit. I work inpatient acute care peds.
  9. humerusRN

    UCSF Alarm Fatigue Study

    I work inpatient pediatrics, and alarm fatigue is SO REAL. Ya'll try keeping a pulse ox on a 12 month old with any reliability at all. It's honestly the most frustrating part of my job: The over ordering of full monitors (cardiac and respiratory) coupled with the monitors that just DON'T PICK UP CORRECTLY on a screaming infant/active toddler/busy child. We actually had an initiative, several years ago, to curb the over ordering of these monitors.... where if a cardiac monitor was ordered on a child, the residents (or the attending) would have to come up and read strips Q4. This worked for awhile... we only got cardiac monitors on cardiac kids.... but then they went back to their old ways and the initiative went by the wayside. Now I feel like they order them because it's a box to click in the order set. I have gotten to where I will question these orders in rounds. 1/2 of my work day is spent silencing alarms and readjusting leads so that they pick up and STOP %#&^%&^%@^# BEEPING.
  10. humerusRN

    Feeling embarrassed, ask the md a stupid question

    I am seriously shocked someone can be upright on 75mg on benadryl. 25mg puts me into a coma.
  11. humerusRN

    Safe staffing vent

    Do we work at the same hospital? I feel like we are always adding new technology and what we really need to be adding is new nurses and support staff.
  12. humerusRN

    Can I please get a Parking Spot!

    I truly can't imagine paying for parking!!!! Travesty. I park for free, in a lit garage with security. Now, I do have to hike to work (it's 0.5 miles to my elevators, I have clocked it lol) - but the walk is indoors through medical plazas and skywalks. I can't even complain. Hats off to those of you paying crazy amounts!!!!
  13. humerusRN

    Shift Report: Listening, no writing...

    Regardless of what you tell me during report, I am going to go over everything for myself in the chart anyway. :) We pass kardex's like it's 1984 in my hospital, which cuts down on the writing anyway.
  14. humerusRN

    How do you work your three days/nights ?

    I couldn't do 3 in a row anymore. I'm old now. I work part time. :) I like to work my two days together so I can have a stretch of time off! The worst for me is the day on day off schedule. Makes me CRANKY!
  15. I really love teaching newbies. :) Some tips, from me, for clinical day: 1) The Hover-er. I am very willing to teach you, I enjoy it! But please remember that I have to do actually do a job today as well, outside of teaching you. I have other patients other than the one that you have been "assigned". Please do not hover over my shoulder. Use the time that I am charting to be reading your chart, going through your orders, researching your meds. Do not stare at me and wait to do something. You have plenty to do! 2) Use some initiative. I work in pediatrics. In your "down" time, there is ALWAYS something that can be done to help my day and your patients day. What about playing a card game with the teenager who is alone? Use this time to focus on things that you won't be able to always do every day once you are working... and that is spend some quality time with your patients, get to know them, and just be there for them. That is what I miss most as a "real" nurse... my day is crazy, and those times of quiet bedside care are few and far between. Use these moments. They are invaluable for the future.... 3) Want to learn. I love teaching students who truly want to learn. 4) Engage. Don't be on your phone when I'm trying to show you something, teach you something, etc. If this is just "homework" for you, then you'll be eaten alive when it's time to go out on your own. 5) Don't be a know it all. I don't care if you make straight As. You will learn something every day in the hospital. Having the attitude that you have nothing to learn, or that we should be so grateful to have YOU there for clinical.... it will not get you far with me. 6) Be PRESENT. I shouldn't have to make three laps around the unit and ask 6 people where you are when I am about to do something cool that I want to share with you. Nursing is about so much more than passing meds. Make the most of your clinical experiences!!! Good luck. :)
  16. humerusRN

    Worried sick that I may have caught MRSA?

    We do not even have special isolation for MRSA at this point at my facility. **shrug**

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