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heather2084 BSN

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heather2084 has 13 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Surgery, Ob/Gyn.

BSN, RN w/4 years as RN circulator. Currently working for an OB-GYN in her office and assisting in surgery for 10 years. Attending FNP program

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    United States university FNP

    Im curious if anyone here has finished the program there, sat for and passed there exam? They really dont give any kind of information about how many students actually pass.
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    United States university FNP

    Any updates from anyone who enrolled? I'm looking into this as well
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    Kleppinger issues, help!!!

    The website says the cord is compatible with valley lab triforce and a couple others but it's the valley lab the facility has. They haven't had a wolf generator in many years now
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    Kleppinger issues, help!!!

    It could but that's much more costly opening the handpiece. And using clips are not desired
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    Kleppinger issues, help!!!

    We are having a problem with doing tubal fulgurations using the kleppinger and wondering what other facilities use? Currently using kleppinger bipolar handpiece with valley lab generator and seem to keep having issues. The bipolar cords seem lose when placed in the generator and we keep having to open multiple ones to finally get an instrument that will work. I remember using the Wolff generator when I started about 10 years ago but the facility no longer has that. Is anyone else having this issue? What do you use at your facility??
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    First Assisting Options

    Anybody?
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    First Assisting Options

    I'm currently an RN, BSN working for an OB-GYN. I work in the office checking in patients, and assisting her in surgery for the last 6 years. Surgery has always been my love and I was a circulator in a 7 room OR for 4 years before a spot cane open to wok for her. I have multispecialty experience from general to ortho, gyn, neuro, urology, eyes and ent. My goal was always to be a surgeons assist so I have achieved that. However, my doctor will retire long before me and I'm starting to look to the future after this job. Of course RNFA comes to mind but I'm just not sure how financially sound that is in a more rural area, not to mention reimbursement. So recently I've been wondering if getting my NP wouldn't be a more practical way to go, but at the dane time if it's over kill for wanting to be a surgeons assist. Any thoughts or recommendations? I've always felt if I went for NP I would get stuck in an office just seeing patients all day and that is not really what I want at all. Please advise!
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    Sterilizing with Cidex OPA

    So I was a surgery nurse for 3 years and have recently went to work for a surgeon in their office, OB-Gyn. When I worked at the hospital we only used a type of cidex to sterilize a few certain scopes. now that Im at the dr's office and doing in office procedures, they are using cidex opa to sterilize their scopes and cords. However the other day the dr suggested putting our other instruments in there as well instead of opening new packages every time. We use vag specs, tenaculum, dialators. Anyone else doing this? Is this entirely effective?
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    da vinci robot poll

    Does anyone know of any devices specifically made for positioning for robots or any case where you want to keep the pt from slipping off the head of the bed? We currently put eggcrates aroudn the shoulders and one across the chest, then criss cross tape over the eggcrates to keep the pt in place. I'm thinking that there must be a better way. I know for lap banding, they have leg straps that keep the pt in place, so I was wondering if they had something made in a similar fashion that would work for the shoulders. please share how your positioning is done.
  10. I had a situation arise at work where I had been on call Sunday and worked 11 hours. This is a day of call I signed up extra for, as we have lots of holes in our call schedule. I was already scheduled to be on call on Monday to which I worked from 0630 until nearly 0100 the next day. In my facility, they allow us to have the post call day off, unless we are needed to work. Usually we are told the day before if we are needed the next day or not. I was not told that I was needed the next day (Tuesday), however my name was placed on the board. Being that I worked nearly 30 hours in two days, and was to get only 4 hours max of sleep before having to be back at work, I left a note saying that I needed the day off, especially since I was not told I was needed the next day. The biggest concern for her was that another nurse in a manager type position had to be pulled to do a case, and that a 0730 start was delayed somewhat. I then woke up today with a phone call from an unhappy supervisor asking why I did not come into work. She did get the note, but did not seem to care that I would be coming to work with little to no sleep. I do not see how I can be forced to put my license on the line or compromise patient safety, or how my management could condone that. And frankly, I'm not sure I want to work for an institution that would want their nurses working in that condition. I'm curious as to what other OR nurses on here feel about this situation.
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    Pay for carring the beeper

    Region - East Texas non profit # of OR's - 6, cysto and minor procedure $$ for being on call only - 2 specialty get extra?? - no
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    skin prep

    Sorry to hear that but it is really sad. I've only been in the OR for a year and a half now, and we use chloraprep and alcohol very frequently, but we haven't had any fires related to that. The only fires we've had were from a new circulator turning the light cord on for two different occasions and not letting their team know. I love chloraprep and would be very saddened by it being removed from our use.
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    I need advice from OR nurses

    I graduated Dec 06 and had already accepted a position in the OR as a new grad and I took my boards before starting work. In about 4-6 months, I was already taking call on my own basically (there was a strong circulator as the assist on our team so that if I needed help someone would be there). Everyone told me I took to it very well and learned quickly. I'm still at the same hospital a year and a half later. I too hated med/surg and any part of 'floor' nursing. I always wanted to be in surgery and am looking to become an RNFA as soon as I finish up my two years of experience needed for CNOR and to start the RNFA program. So far, there has not really been any time I have regretted not going to the floor first. There are somethings I'm not always sure about, but the great thing about the OR is that you have a team of people around you to help you out. As far as nursing skills, having the CRNA there is a plus. They worked ICU and can really teach you some things you need for the OR if you dont know it already. A year on the floor would never hurt anyone, but if you know surgery is what you want to do, and you're really into it, then I say go for it! I love what I do and I wouldnt give up the last year in surgery for anything.
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    Cost of RNFA programs (NIFA)

    Thanks!
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    Cost of RNFA programs (NIFA)

    Thanks for the information again. I guess you'll have to point it out to me clearly where it says that in Tx you need to be a CRNFA to practice. I see where it says you are requred to be CNOR certified, which is not the same as CRNFA.
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    Cost of RNFA programs (NIFA)

    Maybe I missed it, but I didnt see where it said you had to be CRNFA. Maybe I'm taking this the wrong way, but I feel like I'm being talked out of trying to become one, rather than being encouraged to.