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  1. I was originally under the impression nursing home RNs got paid A LOT more than hospital RNs. As a paramedic I would go to these facilities and there was usually 1 RN per "wing" of the nursing home. Caring for 20+? patients? So much medical hx to know and remember. Paper charting? I would assume the stress would be monumental. Everyone depending on you? TL;DR: What is the allure of working as an RN in a nursing home? I hear they get paid less than hospital nurses and I see the amount of patients they are legally responsible for. Props to you guys, I can barely handle two as it is.
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    How does hospice care determine there is no coming back

    Her skin is tenting now and I tried to give her a teaspoon of water when she was briefly alert, against my own judgement, and even that was a struggle. So no more water. It is distressing that I cant give her anything to drink. I use moisturized to keep her mouth and lips wet. Last thing I want is to see her choking. Hospice Nurse is an RN, I have no question shes looking out for all of us. She really is amazing Shes super lethargic, Her urine output is still good. She just sleeps. When she looks like shes in pain I give PO morphine around the cheek, its all we have. 94 years is a good run. Thank you for all of your input. Hospice nurses are a different breed.
  3. I am not the power of attorney here. Hey guys. My grandmother is in the process of passing and I wanted to ask some questions on hospice care. I'm a new ICU nurse and a paramedic and I've never done hospice care. My Grandmother is 94ish and the major hx is middle stage dementia, CHF, and afib. I don't remember her ejection fraction but it was something low. Up until 4 days ago she could walk back and forth to the restroom (10ft?) but would have mild dyspnea. This was her baseline. So 2 days ago she fell twice and hit her head. No LOC, no external bleeding noted. Shes not on blood thinners. Hospice care came and said shes on the way out. Yesterday she had the coffee ground emesis. Now she'll try to open her eyes to voice and will occasionally scratch herself. Hot to the touch. I dunno guys, half of me wants to start some normal saline and call 911 but as I type I see that doesn't make sense. I guess I look at her and check her pulse it just looks like she has a fever and that I should be doing something besides giving a tylenol suppository.
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    Regret after starting ICU?

    Phew. I thought I was the only one that felt lost. I really wish I woulda went straight to the ER. I thought I wouldn't mind handling 2 patients and three at the most. That was 6 drips and 3 pressors ago lol. Im getting better but every time I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, something new pops up. On the bright side if you can work in the ICU you can work anywhere. Is that actually true?
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    Summer 2019 Atlanta Nurse Residency

    You only hear from the drug screen people if you failed right? I don't use any medications but I get paranoid about these things. Its been 2 weeks and no contact even though I've officially accepted the job. I don't want to bother my recruiter anymore and I don't think they contact you until its time to do your job physical. Unless that Seinfield episode about the poppy seeds on bagels is true, I've no doubt I passed the test. It would just be nice to have some kind of documentation.
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    Do women find male nurses attractive?

    You'll find a lotta firefighters and medics that just got tired of being on the truck. They ain't gay. They are smart enough to move on though.
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    What job search engines are most effective?

    Lookin to move to Georgia. best state in the Union. I can move anywhere though.
  8. Is there a website out there that conglomerates all job sources and gets the recruiter to call you? If I don't get a job this go around, I'm going to start looking out of state. All recommendations appreciated. Also if you know some good hospitals out of state with great residency programs, Im all ears.
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    Went to massive hiring event for wellstar in Georgia

    Wow! They were hiring new grads on the spot! Kudos to all those folks, their interviewing skills must of been amazing. Good luck to you JMAS.
  10. There were soooo many people there. I mean I think I saw 200+ people there and had to stand in line for an hour plus for each position. Twhe speed interviews were a great experience and I actually enjoyed them. If I were to work in Georgia this is probably the company I would aim for. I was wondering how mass recruiting like this works. Unless you are stellar, there is no way they are going to remember your face. I guess its all based on the resume you hand them? How long does it take to get a call back? With so many applicants I would assume it takes forever? I have another job offer standing and I feel bad for asking them to wait.
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    Why is it "legal" for patient to decline male nurses?

    If you want a work around, perhaps working in a jail or federal prison might be a solution. I dunno the exact law, its probably in the bill of rights somewhere. In the United States an AOx4 patient in a normal hospital setting can refuse anything and everything. Assuming they have the capacity to make and understand decisions. Whats wrong with someone telling you they want a male/female nurse instead? They can be in V-tach and tell you to "get the **** out of my house" So asking for another nurse based on gender, ethnicity, or religion doesn't seem like that much of stretch. Im curious, what happens in the situation where there is no other nurse available?
  12. I was interested in Colosseum as a 2nd choice as I was turned down by navicent hospital. I have a choice in between this hospital and piedmont. Honestly Colosseum is closer and I have heard that their nursing culture is very team work oriented. I suppose this would be the same for all nursing positions. I dont know what their patient to nurse ratio is in the ER. If I go to the ICU in Colosseum vs Piedmont, will I learn the same things?
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    Northside Hospital Atlanta Nurse Residency Summer 2019

    Is it true they only accept BSN? They acquired Gwinnett Medical last week as well.
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    Summer 2019 Atlanta Nurse Residency

    How long did it take for them to call you after the online application? All I'm hearing is crickets. Maybe my resume is trash or something.
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    How does first nurse residency effect the rest of my career?

    Alright. I was afraid I would be bored but seeing as to how I have limited practical experience in the area I may as well learn as much as I can. Thanks all.
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    How does first nurse residency effect the rest of my career?

    Looks like taking med surg is going to delay me getting into critical care for a long time. Do all hospitals require nurse residency or is training from the ground up not a normal thing?