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baby_gurl0604 specializes in ER/Trauma/Critical Care.

Proud to be an ER nurse and excited to be going back to school for my FNP!

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    GA + working: taking on too much?

    Hello, I am currently in a part-time NP program. On Monday I have an interview for a part-time graduate assistantship (around 20 hours/week), which would start next semester. However, due to financial obligations I also will still have to work 24 hours/week at my job. This past semester I was able to manage 24-36 hours a week of work with school pretty well. I would like to get some feedback from other grad students here about whether doing the part time GA + working PT would be taking on too much. Next semester I will have two classes. thanks so much!
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    Advice for new NP grad student...

    For me, it is about more than the money, though. Every time I have to lift a patient by myself and feel my back hurting, I remember why i am going back to school. It's more about my own professional goals and the intrinsic factors than the money. Plus, you have to take into account that you will most likely have much better hours than you do as a staff nurse, better working environment, etc. Plus, from what I hear, the need for NP's is increasing every day, and we are starting to see higher salaries and better benefits with that. Also, a lot of the jobs offer tuition reimbursement/loan forgiveness. My job is paying 100% of my school tuition, so I figure, why NOT go back to school? I think in the long run it will be well-worth the time, energy and money I'll be putting in during the next few years.
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    only in the er...had to share this

    Lol, luckily, from what I heard, they wouldn't have been able to re-attach the finger anyway.
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    only in the er...had to share this

    So I'm at work the other day, and I go in the room to assess my patient, which was a pretty routine pregnancy hyperemesis patient. Then, I go to wash my hands at the sink, and notice a little cup with a plastic bag sticking out of it. Wondering what it is, I pick it up and pull the bag out, only to discover that inside of it is a finger! Apparently there had been someone with an amputation in there several (yes, several) hours earlier, and the finger was left behind when the patient was admitted. Needless to say, I quickly excused myself from the room and got it out of there. I guess you never know what you're going to come across in the ER...just had to share!
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    Why do you like Emergency Department Nursing?

    I like triaging a patient, not yet knowing what's wrong with them and relying on my own knowledge and judgement in order to decide if they go back right away or stay in the waiting room. And then you get to follow up on them later and find out if you were right! I like never knowing what's going to come in. I like the quirky things you see, and the funny stories you always have to share with friends and family. I like the confidence I feel within myself, knowing that if I'm at the store and (God forbid) someone goes into cardiac arrest, I will know exactly what to do to save their life. I like the fast pace- I never get bored. Most of all, I like the excitement, because I truly have become an adrenaline junky!
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    what makes you a good ER nurse?

    Don't get rattled. I felt the same way when I first got out of orientation. I was very, very unsure of myself, and looking back at some of the mistakes that I made (I accidentally bolused an entire bottle of propofol over 15 minutes instead of Keppra...yeah I cried and almost quit that day) I realize how far I've come. It sounds to me like your manager is not being very supportive of you. You have only been there for six months! Of course you are going to struggle and make mistakes. Is there anyone else there you can talk to/confide in? If you truly love ER nursing, my advice would be to not give up, just take one day at a time, that's all you can do. Look at the mistakes you make and learn from them- unfortunately, they can often be the best teachers in life. Like in my case, after making that med error, I became extremely careful with all medication administration and still am to this day. Remember, you are still really, really new at this, and at this point, no one should expect you to perform in the same way a seasoned ER nurse would. Don't be afraid to ask questions or look stupid, either. To me, the nurse who asks the questions is a lot more trustworthy than the one who thinks they know everything. Being a SAFE nurse should be your #1 priority. So keep looking out for your patients, and know that everything else is going to come with time. And be good to yourself- when you are off, go out and have fun, do other things to take your mind off of work. Enjoy your new career and know that it really does get better- there is a huge learning curve just within the first year as a new nurse, and in a few months, you won't believe how far you've come!
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    Advice for new NP grad student...

    Thanks to everyone for your advice. I have decided to go down to WEO part-time starting in August. I feel this will give me a lot more flexibility with school, studying, etc.
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    "Nancy" and Babs

    wow...this was very powerful. totally summed up how I feel a lot of the time, working in the er. I guess the most important thing we can do is make sure we know the difference between "Nancy", who has to take over sometimes in order for us to survive and do our jobs, and "Babs"- who we REALLY are. I find that lately, I'm allowing "Nancy" to take over more and more. I will remember this story when I need "Babs"...and, ultimately, to remember who I am and why I chose to become a nurse. great story...
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    Missouri Salary Poll

    I work in st louis in the er, 1.5 years rn experience and 2 years tech experience. I'm currently $20.10 base pay, with differentials for nights/weekends. that is with a recent .50 raise for having my bsn.
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    hi, I pm'd you about this- you can see my post to the other question about Barnes ER/SICU too.
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    St Anthony's?

    what is considered a high patient load?
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    Barnes ER vs Surgical/Trauma ICU

    I currently work in the er at Barnes. What you said about the unsafe nurse/pt ratios and fear of losing our licenses is absolutely true, and is the main reason I am looking for a new job. It is common there to have just 3 nurses in a pod of 16 beds in the emergent care areas, so you end up with 6 or more patients, no matter how critical they may be. A lot of thetime, they just keep giving you more patients unless you ask for a pass. Also, the rooms are not geographically assigned, so you may have a psych patient trying to elope on one side and a unit patient on the other, in addition to your other patients. You're constantly running- it's a horrible system but it increases the flow of the department that way, so the management doesn't care. The morale there is very low right now, and there is a very high turnover. I've heard good thiings about the MICU and the SICU. I think the managers up there are a little more flexible with scheduling for people going back to school, etc. Feel free to pm with any other ?'s, good luck with your job search!
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    St Anthony's?

    holy crap! Now I'm really scared... however, the place where I work now is the same way. Non-stop, understaffed, poorly managed. Not uncommon to have over 100 patients in the dept at any given time and nurses with a 6+ patient load. I don't feel the place I work now is a safe place to work, either, and that is a big part of why i am leaving. I was a patient at St Anthony's ER about a year ago, and I have to say that I left there with a good impression of the place. The waiting room is clean, when i was back in the room a tech came in and dressed my wound (never would happen in the place I work at now), it was busy but not insane. What do you mean by a "needleless" system? Does that mean that the needle stays in the arm the whole time? I am confused.
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    St Anthony's?

    can anyone tell me anything about St Anthony's? I'm an RN and have an interview there in a couple weeks. Pay, benefits, environment, etc. ER is my specialty. thanks!
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    Advice for new NP grad student...

    Softballmama, Thanks so much for your response! I am single with no kids, so luckily I just have to support myself right now. I will be going through the program part-time as well. Eventually I think I will probably have to do per diem or something, once clinicals start.
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    Advice for new NP grad student...

    So I found out about a week ago that I got into the FNP program I applied to. I was so excited initially, but now I am starting to feel a little more anxious. I am planning to work full time during my first semester. I'm weekend option, which will end up being fri, sat and sun nights and the rest of the week I'll be off. I guess it just seems kind of daunting, knowing how much time I'll be sacrificing, and I'm wondering if I'll still be able to have a life while going through this program. Still, I know this is what I want, and I'll do whatever it takes to achieve this goal. Has anyone else felt this way? For those of you who are already NP's, can you honestly say that it was all worth it in the end? I'd love to hear from others who have gone through this experience. Any tips, advice or insight would be greatly appreciated :)