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  1. Starting Salary

    It was changed recently. It is $32/hour starting.
  2. Dilaudid

    A Dilalala is a patient that always says that their pain is a ten. They refuse all pain medicine except Dilaudid. Then they hit the call light every 3-4 hours when they can get more Dilaudid even at 4 am. As if their phone has a reminder. If you are ...
  3. New ADN Grad, newly pregnant - OK to wait?

    Our hospital's new grad fellowship wants you to have less than 1 year experience. That is considered a new grad. Of course, I'm sure if you graduated a few years ago then it may look like you forgot things. So I would not take too long. At least appl...
  4. Night Shift Advice

    Day 1: Sleep in during the morning. Day 2 & 3: Sleep from 9 or 10 am-5 pm. Tips on Sleeping. - blackout curtain - alarm clock that plays beach sounds - eat breakfast and if it was stressful shift then get breakfast fro...
  5. Radonda Vaught Trial

    This is a sad story. I can't understand at all how she missed all the checks. But I feel empathy that she was floating. What a horrific story.
  6. Nursing Judgement vs Physician Orders

    I don't always agree with the HCP, but I am not afraid to tell them especially if I feel that it will be harmful to the patient. I will also tell my charge nurse, RRT, and document in the patient's chart that I told them. Usually documenting the note...
  7. Acute Care NPs - To do a residency or not?

    I think you should do it. It sounds like a good opportunity. I did not know that was available to NPs . I will look for that in the future when I become an NP. My cousin had to do a 3 year residency program when she graduated from medical school. The...
  8. Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place

    Yes, you should get your vaccine. It is not safe to get covid while you are pregnant. Our unit is still full of covid patients. However if you want to postpone your start date then ask HR. I postponed my start date since I was burned out from NCLEX. ...

    I work in a 60 bed observation unit so most rooms are double beds. Some patients leave AMA if they have to share with anyone. But when the hospital is full, we are always the only unit with beds and nurses. We even get direct patients from small hosp...
  10. IV insertion and travel nursing!

    I struggled with IVs all year. I took the online course "The IV guy" in Nov and offer to get IVs for my coworkers to practice. Now I am hitting most on the first try. I even got an IV for a travel nurse the other day. It is a good class and it has a ...
  11. New Grad through COVID

    My unit was a covid unit on my first day as a new nurse. I got 3 months of orientation with 1 preceptor for a month and another preceptor for 2 months. They both had 20+ years experience. My preceptors came with me to see my patients, teach me, or st...
  12. Yes, since the first nursing class at OU had so much research essays and discussion boards.
  13. Has anyone taken this online class for the RN -BSN? How was it?
  14. Tips for floating

    I have not had good floating experiences. Last week I get sent to a floor with no charge nurse, got the assignment with the needy covid patient, bed alarm setter, confused patient who attacked his sitter at 5 am then the new patient coded after shift...