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  1. Parakeet - my given name is one generally associated with the opposite gender. Would you refuse to address me by that because of that? Again, I see this as a matter of respect for the individual as a person whether or not you agree with who they are. i do appreciate your being willing to discuss this and hope you will at least consider what is being said here.
  2. It is just not comprehensible to me why anyone would address an individual by any other term or name than that which they request. What is the point of that other than cruelty or a demonstration of complete lack of respect?
  3. bagladyrn

    Previous felony convictions, 1400 percent increase!

    I'd love to see the statistics as to what percentage of these grads went to "private" (High cost) programs. I'd bet the schools really don't have any concern whether or not the grad can get licensed as long as they've already gotten their money.
  4. bagladyrn

    New to travel..have questions on my first assignment

    Big red flag here! If you are living at home and are within commuting distance of the contract you are NOT legally entitled to any "tax free" pay! Please don't let a recruiter tell you that you are. Check with a tax professional who specializes in travel professionals before you accept this. I'd suggest at least starting by looking at the Travel Tax website. This could end you up in a big mess with the IRS. Please be careful!
  5. bagladyrn

    pregnant and on a clear liquid diet

    To understand this better you may want to read the post and referenced article titled "March of Dimes". It will give you a better understanding of why a provider would attempt to stop contractions at 37 weeks.
  6. bagladyrn

    Okay, why do ER nurses think they're so cool?

    Eriksoln - Are you still on "vacation"? If so, put down the rum and coke and back slowly away from the keyboard!
  7. bagladyrn

    Discharging a baby with abnormal labs?

    My "comfort level" with this would have depended a lot on the parents: multip, well informed, lives local to the hospital, certain to follow up with new baby office visit and report any signs of illness - I'd be fine with sending them home. A young, uneducated mom with poor support system, maybe with a history or missing multiple prenatal visits I would want to keep until the results resolved.
  8. bagladyrn

    L&D nurses - can you look at my birth plan?

    That sounds reasonable. I know that most CNM's are a lot less "rigid" about such things - can be much easier to deal with.
  9. bagladyrn

    L&D nurses - can you look at my birth plan?

    As an L&D nurse I would be quite comfortable with your birth plan. However, I would explain to you when I first read it that in certain true emergent conditions I would not have time for full explanations but would certainly take all the time needed to explain afterward. (Thinking of one father who nearly decked me for trying to get a head lifted off a prolapsed cord without taking time for discussion) These situations are quite rare but I feel it necessary to explain this ahead of time. I would be cautious of expecting the doula to intervene (as suggested in a previous post) in the provider's medical actions (such as cutting the cord). It's fine for you and your husband to express these preferences to the provider but the doula's position is to support you, not to dictate medical practice. That would be seen as her "crossing the line" in many places.
  10. bagladyrn

    Who is a professional nurse?

    Whites are totally impractical for most areas of nursing. I know I could never keep them clean in L&D. Skirts are much less modest than pants for the types of positions we frequently end up in. As for caps, aside from being a pain to keep on and an infection risk, I also find them to be sexist since men in nursing have never been required to wear one! (I always thought back when we HAD to wear them men should have been required to wear a beanie or something)
  11. bagladyrn

    I want to become a travel nurse

    If your interest is in trying new areas of nursing you are better off in a permanent position (even if a new one) than travel nursing. Hospitals which hire travelers will only hire them for the areas in which they already have experience, expecting them to "hit the floor running" with only one to two shifts of orientation at best. If you would be happy continuing Med Surg, but want to try it in different hospitals and different parts of the country then traveling would be an option. The market for travelers is improving, but not expansive as it was some years back, so you need to have a financial cushion before you go. If you live in a compact state you are at an advantage in terms of flexibility as you have so many different states in which to seek a contract. If you do not then I'd suggest getting licenses in several states which you are interested in, or perhaps which have large seasonal populations where the need for nurses increases depending on the time of year such as Florida or Arizona. Many hospitals now are hiring travelers at the last minute and will not consider anyone who does not already have a license in that state or a compact license.
  12. bagladyrn

    MD orders no external monitor on Pt w/ preterm contractions

    Jenerator - had she had a fetal fibronectin done? If that was negative, indicating low likelihood of delivery within the next couple of weeks, then I could understand such an order. Otherwise, given your setting I can fully understand your concerns and would be charting meticulously and following up with higher ups at the hospital, especially risk management.
  13. bagladyrn

    Epidural vs. nature births

    It's unfortunate that many newer OB nurses are trained that this is "the norm" to have epidurals as well as many young patients who "can't imagine" not having an epidural. It seems to be the culture at some hospitals. I'm a traveler so when I'm at one of these types of places I'm the one in report volunteering "Me, me - I'll take that one" when the others are groaning at the prospect of a patient who wants to go "natural". Over years of travel I've found this seems to be more prevalent in mid to large sized suburban hospitals, especially in what I would call "yuppie" communities. I try to avoid these "assembly line" OB depts. when possible.
  14. bagladyrn

    What career step got you into OB?

    The career step which got me into OB (previously a psych nurse) was to take a job in a medically underserved area which was chronically short staffed enough to be willing to train me in return for a one year agreement. This involved moving myself and son halfway across the country to a remote reservation.This may not be an option for everyone, but it is doable. (And as it turned out I grew to love the area and rural nursing) Other than this I'd advise getting any position in an acute care hospital and after becoming established ask to cross train to be able to float to OB (starting with Mother/Baby). Then when a position becomes available you would already be known and trained for it.
  15. bagladyrn

    Working in Hail Saudi Arabia

    Just a thought here: Have you reconsidered going/taking family with you in light of recent developments? I'm not sure this is a time when anyone American would not be at higher risk anywhere in the Middle East.