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danh3190 has 4 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg, Cardiac.

RN, Paramedic, Former chemist

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  1. What was your previous career? Industrial Chemist What is your current position? Bedside RN in cardiac unit of large hospital How has your overall experience been as a nurse? Much more worthwhile than chemistry but much more physically demanding Do you have any regrets? I miss the chemist salary and benefits.
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    How has becoming a nurse changed your life?

    I've gained weight because I'm too tired to exercise after work and most of my meals are junk food out of machine. I don't do much with my life because all I can do on my day off is sleep. My house is a mess because all I can do on my day off is sleep. I find it harder to get hours at my part-time job because of the variable nursing schedule. On the plus side I know that I'm doing something worthwhile with my life. I enjoy being with most of my patients. When I leave work I don't have to take it home with me like in my old job. My experience as a nurse makes me a better paramedic. I get to go to work in scrubs that are as comfortable as pajamas. Haven't bought any clothes other than T shirts and Jeans in years.
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    Older New Grad RNs Job Discrimination

    I applied to most of the ERs in the area and several ICUs when I graduated at 55 y/o 4 years ago. I had a number of interviews but couldn't get hired. I have tons of prehospital experience but no luck. I may just be a lousy interviewee or it could be that they don't like paramedics. One doctor I mentioned all this to said that the ERs want young dynamic people.
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    Male RN in maternity

    I never had any problems when I did my OB clinical. Unfortunately we had a pretty good size clincal group so only got to be at one vag birth and one C-section. The family was very nice for both of them.
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    Compensation for working in a Dedicated Education Unit

    What is a Dedicated Education Unit?
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    "Alphabet Soup" After Nurses' Name?

    I think the alphabet soup is kind of funny on the floor although I think it certainly makes sense behind the name of an author or speaker on an article or program. I don't think the person being taken off the bedpan cares whether you have an MSN or your various certifications.
  7. Yeah, I've had days when I discharged all 5 of my patients and got 5 new ones too, but that's not common. Today I discharged 1 and admitted none. Usually somewhere in between. We're cardiology with a lot of general med-surg patients too.
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    Scared of the docs!

    As you get to know the physicians personally a lot of the intimidation will disappear, at least it did for me. The intelligent ones realize that we make their job a lot easier and are happy to hear from us and cut us some slack when we say something stupid. Granted there are few jerks out there who will always give you a hard time and you just have to grit your teeth and call them when necessary but they're a small minority, at least on my floor. I like talking to them when they round. They can give me a quick summary in a few sentences that it would take me 1/2 hour to glean out of reading progress notes.
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    Accommodations in nursing school- are they good?

    I think the OP raises some valid points. If distractions and noise are a problem for you, you definitely shouldn't work on my floor. I was just wondering though whether the people with these problems might not be able to find some niche in the nursing world where they could function effectively.
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    An Interesting Thread: Productivity

    I certainly don't have much experience in nursing (3 years) and none in management, but I've been noticing that a lot of what stresses me out is stuff that we don't need nurses for, toileting etc. I was wondering what would happen if we hired a lot more good techs and decreased the numbers of nurses on the floor.
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    Intraosseous Infusions- anyone using it yet?

    Paramedics in PA have been able to do IOs for some years now. Maybe about 5 years ago we got IO drills that allow us to put them in adults. Before that we had to put them in by hand and that pretty much limited us to kids with their softer bones. I've only done one IO, on an adult trauma patient. Very easy to do though it took a little psychological effort to get me to drill into someone's bone. In our protocol we administer some lidocaine first if the person in conscious because as I understand it, although the insertion of the IO isn't very painful, infusion through the IO is supposed to be very painful. As I said, my patient was unconscious so no first hand experience with that.
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    Do you constantly worry?

    I do usually worry about making a mistake (or more precisely about missing some problem a patient is having). I also worry about whether my managers are happy with me and losing my job (being laid off once will tend to cause that type of worry). For some odd reason I've never worried about losing my license, probably because it's so rare. I think it's about people's individual psychology. A lot of people never seem to worry about anything even though they probably should be. Others like me are always worried about something even though everything's usually fine.
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    Giving meds crushed in applesauce

    I crush the meds separately. And I prioritize them, e.g. cardiac and BP meds before vitamins, and give them in that order. If a couple of the meds are very small so they can be given in one bite, I mix them. Sometimes the patient stops taking meds part way through and at least the most important meds get in. On my floor we usually don't have to crush anyone's meds and if so usually only one patient. I like the idea of using pudding. I may try that next time.
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    Backboards in the ED

    EMS in our service area used to have a protocol that allowed us to not always collar and board patients in the field, but then they made protocols uniform statewide and we lost the protocol. I wish there was a way to not board unnecessarily in the field because of the problems that can occur with boards, the least of which is discomfort. (Lots of dyspnea and you haven't lived until your boarded patient starts vomitting.)
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    Maintaining EMT-B cert as an RN

    I work one or two part-time casual shifts each week on my local ambulance to keep my paramedic skills up. Entirely different from being a nurse even if some of the particular skills are the same.