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NICU_Nurse is a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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  1. Hey, y'all! I saw that the ANN site has the Neonatal Radiology Basics DVD listed again in their shop. I debated buying this a few years ago for my orientees, but I have never actually seen the program itself. Do any of you have experience with this disc? How did you like it? It's priced at about $40 for members, and I'm wondering if it would be worth the investment, or would googling be sufficient? I'm leaning towards getting it, but I'd love your thoughts on it before I buy! Thanks! :)
  2. Thank you, Meeshie!! :)
  3. Hey, you guys! Has anyone been hired on at Florida Hospital (any location) or Orlando Health in the last few years? I was wondering about sign-on bonuses and relocation assistance. I have never had either and if you had these offered, do you remember the details? What does relocation assistance cover? Do you get it all at once? Upfront? For your bonuses, were those spread out over time? Do you recall the specifics? I have read about Florida Hospital in particular that they have sometimes required nurses to sign 2-year contracts and if you don't honor this or are let go, you owe them $13,500. Does anyone know any details about this? From what I have read, it doesn't seem to be related to signing bonuses and instead seems to be 'payback' for the time/effort invested in training you. Any insight would be lovely!!! Making the hard decisions now. :)
  4. Hey, everyone! I was wondering if Florida Hospital (any location) or Orlando Health required any type of testing during the hiring process, like medication exams or unit-specific exams? I am in NICU and I have worked places before that required, say, a pharmacology exam as part of the hiring process (this is BEFORE beginning orientation). One place had a NICU-specific exam, two places had 'generic' exams (that included adult medications and were not NICU or Pediatric-specifid), and one place had nothing. Anyone know? If they required this type of testing, were you expected to take it blindly, or were you allowed to practice beforehand with a sample test, study material, or even allowed use of a drug book? Any insight would be so helpful! Thank you in advance! :)
  5. NICU_Nurse

    Are the positions at Baylor real?

    I recently applied at Baylor for a NICU position in Dallas. I received an email saying that they were going with someone who had qualifications that more closely fit their needs. I have almost a decade of high-acuity NICU experience and was a sought-after preceptor at my last facility. Not to sound haughty, but what kind of qualifications could they possibly be seeking that I don't posess? I didn't even get to speak to anyone. (shrugs) Good luck to you! Hopefully you'll find something soon!
  6. Hi, guys! I'm at work now and though I work with babies, the general principal is the same and I was wondering if anyone on has some suggestions? We're taking care of a baby that has partial-thickness decubiti on both buttocks due to diarrhea (vanco therapy). It started out as maceration, and then opened up, and is actually just below the sub-Q level. The docs ordered 02 to the area, and here's where the issue lies. The 02 is cold, and serves to dry the diaper area. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Different nurses have different methods. Some alternate 3 hours of barrier cream vs. 3 hours of plain 02, some nurses put a barrier cream over the buttocks to protect from stool and urine while also aiming 02 to the bottom, etc. Basically, in this instance, what's the best method of healing the sores? Drying out the bed of granulation, or a moist-healing environment? Either way, how do you both protect the area from stool/urine AND dry it out with 02? Tips, please! We have access to numerous creams (zinc, aquaphor, etc.) as well as Mepilex non-stick dressings, ostomy-type skin preps (that form a film), Tegaderm, you name it. Almost. Help! Thanks a lot!
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    House, Grey's Anatomy make me mad

    I was just listening to LoveLine with Dr. Drew tonight and he said how much he hated Grey's because it's so ridiculously untrue. He said he used to be in charge of residents early in his career, and if any of them had acted like they do on the show they would have gotten the boot immediately. I felt the same way about ER when I used to watch it years ago- I'd be screaming at the television and driving my hubby NUTS, and that show had medical consultants! And forget all of those less-than-memorable shows on Lifetime or Oxygen. ER was the closest thing to being real, and that isn't saying much! I had to stop watching for the health of my marriage and as an attempt to maintain whatever sanity I had left. I was always like: (standing up and knocking my hubby off of the couch) "Yeah, RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT, like that WOULD EVERRRRRRRRRR HAPPEN!!!" and then go off on a rant about the "reality" of healthcare. Yikes. Now I just watch Nip/Tuck. ;>)
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    two full time jobs for a new grad

    I'd suggest that perhaps you work at your sponsor hospital- is that the one with the urgent care center? You'll get experience there that maybe won't be so intense (your first year is difficult and a learning experience no matter WHERE you work) and you'll have an opportunity to do a trauma course, get a certification, etc. without the demands of a big, busy ER. I'm sure that after your first year, that bigger hospital would be thrilled to have someone with a little experience come in, and I'd bet you could still get in on that internship, even if you weren't technically a new grad any more.
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    nicu pocket gear

    In my case, I have scrub tops with large patch pockets on each side. ID card and teeny calculator go on collar (a buck at Office Depot!) Organizer in left pocket. Cards, etc. in right pocket. Pants free for staying up!
  10. NICU_Nurse

    Help! Money! In a pickle!!!

    Yay! Good luck!:cheers:
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    Help! Money! In a pickle!!!

    Also! Just found this: School of Health Professions - Nursing Accelerated BSN for Second-Degree Students Takes 4-5 semesters (5 if you need to complete pre-req's you don't have) 1.5 years vs. 3 years Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Accelerated Program- BSN 15 months vs. 3 years VCU School of Nursing Accelerated BS Program Just over 1.5 years (2 summers, 2 falls, 1 spring session) All of these use your previous bachelor's as the foundation, requiring only minimal (if any) pre-req's, such as sociology, psych, micro, a&P, etc. They usually allow you to combine the nursing classes with the needed pre-req's to finish in a shorter time. Do any of these look like possibilities?
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    Help! Money! In a pickle!!!

    Hmm. Okay, let's see. Let's clarify. (I was tired last night!) According to the Sallie Mae information page regarding Stafford Loans: -By submitting a FAFSA you may be eligible for Stafford Loans. Combining both subsidized (gov't pays interest while you're in school) and unsubsidized (you either pay interest while you're in school or it compounds and becomes part of your payment plan after graduation) loans together, the total maximum you are allowed to take out is: Freshman: $6625 Sophomore: $7500 Junior: $10500 Senior: $10500 All of these at a fixed 6.5% interest rate, with no credit check required. These are loans, not grants, which means your income is NOT a consideration. This means that despite your previous high salary, and despite your husband's income, you are still eligible for these loans at this interest rate. I have no idea how this will affect your initial payments, considering school begins so soon and your fees are due, but this information will be pertinent once your FAFSA has been submitted and processed by the gov't. You said you'd already submitted a FAFSA and the counselor said you weren't eligible for aid- you need to clarify whether or not she meant grants or free monies from the gov't. She's right- I didn't qualify for free aid either. No grants; no Perkins loans, etc. because my income was too high. However, these Stafford Loans are made for people just like us- people who are not considered "needy" by the gov't but still require money to pay for school. Assuming you will attend school for 3 years in the traditional BSN program, you stated you will need about $60,000 in financial aid. *You need to secure as much "easy" money as possible, i.e., Stafford Loans. You should be eligible for 3 years worth of Stafford Loans- revising what I said in a previous post, if you took out the max for your "Freshman", "Sophomore", and "Junior" year classifications, that would give you $24625, minus fees, at a 6.5% interest rate. There are fees that the school takes, which I have NEVER found fair, but alas, assume -10% goes to the school. That puts you at around $22000 in Stafford Loan money over the 3 years you will be in school. That's 1/3 of your expenses. *You need to investigate the Care for Virginia plan. This is through Sallie Mae. As I understand it, you apply now. When your loans are approved through Sallie Mae, you pursue your degree. Upon graduation, you begin repayment with Sallie Mae. For the first 36 months as an RN, if you pay all payments on time, at the 37th month, you will receive a 10% loan credit (they pay off 10% of your loan) simply for being a resident of Va. and paying your payments in a timely fashion. This is like 10% free money. Check this out. *The rest of the money you need may indeed have to come from private loans if you cannot get scholarship monies. However, do what you have to do to get in and get started, then re-evaluate. Do not take a 15% interest rate if you don't have to! If you must, find another lender, get a co-signer (your parents, your in-laws, someone with excellent or very good credit) and qualify for a lower interest rate on the remaining $30K or so. *Once you've paid for school and graduated, you should investigate those repayment programs I linked to, both federally and through the state of VA. Find out which facilities count (more than you'd think! This time the healthcare shortage works in your favor!) and sign up for that. Let's say they pay up to 80% of your financial aid. This could mean that of that $60000 you took out over the course of 3 years, they could potentially pay up to $45000 of this back JUST BECAUSE YOU WORK IN A "NEEDY FACILITY", leaving you with only $15000 to pay back, plus interest. Does that make sense?
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    nicu pocket gear

    Wow! I'm with "my people" now! How reassuring. I have the following on my person: ID holder with mini calculator attached via keychain (both ID and calculator are attached to pull-string for easy use) Pocket organizer in left pocket with: Black pen Red pen Mini Sharpie marker Cord clamp cutter Tiny tape measure (3 inches long, for wound estimating) Bandage scissors 2 Hemostats Roll of Micropore tape Alcohol wipes Saline wipes 2 small Tegaderm dressings at all times *Sounds a little bulky, and is, but neatly organized and essential so I don't have to run all over finding those little things! In my right pocket: Cinnamon gum Cheat-sheat index cards on keyring for memory jogging (also includes important phone numbers, formulas, etc.) Additional black pen (1st one is backup, this one is the one I always reach for) Also: Stethoscope, clipped somewhere (waistband, pocket, etc.) Whew.
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    What are your nurse:pt ratios?

    Well, I am just trying to figure out if it's *me* who's being unreasonable, you know? Was I just spoiled from a hospital with excellent staffing, or is this really not safe? Can I bounce some theoretical scenarios off of you guys? I'm just trying to determine when too much is too much. 1- 1st admission with an oscillator 2- 1st admision with 2 vents (could be stable, could be unstable) 3- On Delivery Call with 3-4 babies (mixed assignment, say, 1 vent, 2 HFNC's, 1 feeder-grower) 4- 2 Level III's (HFNC), 2 Level II's (HFNC), 1 12 hour old HFNC 26 wkr on Dopa and rec'g blood 5- Same scenario as above, but no Dopa and no blood- does this make a difference? 6- 3 vents on one assignment (does it make a difference? Are 2 vents plus one other baby more reasonable?) I know this is highly variable. I appreciate you all answering! Also, would anyone be willing to share their acuity calculators or ratio policies? I'd like to see how others are figuring this out.
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    Transilluminator for IV Starts/Lab Sticks

    :kiss Ah!!! I love it! I love the flexible neck. I am TOTALLY getting one of these. Thank you so much!!! You just saved me 50 bucks.
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    Help! Money! In a pickle!!!

    In the OP, Epona seemed to be shocked and exhibiting a degree of anxiety in regards to the cost of tuition and the amount of money she would be paying back (I assumed, based on the exclamation points, capital letters, and multitude of colored fonts used). I was simply providing my opinions (that an expensive degree is not necessary- that has nothing to do with what one is willing or not willing to do to get that degree) and suggestions (that she closely evaluate her options, which seem to be at least a little more flexible than her approved high-interest loan). I understand that your personal circumstances may be different than hers. I was merely responding to her post, which did not mention living in a small town, having health considerations, etc. I was not attacking the choice to attend a private school. I did say, however, that attending a costly school based simply on prestige may not be the best solution. Let's not hijack a thread, though. Let's get back to helping Epona!