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  1. gentle_ben_RN

    Tips for Hospice RN interview.

    Thank you! My interview went great! They unofficially offered me the job! Just waiting to hear from HR! I'm so excited!
  2. gentle_ben_RN

    Tips for Hospice RN interview.

    Hey y'all! I've been a nurse for 14 years. My background is med-surg, ED, PACU.. I've been searching for my niche in nursing over the years, but I've never truly felt fulfilled by what I was doing. I have an interview tomorrow with the Hospice Team that cared for both of my grandparents when they died with cancer nearly 15 years ago when I was in nursing school. I feel like this opportunity is God answering my prayers! I have so much respect for the hospice philosophy and what it stands for. Naturally, I want to do my best on this interview, so if anyone has any tips or guidance, I'd greatly appreciate it. And I'll take prayers, too! 😊 thank you!
  3. gentle_ben_RN

    Applying for a School Nurse position. Any tips?

    I was told poor parent envolvement, high turnover of school staff and the principal was "a joke." But this could be my opportunity to get my foot in the door to future opportunities with school nursing. Just trying to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into.
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    Applying for a School Nurse position. Any tips?

    Hey guys! I had my interview today. It went well. It's a 10 month position at a K-5 elementary school in my area with EC children. 400 students. I did some research on the school. An acquaintance of mine that is already a school nurse was assigned to that school one day a week and trained the new nurse that currently is at the school. Apparently that nurse has already asked for a transfer since starting in August. I have mixed thoughts. I really feel like I would be good at this. And I don't want to give up just because the school has a negative review. what are your thoughts/advice? This is all so new to me. Thank you!
  5. gentle_ben_RN

    Applying for a School Nurse position. Any tips?

    I really feel like this could be my niche in nursing. Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted. Thank you!
  6. gentle_ben_RN

    Applying for a School Nurse position. Any tips?

    What is FERPA? I'll google it:-)
  7. gentle_ben_RN

    Applying for a School Nurse position. Any tips?

    Thanks for your feedback. In my area, there is a school nurse shortage. The state has recently approved 2 new positions that will be available in mid December. Right now, there is one RN for two K-5 schools. I have a friend who is currently employeed as a school nurse in the county that I applied who has been a resource. I'm hoping to be able to do a job shadowing with her at some point before my interview. I just wondered what it was like for school nurses on an average day and what kind of interview questions I can expect.
  8. Hello friends, I have applied for a 10 month School Nurse position. I have been a nurse for 10 years. My back ground is med/surg and ER. I was hoping to get some advise for my upcoming interview. I have been wanting to try school nursing for the last few years, and my opportunity has come along. Thanks in advance for your input!
  9. gentle_ben_RN

    You might be a PACU nurse if...

    The surgeon comes into the room and tells your patient that still has their oral airway in that the surgery went great and he will see them in the morning!
  10. gentle_ben_RN

    Trying to get into Peds nursing but not having any luck. Tips?

    I have PALS and ENPC from my ER days. Plus I have a 3 year old daughter and a 2 year old son that I am a stay-at-home-Dad to on my days off. (I work 3 12's) I just wasn't sure if that was something I could use as "experience." Afterall, raising children will teach you a lot
  11. Hey guys! I'm a 28 year old male RN with 7 years of nursing experience. I have worked in the same hospital doing med/surg for 2 years, ER for 2 years, and PACU for 3 years. My hospital primarily treats adults. We have a Peds unit that has 6 beds, but the nurse works on an on-call basis for the possibility that there is a Peds admisson. Otherwise the RN floats in Women's Center. When I worked in the ER, we treated about 15% kids which were mostly newborns to toddlers who had viral symptoms, seizures, ect. Occasionally we got a Peds trauma that we stabelized and transfered to our neighboring hospital that has a teaching Children's Hospital within. So basically there is NO chance I will ever have an opportunity to work in Peds at my current hospital. I have applied for 2 Peds jobs at the neighboring hospital. One was a Peds PACU job that I didn't even "qualify" for because I don't have PICU experience. The other is a general Peds float job that I applied for Monday but haven't heard back from. Does anyone know what I can do to increase my chances at getting into a Peds position? It's been my dream since nursing. When I was a new grad I was too intimidated to try Peds (I was only 21 at the time and scared to death) My wife was already and RN at the hospital I currently work at, so it just made sence to work there too. Thanks in advance. I have 2 kids, if that helps on my resume =)
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    Does anyone work in a pediatric PACU?

    Hey guys! I just applied for a job in a pediatric PACU at a children's hospital in my area. I currently work in PACU with primarily adult patients as we don't have a "real" PEDS department at my hospital. We occasionaly recover peds patient's who have had anesthesia for MRI or have had minor orthopedic surgeries. I think this may be my dream job! I have always wanted to work in pediatrics but this children's hospital where I'm applying has very LOW turnover, so this is the first job opening I've seen there in 6 years (as an external applicant) that wasn't 3rd shift and I'm really excited that I may be able to get it! I'm just curious if anyone has ever worked strictly in a PEDS PACU and what it was like? Did you like it? Let me know what you think. I'll keep you posted. I just applied today:-)
  13. gentle_ben_RN

    Back-up call policy on weekends

    We call in our backup at the oncall RN's discretion. If you have more than one case that you would cause you to have more than one patient in the PACU at once, then we call our backup. Usually the OR charge nurse tells us what the case load will be when we are called so we will no whether or not to use the back up RN. I've only been called in as a back up once due to a critical patient in the PACU without an available bed in ICU at the time. Hope this helps.
  14. gentle_ben_RN

    You might be a PACU nurse if...

    How about when the CRNA brings them out with a nasal cannula stuffed down the ET tube......NO, I am not kidding!
  15. gentle_ben_RN

    Groin Prep for Cardiac Cath

    I'm an ED RN. At my facility, when there is an EKG with ST elevation and symptomatic patient, we overhead page a "CODE AMI" which alerts the ER MD, charge RN, lab, xray, and sends a page to the cath lab and on call cardiologist so that we can rally the help we need to get the patient to cath lab within 60 minutes. We "swarm" the patient and work very well as a TEAM. Techs in my facility prep the groin while I'm starting IV's and giving meds and charting ect. I'm not saying that my hospital is perfect, because there is always tension between some of the cath lab staff and some of the ER staff, but those certain people will always find something to complain about, if you know what I mean. Kudos to everyone because time is muscle:)
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