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    willing to relocate

    South Texas
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    willing to relocate

    and what area would that be? We are hiring at our hospital.
  3. We are starting this in our hospital, hoping someone else is currently doing this exam and has something to share. Our radiologist feels a nurse should be present due to the medications given and vital sign monitoring, etc. Anybody? Thanks.
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    Cardiac Stress Testing

    I been starting with a baseline EKG, then starting my exercise testing and when all injections are in, I'm switching to Recovery phase and monitoring for 4 minutes. Don't know if this is too much or what. I think I'm going to redo my sheet with any times so I can make that part work. Seems like Lexiscan reps would have something for us to work with.
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    Pre - hydration

    Having the same problem and it is really screwing up our schedule. A common CTA is now being hydrated and taking up space and time we just don't have. I have an issue with techs starting the IV fluids, putting the patient in the hallway with a wide open IV running and then moving on to the next patient. Just don't think this is safe. Guess I'm not the only one with a hydration issue.
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    Cardiac Stress Testing

    I'm just starting to use Lexiscan, but I'm having a hard time with my documentation process. I have an exercise data sheet with the 1 min increments, but Lexiscan is so fast, I feel so out of time with everything. Anyone else experience this when they started using Lexiscan? Anybody wanna share their documentation sheets? My rep wasnt' available to walk thru one with me, so I'm just out of time. Thanks
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    anaphylaxis kits

    I'm putting together kits for our department, just wondering if anyone already has these in place and if you would be willing to share what you have in your kit with me. I don't want to miss anything, but don't want to over stock the kit either. Thanks.
  8. Kristej

    rad-angio nursing 1970-2006

    I've done cath lab since 1999. I don't know all the answers, but am willing to try to help you. Just let me know what you need and if I don't know the answer, I'll find more info for you. I've worked with some great cath lab nurses that are more than willing to share!
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    Calling All Nurse Managers/Clinical Directors

    Awesome, love the ability to share thoughts and ideas with other managers, thanks for the opportuntity. I am new to nurse management, I have been an RN for 11 years from floor nurse to speciality area, charge nurse and now nurse manager. This is a big challenge for me. I started in the department when it was only me and another agency nurse, built it up to 6 nurses, transfered to another job and in three weeks the department was in trouble, no one would step up and take charge. After 5 months, I came back to be the nurse manager and have had a huge challenge of trying to get everything back in order and had a big physcian turn over in the process. We are a new hospital and still need alot of protocols and policies to be implemented. I am looking for any ideas to help make this easier and run more efficiently. Lots of patients, very little space to work with.
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    nurses undertaking angiograms

    Ann, I must be totally lost as to what you are looking for.... I have worked cath lab and we do heart caths and I work radiology where we do the 64 slice CT Angiography of the heart, but have never heard of doing a heart angio under xray. You have to inject dye to see the arteries and these are the only two ways that I know of. Clue me in!
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    nurses undertaking angiograms

    Hi! Are you talking about the CT angiography of the heart exams? We are doing those in our hospital. Ican share some info on that with you if that is what you are looking for. We are new to it and still need some policies if anyone has any to share.
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    Cath Lab Case Scheduling

    I am looking for some advice on scheduling. I work in a cath lab with 2 labs and an EP lab. We normally do an average of 15 caths per day. We have been having problems with working 14+ hours per day (we only have one shift). We have a problem with MD downtime. Most wait to do their cases until after office hours (2pm) and then don't show up on time. I feel we just plain overbook cases, especially the electives and then cater too much to the MD's office hourse instead of the cath lab hours. I would like some opinions on how others manage scheduling cases in their labs. Any ideas?