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  1. chare

    Bitter and Out of Options

    But not impossible. Most, if not all of the major health systems in NC will, and do, hire nurses with an associates degree. For those hired with a 2 year degree there are strict, but reasonable time periods in which to begin and complete the BSN. Some of these systems have tuition reimbursement as well. I can agree more with being willing to relocate; jobs are there, if one is willing to relocate.
  2. How do you figure that it is going to delay you for "a long time?" As NICU Guy wrote, do your year and transfer. The time management and organizational skills you learn there will only help you when you do make it to the ICU. As to offering a residency, not all hospitals do. That doesn't mean that you won't be properly trained and prepared for position when you complete orientation. Best wishes.
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    ACLS and PALS classes in Boston?

    you can use the american heart association (aha) course finder to locate a community training center. from this site you can either search your entire state, or limit it to a selected zip code. do not check the "view scheduled classes" box as this will only list posted courses and not training centers. you will be required to select a course from a list on the next page which will then provide you a list training centers offering the selected course. while acls, bls, and pals are most commonly associated with the aha, there are other organizations that have produced one or both of these programs. i have previously posted some basic information regarding some of these programs in the following links: online cpr cert (520363) - page 2- nursing for nurses acls (514975) - nursing for nurses pals certification (429242) - nursing for nurses again, i must emphasize that i know nothing of any of these programs except the aha. another important point when selecting a course is to ensure that it is based upon the 2010 american heart association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care. while the aha has not yet released all of the updated course material they have been teaching the new material since the 1st of april. good luck in your future plans.
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    the american association of nurse anesthetists (aana) maintains a listing of accredited nurse anesthesia education programs with links to the school sites. it is also important to remember that some schools might offer doctoral level programs other than the dnap. for example, the camc school of nurse anesthesia now offers the doctor of management practice in nurse anesthesia.
  5. chare

    I have no idea what this lab means

    plavix (clopidogrel) response assay platelet function p2y12 platelet function test, p2y12
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    Where can I find information online about ACLS?

    all of the[color=#4e5370] 2010 american heart association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science are available on line. these guidelines are the basis for the published acls, bls, and pals course materials and provide more detail as well the rationale behind the information contained in the provider courses.
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    ? about BLS for healthcare providers "online"

    as the following information was copied from previous posts i have made regarding basic life support (bls) training some of the links might no longer be valid. the subject of bls certification and what programs are acceptable seems to appear fairly regularly. the following is provided to hopefully clarify questions regarding which program and format to choose, as well as contact information for some of these programs. i am an american heart association (aha) bls instructor and am familiar with their programs. i am not affiliated with any of the other programs listed, therefore have no personal knowledge regarding any of them. the international liaison committee on resuscitation (ilcor) is an international organization comprised of eight resuscitation agencies, of which the aha is a member. in 2000, ilcor published the first international resuscitation guidelines. the 2010 international consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations are the most recent to be released. although the aha does not sanction bls courses in the usa, they did publish the 2005 american heart association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr) and emergency cardiovascular care (ecc). from these guidelines, they subsequently developed their bls programs. this is probably why most of us think of the aha when we think of bls training. it is important to remember this as any class not in accordance with these guidelines is not likely to be accepted. the 2010 american heart association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science have recently been published as well, and the aha is in the process updating all of its programs over the next few months. the new bls material has been released and should be taught in all aha training centers as of april 1st. other agencies were then free to develop their own courses based upon these guidelines, and several have. i am aware of the american red cross (arc), american safety and health institute (ashi):, procpr and american aed/cpr association, and there are probably others that i am not aware of. some of these programs are offered in the traditional classroom setting while others are offered in a blended format. there is no official or preferred bls program to satisfy the joint commission (jc) requirement. joint commission standard pc.02.01.11 reads: resuscitation services are available throughout the hospital lists the following as one of the elements of performance: "an evidenced-based training program(s) is used to train staff to recognize the need for and use of resuscitation equipment and techniques." using this standard, each facility is free to determine which program or programs that they will use to satisfy this requirement. some facilities are specific as to which program they will accept (i.e. only aha or arc, etc.) while others will accept any program as long as it is compliant with the 2005 aha guidelines for cpr and ecc. if the posting does not specify that only a specific program is acceptable it might be prudent to contact someone to determine exactly which programs are accepted. after determining which program that you are going to take, you then need to determine the program format to take. basic life support training is currently offered in three formats: traditional, blended, and online. using the traditional format, you go to a training center and spend four to eight hours watching videos, doing skills review and evaluation, and complete the written test. at the end of the day you receive a course completion/certification card. this is probably what most people are familiar with. the blended format is exactly that, it is a combination of both online and classroom training. in a blended program you will complete the cognitive/didactic portion on line, as well as completed the written test on line. upon completion of the test you print out your course completion form to take to an instructor where you then complete the skills review and testing portion. upon completion of the skills review/testing you are issued your course completion/certification card. there is generally no distinction between completion of either a traditional or blended course. online courses, as the name implies, are offered totally online. these programs consist only of the cognitive/didactic portion, without a skills review/testing. while i personally would not take an online course without skills review/testing it might be accepted by some schools/agencies. the aha offers their bls for health care provider course in both the traditional and blended format. aha elearning bls is offered in two formats: heartcode bls part 1 and bls for healthcare providers part 1. successful completion of either course results in receipt of an aha bls for health care providers course, the difference is in how the online portion is presented. upon completion of part 1, the participant must schedule with an approved aha instructor to complete parts 2 and 3, skills review and evaluation. you can then use the aha ecc course connector to locate an approved training center and schedule a skills review/evaluation. the aha ecc course connector can also be used to locate a traditional program as well, if that is preferred. although the arc previously offered their cpr professional rescuer & aed for healthcare providers in both the traditional and blended format, i am unsure whether the blended format is still an option. you can then use the arc online training skills map to locate an approved training center and schedule a class. the aha and arc recently renewed their statement of understanding. in this revised statement of understanding, the "aha and arc agree to recognize the other's student level cpr, aed and first aid training programs as equivalent in content, as shown in the following table of courses" although it is unclear how the upcoming revisions will affect this agreement. the entire statement of understanding between the aha and the arc is available for download. the ashi cpr for the professional rescuer is currently available as a traditional program. the cpr for the professional rescuer program standards states that this programs intended audience includes "healthcare providers, first responders, and professional rescuers in and outside the hospital or for those needing professional-level basic life support training as a job requirement." procpr offers a blended online/hands-on cpr certification option ($29.95). i was unable to find any information regarding time limits. upon completion of the online portion, you can then contact a procpr skills evaluator for your skills review/evaluation, and there may or may not be an additional fee for the skills evaluation. the following was taken from the procpr statement of accreditation and compliance "procpr is an accredited program that satisfies the requirements for cpr training according to the latest ecc/ilcor and the american heart association guidelines." the american aed/cpr association's onsite cpr/aed training classes site states they do have a blended course. their website contains the following statement: "our cards are widely accepted since the american aed/cpr association follows the same guidelines (ecc 2005) as mandated by most states for cpr and aed card requirements." although i was unable to find information regarding location of their training centers, the site states they will bring the class to your location.
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    help with Good heart and lung sounds website

    the auscultation assistant - hear heart murmurs, heart sounds, and breath sounds
  9. chare

    motion sickness with flight/transport nursing?

    some programs do offer a ride along program. vanderbilt lifeflight ride along duke life flight ride-a-long program if neither of these are a possibility for you, you might try contacting local flight programs.
  10. chare

    Epocrates for your Anroid phone

    i personally find lexicomp - android market to be a much better resource. this was a free app when i downloaded it last month. i also agree with sandnnw regarding medscape - android market.
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    Is there a good basic iphone powerpoint viewer app?

    documents to go for ipad, iphone and ipod touch although i have never used the apple version, i do have this on my android phone. while it is not as functional as the original microsoft program, it does allow you perform basic editing of word, excel, and powerposint files.
  12. chare

    Scissors and Holster

    ripoffs holsters makes several holsters that you might find useful. the ripoffs co - 145 has two pockets with velcro straps, and a large open area that will accommodate a set of trauma shears.
  13. chare

    Getting Word Documents Into iPod Touch

    documents to go for ipad, iphone and ipod touch although i have never used the apple version, i do have this on my android phone. while it is not as functional as the original microsoft program, it does allow you perform basic editing of word, excel, and powerposint files.
  14. chare

    University of South Alabama NP Fall 2011

    the application deadline has been extended to 18 mar. usa college of nursing - doctor of nursing practice admissions
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    Out of State Student looking to Work as RN in LA

    lsbn application instructions for initial licensure by examination lsbn application for licensure as rn by examination lsbn request for fingerprint packet and nclex bulletin