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natrgrrl specializes in LTC.

I was a SAHM til nursing school.

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    question about giving meds thru PEJ tube

    There are lots of different opinions but ultimately the right answer is to follow policy (IMHO). Our policy is to separate each med and flush with 30cc between each different med given. That can be extremely time consuming considering how long it takes for J tube to empty by gravity, which is also our policy. I agree with these policies.
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    How Many Residents Do You Care For On Your Unit?

    We have 6 units with approx 20 residents to each unit. 1 nurse and 1-2 CNA's per unit for days and eves.
  3. So what are the new grads doing? RNs can work in hospitals, clinics, LTC, and MD offices. What else is there? I have thought about applying at daycare centers. That would be an interesting place to work while waiting for an RN position. Anyone else have a creative job idea? I love being a nurse, though, and I will continue to be patient. My job is out there somewhere.
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    Considering L&D Position: Interview Advice

    I had an interview a few days ago for L&D. There were no scenario questions. But I have had other RN interviews that did ask those questions. Most of the questions asked were about out how I deal with stress and problems with others, do I like nursing and why. And of course what about me will make a good L&D nurse. I wouldn't hold back saying that you have children but being a pt doesn't give much info on your nursing skills or ability. I don't know how things work where you live but out here L&D jobs are few and far between. And if you don't have some experience... Good luck to you. My advice is that you can't really go wrong in over-preparing.
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    Post here about your new grad hiring woes....

    I have the same story as so many other new grads. I started applying for jobs in march, graduated in may. Still no hospital job. BUT...I got a job as an LPN in a nursing home the summer before I graduated with my Associate Degree. It is not my ideal job but it is a good job and I like it and I am so very happy to have a nursing job while I wait for a hospital job. The pay is not good. I have applied for approximately 100+ jobs and got 1 interview. Recently I got a call about an on call home health nurse position. I would be so so so happy to have that job but I am not holding my breath for an interview to happen. Every time I think I am going to give up and go back to school for something else I get a little shimmer of hope from somewhere. It's not that I don't have patience but I do have loans to pay and kids to provide for.
  6. I am lucky to have gotten an LPN job last summer at a nursing home and they will keep me on as an RN when I pass my boards. I hope to encourage other nurses applying to places that aren't hospitals. SNF have a bad rep for whatever reason but not all of them are bad places to work. I really do like my job. It's not med/surg or PEDS or whatever you might want to do, but it is a good place to be if you can't get to the area you are hoping for. :tinkbll:Good luck everyone (and me, too)!
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    New Grad...No job and have no clue what to do

    Well, I wish I had better advice for you but I don't. I live in Nebraska and was hoping to find where to look for a job in Colorado since I have applied just about everywhere here in Nebraska. I hear Arizona and possible Texas have jobs for new grads. I thought my LPN experience would help me but, just like you, I have been applying for months with not a single interview. BTW, congrats on your license. I have faith that sooner or later you will find a great job. But sooner is always better than later, isn't it?
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    How do you check the patient's blood glucose??

    I am in a nursing home not a clinic, if that matters. Start with clean gloves: 1. Look for finger with no or few marks from previous finger sticks or injury. Prepare glucometer. 2. Swab with alcohol wipe and let air dry. 3. Lancet to finger and throw away lancet. 4. Squeeze finger for blood. 5. Wipe away blood with cotton. 6. Squeeze finger again to obtain enough blood needed. It is sometimes necessary to massage entire finger to get enough blood. 7. Collect sample. 8. Cover area with cotton and apply pressure to site. 9. Dispose of cotton and sample strip. 10. Stay with pt until reading registers on glucometer. My skills book in nursing school says alcohol swab is unnecessary but I always use it. I believe it is policy where I work.
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    Lawmakers To Curb Cell Phone Use At Nursing Homes

    let's think about this logically. the big picture is the need for nursing homes that are safe and enjoyable places for people to live out their lives. what help is there in regulating cell phones? don't forget that it's not the law abiding citizens that you need to worry about. it's those people who don't have respect for rules to begin with that are the problem. i work in a nursing home where it is a policy not to have cell phones in the building. i hate it. a lot. i could go to another facility but i love my job so i'm going to stay. that being said, isn't it more logical to let each facility make their own rules than to have more government involvement? there are plenty of regulations for nursing homes already. ask anyone who works in one. the incidents that have happened are heartless, cruel and abusive. illegal, immoral, etc. but the focus might be better placed on why nursing homes get the majority of, for lack of better word, weirdos. (stepping down from my soapbox.)
  10. Good job! School is tough and now you have to reprogram your brain not to worry that an assignment is due or that you should be studying for a test. Relax and enjoy your baby.
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    Good topic- 5,000 word paper

    I would choose something that will help you in the future, like blood circulation throughout the body or cranial nerves and their functions or where hormones are produced and what they target. If you are worried about 5000 being too many words just start writing and don't worry about the words. You can always go back and elaborate on something if you are short. HAVE FUN!
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    Do you think this helped on the NET?

    I took the TEAS not the NET but it was all high school level questions. I got a used book on college entrance exams for a few dollars and that is what helped me. I know I am good with math and reading/writing so I focused on basic sciences. That helped me a lot. I don't know why I need to know metric conversions by heart but I'm glad I studied it. Study for an hour a day for a couple of weeks and you will know if you need more study time or if you are ready.
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    Question about ATT

    I think it will be ok. I was worried about something like that when I took the NCLEX-PN and there was no problem at all. Congrats on getting to this point and good luck on the test.
  14. natrgrrl

    help with finals review

    Thanks! That is exactly what I'm looking for. I hope you don't mind but I will probably copy yours exactly. And thanks for the hug you sent in my other post!
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    Hiring Freeze and New Grad

    Are there hiring freezes all over the country? Am I the only one who thought nursing was one of those magic careers that the economy couldn't hurt? I think I need a hug! When I started nursing school, there were so many positions open for RNs. I used to read the paper and dream of the hospital I wanted, on the floor I wanted, great benefits, etc. Now, I just pray that I can get a hospital job so I don't have to stay in LTC. Thank goodness I enjoy my job and my residents and I can stay working as a nurse there as as long as I want.
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    I need an online Human Development class for summer

    http://www.mccneb.edu psyc 1120 is the online class i took. it was great. i didn't have any papers to write and the homework was only about half an hour each week plus logging on to the site. i think non resident tuition is like $65/cr hr. and the class is 4.5 (quarter) cr. good luck finding a class!

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