meownsmile BSN, RN

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meownsmile is a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

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  1. New Grads having trouble finding a job in Chicago?

    You folks might consider moving a bit south in the state where there are jobs open and facilities in need of RN's. I think my hospital just hired half of the local colleges graduating class.
  2. Can i work as a CNA before I get my certificate?

    In Illinois you can work as a NA but not a CNA. What this means is you can work in a facility but can only work if there is a CNA on the unit with you. Just as people in nursing school can work at hospitals and do the same work the CNA's do, they can...
  3. Having trouble with changing iv bags

    I agree that doubling up on the secondary IVPB tubing can be dangerous. If you dont backflush enough and then invert the IVPB bag to empty the chamber into the empty bag you run the risk of incompatable fluids infusing. A much safer choice is to us...
  4. Is a stomach flu going around?

    Ive had it too. 4 days before i could drag myself back to work. I swear i would have rather had a go-lytely cocktail than that. At least i would know when it would stop. I hadnt been that sick since i was a kid.
  5. Pay in Central Il?

    I work at a smaller hospital closer to springfield and our new grad salaries are about 18.00/hr to start. Pay grows quickly the first year with raises every year for the first 5 years, then yearly raises along with everyone else after that. If you...
  6. I had a bulging disc that severed and was floating into my spine pinching nerves. I had surgery after being flat on my back for a month. It took about 6 months to completely get healed so i could go back to work but that was in 97. I have been wor...
  7. employment after back surgery

    Sometimes local developmental facilities (private or state) have to have people to train employees to assist individuals in medication administration. Look into places in your area that assist developmentally disabled in group home settings. Maybe s...
  8. I Need A Tubex!!!

    I quite bothering to use them when they changed at my hospital too. I have no use for the carpuject system, the old tubex were much better. Ill just use a traditional syringe thank you. If the pharmacy cant get them for you though, you might see if y...
  9. Phone advice? Do you give it?

    The only advice over the phone i would even consider is if it was a patient that i had discharged that day calling to ask about particulars with discharge instructions. Sometimes at discharge things are moving quickly and people just want to get out ...
  10. Disposable chux or washable?

    We havent used the draw sheet for years and years. The fabric chux are strong enough they double as an easy aid to pull a patient up in bed. They are also more absorbant than the disposable ones in my opinion.
  11. ring around my mouth

    You might want to talk to whoever put the class on and see how those maniquines are cleaned. It could very well be you are sensitive to something they are using or are sensitive to the protective barrier they give you to use for practice. It is wort...
  12. Hipaa Violation Advice

    She most likely will not hear anything from the BON unless the Ex decides he wants to press the issue. If that is the case and he brings suit, both the hospital and the nurse can get large fines. Ive seen this happen in my area at least on one occa...
  13. RN license issued in error

    This has to have been the Pearson site that made the error. I dont know that the board of nursing can do anything for you because they get their information from pearson to issue licenses. However, i dont know that i wouldnt contact a lawyer and mak...
  14. Staying in touch with pt after discharge

    Dont do it. There may be alterior motives on her part regarding her recovery or further treatment and you dont want to risk it or put yourself in that position. I have encountered patients that i have cared for in public before too. I usually am c...
  15. I'm gonna sue you

    Whooo hooo to the doc that discharged her. If she was mouthy enough to talk to people like that she was well enough to go home. I probly would have given her the you can sign yourself out AMA anytime you like if you dont like your care or your doct...