zacarias

zacarias ASN, RN

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  1. Hi, So I'm a US RN considering applying for a nursing job in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. I've lived abroad before and am just curious about how living on the compound works. When I go abroad, I like to make friends with locals and learn t...
  2. Just wondering, has anyone that got their BSN through WGU been accepted to UW's DNP program? Does anyone know how many are accepted each cohort out of how many applicants? Thanks.
  3. Specific question about UW DNP program

    Thanks so much, that's exactly what I was looking for!
  4. American nurse in Brazil

    You would make more money teaching English as a foreign language there. TEFL. You could teach in schools or even teach English to people in other countries on your computer. Honestly that would be much more fun then trying to legally be a nurse in...
  5. right med, right dose, wrong route... ouchhhh

    wouldn't epi raise your BP? I guess peripherally it would lower it...but centrally raise it?
  6. Hi all, I see a lot of the RN to BSN programs online are research paper heavy. I'm wondering if there is a program that is more test heavy as I'm really good at tests? Thanks!
  7. Hello! So I know most hospitals' WSNA contracts are similar but I'm wondering something: In the contracts I've seen there are provisions for unpaid leave for military, education, childbirth. What about volunteering? What if I wanted to to volunteer ...
  8. Hello! So I know most hospitals' WSNA contracts are similar but I'm wondering something: In the contracts I've seen there are provisions for unpaid leave for military, education, childbirth. What about volunteering? What if I wanted to to volunteer ...
  9. BC RN to Washington State

    SF Bay is not representative of the US so it's hard to compare using that. Also WA is many wonderful places besides Seattle with a much lower housing cost. In fact, hospitals in Seattle will pay about the same as hospitals in another are of WA with...
  10. Hi all! Just wondering if you must be working as an RN while you are attending WGU's RN to BSN program. Also, if you have to be working, do you have to be working acute care or is something like home health ok? Thanks! Z
  11. Home health or hospice?

    Hi all, Due to hospital nursing being really stressful for me I'm looking to cut back and change possibly either to home health or hospice. I have a feeling I'd really be good at hospice but don't know anything about home health in case I can't get ...
  12. Home health or hospice?

    I didn't mean to imply that home health or hospice aren't stressful in their own way. I am a good hospital nurse and owe my skills to my years as an acute care nurse. I still believe I would be good at hospice and am inquiring about home health to ...
  13. Hello! So I'm looking to relocate eventually to the South Florida area and wondering if there's any hospitals that nurses would say are better generally and have an acceptable/doable nurse patient ratio. It seems all the hospitals are for-profit grr....
  14. Hello! So I'm looking to relocate eventually to the RGV area and wondering if there's any hospitals that nurses would say are better generally and have an acceptable/doable nurse:patient ratio. It seems all the hospitals are for-profit grr. I kn...
  15. SageTXRN, Thanks for the info. Do you still live/work in RGV? It is kind of disheartening that most hospitals in South Texas are all for profit organizations. I guess I'm spoiled up here in Washington State where not-for-profit is how we do thin...
  16. C'mon I know there's someone with info!
  17. ekg fun...or not

    So this first EKG has electrical alternans because of pericardial effusion...but it's going so fast it's hard to tell if it's ST or afib. I would say ST, but the darn p waves don't show themselves too much. On the second EKG on a different pt, this ...
  18. Hey all I've never seen this happen but I went to help a new nurse who couldn't get blood very well from a PICC. It was a double lumen and she was drawing from the brown lumen and she got a little blood in the syringe but it wouldn't draw more. It...
  19. Drawing blood from picc, air? collapsed lumen?

    Thanks for your comment. I think you're right. I also believed it was a fibrin sheath that was preventing easy flow. the part that freaked me out was that there'd be a little blood flow in the picc tubing and then a break with nothing and then mor...
  20. Question about PCCN or med/surg cert

    Hello all! I am at heart a stepdown/cardiac and tele nurse, but as a travel nurse, I've taken recently many med/surg assignments with little tele although I was did true cardiac stepdown earlier this year. My question is the following: Can I s...
  21. Question about PCCN or med/surg cert

    Any ideas?
  22. Thanks for your comment! I think I might look at dual FNP/ACNP programs or possibly just do the FNP and then do a post masters ACNP. Time will tell. Thanks again!
  23. Hello all! As I'm preparing to go back to school, I am interested to know if anyone can tell me if one of the FNP programs in WA state offer good training in x-ray interpretation, suturing etc... I know a lot of programs don't focus a lot on that ...
  24. ekg fun...or not

    OK I see the afib for sure. How did you know the QTc was so long, just by eyeing it? The QT itself is like 0.24 to 0.28, but the QTc is way high like 0.90 or above.
  25. Why I hate Yankauers...

    Hello all! So I normally work on PCU/tele but recently I took a job on a med/surg/tele unit and lately I've had some patients with decreased LOC with Yankauers hooked up. I absolutely hate them! Either patients can protect their airway or they c...