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    Start in ER in 1 month

    I made the transition to ER nine months ago, I myself had 14 months experience as a new nurse on telemetry and finally decided to follow my dream to ER. Can I tell you how much I love, love, love it!!!!!! I use my palm pilot ALL the time, you are giving meds in the ED and there is no Pharmacy to check reactions, compatabilities, etc like on the floor and you are dispensing meds at a much faster rate. This is really the only extra equiptment that I would suggest. Send me a message any time, I luv to talk about my passion,.....ER!!!!!!!! Good Luck and congrats:welcome: Just thought I would share that I have truly been sick the last 2 months, as I type this I am drinking some Emergen C, I am desperate, I can only attribute this sickness to the recent move to ER. I can only hope I get healthy, I really have spent most of my 40 years healthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    EKG practice rhythm strips

    Thank you for an AWESOME web site, keep the great information coming.
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    Pocket reference book

    Get a palm pilot and you can have a bunch of different books at your fingertips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Help! I need to interview an RN

    1.number of years in nursing 15 months 2.area of nurse's experience started in tele for 12 months now in er 3.length of orientation at first job in tele 3 months now in er 8 weeks 4.did orientation as new grad meet with your expectations? provide rationale for answer it was great they offered longer if needed 5.who id you feel assisted you the most during the first year? experienced nurses on my units, as well as friends who graduated with me. 6.your current level of job satisfaction on a 0-10 scale with 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. list rationale for your score. 10 livin my dream in er. 7.cite 3 positive experiences that you have had with nursing as a profession truly my orientations have been great, and seeing people get better with your nursing tlc. 8. your name. rachel if anyone can help, i would greatly appreciate it. awesome post, it will be interesting to see the replies. thanks:monkeydance:
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    Do you prefer 12 hour or 8 hour shifts?

    Just thought I would add my two cents worth before people get heated:argue: like many of these posts do...:smiley_ab :lol_hitti ... I was such an ADVOCATE for 12 hours shifts. "I luv 12 hours shifts" :yelclap: :yelclap: :redpinkhe :1luvu: "Wouldnt work anything else" :loveya: Now, I could not WAIT to GEt off 12 hour shifts!!!!!!!!!!:angryfire As far as the vaca time, usually at least at our facility it is by hours, so two days is for a 12 hours shifter 24 hours of vaca time where as two days of an 8 hour shifter is only 16 hours, (See my point?? ) But speaking from experience, the going home (around 8-830 pm) going to bed , getting up at 5am is not pleasant. And if you have a heavy load or difficult patients the thought of taking care of them two or even three days of 12 hours shifts in a row can be very taxing on you!!!!!! So to make a long story short I am now on 3-11 four days a week (32 hours a week) and I make the same as when I worked 3 twelve hours days (7a-7p) So technically Im working 4 hours less and making the same w/ the shift differential. I felt with my family the every other weekend was like I was going away for two days straight!!!!!!!!! Now at least I have some of my weekend back, I do not leave until 2pm. I am much, much, less tired after the 8 hour shifts now. I guess I have learned once again the hard lesson of never, say never! :nono:
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    Do you prefer 12 hour or 8 hour shifts?

    Just thought I would add my two cents worth before people get heated:argue: like many of these posts do...:smiley_ab :lol_hitti ... I was such an ADVOCATE for 12 hours shifts. "I luv 12 hours shifts" :yelclap: :yelclap: :redpinkhe :1luvu: "Wouldnt work anything else" :loveya: Now, I could not WAIT to GEt off 12 hour shifts!!!!!!!!!!:angryfire As far as the vaca time, usually at least at our facility it is by hours, so two days is for a 12 hours shifter 24 hours of vaca time where as two days of an 8 hour shifter is only 16 hours, (See my point?? ) But speaking from experience, the going home (around 8-830 pm) going to bed , getting up at 5am is not pleasant. And if you have a heavy load or difficult patients the thought of taking care of them two or even three days of 12 hours shifts in a row can be very taxing on you!!!!!! So to make a long story short I am now on 3-11 four days a week (32 hours a week) and I make the same as when I worked 3 twelve hours days (7a-7p) So technically Im working 4 hours less and making the same w/ the shift differential. I felt with my family the every other weekend was like I was going away for two days straight!!!!!!!!! Now at least I have some of my weekend back, I do not leave until 2pm. I am much, much, less tired after the 8 hour shifts now. I guess I have learned once again the hard lesson of never, say never! :nono:
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    Understaffing and burnout

    Just thought I would share my story. If you look at my prior posts (I dont want to be labeled a hypocrit) I have just raved :monkeydance: about 12 hour shifts. :yelclap: :yelclap: :yelclap: I have now been a nurse for only a year (on 12 hour shifts) and I feel as if I am exhibiting the Oh so popular burnout symptoms. :barf02: :smackingf I have recently accepted a 8 hour position in the ER (cant wait:mad: ) and part of my decision was that I feel the 12 hour shifts burned me out quick:madface: !! I am sharing my story because these 12 hour nursing shifts are new to SOME facilities and maybe future research will prove that these shifts are burning nurses out, maybe leading to more errors, etc. I just found that the every other weekend 12 hours on Sat and 12 hours on Sunday was too much for me and too much for my family. I will now work a totally different shift that I NEVER:nono: said I would work 3-11 four days a week. NEver say never in the world of nursing:nono: Hope I have helped with your research. Good Luck :cheers:
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    TOO Old??? 41 1/2 years old

    Okay, I have to share my story. It did take me 7 total years to finish nursing school (pre-reqs and all) I am now 39 and I still remember my first college course, Okay it wasnt even a college course, I called it dummy math,I couldnt pass the algebra part of the math so I had to take a "refresher course" I have now been a nurse for almost 1 and 1/2 years, I am starting my dream job in the emergency in a week. I am so excited :) it truly is never too late. Ps. I ended up being the speaker on behalf of our graduating class, A night my kids will remember forever. Dont give up on a dream.:pumpiron: :yeahthat: :yeahthat:
  9. ER suite is a good software to purchase. It has lots of good info as well. Anyone know where to buy this er suite?????????? anyone have it and how do you like it?????????????
  10. Thank you all for such inspiring posts!!!!!!!! :yelclap: I already have ACLS and a palm pilot, I have the nursing drug handbook program, and the Lab and diagnostic tests program, I currently am researching more programs for my palm, I have been checking out the ACLS program on skycape, there are two to choose from any suggestions???? Again thank you so much, I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!
  11. I am so excited :monkeydance: I have bid on an emergency room nursing position and...... I got it!!!!!!! I start in two weeks. I have been on a busy telemetry floor for a year and I am ready to go to my true passion.... ER,. My question to all the experts out there is this.... I have a two week vaca now and I would like to take this time to study the most common medications, etc used in the ER. I have looked at the links posted and they really did not help. Can you all help me.:chair: ???? I just want to make a great start and be fresh with info!! Any help is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you all again, I really cant wait. :1luvu: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps. Any great books I should read??????? I luv to read!!!!!!!!!!
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    considering taking position as dialysis RN...how is it??

    :lol_hitti :cheers: Just thought I would bump this thread as I know you want some answers. See you at work girlfriend. Rachel:bow: :biere:
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    Dealing with family

    Hey Kell, how are you, I was surfin allnurses and saw your thread. Just thought I would input as well. I am usually VERY, VERY firm and say exactly what you did. Finally if calls keep coming in I just dont answer my pager, Okay maybe this is not very professional, however, I am there to provide PATIENT care and this is our priority as nurses. I know dealing with family is part of that, but my concern is MY patient, I often will say, Oh your mother, aunt, sister, etc is alert and oriented, here I will transfer you into your room and SHE can tell you how SHE is doing after doing this a few times, they usually get the idea that Im not a nurse who will talk all day on the phone. I am learning very, very fast, not to let these freakin families make me insane:chair: :imbar :banghead: :selfbonk: :selfbonk: You handled it exactly how everyone of us would on allnurses, sometimes we just cant make families happy NO matter what we do or say, I often will come in the room with DR. phone numbers for THEM to call and even that doesnt work. Just put it behind you and continue being a great nurse. Email me, I have made a decision and bid on a new job!!!!!!!! Good Luck Rachel
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    My Dr Says No to Nursing For Me

    Im sorry but you really should get a second opinion. I see MANY, MANY nurses at my facility that are 100+ pounds overweight and are still working as nurses, The health problems you mentioned plague many nurses as well. Do not let one MD change your dream. Consider talking to another MD> Good LUck:smilecoffeeIlovecof
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    Name hospital and salary--everywhere

    Sorry pardon my frank statement, but dont read this forum if you are so against talking salary. This is an OPEN forum and most of us enjoy seeing what the national salary range is. It is NO secret.
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    still overwhelmed

    "I have made a conscious effort lately to change my attitude at work. I am usually very hard on myself, trying to get everything done right away. I see myself racing up & down hallways, for example. So last shift I decided "I can only do what I can do", if you get my meaning. I mean, no one can do everything at once, you can only do one thing at a time, and a nice brisk pace is fast enough, I don't have to race around all shift. "Anyway, my point is you are not the only one who still feels the anxiety even after all this time, but I really feel that it's a combination of continuous education and attitude that will help. " This is the BEST advice I have read so far!!!!!!!!!! :rotfl: I have also taken this attitude and you know what!!????? My work seems to be better,or should I say my attitude is better, We cant all be supernurse even if we really want to. We will all burn out before you know it. Try this advice it truly will help.:lol_hitti