CrufflerJJ RN

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CrufflerJJ has 5 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU.

I am what I am...and will be

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    Defibrillators that charged to 400 J

    On my fire department, we had an ancient MRL defibrillator with an aluminum case stashed in a closet ever since it had been taken out of service years prior. It would go up to 400 joules.
  2. "Female mean moral distress scores were 112.75 compared to 60.43 in males." I wonder if the results might be skewed by the possibility of men not being willing to admit their true level of moral distress (out of fear of being perceived as "weak"). ...
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    VA tentative offer to final offer

    I believe, but DO NOT know for a fact, that as long as you complete Vetpro & Equip in the time constraints provided, your tentative offer is almost a guaranteed final offer. Should a hiring freeze occur at your local site, your "onboarding" woul...
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    Who's afraid of the ICU?

    I wouldn't say "be afraid" so much as "be paranoid." If you're part way through your shift and everything seems to be going too smoothly, consider whether you're missing something.
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    VA Reputation vs Private Sector

    I've been a VA nurse since February, after having worked as a (2nd career) RN for 4 years in the private sector. The hiring process is long & drawn out. Plan on about 4-6 months from application to actually working at the VA (assuming that you'r...
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    Cursing on the job

    You can always learn to curse in a new language. This might serve to relieve stress & is less likely to cause problems at work, unless your coworkers happen to speak Russian or Japanese or...
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    Despite what your preceptor says, SWEAT IT. Each & Every time you access a "controlled substance" from the Pyxis, make double-darn sure that you account for the amount used, and the amount wasted. To do otherwise leaves you WIDE OPEN to diversion...
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    Barrage of Terrible Cases: Remembering to Feel

    People live. People suffer. People die. As you stated "my job is to be there." Share both your joy and your pain with those whom you trust. Life is short and precious. Hold it...reluctantly let it go. As you have seen, what's here is only "here" ...
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    Interview and future plans?

    I'd be careful in talking about stuff other than your immediate med/surg opportunity. If you mention CDE (??Certified Diabetes Educator??) as a goal, then the med/surg folks might feel that you're just "using them" to get your foot in the door so th...
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    interview help

    Every unit will have a different style of interviewing. You may very well not have any clinical questions at all. Then again.... Be able to tell about the sickest pt for whom you cared during your clinicals. Be able to discuss the disease process,...
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    Need opinions, thinking of working in the ICU

    Your idea of shadowing is an excellent one. Contact the ICU's manager, expressing your interest. Good luck!
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    How to save my hands

    I'm a big fan of Gold Bond lotions. They are thick, not watery. Once they dry, your hands don't even feel oily. Good stuff!
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    peer interview= Job offer?

    It means that you made the first cut. There may still be multiple candidates for the available job(s). The folks interviewing you at the peer interview willl likely be your potential coworkers. Good luck!
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    Need advice for possible transfer

    Your feelings of being 'constantly reminded of what happened all day long" sounds an awful lot like post-traumatic stress flashbacks. I'm not a psych person, nor did I stay at Holiday Inn Express last night. Before going into nursing, I did, howeve...
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    Need advice for possible transfer

    Does your employer have any sort of Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)? If so, you might want to get with them and talk over your thoughts about your dad's death, and how you're concerned that it is starting to affect your ability to provide patient car...