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    Interview at UTC?

    Just bumping... I was wondering what the interview process was like at UTCs CRNA program.
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    Interview at UTC?

    Here's another one... Is there anyone who has interviewed at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga? I'm curious to know what it was like. I'm also applying to Mercer and Medical College of Georgia. Thanks. p.s. I wish I could change my screen name
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    "YOU'RE my Nurse?!?!?"

    I agree that not talking in that "young girly" voice can make all the difference in the world. I am constantly carded, told I look no older than 17 when my hair is wet and cannot tell you how many times I have heard something to the effect of, "well, Honey, when you grow up and have kids someday, you'll understand." I love flooring those particular people with "Well, I'm 33, have had 3 children and have been married twice!" They're usually speechless. lol What has helped for me is I usually straighten my hair (makes me look older than my major curls) and make sure I don't "squeek" when I talk. It doesn't take long for the patients to take me seriously once we start talking and they hear I know what I'm talking about. It will come. Confidence makes all the difference in the world.
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    Srna, +hcg

    First off, congrats. Second, listen to your peers re: baby safety. Remember, the baby "label" changes from embryo to fetus at 9 weeks gestation because, at that point, the baby is basically done developing from parts to person. You are in the most sensitive stage of your pregnancy for physical defects should you experience environmental teratogenic exposure. This is certainly not to say you will or your baby will should you choose not to share at this point. However, there is no place more painful than "what if" land. You need to be ready to stand up and refuse to be in certain situations if it's not good for the baby knowing you may experience backlash from those you're working with and for since they don't know why you are doing it. As for sharing prior to the "magical" 12-week mark, remember these people are in the medical field. You will not only get emotional but professional support regardless of the outcome. Good luck and I'm sure you will make the best decision for you. -Alyssa
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    Cytotec and pitocin for iufd??

    That's a scary scenario. It sounds like a lovely cocktail for uterine destruction. Has the doc done this before without inducing mad hyper-stim? I'm curious to know.
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    Please take pity and help me!

    Ok. Ha ha. I just refreshed and saw you already had the interview! :trout: Congrats for getting through it so well! My advice can apply to anyone, really. Good luck with the final outcome! -Alyssa
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    Please take pity and help me!

    Wow! ER at Grady as a new grad!!! You are a bold, challenge-facing woman!!! That personality trait should help get you through that panel review. Think about it, you are pursuing one of, if not THE toughest ER position in the Atlanta. You are not being forced into this, you want it! Take that advice from above. You are interviewing them as well. Above all, don't lie. You have your experiences and that's what they are. If you are worried about a particular question, come up with the answer right now. Write down a number of these and answer them for yourself now without the pressure. You'll be amazed. It's like preparing for a test. And, in the likely chance that they ask you a question you don't know the answer to, tell them the truth. Tell them, "You know, I don't know. But, that is one of the reasons I want to work at Grady. I know that I will learn so much here. (And if applicable) In the mean time, I am certainly going to go home and look that one up!" Nurses and managers are the most terrified by new nurses who think they know everything and/or don't ask questions. I went through something very similar at St. Joe's. I work in the CVICU now and started there as a new grad without ANY ICU experience. In fact, the only in depth experience I had was L&D (thus my screen name). I was trying to get into one of the most selective new grad programs in the Atlanta metro area. Even the nurses I work with now are amazed when they learned I was a new grad when I started there. Most said they couldn't have done it. But it was a grand challenge for me and I made myself rise to the occasion. I see you as doing the same thing. You're stressing because you want it!!! It's in you. :pumpiron: You'll do fine. And, if for some reason you don't, there are hundreds of other jobs out there just waiting for you. Good luck! -Alyssa
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    Cardiac question about Aherns/Prentice CCRN Prep

    If it reads just like that, it's a poorly written description (IMHO). I am a cardiac nurse and have never quite heard it put...uh...that way. I will not pretend to be an expert in ion-pump activity at depolorization so what I will say is this: find another source to read into this. Every author describes things differently. Go to your A&P book if you still have it. Google it. Check the Merck Manuals online. Often, online, you will get the added benefit of "action illustrations" (little cartoons that let you see what you're reading about). These tend to help me more than anything else when I find them. Good luck. -Alyssa
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    After nursing school???

    Every hospital is different. I went straight into the CVICU (post open-heart) after graduating. As you can partly tell by my screen name, I had wanted to go into Labor and Delivery after graduation for quite a while and I was also offered positions in that immediately after graduation. Your grades in school also help a lot. Many times, the final semester is when you get to try out your main interest in your preceptorship. Usually, people with a certain GPA or higher get to pick where they want to go and the rest get med-surg. Employers for specialty units will also look at GPA often when deciding which students to allow into their training programs as graduate nurses. Good luck. -Alyssa
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    ortho evra patch

    Ahhhhh.... The patch.... Yeah. There is currently a lot of talk about the noted increased occurance of blood clots for people using it. I, myself, used this very same birth enhancement patch roughly 3 years ago. My beautiful daughter is now 28 months old. At the time I was pregnant with her (I was working in L&D) I knew of no fewer than 11, yes ELEVEN other nurses who were pregnant at the same time and had been using the patch when it occured. Just my personal experience...
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    Just needed to get this off my chest.

    Like another poster said: Asthma is not JUST asthma Perspective: Stroke = brain attack - acute and severe can equal deadly MI = heart attack - acute and severe can equal deadly Asthma = lung attack - acute and severe can equal deadly same idea, different body part. On that aspect don't be so hard on yourself. You sound like you are perfect for the job. I have heard over and over (and now truly believe it myself) that the day you really are unaffected by events such as this, you should no longer be a nurse. peace, Alyssa
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    My innards are falling out !!!! EEEKKKK

    Um. Welcome to the world of nursing if nothing else. We don't get ANY warning as to what we're going to find when we walk into a room when the pt decides to get creative on us!:chuckle Girl parts are no different than elbows...they are all body parts.
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    "Pump Head" post OHS

    Hmmmm... On my unit, we are often able to look around and pick out the "On pump" patients. It is not unusual to get "pump head" in report. Honestly, we have so many OHS cases where I work that there is an enormous population to witness in this regard so it isn't a flippant statement. It is very obvious...shown by numbers. Sometimes assignments are made such that nurses will get one "on pump" and one "off pump" just because of this.
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    the ONLY state where APRNs can't write prescriptions!

    We had a thread about this issue not too long ago. The answer to that question is: The Medical Association of Georgia and, as another poster said, the good 'ol boy network.
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    Birth Control Patch Warning

    I just had to chime in here. On December 23rd, we will be celebrating the 2nd birthday of my beautiful daughter who was conceived while I was on the birth "enhancement" patch. I, personally, know of 13 other beautiful children who made it into the world more easily thanks to this method!!!:chuckle Clot risks....yet another reason to run...
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    Atrial Fib. Noninvasive Treatment

    There is a need to be careful even with unstable A-fib coming in to the ER or anywhere if the onset is unknown. After 48 hours it is advisable to slow the heart rate but NOT to sinus rythm. If a clot has formed, this could create too strong of a contraction and throw that sucker. Slightly tachy is preferred until anticoagulation. Visual confirmation of no clots via echo study is a plus.

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