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    Any UCSF Mepn Applicants?

    Can I ask a question what does MEPN stand for??
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    Walking shift report

    In our ICU though its only 10 beds, we do a group report. It was not what I was use to when I came here; however it works. It allows everyone working to get report. We do just about everything on computer from charting to BVM (scanning medications).
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    Think I am in trouble, maybe fired

    What I dont understand is why they QA'd you for being safe not just your back but your patients own safety. In Texas, there is something in with the state Not the nursing board about workplace safety and the availability of equipment to help save nurses. You need to check the state health and human services (that license the hospital); also I think CMS (center for medicare and medicaid services) have something in their requirements about having appropriate equipment available to assist with lifting. Sometimes with a small unit if one person decides they dont like you, unfortunately all of them tend to go along.
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    Eleven pound baby!

    My first one was 9 # 8 oz and was over 21 inches. My mom said she looked like a giant in the newborn nursery next to the 4 #. She is now six and is over 53 inches tall. My second one was 11 # 23 inches long. I had gestional diabetes with the second one. Never did anything but watched what I ate and had no other problems with my sugars. My kids take after their daddy at 6'5" and great grandpa at 6"8
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    Your Favorite one liner used with patients

    When I had a patient once ask if he was going to die, I told him on my shift. It was too much paperwork. He felt more comfortable after that good laugh.:gandalf: :balloons:
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    Group One background checks in Texas

    I work in a small hospital just east of Dallas, but I have worked in dallas hospitals before. I just heard of Group one. Can someone explain what this is?
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    Am I in jeopardy??

    I work in a rural hospital too where our floors are understaffed but they do not put a L&D pt on the med-surg floor. They will put some pregnant patients on the floor but not if they are in labor.
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    Changing BSA daily?? I don't think so...

    I dont change the weight daily since what you are using is more of the patients dry weight.
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    eating our young?

    I was one of those new grads who went straight to ICU at a hospital with an internship program, with specific critical care classesfor all new grads working in the ICUor the CCU. I was on orientation for over 4 months longer than the other new grads who had worked there as ICU TECHs. Though I was never given a "lighter" assignment because I was a new grad. I still had to deal with the attitude of the doctors and residents esp the interns who started a month after me and acted like they new everything. I was the first out of my group to do charge, take a fresh open heart, ( it was a trauma/surgical/open heart unit). I had more problems when I moved to another city and went to a CVICU where my preceptor wrote me up because according to her I didnt bath my patient in her words I didnt get all that betadine off the guys chest who had only been out of surgery for less than 6 hours. I felt like a new grad and needless to say I left that hospital after 6 months. I precept all our new employees to our ICU most have no experience. I dont give them light assignment. They will not and cant learn to priorize and gain cirtical thinking skills if they are babied along. They may get one heavy pt and one that should transfer out. But after the first day, they do it all..charting, medications and I assist where needed.
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    Charge nurse.

    I started to charge 9 months after I graduated from school. The Texas Board of Nurses now states that a new grad can not charge for 6 months after they have graduated; It seems to put less pressure on new grads that way.
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    Need a good ICU book

    When I started in ICU 10 years ago, a friend of mine was interning at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and they used the following book for most of the classes: CRITICAL CARE SKILLS A CLINICAL HANDBOOK BY BARBARA C MIMS. It is stil what I use as a reference. They have a new edition out but it gives PEARLS about what to chart and what to look for.
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    Need a good ICU book

    When I started in ICU 10 years ago, a friend of mine was interning at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and they used the following book for most of the classes: CRITICAL CARE SKILLS A CLINICAL HANDBOOK BY BARBARA C MIMS. It is stil what I use as a reference. They have a new edition out but it gives PEARLS about what to chart and what to look for.
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    Brand new cath lab

    I have been nominated if you want to say to start up a new cath lab in my small town. I just wanted to talk with someone that has set one up to make sure that I have everything I need.
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    ekg strips...need help!!!!

    I recommend the website RNCEUS.com. It does multiple ceu classes, though you dont have to pay for the information. You can look at the different rhythms and it explains them in simple terms.