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Lennonninja MSN, APRN, NP

MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery
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Lennonninja has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in MICU - CCRN, IR, Vascular Surgery.


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    Credentialing Reference Requirements

    I'm going through hospital credentialing right now. I was asked for 3 professional references. I used the surgeon I work for, and two of my preceptors from NP school.
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    CT Guided fluro tips?

    CT guided fluoro procedures (that I assisted with) were primarily biopsies, chest tube placements, and drain placements. My responsibilities were preparing the sterile tray, proper patient positioning, administering IV fent and versed, conscious sedation monitoring, and recovery. If there was much wire work, a rad tech would come and be sterile to assist the doc. I was never sterile.
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    Working as RN before going on to grad school?

    In my opinion, you owe it to your future patients to have some work experience as an RN first. You may think you want to work in one area, and find out that you don't like it at all. I worked for 6 years before starting graduate school, and just now graduated and started working as an NP, with 9 years of RN experience. The majority of my experience is ICU and IR, and that experience is how I met the surgeon I now work for as an NP. He worked with me and learned that I was a competent RN who knew how to care for his patients, and asked me to come and do clinical with him, and then to be his NP. My RN experience has directly impacted my NP knowledge base and I don't know where I would be without it.
  4. Not everywhere has a pediatric ED. The closest one to me is over an hour away, and I'm not in a rural area. Should you pass and become a nurse, you'll realize how important your psych nursing class was, no matter what the rest of your classmates said. Surprise surprise, nursing students don't know what real life nursing is like! Your 1% statistic means nothing. If the board of nursing wants you to have the education, there's no way around it. If you're upset about the cost of a textbook, try to borrow one. It would serve you well to try and calm down your defensive attitude before you finish school, because you sound like a chore to precept.
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    Can med surg nurse go into ICU?

    I went from med/surg straight to the ICU. It all depends on your hospital. Give it a shot!
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    If you could build your own radiology department

    I've been in IR for 7 months now, and we do radiology nursing as well. Decide what you can be called in for. Should you be called in for an inpatient ICU para or thora? Should you be called in for an inpatient lumbar puncture? Are you on call for both IR and radiology? Do you get a callback minimum if you're called in and aren't working for at least 3 hours (that's our callback minimum).
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    Three 12s vs Five 8s

    I work four 9s per week and take call (Interventional Radiology) and it's been a great change. I miss the extra day off from three 12s, but being able to do things on a work day is so nice!
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    Specialty for introvert?

    I second this, IR is a good place for introverts. Short term interactions with people, and in the 5 months I've been in IR, I've only had 3 grumpy patients/families!
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    How late after your shift do you stay at work?

    Rarely later than 15 minutes. It depends on who I'm giving report to, and if I have to wait for them to get done with their other patient. We do bedside report in the MICU, and always do the first turn with the oncoming nurse, so if there's a poop situation that will delay things too. But for charting, almost never, unless it's been an astronomically bad day.
  10. Thanks to you I'm now googling cerebral microdialysis and it's both fascinating and horrifying!
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    Bachelor degree for ADN

    I had a previous bachelors degree before considering going into nursing. I chose the community college route for my ASN as my entry point to nursing because of cost.
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    Am I too small to be a nurse?

    One of the most amazing nurses I know is 4'11". Being short doesn't matter!
  13. Love your videos! I'm in my first semester of grad school and found your vlog right before the start of the semester. Keep up the great work!
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    Can I be discriminated against for political beliefs?

    Not in my hospital. I work in a very conservative area and I'm as blue as they come. I just don't talk about it at work.
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    What is considered a round in a cardiac arrest code?

    I've heard it used with "when was our last round of epi?" so that we know when we can give the next one.
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