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edmia BSN, RN

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edmia has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency, ICU.

Just a nurse in a nursing world...

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  1. edmia

    Good luck to all!

    Well, my account has been placed on moderation for expressing my feelings. I am disabling my account. I will miss Farawyn, Esme12, Ixchel, and many that I don't remember exact names... canigraduate, organizedchaos. Good luck everyone of your endeavors. Peace out!
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    Meds in unlabeled bags... Is it safe?

    Oh! well my previous post was really about a bunch of pills in a plastic bag, as that is what I imagined from the OP. Now that you clarify... I guess it's not that bag as you still have the opportunity to check the MAR before actually giving the med.
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    Meds in unlabeled bags... Is it safe?

    Oh my gosh! Yes, I would have a problem with that. He may be trying to be helpful, but it is reality a disaster waiting to happen. I would not take unlabeled medications from anyone. I am responsible for administration, so if the wrong drug was in there, it's my problem. If he wants to be so helpful and put the meds in bags, he needs to be a good nursing professional and administer the meds himself.
  4. Disclaimer: I like the temporal thermometer. It's accurate when used correctly (and it is amazing how many people do not follow instructions when getting a temp.) But agree, cheaper is just as accurate. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker
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    Brian Short News

    What!?! I'm in shock. So sorry. My condolences to his family and friends. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
  6. If I had a better head on me in my 20s, then no. I would have gone to med school like I had planned. Now, I don't regret being a nurse and soon to be NP. I have always known I am meant to be a medical provider, I just got here via a longer road Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
  7. To answer the OP: I don't treat patients differently based on their illness, but I admit that although I always follow universal precautions, when I have a known positive patient (of whatever virus it may be) I am more careful. It makes me wonder about all the people I may not even know who are positive and if I truly follow those precautions all the time. My reaction always surprises me because I consider myself to be very educated on these issues and know the risks well, but still, I cringe inside a little and that upsets me. I do tell everyone involved in the patient's care what medical conditions they have if they will need to know in order to perform their duties safely. So I guess I don't trust that we all follow universal precautions to a T. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    Should a new grad work in an agency?

    As an expert in what? Being new and not knowing how to function independently? The agency may be willing to throw you in there, but I think that's unfair to the place needing a nurse ready to go and also unsafe for you. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    best salary to living expense ratio

    This is a nifty calculator that lets you compare salary vs cost of living in different cities. PayScale - Cost of Living Calculator Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
  10. In my cohort, we had 3 fail out during the first year. But my program is truly selective and I've known people who didn't get in also. OP: look for a school that meets your needs first, make that your top choice and go for it. Have one or two backup schools you apply to in case you don't make your top choice. But a 3.7 GPA is not bad at all. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    From the files of "You can't make this up".

    You'd think someone with 30 years of experience in nursing would know what APRN means, but anyway... Lady presents with c/o itching and pain "down there". Take a look and see the angriest looking raw skin I've ever seen on any body part, let alone a vulva. Turns out she's been using alcohol to cleanse the area because she thought it was the most hygienic thing around. I felt so bad, she was honestly trying to do the right thing. Educated extensively on the self cleaning powers of the female genitalia. Cultures turned up nothing serious growing and she healed in a couple of weeks. She's now educating her friends, since they all use this method (cultural). Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
  12. I don't think that was on purpose. I've noticed that happens a lot when people multi-quote, especially when reading on the app. I think it's a glitch. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
  13. I do think that is too old to start nursing school, unless you have a clear goal in mind. For example, you have a job lined up before even starting (as in, a friend with a family practice wants to hire you at their office). I had a classmate who was about 60 during school, but she wanted to do the psych NP right after as this was her passion and she was already a therapist. She wanted to prescribe. I cannot see a new grad in their 60s getting hired in today's job market. The homebirth midwife is another thing altogether. They already have a practice and will probably go on to a CNM. So again, they have a clear purpose for that degree. It's not ageism, it's reality. Nursing, bedside in particular, is a draining job. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    "How did that get there?"

    Ativan, fentanyl, morphine... It's the darn small dose order and you have to waste the rest but no one is around to waste when you pull it from the pyxis so you walk around with it until you can get someone to waste with you. Then the shift ends and you go home. Then remove scrubs, panic, put scrubs back on and get back to work where your lovely co-workers waste with you. Thankfully, I lived only 10 minutes away. This happened to all of us in the ED. Not as much in ICU because it was a small unit and people where easier to grab for a waste. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    (8/29) This week, I have learned......

    I just re-learned about the blue side! I've been using the app for so long that I had completely forgotten about it. Now I'll need to add another 4-6 hours to my days somehow. It's a job to keep up! Apparently I've missed some juicy threads too. Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉
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    (8/29) This week, I have learned......

    This week: There are lots of NP job offerings around me. And many sound really cool! There are some assignments in graduate school that are really stupid. My favorite (not) is the reflection... My mind goes blank when I have to write in answer to a very specific question. STIs can occur in stomas! Sent from my iPhone -- blame all errors on spellchecker 😉