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Yenta7

Telemetry/Step Down, w/. limited ICU exp
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Yenta7 specializes in Telemetry/Step Down, w/. limited ICU exp.

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  1. I just received a preliminary interview with VMMC for a tele-night nurse position, and I'm really excited. I'm moving to Seattle in Jan, and they seemed ok with this. They also offered relocation pay. My question to people in the Seattle area is, what do you guys as nurses, think of the hospital. My research so far shows that they look promising, and their facilities look good. I did find some information regarding the conflict their having with the nursing union, but other than that, I haven't seen any red flags. Any suggestions would be great!
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    Illinois temporary license...

    Hi, I was hoping someone could help me with some questions I have regarding getting a temporary RN license in Illinois (I am applying for license by endorsement) I have completed all the forms for the actual license, but on the temporary license form, I noted that they ask for a "photostatic copy of all active licenses". I have a total of three licenses at this time, and they're all up to date. However, because Washington State does not provide paper licenses, I'm not sure how I'm supposed to provide a physical copy. I defined "active license" as any license I currently have up to date in While I have not and practiced in Washington before, because I renewed my license to practice in that state, I figure I'm supposed to provide a copy of it. Has anyone dealt with a similar problem? I'm having a hard time getting a hold of the Illinois nursing board, and they have not responded to any of my emails. I went a head and emailed the nursing association of Illinois, but I'm currently at a time crunch as I'm planning to move in two months. Any help would be great. Than you!
  3. Hi, I'm making the big move to Washington. Any recommendations to good Nursing agencies? I don't have any experience working for agencies, so any advice would be great! I will have 5 years of Tele-PCU nursing experience this coming December, I also have some limited experience in caring for patients from critical care as well as experiences in caring for patients during and post Code Blues.
  4. Hi guys! Finally decided to move to the Washington state (planning for the Seattle area) and I want your honest opinions. What are the best/worst placed to work at when it comes to telemetry/PCU or step down units? I will have had 5 years of PCU/telemetry experience along with some limited CCU experience come this December and I'm looking for a job out there. I'm really looking for a magnet hospital with supportive management and a nursing union is always a plus. I know UW is a really good magnet hospital, but I'm also looking for some other options if there are no openings there. Thank you!
  5. Hi guys! Finally decided to move to the Washington state (planning for the Seattle area) and I want your honest opinions. What are the best/worst placed to work at when it comes to telemetry/PCU or step down units? I will have had 5 years of PCU/telemetry experience along with some limited CCU experience come this December and I'm looking for a job out there. I'm really looking for a magnet hospital with supportive management and a nursing union is always a plus. I know UW is a really good magnet hospital, but I'm also looking for some other options if there are no openings there. Thank you!
  6. Hi guys! Finally decided to move to the Washington and I want your honest opinions. What are the best/worst placed to work at when it comes to telemetry/PCU or step down units? I will have had 5 years of PCU/telemetry experience along with some limited CCU experience come this December and I'm looking for a job out there. I'm really looking for a magnet hospital with supportive management and a nursing union is always a plus. Have loved my work but hate the lack of support and finger pointing that goes on at my current job (though I know it's not going to completely go away even if I do move). Thank you!
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    best hospital to work for in Washington state

    Hi guys! I was looking through this board and realized that last reply was a while ago. I'm still looking for recommendations for good hospitals/clinics to apply for in Washington State. Any changes to the previous recommendations? Thank you!
  8. I'm hunting for jobs in Seattle and I was wondering, what hospitals have the best nursing satisfaction/hospital retention of nursing staff? I have experience in medial/telemetry/step down units, and I have taken care of overflow ICU patients on my ward (though I love telemetry the most). I will have been an RN for 3 years by the end of this year. Also, has anyone heard anything about Highline Medica Center telemetry/icu unit? Their pay? As well as employees and management and general work environment?
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    Nursing Satisfaction website...

    My previous incarnations...heh
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    Nursing Satisfaction website...

    HI! A friend of mine told me there was a website that would give information about nursing/job satisfaction in specific hospitals in the US. Anybody ever heard of it? I'm sorting through the various hospitals in Seattle, but I'm also looking for other states in the U.S.
  11. I'm thinking about making a big move to the U.S. One of the places I'm looking at is U of M in Ann Arbor. I've heard that U of M, clinics and hospitals are some of the top 10 in the country, but what I want to know is how they are in terms of nursing job satisfaction? I'm also looking for any recommendations in terms of other hospitals near there, or in Seattle. I have nothing set in stone yet, but I know I'm looking to continue in adult health care, specializing in telemetry and/or step down units as this is where all my experience has been in the last 2 1/2 years. I guess the most important thing is to have a job with good employee satisfaction- my current hospital is burning me out.
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    Strangest thing you've heard a co-worker or patient say?

    One night, I had a pt who was very confused and disoriented. At one point, I wanted to see if the patient wanted assistance back to bed: "Sir do you want me to get you into your bed?" He replies, "I'm gonna report you! I'm gonna report you for propositioning me!!!" That definitely helped temporarily take my mind off my frustration. Hehe
  13. Oh yes. I'm starting to learn that Nursing has a tough way of teaching you how to do things. ^_^ Thank you.
  14. Thank you all for you wonderful replies-even the blunt ones ^_^. I had a long talk with my supervisor and one of my charge nurses and actually, the talk was mostly spent on sharing my feelings about the issue and them sharing their own experiences with their errors in the past. In the end they told me exactly what a lot of you'll told me. Mistakes happen in this field and all we can do is learn from them. Thank you all again for your wonderful comments. They really helped me work through this issue and really learn to be more productive about my mistakes.
  15. Thankfully the pt was ok and the md was already made aware. From what I understood from my supervisor, no one nurse is being fingered for the issue. As she said, three other nurses missed the mistake so it can't really be blamed on anyone person. If there are any other updates, I'll let you know. ^_^
  16. Has your common sense ever gone out the widow at some point leaving you wondering when the stupid stick hit you afterwards? During the graveyard shifts, the staff nurses/lpn along with the charge nurse are in charge of doing 24 hr checks on their pts. This ususally involves going through all the pt charts, ensuring all the orders for the day are done and all the labs for the next day are ordered. All the orders for each pt are written in their invidual kardex's. Each Kardex is basically a handy guide utilized by all the charge nurses to keep track of all pt information and their individual orders including things like IV fluids. Usually, the charge nurse will go through each chart on the ward and order any labs for the next day and write down orders into the kardex. The staff rn/lpn in charge of the pt will also do a reconcilliation for their pts-writing down all pt orders and ordering anything the charge nurse misses. Anyway, I was reconcilling one of my pt's charts. This pt had been admitted during the swing shift. I noticed that in addition to the IV NSS order there was an order that said "IV Heprin per protocol". In my mind all I could think of was "hm, heprin's really important. they couldn't possibly have missed this. The heprin was probably d/c'd at the clinic" So instead of informing the charge nurse, I assumed the order was d/c'd. In the AM, as I was getting ready to leave. The charge nurse suddenly leaves the report room and says, "---- , there was a heparin order! Did you notice it in your 24hr check?" At first I was confused. I told her, that I had assumed it was d/c'd. Long story short, it wasn't. The nurse in the swing shift had not endorsed to us that the pt was supposed to be on a heprin drip. In fact, the pt drip had never been started! The charge nurse said that she herself had not looked at that chart and therefore did not know about the drip until she was doing report. Thankfull nothing was wrong with the pt and his cardiac labs had been decreasing since he was admitted and he had been fine. Anyway, after ensuring pt safety and ordering stat pt/inrs and heparin iv, my charge nurse wrote up the incident report. In the report she mentions my name- to what effect I'm not sure-but I think it might have been as a witness. I know your probably all looking at me like I'm an idiot. Don't worry, I feel like I am. I have NO idea what I was thinking at the time! I've been getting better and reconciling my charts. I'm usually pretty good at catching things that get missed but that night-holy crap I have no idea where my common sense went too. I was really hit hard by the stupid stick I guess. In fact, if anything is d/c'd it would say "d/c so and so" if it had been the heparin it would have specifically said "d/c heparin." I swear I just wasn't thinking about this at the time. My question is, I know I share the some of the blame for not realizing what I was reading, but who's fault would this actually be? Mine soley? My charge nurse for not reviewing the chart herself? or the charge nurse from the previous shift?