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aeauooo has 18 years experience and specializes in neuro, ICU/CCU, tropical medicine.

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  1. Greetings all, I am looking for studies on reasons nurses join professional associations. I know they're out there, but I haven't found a combination of search terms that returns they types of studies I'm looking for. Any ideas? Thanks.
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    Flu Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and Randomized Trials

    I realized your interest extends far beyond H1N1 after I posted my comment. I'm currently working for the Louisiana OPH in H1N1 (a job I don't expect to last much longer). I have to admit that, although flu is fascinating, it's really not my primary interest (as you can see from my profile). Nevertheless, my current position has allowed me to do a lot of reading on the subject, and your posts include some of my favorite sources and topics - I'm impressed! I have a stack of papers on my desk on H5N1, but I've had top set them aside while I work on our after-action report. The general public really has no idea how serious of a threat it is. Keep up the good work!
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    Flu Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and Randomized Trials

    Indigo Girl (not to be confused with Indigo Mom): H1N1 warrior - and God bless you for it!
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    "And it's all going to be your fault"

    oh yeah! last week i had a patient who was admitted to the ccu in a hypertensive crisis. the guy weighed over 150 kg, had chf and a dissecting aortic aneurysm, and came in positive for cocaine. the guy started yelling at me because he hadn't gotten a breakfast tray. i told him that i really didn't care if he ate or not, my priority was to prevent him from dying on my shift.
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    Graduating...moving...does anyone work in Seattle?

    I went to WWU for a couple of years back in the 80's and really liked Bellingham. My wife did a photo shoot up there a couple of years ago. From what I saw, Bellingham hadn't changed much - which is more than I can say for Seattle. Seattle seems to me to have gotten too big for its breeches and a lot less friendly than it was in the early 80's when my family moved there. I used to love Seattle, now I dread going back there.
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    Graduating...moving...does anyone work in Seattle?

    I love it - I don't even have AC in my truck. I spend all day working in cold, dry hospital air then, when step outside in the evening and that warm, wet air hits my face, I take a deep breath and remember how much I love this city!
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    Graduating...moving...does anyone work in Seattle?

    My wife and I moved from Seattle to New Orleans a few years ago. Today the weather was beautiful! Clear blue sky - a little chilly, down to the 60's - but I managed to bundle up and go for a nice long bike ride up on the levee. My wife misses Seattle. I don't!
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    Ruptured AVM

    [color=#74330b][color=#74330b][color=#74330b]i've dealt with this type of issue more times than i care to think about. [color=#74330b]i'm not sure if the law varies from state to state, but everywhere i've worked a determination of brain death is a declaration of death and the physicians either may, or are required to withdraw care. i'm catholic, and a good reference for people who are willing to accept catholic teaching is "why the concept of brain death is valid as a definition of death" from the pontifical academy of sciences http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_academies/acdscien/2008/excerpt_signs_of_death_4l_2.pdf - but know your audience before you refer to it. many people who "expect a miracle" are charismatic christians who may categorically reject anything that comes out of the vatican. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0605285.htm
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    Will I survive this?

    déjà vu! you don't happen to be working in seattle, do you? man, i got burned severely when i went from a neuro floor to a neuro icu in a toxic work environment. it was the lowest point in my career. i have since gone on to prove that all of the rotten things the nurse manager said about me were absolute bs (i was a "substandard nurse," i was going to kill a patient some day, that she would be afraid to be a patient on the floor i came from - she even asked me if i thought she was full of sh** - probably to use it against me. yes, you were fos, and you knew it too!). i'm inclined to tell you to get out before the final dump (my preceptor left a hand unrestrained on my intubated patient who had a history of self-extubation - i caught it). find a healthy work environment. yeah, nurses eat their young.
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    TBI management

    what, your docs don't know how to do a literature search? the aann has a clinical practice guideline on management of the patient with tbi. http://www.aann.org/pubs/guidelines.html click on the link. you'll be asked to answer a couple of question, then you can download the guideline free of charge. i used to love propofol, but i don't trust it anymore. it's meant for short-term use only, and too many times i've seen patients on it for several days who don't wake up for as many days after it's turned off. i prefer midazolam. i used to see thorazine used to treat neurogenic hyperthermia, but haven't seen that used in many years. i use a cooling blanket. use a rectal temperature probe if you can get one - it will prevent a lot of grief. i've been told that you can prevent shivering by keeping the hands warm (cover them with socks), but i've never tried it myself. i haven't put someone in a barb coma for many years. i remember one article a read within that last few years that said barb comas are considered a last-ditch effort. one thing i remember about keeping people in barb comas is to do meticulous mouth care - make sure you suction out the oropharynx and nasopharynx - otherwise the secretions pool and rot. h2o2 is your friend. good luck!
  11. What the heck does 'SOS' stand for? Sack of sh**? I've worked in hospitals where the trauma docs wanted thier patients in the neuro ICU because the nurses had better skills.
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    Triple H therapy

    In the most recent issue of the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing there is a review article comparing mannitol to hypertonic saline. One of the studies reviewed found that mannitol increases MAP - that, combined with decreased ICP significantly raises CPP. Infanti, J. L. (2008). Challenging the gold standard: should mannitol remain our first-line defense against intracranial hypertension. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 40(6), 362-368. Incidentally, does anyone remember the old definition of triple H? Hint: it had to do with the caudal end of the patient.
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    You know you're a neuro nurse if.....

    Been there, done that. You know you're a neuro nurse if... You've ever said, "Oh don't worry about it, he's just having a seizure." You've ever come to the uncomfortable realization that there are some people who really don't want to hear about GSW to the head. If you're ever had to explain to a neurosurgeon that your patient's bizarre behavior is a seizure.
  14. Exactly, your "badge of honor." Relevance? You're blowing smoke. Go back and re-read that definition: regulated discussion, according to the rules of parliamentary procedure. What is it you'd like me to source? What claims have I made, other than about first-generation immigrants? FYI, the source is the sociology course I took as a prereq for my BSN. Pardon me if I don't haul that heavy box off of the shelf to cite chapter & verse, but it's there. Thanks for making me feel like the $700 I spent on that class wasn't completely wasted. By the way, what's your source for your 'badge of honor' statement. You made several claims in your responses to my posts for which you have not in any way provided sources. I don't have to source my opinions which, unless I'm mistaken, are pretty much all that I've posted on this thread so far - you don't have to agree with them. How is it relevant? By itself, which is all you've provided, it means nothing. To quote Monty Python, "An argument is a connected series of statements to establish a definite proposition." This isn't an argument.
  15. Or, I could interpret your statement to mean that the effect of illegal immigration really doesn't make a dent in our economy anyway, so why worry?
  16. How is that a response to what I wrote? You throw a number at me and expect me to accept that it's even relevent to the topic - it doesn't work that way. You don't even have a weak argument.