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drgnflydggr has 5 years experience and specializes in OR, Informatics.

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    RN-BSN 6-1-15 start

    I'm using an iMac and a MacBook, and the only issue I've had was trying to go through the orientation course using Safari. It was incredibly slow, so the Help Desk (I agree with the other poster - service was fantastic!) suggested that I try Firefox instead. That fixed my issue. If you're asking about installing the free copy of Microsoft Office, that's also not a problem on Mac. I'm running it on both of my machines.
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    RN-BSN 6-1-15 start

    I've taken 6 of the pre-tests and started writing two of the Humanities essays. I also bought a new laptop and downloaded the free copy of Microsoft Office that we get for being students at WGU. I'm so glad to have found this thread! Having a support group of people in a similar situation was really helpful while completing my ADN. Best of luck to everyone! I can't wait for June 1!
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    RN-BSN 6-1-15 start

    I've been emailing with my mentor, and my understanding is that we're not able to be registered for classes until after the 1st. Your mentor should set up an appointment shortly thereafter to go over your course plan.
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    RN-BSN 6-1-15 start

    Hi there - I'm starting on June 1st as well. The difference between tasks 1 and 2 is that task 1 is a review of a piece of writing while task 2 asks us to consider music or sculpture. The requirements are very similar, it's just the piece of art that we're being asked to review.
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    Applying for Online College

    Thank you for the great questions, rninformatics. I've written, and re-written this email six times, attempting to answer them. I honestly am not sure what I want to wind up doing. I enjoyed the rush of running a trauma room, but I also enjoy the autonomy and creative problem-solving of my current position. If I continue with the informatics track, which I believe that I will, I would like to work as a CNIO eventually. In the short-term, I am interested in working as an analyst, possibly as a consultant. I have had to think very carefully about these possibilities lately. I interviewed for a position as an analyst in a much larger health system (22 hospitals larger than my current system), and I have also been approached by a consulting firm to serve as a principal trainer on a go-live. I am carefully weighing both of these options. I love the idea of a dual MSN/MBA. I've been considering completing a BSN and going on to an MBA. My best friend's mother is a Hopkins grad, and she's mentioned several times the informatics program there, as well. That would require a Bachelor's degree of some sort. Are you familiar with the bridge masters programs? Are graduates regarded in the same way as people who have followed a more traditional path? Thank you again for your insightful questions. You really struck at the heart of my current dilemma, whether intentional or not. Warmest regards, Circulator, RN
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    Applying for Online College

    I am also considering WGU, but I am thinking that their RN-BSN completion program will allow me more flexibility in my future. I am currently working as a clinical applications analyst, building and supporting Epic's OpTime and Anesthesia modules. My thinking is that the BSN will open more doors in the future. If I do decide to specialize in informatics, I would prefer to do it at the graduate level.
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    New Grad, new job... My First emergency!

    In ACLS and tele courses, I was taught that RVR = Rapid Ventricular Response.
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    Operating Room nursing documentation

    My system uses Epic, and our OR staff charts using their OpTime module. It's a great system. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
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    It's a new day!

    Thank you all for the congratulatory posts. I'm just finishing my third week in the department, and I love it. Next week starts my on-site certification at Epic. I've learned so much in these first three weeks, but I haven't really felt as though I was contributing. My coworkers say that that will change dramatically after certification. Thanks again for the posts. I'll keep you posted!
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    It's a new day!

    After two years in the OR, I have married my loves of technology and nursing. I start in IS tomorrow.
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    Political Discussions at Work

    Thank you for your thoughtful responses. I am taking them all under advisement.
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    Political Discussions at Work

    You're absolutely right, CRNA1982, that was a generalized statement, and I apologize. In my haste to reply, I neglected to make it clear that I was referring only to this one CRNA and a few docs. I work with amazing anesthetists, surgeons, CRNA's, RN's, and techs every day. My message was in no way intended to malign the good, hardworking, patient-care minded folks. I offer my humblest apologies for my mis-statement.
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    Political Discussions at Work

    When I worked on the floor, I would have patients attempt to engage me in political discussions. Regardless of whether I agreed with them or not, I would always maintain a neutral position. I'm not there to make a political ally or alienate a patient. I am there to provide the best possible care that I can. I think that surgeons and anesthesia providers can get so arrogant that they lose sight of why we are actually there. I am always willing to have a political discussion with my PEERS away from patients. In this case, I'm being preached to by a superior, which I think it illegal. Thank you both for your support. This is a really difficult situation. I think that I'm going to sit down with my director in the morning and let her know that I'm planning to speak with HR in the afternoon. I have a very ineffectual director, and the only way to get anything done in my facility is to go to HR. I understand the "chain-of-command", however, so I will give her the courtesy of letting her know that I'm planning to talk to HR. Thoughts?
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    Political Discussions at Work

    As my name indicates, I am a nurse in the operating room. Since I've started, I have had to endure political discussions by surgeons who assume that everyone in the room agree with them. I do not. Because we are not on equal footing, I feel that I can't speak up. So, I am left listening to them espousing their views, and feeling wholly uncomfortable to express my own. I know that I wouldn't be fired for expressing my opinion, however, I could be blackballed from that surgeon's room. I've born this burden quietly, until today. I was doing a case in which the patient was awake. The surgeon, anesthesia provider, and tech were all bad-mouthing Wisconsin public unions and stating their vociferous support for our Governor. My patient said something to the effect of, "I'm probably the only person in the room who supports our president and thinks that that Walker guy is a buffoon." I said, "No, you're not alone. There are two of us." I was mortified! It's one thing to have these discussions when the patient is asleep, and I'm the only one being made to feel uncomfortable. It's a completely different situation when my patient is made to feel as though he is an outsider! I don't like to make waves, but I feel that this conduct was SO inappropriate that I need to sit down tomorrow with my director. All of our patients pass through the same corridors on their way to the OR. The last time that my director was on vacation, I had to remove a racist, sexist print-out about Michelle Obama from that corridor! I've tried to coast along and go with the flow, but I am at my wit's end! Regardless of one's political affiliation, this behavior is utterly inappropriate. And tomorrow, I'm going to see that it stops. Anyone have any similar experiences/wisdom to share? It would be much appreciated.
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    Fired because of Facebook???

    Yes, I have heard of something similar. A friend of mine was fired last year for posting disparaging remarks about our place of employment on his own time.
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    New Grads - Share your success at getting your 1st Job

    RN-Ella is spot-on. I worked as a nurse tech in the OR during my senior year of school. I'm now working there as a registered nurse. They actually held a position open for me from December 2010 until I graduated in May 2010. I got the NT position through networking, and proved myself as an asset during my time there. It was so reassuring to know, even in this market, that I had a guaranteed job upon graduation. It removed a lot of stress from my final semester of nursing school. My best advice is to take a job, any job, in the location where you'd like to end up. It's not a guarantee, but it's better than going in cold. Best of luck to everyone!