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    University of Cincinnati students....any contracts available?

    Not to hijack this thread, but... I have some questions for any Cincinnati people who are currently in, or have been accepted to their program. What were your stats? They recommend having taken a recent chemistry course and recent physics course, but do not require it. Did you heed that recommendation? They also have things listed about participation in hospital committees being a plus. Did you all do these things to get in? Im BSN with 3.7 GPA, have been working 14 months (2 years by the time I would start) in CVICU, GRE is pending, and CCRN is pending. I should be able to get some good references. Am I wasting my time applying without the Chem and physicis (chemistry was unfortunately not a part of my BSN), and no committee time? Thanks.
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    I'm assuming you are talking about the stopcocks on a triple manifold? Otherwise the stopcocks on individual lines are pretty simple.. On individual lines the LONG part of the stopcock with OFF engraved on it shuts off flow in whichever direction the long piece is pointing. Things get a bit more complicated, but the principle remains the same on the triple manifold (Swan-Ganz manifold). I'm not sure I can explain the process of zeroing the triple manifold on here in very simple terms... You just need to really look at the manifold, what stopcock is connected to what line, and what each line is monitoring. Hands on practice is certainly the best for this. One mnemonic that I was taught for remembering where the stopcocks need to be for monitoring was "Stand alone, Kissy, Kissy, Stand alone." While I think this oversimplifies what you're doing, it will get you by in a pinch. Its far better to understand the concept of WHY everything is turned the way it is, rather than just think of this simple phrase. Ask someone in the unit to show you that method, if they know it. I don't know if it is a commonly used phrase, so they may look at you like you have two heads when you ask.
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    Kaiser Permanente School

    Hey all- I've been looking at which schools to apply to a lot recently, and I'm trying to narrow it down to three so that I don't break the bank on admission fees, transcripts, etc. My reading has left me interested in KPSA, and I'd like to hear from anyone who has been, or is currently enrolled there. I am in the midst of watching the pre-application information modules, and it left me with a concern regarding clinical time. According to the curriculum module, it seems that very little time is spent in the hospital with hands on clinical time. Is this true? Each semester had what looked like a 4 day clinical practicum, and that was all. This seems like very little time with hands on learning. Can any of you comment on this? How much time do students spend in the OR at KPSA? Do you know roughly how many cases you have done upon graduation? I have seen how US News and World Report ranks the program, but how would YOU rate the program? Thanks in advance!
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    Nurse Residency Programs

    Hey all. I'm trying to put together a list of hospitals that offer nurse residency programs for new graduates. Here is what I have so far, please add any hospitals that you know of.. Seton Hospital - Austin, TX Georgetown University Medical Center- Washington DC Washington Hospital Center- Washington DC Johns Hopkins - Baltimore, MD Vanderbilt University Medical Center- Nashville, TN Evergreen Hospital- Seattle, WA Surely there are more than this, but these are the only ones I could find. Where else offers a programs like these?
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    Oregon's Death with Dignity Act

    I'm interested to hear what hospice nurses' opinions are about the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. This piece of legislation was passed in 1997, and essentially allows a terminally ill patient to self-administer medications prescribed by a physician in order to end their life. Obviously, the patient has to seek out this service, it is not done solely on the whim of the prescribing physician. Last year 85 patients utilized this option to end their own suffering. There are strict criteria a patient must meet in order to be eligible for this. More information and a general overview is available on the state of Oregon's website here: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pas/faqs.shtml As for myself? I absolutely support it. I have seen it, and I KNOW that I would not want to live in such a state. I KNOW that several of my family members and friends have expressed the same desire, should they end up in a similar situation. I don't feel like anyone who is not suffering should be able to tell someone who is that they don't have the right to make this choice. That said, I don't feel like this should be a patient's first, or even second or third alternative. The criterion for inclusion exist for a reason, and if followed I see no reason why this should not exist in every state. Nobody is going to make you, the terminally ill patient, participate if you don't want to. No one is going to make a physician prescribe these medications if he or she feels uncomfortable doing so. But for those patients who do elect to take this route, and find a physician willing to cooperate, it could save them a lot of needless suffering. How do you feel?
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    ICU Experience

    Hey all. I'm about to graduate from my BSN program, and my goal is to get my necessary ICU experience and then apply for a CRNA program as quickly as possible. Being a CRNA has been my goal since high school. The problem I'm having is that it seems most ICU's don't want to hire new graduates directly. All I'm seeing are these nurse residency programs. So the question-- did and of you get hired directly into critical care, and if so where? Did any of you do a nurse residency program? And if so, how long (seen some as long as a year) Finally did the residency count towards your required ICU experience? Thanks.
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    Guys: Just Curious - Need Your Opinions

    You're an idiot.. Who are you to say whether anyone MALE OR FEMALE is becoming a nurse for the right or wrong reason? What authority are you? One thing I have noticed: Yes, I am surrounded by a lot of women all the time at school. Is that WHY I got into nursing? No. Is it a byproduct of me being an under-represented gender? Yes. Could it be a temptation? Maybe. But does the third question answer the first? In other words.. Just because it is or will be a temptation doesn't mean that's the reason for pursuing this career... It could (and in my case is) just a byproduct. I'm also not married, and just stating how it is to be a guy surrounded by women constantly.
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    Where to move after graduation

    I'm trying to brainstorm places I could move after graduation... Any ideas? I'm interested in being in a city (no suburbs). Political & social climate is important to me, I'd like a city leaning a little to the left that is a bit more progressive than the southern US I hail from. The bay area in Cali was an obvious choice, until I realized that the 'nursing shortage' applies more to experienced nurses. Also equally important is new grad compensation and job availability for new grads. So... Where do you live? What do you make? How hard was it to get a job as a new grad? Thanks
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    who is hiring in your state for rn new grads?

    Nurse JR and STAR RN, How hard was it to get a job as a new graduate? Were you able to get the type of unit that you wanted? Did you go to school or have undergrad clinical experience where you were hired on? I'm thinking about moving to the PNW after graduation.
  10. Jump_Nurse

    What wakes you up in the morning?

    Lighten up.
  11. Jump_Nurse

    What wakes you up in the morning?

    Usually a really annoying cell phone alarm wakes me up in the morning. Either that or a really dry mouth and some sweating. Then I go puke, try to get the booze off my breath, and head to the hospital. If I start gettin' the shakes in the car I take a slug from the flask of whiskey under the driver's seat.. If that one's empty there's usually some vodka in the trunk, however this is undesirable because it forces me to pull over on the interstate. Follow all that up with half a container of orange Tic-Tacs and your breath is as fresh as a moviestar's. If things are really bad and its Sunday, or I can't get booze for some other reason I just vie for a patient either in DTs or with bad anxiety so I can pop some of his/her benzo's. If all else fails I'll take a bottle of Virex to the bathroom with me and choke down just enough to take the edge off.
  12. CRNA. Wouldn't be in it otherwise.
  13. Good luck dealing with that... Even when you're done with school. I have noticed that nursing, and maybe just healthcare in general, can be an incredibly unfriendly workplace. Nursing staff in particular seem to think everyone else is an idiot and ***** and complain about all of their coworkers. Just sit back, remove yourself from the conversation and listen, it can be quite remarkable just how two-faced and angry nurses can be towards each other. That said, I experienced the same thing with many preceptors. Some were good, while a majority just didn't want students around. Even the simplest questions seemed to trigger unwarranted hostility. Good luck, but I don't know that it gets much better.
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    Chem Requirements

    Hey everybody, My BSN program doesn't require that we take chemistry, and in all honesty it doesn't leave us any time to either. The only requirement is that you took high school chemistry and passed with at least a C. I wish we were required to take some chemistry, as it seems MOST anesthesia schools require, or at least recommend it. Do any of you have any experience with NOT taking chemistry courses, and then going on to anesthesia school? I'm wondering if students who don't have a chemistry background feel disadvantaged, or behind in the material. Not having a chemistry background will certainly limit the schools I can apply to, so it might just be best to bite the bullet and take some chemistry once I graduate. Any thoughts? I'd especially appreciate it if there are any students in anesthesia school right now who didn't take chemistry.