tigkaskit BSN

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tigkaskit has 15 years experience as a BSN.

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    Tips for first time moms from L & D nurses

    Bring your own pillow. I'm serious. Those things are a hot commodity and every patient seems to (legitimately) need 4-5, plus 1 for their significant other.
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    New Grad, New Baby, per diem?

    Even if you can find a job like that, I wouldn't recommend it. Even just starting a new unit as an experienced nurse is difficult in a part-time status. I was a nurse for almost 4 years when I changed specialties. I was required to do 3 months of fu...
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    If you could redo it....would you choose nursing?

    Ehhh. Probably. Because I have no idea what else I would do. I make really good money in a (mostly) cake job. I use limited childcare due to working nights. Working weekends and holidays suck but our per diem rate is SO much less than my current rat...
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    2017 Nursing Salaries by State, Degree, and License - Highest & Lowest

    I'm assuming these are based on 40hrs/wk? I seem to remember taking this survey and being unsure how to answer as a part-time employee. If you ask me my annual salary, I'd say one thing but it's a far cry from what I could potentially make.
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    Switching from ICU to Maternity nursing?

    I transferred from PICU to OB roughly 7 years ago and have never looked back.
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    Switching to LD????

    I think a PRN L&D position for someone who has never done L&D is a recipe for disaster and setting you up for failure. To me, PRN means a couple of shifts (maybe 2 or 3) per month. I believe one really needs the repetitive exposure to everyth...
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    RNC-OB or C-EFM?

    My unit requires C-EFM for all nurses. We had to take and pass it within the first 18months of working. Some RNs do have their RNC-OB as well, but it's not something that's pushed on us, and to be honest, I don't know who has it and who doesn't. The ...
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    Questions on having closed Peds/PICU and stop floating

    hmmm. I don't have any research to offer you, just personal experience. As a former PICU nurse who just transferred to mother/baby (and other OBGYN units), I can tell you that the knowledge base is COMPLETELY different. Granted, the pts in mother/bab...
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    Sleep/work schedule for working 12 hour nights

    That's almost how I did it also...except that I would generally go to bed as soon as I got home and sleep 8a-4p. On my last night, I'd sleep from 8a-12 or 1p, then go to bed at 10ish for the night. 3 in a row was really hard for me (although 3 night...
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    Pregnancy question

    Either way, being pregnant during school and being pregnant while working are both hard! But I'm sure I dont' have to tell you that since this isn't your first.
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    Help- Switching jobs after maternity leave

    I totally agree with the previous post. If you work till 5, get home at say 5:30, and your baby goes to bed around 7:30 or 8 (basing this on my own 9 week old), you barely have any time with your little one. If you can stand the 12hr shifts but can't...
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    clogs that don't press on top of foot

    Thanks guys. The Earth shoes look kinda like Birkenstocks. They might be nice. I did try on some more Merrells at REI. Surprisingly I had to wear a 7 1/2 in the one model. I usually wear 7, and sometimes 6.5 in shoes. How frustrating that sizing can...
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    Pregnancy question

    Can you delay getting pregnant for about 4 months after starting a job? That would let you qualify for FMLA since you will have been there a year at the end of your pregnancy, right? I'm currently on maternity leave, and love that I can be off for th...
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    Help- Switching jobs after maternity leave

    I am returning to work in a few weeks after maternity leave, and I am choosing to work 12hr nights (only 2 shifts per week) so that we can avoid paying for childcare. Have you thought about your child care options if you're working M-F? I know the in...
  15. This winter I bought a pair of Merrell slides with the fleecy insides (like the "Chill Stitch" model but these were "Primo" something, maybe last year's model). I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They are super comfy, were great while I was pregnant, and I wear ...