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    Tips for a neat bed?

    double post, sorry
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    Tips for a neat bed?

    Funny how something so simple has so many solutions. What we typically do: one blanket to completely cover the isolette mattress like a sheet, edges folded under. Second blanket, slightly smaller, to place baby on. We use cloth diapers to roll up ...
  3. Thanks for asking because I couldn't figure it out, either, but figured I must just be tired and brain dead too and didn't want to ask!
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    Halloween in the NICU

    The Build-a-Bear outfits are perfect for those 3-5 pounders! Last year one of the babies' parents bought a Superman outfit, complete with built-in muscles, it was adorable. Another baby got all dressed up as a Patriot's cheerleader for one of the g...
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    Is an LNA the same as an LPN???

    I'm not the OP but we have LNAs in NH. They have license numbers, continuing education and active practice requirements.
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    shift question

    Maybe, just maybe, if I stick it out another 25 years, I might get to permanent day shift. There are nurses in my NICU who have been there 20+ years and still have to pick up occasional night shifts. The few who are actually permanent days have been...
  7. I was under the impression after my last communication with my DON that I will at least have a designated resource nurse for awhile, and they specifically want me to start back on days (I'm a rotator) to get back into the groove. I don't think anyon...
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    Is anyone familiar with Subutex?

    Subutex was just starting to be used instead of methadone in the area my NICU serves when I had to go out on medical leave, so I'm not super familiar. Despite what the doctors seemed to be promising the moms-to-be, the NAS babies I cared for (or was...
  9. I've been out on medical LOA due to my seizure disorder since late January. I had only been working in my NICU for about 10 months when I had to take this almost 6-month-long LOA. I've probably posted 2 or 3 times in the past few months that I was ...
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    Is X-Ray Exposure ok?

    eek. The X-ray techs MAKE us wear the apron if we're assisting, and either set up a shield or place themselves between the machine and the next incubator. They also make sure everyone else- parents, other nurses- are out of the danger zone. I reall...
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    Would you stand up for a Doctor?

    I'd get up and give my seat to anyone who needed it more than me, whether that's a fellow nurse, a tech, an NP or an MD. If I need to be sitting wherever I'm sitting though, I'm not going to give up my seat JUST because there's a doctor looking for ...
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    Babies overnighting in moms room

    Why don't you get involved with this committee? You obviously have a lot to offer them. It IS in the best interest of both mom & baby (and the hospital!) for the babies to room in. You could help ensure that your hospital policy reflects that.
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    any NICU nurses with seizure disorders?

    I'm in a pickle. A big, frustrating pickle. I've had a seizure disorder since I was a teenager and have been stable on medication for over a decade, although when I had a horrible spell of migraines a couple years ago the changes on my EEG that wer...
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    Art Sticks

    Nope, we don't do them either. None of our RNs do PICCs either. I'd like to learn both. Actually, I'll be happy when I can just go back to work- I've been on medical LOA for nearly 2 months now and am finally feeling well enough to be bored!
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    baby sleeping in same bed as parents

    I love that- never looked at it that way! I am a big supporter of safe cosleeping as an option for parents though I know it wouldn't be a good option for me, if I ever had kids. We have 2 chihuahuas (5#12oz & 13#) who sleep in our bed with us....