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  1. KayceeCA

    How do I approach doing hearts?

    I don't know the best way to get into the heart rooms, but I can tell you how I did it. From the first time I stepped into a heart room, I knew that was what I wanted to do. And I made that loud and clear. I let anyone, and everyone, know how much I loved hearts. I would hold heart until I thought my arm was going to fall off, and I'd keep smiling because I was in the heart room. I let the heart surgeons (some of them are satan, I swear!) yell and scream, but I kept on going, telling anyone and anyone how much I loved hearts all the while. I ran, not walked, to the heart room any chance I got. I took all the ridicule and scorn about "those snobby heart team people" and kept smiling, and being friendly, and willing to do just about anything else, although everyone knew I'd rather be in the heart room. It worked for me. Maybe it will work for you too. Just be ready for the "why would you want to do that"s and the "I wouldn't do that, I want a life"s. Just brush them off and keep going, because you know what you want.
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    What is your OR Time OUT consist of??

    I think the time outs at my facility are a happy medium. We cover some pertinent info (pt. name, surgeon, procedure, side if applicable, allergies, antibiotics received) but not too much. We also state that the consent, schedule, H&P, orders and pt. interview all agree. My only pet peeve is that some surgeons do tend to want to carry on with their own conversations and not stop and listen to the time-out. My tactic so far has just been to keep repeating "time out" in a progressively louder voice until I have their attention. But I really like the "I'm not wearing a bra today" line, so I think I'm gonna steal it. :)
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    On call drive time

    I've had a couple of different experiences at hospitals where I've worked. Experience #1: 20 minute callback time, and we were expected to be there and ready to go in 20 minutes. It was a level 1 Trauma center in a rural area, meaning we got everything within a 2 hour radius, including farming and mining accidents (ugh) and bad MVA's on country backroads. We also did burns and transplants. We stayed super busy, and a trauma there was really a trauma. Experience #2: 30 minute callback time at another level 1 trauma center, but this time it's one of 6 trauma centers (3 level 1's) in the 8th biggest city in the country. Yes, we get traumas, but it's really pretty laid back, and the regular staff can handle almost anything that rolls through the door until the call team gets there. So if we're a little over the 30 minute mark, no one is going to blink an eye. We also don't do burns, peds, or transplants, so it really cuts back on the number of crash and burns, and get-here-now cases. I would suggest taking call for a little while with your eye on the clock, then see how things roll at your hospital. If you're at one of those places where time really is tight, then staying with relatives sounds like a good option.
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    I Don't Remember His Name

    I'm a nurse, but I'm also the mother of a stillborn baby. Your compassion touched me deeply. Please don't ever lose that.
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    Alternative Site Marking for patients

    We have the armbands too. I've only had to use them a couple of times, but so far they worked well when needed.
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    NPs in OR?

    Two of our CT surgeons have NP's who assist in the OR and round on patients. A couple of the ortho docs have NP's who assist in surgery, but I'm not sure if they round on patients. We also have several surgeons who use PA's. I don't know if it's 50/50 but it's close.
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    What's the easiest job in the operating room?

    Exactly. I went to nursing school later in life (graduated at the age of 36) so I had a lot of jobs before that in a variety of fields - waitressing, retail sales, secretarial work (in banks, real estate, hospitals, small business, large corporations), paralegal work, travel and tourism, city government, state government, military...you get the idea. I've never had a position where teamwork was as key as it is in the OR. As a previous poster said, it really depends on any given moment in any given case which position is "easiest" or "hardest."
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    Anesthesia - induction/ emergence question

    I agree with everyone else...I listen to the sat level beep, but I don't do anything without direction from the anesthesia provider. I stand by ready to apply cricoid pressure, hand the ET tube, and lend a hand in any other way I can. But I leave the monitoring to anesthesia.
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    What cases require an internal vaginal prep?

    I ask on all GYN cases...and usually the answer is yes.
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    Suture help

    ShariDCST, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to put together such a helpful post. There's some great info there.
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    Confessions of a 30-Something RN Grad

    I could've written this...10 years ago! It seems so long ago in some ways, but in others it seems like yesterday. Congrats on passing!
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    Opening bypass cannulas

    I've been on the heart team for almost 10 years, working at 3 different hospitals, and when I circulate I never open cannulas until the scrub is ready for me to had them to him/her. I have scrubbed on occasion, and when I scrub I will ask the circulator to wait until I'm ready to have the cannulas handed to me. If it's something that I feel safe opening onto the field and the scrub is busy or not scrubbed in, I will open it onto the field. Other than that, I always prefer to open to the scrub.
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    peds or adults.. what is your preference?

    I absolutely, positively, beyond any doubt prefer adults. Peds are scary because they can go bad so fast, and when they go bad they really, really go bad. The two babies who died on the OR table when I used to do peds hearts were the main reason I left nursing altogether for four years. The hospital where I work now only takes patients 14 and over, and I am so thankful for that. It takes a special breed of OR nurse to work with peds. Maybe you are that breed. I found out the hard way that I'm not. Please take my words in the correct context - this is only my opinion, and what does and does not work for me. Good luck to you whatever you decide.
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    breaking sterility question

    I totally agree with fracturenurse. I've pointed out breaks in sterile technique to others (surgeons, scrub techs, circulators) many times and the response has always been something like, "thanks for having my back." I've also had others point out my breaks in sterile technique, and I've always appreciated it. There's no ego involved when the patient's safety is involved. And while I try to watch out for costs because I know it impacts my job security, it's far from the top of my list of priorities. The first thing is patient safety. Everything else falls somewhere in line after that.
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    Confused and upset

    I agree with everyone else - forget this experience and move on as though it never happened. There are obviously other issues going on behind the scenes that have nothing to do with you. No reputable employer will tell you you're doing a "great job" for 4 days then ask you to resign. And no reputable employer would expect a new employee to be oriented after 4 days. Four weeks would be stretching it, four months is more the norm, especially when you were open with them and told them you had not been in the OR for some time. Forget that this experience ever happened, know in your heart that it was their issue and not yours, and move on to bigger and better things.
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    R U Serious.Signing Out for lunch...

    A facility I am familiar with recently went through a lengthy legal battle and had to settle a class action lawsuit because someone said they were not being given the breaks they were legally entitled to, and the facility had no records to back themselves up because they had been operating on the honor system. Now, you had better believe that all of the hourly employees are expected to clock in and out, both at the beginning and end of shift and for lunch breaks. If an employee at this facility misses their lunch break, they can fill out a form and be paid for that time. ShariDCST did an excellent job of explaining the legalities involved in hourly employment. Thanks!