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NYbabyRN has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in General Surgery, NICU.

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  1. 14 days in a row - I can't imagine working 38! Now I usually never work more than 3 days in a row.
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    ADN in 2016 completely useless?

    Is there any chance you can move upstate? Although the trend in the Capital Region is leaning towards favoring BSN applicants, many hospitals will hire ADN degree holders, especially if you are enrolled in a BSN program. In fact, most of the hospital...
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    How often are your line changes?

    We change TPN, lipids, med line and intermittent drips every 24 hrs. Continuous fluids every 96 hrs.
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    Single Dad of three nursing school?

    I know many people who have a poor GPA from attempts to go to college when they were young and not very focused. Go back to school for your pre-requisites for nursing, this is your chance to show you are a different student now then you were years ag...
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    NICU new grad question

    The opportunities are out there! I encourage you to keep your heart focused on your desire to become a NICU nurse. I started nursing school only because I intended to become a NICU nurse. In my experience I rarely received positive affirmation to bec...
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    Are You Where You Thought You'd Be?

    Yes, I read about NICU nursing when I was 17 yrs old and decided I wanted to become a NICU nurse. I didn't graduated nursing school till several years later and then I started on a med-surg unit, even though I still desired to work in NICU. I worked ...
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    New To NICU: How was your experience?

    Soliloquy, This was my exact same fear when I transferred from adult med-surg, where I had over 4 years of experience, to NICU. And my NICU had a hospital wide reputation for bullying. However my experience has been very good the last 7 + months. The...
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    Looking in to ICU nursing

    Hello oobray, I have never worked in adult ICU, but several of my former co-workers went to adult ICU (I went to NICU). They report having to provide almost all the hands on care to their patients, including baths, personal care, bed changes, etc. Th...
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    Passed NCLEX-PN The THIRD Time! Here's My Story..

    What an amazing story! You truly persevered! Wishing you all the best.
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    Leaving Bedside Nursing

    NurseRies, I appreciate your outlook! Nursing is not easy and I have learned over the years how to make it work, maintain a mostly positive attitude, and not constantly burden my significant other with the stress of my job. Still a work in progress; ...
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    Did you wait to pick up OT?

    I started out in med-surg and remember my unit had a lot of OT available but felt nervous about picking up extra time. I think about 3 to 4 months after I got off orientation I started to pick up OT, and then I did a lot of it!
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    Do you get really nervous before a shift?

    I usually felt a bit of anxiety before almost every shift when I worked in med-surg; there was just so many variables and how the shift could go! It usually got better one the shift started.
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    Is med surg easier than ltc

    Depends on the facility and maybe manager. I used to work med-surg and my general surgery manager gave us good ratios, usually 4 to 5 patients. Other floors/hospitals can go up to 7 patients. I worked LTC briefly before my med-surg job and can commis...
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    Electronic charting of kangaroo care/holding

    My facility uses Soarian Clinicals and in the VS electronic flowsheet there is a section in which documentation of parent presence can be documented, including if parent did skin to skin with infant. It's a drop down option and click the box type of ...
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    Looking for job...

    AndreaLiboon, I think your past experience is relevant, however you would probably have greater chances at getting hired if your employer was willing to put through NICU orientation - similar as a new grad to NICU. I know my NICU would likely hire yo...