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Registered nurse working on a general surgery (postop) floor. Currently in the process of attaining my BSN.

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  1. Funny: Emergency Department tips

    That is the best laugh I've had all day. Thanks!
  2. Can RNs conduct cardiac stress tests?

    I don't have a good answer for you, but I will definitely be watching this thread. There has been talk at the office I work at (large doctor's group practice) about just this thing. We've not gotten a good answer back from the state board of nursing ...
  3. I saved my brother's life last night....

    Your brother was very fortunate to have you in the right place at the right time. Kudos for you for keeping calm and doing what needed to be done in a very scary situation. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing a successful recovery t...
  4. Testing the waters

    I would second a lot of what fizz2Nurse has to say about Wyoming in general. As for Cheyenne, it's not a terrible place. Yes, the hospital and their administration is questionable (to say the least). However, if you are looking to work as a nurse out...
  5. We lost one of our own this morning

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your coworker. In my thoughts and prayers....
  6. Why not let me have a PCA?

    That is absolutely horrible! At the hospital I was working at we received post-hysterectomy patients on our floor with either an epidural running or a PCA started (sometimes both). They were also started on routine doses of IV Toradol day of surgery ...
  7. How about a thread for baby names you liked?

    Like many folks here I like the name I gave to my son--Ethan Nicholas. I liked Nicholas for a name, but didn't care much for most of the nicknames for it so it became a middle name. When I was pregnant I just really liked the name Ethan--thought it w...
  8. Extra-long scrubs - know of any online vendors?

    Another vote for the Cherokee brand scrub pants. I wear them, and they're almost TOO long. Unusual for us long legs folks. :) Try, they carry them and at a pretty reasonable price.
  9. Family members as patients on your unit

    Having worked on a general surgery floor in the only hospital in our town, family members as patients was relatively common. We tried to keep it as appropriate diagnosis oriented as we could, i.e. fresh postop patients, but due to high admission rate...
  10. The most embarrasing thing you've done at work!

    I have to ask--why would you put an applicator in someone's rectum when inserting a Foley? You know it's not going to go in there. Now I could possibly see using something to differentiate the vagina and urethra on a female when inserting a Foley cat...
  11. Cheyenne nurses?

    Hi all...I currently work as an RN at UMC on the surgical floor. Starting wages for a brand new grad run at about $19.75/hr. Differentials are 8% of your base rate for time worked between 3-11 pm and 12% of your base rate for time worked 11p-7a. You ...
  12. Nursing Board Review Book

    Saunders is an excellent resourse...very well written. When I was studying for my PN boards, I used Mosby's NCLEX-PN review book. It is well written, separated into categories (nutrition, pediatrics, mother-baby, etc) and comes with a study CD which ...
  13. What Would YOU Like??

    Perhaps a gift certificate to a good local restaurant...good way for her and her husband to have a night out. Or offer to take her out to lunch one day.
  14. Age Check

    One of the great things about nursing is the fact that you will find people of all ages and backgrounds, and each person has something unique to contribute to the field. I am 23, will turn 24 after I graduate in May. Most of the time I feel my age, s...
  15. Something that has served me well through my time in nursing school...learn the basics of the skills you will perform in your job as a nurse, from bedmaking to vitals to IV therapy, and practice, practice, practice! It will make you feel more at ease...