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Staragate ADN, ASN, RN

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Staragate has 5 years experience as a ADN, ASN, RN and specializes in Dialysis.

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    RN patient ratio in dialysis

    It's regulated by medicare. Generally: 12 patients per nurse. 4 patients per CCHT(tech) The techs handle most of the hands on stuff. The nurse does in/out assessments, med checks, foot checks, admissions, care plans, trouble shooting, medications, education.
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    Over-tightened blood line connection and sterile caps

    Wiggle the cap back and forth. Perhaps putting ice around it to get the plastic to shrink a bit. Make sure your gloves are dry.
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    Bad back... Time for a desk job

    So, I'm an acute HD nurse. I work crazy shifts where 16-18 hour days are common. I have been doing this for 3 years, but I can't keep this up. I had C4/5 spinal fusion and the radiculopathy is already coming back post op. It's worse when I'm fatigued. I don't want to work in the clinic again. I have been a nurse for 5 years now. I've never worked FOR a hospital, but I work IN a hospital as a contractor. So for health reasons, I need a career change. I've always enjoyed education. I'm working on an (ADN)RN-MSN in Clinical Leadership. Tracks I'm looking into are transplant coordinator, doctor's office nurse, case manager. I would love to be a nurse educator, but I don't have that degree yet. I'm wondering about the dramatic change in specialties and if I will even get hired? What do I say about why I want the change, when I don't want to highlight my medical problems? Also, I will lose any FMLA benefits if my condition worsens again with a new job. I will have to start out with a new out-of-pocket total with insurance. So many what-ifs. I would love any advice or assurances.
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    Be a Nursing Home Nurse or Dialysis Nurse

    I did both. Dialysis is better, hands down. SNF gives you an unreasonable workload, understaffed, under trained and under supplied situation. ...and I worked at one of the better ones! In dialysis, you have the same patients all the time, about a dozen meds to worry about and likely no night shift. I like it a lot better, though it is still very challenging. If you can get a base in hospital experience first, that is best. In this climate, that can be hard for a new grad to get hired in one.
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    A Tribute to Military Nurses

    Nurse at Normandy
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    Watch with sweeping second hand

    I got a kid's Timex watch for $20. Analog watches are hard to find and much more common in the kid section. The one I have looks very grown up and fits my small wrist. If the strap is too small, you can buy a new strap.
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    Starting Salary [new grad]?

    Arizona ADN. LTC job full time $29.50/hr Quit for low census. home health $36/hr... limited hours. Dialysis. $28/hr. Full time. Only doing this now. It seems the salaries go up if you aren't in a hospital and specialize.
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    The sight of blood makes me pass out.

    Better not work in dialysis then!!!
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    What to do after a rough shift?

    Chocolate milkshake.
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    Nurse Power - Get Out And Vote!

    I made this meme yesterday. Do you really want guys like this to decide for you?
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    From being a nurse to a flight attendant

    You can work agency and have a constant change of coworkers, therefore avoiding drama. Bank up chunks of time to travel for fun with the kids along.
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    Thank you to the nurse who made me what I am today!

    HAHAHAHAHA! I love it. My school put masks on the mannequins, but nothing like this!
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    For Fun--Kudos 2 Me...The "toot your own horn" thread

    I got a callback on the first and so far only RN job application I've put in.... and aced the interview!
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    Nursing Interview Questions (Part 2)

    Thank you! I have a phone screening (interview) tomorrow. I'm writing down a interview "brain" for Strengths, Weaknesses and Why Nursing. Under why nursing: I love to problem solve!
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    Win CASH! 11th Nursing Caption Contest - $100

    "I really admire that nurse for going into space, but how is she going to put the stethoscope on?!?!"
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    For Fun--Kudos 2 Me...The "toot your own horn" thread

    I won a $800 scholarship from my college. I got my preceptorship assignment on the floor and hospital I requested.

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