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  1. Tips or techniques in getting an IJ CVC dressing to stay on patients with facial hair growth/beards appreciated. During change of shift noted dressing not occlusive. Changed the dressing, the white tape like part of the dressing was coming off almost...

    Staffing On Covid Unit

    What is the staffing like on your covid unit? What level of care med/surg , step down , tele ? Has the staffing varied? Are you in a surge? Do you have ancillary help such as CNAs , phlebotomists, housekeeper, ward clerks? Do you chan...

    Has anyone left nursing job due to COVID19 virus?

    This is a big topic. If we tested a nurse today and that was negative and then worked 2 more shifts possibly exposed would you test them again in a week?........ the working and testing could go on and on. That's why I think its good for all healthca...

    Threw out back, what’s next?

    I agree with what the other posters have said about throwing your back out doesn't necessarily mean your bedside career is done. Do the prescribed therapy and see how you are feeling. Your back may flare up from time to time as mine does. Educate ...
  5. I was in your shoes. I've been a nurse for a long time now. These days when patients ask me how long I've been a nurse or how long I've work at my hospital and I tell them, they say " Did you start when you were 10 years old?" It never was a real...

    Letting Public Health Nurse Certificate Lapse...

    https://www.rn.ca.gov/consumers/fees.shtml the information I have says $300 for initial PHN app and $125 for renewal., as of January 2019.

    Letting Public Health Nurse Certificate Lapse...

    Also it is only $125 a year to renew the PHN certificate. $187 if delinquent

    Letting Public Health Nurse Certificate Lapse...

    I don't know the answer for sure but I renewed last fall and no penalty. I don't think most graduates even get that certificate when they graduate anymore. I don't know the ramifications if for some reason you want to get it back. For me it was a non...

    Letting Public Health Nurse Certificate Lapse...

    I got mine 30+ years ago without any extra effort on my part. Never paid a dime to keep it. I let mine lapse when I saw the cost at my last renewal. Other people I graduated with that I still keep in contact with let theirs lapse as well. You have t...
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    PCA pumps yay or nay

    I take care of medical patients with some surgical patients as well. I’ve seen many times that the patient doesn’t do so well using the PCA despite instruction/explanation from staff. They don’t use it enough or regularly and their pain control is a...
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    Are O2 sats a vital sign?

    I remember long ago> 28 years, when only RT had access to pulse ox. It was rare to get an RT to do one without an order.
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    Getting Sick as a Nurse

    I don't have enough fingers on my hands to count how many times I have been asked to trade or work extra for someone and I can't do it and then that person calls in sick that day. Most people manage to squeak by within the absenteeism policy. It's fu...
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    new staffing laws in mass? CA nurses

    I do believe that some hospitals cut back on nurse's aides when the ratio went into effect or did so over time. Some tout it as all RN staff! Some hospitals cut back on the number of nurse's aides on a floor, so now maybe two for a unit of 30 patient...
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    When did being pregnant become a disability?

    No I hadn't and I've worked with many travelers. Thanks for the reply.
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    When did being pregnant become a disability?

    Just curious what is a "guest staff member in the icu"?