fromtheseaRN

fromtheseaRN BSN, RN

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fromtheseaRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency/Trauma.

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  1. Nursing accessories for ER/ED?

    I got raptors about 2 years into my ER experience. Yes, they're $65. But when you need to do an open thoracotomy on a trauma that just landed, they get the clothes off in a split second. They have been well worth it in my experience.
  2. ER Duties

    I agree with the above. However, I was told by an ER doctor who is originally from Australia that the nursing scope of practice is very different there, so you need to take those limitations on your practice into consideration.
  3. 2017 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    I was out for part of last year after having a baby, and thought my D/I ratio would increase... however, when I looked at my submitted application, my employer POC input my standard yearly pay on my employment verification, not subtracting the 3 mont...
  4. My Orthopedic Nurse Certification Exam (ONC) Heartbreaker

    I'll second what was said above, that's a great score for walking in cold. I'm scheduled to take mine at the end of January. I work inpatient ortho, so our patients are elective joints and traumas, and I also worked in the OR on mostly ortho cases. I...
  5. Leakage of septic arthritis after surgery

    For hardware removal in a septic joint, we typically see a copious amount of drainage, at least for the patients at the hospital I work at. With time on the ortho unit you'll start to know what's normal for infected joints and what's not. For the dra...
  6. How to prevent falls

    All of our ortho patients have bed alarms on at all times. Our beds allow you to set the alarm to 3 different levels of movement sensitivity, and ours are set to only alarm if the patient actually gets up. It is the hospital policy, and it has preven...
  7. what's it like to be a patient sitter in Arizona?

    In the hospital system I work for, patient companions can have homework, computers, etc in the room. Patient sitters are not allowed to have anything- you have to have your eyes on the patient at all times. You have to wear scrubs. So really, it's go...
  8. How to switch from bedside to OR

    Find out who the OR manager is and send an email asking to shadow for a day. That shows that you are interested, and will also give you an idea if it's something you'd really want to do. I went to the OR from an ortho unit. I was hired with 3 other n...
  9. Any OR RNs get their FNP?

    I've seen/met several who have gone back for their FNP so they can first assist, and make a living off of it. A couple were already RNFAs, but said Medicare would not reimburse their services if they did not have their NP.
  10. Ortho certification...

    We are reimbursed for the test, up to $250 (the cost for NAON members to take it). but that's it. I'm currently studying for certification, and am learning a lot. I know it sounds cheesey, but the extra knowledge I am gaining makes it worth it for me...
  11. My story and some questions from a confused older student

    I floated to the ED the other day and asked about this. Only 1 of the PCTs I worked with had their CNA. The others were hired as nurse assistants (non-certified), and Banner trained them in IVs, foleys, etc. One thing I've learned about the nursing w...
  12. My story and some questions from a confused older student

    I work for Banner and this is not the case- we use CNAs on the unit. CNAs take vitals, do bed baths, etc. We use PCTs in the ED. They start IVs, insert foleys, draw blood, etc. Our CNAs and PCTs are not interchangeable. You'll have a avery hard time...
  13. Arizona Hospitals

    i'm at a non-profit hospital up in the Phoenix area. We've been code purple for a few months straight now... however that hasn't helped our staffing situation. We are extremely short staffed and are not hiring many new nurses at all. Needless to say,...
  14. Orders to hold meds?

    I always notify the doctor if I hold a med that doesn't have parameters on the order, but I would not wake up a doctor for that. I work days, and often night shift lets me know if they held anything, and I will let the doctor know (and also ask for p...
  15. I just can't do this anymore...

    i'm sorry to hear that your husband is not supportive of your wishes. that is a hard road to navigate, and i hope it goes smoothly for you. so, what do you not like about nursing or your job? you have many avenues available to you, you do not have to...