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  1. CPHQ

    I used the Janet Brown book and CPHQ secrets.
  2. CPHQ

    Hi! I just passed my CPHQ today. I'm already in quality so career wise, I have yet to see if it makes a difference. I did think it was a little difficult. I think it depends on how long you've been in quality. Quite a bit was application so you'd ...
  3. What I wish I knew... First Job

    I would bring a little notebook that you can fit in your scrubs that you can write things you learn. You may not be able to write things down right away but later. You may want to write anything from pertinent info to where you find certain paperwork...
  4. Hi brae82, I know this is late, but I just saw this post... or possibly I forgot to respond, not sure which one. Anyway, Yes I worked as a CNA while in nursing school. However, I worked per diem which in my hospital meant I chose my schedule, I just ...
  5. Intermediate Care Unit assessments

    We have a ratio of 3:1 both days and nights. We have a secretary most days, unless we have a low census. Depending on census, we will have a CNA or a resource RN, sometimes both (rarely). We do vital signs q2, urine output q4. Full assessment, we're ...
  6. Hi brae82, Yes, I graduated May 2011 and I got a job right away. I actually started in August but that was because that was when the new grad program started. I work in a progressive care unit which is a step down from ICU and I love it. National ha...
  7. Man with Law Degree Considering Nursing

    I am not a man so can't give you personal experience. But have a few thoughts. First... nursing is not recession proof and depending on where you live, new grads are having a heck of a time finding work. You may have to start somewhere you don't real...
  8. Question regarding ED holding orders

    Hmmm... that's an idea. Right now, it's just a blanket statement ICU or med/surg. Maybe adding in those exceptions (or something along those lines) could be a way to go. Thanks for the response.
  9. Hi guys! I am doing some research and I was wondering if you all could help me. I currently work in a PCU (progressive care unit), it's a step-down from ICU and when we receive pts from ED, they come with holding orders. Our holding orders state the ...
  10. Nursing Central was included in my nursing schools orientation so I've had it for awhile. I also had to buy a drug book and the tabers for one of my classes. I never opened either one. Nursing Central has both plus you can look up all kinds of info o...
  11. I know this thread is a little old but for anybody still interested... I'm sure it varies from hospital to hospital but this is from mine: The RN will perform stress tests and Cardiology procedures to include treadmills, Dobutamine stress echos, Nuc...
  12. Unpaid Internship

    I'm in CA and the job market for new grads is very tough. One particular hospital offered an unpaid "nurse extern" position for students. It was basically like a preceptorship except you worked for the hospital, not the school. The current hospital I...
  13. Commuting, which schedule works best?

    I think I'd do the 12s... but 4 in a row is tough and the last 2 on nights... Have a good plan in case you're too tired (stop for coffee or even a 15 min nap). I work nights (or did) and live 60 min away from work. I would sometimes stop half way an...
  14. Holy cow! Now i'm confused!

    I think it depends on the hospital. My hospital only gives 3 months orientation with a preceptor and that seems to be the norm. However, I am technically in a new grad program for a year. All that means though is during my 3 months orientation I go t...
  15. Letting my desperation shine through? :)

    Well, you may have already had your interview. If so, hope it went well! If not, here's my 2 cents. Research (if you haven't already) the companies mission and values and try to find a way to work it into the interview. Say something like, "I love th...