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    CA license by exam-communication requirement

    CA is very fussy about some classes-I know of nurses that had to take a speech class before they were able to get their license. Another nurse did a accelerated program and didnt take microbiology and she could not get a license.
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    Guidelines for use of Freddy Frogs

    at one hospital FF was used incorrectly-it was placed being placed on babies chest so now there is reminder that a FF is like an elephant sitting on a baby's chest-should be placed below hips. Its now mainly used for holding in pacifier, holding resp tubes in place
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    Anyone take the new NRP exam online

    Due to a busy schedule, I was not able to take my NRP online exam. That was the 6th edition-per an email the 7th edition is now effective(May 21st) and there are some major changes to the format of the exam as well as some content. Have anyone here taken the new test? Can I pass it using the old book. Thanks in advance.
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    NAS, How do you score?

    I think its crazy too but as a traveler I have to go along with their plan of care.
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    NAS, How do you score?

    The thinking is that if scores have not gone down since last medication was given then there is a possibility that infant may need an increase dose. Didnt make sense to me but this is what they do and it started shortly before I left the assignment.
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    I am a nicu traveler so I have seen quite a few programs. Most popular seems to be EPIC but others that I have work with are CERNER, SORIAN, CPN(only HCA hosps uses it), MEDITECH and CRIB NOTES.
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    NAS, How do you score?

    Something new that was being done at the above unit-if score is above 8, medicate as ordered (morphine is usually q 3hrs) and re-evaluate in 1 hr which means waking baby up to do the score again. If still above 8 call MD.
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    NAS, How do you score?

    I think Finnegan scoring system is the universal system that is used. As for the 2nd RN check, I think its a great idea. I just came from a unit that has quite a few withdrawal babies . I usually work nights and I try to keep the environment as quiet as possible and my score tends to be lower. I will come in 12hrs later and the scores are way higher and infants has increase dose of morphine so I dont mind the 2nd RN checking the scores with me. Last wk I attended the ANN conference in Orlando and NAS was one of the most popular seminars. Some units do use the 2 RN check, sending babies home on low dose Morphine, the use of Morphine and Phenobarbital as well as Clonidine to treat these babies.
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    Timeline for endorsing RN license to CA

    I did send all paperwork overnight to the CA BON-costly but a better paper trail. As for NURSYs, years ago an agency paid for my DC license to be sent to CA BON. From what I read here I thought it expired at 90 days but whenever I logged into NURSYS to have it sent-i would get message-already sent so I called up the nursys and they also said there are no 90 expiration date-once paid its good. Did not pay again and got my license.
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    Start a nursing career in Georgia

    I know of quite a few seasoned nurse who moved to ATL area from high paying areas such as NY, CT etc but cont to fly in and work a weekend program because she just couldnt make it on the salary they were paying in GA.
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    NANN conference

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    8 weeks of orientation

    I think 8 wks is too short a time-more like 12 -16wks and always having a resource person after orientation. On one of my the travel assignments, nurses were being pulled off orientation and given critical babies due to understaffing. The task was completed but you can tell by their report they didnt know why they were doing it. One girl was given a jet ventilator without a preceptor having only taken care of NC and CPAP. About 2 hrs into the shift she came to me to complain- I told her go to the CN and have her change her assignment-which she did. Scary.
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    Timeline for endorsing RN license to CA

    I along with many folks paid for a temp license but didnt get one. However, I remember a prev poster writing that someone at CA BON told her that they will issue a temp license to someone who has everything for endorsement but is missing the communication requirement. By issuing the temp which is good for 6 months, it gives the applicant the time to take a class to satisfy the requirement.
  14. a personal check is the best way to go. You will have an idea when it was cashed. No so with a money order.
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    Timeline for endorsing RN license to CA

    No I didnt go to the BON-I was thinking about it but couldnt find a cheap enough airfare to justify going there plus I kept extending on my then travel contract so I was ok with the 3 month timeframe that BON was saying it will take me to get the license.
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    Timeline for endorsing RN license to CA