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  1. New grad here as of May 21:yeah: I have had a couple of interviews. I had one interview with a hospital and a unit that I really liked, I felt the interview went well, I liked the unit manager that I interviewed with, but they ended up hiring someone else:crying2: When the Nurse Recruiter called me to tell me the news, she said that another position on that same unit on a different shift was opening, and she had went ahead and sbmitted my resume for that position as well. The same manager that I interviewed with is responsible for filling the second position as well. The nurse recruiter told me that it may be several weeks before they make a decision on the second position. I am inclined to email the unit manager just to reinterate my interest in the unit, but I don't want to seem too pushy. Does anyone have any advice? Should I email to keep me fresh in her mind, or would that be too pushy?
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    BOLC Week Seven: Gas Gas Gas!

    Excellent work, Lunah! I just want to say that I really enjoy reading your posts. I think you should write a book.
  3. So I am doing a presentation for my Nursing Management class on what the New Health Care reform law means to us nurses, and it's SO HARD to cut through all the political crap. Even the ANA site is biased in favor of the law. Of course, there are plenty of sites against the law. Is there any sites out there that anybody knows of that provide an unbiased "it is what it is" look at the law and what it means for nurses? I'm not looking to start any debates here. I don't care about your view of the law, and you don't care about mine. I just need some unbiased information on what it is going to mean for our practices. Thanks.
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    IL Licensing Questions New Nurse Transfer from MO

    I've already paid money to MO and submitted an application to get my Authorization to Test for the NCLEX.
  5. I have seen a couple of threads kind of related to my issue, but not quite. I wasn't sure if I responded to one of the older threads if it would pop up, so here goes: I am graduating on May 19 with an ADN from a community college here in Missouri. I want to move to Quincy, IL and work as that is where my fiancee is. My school has already submitted the applications to the Missouri Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX in MO and be licenced in MO. When I called a couple of hospitals in IL, I was told that they would accept new nurses, but not graduate nurses. So I have to have an IL RN license to work in these IL hospitals. So my plan was to sit for my NCLEX here in MO, get my MO RN, and then apply for a IL RN license after that. Can I apply for an IL RN license when the ink on my MO RN is still wet? I have read threads that say that it takes the IL board like 2 months to get your IL license. Is that true? Is anyone else here living on the border of IL and MO or another state and has been through the same experience? What should I do? Thanks,
  6. I posted this on the Peds board before I found this board. OOPS! I am a last semester ADN student doing my clinicals in Maternal Child Health. Today, I was able to observe in a NICU. The RN that I was observing said that it had been her overwhelming experience that an African-American female premmie would grow better and get stronger and have a better recovery from the NICU out of all races and genders. She then said that the AA males and Caucasian females were kind of middle tier in their recoveries, and that Caucasian males recovery rates were much lower. She said that there was a marked difference. I though that was really interesting, and I thought that there must be some literature to back that up if true, but I can't find anything. So then I wondered if this was a universal trend, or just local, or just that one nurse's perception. What is your experience? Is there a difference for races and/or genders in NICU recovery rates? I'm just really curious about this now. Thanks.
  7. I am a last semester ADN student doing my clinicals in Maternal Child Health. Today, I was able to observe in a NICU. The RN that I was observing said that it had been her overwhelming experience that an African-American female premmie would grow better and get stronger and have a better recovery from the NICU out of all races and genders. She then said that the AA males and Caucasian females were kind of middle tier in their recoveries, and that Caucasian males recovery rates were much lower. She said that there was a marked difference. I though that was really interesting, and I thought that there must be some literature to back that up if true, but I can't find anything. What is your experience? Is there a difference for races and/or genders in NICU recovery rates? I'm just really curious about this now. Thanks.
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    Sterile Glove Size Advice

    8 is the largest size I've seen. I'm a big guy, 6'1", 280#, and I have big hands. 8s fit fine. One thing you might want to look at is make sure your hands are dry dry dry when you put those gloves on. The least little bit of moisture makes them a bear to put on. So if your hands sweat like mine do ....
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    Capturing Charges on Nursing Units

    I'm a 2nd year nursing student, but I've worked with this sort of thing for years. This is the most effective way to do it. The only other choice is a charge sheet for supplies for each patient, but that won't get filled out by staff. Administrators just have to realize that there is going to always be a certain amount of "drift" with those supplies.
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    Is it true that male new grads are not struggling

    This, I think, is the key. NEVER GIVE UP !!! No matter what is between your legs.
  11. Nursing student expelled for Facebook photo - KansasCity.com What do you think of this? I don't see where there was any HIPAA violation?
  12. Maybe they are talking about antidotes? Like acetaminophen and acetylcysteine?
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    Phones

    I hope this topic is appropriate for this thread. I am entering my 2nd year as an ADN student. I will graduate in May, 2011. Up until now, I have just had a basic, no frills cell phone, and as such am extremely uneducated about better phones. Ideally, I would like a phone that I can have internet access on, and maybe even a phone that I can access things like Davis Drug Guide, instead of having to carry around a paper copy or wait for a computer on the floor to get free. Would that be a iPhone, or a Blackberry? Which is better? Which provider is better? Thanks for your input.
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    How to get a good report from previous shift?

    I am a nursing student, and the attached sheet is just what I've been looking for! Thanks a million for that!
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    Celebrate!

    Just wanted to say that my first year of ADN is over!!!! One more year!!!! Thnaks for everybody's help this year!
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