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bigsick_littlesick has 1 years experience and specializes in General Surgery.

Just coming up on my golden first year of being an RN and it's been quite the ride I hadn't expected but I still wouldn't change anything about my journey!

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    What's the nurse-patient ratio in your unit?

    5:1 - Surgical (post-op) floor in Northern California.
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    First successful IV start

    Good job! Keep at it. I did my preceptorship in an ER so I got LOTS of practice and I loved, loved, LOVED the catheters they stocked. Never missed one. Now when I see an old field start or a bothersome AC, I can't wait to restart another one. I have ...
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    Any CrossFit-ing nursing students out there?

    Fellow Crossfitter here! Though I am a newb :) I had been lifting heavy at the gym (back squats, deadlifts, bench presses) for the past four months but just recently signed up at my local box, Rocklin Crossfit. We qualified for the Games this last su...
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    "A Day In the Life of Nurse Eye Roll'

    Yep! hahah that's where I found it. It's so awesome cuz it's how I feel every shift lol Gotta love being a nurse!
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    "A Day In the Life of Nurse Eye Roll'

    This is the first blog I've read from this nurse. Thought this could brighten someone's day as I was laughing to myself quite loudly when I was at the vet with my dachshund this afternoon Enjoy!
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    RN Salary Survey 2013: Post here!

    1. California 2. Still on orientation! (6th week to be exact) 3. Inpatient surgical floor in a 300+ bed hospital 4. $49/hr (hired as per diem) 5. $7/hr per diem differential; $2.70 = PMs, $4.60 = NOCs, $1.60 = Weekends 6. Yes, California Nurses Assoc...
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    A mother's touch: NICU nurse helps dying mom bond with newborn

    Daaaa... I tried not to cry but the FEELS were too strong... What a beautiful story... I think the mom knew as well!
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    Staying in Shape

    Whatever you got to do to get that heart rate going, do it! Even if it's just to maintain where you're at during nursing school; 30 minutes of brisk walking, workout DVDs, YouTube videos, etc. I gained about 17 lbs. in nursing school and by the time ...
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    FY 2014 Air Force Nursing

    Thanks for the info! Really helped. I just got hired as an RN so I can't take off the time to get it repaired anytime soon. Maybe in about a year. I am very healthy and the knee doesn't bother me unless I do anything that requires any cutting movemen...
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    Has the job market gotten better for new grads?

    No, they have a very high crime rate due to cutbacks on police force and homicide rate is ridiculous. Probably an interesting place to work at for traumas but I'd rather live/work somewhere a bit safer. Just my opinion.
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    FY 2014 Air Force Nursing

    Hey all, been reading this and other military nursing threads for a while. Regarding the physical, I'm assuming a torn ACL is a DQ? What if I were to get it repaired?
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    How long did it take you to land your first job?

    I worked as a CNA for almost a year a half during nursing school. I graduated in Dec 2012, got my license Jan. this year and was just offered a per diem position at my hospital a couple weeks ago. Went to computer training today! I was very persisten...
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    Has the job market gotten better for new grads?

    It's all bad in California still. I'm in the Sacramento area to be more specific. I graduated in December 2012 and am just now getting offered a position on the surgical floor I work as a float CNA at. Out of our whole class, I think about 6 out of 2...
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    Any advice on IV insertion skills?

    LOVE those Nexiva catheters! I did my preceptorship in an ER and they stocked those. I never missed a vein! Found it very easy to thread using finger flick method. Poke, flash, drop angle, advance slightly, then thread, DON'T move the needle. You hav...
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    On The Verge of Deploying as an Army Nurse

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of a fellow soldier. I look up to you tremendously as I have aspirations to become an Air Force nurse in the future. Stay safe and we'll be thinking of you!