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NurseStephen

NurseStephen ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

MICU, CCU, CVICU, Medical/Surgical, Nursing Admin
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NurseStephen has 11 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in MICU, CCU, CVICU, Medical/Surgical, Nursing Admin.

Provide oversight to 200 employees in a MICU/CCU, SICU, Step Down, and 3 Peri-Anesthesia areas. Past experience includes: Nurse Management, MICU, CVICU, and Med/Surg.

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  1. Can you give a direct example for the proficiency for RN 2? Rather than stating “timely” or “up to date “ with trainings etc what is better to say????

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    Do Intermittent RNs at VA get Holiday Pay?

    Yes, as an intermittent RN, you must work the holiday to get holiday pay and benefits.
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    VA Nurse II Proficiency Assistance

    Helpful hints: You have 9 dimensions of nursing practice you must discuss. Make sure that you put in an example of how you affected the unit on each 9 dimensions. If you talk about what you did for your patient only, that only meets a Nurse 1. This gets difficult for the ethics and resource utilization domains. Don’t be generic “I stayed up to date with TMS, BLS, etc.” Be specific about what you did for the unit. Hope this helps!
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    Competitive or Excepted position with VA?

    Most VA nursing positions are in the Excepted Service. If you compare the benefit, leave, and promotion capabilities, you want to stick with the Excepted service.
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    VA San Diego

    Yes, fingerprinting, as well as multiple proof of US citizenship, is required for employment at the VA.
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    Calendar sharing

    I am not quite sure of your new position, but it is very common at my facility to share full detail calendars with supervisors and co-workers. For me, it is an easy glance to see when my supervisor is available to meet and the same vice versa. Let's face it, most of our days are filled with never ending meetings anyway. I hope this helps!
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    Resume advice

    As a manager, I would like to see what areas you worked during the CNA/extern time. What were you exposed to and what did you learn from your experience? It is great to see your role in improving quality metrics or nurse sensitive indicators, however, it would not be required. Good luck!
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    Pay rate in Hot Springs

    Just remember: PRN nurses do make more money, but they are not offered benefits (hence why they are paid more).
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    Pay rate in Hot Springs

    While there are a couple of hospitals in Hot Springs you could attempt to work at, I would recommend looking at hospitals in Little Rock. Hot Springs Village is about an hour from Little Rock and the average pay, that I have heard from friends, is higher in the capital city. Plus, you are looking at 2 hospitals in Hot Springs, there are approximately 6 in Little Rock.
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    Endorsement

    I applied for licensure by endorsement to Arkansas in 2010. I also applied for a temporary permit at the same time. The temporary permit was fast. The licensure was also quick. I think it all depends if anything pops up on your background screen. Cheers!
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    Can LPNs give meds/IVs in Arkansas?

    Yes. In most hospitals in Arkansas, LPNs can administer *limited* types of IV medications. Check with your hospital's policy.
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    Another new male nurse!

    Welcome man!
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    BSN to DNP Online Programs

    I have also applied for the Fall 2012 semester and would like to know how you are enjoying it.
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    Nurse/Patient Ratios

    I work on a 40 bed Med/Surg floor. If I am doing primary care it is 1:5 usually 1:6. If I have an LPN it is 2:10 but normally 2:13. My extremes. 1:7 by myself. 2:14 with an LPN. My floor is notorious for being a "nursing home" unit to where it is not uncommon for me to have 3/4 of my patients being total care.
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    How Many Patients Each Shift?

    thanks for the response Johnny!
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    How Many Patients Each Shift?

    Five questions to answer: 1) What type of setting do you perform nursing? 2) What type of nursing care do you perform - team nursing, primary nursing, or other? 2) How many patients do you care for usually per shift? 3) What is the maximum amount of patients do you care for? 4) What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? :) Let's see what response you can throw at me! Here are my answers - 1) What type of setting do you perform nursing? Med/Surg 2) What type of nursing care do you perform - team nursing, primary nursing, or other? Both team and primary 2) How many patients do you care for usually per shift? With team - 10-14 patient, With primary 5-7 patients 3) What is the maximum amount of patients do you care for? Team - 14, Primary - 7 4) What do you do when you feel overwhelmed? Good support system of other nurses, daily debriefing with mother (who is also an RN), and sleep