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LJ85 has 12 years experience as a ADN, BSN, CNA, LPN and specializes in Hospice/Infusion.

I have been in healthcare for over 13 years. I love what I do and I am thankful for the people I meet in the environments I work in. I am always striving to learn more and improve my practice. 

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    IVIG titration rates

    So I work for two home infusion companies and they both have different policies on how to titrate IVIG. Company A says they titrate IVIG as follows: 15ml @ 30ml/h x 30 min, 30ml @ 60ml/h x 30 min, 45ml @ 90ml/h x 30 min and the remainder at 100-120/h Unless pharmacy states a specific rate Company B says they do: 5ml @ 20ml/h x 15 min, 10ml @ 40ml/h x 15 min, 15 ml @ 60ml/h x 15 min, 20 ml @ 80ml/h x 15 min and remainder strictly at 100ml/h unless pharmacy specifically states a higher rate. The websites for the actual manufacturers state much higher rates and it’s not usual procedure for pts to infuse this quickly and fast rates tend to cause symptoms like headaches and flu like symptoms in pts. Every time I go in to a new case that had a nurse prior to me the pumps are set differently so I am just wondering if there is a standard way? The pharmacist I spoke with once said they don’t recommend more than 10mg/h but I’m wondering more about the titration as IVIG is a blood product.
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    Nurse Entrepreneur Roll Call!

    Anything is probably better than hospital pay lol
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    Nurse Entrepreneur Roll Call!

    That sounds awesome! I love holistic and functional medicine! I hope the trend in people starting to lean more toward healthcare and not "sick care" continues.
  4. Hi guys, So I started my own health care service firm, licensed to provide medical and non-medical care to patients at home. I oversee certified home health aides and companions. I try to follow every rule and reg (and there are a lot of them) but there are a lot of questions that go unanswered. I am still trying to find out what the right way is to do certain things, one of them being administering ppds to my employees. Right now I ask that they get them at their PMD, but it would make it a whole heck of a lot easier if I could just admin in the office and read. I cannot purchase the vaccine without a Drs order, I don't know how to get a doc to write it for me, or how to ask them to right it...I'm hitting a wall, I wish I could get some help! I got through all the red tape with starting the agency, but every single day is a challenge! I hope it will all pay off someday, that is if we make it through the mass exodus of agencies who are not CMS regulated. Right now were al self pay, not sure how much longer that will go on before the regs change..again. If anyone has any advice HELP!
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    Why don't you just read the chart?

    Shouldn't everything that happens with the patient be in the chart? If it's something that needs to be communicated to help you care for the patient it should be in the chart as well.
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    Why don't you just read the chart?

    Sounds like us ER nurses are in the minority here (we're used to it) but the issue comes in because we are ALL short on time. I get it and I do try to understand, but what is the point of sending an SBAR And taking the time to include every detail if I just have to repeat the entire thing over the phone. It's frustrating and ER nurses are pressed to get the patient up ASAP. It's nothing personal but for some reason there is constant flack..
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    RN training pay at 10$/hr??

    I can guess which organization this is...it's seriously an insult to offer that to an RN...:***:
  8. I'm an ER nurse for now. I may decide to test the waters in other specialties but I started in ER and tried to branch out leading me to start looking for another ER job soon after. I am always looking for change, if something becomes routine I start looking for something new...it's like an inborne instinct to keep moving...
  9. I am having a hard time finding out how to or from whom to obtain a script for a standing order to admin mantoux vaccine to employees. I think it will be more convienient to admin from our office. I know the state regs vary but any ideas? I don't wanna just start cold calling docs...
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    Home Health Agency Marketing

    As an LPN staff nurse at the time, it wasn't my first priority to find out how the clients were referred. I hadn't been thinking about starting my own agency then and I was just graduating RN school at the time the idea was conceived. Trust me, I did ask the office, they weren't jumping at the chance to give me any information about anything that didn't directly relate to me providing patient care and I made the mistake of confiding in a coworker about my thoughts of starting an agency during the time we were just getting going as a company and I was immediately viewed as a competitor and an enemy. At that point I respectfully resigned to reserve my status there and to retain a good review as I was also just graduating RN school and looking for a new job to pay the bills while I started my home health business. We are now a year in and I have leaned a lot. We are still struggling to make it a successful business but we are going in the right direction. I am just apprehensive because I have no one to look to for guidance and I want to do things the right way.
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    Children's specialized hospital in Mountainside

    Do you still work there?
  12. Hello Everyone! I am looking to my fellow nurse entrapenures for advice in this department. I applied for a NJ license for a health service firm aka home health agency able to provide non-medical and skilled nursing services in the state of NJ. We are not yet accredited to provide care servicing Medicare or Medicaid clients due to the stringent requirements but we are working towards that. Currently our clients are private pay or insurance. At the current time we are working with a very tight budget. Non of us (I have 2 partners) have any marketing experience. I have 7 years field home health experience as a nurse. I need some help learning how to market this business to acquire and maintain clients. I feel like we've gotten past the first hurdle but we're at a stand still right now. I don't know how to go about getting referrals from Drs offices or rehabs, we have passed out flyers door to door but I'm just not sure what else to do. We also go to networking events in the area...any tips?
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    Overflow in the er

    First off, in my ER I had very little training in holding pts..I would suggest learning floor nursing for a few days at least to get the hand of the flow and the other software...Second, the patients absolutely get neglected. The orders have to be scanned, then the pharmacy has to put them into the system, and I spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to get the meds from pharmacy for each patient. Patients get snarky...families get impatient...it all gets dumped on the holding nurse and makes for a grueling day. Its hard to mentally prepare for this and lately nurses are calling out on a daily basis...it just plain stinks.
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    How do I deal with the emotions?

    I am a new RN (6 months). I worked as an LPN in home health with pediatrics and adults for 7 years before I went back for RN. My first RN job was in the ER that I currently work in. I struggle every time a code happens with my emotions. I dont care if its an 89 year old person, its a life. Somebody loves that person. I am an emotional person to begin with and this always gets me, I always tear up and have to compose myself to carry on with the day...It seems like most of the other nurses just get over it without an issue...maybe it will get easier in time but I dont want to become calloused, but I feel it looks unprofessional to lose composure...
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    Thanks for the feedback...I guess I tend to be too hard on myself sometimes but I feel its for good reason. I take my job very seriously. If I dont know an answer to a question, I look it up. And you can bet I will never make an error with epi. Ive memorized the dosages now. You guys really help build confidence in a new nurse . I spoke to a few of my colleagues about it since the incident and Ive had to come to terms with the fact that not every nurse is equal. Not everyone seems to take things to heart like I do. Some people I spoke to about it agreed with me when I suggested we get critical care training on pedi even tho we do not have a pedi unit, we still treat pedi in the ER and we get critical care training for adults so..I know the ER is fast paced but I will be sure that safety is not compromised. As far as not giving a med another nurse draws up, I'll have to put my own worries aside about offending another nurse and just stick to my instincts and my comfort level of giving only what I draw. I am learning every day, thanks again guys!
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    In critical or code situations in my ED it seems that is protocol. One RN draws it up, one gives...when I have worked anywhere else I never gave a med that I didn't draw up..I feel much more comfortable giving meds I draw up vs someone else.

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