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    ICU Patient Ratios

    CVICU nurse here. All vents are 1:2 or 1:1 if critical. We do have 1:3 assignments on our floor but not the really critical and/or vented patients.
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    CVICU and stepdown beds together

    I work in basically what you are describing, we call it something different but it's a combo of cardiac ICU with stepdown beds as well. CV surgical pts stay in the same room from admission to discharge. We also take non-surgical cardiac ICU pts and often but not always keep them to discharge as well. We do have a tele floor that we occasionally send patients to. Anyway, as a new grad starting there, I didn't/don't take the critical pts (no new vents on my own, for example) yet. But I'm definitely working up in what I'm able to take; I've been here about 10 months now. My guess is that all the positions on that floor are labeled CVICU (ours are) but the stepdown manager interviewed you because that is who you'll be working for for at least a year. For the CCRN application, I'm not sure but I'm actually trying to find that out for myself so I'll update if I learn anything.
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    Need some New Grad advice:(

    Best of luck with the interview. I also want to point out that we actually have a pretty good new grad job market here in Maine (I'm a new grad here, too). Have you considered working here for a year or two, and then trying to apply again for a job down south? Then you'll have that all important experience to get your foot in the door.
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    Did Grey's Anatomy Get It Right With The Superhero Pose?

    We actually were taught about this in my nursing classes by one of our professors. She was fantastic, always up on the newest research, and I was so excited when I saw it on Grey's after we had learned about it!
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    Tote bags

    I am about to start my first job as an RN, and I'm looking for the perfect tote bag. I need a sweater, my lunch bag/box, my wallet and keys and phone, my stethoscope/scissors/tape, clipboard, pens, and room for whatever else I might need to slip in. I like organizer pockets but not too many. Does anyone have one they really like?
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    How common are grants/scholarships?

    I'm another second degree student. I wasn't able to get any financial assistance until this year because I had to report my parents' income, but this year, I was able to get several scholarships. They are merit scholarships so I would recommend you do your best to keep your GPA up and apply to any and all scholarships available to you if you want to avoid loans. There aren't as many non-merit based scholarships available, at least at my school.
  7. I'm really hoping that the OP meant a figurative picture of what it's like to have your degree, not a literal photo of a diploma. I hope.
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    Ebola Nursing Survey: to Quarantine or Not to Quarantine

    Never mind the fact that there are only 4,000 people in Fort Kent and any movie theater (or other public place) she goes to is very unlikely to be crowded...
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    Postpartum DVT nursing interventions

    Thank you guys! I think I'm probably going to go with D, but 650mg isn't outside the adult dosage for aspirin, and the question does say she has tenderness. I'm just thinking that's more for prevention than immediate treatment.
  10. I've been given the following question: A patient is 3 days postoperative from a cesarean birth. She has tenderness, localized heat, and redness of the left leg. She is afebrile. As a result of these symptoms, she most likely will be: a)Allowed to ambulate freely. b)Given aspirin 650 by mouth. c)Given Methergine IM. d)Placed on bed rest. My textbook doesn't have any of those options discussed in the text at all, really. I'm leaning toward the aspirin, but everything I can find about anti-coagulation therapy for DVT talks about IV heparin and the like. I have pretty much eliminated the Methergine. I don't think she'd be allowed to ambulate freely because at this point the clot has already developed and might dislodge, though when I tried to Google that it seemed like that is an outdated recommendation. It could be the bed rest, at least until whatever anti-coagulation she's given has cleared the clot, but I'm not sure. Can anyone help point me in the right direction? (For what it's worth, just because it's not in my textbook means nothing, we have the worst text for this class in the history of all textbooks!)
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    Ebola Nursing Survey: to Quarantine or Not to Quarantine

    Exactly this. I live in Maine and people are being VERY nasty towards her. It makes me sad that people don't understand. I think if I were her I'd probably just do the 21 days to get people off my back and avoid the negative press, but that doesn't make her wrong.
  12. I'm guessing the name is local, we use something like that in a couple places I've worked but we call it something else (which of course I can't remember at the moment, sorry!).
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    Knitting during class: ok or not?

    Wow, I'm surprised at all these negative responses. I do knit in class and so do at least two others in my class (~30 people in my cohort). Nobody has ever said anything to me and the professors and other students have admired our work (during breaks) and didn't seem to have a problem with it. Nobody is loud, everybody knits small projects (socks) with no distracting patterning. I do actually listen better when I'm knitting, not that I can't listen without it, but I tend to fidget, and I think knitting a sock is less distracting than jiggling my leg or tapping my fingers.
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    "Bad" tests--what to do?

    I'm in my second-to-last semester of a BSN program at a state university. I've maintained a good GPA and do well on tests and assignments. We have to have a 77 test average in every nursing course to pass the course and move on in the program. This semester, I have a course with a new professor--new to the school and new to teaching, both. We just had our midterm and I got a 78, the highest grade in the class was an 80. Now, this is NOT normal at my school. The vast majority of people in this class failed the test and some may not even be able to recover. These aren't poor students, either (those are long gone at this point!). I'm not normally one to nitpick for points or blame "bad" questions when I do miss things, but this test was awful. I studied fairly hard, because I had no idea what to expect from this professor, but I'd gotten 100% on the previous quiz so I felt confident that I was going to do well. When I opened the test, it was like reading another language, the questions were worded in such a convoluted way (nothing like the quiz), and there are a few that I KNOW had problems with the answer choices. A few people have already spoken with her, and she basically didn't understand that was needed the 77 average on tests, and she also kept saying she didn't think the test was that hard, which it obviously was because everyone did so badly. I contacted her expressing my major disappointment with my grade but haven't gotten a response yet. My question is, is there any recourse here? Is it worth taking my concerns higher if she doesn't respond? Again, I'm NOT the type of person to argue points when I legitimately just didn't do well, but I think this test had problems beyond being a difficult test.
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    Shoulder surgeries and recovery time

    As far as I know, this will be arthroscopic. It sounds like clinical wouldn't have been possible for you? I'm really not sure how I'm going to make this work.
  16. I'm looking at a possible SLAP tear, which will most likely need to be surgically corrected. I'm in my 2nd to last semester of nursing school now. Has anyone had this surgery done while in school? How about while working as a nurse? How long did you have to take off from work/school?

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