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Mid-life career changer, left corporate job, worked as a CNA, LPN, RN, BSN. Work in Hospice since 2006. CHPN. Studying for Board Certification as a Meditation Specialist. Working on MSN/ANP.

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    Travel Nursing: I'm in Maine Now! Part 2

    I, too, am a Travel Nurse from the South who landed in New England. Vermont is now my second home during the spring-summer-fall. No New England winters for this fifth-generation Floridian! I have had many similar experiences; the most wonderful people, narrow mountain roads, deer and bears, and, best of all, minimal (or no) traffic! "My" CNA tells me that when things are not going well, the patients say, "When is Nancy coming back!" That alone makes my heart soar. Unfortunately, I am not taking an assignment there this year. (Domestic harmony requires that I work closer to home for awhile.) But, my heart is with the patients and my friends in Vermont.
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    From night shift nursing to Fitness Model

    As a fellow post-menopausal nurse, I concur. How are you motivating yourself to escape the frumpy frame that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us??
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    Management of severe EOL pulmonary edema

    Lay them flat on their left side, head down, roll them over, and drain them out onto a chux. It sounds gross, but very effective for removing large amounts of secretions. (Tips learned from Continuous Care nurses. Easier to do if family is not @BS watching.) Just repositioning flat on one side can make a HUGE difference in the sound. Airflow is not fighting gravity and fluids in that position. We also use Atropine and Levsin. Both work well. And, do a lot of swabing with toothettes
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    If you love your job, what is your speciality?

    Big ditto! I work in a hospice house and do home visits when they need extra help. Love my coworkers, love my boss, love that a little kindness goes a LONG way, love that I've been there five years and still look forward to going to work.
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    Got a Florida Job in St.Pete

    I did clinicals there when I was in school, and have a couple of friends who work there. Ed White is a very small hospital that feels much like an acute care nursing home. Small ER, small ICU. You'll have a lot of patients with c-diff and UTIs. It has a wound care center with barometric chambers, which is its only real unique feature. Because of its size, everyone knows everyone else. There are several other hospitals in the immediate neighborhood, a big L2 trauma center, a big children's hospital, and two smaller hospitals similar to Ed White. St. Petersburg used to be referred to as "God's waiting room" but in recent years the population has become much younger. It has a great downtown/waterfront area, with a hotels, restaurants, shops, marinas, parks and museums, and, of course, the beaches are nice. Get yourself some sunscreen and a big floppy hat!
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    Need advise about ARNP grad school.

    The Case Western DNP program is brand new at UT. ST. Petersburg College also has the same relationship with CW through their University Partnership Program. At UT, if your bachelors degree is not a BSN, you will have to take several undergraduate classes before starting the MSN program. Also, the GRE is not required. A 1000 on the writing portion of the GRE allows you to skip one of the required classes.
  7. Transition programs aren't based on GPA, unless there is a huge number of applicants. If your prereqs are done and they have a slot, you're in. Look at St. Petersburg College. They have a transition program starting every semester and the wait time is nearly zero. When I did it I applied in April and started in May. The drive from Tampa is annoying, but the program is excellent and you get finished that much more quickly.
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    HPNA reference materials

    The study guide for the CHPN was much more helpful than the materials for the CHPLN.
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    metaphysical stories

    The metaphysical aspects of hospice fascinate me. I've many times been introduced to people I can't see, been asked questions about activities going on in an empty room, been told about "activities on the other side of the door" where there is no physical door, and had other experiences that could have been written off as drug-induced psychosis. In contemplating my master's thesis, I'd like to write about "Energy in Transition," based on the concept that energy cannot be destroyed, it only changes form. Would you fellow hospice nurses share some of your stories with me? In my heart of hearts, I know this to be a real phenomenon, but being able to cite from sources other than my own experience will provide additional credibility. Thank you in advance! Nancy
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    When a patient dies

    I cope by knowing that birth and death are natural parts of life. Life is energy. Energy cannot be destroyed; it just changes form.
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    CHPN at last!

    Congrats!! What materials did you study in preparation for the test? Was the test a reflection of those materials? Thanks for sharing!
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    University of Tampa NP program

    Anyone have any experiences with this program? Please share!! Thx!
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    Another fun music video...

    I was in the television business before I became a nurse, and I know how hard it is to produce a five minute video with prfessional talent, much less a group of volunteers! It looks easy and fun, but this was a LOT of work!! Kudos to the media department for pulling it off, and to the hospital administration for having a great sense of humor!
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    Tampa, Fl RN salaries??

    Klsana00, I don't think you need to worry about being insulted with a $21/hr offer. As an ER/ICU nurse you should be received with flowers and bon-bons. It's a tough market for new grads, but not for nurses with mileage and skills.
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    Just gave up a decent income to be a CNA

    I blame it on a mid-life crisis, but seven years ago I quit my job as a corporate CFO, had absolutely no idea what I would do, and a few months later ended up being a CNA. It was the most bizarre, and amazing, thing I have ever done. (If anyone had told me I'd be a nurse oneday, I would have wondered what they were smoking.) There are not words to explain what happened to me after my first CNA clinical (when I went home wanting to shower in Clorox and burn my scrubs), but it was transformational. I did the steps, CNA, LPN, RN and am working on my NP. That CNA "pay cut" I took was the best career move I've ever made.