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  1. neeke816

    USA RN to Melbourne!!!

    Hi, I have one little question here. What kind of nursing scrubs do you guys wear? I heard that most of Australian hospital let you wear their uniform, so you don't have to buy your own like I do in USA. And do you guys wear any skirt uniform??? Just curious!!!
  2. neeke816

    USA RN to Melbourne!!!

    Again, thank you very much for all your great responses!!! nursegirl 62- I got my BSN from USA and have lived in USA for 5 yrs, but I'm not an American, but a Korean, so I think I would not encounter such a racial misunderstanding. I might not be free from some racial problems, but at least people would not see me as an American with my Korean passport. I really appreciate your down to earth advices, I will keep them in my mind, though.
  3. neeke816

    USA RN to Melbourne!!!

    Thank you guys for such a great information!!! K+MgSO4- thank you very much for your info!!! I will contact the international recruiter!!! usatooaus- I'm so sorry, but I actually applied to New Zealand RN license first, so I applied under Trans Tasman treaty when I applied to Australia RN license with NZ RN license. I can tell you that it took about 2 months to be a RN in New Zealand with my USA RN license if this can help you. I did everything by myself without any company or agency. It is really eash, just files of papers to prepare. yes, AHPRA is the new Australian one united nursing board. I hope this can help you. Good luck with your adventure!!! talaxandra- Thank you sooooo much for your detailed information!! I was surprised that Australian hosptial doesn't have respiratory therapist or CNAs!!! I guess I would learn a lot when I move to Australia!!!
  4. neeke816

    USA RN to Melbourne!!!

    Hello fellow nurses!!! I'm a USA RN with 1 yr med/surg experience. I already got Australia RN license and passed ANMAC's skill assessment for immigration!!! I'm planning to move to a big city in Australia in this August, such as Melbourne, Adelaid, and Sydney. So far, Melbourne is my favorite choice, I heard Melbourne is really a jewel of Australia!!! I'm planning to get a working holiday visa first, then get 885 visa for a greencard. I need any advices to find a job in Melbourne!!! I would appreciate any kind of comments or help!!! I will be happy as a goose as long as I can find a full time job in any kind of med/surg unit!!! Also, it would be great if I can get any advices about the life in Melbourne, such as finding a flat to live!!! Thanks!!!!
  5. neeke816

    I feel like nursing is not my thing...

    I just appreciate all of you guys sweet and kind support!!! Yes, I had a hell night, and yes, I'm still blaming myself and little bit afraid of going back to work, but I guess this experience can make me a stronger nurse!!!!! I still like Med/surg, even though it could make your nights little miserable sometimes, I do like to communicate with my pts and help them... Anyway, god bless you all, you guys really helped me to get through this!!! ps. One small question about HIPPA, since my other nursing friend is frantic about this. I din't use any of real pt's name or any specific clues that you can guess pt's identity, so I think my thread is nothing against HIPPA, but my friend was worrying about it. I think I didn't violate any HIPPA, but just want to check...
  6. neeke816

    I feel like nursing is not my thing...

    To deftonez 188 & Mrs SnowstromRN I utterly appreciate your support and kind words. I'm still bit intimidated and disappointed by myself, but I guess time is the best remedy for everything. I will just work out hard, watch some good comedy movies, sleep good, and go back to work tomorrow!!! I definitely learnt a lot from this experience, and I hope I would be a stronger nurse!!!
  7. neeke816

    I feel like nursing is not my thing...

    Once again, I really appreciate all of your supports!! It means a lot to me!!! To. Eriksoln & AOx1 Yes, I do have my own master sheet with time frame, and I do usually make check marks and everything, so I don't forget and don't run behind. However, that night was truly a hell night, and I even couldn't finish my assessment until midnight(I usually finish my assessment around 2100 at least)!!! Everyone was looking for me, including my CNA, other patients, and doctors, so I was really busy and running like a crazy hen without head!!! Also, I'm relatively a new nurse without much experience, so I sometimes misjudge or simply don't know... I hope these experiences make me a stronger nurse... To. chybabe I usually feel okay, not super comfortable, but at least under control, but that night was almost beyond my limit!!! I hope I've learnt a lot from the hell night. To. Mommyand RN We do have RRT, but we use RRT when doctors don't give us reasonable orders, and my hospital is a small community hospital with limited ICU/PCU beds. Pt1's glucose was baseline over 400 during the day, and pt2's O2 sat was getting 100% and ABG was great after bipap, pt3's BP came down to 160/60 after 1mg Dilaudid.. I guess they truly needed my full attention, but things were getting stabilized, I guess we would send them to either PCU or ICU, if things were not getting better after all those treatment??
  8. neeke816

    I feel like nursing is not my thing...

    Millions of thanks to all of you guys!!! I will do my best to chin up and focus on my patients!!! God bless you all!!!
  9. neeke816

    I feel like nursing is not my thing...

    Thank you soooooo much Jenn. I really appreciate your sweet words!!!
  10. neeke816

    Fired from my med/surg job after almost 3 years

    That just sounds horrible. It sounds like you really loved your job, and it's not fair that they didn't give you another chance!!!
  11. Okay, I've been in med/surg nursing about 10 months... I had made some stupid mistakes but not too serious so far, but I made 2 big mistakes in a row on Thursday. That night was the busiest night I've ever experienced.. Pt 1. He was uncontrolled DM, and supposed to go to surgery, but refused sign any consents, which is fine... His glucose was over 500 (it was running high over 400 all day), and I meant to tell a charge about it after I gave him his scheduled insulin/lantus shot, but before I told her, she came up to me, and told me that I have to prioritize more wisely, which put me on shame.. After that, I called Dr. and got orders 1) Check his glucose every one hr, 2) Give 10 units of IV insulin every one hr until his glucose is less than 300. It's ICU stage order, and I was getting transfer from other unit too, so it was just like hell already... Pt 2. Very confused DNR patient with RR over 30, oxygen sat 81%, very clammy and wet.. I really worried that I might lose him that night. The bad thing is Dr. ordered him bipap, and I gave him PO Ativan to calm him down, since he kept pulling his mask off, but I didn't know that I can't give PO meds to Bipap pts, since nobody ever told me or maybe I forgot... Luckily my charge caught me right after, so I took off his bipap, and thank god, no chocking or anything. However, somebody called me when I was about to give him his veni mask, and I totally forgot to put him back with oxygen!!! Lucky again, my charge caught me again, and no harm to patient, and his oxygen sat/ABG was much better later, but I felt really ashamed and stupid... I could cause really serious troubles!!! I was really busy between pt 1 and this pt 2, but that can't be an excuse, and I feel like bedside nursing is probably not my thing.. Pt3. His BP was 200/70... I gave him Dilaudid and he was asymptomatic, and it came down to 160/60..but that was stressful when I was in middle of pt 1 and 2. Pt4. I was getting a tranfer from PCU, so that was busy, and I forgot to put her on telemtry until my charge told me so.. Pt5. His PCA wasn't working and kept beeping!!! So, I had the worst night shift I've ever had... It was the worst, I had some bad nights for real, but that one was really bad, and I was sooooooooooooooooooooo ashamed of my stupid mistakes... I feel so incompetent, stupid, and worrying about getting some warning or fired from my job. I have to go back to work this Monday, but I'm really afraid of going back and so disappointed by myself...
  12. neeke816

    US nurse to NZ!!

    Hello, well, i will graduate in this upcoming may, 2010 with my traditional BSN degree in US. my plan is working about a yr in US, and moving to NZ... but now i'm quite worried that US nursing degree has quite a lot of problems to be accepted to other countries because of short clinical practice hours in the school. Well, my degree is a traditional BSN degree, but it's only 2yrs program anyway- 1-2 yrs prerequisits + 2 yrs nursing school. Lots of US nursing school has this system that i can't do anything with... so i'm just really worried whether i can enroll in NZ nursing council and work there... anyone with the answer???
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