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bb007rn has 10 years experience and specializes in Emergency room, Neurosurgery ICU.

Thanks for checking out my page. I've been a member of allnurses since Feb 9, '10. I have been a RN for 10 years now, (wow, time sure flew) 4 years ER, 4 years neuro ICU and 1 year neuro ICU travel nurse.I am now a private duty RN. Each experience has taught me something new and I relish and treasure that.

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    what age did you decide to become a nurse

    I knew I wanted to be an RN when I was 14... went into college after HS, then "life" happened, (married, kids, divorce...) I was a STNA for a long time in between, a stay-at-home mum, a HHA, and an Assistant Funeral Director for almost 2 years. I finally went back to college at 31 and got my ADN at 34.
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    Is it ok that I just don't like it?!

    I hated all the med-surg clinicals I had in nursing school.I have never worked med-surg as an RN. I precepted on a burn unit, first job was in ER (4 years) and then neuroICU... I was a "late-bloomer" RN, though, completing my degree at age 34, so I also had lots of life experience to bring to the table. Med-surg can provide a strong background to nurses in learning prioritization, clinical skills (assessments, etc) critical thinking, dealing with difficult people (patients, families, co-workers, etc) and situations. It may well be worth it to stick it out for 6 months to a year, just for the experience. (unless the environment is so toxic you just can't take it!) And always keep an eye out for a better opportunity for yourself in the area of nursing that you are most passionate about, you never know what willl come up, be ready for it.
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    What fascinates you?

    I am fascinated by how well and quickly the body can heal itself. As in burns, I did my preceptorship many moons ago on a burn unit...I was utterly fascinated shift by shift at the stages/degrees of healing of human skin. (This probably contributed to me going into ER after passing NCLEX... blood, brains, bones, burns, breathing...It all amazes me!)
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    family issues

    ((((HUGS)))) and prayers for you and your family....I cannot even imagine, and therefore have no other words. (And the freezer idea sounds great to me!)
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    Best lotion for dry hands?

    I love the Hemp Hand Protector by The Body Shop, it's a bit pricey, but you only need a little bit and it works wonders! (and it doesn't have a sickly sweet smell to it, either)
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    Joint commission and their ridiculous mandates

    this! ^^^ and this: RASS scores are important... they let you know how well that propofol/versed drip is working and justify your titration of the same. They in no way ever took me away from patient care. But then, I easily learned how to prioritize and manage time with the patient and time spent charting. Protocols are in place for a reason, they are usually evidence based practice. I wouldn't want the nurse who doesn't follow protocol for those pesky drips, etc to take care of me or my loved ones. Patient safety is the one of reasons we are nurses. and shame on you for falsifying charting. (CYA does not mean "make crap up")
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    What can you tolerate the least?

    I can't stand vomit. By the time each of my 4 kids was 2, they knew where the bucket was... Give me suctioning, lancing of boils/abscesses, bring on the compound/open fractures, large gaping wounds needing sutures, burn debridement, decubs, maggots. Send me to the room with the oto-neuro flaps with leech therapy (I loved those, really I did!) Just keep me away from the puking patients, or you'll soon have 2 of us!
  8. (((((HUGS)))))) I couldn't have said anything better than this, but it bears repeating. You gave the husband the time to be at peace with his wife's passing, and that is more than OK in my book...You showed empathy and compassion for not only your patient, but for the family, isn't that what nurses strive to do, even in the most complicated and sad situations? Brava!
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    Hygiene After Hospital Shift

    I show before I go in to work, always have. I wash my hair 3xs a week. I work nights then come home wash face, hands and feet (I've got a thing about cleaning my feet before I go to sleep) then grab some "breakfast" and go to sleep. I NEVER use antibacterial soap except at work! Here are the reasons why: Five Reasons Why You Should Probably Stop Using Antibacterial Soap | Science | Smithsonian FDA Taking Closer Look at 'Antibacterial' Soap
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    Do you know first aid, or even have supplies?

    oh, and gloves, there are various sizes of non-latex exam gloves in it, too! Much of this stuff can be found online, just search for military surplus medic kit... some can be quite pricey, but when you figure the cost of finding the stuff individually, it generally is well worth it. (particularly if you camp in the middle of nowhere, or like to take long out-in-the-boonies motorcycle rides as my husband and I do)
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    Do you know first aid, or even have supplies?

    My hubby (Army Veteran of Desert Storm) and I hike/camp, so we have quite the first aid kit, varied sizes of sterile gauze, steri-strips, butterfly band-aids, assorted bandaids, kerlix rolls, hemostats, tweezers/forceps, ACE wraps, finger splints, various tapes, scissors, sterile and non-sterile cotton swabs, betadine, alcohol wipes, varied antibiotic ointments, silvadene cream, superglue (works quite well in place of dermabond in a pinch, and is MUCH cheaper), epi-pens (we have 3 beehives, so we keep them on hand, just in case), "break open" hot and cold packs, Vetrap (self adherent bandage) works great for pressure bandages, various size safety pins, razor blades, possibly a scalpel or two, penlight, stethoscope/BP cuff, tourniquets. I stock/rotate out a varied supply of benadryl, baby aspirin, tylenol and motrin, and sterile saline eye drop individual packets and hand sanitizer and liquid soap (these work in a pinch to irrigate any wound).Bottled water and hand sanitizer and liquid soap. I think there are a few OB tampons (regular), as those can be used to stop a gushing nosebleed until able to get to an ER, (tape string to side of face). We also have water purifier tablets in there as well as candles with waterproof matches and a zippo lighter. I am sure there are other things in it, as I haven't checked it recently. Between his combat experiences and my having worked ER, we both know first aid quite well. I know how to splint a fracture well enough, until one can get to an ER for further evaluation. (I have 3 sons, all were very active little boys and I learned quickly what we needed to go to ER for and what I could manage at home with a little ingenuity!)
  12. I am Pagan, also and only once did anyone have any issue about it. (I don;t even remember the context) I do have people comment on my " pretty charms/jewelry"... I get the "Star of David, are you Jewish"-thing a lot. And if I choose to respond, "No, I'm a Witch", I find myself having to attempt to explain my entire belief system to a stranger. So now the general response is "thanks" or "No, I'm not Jewish" and then "Have a Blessed day".
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    "Please pray for me to pass"...?

    IMHO, better that those who failed NCLEX more than once spend more time studying, less time praying to pass!
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    Which Scrubs Look Professional?

    Over the years, I have learned the best bet is to go to a Uniform store and try on various scrub types. No one person look as professional in one brand of scrubs over another brand due to body type/shapes. try on a few and figure out which styles most flatter your body type is my best advice.
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    Let Negativity Roll off Your Back: Learn to Set Boundaries

    These are the reasons I worked on the "little" end of our "L" shaped neuroICU, with a couple of the "older" and more experienced RNs who were disinclined to gossip (and we could turn the darn heat down!). This is also the reason I always took my breaks "off unit" either in the "anteroom to the locker room or even in my car. Some talked about me behind my back about being "anti-social", my theory was "my break, my time and I'll spend it as I see fit and I need it to re-group for the last half of the night". I hated the drama some of the RNs brought to the unit re: their home life, families, other RNs, management, PCTs. I wasn't about to ruin my shift and my own mental health by listening to that drivel! My rules are simple, home stays home, work stays at work.
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    Provided with a phone for shift?

    this! 15 bed ICU, no phones in most rooms (was a neurosurgICU) (except we all had pagers and someone would either find which room we were in or would webpage us.) We were always good about telling whomever was sitting near "our" phone that we paged the doc and were waiting for a callback and "I'll be in rm# if they call before I get out of there"