CharmantUn

CharmantUn

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CharmantUn has 1 years experience and specializes in CVICU.

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  1. Hourly Rounding--pushing back

    Has anyone successfully pushed back against hourly rounding against management? I've been through mandatory "sim labs" on hourly rounding that take 20 minutes per nurse to hit management's entire script, managers checking that our whiteboards are u...
  2. What is the nurse-patient ratio where you work?

    I went to nursing school in CA, but before I graduated my husband took a job on the East Coast. I've seen it both ways. In the community hospital in the SF Bay Area I trained at it was 4:1 for the tele floor, and only 1 CNA to cover 30+ patients. ...
  3. Are you really not a "real nurse" unless you work in acute care?

    As a new nurse, working in a step-down unit, can I tell you how relieved I am when the peds nurse from my son's pediatrician's office calls me back? I am so grateful for her wealth of knowledge and willingness to work for less money in an out-patien...
  4. Exclusive pumping/hospital RNs that pump

    Thank you all for your posts! I've been orienting the past two weeks; most shifts have been in dedicated classrooms to teach us Epic, ECGs, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to find a dedicated lactation room near the bathrooms at the training center...
  5. Exclusive pumping/hospital RNs that pump

    I'm a new grad, but took a year and a half off for pregnancy/raising a baby. I'm starting a new job in a step down unit and have been exclusively pumping for the past 8 months (baby is 9.5 months old). My supply magically tanked when I got the job,...
  6. SFSU Fall 2012

    Jessica-- Normally I'd say you have the right idea to get the books now! BUT SFSU is actually changing their whole academic program starting with your cohort (example: Med Surg will be in the final two semesters instead of just the second semester)....
  7. Top 10 Nursing Supplies

    A new battery for your laptop--in case you're to far away from a plug during class. Plus, you don't have to kill a tree if your prof posts their power points online. An iPhone--great for recording lectures, looking up lab values on the fly, setting ...
  8. I had a 2.5 GPA with my first degree, too. Pulling mostly As in my pre-reqs, becoming a CNA, and volunteering over 400 hrs at two different hospitals (and getting great letters of recommendation) made a strong statement that I was now a serious stud...
  9. Should I take a job as a medical scribe?

    Will you have to work more than one shift per week? How heavy is your load? My nursing school requires us to take classes in a specific pattern--all students are taking the exact same 15 units the first semester. It was on par with taking anatomy,...
  10. Any tricks to remembering normal lab values?

    Here are the "stories" I made up for my med-surg exam: CA is the abbreviation for California. How would you rate the weather in Calif., out of ten? 8.5-10.5. Ca++ 8.5-10.5 There is an inverse relationship between Calcium (Ca) & Phosphorus (P). ...
  11. Organizational MUST HAVES?

    It had some good ideas, but was a little older. My instructors are able to post all powerpoints and docs online for us. A 3 hour Med Surg lecture can easily have 120 slides-- I'm not about to print that out and put it in a binder. Instead, I bring...
  12. SFSU Fall 2012

    Don't believe everything you hear from an employee at a very expensive private school...they have other motivation$. I'm in the SFSU program. Degrees outside of nursing are taking a long time to obtain because everything is impacted. Nursing is dif...
  13. How do nurses practice giving shots?

    "Commit to the stick" is still stuck in my head. We practiced on oranges, hot dogs, and then finally in check offs did saline into our partner's abdomen. So only one person got to stick you--not bad. A few weeks later we gave each other flu shots ...
  14. SFSU Fall 2012

    Yes. Main campus does require white scrubs at clinical. Main campus also requires scrubs during lab time, but allows any color/print. The Canada/Sequoia instructor does not require scrubs during lab. After completing the second semester everyone g...
  15. SFSU Fall 2012

    Hi Nugget, The first semester is insane! I was in class or at the hospital four days a week...the other half of our cohort opted for six day a week schedule. Typical schedule: Tuesday: 8-11 Pharmacology lecture 12-2 Health assessment le...