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annietart has 1 years experience and specializes in Trauma SICU.

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  1. Yup, I've struggled with recurrent severe major depression and an eating disorder all thru out nursing school. It's chronic so I'm dealing with it still, but I've been a nurse for 2.5 years now. So worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Administering Tylenol to a friend

    That's what I get for trying to browse at work. I got stuck on the second page. Lol! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Administering Tylenol to a friend

    BS. Hell, I've even got personal-use OTC stuff from the pharmacy while I was working. That's what OTC means. No RX necessary.
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    Nursing Superstitions?

    I work ICU and the last time I said it was quiet at work I ended up having to land a txf from PCU who rolled thru the door in Vfib with a belly full of peritoneal dialysate. Nope. Not saying it again. Luckily they had already been tubed and the intensivist was on the floor.
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    In my Trauma/SICU we get a lot of closed head injuries which means bolts, paralytics, and frequent neuro checks. We're also the general surgical ICU (we have an 8 bed CV where all the hearts go) so we get lots of open bellies, complex wounds (no major burns though), chest surgeries (if there is no room in CV), and ortho. Lots and lots of ortho because of the traumas we get. We also get medical overflow if needed. Because of how complex trauma pts can be they tend to hang out long, get trachs and pegs, and have multiple, multiple surgeries and wounds. I've only been in SI for 6 months but I love it. CV and MI can get really boring to me even with the interesting patho, but there's not a ton of hands on work to do. I love getting my hands dirty with lots of wounds.
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    Stupid Nurse Tricks (Or How To Look Incredibly Stupid)

    My unit is trialing enclosing the nurses station in glass to help reduce noise. It's actually working, and it looks nice because there aren't obvious seams, besides a few sliding windows like in a doctors office. Well, I'm walking past and my charge nurse gets my attention and I obviously can't hear her, so I go to stick my head in the window. Well, the way the light was hitting the very clean glass made it look like it was open. It was not. I slammed the face full-on into the glass. I have never seen someone laugh so hard in my life! Luckily I didn't leave a nose print.
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    Best alarm clock tone for an iphone?

    I like the one that sounds like a def-con/nuclear missile alarm. Definitely enough to get me up and moving!
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    Why did you choose nursing?

    I just really love poop. j/k
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    What do you want for Christmas?

    A doggie! Oh, how I want a dog.
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    Warm Fuzzies Story

    Oh dear, that's marvelous. I'm so happy for him and you this also explains why I want to do trauma. The ability to truly fix someone is incredible and not something that happens often. Especially in the world of CHF, COPD, and Cancer.
  11. I was just licensed by PA and did not have to disclose anything voluntary. Fortunately I have never been involuntarily committed, but I don't even remember having been asked any questions about that. As everyone else has said it does change from state to state.
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    Physical Fit Failure!

    I'm trying to transition over to a bike as my primary mode of transportation on my commutes as I live in a bike friendly city, but boy is it hard to get out of bed an extra hour early! Also, ever try biking home after a 12.5 hour shift where you didn't get to sit down? Oi!
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    Fun: Coke or Pepsi Nurses?

    Diet coke or diet dr. Pepper!! But really if its IV just skip all the flavor and give me straight caffeine.
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    Dumb ways to die ... a video

    That was one of the cutest videos about death I've ever seen!
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    Unbelievable exam question

    I'm so glad we've never had fill-in-the-blank questions. My teachers base all of tests off the NCLEX test plan, and knowledge level questions like this one are never on them. You're teacher is being ridiculous about the order thing. It's neither head nor tails whether thrombus or embolism is put in either blank.
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    What kind of animal are you?

    Honey badger don't give a s**t. I'd probably give my "spirit animal" though, a tiger. Big, orange, and lovely.