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lkwashington has 4 years experience and specializes in Tele, ICU, ED, Nurse Instructor,.

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  1. Hi lkWashington. I am a nurse in Washington and just curious if Washington is your last name or where you live. I enjoy reading your posts and looking for other nurses in the Washington areas, especially Grays Harbor. Thanks. David

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    do i need refresher course after two years off?

    It would not hurt to do a refresher course. It depends what floor you would like to work. Are you still CPR certified or ACLS? If you decide to work Med-Surg, in my opinion you may not need a refresher course because Med-Surg is the foundation of nursing. Plus you have maybe a couple of weeks in orientation with another nurse. You may want to call your state BON for some definite answers. Good luck!! Keep us posted.
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    CABG tips?

    My mother had open heart surgery this year. She was on q1h accuchecks with an insulin drip. She is a diabetic.
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    Job hunting advice for new pn grad

    Introduce yourself, let them know why you are there, and ask who do I need to speak to. If they just give a application, make sure ask name of the DON and the person who you need to bring the app back to. Receiving a business card with names would be great.
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    Adenosine vs. Cardizem in tachy med/surg pt.

    It was stated in a previous post about the patient should have been monitored more closely. My response was saying a Tele floor is all that is needed at that particular moment. I am a PCU nurse. I will props to PCU nurses that can handle this type of patient for the situation. No reason for me to down anyone, as nurses we want to learn as much as we can.
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    Adenosine vs. Cardizem in tachy med/surg pt.

    Adenosine is used to see the underlying rhythm. To slow the heart rate down to see exactly what is going with the heart. I think this drug was great drug of choice. Any floor that has Telemetry would have a good choice.
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    It seems like floaters are in high demand?

    You have a good point. I have worked full time for 3 1/2 years. I decided to work in a float pool due to family illnesses. This move was one of the greatests because I work my obligation and if I decide to work more its okay with me. I fell like a free agent nurse. By me working different units I dont get bored, put up with the politics of each unit, and just listen to the other nurses complain about their unit. But there is downside. You will be the one to be called of first. I am also a nursing instructor, this is my backup. I would just say have a plan. Dont always put you eggs in one basket because you never know what is going to happen in the near future. You must learn how network and sell yourself.
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    Nursing in the next 10 years

    Some facilities has robots from pharmacy to bring meds to the floor. So the technology is not far behind.
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    Ever hear of "rollover charting"?

    The facility I work you have withing 24 hours to chart something. If your shift ends, you may go home and get some rest and come back later. If you come and work you can chart on you patient then. I agree I couldnt do this all the time because people would think something is wrong especially if the same people are continiuing to do this. All the over time would be bad for that person.
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    Nursing in the next 10 years

    I think to work in a hospital clinical setting you would have to earn you BSN due to the Magnet status of hospitals. If you look on most jobs now they either want experience or requires a BSN. I can see you earning an ADN the facility giving you two years to get your BSN if not you would have to find another job. I am just throwing out some possibilities. If you are working at a job that you dont like I would advise a person to think four or five times before leaving because it is so hard finding jobs these days stated by other posters. Me personally would not be cocky, I would stay on pins and needles because nothing is guaranteed in life.
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    Nursing vs. Teaching?

    It would be a pay cut for me because I work nights. If you decide to work extra there is no bonus pay or shift differential. I am not use to base pay. So I continue to be a nursing instructor and work in the hospital setting where I can make double the money. Both of my jobs are prn.
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    How Much Nursing School Debt Are You In?

    Joanna73, I am only approx 3 years younger than you. I would like to finish my master in 2 to 3 years, time will tell. You have to do what is better for you, as long you finish. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel, we just don't see it. I hope we keep in touch, so we can encourage each other to succeed with our goals.
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    Cost for your MSN degree vs. Salary increase

    I will be starting Walden U on Jan. 3 to earn a MSN in education. I believe the degree is worth the debt of a student loan. I will be planning to earn another degree after this one. I truly believe in higher learning and education is powerful.
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    How Much Nursing School Debt Are You In?

    Hi Joanna73, I was thinking the same thing. I hope it works out the way we are thinking. Thanks and good luck to you too.
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    How Much Nursing School Debt Are You In?

    I agree with the above post. I am about to start my MSN next month. I will probably be in $20,000 debt, but it is worth it in the long run. I am not married and no children. I feel I can pay it off in 5 years or less. I hope this helps.
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    Accepted to SRMC Spring 2010!!

    That is good, the past 3 semesters 100%. How about overall since the change in 2003? I hope it stays that way for a long time.