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  1. are jobs on craigslist legitimate?

    I'm sure like anything else on craigslist...some are legit, others not. I worked for Bayada nurses for awhile.. and got hired from an ad they had on Craigslist. I highly recommend the company..
  2. Why do you like home care? What are the advantages?

    I did home care for awhile and LOVED it. But, it can vary greatly by the family you work with. Also- I would hate home care that I had to travel a lot. I did homecare that had 24/7 care, so I went to one place in a shift, not multiple homes. I consi...
  3. how does texas look at nurses who have previous degrees?

    Why would you be looked over? If you meet the qualifications, with an RN degree you'd be the same. However- most nurses who have other degrees are surprised to find that they are still viewed as JUST a new grad... they don't get special treatment for...
  4. Nursing anxiety and Electronic Medical Records

    I'm an assoc RN, and LOVE computerized records. I've been a nurse almost 4 years, and worked part time at a couple places who used paper charts. I felt there was MUCh more margin for error with paper charts- my anxiety was much higher then. Between ...
  5. Minnesota New Grad RN Payscales

    I don't work Metro, but work for Allina in a rural area...and I think new grads start at $26... though I'm sure it would be more at Mercy. I don't know about diffs for Masters, weekends etc there.. But- I will say I am proud to work for Allina... I...
  6. How to set limits?

    Such as??? Some patient's will always be demanding...and it's our job to put up with it- especially with the new movement of treating patient's like "customers" However... with patient's that constantly want you to wipe their butt when they are capab...
  7. questions about nursing

    I went straight into CCU as a new grad and have seen a few do the same since I started. We've all made it- but honestly- I don't recommend it. There is so much to learn straight out of school that IMO specialties just aren't the place for it. You a...
  8. Going from RN to Paramedic

    Why would you want to do that? They are more limited, can do less, make less money...and still have all that responsibility. And- if you actually get your RN lisence, you'll be paid paramedic pay- but held to RN standards. Why not work ER if you lik...
  9. Grandparent's medications pose danger to children.

    really? My brother was smoking weed and trying extacy at age 10....
  10. Grandparent's medications pose danger to children.

    Kids are doing these things earlier and earlier. I'd like to think that's not the case...but I have a hard time believing a 10 yr old child thought it was a sticker. I'm wondering truly= if this wasn't a mentally disabled child who was just curious....
  11. Grandparent's medications pose danger to children.

    But surely you knew to leave other people's things alone?
  12. Grandparent's medications pose danger to children.

    At 10? We are talking a 5th grader here.... Unless she has disabilities, I'm thinking she knew exactly what she was doing.
  13. Is it just me or............?

    Not that I think patient's don't deserve sleep. But- if someone has declared they need to be hospitalized... they certainly are more in need of medical treatment than sleep. I've only rarely had a problem with truly irrational patient's about this th...
  14. What would you do?

    I'm a CPR instructor for AHA. We teach not to touch anyone if air is being exchanged. If you can hear them coughing, you wait and let them try to get it out. We teach back blows only on an infant...otherwise once the object obstructs the airway you ...
  15. Doctors cannot do a nurses job

    I guess it depends on the workplace and the dr. I've had dr's who are more than willing to do nurses work. I've also had dr's who are more than willing to admit they they do not know what we do. I appreciate both types as long as they show respect ...
  16. Probably a dumb question from a nursing student

    You're a nursing student and allowed near instruments in the OR? We just stayed out of the way- never got near anything in our OR rotation.
  17. the dreaded holidays..... & do you work 'em by choice?

    lol, christmas is my holiday....we do 8 hr shifts. I offered to work a 12 hr shift so I won't have time to stop by the in-laws before work. (we do our family christmas the day before when I work so the kids won't mind)
  18. Those at the 1-2 year mark of nursing

    I was told if you ever feel like you know it all, you're a dangerous nurse. That said- about 2.5 yrs in I had an "aha" moment and realized I was no longer terrified and just getting through. I actually felt like I was proactive- and not on the defen...
  19. RN thinking of going back to school for dental hygeine?

    I've heard they make very good money- but also that jobs are very hard to come by. I'd assume this is true. I've never in my life seen an ad for a dental hygienist.
  20. Floor nurses

    They phased out CNA's where I work years ago.. before I even started. We work without any assistance.. but have lower nurse/patient ratios. I think it works better overall. We do all the cares on our patient's. We sometimes work with LPN/RN teams......
  21. Sterile fields...ugh!!! Tips and pointers?

    practice..and take your time. Don't rush through it.
  22. I gather 46 is too old to be a CNA

    Not if you're physically able to do the work. Many of the CNA's I worked with were older. However- I realized quickly I wouldn't make it as a CNA long- the physical labor is intensive and where I worked noone ever assisted each other.
  23. Minnesota BON application questions

    It varies greatly depending on how busy they are. You have to register with Pearsonvue. I remember turning in my paperwork at about the same time as my clinical classmates. Some of us got ATT's right away, others there was a wait. I wouldn't expe...
  24. Nurses Under 30 Years Old

    I'm just barely under 30- so my opinion in this might not matter : / but I had kids young and matured fast. I've always been a hard worker. At my current job- I don't see this as a trend. There are a couple young nurses who do fall into this categ...
  25. obturator placed in trach stoma?

    Old thread.... dead conversation. However- they are all correct. You should replace the trach. Why leave someone without a patent airway if you can help it? I worked homehealth- we were taught to always replace the trach asap. We were to always have...