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FancypantsRN specializes in Cardiovascular, ER.

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    Travel Nursing and Licenses

    Yes on the compact state as long as you establish residency in the compact state.
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    experienced nurse with anxiety on the job

    Ok, just my experience. I was pretty awful and both IV's and foley's on women (esp older women). I now work in the ER where I have to constantly do both. I get about 9/10 IV's now and 7/10 foley on the females. It is only because of constant practice (not bc I am that great or anything). I never had to do either before on cardiac units (they came from CVICU or ER with lines in place). I can relate to what you are experiencing. Is there anyway you could try to shadow for a day in your pre-op or ER to sharpen your skills? You would get loads of practice there.
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    Can a crappy waitress still be a good nurse?

    Yes it is possible.... I made a lousy waitress. I got stressed out and forgot to put people's food orders in and just generally hated waitressing. I attribute waitressing to my good grades in my nursing pre-req's (what I did to pay for the pre-req's). That being said, I rarely forget things as a nurse. Sure you may need help remembering every single little detail in the beginning, that's what a preceptor is for. You can also use cheat sheets with checklists when nursing that help to keep you organized. Your attention to detail and hating to make mistakes will help you a great deal (just don't be too hard on yourself especially in the beginning if you miss something). Remember, we all make mistakes - even the greatest nurses. We are all human. Hope this helps!
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    I just have to say this....

    I wish I could come work with you. It does sound like they are at least trying to make it a nice place to work.... that's a lot more than can be said for most places I have worked. Sometimes, people can't see that - they only focus on the negative (and it brings everybody down). I hope it gets better for you - low morale is difficult work around. If it's that bad for them maybe they need to see how bad it can really get out there....
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    Permanent replacement workers during strike

    I don't think travelers would be considered permanent - they sign a contract through an agency for "x" amount of days/weeks to fill a slot. It is usually not done through the facility itself, from what I have seen. I may stand corrected but this is my understanding. If the hospital hires permanent full time employees, that is a different matter - I would def talk to my union rep about this.
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    Unbelievable !!

    isn't this situation referred to as a kavorkian scarf? i love foamy the squirrel.
  7. FancypantsRN

    Things you'd LOVE to tell coworkers...and get away with it!

    Time, place, person, situation (do they know why they are in the hospital).
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    Unbelievable !!

    You mean this isn't the correct way if the arms don't work?
  9. FancypantsRN

    Best Nursing Quotes

    "I'll be back in two shakes" my most common quote to my patients : )
  10. FancypantsRN

    Refusing Patients' Requests: Can it be done?

    I have never refused per se but I have told the pt something along the lines of..."Ok, what do you need to be set for the next hour, I will check on you again then". Sometimes, they still don't get it. What I think is funny is when the object they are requesting is actually closer to them (on their lap) than the call bell. Or they magically can't hold a water cup but they can make a cell phone call *shrugs shoulders*.
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    Okay, why do ER nurses think they're so cool?

    An admit team is a good thing, we actually have that in my ER - a nurse that does the entire admission history, pt belonging list, med list, etc. The receiving nurse only has to make sure the belongings are present and do the admission assessment.
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    Time Management in ER

    Give yourself some time - it's probably a combo of new nurse and new ER nurse. With any floor/unit type, being a new nurse means the challenge of learning time management. Just remember that in the ER, you continuously change priorities. Your priority one minute changes when that new ambulance rolls in. I am new to the ER myself.... don't be afraid to ask for help no matter how busy everyone else is. They would rather you ask for help then just guess with your interventions. One thing that was difficult for me to grasp (coming from floor nursing) is that everything is stat in the ER, don't let that change your real priorities. It really tripped me up in the beginning. Just use what you have learned re: your ABC's and take it from there. Hope this helps : )
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    Job Market In Colorado springs for experienced RN?

    I will pipe up with my experience (limited). It can be done, but you should have some $ saved up for the wait. I moved here the end of January. I got my CO license and started applying beginning of December last year. I put in probably 100 applications. I waited and waited and waited. Just as my savings acct was approaching 0, I got a job the first week of Feb. As soon as I accepted the job (my 1st choice), all the other places called. Point being? Slow HR's here. 2 of the job offers were from Colorado Springs (CCU and tele floor). I don't know how close you are to CO, but the one unit in CO Springs was willing to do a phone interview with me. I went in anyway (CCU). The manager and educator seemed very helpful and professional. The unit was VERY nice. It was difficult to turn down. If I had little ones to think about - I would probably apply from where you are currently living and see what happens - but get your CO license, as they won't even look at you without it. Good luck in what ever you decide!
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    Okay, why do ER nurses think they're so cool?

    I wish you could see a shift in my ER - we are far from calling the shots on anything. We have 30 min from when a disposition of admit inpatient is decided to transport the pt upstairs or we get "dinged". I wish I had more time than that to call report upstairs and wrap up the ER orders.... as I sometimes have 2-3 pt's with that admit dispo and it gets hairy. I can see your problem with pt's coming up to your floor inappropriately - I used to get those a lot when I worked the floor. The last floor l worked half of my pt's I received I would be wheeling off to ICU pretty fast and it gets pretty old. I hope your facility can work this out.
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    Okay, why do ER nurses think they're so cool?

    Why does it have to be floor nurses vs. er nurses? I don't get it. We all went to nursing school and we all passed the NCLEX. Some of us were floor nurses prior to being er nurses. Geez. I guess that's like asking why does it have to be dayshift vs. nightshift.