SquishyRN BSN, RN

ER, Trauma, Med-Surg/Tele, LTC
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SquishyRN has 11 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ER, Trauma, Med-Surg/Tele, LTC.

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    Emergency Nursing Areas

    As an emergency room nurse I do all of those and more. Some shifts I only do some of those things, other shifts I could end up doing all of those things. Still not sure what kind of answer you're looking for though. If you wanted me to literall...
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    NBC's The Nurses - Just another nurse show?

    You knew Tim! He just retired last year, except he had already been in U.R. since I started working there so I never got to work with him directly, but he's a County ER legend. I don't know if you knew this already, but in the ER lobby shooting in 19...
  3. Since they're not allowing you to work two jobs, I would take the full-time hospital job now, but maintain good relations with the LTC you're in so when the pandemic blows over you can go back and work part-time at the LTC on top of your full-time ho...
  4. I worked in LTC for 3 years before going into acute care... it will be like starting from scratch all over again... but with only one year into your nursing career, you're still pretty new anyway so the learning curve wouldn't be that much different ...
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    ER vs M/S

    I would try to break out of my comfort zone and go to the ER. However, go in with the mindset that you're a new grad all over again... sometimes having experience in a different specialty for a long time can be a detriment rather than a strength. I w...
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    TNCC for a Travel Nurse

    4-6 weeks I think is too much given that TNCC is a class. I like to think of TNCC as the trauma version of ACLS or PALS. It's not just a test, it's a class that the completion of would demonstrate competency in the subject. I think you're thinking mo...
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    Boyfriend doesn't want to see me. Am I being selfish?

    It's not unreasonable for him to be afraid given that he has an underlying condition and we're still not 100% sure how the virus affects different people. Last night in my ED, both of our respiratory distress r/o covid intubations were young... one w...
  8. Location: Los Angeles, CA Experience: 6 years RN in November, 3 years LVN (LVN experience did not count towards wages) Current specialty: ER, 5 years same employer in November Pay: $41 base, $1.00 BSN, $3.75 night, $2.25 weekend, $2.50 charge, $1.25 ...
  9. Every facility (sometimes even department) handles scheduling differently. At my current place we self-schedule 12hr shifts, at another place we had set blocks of 12 hr shifts. Neither place rotated between nights and days though.
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    12 hr night nurses-how many recovery days?

    I feel like I'm never "over that jet lag," jet lag is my baseline 😛 On a positive note, I travel all over the world on my days off and adjust to new time zones relatively easily.
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    Harbor UCLA or LAC USC for ICU

    "Relief" nurses in the County system are internal registry, which is the equivalent of per diem nurses everywhere else. If hired specifically for the ICU they board you in med-surg until the next ICU training program starts. This is because hiring ...
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    RN's and LPN's working as Nursing Assistants?

    At a facility I used to work, this would not happen because the nurses didn't usually want it done that way. The patients were all usually total care and ventilated so it threw eveyone's daily routine into a funk to have to do all the bedside care to...
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    Two step triage process and registration

    We have a two-step "quick reg" triage system. When the patient first comes through the entrance there is a desk with registration and a nurse. This nurse enters the chief complaint and assigns an ESI. If there are rooms open, the patient goes straigh...
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    In the hospital setting, short answer, yes. Co-workers leave in droves for better pay. It doesn't bother me for the time being because my priorities are more than pay. Management doesn't micromanage, I get to self-schedule, I generally like my co-wor...
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    2018 Nurse Salary

    Location: Los Angeles, CA Experience: 4 years RN, 3 years LVN (LVN experience did not count towards wages) Current specialty: ER Pay: $37.50 base, $1.00 BSN, $3.75 night, $2.25 weekend, $2.50 charge, $1.25 ER/ICU differential