riggy3

riggy3 MSN, RN

Surgical ICU, PACU, Educator

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riggy3 has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Surgical ICU, PACU, Educator.

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  1. Unit is Total Chaos

    The information you provide indicates a hospital in a transition from paper to computer documentation working in a situation almost from 1990. The inspection teams should fail the hospital. That is really not a direct reflection on the bedside nurse....
  2. New Grad Can't Find Niche

    Dear Graduate looking for Niche, Reading your concern many novice nurses expressed to me before...... "The only thing I am positive about when it comes to my future is that I DO NOT want to work in a hospital. If I had to it would ONLY be on a...
  3. Set up to fail clinicals

    Dear Setup Maybe prior to the exam the instructor should have given clear expectations and an opportunity to ask questions if something was not understood. I am unclear what term you are in? There is reference you did other clinical exams. You mentio...
  4. Hates Nursing School

    Interesting you have worked as an nursing assistant two years while still hating it... Must be something making you want to continue as a Nurse too.... The part of the job you "HATE" you need to discover before you waste more time and money in school...
  5. Burnt out on Working Weekends and Holidays

    Dear Burnt-out in L&D, I am having a difficult time reading you are burned out after 18 months due to working weekends and holidays. In my career I have noticed many novice nurses experience symptoms of burnout at about one to two years on the ...
  6. NP makes less than RN

    The hourly rate difference between RNs and NP makes me wonder if Nurse Practitioners have saturated the available positions? My observation is many students are going into the Nursing field graduating.... maybe working a year or two then move on obt...
  7. Covered Up a Narcotic Med Error

    "However, my senior nurse friend advised me to not tell the DON and I listened. I didn't fill out a report. And I charted that pt requested this med." This statement is what concerns me. You should face the consequences of covering up the error. A...
  8. This student needed to be firmly addressed by the instructor at the time. As a Nursing Instructor I always asked the co assigned nurses to come to me immediately with any issues. You mentioned the instructor apologized to you for the behavior of that...
  9. Pediatric Patient IV Infiltration- Is it My Fault?

    An IV infiltrate can happen fast even with the IV controllers pressure sensors they still happen. If there is one thing I tell students is always look at that IV anytime they are with the patient. When infusions are rapid rate these especially need w...
  10. Choices - Which Job to Choose?

    The choice of where to work is ultimately up to you. When I have students ask me similar questions. I encourage time in the medical surgical area first to gain organization and assessment skills strength. Face it the amount of clinical experience you...
  11. The debate of the value of the BSN is going on for many years. Nearly a 100 years ago the Yale School of Nursing started the BSN with Annie Goodrich based on findings by the Rockefeller foundation, Goldmark Report of 1923. The need for the BSN was o...
  12. Nursing School Survey

    Survey worked for me. just need to revise question to apply to people have graduated already
  13. The process of the license completion seems possible. My thinking was along the lines of what BladesMom mentioned about not getting an interview. The health care facilities generally have a question on the application about criminal charges. As the h...
  14. Am I too old to become an RN??

    Life experiences carry into the Registered Nurse career. Numerically you are starting at an age greater than many RNs. The critical thinking ability you bring along will make you a strong Nurse. One thing to think about is.... if you do not take the ...
  15. Obtaining the BSN is a long time recommendation by the NLN. When I started out in 1978 the NLN 1985 proposal was in place..... If you did not have a BSN in 1985 the thought was you no longer would be considered a Professional Nurse. We all know how t...