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BacktoBasics specializes in ICU/CCU, PICU.

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    Our nurse-patient ratio changed for the worse... Help!

    Are your ECMO and HFOV 1:1's?
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    CHOP hiring process

    Anywhere in CHOP is extremely competitive. From my understanding, CHOP and Penn will put workers through school to work for them. It might be harder for you since your external and still have limited experience.
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    What do you say when calling out sick?

    If you can work then work. You never know what's going to happen in the future and you may burn one of your callouts for a reason you could have worked through. Don't put your job at risk. Like another poster mentioned, if everyone called out for the simplest reasons then no one would ever work.
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    Absolutely ridiculous... You can keep your 4 hours

    If that ever happened to me, you can be sure you would be written up. I working critical care, so if i need you to come in, I need you to come in. By not coming in, you're being unprofessional, disrespectful leaving the unit in a unsafe situation. I can't determine the census. The hospital can't determine the census. We only staff RN's based upon our average daily census. If you're called off, you have the option to use PTO, education hours (every staff have so many per year), choose another day that week to make it up or not get paid. In my hospital it's not just RN's that partake in this. RT, NA's, US's even managers do this to help the org stay on budget. You can try to make whatever examples you want about chandeliers but bottom line is hospital are a business that need to make money- whether you agree or not. In past, staff have called out for 4 hours only. It's not recommended or common because you probably won't be needed for the rest of your shift since we just found coverage to cover your absence. It's the risk you take.
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    In Dire Need of Advice / Help.

    It's not as low key as you asking but how about pre-op, PACU, Endo, etc.
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    US Border agents deny woman entry due to health records

    Additionally you are already an American citizen therefore they do nit have to ask. Referring that when you traveled to other counties you did not have to submit information to their country is up for them to decide. The American governments primarily role is to protect their citizens and their interests . The government can ask for anything they want - family status, financial information, health information, etc to determine if a visitor is safe and can acclimate into to out society. This being s mental health issue is irrelevant. If could have been any medical condition. She didn't complete the required assessments needed to enter the country. If she doesn't like it giving up the information, she doesn't need to enter.
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    How much do you make

    We offer no difference between ADN and BSN. We are Magnet so now we have a requirement of hiring only BSN's. New grads start out around $30 but some RN's with 20 years experience do make over $40 base. Our company is paying lower than others and do plan to increase us in early spring. I make $37 with 5 years experience RN experience total but also work in a ANM/ANCC role. I live on the east coast in a HCOL area.
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    another ICU nurse's opinion

    Go down on the drip by 1ml - this is also assuming it's per hour. I've never had a CaCl- infusion.
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    clarification to NY Board of Nursing

    It's reading that you have 2 Masters degrees that you were awarded at the same time (MSN (generic) AND Psych APN). It's hard to advise what's "unnecessary" since you didn't say above how it was completed. Some institutions offer dual programs, you may just have to write that.
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    Alarm Coverage for Busy Coworkers

    No formal plan. Each RN is responsible for addressing their alarms. We are a decentralized unit with each RN having 2 adjacent rooms they are accountable for. In each patient room you can view you other patient's monitor/alarms. Unless you are coding your other patient, there is no reason why you cannot leave the bedside to address your other patients serious alarm. You can always call for help but ultimately your patient alarms are your responsibility. In our unit because of our teamwork, if another RN hears an alarm, they will try to resolve. This isn't mandatory or an expectation.
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    Cursed at a patient-fired

    You worked on a pediatric unit. I would have fired you as well. No compassion for those patients let alone them being children. Your behavior sickens me.
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    Performance Review Gone Wrong!

    Performance reviews are just for feedback. Sometimes we don't know how others view us and we're all not perfect. Even though you stated you received positives marks for going above and beyond, your manager may have set higher standards for your unit.
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    RN with healthcare management

    I wouldn't even bother going for your AS in healthcare management. You need a masters to move up in nursing leadership also, magnet hospitals need a certain percentage of their leadership with masters. Its not worth the money to get your associates now when in 10 years your hospital will go Magnet and you'll be stuck.
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    Decline a shift equals termination?

    I don't think its as big of a deal as others think. Everyone's getting freaked out over the term "voluntary termination". Basically what's its saying is that they want your availability. They'll make the schedule. If something comes up, you got to give them 2 weeks notice. If you don't bother to come in, its considered that you quit. That's like any other industry- if you don't show up when your supposed to be there its assumed you quite (some organizations do have a policy of how many shifts you can not show up for before they considered you quit). Not a big deal. And they being nice by finding coverage for you if you can't work. Most places make you find your own coverage.
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    Unethical Instructor... Report or no?

    Would not say anything unless you had proof. If she told the stealing money incident in front of other students and they would be willing to agree/speak with the dean, that would be hard to do. And the story kind of doesn't make sense. Why would she place the money in their hands instead of stealing it in the first place? Or why not just keep it in their wallet and then steal it when they passed.
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    An Occurrence For A Reason. Is It Worth It?

    Just study at the latest possible time. If you need to study the day before so you can pass, you really don't know the material. Or ask someone to switch days with you.