AlabamaBelle

AlabamaBelle

Peds Critical Care, Dialysis, General
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AlabamaBelle specializes in Peds Critical Care, Dialysis, General.

I started my career in 2005 in Pediatric Critical Care. After 5.5years, I transferred to Pediatric Dialysis in an in-hospital setting. I took a break to spend time with my aging dad. Glad I did, as he became acutely ill and died during this time. I explored other non-nursing interests. I recently moved from North Carolina to Alabama (my home state) and now work in a community hospital.

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  1. Room Temperature

    Some centers have the nice chairs with heat and vibration. I was in a Peds unit and even the 5 year olds hit those two buttons first!
  2. Can anyone break down working at DaVita, including the Salary

    I have worked for DaVita in Acutes. If you really like working on your own, it's great. It's also very feast/famine. You may to 5 hours one day and the next 20-24. And there's call. This part is very MD dependent. Personally, I am grateful for my exp...
  3. Social Media and Doxxing - Your Thoughts???

    I'm more appalled at the pettiness of the nurse who reported Jonathan. This is a petty, vindictive individual. Everyone who works around this person should be wary. I don't do selfies and I don't list who I work for.
  4. What is your "thing" and how do you deal with it?

    UGH! Ostomies. I will do any other task for any coworker if they will take care of my ostomy patient. I gag at the thought. Just no.
  5. I wanna quit

    I've been doing dialysis for 4 years, part pediatric and part adult. Some days you got it and some days you don't. My 2 missed accesses were with the same doctor who does not like me. I actually call for changes in patient condition (patient bleeding...
  6. Dilated Cardiomyopathy

    First, I want to say I am not asking for advice. I am an experienced Peds ICU RN, Peds Dialysis RN and Acute HD/CRRT RN. I only ask for some things to expect...not a fan of surprises. My husband was just diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and aort...
  7. You COBs Were Right After All

    I make appointments very quickly after schedules are posted. I don't explain who the appointment is with, not their business. If the scheduler forgot to put me on, oh, well! I have had to learn the hard way to not let people push me around. Being ni...
  8. new nurse advice. screwed up?

    Dear youngling... Accept now that you WILL get yelled at or the MD will be extremely annoyed with you in the field of nursing. Grow a thicker skin. The Charge or Preceptor is just a cog in the wheel. You will chart that you notified your charge nurse...
  9. new nurse advice. screwed up?

    Always, always, follow your gut. Don't listen to a charge nurse or anybody else. I'll take the chewing, which I had recently. The NP and MD (who has standing orders that we call the NP, not him) complained about my call, but my glutes were covered, j...
  10. Acute Inpatient Dialysis Patient-to-Nurse Ratios

    We are 2:1 in our dialysis unit. We have no techs. If we have an unknown Hep B status, that patient has his/her own nurse. Hep B, does of course, complicate staffing. We also do portables 1:1 in our ICUs. We often have more than one patient in a part...
  11. RN

    Read up on the company for starters. This will give you a great springboard for questions about the company itself. Ask about training, what are career paths with the company. Are they looking at you for acutes or chronics? Your Med/Surg Tele is a go...
  12. Techs vs. RNs in Outpatient Dialysis

    parolang, if I were in a clinic, I would love to work with you! I work in acutes. Our program doesn't routinely have a PCT, just occasionally. We feel pampered when she is there. We have a four bed space in our unit, with 2 patients per RN, Hepatiti...
  13. Crap! Am I a crusty old bat nurse?? Carrying pens...

    I've always been known as "The Pen Queen." My collection is embarrassingly large. I have found some pens that are very distinct and I will retrieve my pen from your hand. I have pens that I don't care if you take. I have sharpies in different colors....
  14. Inappropriate Conversations in the Workplace

    He certainly was! His parents were Southern, as well. They didn't have a much in the way of formal education, but they could read, write, and reason. They passed that on down.
  15. Inappropriate Conversations in the Workplace

    I'm just wondering how many people had to look up Edgar Cayce. We're giving away ages! Somethings you just can't engage me in during work hours. I leave religion and politics at the front door and any "hot button" topics of the moment. I'm good at pl...