akulahawkRN ADN, RN, EMT-P

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akulahawkRN has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in Emergency Department.

I have approximately 20 years experience doing patient care in some form or another, finding along the way that Nursing has been calling me about 10 of those years. I consider myself fortunate that I am now able to answer that call. I hold a Bachelor's in Sports Medicine and now proudly hold an ASN. I feel lucky to have found a position in the ED, a position I have long desired and I enjoy every minute of it.

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    I don't encounter the dilaudid demander all that often. I do, however, encounter the Norco Needers quite a bit. Mostly I get the "I usually get the Norco 10s" when they're offered pain medication, which sometimes is a Norco 5, but often it's a Tyleno...
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    LVN to RN programs in California?

    Quick disclaimer: I have been out of school for about 6-7 years now and I was a "traditional" RN student. That being said, a few of my classmates were LVN-RN upgrade path students. I attended Sacramento City College's RN program. The related program ...
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    Giving Report and IV Access

    I'm also an ED RN. Pretty much this. In my ED, we run primarily the BD Diffusics catheters. Even the 22g is remarkably capable for volume resus, though nowhere near what a 16g or 14g is. My usual go-to's are 20g and 22g BD Diffusics. If I need VOLUME...
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    LVN Challenge Method Then LVN to RN

    It's a way to earn an LVN license through (mostly) experience vs classroom learning. California has a this as a method, and it's "Method 3" of the 5 ways the state offers as a means to earning the license. The applicant has to take a pharmacology cou...
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    Can You Help Me Calculate This

    There are a couple ways to figure out your GPA. One way is to multiply the value of the grade by the semester units of the class and divide the result by the total of the semester units. So if you have two 3 unit courses and you earned an A and ...
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    Nursing Intuition- What Is It, and Do You Have It?

    Intuition comes with experience. I've been working with patients in various capacities over the years and it's definitely a "thing" but it is not something you can usually quantify. I have sprinted to catch falling patients before they or anyone else...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    I went to SCC and I was one of the students that was accepted to both ARC and SCC for the same starting semester. SCC runs their program a little differently from ARC but the basics are going to be fairly similar as ARC originated from SCC many years...
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    How can I learn to be "rougher" with patients

    Well, there is a certain level of necessary roughness needed but you have to know when to be a little more "rough" and when to be more "delicate." Clearly when pericare needs to be done, more "delicate" is needed. Sometimes that necessary rough...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    If the phlebotomy cert was necessary to get you over the 70 points, then that's stressful indeed! If you're already over 70 points without the phlebotomy cert, then not so much... My case was almost similar in that I also had coursework from ot...
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    SCC/ARC Fall 2021 Sac City/American River College

    When I was accepted by SCC (way back once upon a time, nearly 10 years ago now), I got an acceptance and a rejection letter. Needless to say that was a bit confusing but I did verify that the acceptance letter was the correct correspondence and the r...
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    Infection after Vaccination?

    Let me see: ~7,200 "breakthrough" cases out of ~87,000,000. Roughly 500 hospitalizations and roughly 90 deaths out of ~87,000,000. Looks to me like the vaccines are working quite well.
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    Infection after Vaccination?

    Something else to look into is how soon after the 1st shot did a person develop symptoms. The closer one is to that 1st shot, the less protective the vaccine is. The closer one is to the 2nd shot, the more protective that first vaccine is. Anot...
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    Did I pass NCLEX?

    Be very careful with this one... you must be ready to pay for and schedule a new exam in full. The "old" PVT wouldn't let you get to the payment screen if you passed. The current method is ready to charge your card before you find out if you've likel...
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    Denial Letter , Crushed and Depressed

    I was qualified as an applicant every time I applied to nursing school and it took me YEARS to get in. Every season I was rejected, instead of getting down on things, I just continued refreshing my prerequisites, taking classwork to improve my own kn...
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    Bad Clinical Experience Today

    I have been advocating for better kits, unfortunately this falls on generally deaf ears. Therefore I must do the best I can with what I have. We're neither a community nor a critical access hospital. We just don't have certain services in-house, onco...