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    Which hospital to work for?

    If you were to choose between working for Kaiser Permanente in Irvine or Memorial Care - Saddleback, which one would you say is more nurse friendly? Please say why. I'm just preparing myself in case I get a job offer from both places after my interview tomorrow. I'm thinking very positive, I know.
  2. Hello my fellow nurses, I graduated in 2012 with my ADN and worked at a SNF for 1 year before I went back to school for my BSN. I have a total of 1 year experience at the SNF as the charge nurse, almost 2 years of experience as an Adjunct Faculty at a University working with simulations/new skills/ lab, etc... , 1 year in Medical Surgical, and I'm currently working in the Medical-Surgical/Oncology department. It's been 3 months since I transferred there. My ultimate goal is to work in Critical Care, but I'm not sure the fastest route to get there. I live in AZ and by February of next year I'll be moving to California. I already started the process of validating my license in California; however, I'm not sure if I'd be able to get a job in the ICU right off the bat. What kind of jobs should I apply for that will allow me to get to the ICU faster? How is that in the state of California? At my current job they want at least one year in PCU before going to ICU. Please help me out, as I don't want to wait way too much to get to where I wanna be. Thanks you!
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    Job Search: Applying Online for RN Positions

    but who do you call? HR? the nurse manager of the department you are applying for? I have applied online but have no idea on who I call or how to get their information on the computer. Do I just call the main number for the hospital and ask for "nurse manager in the med/surg floor?" Please help me! it's frustrating! i have been applying all over the country, so it is impossible to go physically to every hospital.
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    Job Hunt

    is it worth paying 40 dollars/month though?
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    Job Hunt

    Is the website nursingcrossing.com of any help? It says I can do 72 hours free trial. Should I do it? Any tips on how to find jobs right after getting licensed? I'm having a hard time.
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    Need nursing care plan.....HELP!

    I also have a client with HEELP syndrome and she also has UTI. I was wondering if there's a Nursing Dx such as risk for premature delivery? I can't find it in my book but would love to use something similar to that! Thank you!!
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    Graduated 2010 almost gave up nursing.

    I hear your story and I'm afraid it's going to be my own. I graduate in May from college and I'm on a student visa. I'll apply to get the 1 year permit next month and I'm afraid I won't be able to find a job!! I don't know what to do! That will be scary. Let's pray that things will get better by the time I graduate.
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    Brazilian Nurses

    hey everybody! my name is regiane and i'm about to graduate nursing school here in az. i graduate in may and plan on taking my n-clex in june. i'm just worried about the working situation. i'm on a student visa and after you graduate they have an opt (optional practical training) program that you can apply for and work here for 1 year on the same student visa, but after that i have no idea what i'm gonna do. i can apply for a work visa that lasts for 3 years and i can renew it for more 3 years and that's it. do you guys know anything about it? i already wanna have everything planned so i can work it out when it's time and do all the paperwork. i'm also planning on doing the rn to bsn program through western governor's online once i pass the dreaded n-clex. any inputs on what i can do or if someone had a situation that was similar maybe give me some feedback? i'd greatly appreciate it! obrigada :)
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    Work in Alaska?

    i heard that they pay nurses $50,00/hour to work in alaska.. is that true? what do you think about that? would you go to alaska and work there? if you got the license somewhere else would you be able to transfer or they are not part of that multi-state agreement? inputs please! got to start thinking my options. :)
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    Nursing Dx

    ok.. here's the patient.. med surg patient admitted with altered loc, hypokalemia, uti and dvt. hx of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ams, hypokalemia, uti, ari, anemia, she also claims 8 different personalities. the day i took care of her, the k+ was 3.7; h&h low 9.4 and 26.5 respectively. her ca (6.7), ph (1.5), and mag (1.2) which is also low and were replaced that day. the inr is 2. patient has a foley in. vs throughout shift were wnl. intake 1740 output 1700. no complains of pain except for a ha at 5/10 that was medicated with 325 mg of acetaminophen and after 1 hour she states pain of 1/10. left leg was edematous. patient was confused during shift and a&o x1 (self) the possible dx that i have are: 1st ill do the ineffective peripheral tissue perfusion r/t decreased blood flow to extremities aeb tissue edema and diminished peripheral pulse to right leg. the other one i'll use (my teacher said it would be a good one) is risk for injury r/t ↓ loc and with that i'll adress her hx and hypokalemia and also uti can cause confusion, right? well i was thinking risk for infection r/t ↓ h&h, but she already has one (uti) and the teacher kinda didn't like that one. another one was impaired urinary elimination r/t impairment in neurological sensing and control aeb inability to go to recognize the need to void - but i think that's more for people with spinal cord injuries because the interventions didn't really apply to my patient. so i'm feeling like out of ideas... what do you guys think of the following? we have to do it in order of priority. my teacher says " what can kill the patient first?" so i have these other options. altered loc - impaired memory r/t neurological disturbances (can't really kill you, can it?), risk for impaired skin integrity r/t immobility (risk for falls, patient was in bed and what not), and the other one fatigue r/t ↓ h&h. i don't know what to think of it anymore. thanks.. i appreciate it!
  11. maybe i over exagerated on the "what can kill her first" but she means all the possible complications... her k+ was just better that day and she had d5 1/2 ns with k+ running. for the dvt she is getting lovenox and coumadin and she has the compressing stockings as well. her risk is for a pe, stroke if the clot travels, etc... i don't quite get what you are saying about standard care plan.. would you dissect that a little bit for me to help my brainstorming please?
  12. ok.. here's the patient.. med surg patient admitted with altered loc, hypokalemia, uti and dvt. hx of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ams, hypokalemia, uti, ari, anemia, she also claims 8 different personalities. the day i took care of her, the k+ was 3.7; h&h low 9.4 and 26.5 respectively. her ca (6.7), ph (1.5), and mag (1.2) which is also low and were replaced that day. the inr is 2. patient has a foley in. vs throughout shift were wnl. intake 1740 output 1700. no complains of pain except for a ha at 5/10 that was medicated with 325 mg of acetaminophen and after 1 hour she states pain of 1/10. left leg was edematous. patient was confused during shift and a&o x1 (self) the possible dx that i have are: 1st ill do the ineffective peripheral tissue perfusion r/t decreased blood flow to extremities aeb tissue edema and diminished peripheral pulse to right leg. the other one i'll use (my teacher said it would be a good one) is risk for injury r/t ↓ loc and with that i'll adress her hx and hypokalemia and also uti can cause confusion, right? well i was thinking risk for infection r/t ↓ h&h, but she already has one (uti) and the teacher kinda didn't like that one. another one was impaired urinary elimination r/t impairment in neurological sensing and control aeb inability to go to recognize the need to void - but i think that's more for people with spinal cord injuries because the interventions didn't really apply to my patient. so i'm feeling like out of ideas... what do you guys think of the following? we have to do it in order of priority. my teacher says " what can kill the patient first?" so i have these other options. altered loc - impaired memory r/t neurological disturbances (can't really kill you, can it?), risk for impaired skin integrity r/t immobility (risk for falls, patient was in bed and what not), and the other one fatigue r/t ↓ h&h. i don't know what to think of it anymore. thanks.. i appreciate it!
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    neurotransmitter help

    wow this is awesome!! thank you so much!!! i'm sure my dopamine levels are out of whack because my memory has been horrible!!! haha.. thanks you so so very much!!
  14. wonderful!! thank you so much!
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    Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program

    do you know if they charge more for international students? I'm still doing my RN and will graduate in May but I want to get my BSN as well and I'm an international student so university is pretty expensive. Thanks
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