2011nursetobe

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  1. Is taking 4 classes in the summer too much?

    You're gonna kill yourself! Each summer class is equivalent work of 2 fall/spring classes. So by taking 4 classes, it will be the work equivalent of taking 8 classes! Ouch! Hope you have a lot of time on your hands, and good luck :)
  2. IV start help!

    Hi, I'm a new nurse and have been having trouble starting IVs. I have no problem getting a flashback of blood, but it seems like I bust the vein every time I attempt to advance the catheter. I always feel like I have to force the catheter in as it do...
  3. Hitting bone/nerve with IM injection

    Yes got all of them in the same arm. If it still hurts in a few days I will go see my PCP although not really sure what they would be able to tell me...
  4. Hitting bone/nerve with IM injection

    My sister who is extremely skinny (78lbs) had an IM once and she said it felt like a knife stabbed her arm and she was in tears within seconds. I assumed they hit her bone, but from what I'm hearing, most people don't flinch. Thats why I'm thinking m...
  5. Hitting bone/nerve with IM injection

    Got the last of my 4 rabies vaccines last Saturday. The first 3 shots made my arm hurt the night I got them really bad but were fine the next day. This 4th shot has made my arm hurt TERRIBLY for the past week and has not gotten any better. (to the po...
  6. ....and what kind of unit do you work on (ICU/Med-Surg/Tele/Ortho)? Does your unit have a ratio limit? I work in Tele and we have 4 patients during the day, 5 at night.
  7. I feel like although part of the success of nursing school is the curriculum and amount of clinical hours, more importantly, nursing school is what YOU make it. My first semester, I was scared of everything and shyed away from any experience. My seco...
  8. Would you call a code/MET on a pt. who is a complete DNR?

    Thank you all who have responded. The general consensus is that I would call an RRT/MET but never ever a code. I was never sure if I would be frowned upon by calling a RRT. If all else fails I can always seek the advice of a more experienced nurse. I...
  9. Would you call a code/MET on a pt. who is a complete DNR?

    I have a hard time differentiating between something that could be treatable...like just a low blood sugar, and something that would require intubation, etc. Now of course if they are pulseless, or agonal breathing (actively dying), i wouldn't call a...
  10. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I'm a new nurse, freshly graduated. If I walk into the room of a complete DNR pt and he/she is unresponsive, diaphoretic, breathing is labored, should I call a MET/Code? Thanks...
  11. Having a hard time understanding MRSA......

    Thank you...great link!
  12. Having a hard time understanding MRSA......

    Ok, so I know someone can get "colonized" with MRSA and it can be found out by swabbing their nares. Many of us nurses are probably MRSA positive if we all got swabbed. My question though, is what exactly does this mean? How would we infect others or...
  13. What kind of Stethoscope do you have?

    I have a cheap Prestige one that is lightweight and I can actually hear better out of it then a Littman and the more expensive Prestige's. Its very odd b/c most people hear better out of Littmans. I would suggest going to a scrub store and actually T...
  14. Toomey syringes

    Daily...usually at midnight along with tube feeding sets.
  15. Commuting, which schedule works best?

    Definitely the 12s. I have a 45 minute commute that turns into an hour and 15 minute commute if I work 7-3:30 b/c of rush hour. Its not bad at all...I use the drive time to get my mind off things before I get home. I can't imagine waking up 5 days a ...