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Rodoon BSN, MSN, RN

CC, MS, ED, Clinical Research
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Rodoon has 29 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in CC, MS, ED, Clinical Research.

After retiring from nursing, I pursued self publishing fiction as a second career

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  1. OP, I see a real need for this service, but I wasn't clear on one thing. Are you thinking of doing this yourself (as in one woman show) or are you planning on hiring others to work for you?" I think the rules are different if you're going it alone versus hiring others to work for you. See Merced's post. All states are in a flux about these type of things because they're all in budget shortfalls. Look for a small business bureau in your town. Maybe they can answer your questions. People without an LPN license are doing it right now, but I don't know about their training beyond CNA. My neighbor is looking for someone as an individual for her mother, but not from an agency because of the higher fees they ask for. I've seen flyers for these "sitters" in the library. They offer the same things you mentioned. Try to avoid billing M&M, ask for direct pay for fee services up front. Just be careful to stay out of the skilled care arena. A business license will make more people comfortable about hiring you versus those putting up flyers.
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    Verbal er orders...help me understand this

    Another option I didn't see mentioned, is to ask a colleague to be given the verbal order after you. If another nurse is standing by, what could it hurt? Your best protection isn't a union rep. It's a witness. The other colleague doesn't need to hear a report from you, they should ask the person's name and then for them to repeat the order. The second person watches you write out the order and initials after your name. This avoids mistakes. It's proactive and professional. That way it would be harder to pretend a unit nurse is making up orders. Nurses need to get together to stop this type of problem. The other solution is a special phone where calls are recorded and used only for verbal orders. Frankly, I prefer this solution.
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    NCLEX Classes: Teaching?

    I think you guys have great ideas. One of the reason on line programs don't have as much interest is because its self directed learning and well..., life gets in the way at home, and the student doesn't stick with it. Also, nothing beats immediate classroon feedback. I agree that people value what they pay for. If free was best, the Salvation Army and other discount places would never keep stock.
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    Nursing Tutor Business

    angelrnstat, Wow, what a great idea. You might not attract first time testers with good grades, but for those that don't make it or who have squeaked by in school, I bet that's the first term they'll Google after a good cry. The bigger the city you're in the better. Try to model your class after the SAT or ACT classes by tutors. They give the students test taking tips and then teach them how to narrow down to two choices. For most, that is half the game. Also, if you work in the hospital it wouldn't hurt to ask SD if you can develop a class for CEU's in your specialty, and you teach it once or twice a year. If will give you teaching credentials if you don't have them now. Good Luck!
  5. Don't forget after the foot soak > the foot rub. Heaven.
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    Nurse bloggers/writers?

    Passionflower: I think your book idea is great especially since it presents entrepreneurial concepts to young girls. I can't count the times my nursing friends and I would toss the idea around. We had no learning template from schools or even nursing schools for setting up a business. I hope that's changed. Good tips about the cart before the horse. LOL we all live and learn. You've obviously given your site set-up a lot of thought. Once the book's ready, go back and drive the traffic. I'd like to add for readers that choosing the right theme for your blog or website is important. I'd advise anyone thinking of blogging to read up on this. I chose a free WP theme, but if I were putting up a store I'd pay extra for a customized website that's interactive. My blog doesn't have drop down tabs from the header or footers. All I have are my posts and one side bar and it's working for now. You can check out my blog (it's in my profile) as an example of a personal blog verus some of the others out there. I'm selling my book and I've put up an amazon search box. I love my theme but it wouldn't work as a store like passionflower mentioned. I'm practicing my blogging skills before I jump onto a blog carnival like mentioned above. No sense driving traffic to your site if you don't have articles up or something to keep them there. Good Luck passion flower.
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    Nurse bloggers/writers?

    I'd like to second Overtonis's good advice to nurses wanting to blog for a living. I'd like to add a bit of advice for the newbie too, but first let me clarify, my blog is to serve as a platform for my self-publishing ventures, I'm not a nurse professional blogger. I hope to set up an income stream from my books, but I do see potential in income generating nurse blogs, but you have to think long term and make a plan. The key to success is Overtonis's tip 4. Find and define your niche and target audience before you even start. The whole foundation of a nurse income generating blog rests on you being able to write intersting articles. If you're not sure if you can blog for a living the best way to start out is a free Wordpress or Blogger Blog. There are lots of abandoned blogs out there. On the free blog you can't advertise to bring in money, but at least you can find out if blogging is your bag. If it's not fun, the writing will grow heavier every day. The first day I named my blog, but couldn't come up with a caption or tag line.(Big mistake that reflected poor planning). I learned after a few days that having a tag line or caption keeps me on a writing target instead of being all over the page. So, name your blog, define the tag or niche, and make your blog categories fit the niche. This will help advertisers know what ads to give you as well. My categories are Self Publishing and Writing tips, Health and Life, and My books. Each post I write is tagged with one or more of those categories. As your blog and interests grow, you can make more categories. Once you determine you can blog topics regularly and enjoy it, then move to a hosted web site and become an advertising affilate. There are lots of sponsors to choose from. You don't lose the posts in the free blog, they move with you to the hosted site. I'm not great with Social Media, but I inserted a Sociable tower at the bottom of each post so readers can share with friends if they like it. If you're already on Twitter and FB and enjoy a following, your blog will take off much faster than mine has. I'm barely out the gate with my blog, but I've received a few comments. Big Yeah moment! I haven't added advertising, I'll do a little in time, but it will never have two side bars full of ads or banners which is where professional bloggers make their living. A blog can be fun but it is work. People come to the blog to learn something unique from someone who has been there. It's the content not the advertising that brings in followers. For retired nurses looking for a second income stream, I see potential with it. A nurse that can research and write short e-books on their chosen topic or niche will do well if they write on high demand topics. For example off the top of my head, I think a nurse familiar with NICK-U could write a great ebook on things parents can do when they visit the unit and things they should do to prepare for when the baby comes home. Bascially play or touch recommendations. Most parents questioned how to hold their baby, could the baby hear them, where should they stroke the baby etc. The key is to deliver information lost in translation from the docs and nurses to stressed out parents. Think of it as a parental tip book. The ebook can be sold from your website or even Amazon. I've seen people write small e-books on their hobby-how to train a lazy dog. The potential is out there but expect money to start slow; it's a long game. In the blog world, I had to learn a whole new jargon with themes, links, plugins, and widgets Oh My! Starting a free blog is like sampling dessert. Give it a taste. Good Luck and comment back here if you take the plunge!
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    Future Of Healthcare in America

    Couldn't read the article but the comments were entertaining. Apparently a feeding frenzy is just getting started as healthcare will merge into one too big to fail comglomerate. As one ED doc stated, since my bonus is based on patient satisfaction I'll be forced into writing endless rx for the drug seekers. Another woman asked how come no one could tell her the cost of her MRI based on what her insurance wouldn't pay. Apparently, you can go into the hospital with insurance, have surgery and stay a day or two and come out owing 15 cents, but if you get a CT as an outpatient with the same insurance you owe thousands. Future HC looks daunting.
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    Growth In Healthcare Employment... In Administration

    No that's not Christmas music, those are call lights! There aren't enough scripts to cover this fiasco. I pity the bedside nurses they must feel like prey when the pencil pushers show up.
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    Taking time away from career-help!

    Taking time off to raise the kids used to be the norm, okay, a very long time ago. PRN is your answer. Work when the husband is at home and don't feel guilty. Guilt never fades I'm sorry to say, but my kids laugh when I admit to it because they weren't impacted like I thought. Add hours slowly, everyone needs time to adjust.
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    Resume Help- new graduate

    Cayles, I'm retired but I wanted to offer a few comments. I'm guessing this is the standard resume your classmates will use too, but this is a dry uninteresting read. Were you voted any honors in nursing school? Did you present a checklist or give a talk that gathered attention? You've got to lift this up a bit so you stand out. Did you sit with a relative with Alzheimer's or support a good friend through a grief episode. Did you volunteer at all. Do you have second language skills? If nothing else, change the order of your skills to the ones you think might be the most important to a NM. For instance, I'd move daily teaching of family and patients to number one, but change "did" to a stronger verb. Assisted patient in learning self care techniques for diabetes including etc etc etc. Spell out teaching you were especially proud of, don't just dump it under "did patient teaching." The reason I mention this is because it doesn't seem important to you as is, but it's important on the unit. Experienced with patients on cardiac telemetry. Change this to Experienced and familiar with basic EKG and managing monitoring devices. ( Say this only if you do recognize basic dysrhythmias) Obtained vital signs and managed basic respiratory and oxygenation devices. Can trouble shoot blood glucose monitors and anything else you can add. Is there anyway you can add the name of the hospital electronic system you're familiar with? You can't go wrong identifying particular skills. At the very least they will note you went an extra step in your resume. When you don't know people or have networks to help you the resume is your only tool. Don't over do it, but change the ordinary into the extraordinary. BTW, the plural for diagnosis is diagnoses (check in your resume). Good Luck.
  12. Average bedside nurses take their personal time and go help out after natural disasters all over the world really, and you won't find that in a job description. Some collect meds and supplies to ship to poor countries so nurses there can help their countrymen. These people don't toot their own horns but they're out there thank goodness.
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    Hospitals Pay A Price For Nurses Strikes

    Why do hospitals have to pay for "extra" security during a strike? Time to check that price tag out for the article. Back in the old days strikes got ugly, but does it get ugly in front of hospitals? Why can't normal security do the job? Do they call in the police on extra jobs? All I've ever seen is people walking in circles toting signs or maybe doing a group cheer. I found it interesting the article writer tossed in the added cost of security and I questioned it. I've never worked in a unionized hospital so I'm clueless folks. On a side note it makes the nurses seem like bad a**es which might be good for a change. What's really happening on the strike line? Is extra security merited?
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    Graduate Nurses Cannot Find Work

    Did you guys read in the article where they lay the blame on gray hairs hanging on past their prime? What a crock of fermented urine. It's a depression and they're going lean on hires. I'd love to learn how many nursing FTE slots disappeared since the economy crashed. Note to new grads looking. If you've got second language skills, I'd put that fact at the top of my resume and not at the end. Also in nursing school volunteer at the hospital you want to work at as a translator. You've got to get crafty in the job hunt these days.
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    California Nurses To Stage One Day Strike Near Christmas

    Looks like nurses in California play hardball. I'm betting the strike breakers are all home sipping hot chocolate.
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    Show Up On Your Own Radar

    Dead on pro-active advice. New nurses will do well to print this article out for handy reference. Learning to say no, when work spills over into your personal life by trying to invade it like kudzu, is the single best word a nurse can use on a daily basis. Don't be a lonely old nurse in a hospice wishing she/he spent more time with family than on hospital overtime. Thanks for laying the truth out there rn/writer.