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Twinmom06 ASN, APN

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I'm Amy a 39 year old mom of 7 year old b/g twins that finished the RN program at Penn State this past May

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  1. Twinmom06

    Bidding Adieu

    Well, my time in acute HD has come to an end. I'm leaving (although staying per diem). The hours are more than I can handle, and I'm missing out on too much of my 13 year olds lives. I love my job and my bosses, but I haven't worked less than 48 hours a week in over 6 months. I may pop in now and again, but my focus is shifting to Hospice. I'm going to a small privately owned hospice agency as a case manager.
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    Help!!!Accesses covered compliance

    the policy is the same everywhere, don't cover the access, most pt's are "cold" and don't care, they cover up when you walk away. Uncover, recover, ad nauseum. I educate them constantly in the hospita to no avail.
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    Stupid hurts.

    Using your dialysis catheter for other illegal things will kill you
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    First Nursing Job Dialysis Am I Stuck Forever

    I appreciate ER nurses like you that remind doctors that a 2L bolus on a dialysis patient isn't a good idea just because EPIC says they meet "sepsis protocol"
  5. Last week I had a pleasantly mildly confused man who had just started HD. He told me "do you know what I'm doing? I'm masturbating". My answer? You do what you need to, but I don't need to know about it!
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    HD to PD

    Has anyone moved from HD (I currently work in an acute unit) to PD (basically teaching PD). Was the move difficult?
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    Who are the lucky ones not working the holidays???

    Acute dialysis - Holidays off (but I work the Saturday and Sunday after Christmas)...
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    Nursing: I Almost Gave Up...Before I Even Started

    I went back to nursing school when I was 37. I, like the author had always had a fascination with nursing but life got in the way. Graduated in 1996 with a Communications degree, got married and got a decent job. Got divorced and moved home and got another decent job. Applied to nursing school and got too sick to attend, then the next year decided to get married. Kept moving up the corporate ladder and decided not to go. Fast forward to 2010 - got laid off from the corporation I'd put 10 years of my life into. Perfect time to go back! My twins started Kindergarten and I started NS in 2011. And I truly love what I do! Any one that thinks they're "too old" - you're not. Trust me!
  9. I'm so glad our hospital has a written policy AGAINST hiring managers making decisions on hiring based on social media. Our accounts are ours and it is specifically against policy stalk us. I also don't post anything I wouldn't say to someone in person, and I will debate social commentary issues (gay marriage, vaccinations etc) but other than posting pics of the kids and a few funny memes I don't get down and dirty.
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    All the Things We Carry

    man - you guys are making my eyeballs sweat! I carry with me the days as a student - one day spent in the NICU rocking a withdrawal baby for nearly 8 hours which freed up her nurse to take care of her other patients. This poor child was 4 weeks old and still at birth weight because she wouldn't eat but with enough rocking took 2 oz for me. I carry the ICU patient I took care of twice a week for nearly 6 weeks - racked with myasthenia gravis and unable to breathe without the vent. at about week 2 they trached him, and by week 6 he was talking to us and starting to eat! His words of thanks for the 6 students in my group (we rotated taking care of him) was magic. I carry the scar (literally) of a 90 year old WWII veteran that I had to place in restraints after anesthesia because he was trying to tear out the foley catheter of his newly repaired bladder. Sharp nails and tender forearms don't mix! and Not.Done.Yet - I bow to your grace - and am so very sorry for your loss.
  11. I wish we got 12 hour shifts... 5-8 hr night shifts is killing me! We took a poll for 3 12's or 2 8's and 2 12's and of course all the mid shift and night shift people were for it - can't get it through because the princesses that work 7-3:30 won't give it up...unfortunately majority doesn't rule, just day shift
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    Left Speechless

    there was a girl at my son's basketball game with that book - I may have to check it out
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    Nursing Salary Survey 2014

    Geographic location Northeastern PA Pay rate $26.05 base rate In which area / specialty do you work? Med/Surge float pool - so I go to any floor except ICU and NICU What type of license do you have (RN or LPN)? RN What type of degree and/or certification do you have? ADN, BLS, ACLS How many years of experience do you have? 6 months - New grad 5/2013 Are you full-time, part-time, or casual / per diem / PRN status? Full Time 5- 8 hour night shifts with pretty much all the OT I want What shift do you work? 11p-730a Do you receive any shift differential? $1.50 for nights and $3.50 for float pool Are you a manager or supervisor? Nope!
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    Pearson says... Pearson vue trick not accurate

    yes, I DO know someone - my classmate called me 24 hours after taking our test on a Saturday crying because she thought she failed because it took her to the CC screen. She waited till Monday morning, and called PearsonVue for the quick result and when she asked why it took her to the CC screen the Pearson rep told her exactly what I posted.
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    Pearson says... Pearson vue trick not accurate

    one of my classmates did...and when she called Pearson about it they admitted that it was an easy way for them to make $200 because if you did the trick, re-registerd and paid and then found out you passed they don't give you the $200 back...