tcvnurse BSN, RN

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tcvnurse has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Thoracic Cardiovasc ICU Med-Surg.

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    Dating a former patient

    For the record, I think that any nurse who married her paraplegic patient is extremely unethical, has no sense of boundaries, and deserves to lose his/her license. OP. There are sever boundary issues here. Your patient for tracking you down. You for ...
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    Need a BSN for what again?

    I got my ASN from a community college which was affiliated with the City University of NY. It was a good program. I got my RN-BSN from a state university. In this program I took classes such as Health Assessment (which i did not have previously) Heal...
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    Type 1 Diabetic (soon to be) Nurse

    I know a number of physicians who are type 1, and it was no big deal when they did their month in my ICU. We have plenty of graham crackers and peanut butter, and he would sometimes order lunch with us. My daughter is starting college with the goal o...
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    I am ashamed in myself

    Your original post is one of the most frightening things I've read on here, ever. Your lackadaisical attitude toward the most important fundamental classes for nursing is shocking. What exactly did you think was going to be the outcome? Did you think...
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    Might get kicked out of program...

    I am still trying to understand how a patient was both unresponsive and yet refused a medication.
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    Best Way to Move from LTC/Rehab to ICU

    Have you ever worked at an acute care hospital? Thats your first step. These kinds of ICUs tend to hire either new grads or experienced ICU nurses. Sometimes internal transfers. BUT. No one will hire you to an ICU without acute care experience. I w...
  7. I would go for the CCU. Or, baring that I would try to get on an intermediate or cardiac step down unit. Does the CVICU not hire new grads?
  8. The first six to twelve months as a nurse will most likely be the hardest in your entire career. Expect that you will feel uncomfortable. That is good! That is a sign that you are growing and learning. Every day at the end of the day, try to think a...
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    What should I do - Abusive Instructor

    When you say 'harass' what do you mean by that? Like, "What does metoprolol do when you give it to a patient?" or, "Why would I want to know the potassium before I give the lasix?" or "Have you washed your hands?" From what I've read you haven't give...
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    CVICU

    This is all extremely accurate. Our patients are ALL unstable, even the "stable" ones. We take care of the sickest patients in the hospital,most of whom have just had open heart surgery, up to and including mechanical circulatory support devices. (VA...
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    Running cardizem drip?!

    Oh my god if you are thinking about running cardizem gtt as a secondary then you shouldn't be running it. Doesn't your unit have protocol or say a charge nurse who can help you out with this in the moment?
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    ICU Question about central line infection control

    At my ICU, RNs change the central line dressing weekly or pen if soiled and every patient in our ICU gets a CHG bath QD
  13. You didn't bother to study for a nursing final? And you want to go to grad school? Wow. There is no easy way to do any of that. You have to be prepared to work your butt off, do whatever it takes to succeed. The only thing stopping you is YOU.
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    I don't like nursing anymore. What should I do?

    BY the way-salaries in Florida are generally lower than in other places.