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RainDreamer BSN, RN

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RainDreamer has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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    RNC-NIC/CCRN

    Thanks for posting this, I'm wondering the same things! Also wondering what made people decide to take this certification? I've been a NICU nurse for 8 yrs and just need a challenge, I guess ..... thinking of getting this certification.
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    High frequency vents on your unit

    Both. Whatever the kiddo needs at that time.
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    Sweet-ease

    Same as NicuGal, we have to get it out of the Pyxis, scan it and sign off with another RN. We use it mainly for lab draws.
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    NICU...Now what?

    That was wild to go back and read, lol. Not sure if it will help you .... it's pretty wordy, but it was my experience. https://allnurses.com/general-nursing-student/my-preceptorship-experience-101395.html
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    NICU...Now what?

    You sound just like me! NICU was the least of my choices, and yet I got stuck with it for my preceptorship. Here I am now though ..... over 8 years of being a NICU nurse! Hmm, I think I wrote a journal about my preceptorship experiences. Let me see if I can find it. You'll do fine! :)
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    Thanks to NICU Nurses

    Awww, that is so nice to hear!! Glad he is doing well. I know the hospitals would love an update and pictures, if you haven't already. And thank you, for being a dedicated and involved parent ..... we don't always see those.
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    Question for those who do head/body cooling

    36 wks and they have to meet all the other criteria.
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    What nipple do you use for thickened formula

    We don't thicken breast milk. With thickened formula we use a fast flow or a crosscut. We also use the VentAire bottles for thickened feedings, as it doesn't take as much work to bring down the formula .... works great!
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    ET Tube suction.

    Ask for help if you don't feel comfortable. I agree with another poster that said ask for help, but YOU do the do the suctioning ..... the other person will be there for assistance and answering any questions you have. Don't feel embarrassed asking for help. Before long you'll be the one others will be coming to with questions ...... just give it time :) Is it typical for units not to use inline suction? We use two man suction on the jets, but that's it.
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    Please help with Delee suctioning :(

    We don't routinely delee suction. And when it's necessary, the NNP or neo usually does it. You're right in asking for someone else to do it if you don't feel comfortable. It's more than "you just insert the tube". What kind of answer is that?! If you don't know what you're doing you could cause some serious harm. And, like I said we don't routinely do it because it's not necessary for most deliveries (even a lot of the high risk ones we go on). Do you have a NICU that goes on your high risk deliveries (meconium, etc)? It sucks they're not being supportive, but good for you for not putting these babies at risk and endangering your license. Good luck!
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    I want to be a CRNA so what!!!

    If it's your dream, make it happen! Don't let others discourage you, they don't matter. Good luck to you, I wish you all the best!
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    NICU monitor event review

    No, we have nothing like that in place. I just don't see the advantage of something like this? How do you know if these events were even real if they weren't witnessed? And also, what were the circumstances around the event (baby screaming, eating, pooping, etc.) and what needed to be done. We document every A&B. Heart rate, O2 sats, color change, circumstances, duration, and interventions. Those things can't be determined by looking through the event history of the monitor. I can see why compliance is low. Who's idea was it to put this practice in place?
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    Hepatitis shots given to micropreemies

    What Jolie said. If they're not exposed we wait until they are 2 kg before giving them the Hep B vaccine, if parents consent. If they are under 2 kg at discharge, they get it in the peds office.
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    is it considered abandonment if no call no show?

    A no call/no show was automatic termination at the grocery store I worked at in high school. If they don't have the courtesy to call in, because they're fed up with the way they're treated, then they need to move on and find a new place of employment. Mama always say treat others the way you want to be treated.
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    Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program

    I guess I was just a super lucky "no one" then
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    Fictional vital sign charting

    I'm glad all my kiddos are on monitors that interface with the computer charting. Relying on someone else, that could potentially "fake" vitals, is a control that I don't think I could give up. Yikes!