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KSGMaine has 8 years experience as a ASN and specializes in Endoscopy/Infusion.

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    Infusion Clinic Medication Inventory and Ordering

    I worked in a Rheumatology Infusion Suite and am now working in a Gastro IV suite - and we just had this discussion today. And the nurse is doing exactly what you are for ordering medications. I believe that is how it was done when I worked in Rheumatology as well. Do you keep track of your drugs on hand? I'm looking for a template so we can start reconciling medication on hand/used/received, etc. I'm also curious if you use pumps or flow regulators... Favorite supplies of course are all the necessary stuff: Varying bags of fluids (100, 250, 500, etc.) IV supplies (tourniquets, gauze, catheters (24g, 22g), gloves) Rescue Meds, Code Cart, and all that jazz. We have warm blankets, snacks and drinks, tv's w/roku. Hope this helps!
  2. Hello,

    I saw a post here that you offered someone reading material etc. for infusion nursing and home infusion nursing I think.  I am having a phone interview for a home infusion nursing position.  I have done infusion nursing in the past, just not home infusion.  Was curious what advise/material you would be willing to share.

    Thank you

  3. KSGMaine

    Worker's Comp RN Case Manager

    Hello! I was recently hired at an insurance agency/Third Party Administrator as an RN Case Manager for Workers Comp Claims - Telephonic Case Management. Anyone out there doing this? I would like to learn all I can - any good online courses, books, etc. or tips from any one there doing this. Thanks!
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    Moderate Sedation and GI

    I am new to GI nursing and working in an Endoscopy unit and have been trained on the job for moderate sedation. I have used the SGNA site and did the sedation overview, but am curious how others have been trained. I know some organizations have their employees do this American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses course, and am interested in doing this but my organization wants to know how this compares to the SGNA module. Any thoughts? (FYI - I am a fairly new nurse as well - 5 years in May!)
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    I Am Struggling to Find My Purpose in Nursing

    I graduated in 2011, second career for me, so I'm not 20 something! Did floor nursing, hated it, got a job in Rheumatology practice which wasn't bad but management and such was awful and I felt I needed more clinical experience so I went back to floor nursing, hated it again and left, actually went back to my old profession (insurance) and thought what the hell am I doing back here! Got a wonderful job in an infusion suite and a nutty nurse made my life miserable and I left because my hours got cut. Now I work as a medical review nurse, no stress, no 12 hours, close to home but boring as hell! So now what?.....I don't know, but my point is there are a lot of different jobs and it's okay to not have found your niche yet, as someone else here said, do what makes YOU happy, no one else! Best of luck to you!
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    Looking for Ambulatory Surgery Nurses

    Thank you very much! I didn't take the job because it was per diem they now have a ft position open and am thinking about reapplying!
  7. Looking for input from Ambulatory Surgery Nurses.....typical day, what you like, what you dislike...the good the bad, etc.! I have been offered a job, per diem at the local hospital's ASU unit....can't decide!
  8. Hello fellow nurses! I'm in kind of a pickle and was hoping you could help! I won't bore you with all the details, but I am fairly new (4 years ADN) and have held several jobs, trying to find my niche. I have recently worked as an infusion nurse and truly enjoy this job, however, due to lateral violence I am forced to move on. I applied for a Medical Review Clinical RN Analyst job and an Ambulatory Surgery RN job and had actually accepted the Analyst job, then was offered the ASU job. Both are located close to my home, the ASU job is per diem right now, but could lead to FT with bene's etc. that I need. I am so torn as to what to do, work the office job or take the leap and do the ASU job, I am scared to death of failing in the ASU job, I am concerned about knowing someone in the unit, who may or may not have an issue with me and don't want to be faced with the "eat your young" scenario. With the office job, I am afraid of being bored, not keeping my clinical skills, however, the hours are good, pay is better than ASU, don't think the "eat your young" would be as prevalent etc.! I'm thinking jobs like ASU come along more frequently, than a "nice" office job - Hubby thinks I should at least try the office job......TORN!
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    New Grad Leaving Hospital for Office Job

    I was a new grad in 2011 landed that hospital job on a busy neuro/trauma unit, was quite overwhelmed, shifts where I would cry, didn't feel like I knew what I was doing and after only 4 months I left for a job in a speciality practice, because I said the same thing, floor nursing just isn't for me, I hate it! My nurse manager and director said "your doing yourself a dis-service, you need to give it and yourself a chance" Hey, I figured I'm 40+ years old, I know what I want, I don't need to be miserable, etc. so I left. 7 months later, I feel like I did do myself a disservice by not giving myself a chance, at least to stick it out that 1st year, I feel I would have gained valuable experience to put it all together, if you know what I mean, experience that I am not gaining in a speciality office. Now working in a primary care office, you will see a lot more, but I can tell you there will be tons of calls, parents and families to deal with, filling prescriptions, setting appointments, etc. While I know it don't care for floor nursing, I also know I probably should have stuck it for a little a while. Think long and hard about it, see if you can't shadow for a day to see what it's really like, talk to a trusted friend, talk to other NP's to get their perspective, maybe they wish they had been a floor nurse, etc. Good luck with whatever you decide, only you know what is best for you.
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    How does one become an Infusion Nurse?

    Glad you are enjoying it!! Thanks for the note and best wishes again..
  11. KSGMaine

    How does one become an Infusion Nurse?

    thank you threebrats46 - besides being an RN what other experiences helped you obtain this job? Just curious.....thanks again and best wishes!
  12. I am going to work for a speciality office and they do provide their patients with IV therapy - I'm curious how one gains, knowledge, experience in this field. I know once I start I can discuss this with the practice, but just curious how others got their "start" in this area. Thank you
  13. I have decided to leave my hospital nursing job only after 4 months and I'm technically still a "new" grad having graduated in May 2011. I thought I wanted a floor job and that that was what I NEEDED to do, but find the long shifts, nights, weekends, holidays, physical demands of the job, etc. just to much. I was offered a full-time Mon-Fri office position as an RN, less money, higher cost for health insurance, but quality of life far out weighs any of that. Life is to short not to be happy! Go for it, sounds like you really like psych, so who cares what others think! The hospital isn't very happy with my decision to say the least, I'll probably be black flag, but I don't think I will ever want a hosptial job again!
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    Well, I did it....

    Well, there is a reason that you have decided to leave the hospital setting right? I am a new nurse and thought as most new nurses do that I NEEDED to start my career as a floor nurse, 4 months later I find that I hate it, as someone else posted here, the long hours, weekends, going home stressed out, leaving home stressed out, etc. it's just not for me. I was offered a day job and am anxiously waiting to begin! As someone else said you won't lose skills and I applaud you for trying something different, it is hard to make that jump, but you may find you have found your perfect job. Life is to short to be unhappy and while we need work to pay our bills we shouldn't make it our priority. Work to live, not live to work!! Best wishes in your new endeavor!
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    Turning in my two weeks notice today!

    I'm feeling the same way in my first nursing job which is a hospital job. I just don't feel like it's for me, felt like I HAD to go this route to feel like a "real" nurse, but am realizing the hours, heavy lifting, and over all quality of life isn't working. I am fortunate though that I have been offered a job in a speciality office, however it doesn't start for a few months...hanging in there until then, then making a move, life is way to short to be unhappy. Good luck and I hope you find a job that is fulfilling!
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    Substitute Pay

    It is considering the education one must have and not to mention the responsibility. I realize schools are having it tough, but gee whiz!

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