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  1. What smells?? ER!

    I agree with Heather - come on folks - it's a TV show. There are SO many other issues that nursing needs to address, ie short staffing, poor pay rates, long shifts w/o breaks. Let's put our energies towards those issues.... :)
  2. BSN or ADN?

    Here's my 2 cents~ I got my ADN first, then worked as an RN while I completed my BSN. I got some excellent experience, while getting both degrees. It was well worth the time and effort as I was able to write my own ticket when talking with hospita...
  3. cord care

    "So what do you do do if there are s/s of infection?" If there are s/s, then Peds is called (we're a teaching hospital and have residents). Typically, if no systemic s/s exist, then the cord is thoroughly cleaned w/ etoh and watched. If systemic s...
  4. Maternity Nurse

    What kind of information are you looking for?? I have OB experience...I'll help if I can....
  5. Can Nursing be Lucrative?

    Bonnie, it depends on your definition of lucrative. I make over $47,000/yr as a BSN, working as a Nurse Health Educator and I anticipate that my salary will increase after I complete my MSN-FNP program and hang a shingle. In addition to a nice sala...
  6. cord care

    Hi...in the unit I used to work in (and this is still policy), the clamp is removed after 24hrs, as long as there are no s/s of infection. If the cord is still moist after 24 hrs, you need to be looking for s/s. You should have significant drying a...
  7. Track To L&D Nursing?

    As an experienced high risk L&D nurse, my advice is this: get a solid foundation in med/surg nsg, at least one year, and then look into OB positions. You get a wealth of experience in m/s that is necessary for your entire career, ie, various dr...
  8. Effects of "Safe Haven" Bills on RN's

    Being a L&D nurse, and a mom, I have two opinions on this subject, which is now a law in TX. As a L&D nurse, I support the law in that anything we can do to encourage young women NOT to leave their babies in trash cans/dumpsters is a good th...
  9. Favorite Nurses

    Phantom ~ I can't give you specific info about that agency or Boston, but I can give you gen'l info about agencies. I work for one right now and I LOVE it. The pay is great ($4-5/hr over what other staff RN's are making), full benefit package, and ...
  10. Nursing pay

    I'm practicing in Texas, and I make $22/hr as a Nurse Health Educator. My counterparts in my specialty (OB) make $18-$32/hr in the local hospitals..... Don't knock TX off your list too quickly...
  11. Did you see Hopkins 24/7? What did you think of it?

    I thought the show was very good. I would have liked to have seen more nursing, but I did like the honesty about managed care, especially about the 1-2% of people who will pay the ultimate price, death, in order for managed care to make a profit. I...
  12. Am I wasting my time

    That rumor has been floating around for years! With the impending nursing shortage, that program isn't going to be phased out. Have you considered doing a 2 year ADN program?? As for doing an RN v LPN, that's a personal decision you'll have to make...
  13. MSN student - please help with research topic

    "I am interested in finding out if nurses feel that indigent patients or those with limited insurance (medicaid, medicare) are entitled to the same medical care and diagnostic testing as those with substancial insurances." As a nurse, without quest...
  14. MSN-FNP questions

    An FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) is simply one specialty underneath the MSN umbrella. MSN's have a number of specialties, several of them being nurse practitioners. However, not all MSN grads are nurse practitioners. You have to specialize in th...
  15. confused student

    Although there are a number of factors that will determine whether you do an ADN or BSN program (cost, family, time committment, etc), here's my 2 cents..... I initially did my ADN, working as a unit clerk through out, then working as an RN after gr...