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1018rn has 12 years experience.

RN 12 years, with flight, ICU, ER, and agency experience

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  1. Any tips for UNE organic chem final?

    I took both organic I and II from UNE just last year (finished II in November). Within 2 weeks of taking the organic I final, they changed the whole test because one of my fellow "classmates" kept talking about exchanging quiz answers to compile a ...
  2. Do RN's insert EJ's at your hospital

    I have on occasion, mostly due to my prehospital experience, and most times the other nurses looked at me like I was crazy. In small hospitals without someone available for emergent central ir PICC line insetion, it is invaluable, usually easy and qu...
  3. Landed My Dream Job "SICU"

    Congrats! Best advice I can give you is to NEVER let anyone intimidate you, and NEVER be ashamed to say 'I don't know' or ask for help. Don't let pride get in the way of learning, yours or your fellow nurses. Absorb it all and ask a ton of questuions...
  4. Is taking anatomy over the summer a very bad idea?

    If you are strong in your sciences, it is doable, just very time consuming. It will help to have it finished before going into the core classes. Good luck!
  5. IV start help!

    Once you get a flash, are you advancing the needle a little farther before sliding the sheath off? You may have the needle in the vein but the catheter may still be within the vessel wall, causing an infiltrate. Give that a shot. Good luck!
  6. Oh crap...I can't believe I forgot...

    If the patient was ready for discharge, they should have been therapeutic in the Coumadin or switched to an injectable. It is an error, but certainly not the worst you could make, and I bet you'll never forget again. Don't beat yourself up too bad.
  7. Does a CNA have to wipe butts?

    Yes, yes, yes, and yes again. And that is just the first hour of your shift....
  8. working as GN vs. waiting to your RN license

    I waited, and had no trouble finding a job. I think as long as you take your boards in a timely fashion, you should be fine. Good luck!
  9. Since when were patients referred to a GUESTS??

    I feel your pain. A few years ago, our hospital opened a new wing (which I work on), and it initially was 'the 24 hoir visitation, all your family is welcome' ICU. I don't have to tell you what a mess that was! I don't know if it's fan attempt to a...
  10. Finally got a job!

    Congratulations, and best of luck to you!
  11. Precepting New Nurses

    I agree with bostonterrierloverrn, give her the chance to see the flow of your day, then start integrating her into the mix. It's funny how much of your job you take for granted that you know, and this will keep her from being intimidated and give he...
  12. Youngster

    I think it really depends on the school- I have a well rounded resume with 12 years experience and a biology degree but didn't get accepted to one of the schools I applied to and honestly believe it's because I had 'too much' experience. Some school...
  13. Help me finding online chemistry class

    I took the online course through University of New England and it was brutal- I barely made it through Ochem I. The Ochem II wasn't bad; diffferent instructor, more relevent to our field. I wouldn't recommend it iunless you need both, because the Oc...
  14. Allegheny Valley Hospital School of Anesthesia interview

    Congratulations, RealNurse419! To CABGx4, I'm from about 1 1/2 hours north of pgh, but will be moving closer. Do you know of any other students yet? Can't wait to get started!
  15. ACCEPTED!!

    Are you accepted to Allegheny Valley for this fall? I am as well- congrats, looking forward to meeting!