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canned_bread has 11 years experience and specializes in Cath lab, acute, community.

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    Psych in the ER

    I think prompt attention to their psych help is needed. They should not have to wait until 8am - chances are they can't sleep anyway. So yes, getting them help ASAP is indeed good. I can't see why we should wait? I would be outraged to hear that voluntary patients had to wait to be seen and to speak to someone. This is something I would try and reduce!
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    New to OR -need advice -arrogant rude surgeon

    The best thing you can do is ignore him and act professionally. In surgery this is 100% guaranteed. Doctors can be arrogant. Watch how others handle it, or ask how others have handled it. Blowing up and being upset about it is pointless and it will just hurt you more in the future. It is so so so so so annoying and seriously he is at a disadvantage.
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    Hey - as everyone as stated, during a code with the ACLS protocol its rapid. BUT more importantly is you should be trained to know this, and know how to handle this. You should be ACLS trained and thus know the algorithm and what not. So push for that training! :)
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    Nurse with active MRSA OR previous history caring for pts

    Most of us, especially after working in healthcare, have MRSA in our groins and arm pits etc. It's a community bacteria. We did a test when I was at university and swabbed each other. A good 60% of us had it in our nose, groins, armpits. It's susceptible patients that are at risk and it's just unfortunate. It doesn't mean you have to not work.
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    How hard is the maths to become a Registered Nurse?

    I was really bad at maths in high school, I did "general maths" for my year 12 certificate, and basically struggled through it! Then at uni, I had to focus, but it was mainly learning the algorithms and I somehow managed to get through. They started from the basics so that was good.
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    Practice Nursing

    Hey - basically experience in scrub, scout, anaesthetics or recovery is what they would want. Any experience in endoscopy is often a bonus too. It's quite an easy area to get in to I have found
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    General Practice Nurse

    What debbieuk said I most certainly agree with. It's also viewed as a form of "career death". With the experience in community nursing, you will be fantastic - you will have the skills, both with communication and knowing what you are doing. However the pay is appalling.
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    Training course for Radiology Nurse or Cath Lab Nurse?

    No there isn't, it's on the job training. Most cath labs will view experience in cardiac (ecg interpretation, caring for cardiac pts), surgery, ICU/HDU and neuro to be a bonus. Then from there they will take you on ALS courses, or ECG courses as required. Radiology likes experience with radiology. But that really depends on what applicants they receive. Are you an Australian resident? If you are thinking of joining a cath lab, feel free to private message me.
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    New grad in Australia

    I was in the same situation. Due to clinical placements I had a gap of new graduate placements. Some private hospitals have half yearly intakes from memory. The other option is to speak to an agency about your situation, and ask if they ever have positions that are for light work anywhere, or supported work situations. It depends on how confident you feel as to whether you feel you can work.
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    Got fired as a grad

    I think you need to have a sit down with either your preceptor, or educator at the hospital. I am quite shocked that this wasn't brought up prior, as part of the new grad process is that you are precepted. I do feel that they failed. When I was a new grad, I had constant feedback. You need it! You need to ascertain where you went wrong, and how. The fact that AHPRA was informed means the situation was rather quite serious I should think. So you need to ascertain what went wrong. Once you ascertain what was wrong, you need to work on it further. You shouldn't graduate without the skills, so I would think you need furtehr education or to work in a less intense enivronment
  11. I am currently a critical care nurse (primarily cardiac and neuro) and have been wanting to branch into emergency nursing. My skills are good as far as critical care goes, but I feel it wouldn't be wide enough for emergency department work. Does anyone have any information on good courses, or transition programs, in Australia? I live in Sydney. Am currently unable to work for a while, so thought I may as well do a course and then see how jobs are for me in emergency. :) Thanks for anyones time. Any tips from A&E nurses would be great too.
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    Feeding tube holds

    Gastric motility decreases whilst we sleep, so I don't blame him. I've found reducing the speed of feeds or stopping them entirely is the only way to go. I would chart that he refused them, and leave it for the AM. Unless it's critical, nothing can be done. Can't force it on the patient!
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    Nursing in Residential Aged Care

    The RN's role may differ depending on the facility, however at the facility I worked at the day RN's role was handing out medications, weekly progress notes, handling illnesses and when to call the doctor, educating the AINS, a management role which included making sure that certifications were up to standard. It was busy, and a lot of it included paperwork. Also, as this was a public facility, it involved ascertaining what "grade" of funding each client got depending on brackets that they fitted in. Liasing with management and doctors was a big factor.
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    ??From Cath Lab to radiology

    I have, for most of my career, worked in the cath lab/angio suite. Recently I injured my back and can no longer wear lead. I love radiology, so I have applied for a radiology job. It's closer than my previous job anyway. Basically - this job is my dream job I think! I really want to get the job - and not just for my back. Can someone please give me a basic run down of your day and what important factors should I be aware of for the interview? I would think there would be a lot of cannulations for contrast medium, and helping with acute patients - but what else?
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    Cath v/s EP

    It sounds like the key issue is that a division has been created. To rectify this issue, the team leader or manager needs to help the team understand that EP is just like angio's and everything else, that it's all part of the days work, that there is no division. Perhaps the team leader (or manager, however your day is structured) needs to start with a prioritisation of the EP side, and then when they are relieved get someone to relieve angio. Or put a responsible team member in the "angio side" in charge of the breaks and set up for the EP side...somehow make the division less. Or, alternatively, train more people for EP so everyone gets a go. Or, perhaps, identify what seperates the two, and remove that. If all else fails, perhaps in departmental meeting state the issue.
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    Medicinal Honey

    A friend of mine has epidermolysis bullosa - a disorder where basically the skin falls off, nothing holds it on. Anyway, her whole life she has been covered in open sores. It's basically the worse disease you've never heard of. Anyway, she started using medicinal honey a few years ago, and was one of the first patients in a trial for it. They noticed wound improvement with healing. It's amazing - nature delivers for us, yet again!