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  1. Please.... Is there such a thing as virtual online patient education? I have searched and searched without finding anything like... Some type of education online where u are giving patients in critical situations and you have to use the information to resolve the problem, like if you had this patient on the icu floor. A place that has you implement and challenges you as if this was a real patient in your care, that gives rationales. Make sence....? Any ideas?
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    VTACH

    Hello, I think I originally posted this in the wrong area, I hope this is the right one. I am fairly new to the hospital setting on a tele unit. This may be a siI mple, should know, question, but I didnt know where else to ask it. I had a pt who had been running NSR for three days. Out of the blue, she had a 12 sec run of vtach 27 beats long. I work night shift and calling the docs in the night is allways a stressful thing for me. I was fortunate to have a strong nurse working with me that night, and helped me with calling. I guess most docs want to know in few words what is wrong and what you want. The problem being, most of the time I cant figure out what I want, I thought that was why they were the docs? Anyway, I called and explained she was asymtomatic, had been asleep at the time, vs were stable, her potassium was borderline at 3.6 and no mag had been checked since her admission. I also let him know whe was not on a beta blocker. He ordered a mag and x1 postassium 20meq po, he also asked me if she had any resp issues. Im not so sure why he wanted to know this except to decided on the beta blocker? She was in with bronchitis and has a hx of asthma. The mag came back good at 2.0, what other reasons for this sudden burst of vtach? Was the question for respiratory r/t beta blocker? I struggle to know what to know before I call, it seems no matter how much info Im ready to give, they allways find another question I didnt expect. Im sorry if this is so basic, but I am trying to learn the best I can. Any good interactive websites, pay or free, for cardiac knowledge/arrythmias? I learn best buy interaction... Thanks soo much!
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    VTACH

    Hello, Im not sure if this is the right place for this question, but here it goes. I am fairly new to the hospital setting on a tele unit. This may be a siI mple, should know, question, but I didnt know where else to ask it. I had a pt who had been running NSR for three days. Out of the blue, she had a 12 sec run of vtach 27 beats long. I work night shift and calling the docs in the night is allways a stressful thing for me. I was fortunate to have a strong nurse working with me that night, and helped me with calling. I guess most docs want to know in few words what is wrong and what you want. The problem being, most of the time I cant figure out what I want, I thought that was why they were the docs? Anyway, I called and explained she was asymtomatic, had been asleep at the time, vs were stable, her potassium was borderline at 3.6 and no mag had been checked since her admission. I also let him know whe was not on a beta blocker. He ordered a mag and x1 postassium 20meq po, he also asked me if she had any resp issues. Im not so sure why he wanted to know this except to decided on the beta blocker? She was in with bronchitis and has a hx of asthma. The mag came back good at 2.0, what other reasons for this sudden burst of vtach? Was the question for respiratory r/t beta blocker? I struggle to know what to know before I call, it seems no matter how much info Im ready to give, they allways find another question I didnt expect. Im sorry if this is so basic, but I am trying to learn the best I can. Any good interactive websites, pay or free, for cardiac knowledge/arrythmias? I learn best buy interaction... Thanks soo much!
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    ALL NURSES this affects all of you

    I also work in a hospital, that the flu shot is being strongly recommended. We are to either get the flu shot or wear a surgical mask all flu season, for all of our shifts. Also when the H1N1 is available, the same rules apply. Its not a matter of taking a flu vaccine, its being mandated to do so. I also have strong reservations concerning getting a vaccination that hasnt been around long enough to truly know the real side effects. I also can not wear a surgical mask for 12 hours... I have to wear rx glasses and it foggs them up every time, not to mention it it is harder to breath. What else after this will they make manditory, its not fair!
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    BSN Podcast?

    Hello all, I just graduated and passed boards July 10, 2008. I am interested in furthering my education. I have six kids and this makes it impossible to take off anymore time for school. I was wondering if anyone has heard of a RN to BSN program that has podcast type lectures. I do not know if that is the right term I am looking for. I learn best by hearing and if possible seeing the information, rather than just reading it. I have seen colleges online that have podcasts of there lectures. I would like to find a online college that offers this type of learning enviroment....Anyone heard of this type of school??? Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! Suzanne:redbeathe
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    Poll for those who have already taken NCLEX..

    1. How many questions did you take on NCLEX? 75 questions 2. What study materials did you use? Did you take a test review course? Hurst online review course, Kaplan question bank, Lippincott NCLEX book, Saunders NCLEX book 3. Did your SON offer any testing (ERI, ATI, HESI)? ATI 4. How long did you wait for results of the test, or are you still waiting? 48 hours to the minute, took it on July 10th at 5pm and got the results on July 12th at 5pm. 5. What were your thoughts coming out of the test (total disbelief, certainty you had failed, confident you had passed)? I was sure I had passed as soon as it shut off. I had gotten so many SATA, and had been told those were good because they are all higher level questions. By the time I got down to the car I was starting to doubt that I had passed because the questions seemed so easy and I figured they were the lower level questions. By the next day I cried off and on, and tried to tell my family I knew I had failed, but they wouldnt hear of it. Thank the Lord and my saviour Jesus Christ, they were right. I passed!!! The wait is the worst part ever!:yeah:I will never have to take it again! Was this your first attempt at NCLEX?Yes
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    Northland Career center to Park have ???

    The enterence exam for park is a little of everything, the only parts I remember were medical surgical, pediatrics and basic nursing. They take the top 40 students that score the highest on the test and have good references. Plan to give up your life for the ten months. There are many papers to write, projects to do, and lots of other assignments. It is a busy program. Hope this helps!
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    LPN New Grad Pay Rates in Kansas City area?

    I just finished my bridge program for RN and am astonished that the start pay is around 20 dollars. I worked as an LPN for five years in the KC area and the pay was between 15-18dollars an hour. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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    what exactly is micu and sicu????

    thank you for your quick response.... that clears it up a little for me. So would starting on a step down unit be wise if my goal is to work in ICU? I would appreciate any advice you all have.
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    what exactly is micu and sicu????

    Ok I am very interested in ICU and will be graduating from an RN bridge program in May 2008. I have a accepted to work in a hospital for tuition forgiveness program and will be applying for a job two months before i graduate. I have been talking to the nurse recruiter and she told me that ICU usually doesnt have any openings but as a new grad it would be a good idea to start in a step down unit. She said a step down unit would be a great place to start to be able to work in the ICU when there is a opening. So here is my stupid question.... Is a surgical step down unit the same thing as SICU and a medical surgical step down unit the same thing as MICU?? I know this is a basic question but I am confused on what exactly these are. Thanks to all in advance for explaining these terms to a confused nurse.
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    pay for new graduate RNs

    yeah I have been amazed at the pay and the lack of incentives.... I have a friend who also graduated from NAU and went to centerpoint to nights and hated it so she ended up in PACU and loves it I wonder if we are talking about the same person? PM me I would be interested to see if we know the same person
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    pay for new graduate RNs

    Hello all,:welcome::dance: I am currently in an RN bridge program and expected (by the grace of od) to graduate in May. :dance: I am disappointed in the starting wage for new graduate RN pay. I cant believe they are only starting out at 19-20 dollars an hour. I was making 20.65 base pay as an LPN. I am currently living in Independence MO. I had several questions and was hoping for some advice and information: what is the starting out wage in the surrounding hospitals in MO? I would love to work in the ICU. What hospitals accept new graduate nurses into the ICU and provide excellent orientation? I am surprised that many of the hospitals do not have an tuition forgiveness opportunity's . Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Anyone with advice on what hospitals are new graduate friendly would be great to!!!! :spin: Thanks in advance for any information.
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    1800 cal ada diet

    How many carbs are in each meal and snack in an 1800 cal ada diet? I have spent many hours researching this on the internet and multiple books. Please HELP, is there a web site anyone can help me with? The only information I have found says that there are 55-60% of carbs allowed each day? I would appreciate any help!!!!!!
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    Private student loans

    Congradulations and good luck!!! www.educatedborrowers.com is a good play to try, you can borrow up to 60,000 dollars a year for health related degrees. I have received a loan from them last year and in the process of getting another one. I hope this helps.:spin:
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    park university

    Hey, Anyone starting the LPN to RN program at Park University this year??
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