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smilin_gp specializes in Surgical/Telemetry.

RN as of June 2, 2006

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  1. If you're happy w/your 1st RN job ...

    I work on a surgical/telemetry floor, and really like my job. At night we typically have 4-5 patients, occasionally 6 if we are teamed with the LPN-who is a great nurse, and those nights are very smooth generally. Keeping busy though because much of ...
  2. Anyone worried about throwing up or passing out?

    I almost fainted while watching a PICC line placement as a student. Saw black spots and had to excuse myself out of the room holding the walls to stay upright. I think I didn't have my mask on correctly, because once I took it off and got some air, t...
  3. Is this true about Linfield?

    Ooh this was posted awhile ago, maybe you are still interested. Yes there is a focus on community health. I did not feel shortchanged on acute care hospital time, nor do I feel unprepared for my hospital staff nurse job. Our last semester is basicall...
  4. 3rd time, now waiting.......

    Good luck!!
  5. CNS Programs on the West Coast?

    Hello, is anyone familiar with any reputable CNS programs on the West Coast? Are there any that allow students to complete clinicals in their home area? I am just beginning to investigate my options for working towards an advanced degree once I am mo...
  6. VA experiences

    I've only been with the VA as a nurse since June, but I agree just about word for word with Daytonite's post. The VA that I work with does still see victim's of agent orange-particularly my floor, which specializes in posttransplant care. Many of the...
  7. Average salary i can expect...

    You can also check your area hospital websites, many list available RN positions with current salaries.
  8. Problem: Abnormally large feet.

    Merrell makes a white professional enclosed shoe in large sizes.
  9. RN school and tattoos?

    Banana republic and Old Navy have these great thin 3/4 sleeve tops that are very light under scrubs, come in both white and navy blue and may do the trick covering a tattoo that goes to the elbow :)
  10. New RN's

    I graduated May 28, took boards June 1st. In my state, we get our ATT prior to actual graduation, and then it is null and void if we don't graduate at last minute. I used only the Saunders Book and the NCLEX 3500 practice question CD. Passed it :)
  11. How do you work and go to nursing school?

    Time management, taking advantage of free time, planning ahead on when to complete assignments, not allowing myself to doubt my ability to get things done
  12. I am a nurse, but I dream of....

    Owner of my own coffee shop/cafe, for which I would be "forced" to travel around the world to find new beans, flavoring, food, and decorating ideas!
  13. Sweats after night shifts

    Agreed with above poster. I also am freezing cold at night and sweating when I get home.Very odd.
  14. Third Shift Blues

    I was a wreck my first week on nights, and have now realized that at this point in my life, when tired..I can sleep anytime, anywhere. I know that this is not so for everyone, but I would never have known this before so I'm glad that I gave it a shot...
  15. Just got my 1st job--Cardiac unit

    Congrats! I'm on a floor that is cardiac, transplant and surgical overflow. I am pretty new too, and my only advice is to take it all in, and when things do get busy and you feel overwhelmed, remember to ask for help, delegate, and take things one st...