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MikeyBSN has 7 years experience and specializes in ED.

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  1. MikeyBSN

    Housing Accommodations

    Hi everyone: I am conducting some research on housing for travel nurses. Can you provide me with some information? Do travel agencies give you a stipend for housing? Do they ever have pre-selected housing available for you? Any information you can give is appreciated. Likes to all contributors 🙂
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    Are you a "Sister?"

    In many areas of nursing, I hear nurses call each other "sister". As a man in nursing, they call me and other male nurses "brother." I work in the U.S. but I know it's actually more common in other countries. From what I have read, the "sister" designation comes from Catholic nuns who ran hospital wards and were referred to as "the Sister." Also, I read that in some countries in Europe nurses are not called "nurses" but "sisters." Regardless of the origins, what do you think of this practice? Is it used where you work? Should it be kept? I think it helps keep nursing a unique and tightly-knit field by conveying the idea that fellow nurses are sisters, and brothers.
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    WA Hospitals for ED

    Hello All, can you tell me what hospitals are good in non-Seattle Washington area for a nurse with about 7 years of experience? Specifically, I am looking at the ares of Vancouver, Olympia, and Tri-Cities, though I would consider any other ares you think are worth looking at. I am looking for the following: Decent pay as compared to COL and housing costs; Decent school districts in the area; Good health benefits with low employee contribution; Opportunity for other potential per diem nursing jobs in the area; A place where management is considerate towards the opinions of nurses (staff councils, shared governance, etc.) Decent ratios and staffing (a tall order, I know) I think the Settle area would be too expensive for me. And the Spokane area too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter (basically the weather pattern I am running from where I live currently). Thank you very much.
  4. Hi Travelers, I have worked with many travel nurses and they provide good insight on my current hospital as compared to others in other areas and states. For the ED travelers, can you give me any insight on which hospitals, cities, or states have the best working environment in terms of fair compensation, good ratios, decent management, and good co-workers? Also, if anyone has any specific insight on the following areas I would very much appreciate it: Olympia, WA Vancouver, WA Tri-Cities, WA Thanks!
  5. I read that sharing salary information is good for workers and professional sectors in general. There are other salary surveys out there, but I wanted to know what the Allnurses members make based on their location and experience. This is for direct care nurses only. If you want to participate, please answer the questions below. I will also try to post a general poll. State: NJ Geography (i.e. urban, sub-urban, rural): sub-urban Degree (i.e. ADN, BSN, MSN): BSN Employer type (i.e. hospital, school): Hospital Years of Nursing Experience: 7 Union member (yes/no): no Salary per hour: 37.00 This applies to full time and part-time nurses, not per diem since benefit costs affect base salaries. Do not include shift differentials or certificate differentials. I'll go first.
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    Dermatology NP Advice

    I actually looked into doing dermatology at one point. IF I did an NP Program I would do dermatology, even though most of my experience and passion is ED and Peds. I like the idea of dermatology though because your patients - for the most part - would be seeing you for issues that are not life-threatening. The problem is that I never found any programs that specialized in dermatology. I think the best course of action might be to specialize in general adult medicine (FNP) and then try to get some experience with a dermatologist, then apply to dermatology practices.
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    Opening up a psych office

    In which state are you looking to open?
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    MSN Practicum Question

    I am considering obtaining an MSN focused in nursing education with the goal of teaching nursing courses. I would like to use an online method with flexible hours since my current schedule is very busy. The concern I have is that the online schools require you to find your own practicum site and mentor, and some do not allow you to use your current employer. Did anyone have a problem finding a good mentor and practicum site? What happens if I am not able to find a mentor or practicum site? Has anyone run into this problem? Do traditional schools set their students up with mentors and sites or it the process pretty much the same as using an online school? Thanks in advance.
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    Newborn pictures posted on social media?

    Yes, this is a clear HIPAA violation. Why? 1) the date and time of the birth is in the medical record, which makes it PHI. Plus, 2) the picture of the baby is a clear identifier. My son could be easily identified from his baby pictures alone. You employer could be charged with violating HIPAA, through your actions.
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    HIV+/hepC+ fingerstick

    Hi there, you should know that the seroconversion rate for nurses suck with needles from an HIV + patient is very low - and that was before post-exposure prophylaxis. If the patient was on anti-retorviral therapy then that decreases your chances of seroconversion. Taking medication yourself also greatly decreases that chance that you will seroconvert. Overall... I think your chances of seroconversion are very, very slim. I hope this helps make you feel a bit better. Just keep an eye out and, in the worst case, get treatment quickly.
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    Dizzy during circumcision

    It sounds like you are not cut out for that kind of nursing. A circumcision is a fairly routine and common procedure; I'm not sure why a nurse would have a problem with it. Maybe you should try something that does not involve physical illness (bloods, pain, etc.).
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    Let's talk: Nursing Shortage?

    There is no "nursing shortage"; my guess is that this is some myth that some educational institution told you before plunging you into tens of thousands of dollars of debt.
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    Documentation Course

    Hi everyone! I was just wondering who would be interested in a CE topic on documentation. I remember being told how important documentation is, but never having a specific class. I was thinking of getting a class together based on research and legal issues. I hope this is not "marketing" but I am just wondering if people would be interested in such a course.
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  15. Generally, no. Physicians in a hospital are often independent contractors; unlike nurses who are often employed by the hospital. The hospital administration is your "boss". That doesn't mean a physician cannot make a complaint against you, but you don't work for them. You must, of course, follow the policies and procedures of the hospital. But a physician isn't the boss of you just because he or she has "MD" or "DO" after his or her name.
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    Nurses can't be punished for violating HIPAA

    No. What I said was quite clear: nurses cannot be punished by under the federal statute. They can, however, face ramifications under ancillary state laws and employer procedures for certain actions that might also fall under HIPAA. And I disagree with you that the point is a purely intellectual one. HIPAA violations carry the threat of federal jailtime and extensive civil monetary damages that might not be available under any of the other rules or statutes that apply to nurses. I can think of situations in which an employer might "remind" a nurse of federal prosecution and fines for a HIPAA violation in an attempt to get her to leave quietly and not file any kind of legitimate action against the employer. And I'm sure that many of the nurses here who think they might have violated HIPAA are worried about all of the potential consequences including, oh I don't know, federal jailtime. Finally, even if the post is "purely intellectual", it still serves to remedy the widespread misconception held in nursing that staff nurses are susceptible to statutory HIPAA penalties.