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n.igmatic1 specializes in Cardiac and OR.

Hi there. I am n.igmatic1. I am a mom, daughter, sister, nurse and anti-establishment theater freak. I tend to be snarky, thoughtful, genuine, with just a soupçon of bat crap crazy thrown in.

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  1. Grumpy at change of shift (11-7)

    I was always grumpy when a particular person was supposed to be the day charge nurse. Charges were supposed to be in almost half an hour before shift change to get report from the Noc charge so they could begin making assignments and have everything...
  2. I learned what it looks like when a patient gets several rounds of epi pushed through a line that had infiltrated (Thankfully we didn't do it). This poor person has had to come into the OR every few days to have debridement done because of the wound...
  3. Took the plunge, applied for UC job!

    All the better to prepare, both for the interview and mentally. Good wishes to you!!
  4. New Grad 5 days orientation

    Will they allow you to shadow for a day or two before accepting the position? That would allow you to see first hand how the facility operates. You will then be able to make a better informed decision. Good luck to you.
  5. Is nursing school really "that" bad?

    I did an ADN program that was a night and weekend curriculum. I worked full-time M-F, raised a kid, went on some trips, went to movies, plays, concerts, and still graduated Magna Cum Laude. As others have said, it is an individualized experience, a...
  6. Weirdest/most difficult thing swallowed by a patient

    saline flushes and toothbrushes. That seems way tame in comparison!
  7. Interview for Transitional ICU Position

    I honestly think the thank you I sent cinched my offer for the OR. I sent the thank you on a Tuesday, and got the call with the offer 2 days later. I have sent thank yous for every interview I have had, even before becoming an RN. Please keep us u...
  8. 9/5 What I learned this week.....

    This is not so much a "learned" as just remembered; That when you apply peppermint essential oil to relieve sinus stuffiness, you will become the Pied Piper of kitties. Yeah, catnip is in the mint family.
  9. Interview for Transitional ICU Position

    I used this site for my dysrhythmia course. It may help with brushing up on rhythms.Free ECG Simulator! - SkillSTAT.
  10. 9/5 What I learned this week.....

    I have learned that my laptop is a moody b****! The browser randomly shuts down and won't restart. Granted, it's a 5 year old macbook, but damn...Poor ixchel, I'm sorry. That's some shizz right there.
  11. Interview for Transitional ICU Position

    I was on a CICU step down unit. Our patient population were pre-op/post-op CABG, TAVR, Thoracic Aneurysm repair, Aortic Aneurysm dissection patients, Maze procedures, congenital heart defect repairs, bronchs, partial lobectomies, VATS, and Ivor-Lewi...
  12. First interview after being MIA, HELP!

    Good luck! Read up on the hospital's website, and be familiar with their value statement/core values. Try to think of 4 or 5 questions about the position to show that you have put thought into being a member of their team. I second the advice to have...
  13. What advice would you give your 19 year old self?

    It's not love, it's low self-esteem; love doesn't make you cry and doubt every move you make. Get some therapy, believe in yourself, and soar.
  14. Things I Am Grateful For (Vol. 1)

    1. A happy, healthy kiddo 2. My nutty family and friends 3. That the final patho came back showing all margins are clear after my sister had a malignant tumor removed 4. That I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and clothes on my back (and ...
  15. (8/29) This week, I have learned......

    That working my last 5 shifts before going to a new job makes me walk slumped over while singing funeral dirges. I don't wanna go innnnn!! Damn being responsible and fulfilling your obligations can suck sometimes. This too shall pass.