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AllieSparksRN specializes in my patients.

RN since 2008. Currently obtaining my BSN, anticipated completion: 2017. Nursing Experience: Medical, Surgical, Hospice, Orthopedics, Urology, Plastics, Neurology, ENT, Gynecology, Wound Care, Pain Management, Sports Medicine... I love working The Night Shift. Allie comes from Allie and Noah of The Notebook. Sparks comes from Nicholas Sparks, the author. Can you guess what I was reading when I signed up for AllNurses years and years ago :) ? Yes! Please check out and visit my blog: https://sunninursern.wordpress.com

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  1. AllieSparksRN

    I can't believe I actually *like* night shift!

    Yep yep yep. I love the night shift!
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    Meet Miss Colorado 2015 (Kelley Johnson) - The Nurse Behind the Stethoscope

    Nice read. Thanks for sharing :) .
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    AllNurses Abbreviations

    Thanks to all who have contributed so far. Keep 'em coming!
  4. AllieSparksRN

    Brian Short News

    I remember feeling shocked, stunned, and helpless when I was lived through and experienced 9/11/2001. I heard the news about the murder/suicide (that's what was reported in the news story) on the 10:00 news earlier in the week when it happened. I then, again, felt shocked, stunned, and helpless when, just a few hours later at work, I learned it was someone I "knew" yet someone I had never met. How can you shed tears over someone you didn't personally know? Because I did. The thought of all the people impacted by this: family, friends, co-workers, etc, just makes me so sad. To each and every one of you who knew him and/or his family personally, my condolences. There are no words... Allie
  5. AllieSparksRN

    AllNurses Abbreviations

    I'd like to start a helpful thread. We throw around abbreviations left and right and while some of them seem incredibly obvious, not everyone knows what they mean, plus we have new people joining all the time. Let's make the new people feel welcome and let's help those of use who can't remember what everything stands for :) . Simply post the abbreviation(s) you use or see and write what it means. No comments or discussion needed are here. If this is successful, maybe Admin can make it a sticky? Thanks for your anticipated contributions, Allie AN = AllNurses OP = Original Post/Original Poster COB = Crusty Old Bat
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    THANK YOU, to the staff, mods, and admins....

    Yes. None of us have the right words to say but know we're all thinking of you. Allie
  7. AllieSparksRN

    Why does everyone say that they "consigned" a drug waste.....

    a lot / alot their / there you're / your (which always makes me think of FRIENDS & Ross/Rachel...) lose / loose it's / its ................................................
  8. AllieSparksRN

    8/22 What I learned this week....

    I've learned/realized that I took WAY too many credits this summer and will NOT be doing that this fall. This means less financial aid for fall classes but more time doing things I enjoy so it will be worth it...or so everyone keeps telling me :) . I want to graduate (again) but not at the cost of everything else...
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    This week, I have learned... (8/8)

    I still love birthday cake. Happy Birthday to me (yesterday) :) .
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    This week, I have learned... (8/8)

    I've learned/realized that I prefer and feel like I'm a better nurse when I'm caring for patients I don't know. If I'm assigned a friend's friend or a family member of a staff member or something like that...I struggle. I prefer not knowing who you are or what you do until I walk into your room and meet you for the first time.
  11. AllieSparksRN

    Monitoring & PCA Use

    I agree with you on the ambulatory being not as worried about status. Yep, you can set limits/parameters. They are only effective to a point - a mouth breather will constantly alarm because the monitor doesn't think he/she is breathing but they are. An excellent example of "assess your patient not only the equipment." I agree with you that it's a tool. Thanks for your input.
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    Monitoring & PCA Use

    The med/surg unit I work on, which receives a majority of neuro and ortho post-ops, recently transitioned into using [continuous] end-tidal CO2 monitoring & [continuous] pulse ox monitoring on patients who have a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) pump running. Prior to this, we just did [continuous] pulse-ox monitoring. Both types of monitoring are only "in place" when the patient is in bed - i.e. we unhook them when they're in the bathroom, out with therapy, etc. (So, not 100% continuous, but they are monitored most all of the time.) Both the pulse ox and the ETCO2 monitoring are hooked up/linked into the vitals monitoring (we have MindRay) and this system doesn't cross over to the actual IV/PCA pump - so if the Pt is a mouth breather, for example, and the monitor reads "zero" the PCA keeps running. I've learned from nurses at other local hospitals that their monitors are somehow tied into their IV pumps and the IV "brains" will pause or shut off if readings are outside of set parameters. Our system doesn't do this. We have a "duck bill" nasal cannula apparatus available that is supposed to catch CO2 from mouth breathers but I've had little success with it the times I've implemented it. Anyways. I'm just curious. Is my hospital way behind the times in implementing this kind of monitoring? What is your experience? Is your monitoring 100% continuous? Just when the patient is in bed? I'm mainly wondering about other med/surg units but would welcome a response from anyone with any experience here. Many of the patients become annoyed with the additional cords and the monitor beeping, etc, (which is life - it's a hospital, not a hotel) but it's a change from how we used to do things. Thanks for feeding my curiosity!
  13. AllieSparksRN

    Why do hospitals continue use the incentive spirometer?

    A few times a year I work in the simulation lab as a patient voice at the nursing college. When the student nurses ask me about my IS, I tell them it's my hat rack :) .
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    Why do hospitals continue use the incentive spirometer?

    A few weeks ago I had a joint replacement who couldn't get his IS "to work." I asked him to show me what was wrong. He was holding it upside down. Not sure how the stars aligned but he and I both had a good belly laugh over that one. There was something so innocent and hilarious about it and...you just had to be there. Thinking about it still makes me laugh :) .
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    Late arriving Nurses

    BTW Goal_NP - great poll/post! :)
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    Late arriving Nurses

    This DRIVES. ME. CRAZY! (people who are late.) Get to work on time. I did. And now, I want to go home. P.S. Be ready to take report at the start of your shift...just being in the building but chit-chatting in the breakroom doesn't count as "being on time." You have the next 8-12+ hours with these people. Tell them your stories later!