WalterWho

WalterWho

Intensive Care and Perianesthesia Care
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WalterWho has 5 years experience and specializes in Intensive Care and Perianesthesia Care.

I graduated high school in 2006, and had no idea what I wanted to do. I worked as a mechanic for five years before I realized my calling. I became an EMT to "test the waters" so to say, and I loved it. I quit my job, enrolled in a BSN program at my hometown university, and four years later I became a real nurse. I did my dues on med/surg and with an open mind I took a position in PACU and eventually ICU and even CCIR before discovering where I truly belong.

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  1. Truth be told, your first year as a nurse is gonna suck wherever you spend it. Eventually things will click and you'll prove yourself. Don't give up.
  2. PACU DOCUMENTATION/ASSIGNMENTS

    Its worth mentioning that ASPAN publishes their recommendations for frequency of vitals, assessments, etc. Where I work, our policies often mention adhering to ASPAN standards and guidelines. As for patient assignments, I've heard some pretty wild me...
  3. Family life while on assignment

    Hi all, So I'm currently looking into travel nursing. I've thought about it a lot over the years and lately I feel as though it may be time for me to make the move. I have some questions for all the travelers out there who may be willing to shar...
  4. PACU Traveler?

    Hello my agency peeps. So recently I've been seriously entertaining the idea of agency nursing, but I'm slightly concerned about the availability of assignments. I'm a certified perianesthesia nurse working Pre-Op/PACU and would obviously like to sti...
  5. “I’m gonna kill you” Is what he said just before grabbing Ashley Schade’s neck with both hands during her shift in a Washington ICU. She detailed the event in a social media post: “having a strong individual’s hands around your neck, the inability to...
  6. Rude Nurse

    You know, I can understand how an LVN that may have been practicing for 10+ years can get a little bent out of shape when a nurse fresh out of school with no prior medical experience technically "oversees" them. Not implying that's the case here, but...
  7. Why do you love being a nurse?

    Oh, the struggle is real isn't it? I've always told myself that I work to live, I don't live to work. With that guiding principle I've come to the conclusion that yes, nursing can be the hardest thing EVER at times, but you know what? I'm home more d...
  8. As seen on TV

    I'm personally a big fan of the BVM either hovering over the patient's mouth or just barely touching when the nurse/doc/medic quickly gives breaths
  9. What's Your Best Nursing Ghost Story?

    Man, I love these! Can't believe I just found this thread. It's my first nursing job in med/surg, code blue a few doors down, not my patient but I run to help. CPR has started and the nurse doing compressions is this tiny little thing so I ask if she...
  10. Confused

    It seems to be a common theme that there's always at least one heinous professor that makes you question your entire existence in every nursing program, at least through my experience that is. What I can tell you for sure is that the first year out o...
  11. So I've applied to a couple of schools here in Texas, mostly online, but I can't help but have this deep uneasy sensation in my gut. I work full time in ICU with a wife and a 3.5yo daughter at home and I'm worried I won't be able to handle work, scho...
  12. Did your dating life improve when becoming a male nurse?

    Funny, I was just talking about this the other day. I'm married now, but back in the good ol days I actually found that being a male nurse did help in the dating game, but maybe not in the way some might think. I don't think there were any girls that...
  13. How NOT to write an incident report

    O. M. G. Becky...
  14. Don't Say The "Q" word!

    I was orienting a new nurse when she said the "Q" word, of course I quickly corrected her, but unfortunately the q-karma proliferated exponentially through the cosmos before it could be dispelled. One of our patients soon choked on a piece of fish he...
  15. Is there any harm in applying anyways? Maybe even to both? You won't know for sure unless you give it a shot. Also, in my opinion, sticking it out and retaking stats and chem if needed is probably the best way to go. There's absolutely nothing wrong ...