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AutumnLeaves MSN, RN, NP

acute care, icu, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma
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AutumnLeaves has 36 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in acute care, icu, surgery, vasc.surgery,trauma.

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    face shields

    We are also testing all surgical patients and finding a lot of positives. However, we still aren't allowed to wear face shields or N95s unless the pt. is positive. We still wear a paper mask for a week @ a time.
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    Unionizing during a Pandemic – Another story from the bedside

    I also work for a govt. hospital and our union is useless. They don't help us with pay, staffing or PPE.
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    Are Sanitized N95 Masks Safe for Reuse?

    That is what we are supposed to do where I work. We get one paper surgical mask a week and are only to use the N95 for aerolizing treatments/procedures. I know that some nurses wear the N95 under the paper masks in the ICU,but they have been getting into trouble for it. Our union has picketed but it does no good.
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    This is just like flu

    I apologize. Appreciate your very nice way of pointing out my mistake.
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    Age vs Years Nursing

    63 Years old.Was a CNA@ 17. LPN after that. Then RN 1984, NP for 14 years, So 40+ years as nurse.
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    Does VA pay for nursing conferences?

    My VA will reimburse you for $500 a year,but its like pulling teeth to get it. You have to pay up front and give them at least 6months notice.Your VA may be different.
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    This is just like flu

    I am 63 years old.I have a clotting disorder,controlled afib and am obese.I have been a nurse for nearly 40 years,I have decades of critical care experience.I work full time. I am so glad to know that I am so expendable,as apparently all of the chronically ill or elderly are.
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    Exposed to patient positive with coronavirus

  9. Just throwing this out there for comments/opinions. Should health care workers over 60 and/or immunocompromised be working on the front lines, knowing they will be exposed?
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    SURVEY: Nurses, Are You Prepared for an Encounter with COVID-19?

    We are not prepared in my hospital. There is a shortage of PPE. Only front line staff are being allowed N95s and then these are issued only after a positive test. The patients are not on isolation until then. I was informed by the ID nurse that providers,e.g.NPS,PAS,MDs,are not considered front line staff unless they are with the medicine service. That is ridiculous. We do have a "lockdown" in place,where non medical staff are stopping people at the doors asking them if they have been sick in last 2 weeks. Supposedly they are asking about travel but I have listened and they are not. Some of the local hospitals are checking temps @the door,we are not. I see patients in clinic and in hospital. I asked the clinic nursing staff last week about preparedness and frankly,they were clueless.One of the docs I work with keeps insisting that its just like the regular flu.I give up.
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    Working and Clinicals

    Personally, I went to a brick and mortar school with in- person classes and a lot of clinical hours.I had to cut back to 2 sixteen hour shifts on weekends,which put me to 32 hrs ,but I could keep my benefits. It was hard but I made it.
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    Who wants to hire a graduate nurse at 55?

    You might also consider the VA. It takes a long time to get a job but they do hire mature nurses.
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    Acute Care NP Schedule?

    I have been an acute care NP for a long time. I have had several types of jobs but have never held a M-F day hrs position. The job I have now is inpatient/outpatient-I work for the hospital as the only NP in vascular surgery.My hours vary from day to day, some days I am out by 5 pm, sometimes 7 or later. I start every day by 7 am. We also take call. Truthfully, I like this job a lot, but I do average 55 hrs a week,sometimes more. My last job was also inpatient/outpatient and we worked 4 12 hr shifts a week, alternating days/nights.Hope that answers your question.
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    When Should I Retire? My Struggle

    I am in this group too. I am actually too young right now to collect SS and I need 4 more years at the VA to get enough from them to pay my insurance and have a few bucks left over. However, I AM getting tired and am having some health issues. I would like in a perfect world to find a part time job as an NP but there just aren't jobs here. I have a million plans for retirement and can't wait to start it.
  15. Thought this was interesting. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/02/nurs-s02.html
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    Good sources for learning how to interpret CTAs

    Sorry, left this out. I do work in an academic center and we don't have radiologists 24/7. It is often necessary for me, as the on call provider, to look at CTAs, know if there is a critical finding and report that to my surgeon. We work together then to address the problem.

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