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  1. Balancing Nursing and having kids

    Don't give up hope, with just one of you having infertility, your chances are very good with IVF. Both my husband and I had infertility issues and I was able to get pregnant at age 40 with IVF. Our daughter is awesome. Hugs, and best wishes! ETA: For...
  2. New Grad, SNF job

    Our facility gives 8 days for new grads, 3 or 4 for experienced nurses. All of which are simply following around a more experienced nurse (no formal training program or computer training). I didn't feel it was enough, though might have been if all my...
  3. Challenging Question

    Best real-world answer would be legs. Crackles without respiratory distress are not terribly serious, and fairly common after surgery. Yes, it needs to be addressed but as someone said, the patient can still breathe. Not it sure if this is the best ...
  4. Requirement to be a CNA to be Accepted?

    I was a CMA for years, and it really helped my medical knowledge, vital sign taking skill, injection skills, and medication knowledge. But now that I am a Real Nurse, I understand how having CNA skills would've really helped me. My ADL, bed bath, bed...
  5. How to do the PVt?

    Oh geez. DON'T do it. There are several posts right here on this page that clearly say it didn't work. Just pay the $8 for quick results and wait 48 hours, or go to your BON and see if your license number has been posted. My mom was a nurse and had ...
  6. Oh boy

    It's not a competition, you know downsouthlaff. There are no prizes for being the most overworked. ;-)
  7. Adjusting to EMAR

    Kind of OT, but I am a new RN (5 months experience) who recently oriented (for one shift) an experienced RN (8 years). He was an ok nurse but kind of old-school and absolutely terrible with the EMAR (point-click care) even after his 3rd or 4th shift ...
  8. Double Shift

    I'm wondering the same. How can it be required to be back at work 6 hours or so after working 16-18 hours? There has to be an OSHA rule or something, right? That's only a few hours sleep in the best of situations, after maybe staying up all noc or so...
  9. Nurse to patient ratio for LTC.

    This thread is super depressing and making me hope I never have to put a family member in LTC, though it is a real possibility in the near future. My place has a max capacity of 68. The LTC floor typically has one RN or LPN for 34 patients, and 3-4 ...
  10. Was I wrong?

    Wow, I'm sorry, I don't think you did anything wrong. The desk RN was responsible at that point, if she is the one who was with the patient when you left the room. She should've handed back off to you if she couldn't stay, and she didn't communicate ...
  11. jist found this thread in my bookmarks folder, I had forgotten about it. In case anyone else is still getting notifications on it, just letting you know that I did choose the community college. That Christian school was just too much. Shortly after w...
  12. Calling in for no sleep

    I have read only a few comments, but just wanted to say this reminds me of a night not long ago when I worked the evening shift in my SNF, which technically ends at 22:30 but no one ever gets out before 2330. Had a couple incidents that night and got...
  13. Is med surg easier than ltc

    I am wondering the same thing. I am a new grad, less than 3 months into my first job, in a SNF. Our census was down briefly and they reduced from 3 nurses to two, for 56-58 patients (LTC and SNF/ rehab). Now we are back up to 61 or so, our acuity has...
  14. HIPAA Violation as a student

    Because some people misunderstand HIPAA and think it means any information about any patient. Since she or he didn't specify, I am just trying to clarify. And no, I wouldn't tattle about just anything. Nurses need to work as a team, not be adversari...
  15. HIPAA Violation as a student

    You must not have read what I said. I said that blaming the nurses IS highly inappropriate (though not a HIPAA violation). I don't see a problem with posting anonymous lab results though, IF that's what she did, and if it's for a learning discussion....