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RNORnow BSN

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RNORnow has 18 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ER, ICU, OR.

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    Getting paid for Covid

    Hey all, I was wondering how your company is dealing with travelers who test positive for Covid. Are they paying you for the 2 week quarantine period? Are you getting paid at all? Are they giving you the time off but not paying you? What is everyone experiencing? Please do not list the name of the company. This is not a 'vent' session. I am just trying to see how travel companies are handling their nurses who come down with Covid. Thank you!!
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    Curiosity Killed the Cat and Got 50 Hospital Employees Fired

    As a 17 year RN in ICU and ER, I would have known not to access any patients chart that was not in my direct care. No celebrity is worth a job, especially Smollet...Surely we are training our new nurses that this is not allowed? One should know better, there is no excuse. Hard lesson to learn...
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    OR travel nurses

    SO, I wanna go back to my travel life. I'll just keep it short and sweet. Been an RN for 16 years. 10 years ER, 2 OR and 10 ICU. I worked ER/ICU often times concurrently so that's how the exp. works out. My 2 years of OR was 13 years ago, about 2 years at level 1 trauma, was on vasc/trauma team although did variety of cases. I've gone back to OR and will have been at current location for a year in Nov. Level 1 trauma on gyn team but work an odd shift so I do any and every late case, always off service. I've done a ton of travel (last 5 years) everything from strikes to EMR conversions so I am used to rocking up and working without much orientation. I want to know if OR nurses think my recent year of exp is enough to hit the road?? If I stay and get another 6 months making 18 mos total, recent...is it going to really make that much difference?? We are screaming busy and where I am houses 42 OR suites. I've been told if I can manage here, I can make it anywhere. I recognize that I will probably fair batter at a teaching facility. Thoughts???...Thanks in advance!! ** I've also posted this under Operating Room specialty but wanna catch all traffic**
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    Calling OR travelers

    SO, I wanna go back to my travel life. I'll just keep it short and sweet. Been an RN for 16 years. 10 years ER, 2 OR and 10 ICU. I worked ER/ICU often times concurrently so that's how the exp. works out. My 2 years of OR was 13 years ago, about 2 years at level 1 trauma, was on vasc/trauma team although did variety of cases. I've gone back to OR and will have been at current location for a year in Nov. Level 1 trauma on gyn team but work an odd shift so I do any and every late case, always off service. I've done a ton of travel (last 5 years) everything from strikes to EMR conversions so I am used to rocking up and working without much orientation. I want to know if OR nurses think my recent year of exp is enough to hit the road?? If I stay and get another 6 months making 18 mos total, recent...is it going to really make that much difference?? We are screaming busy and where I am houses 42 OR suites. I've been told if I can manage here, I can make it anywhere. I recognize that I will probably fair batter at a teaching facility. Thoughts???...Thanks in advance!!
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    Newbie OR Nurse

    We get 10 weeks of rotating though each service. Then we get roughly 3 months of orientation once we're assigned a team. If you have any previous experience at all you get pulled off sooner. They say orientation can be extended if need be. We are required to pass AORN's Peri-op 101 to stay but they allow an unspecified number of attempts to pass. This is a level I, world renowned trauma/transplant center that does over 100 cases a day not including CVOR. Fast paced, high acuity with over 350 RN's on staff.
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    First travel assignment

    The answer is no. Do not give what anyone else has drawn up, period. Also you need to be trained in monitoring and moderate sedation. I have 13 years of ICU under my belt and I'd never give something someone else has drawn up unless I witnessed it. No CRNA I have worked with has ever asked me to give their meds for them. I'd check the policy on that also.
  7. I concur!!! Shut it down over a year ago. Best decision I ever made. Sometimes I do miss the networking with my travel nursing and those whom I've worked with in the past but overall worth it. My whole family retired their accounts, hahaha. We're just over it.
  8. Remind me NOT to go to that hospital if she's the one running it. Was that comment published? I wonder sometimes how people get in those positions. It makes zero sense. Praying it comes to fruition. We desperately need the same in the south. Thanks for posting.
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    Travel Nursing in AL

    I'm from AL, and have worked all over Bham, Mobile and of course Tuscaloosa (one hospital here). I've been traveling in CA the last 5 years but have recently taken a perm job in Bham. I am not sure of which are the best travel companies for this area. I think Jackson is pretty good, I'd stay away from Supplemental. If you don't have a company yet. I'd be happy to refer you to the company I've used in the past. They actually have contracts in Tuscaloosa for ICU and ER. Let me know if you have questions. I'd be glad to help you or be a resource. Best of luck!!
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    Ohio RN nurse applying to California. Denied. Help?

    Maybe do a few travel gigs to get your foot in the door. I've traveled all over CA for the last 5 years and never had a problem getting any contract. I did adult ICU both Cardiac and Surgical. I also have all the certs and alphabet soup. I know several people who start as travelers then convert to staff. It's a fairly common practice. SD not the most lucrative city for travelers but contracts are available. Best of luck!!
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    Roller board vs slider

    I just wanted to say, grrrr!!!! That stinks, we all use roller boards and have no intention of going to a slider board. Slider boards are good if going from stretcher to bed but NOT OR table to stretcher! Curious as to why they changed...evidence based?? Can't really find anything either.
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    Operating Room Rules

    SO, I'm at a teaching facility. We scrub, so no nail polish and definitely no fakes of any kind, including gel, etc..ANd nails are expected to be kept short and in neat order. We can wear the cloth hat but we have to cover with the bouffant style cover. We have no more skull caps. Surgeons none to happy about that. I think it's kinda silly myself. I wore the bouffant under the skull cap to hold and cover my hair completely. It worked great. If you just wear the bouffant provided without your own underneath, it doesn't stay put very well. Always having to remind female docs to pull it forward. It does have a tendency to slide back exposing a lot of hair.
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    open visitation in neuro ICU

    The open visitation is irritating and somewhat dangerous. It can be very distracting to have to respond to family when administering meds, titrating gtts etc...They do not have a clue what you are doing so they think they can just ask questions and converse with you everytime you walk in the room. Plus they ask for all manner of things like blankets, water, meals extra chairs and anything else they can think of. Our DON and admin think that having patients families present during the shift change is important and gives them time to ask questions and meet the oncoming nurse. And yes, this is an ICU I'm talking about. It's absolutely horrific. Good luck getting your situation changed. I'm in OR now because this seems to be the trend all over the country...
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    CVOR and travel

    Would like to know how long I'd need to spend in CVOR before I take a travel gig? I'm 16 year RN with 10 ICU (last 5 years traveling all over and and handful of strikes), 10 ER and 2 of OR (mostly vascular, gen gi and have helped circulate hearts). Recently back to OR and awaiting my team assignment. This place only places CVOR from within.(big univ hosp) Tempted to try and make the move. Looking to hear from experienced CVOR RN's with travel exp. I know answer is variable as to how comfortable you feel and how quick you catch on but I wanted to know what travel CVOR is like, too. Thanks!!
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    Etiquette in the OR?

    Our regular OR tables hold 675 pounds, excluding Jackson and fracture tables, of course. The bariatric certified table holds 1000. I can't believe they make on OR table that only holds 375...The noise level can get quite loud but the critical commentary is almost nonexistent. Sometimes we have unprofessional banter between the staff but not about the patient.
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    A Pause at the Moment of Death: Your Thoughts

    Excellent idea. After 15 years, the last 10 of which have been in ICU, I wish this had been thought of sooner. I'm now in an OR at a teaching facility where we do a lot of transplants. Nothing could be more appropriate than prior to operating/harvesting. I'll certainly make mention of it and get a copy of the article. I look forward to instituting this. Brilliant! Thank you for posting!!