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dah doh BSN, RN

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  1. Electronic Stethoscope.. worth the $?

    I tried out a couple of these. The fancy expensive littmann electronic amplified a little too good! I heard every ambient noise in the room! It was annoying to me! It would be great if you have a hearing problem though. I tried an older less fancy ve...
  2. where else do ER nurses go?

    PACU, procedural area like IR, and outpatient/ambulatory surgery center are the most common areas. I've also seen some go to Critical Care Transport.
  3. Baseline ptt and heparin drip

    Yes you can have baseline ptt done off a previous specimen from the morning. However, the cbc is drawn in a purple top and ptt is a blue top so lab probably couldn't do it without a previous blue top. Did the doctor order a baseline ptt prior to star...
  4. leave 1 year during 2 year commitment

    Even if you leave your current employer with adequate notice, they could deem you as "ineligible for rehire" depending how strictly they follow the 2 year minimum commitment (contact or not). This could potentially affect you if you list them as a re...
  5. What do you think of this monitor?

    Why is the respiratory alarm off?
  6. Lindsey Koi Pants

    I wear Koi Lindsey pants for the last few years. I don't have much hips & thighs so I don't have too many issues in that area. I do like the mid-rise, variety of colors & different lengths. I don't like that they wrinkle more than my old scru...
  7. Documentation

    Observed (most frequently used personally) Pt stated "..." Pt complained of "..." Or just state the facts...heart rate 150, BP 75/40. Pt awake, alert, oriented x 4. Pt denies weakness, dizziness, sob, or pain. Dr XYZ paged; awaiting return call.
  8. What's your side job?

    Main job: ICU - full time Side jobs: Day Surgery & ER - whenever they call & I feel like working more! When I feel like working a lot, I work 5-6 days a week (mix of 12 hr & 8 hr shifts). Sometimes I don't work extra for a month or so...
  9. I don't like pediatric patients, am I normal?

    It's normal to have preferences. Sometimes it just takes awhile to figure it out. Personally, "I don't do kids" is my phrase when I work in other areas of the hospital.
  10. IV starts: Need tips!

    Watch https://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=GeDcJdpp2K0 Wow! Those are gigantic veins!
  11. Thank you letters for panel interview

    I prefer hand written cards over generic emails. Just send the cards out ASAP as the in-hospital mail system can be slow. Also be neat & professional. The most memorable in a not so favorable fashion was a masculine paper bag brown colored card (...
  12. Foley cath as g tube?

    I've seen foleys as G-tubes for years. Some are temporary and some are long term. We use Lopez valves or special plugs to clamp them so they don't leak.
  13. educational value of care plans

    When I was a nursing student, I didn't really see the point to nursing care plans either. It was a long process of patho, meds, nursing diagnosis, interventions, and interviewing the patient and family. It was endless and a lot of typing on a weekly...
  14. What thrills you/what terrifies you?

    Thrilling: working with a good team that shift! Catching something early so we can treat it ASAP before it becomes a code situation! Feeling super satisfied when I watch my previous orientees succeed! Terrifying: July & August...when the new inte...
  15. let go during orientation, needs advice?

    That drive would force me to quit...prestigious hospital or not! The OP mentioned only planning to stay for a year...so is there another way to obtain your ultimate goal that can't be obtained by staying put at your supportive ICU environment? As for...