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married,1 dog no kids, wife is also an rn

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    Palm Pilots

    My wife and I both purchased PDAs(sony clie') about 4 months ago best thing I have purchased for work second only to a good stethascope. WE WERE LUCKY , oNE OF THE DOCTORS GAVE US A DISK WITH A TON OF USEFUL REFERECES. i.e. drug guides, merck manual . new ACLS protocols, and many other things. check out the aacn website for programs, http://www.aacn.org as well as http://www.palmgear.com. I have a 128 MB card (around80 dollars and 16mb of RAM) still have some memory left. doubling your memory for 30 dollars is not bad. use it all the time and my purchase has caused an influx of others to purchases them in the unit.
  2. I will finish my bsn completion program in april. I think it has made me personally a better nurse, Not because of the nursing classes but brcause of some of the others. organic and biochemistry,and micro have helped me understand why I am doing things better and some of the other classes have helped me understand where the patient population is coming from sometimes these have made me better at the bedside. This does not make me better than any one. My wife went straight into a BSN program and functioned very well at the bedside. It is not the degree that makes the nurse. It is the person that makes the nurse as well as the experiance.
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    What are your IV site change policies?

    piv's q7 days, art lines q4 days, central lines q7 days. checkout ww.cdc.gov for the government recommendations
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    Are new nurses adequately prepared?

    I graduated from an ADN program 3.5 years ago. The skills I learned were very basic that is what the school is for. You were expected to find learning opportunities anytime you could. i was lucky I worked in a very high acuity Stepdown ICU as a tech for the last year of school and was able to do many things other students had never seen or done. Iwas able to help doctors with bedside procedures like chest tubes, arterial lines, central lines etc. I was given opportunities to do CPR, put in foleys and NGT with the guidence of the nurses I worked with. I am sure this is not the norm. But I sought out these oppotunities but I am the exception to the rule.
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    non hospital approved abrevations.

    I couple of my favorites from my unit. TBF- total body failure. DM/WOV-dead man/woman on vent
  6. i pt I was taking care of had 2 sacral decubs that needed to be debrided on a regular basis. the surgeon who was doing this has no bedside manner or sense of humor at all. So he comes into the room to perform the procedure and with the straightest face you can imagine the patient says to him"So are you here to get another peice of a@$. "It even made the doc laugh. The same lady told me the other day that she would like to thank me for her daily beating.(chest percussion)
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    Critical Thinking

    I think you need alittle of both. My critical thinking skills were okay at the beginning. today I critically think much better. two things that have made me a better critical thinker, #1 experiance, #2 working with people I trust to bounce mty rational off of if I am not sure.
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    Palm Downloads

    there is some free stuff at the aacn website. Try asking some of the interns and residents if they can beam you anything they have.
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    retention

    Our new DON and ADON are holding a townhall type forum to here what the nurses have to say, complain about etc.. Administration hasd spent a butt load of money on hiring bonuses. 10,000 dollars for a 2 year commitment for experiancced nurses. some of these nurses 2 yrs are ending now and of coarse they are leaving. I work sicu and after talking to other members of the staff the bigget things for retention seem to be benefits . Ours have been cut every year for the last 3 years. retirement, and monetary acknowledgement of years of service. An example is say a bonus starting at $750 for 5 years and increasing $750 every 5 years of service. My question to you people is what if anything has you employer done to retain staff? and has it worked?
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    What is the dumbest order you ever read?

    move patient now.
  11. how ironic I folow the same nursing theory as Zoe. I remember theory a little from school. Then I forgot it because truely it does not matter. You try to treat everyone the same reguardless of race, creed, color, religion , or sexual orientation. They all basically say basically same thing using different words. Iknow I am like the rest of youand when my patient is not doing well I think hmmmm, which nursing theory would beappropriate to best help my patient, NOT!!!!!!!!
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    Sexism in Nursing (a male point of view)

    chigap, get over it. it is not sexism it is utililization of personel and team work. I am asked all the time to help pull up patients, turn them etc. As a team member I always help because that is what I am. if you do not play with the rest of the team when your patient is not doing well, especially if you work in the ICU. You are going to be standing alone. They will leave you out to dry if you are not a team player.
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    Looking To Buy A Pda

    as for the original post, my wie and I both have sony clie sj30's . we love em. She choose hers based on options and memory. I liked it so much I bought the same one. The biggest drawback is that it is a color monitor, so if you use it with the back lighton it sucks up power. As far as programs we were fortuninate enough to be given all the softwear by one of the intensivecare docs. there is no a single thing that he has given us that I do not like.drug books,merck manual, and gray's anatomy to name just afew. you can find a generous amount of softwear at http://www.aacn.org. hope this is helpful:D
  14. gpip

    Looking To Buy A Pda

    as for the original post, my wie and I both have sony clie sj30's . we love em. She choose hers based on options and memory. I liked it so much I bought the same one. The biggest drawback is that it is a color monitor, so if you use it with the back lighton it sucks up power. As far as programs we were fortuninate enough to be given all the softwear by one of the intensivecare docs. there is no a single thing that he has given us that I do not like.drug books,merck manual, and gray's anatomy to name just afew. you can find a generous amount of softwear at http://www.aacn.org. hope this is helpful:D
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    Calling in sick: how do you decide?

    if i'm febrile, cannot breath, vomitting, runs,or cannot stop coughing. I have not called off for being sick since I have been an rn. Alll my call offs have been for mental health.
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    We make SO much $$$

    i agree with all of you we should get paid more for the things we have to do on an everyday basis, but going into this i knew I was not going to making big money unless I went to crna school. I am content with the 45-50k I will make this year with 3 yrs experience this includes shift diff. and roughly 8-12 hrs OT amonth.
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