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Love2Sleep BSN, RN

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Love2Sleep has 6 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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  1. I was wondering if you all could tell me about all the urgent and emergent situations that you have encountered in your clinics? I interviewed for a position in a family practice clinic, and if offered the position, I would like to prepare myself for all emergent situations that may arise, and how to handle them. Coming from inpatient nursing, I know these situations are handled differently in the clinic setting. Thanks!
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    Job search

    Can you all tell me where I can go to search for jobs? I know about craigslist and the hospital websites. What else sites are out there? Your help is much appreciated. :)
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    Question for all clinic nurses

    Thanks for the reply! I was told that I would assist with hard to Place foleys. I'm not sure what else I would do, but I'm sure there would be other duties there. I have some pulmonology experience working in medsurg, but most of my experience is in cardiac/neuro/tele. Our hospital has separate units for respiratory, renal, cardiac, and neuro patients. While I work on a neuro/cardiac/tele floor, we do have other diagnoses that come to our unit. I have, however, decided to not go through with this position. I realize that I should gain more experience at the bedside before leaving.
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    Question for all clinic nurses

    Thanks for the reply. The MD told me she currently sees 15 patients per day which may change with the anticipated growth in her practice. I'm not sure how many patients the pulmonology practice sees per day, however. Because majority of my nursing experience is in acute care, I wasn't sure if the duties I mentioned were realistic. It sounded like a lot of responsibility for one person. I appreciate your feedback!
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    Question for all clinic nurses

    I work for a hospital that recently merged with a large specialty clinic network. I interviewed for a coordinator position in the allergy clinic and the manager went over the RNs responsibilities in that role. They will be getting rid of the MA that works with the allergist, so I would be filling those duties. Rooming patients, getting vital signs, assisting with procedures, monitoring the patients after their injections, triaging calls, etc. We will be in a clinic with pulmonologists, so I will also be resource to the pulmonology staff as well. The allergist will be in clinic only 3 days a week, so on one of those days I will be working in the urology clinic to assist their LPN with any procedures she/he is unable to do. I am also expected to assist the manager with bringing the clinic up to joint commission standards. I think this is a lot for one person to do. I haven't worked in a clinic as an RN, so I don't know if this is too much, or if it is doable. I would like to hear what others think before I accept the position (if it is offered to me). Any feedback is appreciated.
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    Is it legal..

    Check your state's standards of nursing conduct or practice.
  7. Love2Sleep

    Most online program not accepting WA RNs?

    Check with Boise State University.
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    Certified RN

    Congratulations! =)
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    Queens, straub or rehab hospital?

    Congrats on your offers! I have read quite a bit of posts in the Hawaii forum (because I plan to move back hopefully soon) about the job market and have seen repetitive responses that it is hard to get an acute care job with no experience. So if acute care is where you want to be, take the job at Queens. I'm assuming it is an acute care position. If you do want more responses, I would advise that you post this in the Hawaii forum. Have fun in Hawaii!
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    I lost my first patient... how do you cope?

    I just want to let you know how lovely this gesture is. I'm sure his mother appreciates that she is able to see her little boy's heartbeat. Hugs to you!
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    Do you miss bedside nursing?

    I worked on medsurg for 3.5 years before leaving. I have been doing telephone triage for almost 7 months and I'm not very fond of it. I just can't stand to be stuck in a cubicle all day. I'm actually applying for medsurg jobs again. I hope my 7 months away doesn't harm my being able to go back.
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    Why acute care?

    Thanks for the reply! I've been wanting to move back home (been gone 9 years), but the bedside just won't work with my family schedule. I know how expensive it is, so I don't want to make that move and struggle with a significantly lower paying job. I also don't want to force myself to work at the bedside just so I can survive. On another note; I'm sorry that it's so difficult for new and experienced (non-acute) RNs to get jobs at the bedside. It baffles me on how there's so many Residency programs here, but it's limited there.
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    In need of some advice

    I am a local girl that moved away 9 years ago. I have been wanting to move home for about 2 years now, but thinking about giving up what I have and starting all over makes me sick to my stomach. I've been worried about the cost of living and having to work acute care to pay the bills (I'm assuming that's where the best paying positions are). Don't get me wrong, I loved acute care, but it didn't work out with my family schedule (I hated missing out on sporting events and holidays with my son). I do plan to return to the bedside when my son graduates High School. I have also heard that the public school system is not as good as the mainland. I can't attest to that because I have only attended Hawaii schools (except college). It worries me that I would be putting my son into an educational system that isn't as good as it is on the mainland. I have thought about private school, but again, that is also expensive. I guess what I'm asking is what is your take on the educational system in Hawaii? Does it compete with mainland schools? Also, do you think non-acute care jobs will pay the bills? I am not trying to bash Hawaii, so forgive me if I offended anyone. I am really dying to be home with my family, but I also want to be sure that I am making the right decision for my son.
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    Nursing student in WA moving back home to Hawaii after graduation

    My advice to you is to get experience while you are in school for your BSN then move after. Don't prolong it too much otherwise it'll be harder to leave. I have been in WA for 9 years now, and while I want to move back to HI, I am afraid to give up everything that I have built here: home, friendships, child's friendships. Not to mention that it's way cheaper here! BTW, if you haven't already noticed, WA is such a wonderful place to be. Its beauty and diversity reminds me of home. Have fun and explore all that WA has to offer while you're here! =)
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    Why acute care?

    I've been seeing a lot of posts about RNs working as CNAs and secretaries at the hospital just to get their foot in the door with hopes to snag a new grad position. My question is, why not get an RN position that's not in acute care? Is it because that's the best paying position in the state or is it because you truly want to work in acute care?
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    Who loves med-surg?

    I loved med surg. I had to move to an outpatient setting because it fit my family schedule better, but I am looking forward to the day that I can return to med surg!

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