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Sarah Bellum

Sarah Bellum

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Sarah Bellum specializes in progressive care telemetry.

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  1. Sarah Bellum

    Now THAT'S a lab result

    A1C 14.8 - lived, drank gin and juice like it was going out of style Trop >200 - lived but became a frequent flyer to the CHF inpt unit INR 14 - lived, fell chest first against a bathtub, got a hematoma the size of half a basketball over the left anterior chest, was fun watching the tech try and do an echo around that thing.
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    DO NOT pass on the poop

    Ditto from my now former facility. I could count on one hand the number of times in 3 years a pt had been toileted or cleaned up while in the ER. Most of them had to use the bathroom immediately on arrival to the floor or were so wet/dirty they needed a linen change and full bath. The running joke was that our ER never looked below the waist...
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    The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    A unit I have worked on has a manager who micromanaged her staff and didn't seem to allow others besides herself to opportunity to make decisions. It was a very unhappy place, lots of turnover, and much of the nursing that happened was defensive. Lord help you if you ask a question during shift report...
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    Visiting a former pt after they've been moved to another facility

    Thank you all for the responses. Sadly it is a moot point, I discovered my pt died over the weekend. RIP, you will be missed by many.
  5. specifically inpt hospice. Long story short I got kind of attached to a pt over the course of several admissions in the past 9 months. Said pt was d/c'ed recently to inpt hospice, still a&o. I'd like to visit, but am wondering if there is anything I should be aware of legally, ethically, etc. before doing so. Thanks!
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    WIA Grants for nursing

    In Hamilton County it's superjobs.com. I used WIA money to pay for prereqs for nursing school and STNA training.
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    Nurses really aren't the smartest people

    Not to sound like I'm depending the sweeping generalization from the person on the parenting forum but there are a lot of nurses who are either not knowledgeable or misinformed about breastfeeding. I've been on the receiving end of bucket loads of "information" from nurses that was based on nothing but personal opinion and myths.
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    Primary household earner?

    I am the primary/sole wage earner in my family. My husband has been unemployed for 2 years. Even when I was working part time as a PCA I carried the health insurance for my family of 5. Talk about some tiny paychecks...
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    Young Looking Nurses

    I have the opposite problem. I'm 41, and look like it. I'm a new grad and everyone who doesn't know me assumes I've been a nurse for years because of my appearances. A little self-confidence will go a long way as will dressing, speaking and acting professionally. And you have a long career ahead of you, don't sweat too much about your current youthful looks.
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    Anybody really love your job?

    I love my job. New grad, off orientation about a month now, busy tele step down unit. I've been in the workforce 25 years even tho I am a new nurse. No workplace is without politics and drama and management problems, why would nursing be any different? I love my patients and have all the things I need to take excellent care of them. Yep, I'm a pretty happy camper.
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    Nursing Shortage?

    I graduated in a class of 29 last month. Only 10 of us have jobs so far, myself included thank goodness. There is definitely not a nursing shortage here in SW Ohio!
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    Anyone graduated from a clinical nurse leader program?

    No, CNL and CNS are 2 different roles: (from the AACN website) Q: How is a Clinical Nurse Leader different from a Clinical Nurse Specialist or other advanced practice nurse? The CNL is not prepared as an advanced practice nurse (APN) as the APN is currently defined. The CNL is an advanced generalist in contrast with the specialized focus of the practice by clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse practitioners. Advanced practice nurses are prepared with specialist education in a defined area of practice. The CNL and APN roles complement one another. For example, the CNL may call on the CNS to provide consultation when a specialist area of concern arises (i.e. when a patient does not respond to nursing care or therapeutics as expected). AACN, in consultation with a leading group of CNSs, has developed a document, The CNL-CNS Roles: Similarities, Differences and Complementarities. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/CNL/pdf/CNSComparisonTable.pdf
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    The Jewish Hospital Cincinnati

    Large unit (40 beds maybe?), mostly medical patients.
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    Do You Remember Your Patient's Name?

    I remember names of a good number of my pts from when I was a PCA. Funny story - my son had a procedure at a small hospital several months before I started nursing school. The CRNA was very nice, he let me go back to the OR to be with my son to be with him while they put him out. All went well. Then I started nursing school, figured out that the CRNA is married to one of my professors. Fast forward almost 2 years. Son has another procedure at the same facility. Yep, got the same CRNA who actually remembered US before I had a chance to tell him that his wife is one of my profs! And I do not live in a small town, but I guess I do live in a small world. :)
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    Hesi Calculator

    IIRC it's just like the basic calculator on a desktop computer. Add, subtract, multiply, divide decimals. No fraction.capability that I can remember but you can always convert them to decimals. Good luck!
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    Older students after graduation

    This came up during a presentation given by a local nurse recruiter at my nursing school. She said they like older new grads, life experience counts for a lot as well as already having a work history so they have a better idea about the kind of employee the person is going to be. I'm hoping she's right, I turn 41 this summer and will graduate right before that!