HelloWish

HelloWish ADN, BSN

IMCU, Oncology
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HelloWish has 3 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in IMCU, Oncology.

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  1. As a new nurse I went in early to research my patients, but I clocked in for it. I don't do my job without getting paid. Now as an experienced nurse, I don't need to do that. Also experienced nurses know what to hand off that you need to know so you ...
  2. Another thread about burn out

    Those billing and coding courses are a scam unfortunately. If you are interested in that type of work, something like utilization review may be a good job to look into. I don't know how much experience you had, but that kind of job does require exper...
  3. I had a needle stick by a patient positive with Hepatitis C (it was a non-coring mediport needle). I was okay, never contracted it. I then had another needle stick by safety pin that had been removed from a patient gown with a patient with MDRO (mult...
  4. Forgot to unclamp the secondary

    This is a common mistake with experienced nurses. I have just learned to go back and check later on to make sure everything has run as it should if possible. If I catch another nurses mistake who is already off shift, I just correct it.
  5. Is 63 to old to start nursing school?

    I have a friend who was I think 60 when we went through nursing school together. She does pediatric private duty now. She is very physically active for her age. I think there is a lot to think about but think it is feasible.
  6. Possible exposure to syphilis

    Notify employee health. They will know and reassure you.
  7. Progressive Care Nursing - Interview with Linda Bay

    I am fortunate, our IMCU is 3:1. I interviewed at a couple of other hospitals near me which do 4:1 and they even took on sicker patients than we do at my current hospital.
  8. What is it like to work in a good hospital?

    I work at a good hospital and in a good unit too. They have a 94% employee retention rate at my hospital. You can ask the hospital about employee retention when you are looking for a position. They do exist!
  9. Writing HR to improve chances of getting job

    Congrats! No it is not aggressive. I am not an aggressive person and every job I have gotten I emailed HR or the person I interviewed with to thank them for the interview and express my strong interest in the position. If I had not heard back a week ...
  10. I should be happy with this new "dream" job

    This sounds like a nice job. However, maybe you would feel more satisfied by adding a PRN job at the hospital. Then later you can decide if you want to move out of your current job. Office nursing wasn't for me and I had my dream job in research. I h...
  11. Help! I Can't Get Rid of My Dark Cloud

    A walk on a nature trail or floating in a swimming pool all by myself, although to shut my mind off I have to get lost in Netflix.
  12. Taking manual bp on forearm

    BPs often have to be taken in the forearm. If you have a patient with a mastectomy and cannot take the BP in that arm and the patient has a PICC line in the other arm, what do you do? Either the forearm or the calf area. I wouldn't put the BP cuff on...
  13. Seeking therapy

    Most hospitals offer Employee Assistance Programs as part of their benefits package, which are a certain amount of therapy sessions per year covered by your employer. Furthermore, no one will know you are in therapy!
  14. What's your favorite nursing task?

    Removing stitches and pain management. I like finding the right way to give pain meds that reduces the patient's pain when other nurses haven't been able to!
  15. Does ANYONE like the hospital?

    I think it depends on the hospital, the culture, and your coworkers. I am working in a Intermediate Care Unit. The hospital is in a nice location, and while I do take care of the critically ill, the patient's aren't as sick as some hospitals. The rat...