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theRPN2b specializes in Medicine.

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  1. theRPN2b

    Nursing Students COVID-19

    It's not known yet if that will need to happen, but I think it would be a last resort if it does. So far, many nurses in Canada have been expressing interest in offering their help in the Covid-19 crisis. The Public Health Agency of Canada posted an online application for RNs interested in Covid-19 response. They closed the job posting yesterday, and reported that they received a high number of applicants. The RNAO sends Covid-19 emails every few days, and on March 17th they said in their email that over 3000 RNs and NPs responded to their survey expressing interest in helping in the Covid-19 crisis. The RPNAO also sent out a survey for RPNs who may be interested in offering their help, and so have have received 1600 responses from RPNs. In Ontario, nurses in the retired and non-practicing class can express interest in having their licence reinstated temporarily for this crisis, and I read somewhere that there were quite a few of them interested in doing that. I don't know how the response is in other provinces, I'm only speaking for Ontario. But so far, it looks like there won't be a need for nursing students to be employed in hospitals for this crisis as there are many nurses interested in working for the crisis.
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    RPN/LPN role for Covid-19 responses?

    With the growing number of cases of the Covid-19 virus in Canada, does anyone know what kind of opportunities might be available for RPNs/LPNs who may be interested in assisting during this crisis? I know that the Public Health Agency of Canada had posted an online application for nurses who want to work in Covid-19 responses - however they only want RNs. The RPNAO sent an email asking if any RPNs might be interested in offering their help in the Covid-19 crisis, however they did not describe what kind of roles RPNs might be offered if they were to be utilized. Obviously RPNs will not be working with the most critical of coronavirus patients. But does anyone have any idea what practical nurses might be utilized for in this crisis?
  3. Thing almost any nurses want to see is willingness to help us out. Even when you're assigned to your own one patient, volunteer to help us with our patients such as do vitals,answer call bells,toilet patients,change incontinent briefs, help us with washes,ambulate patients or help us with transfers requiring 2 people. When we see these kind of students we usually seek them out when there is something interesting for them to see such as blood transfusions,catheters etc and have the students watch or help out.
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    Casual Nurse/Travel

    I think casual would be a good choice for you. You can still get lots of shifts (at least where I am in Ontario) and you can easily make yourself "not available" during certain times you want off, and they call/email you with available ***** and its up to you to take them or not (just be aware that if you're known to rarely take shifts offered than they may let you go, so be sure to take a decent amount of shifts to keep your position)
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    Are nurses and doctors equal?

    YES we are all equal,no one discipline is "above" another.No MD is "higher/more important" than a nurse just like no nurse is "higher/more important" than a CNA. Even though we have diferent roles and different levels of knowledge,we ALL work together and make a contribution to patients' outcomes.
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    Working in MedSurg with ONLY RNs...

    You would have to contact the nursing governing body of the province you'd be interested in working,as each one might have slightly different requirements
  7. Like others have said, bring together like-minded co workers AND also bring in the union to help you guys out
  8. theRPN2b

    Best bra for nurses

    I wear sports bras because they are most comfortable when moving around a lot, I don't really have a specific brand in mind but any sports bra can do
  9. theRPN2b

    Nursing jobs in Ontario affected by Doug Ford's hiring freeze

    Doug Ford Says These 2 Industries In Ontario Will Be Exempt From His Hiring Freeze - Narcity According to this article, nurses are exempt from this hiring freeze, I hope it's true!
  10. theRPN2b

    Long hair at the bedside

    It's not super enforced where I work but really think about it ... do you really want your long hair touching all the dirty things in the hospital and who knows what it may come into contact with (MRSA,VRE,lice and who knows what else ) nurses really should wear their hair in a bun or ponytail to PROTECT THEMSELVES!
  11. theRPN2b

    NICU New Grad

    In my hospital full timers work both days and nights. The schedule varies on each unit. Some wards do 2 days/2 nights 5 off. Other do 2 days/2 night 4 off.Others do 2 on/2 off/3 on/2 off/2 on/3 off and they will do a 2 week day rotation and 2 week night rotation. And in my hospital system there is the option of working straight days or straight nights - but you have to find a partner to "job share" so one of you will be doing the days and the other nights. And there are several nurses that do that both on my current unit and my old one. And surprisingly there are several older nurses (20+ years of seniority) that LOVE doing straight nights, so some nurses with not so much seniority that do straight days. And if you're part time like me you usually get a mix of days and nights, unless you specifically request that you only get scheduled for days only or for nights only.
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    RPN preceptor

    I've never seen it. An RPN is a preceptor for a new hire RPN or a practical nursing student so that they may learn the role of the RPN in that setting (an RN would likely have some additional charge duties which RPNs do not do,and an RN would be assigned to care for a more unstable patient while an RPN care for a more stable patient,as per the CNO).
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    RPN's how to you like your job?

    Yup I do IV's,blood transfusions, pretty much any skill that we learned in school
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    RPN's how to you like your job?

    I am an RPN and I work in a hospital on an acute medicine ward and I really enjoy it. The only thing I cannot do as an RPN on this floor is be charge. In my hospital system RPNs work in almost all settings except ICU,NICU,L&D, pediatrics and management.
  15. Anyone have any tips on how to prevent PICC line from moving during a dressing change? At my facility where I work, PICC lines are NOT secured with a statlock nor are they sutured into place (by reading through some posts here, I see that some facilities do either). The PICC line is just covered by a chlorhexadine tegaderm, and I worry about possibly moving the PICC line too much during a dressing changed considering that there is nothing to secure it into place.
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    Does HFO New Grad Gurantee gain seniority?

    My HFO NGG position counted towards my seniority where I work,I think it just depends on your facility.