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Emergent has 25 years experience as a RN.

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    Critical Access Hospitals

    Does anyone work at a critical access hospital? I've worked in 3 of them. My new job is really interesting and dynamic. It is really providing an enormous service to a rural part of my state. Of all the hospitals I've worked at, this one has the feeling of really being a rural outpost. The first critical access Hospital I worked at was relatively close to a major cardiac center. It was mostly served by the local Fire Department that had its ownparamedics. It was a level 4 Trauma Center. The second critical access Hospital where I worked had its own medic units attached to the hospital. It was in a tourist town in the mountains, and it mainly fed into a large Hospital about 50 minutes away. It was a level five Trauma Center, and saw a lots of weekend warrior stuff, but anyting looking and all seriously was immediately diverted down to the local medical center which was a level three. My new job is very cool. It's in an area that is mainly a logging economy, but also near a national park and other major recreational areas. EMS is mostly supplied by various rural fire stations that are mainly comprised of volunteer EMTs. I am doing things in this job that I have never done. My last job was in a medium sized hospital that always had Pharmacy in house, and other ancillary support. In just a few weeks of orientation I have mixed up critical IV meds, patients who would have been intubated in the field at my other jobs arrive requiring high level interventions. I'm getting to apply skills and learn new ones that I never dreamed I would have to do. The closest cath lab is an hour and a half away, therefore thrombolytics are much more routine. The staff is very skilled, resourceful, and versatile. If anybody thinks that critical access hospitals are merely Band-Aid stations, you need to come here.
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    I can't get a job!!

    Interesting, I sent the OP a private message about a sure job in a different part of WA that she might consider. No courtesy of a reply. I think she started this thread just to whine and complain.
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    My post-polio patient

    It's actually now believed in many quarters that FDR suffered Guillain-Barre, not polio.
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    My post-polio patient

    I'm a libertarian about vaccines, but I think those who buy into the conspiracy theories about them are woefully ignorant about the diseases they have virtually eliminated. McDonald's, Burger King, Pepsi and Coke are the real destroyers of health, certainly not vaccines.
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    My post-polio patient

    I'm here on this earth because of polio. My birth mother graduated from UC Berkeley. Her Aunt Connie, who was age wise more of a cousin, contracted polio. My mother went to upstate New York to care for Connie's 3 children while she recovered. After Connie recovered, Hoppo (my birth mother) went to NYC to be a roommate to her college friend Clare in Greenwich Village and met my handsome father, who was a captain in the Airforce at the time. And, here I am.
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    My post-polio patient

    I had a delightful patient the other day with post-polio syndrome. She has vivid memories a being in an iron lung. She got polio when she was 1 1/2 years old, and was in an iron lung for 2 years. She remembers people dying, many of the people in iron lungs ended up dead. She recalls the big room full of other patients. She had to have multiple surgeries to correct physical problems from atrophy while she was in the iron lung. It took her years to learn to walk. Her mother wasn't able to visit often because of other children in the house. She said she was paralyzed and knew nothing else, so doesn't feel like she was traumatized by something that sounds so horrible and surreal to all of us. It's obvious that the nurses and caregivers did a nurturing job with her, because she was obviously a well adjusted lady, with a marvelous intellect. She went on to marry, have one daughter, divorce, and have a dynamic career. 'Coincidentally', polio thankfully disappeared shortly after the vaccination the population on a large scale.
  7. I foresee one positive from this covid will be the downfall of a corrupt educational system. Public, private educational systems have drained an enormous amount of our economy in the last 20 years. Schools and universities have become gluttonous and overreaching. Some schools push certain social agendas on the public. Public schools have also become dispensers of charity, some of which is harming the population. Much of our obesity problem is definitely emanating from the public schools. They hand out food that is cheap, and not nutritious. Part of our crisis in healthcare emanates from the many chronic conditions that Health Care is trying to treat. Covid-19 has given parents control over their own children's education. Many parents who have never before homeschooled, are choosing to do next year. Homeschool groups are popping up all over the nation. This is a good thing.
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    Transgender nurses?

    I consider a trend as, a direction that a part of society is going. It's not a moral judgment to say so, in my opinion.
  9. The Links at the top of the page that lead you back to, say General Nursing, or whatever category that you are in, are missing. I am using my Android phone. I haven't checked on my tablet to see if it's the same. So if I click on a thread, and then want to go back to the category that I'm under, which is usually General Nursing, the link is missing.
  10. You need to carefully read your contract, start to finish. If you can't make heads or tails of it, have a legal professional do so, and explain it to you. Of course, you should have done that ahead of time. As far as 'being scared for your license', that's kind of a nursing urban legend. People don't lose their nursing licenses very easily. It has to be a pretty egregious event to lead to that.
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    What to do about an abusive parent, home health

    I'm sure the agency is well aware of this women's abusive nature. Their goal is to satisfy the client and make money. They are not interested in mediating, or bringing truth and justice, or solving family dysfunction. When you are in someone's home you are basically at their mercy. I did two home cases years and years ago, and definitely found that that wasn't my cup of tea. Mothers of children with chronic health problems definitely can become understandably over-protective, I found when I did inpatient Peds in a small community hospital. Not my favorite demographic at all. Once they have had a negative experience with a nurse or other caregiver, they can become hyper-vigilant.
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    Harming Ourselves and the Planet?

    Recent data?😆 That's hilarious. They needed a new study to prove what is as obvious as the nose on my face? THAT is funny!😂
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    HELP PLEASE!! ER Nurse with Newborn at Home/COVID 19

    Enjoy your baby! You'll never regret that. You'll also be able to live off less money because you'll have more time to cook from scratch and search for bargains. Your baby will be healthier with your bountiful supply of mother's milk!
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    Radonda Vaught Fatal Error Case Timeline

    My intuition about Radonda is that she was that gal at school, who always attempted to obtain answers to homework from her classmates. She knows how to ingratiate herself to others. She has a lot of social confidence, and is able to use her likability to get others to help her out, or cover up her weaknesses.
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    Open Conversations (need help)

    I'd be happy to help.
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    Nurses and narcotics

    She sounds very sketchy. She's likely a diverter from what you describe. You should keep a log of all this. Dates, times, quotes, etc. What you describe is troubling.
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