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    Work From Home: Nurse Case Manager

    Thanks for the article. I'm a new graduate registered nurse and have realized that bed-side nursing isn't really for me. Do you have any tips as to how I can transition into case management nursing?
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    IV Question

    Thanks for the response Castiela and DextersDisciple. There's always a preceptor present, but I'd like to clarify a few things. Let's consider the following example: Ancef 500 mg IV q6h. Supply is Ancef 1 g vial - add 2.6 mL diluent to yield a total of 3 mL for a concentration of 330 mg/mL. Infuse using a 50 mL solution of D5W over 20 minutes. So I would require 1.5 mL, which would be injected into the 50 mL bag for a total volume of 51.5 mL. In school we learned that when setting up the Alaris pump, we would enter 51.5 mL as the VTBI. However in practice I see that staff normally just go with 50 mL as is set up in the guardrails. Also, when the pharmacy prepares such medications, they also just go with the 50 mL. What is best practice in this case?
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    IV Question

    Hi all, I'm a nursing student on a pediatric unit and have a question regarding IVs. We use Alaris pumps. When administering a medication (i.e. antibiotic) via secondary line (piggyback), I notice that there's usually always some medication left in the chamber and tubing after infusion is complete and the primary line resumes. Is this normal, if not, why is it happening? When administering a saline flush via syringe in the pump after medication, I press 'channel select' > '10mL syringe' > basic infusion. Here, it doesn't let me enter the duration for the flush, which I was told should be around 4 minutes. The VTBI also says "ALL" and doesn't let me input 3mL. I can only enter the rate. It would be great if someone can guide me step-by-step on how to run a saline flush via syringe. When giving IV push med (i.e. antibiotic), my preceptor told me to pause the infusion and kink the tubing prior to doing so. But I've also heard that you don't have to pause the infusion or kink the tubing due to 'positive pressure'. Is this true? Thanks, I appreciate the help
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    Tested positive for TB 1 step test?

    Just wanted to provide a quick update. The CXR was negative. The school just told me to get the yearly CXR and I don't need to have the skin test done again. It doesn't impact my placements at all. I appreciate all the responses!
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    Tested positive for TB 1 step test?

    Thanks all. I went in for my chest x-ray today, and will have to wait a few days for the report to come in. I knew the risks before going into nursing, but it's still a strange feeling when being tested positive.
  6. Hello all, I'm a BScN student and about to graduate in a few months. I had the yearly 1 step TB skin test done, which the physician determined as positive, with a 16mm induration. I have always tested negative prior to this. I don't have any signs or symptoms of TB. Also, I was born in North America so didn't get the BCG vaccine. I have to go for a chest x-ray pretty soon, and I'm a little worried that it might affect my ability to participate in clinical practice and work in the NICU (which is my goal). I don't really understand how I may have even acquired this since I don't recall coming in contact with patients who were TB positive. If the chest x-ray is negative, can it prevent me from continuing in the nursing program or work in the NICU down the road?
  7. I'm completing a BScN in Canada and want to apply to American NP Programs (MScN) that are online. Does anyone know of any that are accredited and fully online?
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    NP programs that don't require work experience

    I think it's wiser for me to start an NP program right away if I can, mostly because the pharmacology/pathophysiology I learned is still fresh in my mind. Also, I plan on pursuing it part-time while working full time, so I'll attain experience as an RN anyway.
  9. Hi all, I am finishing up my BScN and plan on pursuing an MScN to become an NP after. Does anyone know of schools either in Canada or the US (if the States, on-line or close to Ontario if not) that don't require previous work experience as an RN? I looked into some schools in Canada but they require 2-3 years of experience as an RN.
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    Trent University Compressed Nursing 2016

    Hey all, I'm also in the Trent compressed program and started in September 2015. If you have any questions let me know.
  11. Hey guys, I'm required to take anatomy & physiology for my nursing program and can either take the online version from Trent or the in-class version. It would be great if someone can share their experience with either the online or in-class variations of these courses. I have never taken an online course before, but it seems to offer a bit more flexibility. Is it generally more time-consuming?
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    RPN or RN? help!

    If you want to go RN, do it. Don't worry about age. I'm 25 now and going for a 2-year RN program which means I'll be 27 when I'm done. Granted, I also wasted time and most of my friends are already independent and have well paying careers. But I don't let that deter me from pursuing my goal which is to be a NP down the road. If being a nurse is what you'll do until you retire, then you have plenty of time to work and become independent.
  13. That's a tough choice. I've heard good things about the western nursing program. It really comes down to which location you prefer and where you'd like to do your placements. Have you visited both campuses/cities? Pick the one you prefer.
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    Ontario Second-Entry Nursing (2015)

    I spoke to a family friend who is a nursing manager and hires nurses, and I was informed that nurses are hired based on the skill set they possess, not based on where they did their placements. I.e., if you want to work in a mental health department, you should possess a skill set in that area (which is attained by doing a placement in that area). I'm assuming that getting a job in Toronto as a new grad would be very difficult anyway.
  15. Hello, I've applied to the Humber Second Entry Nursing Program and will have to complete the Preparation Semester which includes Intro Psychology, Intro Statistics, Human Anatomy, Pathophysiology, and Microbiology and maintain at least a 74% in these courses to move onto the nursing program. I've been out of school for a few years and so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of the difficulty of these courses. For anyone that has taken the Preparation Semester or the above courses, is it realistic for a person of average intellect to attain a 74% in those courses taking into account the content and course-load?
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    Second-Entry Nursing Programs - 2014 Hopeful

    @SarahLydia Hey, I was accepted to Trent for this year but couldn't attend for financial reasons. I have a 9.9 average for my last 10 courses on the McMaster scale which is around an 83%. I think you should still apply because people cancel their admission offers for various reasons (like I did). Also, many people sometimes don't want to attend nursing programs away from the GTA for logistical reasons. I'm applying again this year and hopefully receive an offer.