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babeinboots BSN, RN

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    C-EFM with no L&D experience

    I would start with the Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced fetal Monitoring courses offered by AWHONN before tackling the EFM certification from NCC. I’m currently studying for the exam myself and hear it’s pretty difficult even with L&D experience. The AWHONN courses will give you basic and foundational knowledge of fetal monitoring. As far a studying for the exam, I’m using Mosby’s pocket guide to fetal Monitoring. Also they have practice questions on the NCC website and you can pay for practice exams on https://www.ccprwebsite.org/cp_product.cfm?i=200 Good luck!
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    Cal State Fullerton MSN Fall 2019

    Which MSN program did you apply for? I was just looking on the CSUF website and it looks like the women’s health track is the only one that requires interviews... All tracks are suppose to be notified of admission decisions by the end of March. I’m trying not to panic but I just feel like interview invites would have went out already...
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    Survival guide for women of color

    Although what you said is not wrong, this IS a WOC problem. Education and social economic status have been included in these studies. An African American mother with an advanced college degree is still more likely to die or her infant die, than a white woman with an 8th grade education. The US has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of developed countries and black women and babies are affected more than any other racial group.
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    Casual and part time work?Hello

    Short answer, yes. Coordinating orientation and schedules between the two jobs will be the tricky part. Good luck and congrats on the job offers.
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    OMG, your facility sounds like a dream! My facility is pretty much what AZBlueBell described. I've even been pulled out of my recovery before because a nurse who was watching my other pt kept having questions. It's definitely not safe and as a result we have a pretty high turnover rate and actually hire 2 new grad groups each year.
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    Torn between jobs

    To me it's a no brainer, take the urgent care job! No way in hell I would put up with all the BS of acute care without benefits and competitive pay and still be expected to work full time hours. Congratulations on the job offers and good luck!
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    Disclosing work history

    You should disclose it. Odds are it will show up on the background check and then you could be disqualified due to lying on your application. Good luck and congrats on the new job.
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    hopeful future nurse, advice needed!

    It depends on how accelerated your program is... My "accelerated" BSN program was 21 months and I was able to work 2-3 12 hour shifts a week just fine. But some accelerated programs are only 12 months long and I imagine it would be very difficult to work during a program that intense. Only you know what you can handle. Some hospitals have CNA type positions available to nursing students after the complete Fundamentals, and usually by that time you've developed a study routine and know what you can handle. Good luck.
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    Foley placement

    I don't do foleys on males (I work in L&D) but from what I remember in school, you advance all the way for males because their urethra is so long. As for females, you are suppose to advance another inch or so after seeing urine return. I personally just advance it all the way, inflate the balloon and the '"excess" just slides out anyway. It's an outdated practice to pull or tug on the catheter. The only time I've had a foley I was numb and didn't feel a thing but I have had pts who say it is uncomfortable even when properly placed. But it should not be painful.
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    Lost on where to nurse next

    If OP wants to avoid action and save their back, I would not recommend L&D. I think the jobs Been there, done that mentioned are more up OP's alley.
  11. I'm not a CRNA but at my facility our anesthesiologists/CRNAs give a test dose first and then give the bolus dose after a few minutes (usually after 2-3 minutes). Usually they wait for the BP to recycle and to see if the pt has a negative reaction to the test dose. Maybe that practice is provider or facility specific?
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    Do 3, 12 hr shifts for weekdays only exist?

    At the clinic where I worked, there was no rotating Saturdays. If you were MWF, then that was your schedule. Of course you could switch with another nurse if you needed a particular day off and didn't want to use PTO. I'm not sure if this was specific to my clinic or to the whole company.
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    Do 3, 12 hr shifts for weekdays only exist?

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    Do 3, 12 hr shifts for weekdays only exist?

    I worked at a dialysis clinic where there was a MWF 12 hour shift schedule. Not so sure about acute care...
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    What can certificates/ training can I get now

    No problem. I know it's recommended to stay at your first RN job for at least a year or two and it's a great idea, but if a L&D job opportunity presents itself, I say take it. OB jobs are hard to come by, especially L&D. I was at my first RN job for 11 months when I was given the opportunity to start at L&D New Grad residency. I definitely felt bad about leaving my old job but opportunities like that don't come along every day. Good luck.