RNin2007

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  1. Here are the Patho guides that I promised to put up awhile ago. Just right click on the link, and "save as." These were tailored to how my instructor taught the class, and what we were expected to know. They are a combo of lecture notes, notes from m...
  2. Med abbrevs for word?

    Does anyone know of a website that has medical abbreviations that I can copy and paste into word? Specifically I am looking for formatted ones, like "with"...the c with the line over it, "after" p with the line over it...etc...and others. Thank you :...
  3. any EKG reading tips?

    We are learning to interpret EKG readings, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips to share. Also, if you have a way of memorzing the intervals (i.e. P wave = 0.06 - 0.12 seconds)...that would be a huge help! I do understand that depolarization = ...
  4. Length of Nicu Admission

    How intermittent are the feedings given via gavage? We sometimes send kids home on gavage feedings (after parents are taught how to do so). We also had parents not long ago that were very adamant on not having a G tube and the baby went home on NG fe...
  5. One of those weeks

    Oh wow, so sorry - that is truly a bad week.
  6. Outcomes for Periventricular Leukomalacia(PVL)

    Wow you surely know a lot about this child...but as you know we can't give out medical advice. I will just share a few "off topic" things about my own child who has PVL. He also scores above the standards on state testing. He is quite intelligent. He...
  7. I need someone to Interview, A NICU nurse for school

    Understand a lot of students post here wanting the same thing....manners in how you are asking for help go a long way. Also you might utilize the search feauture to find some of these answers.
  8. Why I want NICU-good reasons? (long)

    Lots of agreement with PPs, as a mom of 3, and mom to two micro-prems, NICU is definitely not a place to work because *you love babies* (as was said), however it sounds like you have thought it over well and are on a great path! I love my job and ca...
  9. Outcomes for Periventricular Leukomalacia(PVL)

    Quick add....my 11 year old was a former 29 weeker and had/has PVL and hydrocephalus. He had his shunt removed at 2, and is completely normal. He scores above average on state testing in school and has NO medical issues from being a preemie.
  10. 5 babies die in India hospital

    That is so sad
  11. Octuplets

    That is why I questioned it. I've only been a nurse for a year and a half and wasn't sure. Sorry for not knowing this.
  12. Octuplets

    I heard that the state of CA paid for her IVF? Did they not even screen this mother to see if she was a good candidate? What is the screening criteria? It does not even seem ethical to transfer 8 embryos. She'll probably sue Kaiser for malpractice an...
  13. Octuplets

    Yeah, our local news said they would be in the hospital for about 2 weeks. The smallest was 1 lb. 8 oz. and they were born at 30 weeks. Um .... we'll see about that!
  14. Preemie Mom turned NICU Nurse?

    I am a mom to two preemies (26 weeker and 29 weeker) and they were my inspiration for wanting to be a nurse. I love my job, and really can understand what parents are going through. You have to have good boundaries (don't expect every parent to exper...
  15. Still not comforatble with NICU

    I've been in the NICU for a year now (this month) and I feel the same way you do. My orientation was very slow...we are a small unit as it is, and I had NO admissions on orientation, and only one level 3 patient. I feel exactly the same way you do an...
  16. Maybe I need some reassurance...

    I was wondering if anyone else could share a similar story. I'm about to enter my second year of nursing in a smallish level 3 NICU (26 bed, no surgeries or ECMO). We haven't had a lot of vented patients since i've come off orientation in June but I ...
  17. Maybe I need some reassurance...

    Definitely get bored if I have a stable vent patient and nothing is going on with them. :grn:
  18. Maybe I need some reassurance...

    Wow, you had two vented patients that night? When we have a vented patient it's a 1 on 1 assignment (however we are a small 26 bed unit). That sounds like it was a rough night, I can only imagine. I am really starting to enjoy level 3, and learned a ...
  19. Bubble CPAP?

    We use bubble cpap and monitor it also by checking frequently. I've not been around long enough to follow kids toaster heads lol but I have my own 29 week preemie who spent a fair number of days on CPAP and has a very slightly noticable toaster head ...
  20. Maybe I need some reassurance...

    I'm learning right here reading these replies...this is so helpful to me. Appreciate all of you who are chiming in on this, because my level 3 orientation and number of vented patients i've had has been very limited. The tubing was propped on another...
  21. Maybe I need some reassurance...

    Yeah, I was told by dayshift RN in report "he does much better prone" as far as saturations and comfort level. He didn't seem to be overly active but maybe he did need some sedation. Thanks Steve.
  22. Level III NICU, low census days q....

    Cancel you? ...yep and we get squares for that...MTO FLoat you?....if they need us we can float to peds, OB (post-partum) Let you be over by 1 nurse? .....occasionally And for those that have to float...where do they put you? ......(answered above) :...
  23. Kangaroo Care

    We kangaroo stable kids with lines and on the vent - not HFOV or while on nitric but that is because the baby is usually not stable enough to tolerate it. My own two kids were 26 and 29 weekers and are now 14 and 11...I did kangaroo care when they we...
  24. NICU parent as a NICU nurse good or bad?

    I am a former NICU mom. I keep very good boundaries with my own experiences and my job. It helps me to relate and understand, and because my professional boundaries are well defined, I think it is very beneficial thing. I very much understand what pa...
  25. Sharing a happy moment

    This last weekend I had a term IDM baby...won't be with us long, he got his RDS and sugars straightened out, he just needs to learn how to eat. His parents are really nice and they have a 3 yr old girl as well. They brought her in and I could tell th...