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NICU, Trauma, Infusion, Research, MPH, ASN, FNP Student

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BeachsideRN has 2 years experience as a ASN and specializes in NICU.

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  1. This is why I am so thankful my school assigns preceptors. Good luck OP
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    UCF DNP 2019

    Anyone else here apply for UCF (Central Florida) DNP program? I applied for the FNP track for 2019. I applied through the non-nursing bachelor's path as I have a BA in chemistry, MPH, and an ASN RN. Hoping to find out soon!
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    Whiskey peg tube flush?

    When my grandmother was in an ALF, she had an order for Vodka, I believe she was allowed 2oz TID. She loved her bloody marys. She was a lifelong alcoholic and a big time smoker. She had no other major health issues. I asked to have her body donated to the local medical school when she passed because she should have had liver disease, HBP and other issues the way she drank and smoke. I was overruled by the rest of the family though. ETA: We provided the vodka for her, portioned out, she liked Skky. The home would take it and store it in the med room.
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    Many nurses do not chart?

    Nope. But CMS has changed the way they reimburse. That's why there are things that must be charted (like turns, pressure ulcers present on arrival os, etc)
  5. BeachsideRN

    Question to Catholic nurses

    Our priests will "puree" the host with holy water. If patient can't swallow or NPO they say a blessing the way they do at mass for those who can't or wish not to receive communion. Hospice patients are allowed communion even if they are on swallow precautions because it's comfort care, the ministers soften the host with holy water for them as well
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    Vit K, Erythromycin, and Hep B?

    When I had my son, 4 years ago, my OB went through all of this stuff during my prenatal checkups. When I had a preterm labor scare (28w) she reviewed potential complications and interventions with me. Then as I got closer to term we talked about things like vaccines, interventions done bedside, things done in nursery, what to expect type of things. This was before I went to nursing school.
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    Good online NP school for a non nursing bachelors degree

    UCF does not. There are 3 courses you have to take to "bridge" into the FNP portion of the DNP. They are the same 3 courses BSN students take in their final semester
  8. BeachsideRN

    Good online NP school for a non nursing bachelors degree

    I'm going through UCF. I have a Bs chemistry, MPH and ASN
  9. BeachsideRN

    Is leaving before hurricane abandonment?

    Our hospital policy only exempts per diems if they are on storm duty at another facility, if you have a child under 2, are primary caregiver for children or elderly, etc.
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    MHA and RN program vs MPH with RN?

    This is true, my program was considered a professional program for FA purposes.
  11. BeachsideRN

    MHA and RN program vs MPH with RN?

    MHA is likely more lucrative if you are looking to accelerate into leadership positions at healthcare organizations. On the other hand, of founding or running non profits and grass roots programs is your thing then the MPH is a match.
  12. BeachsideRN

    UCF MSN or DNP for 2017

    Hey. Congrats to you guys. Did anyone get into the NP program via the non-nursing bachelors route? I came to nursing completely backwards í ½í¸‚ I am a second career RN with a Bachelors in chemistry, a Masters in Public Health, and an associates in nursing. I've enrolled in the courses required to "bridge" to apply for the DNP program without a BSN but I'm nervous that I won't get in to the DNP program that way and thinking I should suck it up and get the BSN to open up my options to more programs than UCF. Such a tough choice. Any advice would be appreciated.
  13. You should call a local hospital and try to talk to a nurse in the NI there. I am a new nurse in the NICU. 1. It depends on the patient. I chart (a lot), give meds, feed babies, change diapers, do assessments, use the nursing process to determine what the baby needs. 2. Yes, I like my job. There are some days I don't though. It is emotionally taxing. I see babies that likely will not survive, that have been abandoned by their parents, born addicted to drugs, and a variety of other sad situations. 3. The ability to multitask is a must. 4. You need to be an RN. In my area, an associate's degree is satisfactory for getting a hospital job in the NICU. Yours may require a BSN and/or many years of nursing experience before landing an NICU position. 5. It is competitive in my area but not unheard of for new grads to get positions in NICUs at 2 of the local hospitals 6. Check salary.com for your area. NI nurses are paid the same as other units and varies based on experience.
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    New Grad

    Thank you for the advice! Glad to know my feelings are somewhat normal. It helps alleviate some of the self-doubt. Kschenz - on the unit preceptors are assigned, which is likely part of the issue. Also, turnover is high at the hospital so there aren't many senior nurses. The nurses are overworked - always working overtime,the unit (and hospital as a whole is severely understaffed) and they don't get a good differential to precept (I think it's only $1/h extra). So, I definitely understand the frustration from the preceptor's point of view. I am happy to report my last 3 shifts have been better. The assignments (and staffing) were better - giving my preceptor more time to teach rather than just have me task in order to get everything done that needed to be done for the shift. It's a learning curve for sure.
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    School nurses - thoughts on this?

    This brings up a good point, why aren't teachers required to have CPR/BLS training? Seems like they have a good chance of being encountered with an emergency situation
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    New Grad

    So, I'm a new grad in the NICU... I was a tech on the same unit for my last semester of nursing school. I thought I really liked NI, I thought it would definitely get more interesting and exciting once I was a full fledged nurse there. But, I'm feeling a bit underwhelmed. I am in the middle of my preceptorship, exactly 6 weeks in. My first 4 weeks, I loved my preceptor - she was very knowledgeable, seasoned, and really taught me about patho, labs, equipment unique to the neo population - along with the policies and procedures of the unit. The day shift nurses were more mature and very helpful in helping me learn. Then, I switched shifts. My new preceptor - I have no doubt she is smart and very good at her job, but I don't get the same attention from her. She seems to be more annoyed that I don't already know everything, leaves me to myself more often than I am comfortable with (I haven't had NRP yet and we had a mirco that was kinda unstable so I was freaking out). Plus, I feel very awkward with the night shift RNs - they are mostly young, whereas I am older and on my second career. So far, the only feedback I have gotten has been regarding my charting - minor details specificto the system that they use, it's repetitive and ancient. But yet I feel like - especially my current preceptor feels like I am a subpar nurse. I've notice things like she rolls her eyes when I do things in a different order than she does, or she jumps in and finishes an assessment because I am going to slow, or makes faces that lead me to belive I am doing something wrong when moving a baby. Like, I was moving a vented mirco with a large tumor, while my preceptor was changing linens and her face was making the "omg NO don't do that" face but she never corrected me or made a suggestion to me. Then come to find out she went and told another RN that I didn't know what I was doing. Which, I will admit - I did the best I could, but was terrified the whole time. Anyway, I really want to enjoy my time in the NI and make the most of my preceptorship. Any advice? I already have Merenstein's - which I read as often as I can but it's not very helpful with nursing interventions.