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  1. fiestynurse: I haven't had a miscarriage in the past. This is my first pregnancy. I think my OB was concerned about an implantation problem d/t my low progesterone levels and the spotting. My mother talked to our family pharmacist today about pro...
  2. Doey: Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my post. It is very reassuring to hear that all the women you know who were on progesterone had no ill effects. I did some more research on progesterone...and the web site I was on classifi...
  3. Thanks for your responses, everyone. Kaknurse: You're the one trying to get pregnant, right? I am confident that you will have a baby some day. Thank you for the prayers. Shay: Thank you for validating the information my doctor has given ...
  4. I need a little advice/input here. I am 30 years old and found out recently that I was pregnant. I was thrilled. I have endometriosis and didn't know if I would ever be able to have a child without medical intervention. Anyway, now my world s...
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    Any tried and true home remedies?

    A patient's mother told me of this home remedy. She swore that it worked better than anything you could buy at a store.
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    The best books

    Nursing Made Insanely Easy - This book is a good supplement to your nursing books. It is a fast, easy read...and it has a ton of acronyms and mnemonics to help you remember everything you learn in class. author: Sylvia Rayfield & Loretta M...
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    can ANYBODY relate?!

    I admire your strength and persistence. Keep up all your work and you will achieve your dream. Although I can not relate with your struggles due to your ADHD, I can relate with the difficulty of the nursing program. I think the majority of us stru...
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    Use of saline in endotrachial suction

    In school I was taught to NEVER use saline for any type of suctioning (except for suctioning of the nares). However, during my preceptorship in PICU, many of the veteran nurses used saline while suctioning trachs. I never saw anyone use saline to s...
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    nurse to patient ratio

    I was just curious about the nurse to patient ratios out there, especially for those on night shift. What are your ratios...and do you consider them safe?
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    HESI exam

    I am not quite sure, but I think the school can make passing the hesi test a requirement. If your school had low NCLEX passing rates in the past, they use the hesi test as an indicator of who may fail. The school doesn't want those at risk of faili...
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    Stethoscope question

    Try this link: http://www.ultrascopes.com
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    Stethoscope question

    Have you ever tried an Ultrascope? I am hard of hearing and found the amplification of heart and lung sounds to be greater than my Littmann Cardiology III. The ultrascopes cost about $99.00 and come in neonatal, pediatric, and adult size heads. Th...
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    Night Shift Help

    I know this sounds terrible, but Tylenol PMs and Simply Sleep have become my friends. I usually take two at 10 am on my first night in, and wake up at 4 pm (I have a long commute and need to leave by 5:30 pm). The other days, I fall asleep natuall...
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    Need Assistance from the many Pet owners here :)

    Hey Brandy...why don't you try a pet rat? They are very sociable. I have had many rats in the past...they are like little dogs. I know it sounds crazy, but it is true. My rats used to climb to the top of their cage to greet me when I walked in my...
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    Our staffing is based on acuity. We have a wide range of patients, so in our PICU we also have an intermediate section for those too sick to be on the general peds floor, but not sick enough to be in the ICU. In intermediate the ratio is generally ...
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    Where do I look for scholarship information?

    In addition to your financial aid dept, also try your dept of nursing. The nursing dept often has its own private scholarships available...and they will also have information about scholarships from the Dept of Public Health. My advice to you is ...