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  1. Pre-solidifying disposable suction cans?

    The ASC I worked at add solidifier pre-case. You are not adding enough that it will throw off the amount of fluid in the canister.
  2. Moving to Mississippi

    Hello. I am potentially moving to the Meridian, MS area this summer and am beginning to look at hospitals and jobs in the area and so far I'm not finding much. I have almost 12 years experience, 3.5 in the circulating in the OR specializing in trauma...
  3. Who Runs Your Operating Room?

    Charge nurses runs ours..m If there are issues we call our Trauma Anesthesiologist to triage...(s)he has to be the bad guy sometimes, but it's more helpful for doctor to doctor discuss when bumping a case.
  4. Transplant Team in your OR?

    We do kidney and pancreas transplants and do not have a dedicated team...we average 5 kidney transplants a month, pancreas is pretty rare and it's always in combination with a kidney. During the day the surgeons have their favorite GU scrubs that the...
  5. Nursing in Indianapolis

    IU Health laid off a large number of nurses. The majority of people St Vincent laid off we're not direct patient care staff, it was mainly unit clerks and cutting/combining management and directors. There are currently have a large number of open pos...
  6. STAT C-Section, Local anesthesia only.

    I'm shocked that any hospital with OB services isn't required to have Anesthesia in house 24/7 for situations like this! Sounds like the hospital needs to investigate this.
  7. Charting Bathing/Grooming/Dressing for FIMS

    When I was a rehab manager, I had all of my techs go through basic FIMs training so they understood what the nurses were looking for. They then were able to tell the nurse in better detail what the patient was able to do and where and how much assist...
  8. Are there 10 hr shifts in Nursing??

    We have 10 hr shifts in the OR.
  9. Preventable deaths while incarcerated.

    Sadly I'm not surprised. I recently had 2 young, otherwise healthy prisoners nearly die due to poor care while in prison. The first was in a fight & his head rammed into a cement wall. Per records, he immediately complained of a headache with nau...
  10. When A Nurse Needs A Doctor.....

    As an OR nurse, needing surgery means having staff you work with routinely, which I actually felt to be more comforting. I knew my surgeon was phenomenal because I had worked with him so many times and trusted him completely. And, I hand picked my An...
  11. How is the job market in Indiana?

    Most hospitals won't even look at your application until you pass your boards and are licensed in the state. You cannot work or even do orientation in a hospital until you have it. So they don't want to waste time interviewing applicants who can't st...
  12. Indianapolis RN jobs?

    The larger Indy hospitals are still trying to recover from the changes last year that led to layoffs. It is starting to pick back up, however, as you said patients aren't staying in the hospital as long and reimbursement sucks causing hospitals to wo...
  13. Scrub caps

    My hospital allows us to wear them but we are required to wear a bouffant cap over. They are now enforcing this with the surgeons, which hadn't been done before.
  14. How to get into Periop Nursing

    Most large hospital systems offer peri-op training programs, basically paid on the job training. Mine was 6 months, during which time we did the AORN peri-op 101 program and learned the ins and outs of surgery before spending the last 4-ish months in...
  15. Most common Adult surgeries

    From an OR nurse... Elective/scheduled surgeries: Hysterectomies, cholecystectomy, total joint replacements, hernia repair, laminectomy/spinal fusion, prostatectomy, plastics (tummy tuck, breasts). Urgent/emergent: appy, fracture repair (hip/mid-shaf...
  16. RN refresher

    Community Health used to offer one. Not sure if they still do but worth checking in to if you're still looking.
  17. Best Burn Centers in US??

    Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, IN is a phenomenal burn center. Eskenazi (formerly Wishard) is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is (I believe) Indiana's only adult burn center. Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana's on...
  18. need to contact a flight nurse

    I would recommend contacting the Trauma Coordinator of a Level 1 or 2 Trauma Center near you. Another option would be to research air medical transport and contact them.
  19. Low Census

    Very rarely do we have a time where we're not busy and need to send staff home or have them come in late. But when we do encounter that, PRN staff have to go first. Then, we go with volunteers - we always have a list of people wanting to go home earl...
  20. transferring from outpatient to acute care operating room

    I work FT in a hospital and PRN at a surgery center, circulating ORs at both. The biggest difference is the patient population. At a surgery center, patients are generally healthy, with little to no anesthesia risk. In the hospital, patients are ofte...
  21. Do you dream about work?

    I frequent have work related dreams. I work trauma surgery and last year when I was off after having surgery, I had nightly dreams of traumas. My surgeon (also one of my trauma surgeons) thought I was nuts but let me go back to work before my dreams ...
  22. Eggcrate pads

    We use pink gel foam type pads, probably similar to what you're talking about. The pad comes with a draw sheet & foam straps to assist in securing the patient. For larger patients we use a different strap. On the rare occasion we don't have the p...
  23. OR nurses don't deal with PCAs

    In my facility, PCAs are discontinued by the floor nurse prior to coming to the OR so we don't ever see them.
  24. Post-operative gas pains

    After multiple laparoscopic surgeries and enduring the shoulder pain, I finally found the only thing that helped was a heating pad on my shoulder. It helped tremendously and the last two surgeries (since I found this helps) have been much more bearab...
  25. Communication Tools in the OR

    Our PCTs have Voceras, so we can easily reach them. Our patient tracking system is also linked to their Vocera so when we click "procedure end" they are notified to come help with transfers and turnover. Our charge nurses and nurse managers each carr...