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cracklingkraken ASN, RN

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I am a new RN working on an oncology unit in MI. I enjoy meeting new people and making new connections, so feel free to shoot me a message.

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    Help! Landing Interviews, But Not Jobs

    It took me 11 applications, 4 interviews, and 1 offer to get my current job as a new nurse. Have you been looking at graduate nurse positions? These openings don't expect you to have any nursing experience, but you have to be able to sell yourself, so to speak. Practice before your interviews, and research the hospital. If you can find anything about the specific unit you'll be working on, bonus points. Good luck!
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    Hospital recommendations?

    I'm a soon-to-be new graduate, looking to move to MI from IN. I'm hoping that some of you MI nurses can give me some insight about the working conditions and support for graduate nurses at the hospitals, specifically in Detroit area. I've looked at Henry Ford Wyandotte, Beaumont Royal Oak, and Providence Hospital in Southfield thus far. Any words of wisdom?
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    04/09 WILTW: Confused LOLs

    I received a voicemail from a MI hospital to schedule interview. I have a question, though. It was for a Clinical Nurse II position, but said that graduate nurses would be considered. So should I not worry about the fact that it's a CN II position instead of CN I?
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    04/09 WILTW: Confused LOLs

    Aha! I finally found the answer. The local ischemia causes a hypoxic environment, that encourages growth for anaerobic organisms.
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    04/09 WILTW: Confused LOLs

    I feel like I'm in limbo at the moment. I like being busy rather than having nothing to do, which is where I'm at. Also, can anyone tell me why localized ischemia and necrosis, resulting from necrotizing fasciitis, contributes to bacterial proliferation? I'm stumped.
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    04/09 WILTW: Confused LOLs

    Sorry I haven't responded! I've been in the woods (literally, in the woods where service is virtually non-existent) serving at a church retreat. I have been reading through all your posts, though. I'm so sorry, Viva. I can't imagine what you're going through. I am going to my doctor's for an overdue Pap, so I'm going to mention my symptoms to her and also get a prescription for OCP. I learned that, when I'm with my healthcare friends, I actually understand what they're talking about. We discussed everything from drugs to wounds and all the in-betweens. Meanwhile, the non-healthcare friends were staring at us in a mixture of confusion and disgust. I learned what necrotizing facsiitis is. I'm ready to graduate and work. I'm tired of being a poor, unemployed college student.
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    04/09 WILTW: Confused LOLs

    Hello, everyone! ixchel has been a trooper, juggling many things on her plate, so I have relieved her for this coming week. Here are some of the things I've humbly learned throughout this week: 1. That confused LOL who presses the call light constantly, and presses it several times while you're in the room with her, is charming for the first 5 minutes you meet her. Every time the call light goes off after that makes you want to run in the opposite direction, as fast as you can. Now, I understand what people mean when they say they hear a call light going off during the night. I've been hearing call lights ever since I got home. 2. I'm almost as giddy as my patient when his Foley and wound V.A.C. are removed after weeks of being hospitalized. 3. I emptied my first colostomy bag and was able to teach my fellow cohorts how to do it as well. I've never felt so happy to see a BM (On a side note, am I the only one who notices that my BMs smell like my pt's later on in the day?). 4. A positive Kernig's and Brudzinski's sign are indicative of meningeal irritation and that's not good. 5. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram negative bacteria that is multidrug resistant. Also, not good. 6. Just plastering a smile on your face throughout the shift can really brighten people's days. Although internally, I might not be feeling it, I don't let it show because, come on, the people in the hospital need a LOT more cheering up than I do. 7. Don't inject air into Dilaudid because it will blow the end off the vial. Thankfully, I did not do this, and my instructor told me not to before I even started drawing it up. I also got to flush a central port. 8. My sarcasm and dark/dry humor is not wasted on my clinical mates. 9. There are doctors who don't see some tasks as "beneath them". Garbed in isolation dress, I poked my head out to have a fellow mate grab me some iced water. Seeing my searching gaze, a passing doctor - who was easy on the eyes - asked me what I needed and then brought me some water for my patient. 10. I've been having trouble with frequent urination, including waking up in the middle of the night, even though my bladder isn't that full. It's been irritating, and I'm wondering if I should go see my doctor sometime. I haven't been too concerned, but since it's been persisting for a month now, I do wonder... I've ran through, in my head, the possibilities of diabetes, cancer, and hyperthyroidism with my current symptoms. So, what have you learned this week?
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    Nurse/Doctor Friendships

    So, fraternizing in the on-call room is a bad idea?
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    It depends. Ours are anywhere from 8-10.
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    4/2 WILTW: Disney Edition

    No, I didn't. That's fascinating, though. I'm not sure I would want to be awake for that. Is that routine or do they only do it for higher risk patients?
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    About those new grads----!!!!!

    Speaking as part of Generation Y, I think that the expectations of new grads as to what a job should be like is unrealistic. We are told the world is our oyster and hard work will prevail, and you can find your ideal job if you're willing to apply yourself. That is not the case. That's just from my observations, though.
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    4/2 WILTW: Disney Edition

    I learned that the normal range for ICP is 0-15 mmHg. If it's >20 mmHg, it's time to call doc. Doll's eyes is really creepy and indicates severe brain damage. It's usually from trauma or shaken baby syndrome. You have to keep a pt up for 24 hrs before an EEG to elicit seizure activity. Gum hyperplasia is a common effect of anticonvulsants. A tPA must be administered within 3 hrs of the onset of stroke symptoms to be effective. A carotid endarterectomy is when the carotid artery is surgically opened and/or cleaned to reduce stroke risk.
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    4/2 WILTW: Disney Edition

    Exactly. Gotta love the Midwest. On another note, my alma mater has a possible outbreak of the mumps. 5 cases have been confirmed, but I know my brother is fairly safe because HE WAS VACCINATED.
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    ASN vs BSN

    I'm finishing the last semester of my ADN program. It was a financial decision, but none of my classmates have found it to be a hindrance in their job search. Many of my classmates have already secured jobs in the ER, PACU, PCU, and OR.
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    4/2 WILTW: Disney Edition

    Alright, ixchel. I would be happy and honored to host the WILTW thread this week. I actually spoke to noelly recently. She is alive and well, just busy with her new job.
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    4/2 WILTW: Disney Edition

    "The only thing that could make this day better is ice cream" - M.Scott Thanks! I'm always learning something new, but retaining and applying it is a whole different story. If no one else volunteers, ixchel, I would be willing to. And I do graduate in a month and intend on taking the NCLEX ASAP, so I will (hopefully) be a nurse fairly soon!

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