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MikeyJ RN

Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis
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MikeyJ is a RN and specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

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    PhD in Education

    If you look at a President or Provost's bio, you will find that all of them started off as an assistant or associate professor and went up the ranks until they got full professor. They then usually start taking leadership positions within their department (i.e., Director of Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Dean of Research, etc.) and then eventually become Dean. It is then that they can begin to look at applying for positions of Provost or President. Also, if you look at most President or Provost's bios, nearly all of them have a Ph.D. in their specialty. Most of them have extensive experience in teaching and impressive lists of published publications. A Ph.D. in "Higher Education Leadership" will not give you a leg up... what will give you a leg up is many many many years of experience as a professor, hard work, and ensuring you publish a lot of research. President/Provost positions are far and few between and are extremely competitive. Go to higheredjobs website -- nearly all colleges/universities use this site and take a look at the requirements for president and provost positions.
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    Being Sued / Losing License

    2/3 of posts relate to being sued and losing license? I actually cannot remember the last time I read a posting related to either of these topics. I have only been a nurse for a few years but have never known anyone to lose their license or get sued.
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    Blood draws and Starting IVs

    Most nursing students do not get a whole lot of exposure to blood draws & IV's but do not fret... you should get a lot of experience when you begin working as an RN. As a student I probably did 2 IV sticks on patients and 2 or 3 on fellow classmates. I never did a blood draw as a student. As an RN I have done some blood draws and a few IV attempts -- I always have a seasoned RN in the room with me when I do my IV attempts so they can coach me. I have done a few blood draws but I work in the Ped's ICU and many of our patients have central lines and arterial lines, thus we always draw from them.
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    Need Easy RN school Ny or Jersey

    When you find an easy nursing school, let me know... :) And when you find that "easy" nursing school, you better check out how many students are passing their NCLEX licensing exams. There are schools that make it easier on their students to pass but in the end when they need to pass the NCLEX to become an RN, they have a tough time with it.
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    Has anyone done the NCSBN online Review?

    I was required to do it in nursing school and did not find it helpful at all. If you refer to the NCLEX discussion forum, there are quite a few threads on NCSBN, Kaplan, etc. :)
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    NY state NCLEX...need SSN?

    With any state board of nursing, you typically need to do finger printing, go through a background check, and be able to prove you are a U.S. resident or citizen.
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    How many schools did everyone apply to?

    I will only be applying to one, and it is the school I graduated with my BSN. Reason I am only applying to one is because I am locked into a 2 year contract with my hospital and cannot realistically move at this point. If I am not accepted, my school allows students to take 3 or 4 classes as a non-admitted student -- thus, I would begin taking those classes and apply again.
  8. University of Nevada Las Vegas
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    Lab work connected to which medicaiton!!

    I am unaware of any standing orders on my floor for labs with the exception of drawing a lab after a rider has completed.
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    Do you raid the patient fridge?

    I am jealous of some of your hospitals! Our hospital is dead broke and we have very little in our patient kitchen. I rarely take anything but I at times need to suck down a grape juice or apple juice when I become hypoglycemic.
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    Head injuries

    It depends on the extent of the head injury. With a severe closed injury, you usually have increasing ICP (intracranial pressures) which can damage brain tissues and cause herniation if not treated quickly enough. Severe CHI usually include intracranial hemmorhage (there are different types - subrual, subarrachnoid, epidural, etc.). Those type of CHI can be a surgical emergency. Open head injuries can be just as severe/deadly. But it depends on the type of injury -- with OHI, you usually have a penetrating or perforating type of injury. If the object passes through the brain and hits a major blood vessel, it can be just as severe as a CHI. The skull provides great protection, thus if an object hits the head and causes and open head injury, it usually does not penetrate deep into the brain because of the skull. I feel as if I am rambling here.. lol.. but usually a CHI as far worse results than an OHI, but an OHI (gunshot wound or something similar) can be just as severe or more severe than a CHI. Thankfully our skull protects us from objects penetrating too deeply into the brain.
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    per diem pay

    That makes no sense but with the financial crunch some hospitals are facing, I am betting more hospitals will be reducing their per diem rates.
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    self scheduling

    I am on orientation right now, thus it hasn't affected me yet... but I think it will be not so great once I am scheduling myself and can be bumped around because others have seniority.
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    self scheduling

    My unit uses self-scheduling based on seniority. We do monthly schedules and you schedule yourself for whatever 3 days you want to work and you mark what days you would like to be on-call and what days you can to overtime and you mark if you have any classes (ACLS, PALS, TNCC, etc.). The week before the new schedule comes out, the manager has a self-scheduling meeting where nurses can discuss who wants to switch their days if a certain day is short. It is based on seniority though -- thus, the low man on the todem poll usually is stuck working those days that no one else wants to.
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    general question about medications

    I was always taught to watch the patient take the PO med -- you should never leave them at the bedside. I work with ped's patients, so it is a bit different... but with the older kids, if they are not ready to take their PO meds, I put them in their bedside med lockbox and come back 20 or 30 minutes later to give them. I never leave them at their bedside and hope they take them.
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    peripheral IVs

    I agree that you may not always get blood return from a PIV. As long as the IV flushes with ease and no signs of infilitration or phlebitis, I still use the IV.