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HeartsOpenWide RN

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HeartsOpenWide is a RN and specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

I went to school to be an OB nurse. Worked my but off and am reaping the benifits of my hard work

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    On Call policy

    What is the on call policy in your department? Do you have someone "on call" when things are slow that can be retrieved at any point of a shift? We have always had on call coverage for an entire shift (12hrs/shift ), we are a rural hospital without MDs or surgery in house after hours, we often get patients un-announced, and occasionally they come in precipitating (assisted another RN with a "door way delivery" once). Administration is now saying they will only pay for 10 hours of on call (we are only paid $4/hr as it is for Pete's sake) in interest of saving $8, because "that's the way M/S does it" (surgery has 24 hours on call and ER doesn't take call at all, they are always staffed). We are conceded about this 2 hour gap between shifts where there will be no coverage.
  2. When I was in nursing school they told us "we are not going to spoon feed you this information"...I use to joke and say "they should have said 'you have to buy the gun, assemble the gun, hunt the deer, skin the deer, and cook the deer yourself in order to eat it; we will just give you a 1000 page book on how to do it so you can figure it out' " remember, most of your teachers are nurses, just that...my best nursing instructors were the few that had a masters in education. You have to learn to study smart. It took me several semesters to study the right way...no one can read all those chapters. Read the boxes and info in the margins, if it doesn't make sense THEN read the whole page, and always read the summary at the end of the chapter; and ALWAYS read before class, you are better prepared and can ask questions about things you didn't understand
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    Carseat for babies under 4lbs

    Did the baby pass it's "car seat challenge"? Most babies that small go in a car bed
  4. Interested in getting away from shift work and still working in a (California) hospital? My place of work will soon have an Out Patient Coordinator position available. It's a 8-4 job, M-F, no weekends, no holidays. Labor experience is a must. You would be doing scheduled NSTs, labor checks, admits, ect. Sometimes, when things are extra busy on the labor side (we are an LDRP unit) and slow on the out pt said, the out pt nurse is expected to take a labor patient. PM me if you are qualified and interested! I'll get you connected with my manager.
  5. My place of work will soon have an Out Patient Coordinator position available. It's a 8-4 job, M-F, no weekends, no holidays. Labor experience is a must. You would be doing scheduled NSTs, labor checks, admits, ect. Sometimes, when things are extra busy on the labor side (we are an LDRP unit) and slow on the out pt said, the out pt nurse is expected to take a labor patient. PM me if you are qualified and interested! I'll get you connected with my manager.
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    New grads shouldn't work in ICU?

    I started out in a specialty unit ((LDRP). I graduated with honors, sigma theta tau, took extra clinical courses through an additional collage, took a beginning midwifery course separate from my nursing courses, and became a certified doula during nursing school. There are your average students and your above average students. Some new grads do great in specialty units while others do better starting in med/surg. To make a blanket statement that new grads should not start out in specialty units is saying all new grads are equal; (I don't know how to say this without being rude) but that simply is not true.
  7. It went away because it is cheap and anesthesiologist are not needed (IMO) I sure hope it comes back!
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    Repeated Tries x 5 to Enter L/D field--Still applying Suggestions

    Look into cross training so you can go over to the L&D department when things are slow in your department and things are busy over there. Have you talked to the manager of the L&D department at the hospital you work at? Ask what you have to do to get transferred
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    Labor & delivery after graduation?

    You can not work as an LPN and get a job as an L&D nurse. You might be able to find a job as a post partum nurse, but it could be hard. I know our hospital only hires RNs because they can work all departments (LDRP and nursery) If you find a large hospital that has a separate postpartum unit you might be able to get a job. This could be could to work while in school to go on and get your RN (so you can move on to L&D)
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    Debating whether to move to CA or to CT.

    Unless you have experience, it will be very hard to find a job in CA
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    What was your GPA, when you got accepted into nursing school?

    3.5 is a perfectly fine GPA. Notice that those posting GPAS of 4.0 also post that their GPA has dropped since nursing school, mine raised in nursing school. Those of us that returned to nursing often had lower GPAs to start because we didn't know what we wanted when we were young, didn't care as much about our grades when were were young, and/or excel better with material that truly drives us (if I included only my pre-req GPA like many are here, I'd be posting 4.0 as well) I knew plenty of people that started with higher GPAs than myself that I passed up in nursing school...physiology, anatomy, micro, chem, don't require critical thinking.
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    What was your GPA, when you got accepted into nursing school?

    Pre nursing: 3.53 Post nursing: 3.65 I actually raised my GPA in nursing school. It's easier for me to excel in subjects that interest me, and I knew that having a good GPA was required for masters programs. I have never understood the concept of " C's get degrees; it's an excuse in my opinion.
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    The most ridiculous birth plans you've had the pleasure of reading

    I don't mind birth plans at all, as long as the patient understands that they are just ideals of how their birth could go; but are totally fluid to changing as things change with labor. The more ridged the birth plan the closer the get to a C/S...
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    Can i be a mother/baby nurse if I have never had kids?

    One of our best pediatricians was unable to have children...I have never had a baby (yet) and have had patients come up to me months later and say "my friend is having a baby, I told her to request you as her nurse!" Oncologists haven't all had cancer...
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    Workflow of Labor & Delivery Nursing

    Work flow? It's "Ebb and Flow" you have to be able to go from zero to sixty in no time flat. When your busting at the seams and another labor walks in the door, there is no transferring them to another hospital. I like how one nurse put it: in L&D you are caring for two patients, one of which you can't even see!
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    Healthy women schedule C-sections to prevent vaginal stretching

    IMO, women should have to pay cash for elective C/S, not the government/tax payers (Medicaid) and not the insurance companies (it raises everyone's premiums)