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  1. My patient is now an employee in the office I treat her at

    I live in a small town with about 8 family physicians. They also see the inpatients over at the small local hospital. Since there isn't any other options for family doctors in the town, unless you drive 45 mins away, most of the nurses have a doctor ...
  2. Gear for new (overnight) LTC nurse?

    I always had a scrub jacket with lots of pockets. I like lots of pockets so I can hold the med room keys, the home phone, pens, alcohol swabs, other random stuff. I never found the need to have my own vital machines. Every home I've worked in had an ...
  3. What does the floor really think of nursing students?

    For the most part I enjoy having nursing students on my floor. We usually have first or second placement so they are doing vitals and personal care. It is helpful as long as they are willing to help out and learn. It does get frustrating when they al...
  4. Ridiculous medical mistakes on TV

    We occasionally have a doctor start an IV but we are a small hospital with no IV team and the two docs who start IVs are also anesthesiologists. Have never seen a doctor ambulate a pt, sleep in a pts room to keep.an eye on them (I wish), give medica...
  5. Narcotic infusion Calculation

    Hi, I am going to be doing some volunteer nursing in Africa and they have sent me a medication calculation quiz to fill out and I am stuck on one question since I haven't had to do this type of med calculations in a long time. I was wondering if I co...
  6. Hi I have been working in a 60 bed long term care for 3.5 years and I have applied to an associate director of care position which is a new position for the facility. I was wondering if anyone has some interview tips or sample questions for me. Thank...
  7. Rural acute care hospital. Days 5:1, nights 7:1. We have a lot of awaiting LTC pts
  8. Worried That Doctor's Orders Will Hasten A Patient's Death

    Oxygen is generally used in palliative patients as comfort only. We aren't treating the numbers (O2 sat) anymore. If they appear to be short of breath and the oxygen seems to help calm them down, then it is used. Sometimes it agitates patients to hav...
  9. crushing meds, best foods to disguise taste

    I would say chocolate pudding would best mask the taste of most medications, although you said that they are looking to avoid sugary foods. Maybe some yogurt would work.
  10. How Do You Sign Your Narcotic Book?

    We did the sign every page for a while when we switched pharmacy. Now we have a page (usually 3 or 4 pages) at the front that we sign each count. We have an individual page for each medication.
  11. Medical Missions

    I've been looking into mercy ships. I believe the shortest commitment is 2 months up to years. It is a faith based ship and it requires at least 2 years experience, with surgical or OR experience being an asset.
  12. Arterial Blood Gases

    I work in a small rural hospital. No arterial lines or respiratory therapy. The MD does the ABGs.
  13. "Smart" students make bad nurses?

    I've noticed it to be a pattern but that doesn't mean some people can't be a 4.0 student and be great in clinical as well
  14. pradaxa question

    I would say xaralto or Apixaban would be better alternatives that can be crushed.
  15. 8 or 12 hour shifts

    I've worked both. I didn't mind the 8 hour shifts when I was part time. Then I went full time and didn't like working the 8s. It felt like I was alway there. Then I worked a hybrid of 8s and 12s. I still only had 2 days off at a time. We now do 12s a...