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    PCCN Tips?

    do you like nicole's resources? is it helpful?
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    Timeclocking apps

    Looking for an timeclock/timesheet app where I can punch in my start/end times to double I am getting paid for the right amount of hours. any suggestions? bonus points- if theres a way to include pay and shift differential/holiday. thanks!
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    needs clarification on blood draws

    lets say you do a blood draw for labs and use those test tube suction things. Is it true you have to put a tourniquet on the arm when drawing because it can suction out the vessel wall and the tourniquet keeps it from being sucked out? or is it just to puff up the vein like you would an IV? , furthermore, does it matter where you put the tourniquet? above or below the needle stick? I've seen people put tourniquets on above the needle insertion but recently saw phlebotomy do it below the needle stick. thanks!
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    What do you call a SICU NP?

    Hi! Im an OR nurse applying to Acute Care NP schools because I want to be a Surgical NP(alongside a surgeon) or an NP in a SICU. Are the NPs inside a SICU also called Surgical NPs, Critical NPs or ICU NPs? Working in a SICU is still in the surgical field, so I didnt know and wanna get the correct naming of the position. Thanks!
  5. Hi! Im an OR nurse applying to Acute Care NP school because I want to be a Surgical NP (alongside a surgeon) or an NP in a SICU. Are the NPs inside a SICU called Surgical NPs, Critical Care NP, or ICU NPs? Both are in the surgical field, so I didnt know and wanna get the correct naming of the position. Thanks!
  6. Im currently applying to a NP program (MSN) and am working on the essay. Im having difficulty understanding one part of the question. It asks... 1) Explain your plans for pursuing the MSN degree. 2)Briefly summarize your background professional experience relevant to your speciality selection and rationale for the program and future career goals I don't understand what they are asking for in Question one. I assume its my future goals but then they ask for my future goals in #2. Does it mean, what are some of the ways I'll manage to be in school (financially and professionally?) or to name how I will successful in school? Any interpretations will be helpful 🙂 thanks!
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    UAB MSN Summer 2019

    Hi just following up. Im currently applying to UAB and am working on the essay- and finding articles for that evidence based literature part yikes! Part of the essay in asks 1) Explain your plans for pursuing the MSN degree. 2)Briefly summarize your background professional experience relevant to your speciality selection and rationale for the program and future career goals I don't understand what they are asking for part one. I assume its my goals but then they ask for my future goals in #2. Also any tips on writing would help. (encouragement also appreciated)
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    OR nurse pursing NP

    Hi! I was wondering if theres any former or current OR nurses that are/will be NPs. Im pretty nervous because Ive been out for 6 years (and only done OR nursing)and have lost many bedside skills. Im just hoping for some positive "its like riding a bike, it'll come back to you" or how people dealt with other nurses claiming OR nurses shouldn't go back to school since its not "real nursing".
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    What do you like about OR nursing?

    Hi! Im not a bedside nurse but still wanted to comment on what I like about the OR. Im a big anatomy person so the OR is super cool. You get to see the craziest/coolest things-an adult heart beat on its own, a 1month old heart beat on its own, bullets being removed from the oddest of places (someones butt), remove an eyeball, see and touch someones brain, and hold a liver/lung/kidney etc. I consider it very much "behind the scenes" of the human body. Yes, most people think its gross but I think its super cool. Most people won't ever get to see that in a lifetime. Then you have these crazy cool lifesaving surgeries like transplant, imagine pre-opping a patient "hi sir/madam, can i have you confirm your name...DOB...allergies... and what are you here for?.... correct, a new kidney. I know you've wait 5 years for this moment". You can feel their nervousness/excitement, its so raw and palpable. Plus you get to be there to ensure it all goes smooth, you play a major part in this major milestone. You truly make a difference. Plus, its one patient and one time. You can focus on your patient. You are there, the surgeon, anesthesia, and residents (depending on the hospital). So if *** hits the fan, you work together. True teamwork. I also work midshift so I get thrown everywhere but I like it. I can go from a hip replacement, to VATS to liposuction or mastectomy to ureteral stent placement to liver transplant. Its crazy cool and keeps me on my toes (while having the ability to always focus on one patient). Hope that helps
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    Applying for NP school- need advice

    Im currently applying to Adult/Gero Acute Care NP school. In need of advice on what to include/not to for the application when it comes to submitting my resume... Do I need a "objective" or "personal summary" section on my resume? Should I include volunteer work (or just if its medical volunteer work)? Write that I'm a BLS provider (or should that be automatically assumed)? I have a year gap in my nursing (just wanted a break), should I explain that in my application? Also, any other tips on what to do would help (like when I should contact the people writing me letters of recommendation). Thanks!
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    Need help on Boston pay package

    Is 1700weekly bad for a traveler to make in Boston. The hourly rate is low ($18) but my housing stipend ($1150) makes up for it (i think). Its better than my current hospital (I'm permanent staff in the Midwest)
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    How to read pay packages

    Im still trying to figure out whats a good travel pay package vs whats a bad one but I keep getting confused. Some people say don't take anything less than $_____ for a housing stipend. Others day don't take anything less than $___/per hour. Is it me, or do those not matter at all? Isn't the only thing that matters is the weekly income. Your hourly rate could be small but if your housing rate is large it could still be a good package. The same goes for vice versa (small housing stipend but a large hourly rate). Im still very new at this, but isn't this how people should see it? Looking at the weekly income not stipends or hourly rates.
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    I just wanna say....

    AGREE 100% Also, read surgeon preference cards before you open anything. This not only saves money but also avoids the classic "didn't you read my preference card " from surgeons.
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    CNOR exam

    My OR had someone come talk to us and reviewed some AORN policies/practices (kinda like a Kaplan review course, except she does this CNOR prep course for a living). They wanted us to pass the test and become certified so they paid for the class. I also looked at the 2 books CNOR suggested for surgeries I don't often do like eyeball cases. This helped me refresh what different types of surgeries there are and what they do. They will probably ask this on the test, "what is the main purpose of _____ surgery" or "what do they do in ______ surgery". I didn't have any math questions, but do know your acid-base imbalances (metabolic acidosis/alkalosis etc). I peeked at the AORN book for the different types of instrument sterility. This is a must know and one of the hardest There is a CNOR exam app, it does cost money but it helped me ease my anxiety because of the test questions
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    Is the back of the gown sterile?

    Also, the armpits are not sterile on the gown, nor is the neck area
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    Will my personality work will in the OR?

    There are a lot of personalities, but the severity varies among surgical services. ENT and GU are probably the mellowest while Cardiac is....well the opposite. But there will be a couple of people whose personality will defy the service (i.e-super chill people in cardiac or crazy mean people in ENT). In the end, don't let that stop you.Just keep in mind that people have bad days, its not you-its them. In your orientation you will probably rotate to each surgical service, then you get to figure out what you like or dislike-surgeries AND coworkers.