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  1. 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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    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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    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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    Travelling OR RN career?

    I enjoy it! (+) strengthen your skills, get to travel (-) every hospital is different (could be mean/poor staff and have different names for instruments) I don't think you need trauma experience, but if you would like you can do non trauma hospitals (level 2) for a bit to help prepare you. CNOR AND ACLS look amazing too! I'd get it! Best of luck!
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    Operating room travel nursing

    Funny! I am in the US and thinking of going to Australia for nursing- ( do they do travel nursing in Australia? If so, can americans do travel nursing in AU?) In the US, most ORs train their nurses across every surgical service (except for hearts) but you will specialize in one surgical service (and usually a second/third one). Every nurse is supposed to at least know the basics (general surgery should be one of those three specialities). Some hospitals train their nurses to do both scrub/scout but you will find hospitals who have their nurses mainly scrub because they have a lot of scrub techs. Typically, (good) hospitals will ask you what you can't do and will avoid putting you in that surgical service to scrub/scout but you will be put in to circulate. It would look good if you can do scrub AND circulate (scrubbing ortho and neuro look amazing for travelers), a few years experience and having a bachelors/masters degree looks good too (tho a couple of hospitals will hire associates). If you have any more questions just PM-also cuz I may have some Australia OR questions.
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    Getting low balled- i think?!

    I heard from a fellow agency person what the local rate is for agency nurses in my area. Im just a few dollars short which i bummed about but then I remembered my agency tried to give me $10 less than the local rate (I just happened to ask for more before I signed... which was a bit of a struggle). I feel betrayed by my agency that they were trying to low ball me but then again, Im wondering if I should even listen to that fellow agency person. Could she be lying? Is she just trying to get me to switch to her agency? I also want to confront my recruiter because this gives me bad faith in my agency. Should I? I should probably find out the REAL local rate first but how do I do that? Can I just call the womens agency to simply ask what local rate they are paying? Is it really that simple? Im so frustrated so any help or advice is appreciated.
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    Theatre RN to Australia

    Hi! I have 4 years theatre experience and am interested in going to Australia for work but not sure how to go about it. Is there a travel nursing agency I can sign up with that will help me with the application and maybe fees? Or do I have to do everything first then once I have a AU nursing license apply to nursing agencies/hospitals. Also, do I need any special competencies? BLS? ACLS? Just trying to think ahead. Thanks
  8. Hi All, I have recently decided that I want to work in Australia (specifically Melbourne if possible). I have 4years theatre experience and have visited Australia twice and I am certain that I wanna move there. I was wondering if anyone has any leads on how to get the international nursing process going. Is there an international travel nursing agency I can sign up with that will help me with the process/fees? Or do I have to apply on my own then once I am granted approval, look for agencies/hospitals? Any tips on the process or AU nursing tips is always appreciated. 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.
  15. No matter where you go (floor or OR) you will always have some doubt at first. It's normal and it will pass. After my 6month orientation, I worked with one of the meanest surgeons in my OR. Thankfully it was just for lunch shifts but I still had to give myself pep talks before I even stepped in his room. As i scrubbed in, I would tell myself I could do it and reiterate his way of doing things. I did this for months until one day I scrubbed in without the pep talk and was perfectly fine. The takeaway from this is that you too will be stronger, it just takes time. Just focus on each day. Give yourself pep talks and look at the cases you will do the day before and think about what you might need. A big skill in the OR is too anticipate things before they happen. So start thinking, think about what the surgeon likes or dislikes, what they usually request, and if things went horribly wrong what you might need to get. I entered the OR as a new grad and I also have heard those sayings but don't let that get you down. Keep your head up and anticipate the needs. If that doesn't help you, I also know a nurse who was told she was "never gonna make it in the OR" and she became an amazing OR nurse and is currently an NP/First Assist now. Best of luck
  16. After a big open case my new hospital only counts the instruments only once at the end-when they start to close the fascia (1st count). I think this is unsafe because a instrument (mosquito, probe,malleable, kelly, etc.) can get lost after a first count and somehow end up in the body. If you only count the instrument once at the end, you still have another layer to close so how can you truly say that you are 100% certain that no instrument is in that body? [[My old practice was that once you start to close, you count all instruments but keep a separate tally of how many instruments are still in use. Then, after the fascia is closed and you are on skin (the final/last/resolution count) you ensure all the instruments on that separate tally are still present. I have also heard other hospitals, doing an instrument count all over again. ]] So I am tallying up other places, how many times do you count instruments at the end of a open case? And, is that really enough?