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Pixie.RN has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

Trauma junkie! MSN². Allnurses addict. Army veteran. CEN, CNE, CPEN, TCRN, NREMT-P. Infection Prevention RN/Nurse Epidemiologist, Appeals Consultant. 

Trauma mama turned work-at-home nurse! 

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  1. Pixie.RN

    Full Practice Authority

    Similar — my husband graduates from an MD program in 8 months, and we have been married since he was working on undergrad; I had already been an RN for five years when we met. Watching him go through the MCAT study, application process, interviewing, and acceptance was bad enough! Now we're looking at residency applications and interviews, it feels like the beginning all over again, hahaha. Seeing his journey through med school really made me not want to pursue NP in its current state of education requirements. I find it disheartening when non-physicians claim that their education and training is the same as an MD's. It simply isn't. That doesn't make it bad! Everyone can make a contribution to patient care. @traumaRUs, I really appreciate your viewpoint on what FPA means. I just hope less experienced APRNs will embrace your philosophy too!
  2. Pixie.RN

    Tennessee Tech 2nd degreee BSN 2020

    I have moved your post to the school/college forum to ensure maximum responses. Good luck!
  3. Pixie.RN

    Please help with pediatric dosage calculation

    Common core invades nursing. We are in big trouble.
  4. Pixie.RN

    Info on Neuro ICU

    Do your NIH stroke scale training, you will have to know that well. I am pretty sure it's still free training online. What will your acuity be like? Have you ever had to manage ICP monitors or EVDs?
  5. Things I have heard in the ED: "RN does not mean Real Nice." "RN does not mean Refreshments and Narcotics." Perhaps said to less-than-nice patients...
  6. I would like to see U.N.S.T.A.B.L.E. on a badge.
  7. Badge, color coded scrubs, actually telling the patient that you are their nurse, and then they still don't know who the nurses are. Lol.
  8. Oh my. On a badge? How did they talk the badge-makers into that?! Lol. I guess the badge people don't know any better.
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    Running late?, during report stay on topic so I can go home!

    Not only that, but actually seeing it in action!
  10. Come on, peeps... We should all know that ACLS and PALS and BLS and TNCC and two-day courses don't earn a spot with your professional credentials. Personally, I like just MSN, RN on my badge. No, I wouldn't include my ASN or BSN, though I have those. I have ED certs (CEN, CPEN, and TCRN), and for those I might wear a pin. I also have my certified nurse educator (CNE), but that is more of an academic credential so that one isn't as relevant at my full-time job. (Definitely at my part-time teaching job, though.) When I had been an ED RN (new nurse) for 10 months, I attempted and passed the CEN. I had that added to my badge, and my accomplishment inspired several of my ED's experienced but un-certified RNs to do the same. Our environment (plus clinical ladder) fostered this kind of behavior and pride. OP, if you are the first, be proud and inspire your peeps!
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    How often do you wash your scrubs? :)

    Oooooh, I agree! Best brand ever. Even when I couldn't wear them due to color restrictions (), I didn't get rid of them — I usually take my outdated scrubs to donation places, but not those!
  12. Pixie.RN

    Why am I 16?

    Now I have "The Sound of Music" in my head... "I am 16, going on 17...“
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    Why am I 16?

    Aha! I am going to summon the almighty @Joe V for this one! Lol. Or @sirI Edited to add: well that was quick! @JKL33, I do have that power, but I suspect it was Madam sirI.
  14. Pixie.RN

    Why am I 16?

    I suspect the number has to do with the number of posts. We're both 16 (tee hee) with the same range of posts.
  15. Pixie.RN

    Why am I 16?

    Hmmmmm. A puzzle!
  16. Pixie.RN

    Active Shooting Event: How Should Nurses Respond?

    I kept an expired 28 fr thoracic trochar in my office for self-defense. Very pointy. I am perfectly serious. I learned while deployed that I face situations head-on, so if I got to the "fight" part of the "run-hide-fight" triad, I would defend myself and my peeps with extreme prejudice. My Army hospital had a situation with a behavioral health patient arriving with a bag of guns. Luckily no one was injured, but I know some of the people at gunpoint ended up with post-traumatic stress.