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spacemonkey15 has 10 years experience and specializes in Critical care.

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    Where to work?

    Wales might be worth considering too.
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    Job for L&D nurse in the UK?

    Birmingham isn’t that far from Leicester, it might be worthwhile searching for posts at Birmingham women’s hospital.
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    Career advice

    If you’re after a change of scenery then itu will do it for you, however, getting into senior positions in critical care means sticking it out for the long haul, if you’re after climbing the ladder into management as a long term goal it may be worthwhile looking at a different path.
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    Stethoscope, trainee ANP job

    Littmann classic 3 is what I have and am happy with.
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    Future of EU nurses after Brexit

    Tbh, our government is using the Blackadder doctrine when it comes to the absolute car crash that is Brexit "Don't worry chaps, nothing can go wrong, because I don't have a plan!"
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    Something Old, Something New

    They will be aware of what experience you have from your application, so there's no harm in asking about the support you may need when starting. There should be some sort of practice development team who will be able to support you with your needs. You've got an awful lot of experience which will be immensely valuable to you and anyone who employs you. Good luck in your interviews.
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    Future of EU nurses after Brexit

    I don't know what Brexit is going to lead us to, whatever it does I doubt it'll be positive tbh. I would suggest sorting out your NMC registration as a matter of priority though, before Brexit makes it more difficult if you're still set on coming to the UK. Brexit or not, you'd be welcomed into work with open arms, we need experienced critical care nurses.
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    Worried about the future of ICU nursing

    We're seeing a similar situation this side of the pond in the UK. Skill mix on the unit is becoming increasingly junior, staff turn over is getting higher. Some nurses are using critical care as a short term experience to accelerate their career progression into senior roles on the wards or into some advanced practice roles. When I was a student, critical care nurses were seen as the experts of nursing care in the hospital (I love the navy seals of nursing comment made in a previous post, I'll be using that in the future), it's why I aspired to be a critical care nurse. To those outside of ICU even a short period of working on the unit (6 months to a year) is seen as highly desirable when employing nurses into senior positions, even though it's an incredibly short time in practice as an ICU nurse. In my current place of work, nurses who've been there for two years are seen as experienced, when I'd been on the unit for that long, I was considered as still wet behind the ears. I guess there's a number of factors at play, it does seem that these days, no one wants to be a staff nurse anymore, but then conditions aren't great for nurses so why would they want to be? I've no problem with people wanting career progression, but it's immensely frustrating to put lots of work into supporting someone to become a competent critical care nurse just for them to leave after a year.
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    Can registered nurse children level 1 work in adult fields

    The NMCs usual position is that as long as you're working within your own competence then they're ok with it. Have you worked at this home for a while? It might be an idea giving the NMC a call for advice.
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    Student Nurse ICU Question

    I completely agree with the above comment. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to get ahead by learning some of the complexities of ITU. You'll be an NQ nurse and expectations of you will reflect this. Make the most of your time off, while your going to be at the bottom of a very steep learning curve, you'll be well supported through this time. If you feel you have to read anything, just keep yourself clued up on A&P, the ITU stuff makes much morse sense when you can relate it to what's happening in front of you.
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    Emergency calls

    The procedure you follow should be covered in a BLS/HLS session prior to you starting placement, along with any local variations, such as how you describe the situation when you call the 2's. On starting placements, you should be shown around the ward/unit, including where emergency equipment and actions on emergencies. You should be able to find the algorhythms you would follow on the resus council U.K. website.
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    More nurses leaving register than joning...

    It's ok, they'll replace them with cheaper nursing associates. I say this with a generous serving of sarcasm.
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    IABP Alternative

    Is this homework? Generally, iabp, impella etc are an escalation when medication alone is not working.
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    International Nursing

    The way we fund student nurses here in the U.K. is about to change, whether this may mean a change in residency requirements is yet to be seen, as tbh, it feels like no one seems to know what is actually going on. As it seems to be with the majority of political things here at the moment.
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    Associate Nurse- a new role?

    I think they'll be used as a cheap alternative to plug gaps in RN staffing.
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    CRRT and mobility

    We mobilise patients with extracorporeal VADs. Yes, it does take an army to do it, but it makes for a shorter rehab when the patient finally gets definitive treatment. I know of centres over here (UK) that mobilise their VV ECMO patients.