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  1. ChristineN

    LaSalle MSN Anyone?

    Hi, I just found out I was accepted to LaSalle's FNP program to start in the fall. Has anyone gone to La Salle for FNP or any other MSN majors? Can you tell me what you thought of it?
  2. I'm currently working on applying to nursing MSN programs. One of the schools I am applying to is utilizing the on-ling service "Nursing CAS" for applications. Has anyone ever used this application server before? I have never used them before and find some of their self proclaimed "requirements" to be excessive. For example they want you to submit transcripts as well as type out every single course you ever took, along with course number, and grade. I am quite honestly not sure I even have transcripts from all my programs sitting around. Gah.
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    What are you most vigilant about?

    This. I am a big on drug levels and if it isn't ordered I will ask for it to be ordered. Several years ago my mother was hospitalized following an overdose and no one checked drug levels for over two weeks. By that time they had restarted her meds and even titrated the dose up. By the time they checked she was in acute kidney failure. Fortunately didn't need dialysis but still very scary
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    Terrible day at clinicals

    I would have definitely driven myself.
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    Help me understand....

    What amazes me is when grown adults come in that didn't take anything for fever or pain. I had one lady tell me she didn't take anything cause she was worried about interactions with all of her diabetes and HTN meds. I told her next time just take that Tylenol
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    What are you most vigilant about?

    I have never seen post op vs done this often unless the pt is still in PACU or is transferred to ICU. And not every post op needs pulse-ox
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    I want my MSN, but...

    I was also going to suggest CNL. I am finishing up a CNL program now. I had started a FNP program but realized that I wasn't ready to leave the bedside and I wanted something that also included education in its focus. CNL answers both of these desires of mine. The degree is still fairly new, so I am sure that it will be tweaked some as time goes by.
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    16 hr work days in GA

    When I was working in PA years ago we were told that they were no longer legal "unless the unit is short staffed." I never looked for myself to see what the law was as i was not a fan of 16 hour shifts
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    Masters in forensic nursing

    Do you work as a forensic nurse currently?
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    PARAMEDICS IN THE ED...Do you have them????

    I am not referring to basic EMT training, I am referring to paramedics, who have more training on advanced airways than nurses get in school
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    PARAMEDICS IN THE ED...Do you have them????

    You can not do everything a paramedics can do. A paramedic can intubate and trach, nurses can not
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    missed class

    He should be reimbursing you for gas if it is your car
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    Purposeless Ranting just to make myself feel better for a second.

    I am sorry for your situation. Are you applying for jobs out of your town? Are you applying for jobs outside the hospital?
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    PARAMEDICS IN THE ED...Do you have them????

    No paramedics in my ER, but we do have EMT's that are super useful. They start IVs, rub labs, transport, do EKGs, assist with codes, and so much more.
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    Denied because of small body?

    I am your size 5'0, and weigh 100 lbs, soaking wet. I never had a problem as a tech or now as a nurse finding employment. If you are using proper body mechanics you should be fine.
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    Things You See On Craigslist

    Soon this nursing student will be on allnurses complaining about how unfair her instructors are and asking if she really has to work at the bedside if she is going to just be an FNP
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    Is this the route I have to take??

    No offense, but I am sure L&D would be a good job for you since many of the interventions done can be more controversial, especially by those who are holistic.
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    Is this the route I have to take??

    Just curious, but why RN? Have you thought about being a registered dietitian?
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    Can an RN work at a legal pot farm?

    I think she is going to have to ask the BON
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    Any other CNL students?

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    Any other CNL students?

    Hi I am a CNL student ( not direct entry) who is finishing up my last year of classes and getting ready to start on my portfolio. Anyone else also doing the same or recently graduated? Would love to hear your feedback, and how it is going for you.
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    Dirty hands in your house...

    Uhh not me at all. I am not going to freak out about germs when not at work. Plus overuse of hand sanitizer just leads to a resistance to antibiotics
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    OB ultrasound...foley or no?

    I have only ever placed a foley pre OB U/S one time, and I remember it was a special situation where the pt was on the U/S table but they were having difficulty visualizing. I would speak with the doctors and see why this is the practice. Maybe U/S expects it, maybe they had a bad experience once involving a pt that didn't have a catheter. This may be one of those times that you need to remind your pt they have a right to refuse any part of the plan of care.....
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    morning report

    Just to play the devil's advocate, not everyone takes notes. Especially if you had the pts the day before and it is just updates
  25. I transferred from the floor to ER after working the floors for almost 5 years. While I don't have critical pts everyday, it was still a transition. You have to be willing to learn, and accept that you are starting at the bottom again. A good manager will see strength in your background, as you should already have good assessment skills down