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ngiam12

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ngiam12 specializes in Postpartum/Newborn Nursery.

New grad postpartum nurse who has interests in maternity, pediatrics and public health. Pursuing an MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership.

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  1. Yes! Ngiam12, MSN, RN, CNL :)
  2. YAAAAS! Now someone help me find a perinatal CNL job...
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    Manager catch phrases

    My manager says "sa-weet" during morning huddles and it makes me giggle
  4. I certainly didn't love being a CNA (we called them PCTs), but I learned a lot of valuable information and reinforced a lot of skills I learned in nursing school! I worked as a float pool PCT and covered so many different floors - med/surg, MICU, cardiac surgery, cardiac med, transplant, bariatric, IR... and then I ended up being a mother/baby nurse and I loved it!
  5. Hi everyone! During my online MSN program, I decided to move to Charlotte, NC - good for my mental health, bad for finding a preceptor! I've been "cold calling" offices in the Fort Mill/Rock Hill/Indian Land area, to no avail! It looks like I won't be finding a preceptor for this semester, but obviously I need to be ahead of the game and find one for this summer! I am looking for an NP to precept me for an advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning course. It is 56 hours of contact time and should involve H&Ps and focused assessments. I can only do my preceptorship in SC, despite living in NC because Massachusetts (where my program is) does not allow students to do practicum experiences in NC. Thank you - any suggestions will help! Nicole
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    Stank Face during Clinical: How to prevent?

    Hey hepnande! I also have the pleasure of an overly expressive face, both in "real" life and as a nurse! Don't worry, this too you will get a handle on. Also, please disregard people who are making less than helpful comments... they don't have the pleasure of having vibrant facial expressions! So some things that have been helpful for me are: 1) Vicks vapo rub in your nostrils (I know, not recommended by the instructions), 2) recalling disturbing situations to my peers in private, away from my instructor to help you "desensitize" to the action of cleaning bodily fluids (you know, during lunch with your school bestie), and 3) trying to relax my face before I go into a room - a good time to do this is when you're sanitizing your hands! We all sanitize, so take those seconds to consciously think about your face! I feel ya! Nursing school clinicals were rough in that aspect! ngiam
  7. Thank you, Ruby Vee! I definitely don't want to surprise anyone. The only reason I hesitated to discuss it right away was because my experience in my last job was that once I told my boss I would eventually (at that time, 2 years down the road) be looking for a new role, she stopped challenging me and giving me new short term projects. I'm involved in some QI initiatives, but I'm certainly not going to be a huge loss to those projects. Thanks again!
  8. Too bad that I'm SO single (part of the reason I need a new city)
  9. Hi everyone, Currently, I work on a postpartum unit at a large academic medical center near my hometown. I started on this unit as a new grad and now I have 14 months of experience. The floor I work on is mostly great, I enjoy my coworkers, I enjoy my patients and I don't dread coming to work (obviously if staffing were better, I'd love that). Given my current life situation, I'm looking to relocate. This was not a rash decision, rather one that I've been pondering for a bit and recently felt as if it were a good time. My boss is currently on maternity leave. Obviously, I would like to list her as a reference on my job application. Should I email her and let her know? Should I do that but also list the person covering for her? Should I apply to jobs and then tell her when they pull references? This process could take months, as everyone knows, so I don't want to bother her on maternity leave if nothing amounts from applying. Inversely, I do not want her to be surprised by an automated email from a future employer! I know this is vague! I've held one other full time job since college, but I held that one for over 4 years and they knew that I was looking for nursing positions. Nicole
  10. Hi y'all! My name is Nicole. I have 1+ years (14 months atm) of experience in postpartum/newborn nursery and I'm hoping to relocate to the Charlotte, NC area. Currently, I work in a non-union Harvard teaching hospital. In the unit where I work, staffing is becoming worse and worse, most recently I've had 6 couplets on day shift my last three shifts. I started on this unit as a new grad and I've learned so much given that we have a nice mix of healthy families and acute postpartum mothers. Upon hiring, I was told that I would have the opportunity to train on the antepartum unit within 6mo-1 year. This has not happened yet and training is far away on the horizon. My desire to relocate is rooted in many details, but basically I did my undergrad in SC, have many friends in Charlotte, and I need a change. I would love any advice on the job market in Charlotte in mother/baby and high risk OB/antepartum. Is there anything I can do to make myself stand out to perspective employers given that my experience is limited? I've applied for my NC RN license by endorsement and am waiting on the temporary license to apply to job openings. Thank you, Nicole
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    The film: Vaxxed.

    Very interesting! I work in a newborn nursery and give initial hepatitis B shots to neonates. It is not often that someone declines the hepatitis B vaccine (twice in 1 shift was really jarring, but before that I hadn't had it occur in months). Recently a mother declared herself "a bit of an anti-vaxxer", showed me wikipedia and asked me if our vaccines contained mercury. I explained (after examining the hepatitis B vaccine insert and calling the pharmacy) that our vaccines do not contain mercury. Wikipedia told her that we were hiding mercury as thimerosal in our vaccines. Thimerosal was removed from childhood vaccines in 2001 (CDC, 2015). But your question rings true - what do we as healthcare professionals do? Do we use scare tactics - show videos of children dying from pertussis, show pictures of a child infected with measles? I don't think that's the solution. Do we provide yet more literature that goes unread? We're not going to change peoples minds, herd immunity to protect our children who cannot be vaccinated doesn't touch these folks. Sigh. Thimerosal in Vaccines Thimerosal | Concerns | Vaccine Safety | CDC
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    OB Textbook

    Hi y'all, I've been working on a postpartum unit for about 7 months and I started there as a new grad nurse. (Perhaps I should still call myself a new grad nurse... Alas, I digress.) I took maternity nursing probably 2.5 years ago and was fond of the textbook we used - Maternal Child Health Nursing (Pillitteri). I'm looking to review various OB topics in a text, and was wondering if anyone would recommend a maternity text that they thought was thorough and well-written. Again, the Pillitteri text was wonderful, but I was just wondering if anyone had particular feelings about other texts. My opinion is limited, in only having utilized the Pillitteri text. I appreciate your feedback! Thank you! ngiam
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