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    Fairly new RN with newly diagnosed RA

    Hi! I'm 30, and have had RA since I was 11. How do you like psych nursing? Is it easier on your body? Night shift, and PCU nursing almost killed me. Pediatric ICU was easier on my body, because the children usually weighed less than adults, but working 12-14 hour shifts was ruining my joints, and most of the parents were abusive. Oral methotrexate had worked for me until I turned 29. The Rheumatologist placed me on Enbrel for a while, and I developed every respiratory infection you can think of. lol Then I tried Cimzia. Cimzia restored my energy, and I did not even feel like I had RA. Then, I had blood in my urine, bilateral leg edema, and a total-body super fungal infection. The Cimzia had caused an acute kidney injury. Hopefully, you can find a medication regimen that works for you without too many side effects. Tips to survive as a nurse with RA: 1) Remember to pace yourself. 2) Sleep as much as possible. 3) Sit down as much as you can during the shift. 4) Night-shift is not your friend, and will probably make your symptoms worse. 5) Your meds and your disease will make you immunosuppressed, so always get your flu vaccine, and wear a mask when possible. 6) Ask for help when lifting objects or moving/restraining patients. Over the past 6 months, I started eating less red meat, and fatty snacks, and I started consuming ginger, vitamin C, garlic, elderberry, fish oil, vitamin D, b12 complex supplements, and the occasional mutli-vitamin. My doctor was shocked at my most recent lab values. It seems like my dietary changes have thrown my disease into remission. When I eat like crap (burgers, potato chips, McDonalds) my RA flares. What works for me may not work for you, but try slowly incorporating some of the supplements into your diet that I mentioned. Good luck!
  2. Me2kuul

    Florida Hospital Graduate Nurse 2016

    Congrats on passing the NCLEX! I take it in June. Mine says completed as well. Did you receive a phone call from a recruiter? Have you already been hired?
  3. Me2kuul

    New Grad RN with lupus/First Job

    Hi! I have an odd combo of rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus (i have a random sprinkling of symptoms from both). To combat the fatigue, I take iron, vitamin C, vitamin D, cinnamon tablets, multi-vitamin, and a B12 complex. I never would have made it through nursing school preceptorship without those supplements lol. I never do a hardcore workout on the days I have long shifts, but I do complete cardio on my days off. Try yoga, pilates, or similar stretching workouts on days when your body is still fatigued. I also try to sleep for 12 hours, like you suggested, on my days off, and avoid caffeine. I'm currently in the graduate nurse hiring phase, and I had to turn down positions in med/surg & ICU. I was a tech in both of those departments in nursing school, and I know my body cannot handle it. Have you ever thought about switching to pediatrics, women's health, or mother baby? I feel your pain!
  4. Me2kuul

    Can you become a PACU nurse w/o experience

    I just completed my preceptorship in the PACU. It is a critical care unit, so the hiring managers usually look for 2-3 years of ICU experience. They did hire one new grad, but she almost drowned under the pressure. She's still working in the unit 3 years later, but she still seems shaky in her skills lol. My typical day went as follows: 1) Make sure each bay that will be accepting post-surgical patients is fully stocked with supplies 2) Check the OR schedule to find out about the number of procedures, the types of procedures, and which physicians/physician extenders are on duty. 3) Research the h&p of the first 1-2 patients we would be receiving. (It's a critical care unit, so the max number of patients we had was three at a time). 4) The first patient will be brought in by at least one OR nurse, and either the anesthesiologist, or the CRNA, and the surgeon will shortly follow. Most of the patients I received were extubated, but you'll occasionally receive pts on vents, hence the need for critical care experience. Then it's a race against the clock to check the pts oxygen sats, temperature, and hook them up to the monitor, complete a head-to-toe assessment, receive report from the OR team, and converse with the surgeon. Seasoned nurses do all of this in under 5 minutes, and remember all of the meds the patient received during surgery. I wrote everything down lol. 5) We usually monitor the patients for a maximum of 120 minutes, and either send them home (same day surgery), or return them to their rooms. A PACU nurse needs to be experienced with reading EKG strips, and recognizing downward trends on the monitor. I learned how to remain calm when a patient begins to deteriorate. I was taught about managing post-op shivering, various dressing changes/wound care, wound vacs, NG tubes, trach suctioning, intra-op & post-op pain meds, and pushing/steering a billion different types of hospital beds. We saw about 8-10 patients per day. This rotation made me want to be a critical care nurse =) Good luck!
  5. Me2kuul

    Daytona State College RN Program Fall 2016??

    Hey! My GPA was 3.7, and my TEAS was a 89. I also had completed all of the prereqs for the BSN program prior to admission.
  6. Me2kuul

    Daytona State College RN Program Fall 2016??

    Hello! I am currently a student at DSC. Your GPA is fine, but your TEAS score might hurt you a little bit. If you complete all of the prereqs with As & Bs, and apply for the night program, you will have a better chance at getting accepted. Also, completing extra courses, like medical terminology, nutrition, or statistics will boost your application. Good luck!