Loco-Bonita BSN, RN

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  1. ICU nurses question - holding BP meds on pressors

    I have not seen this in our CVICU. Our practice is to hold BB if they are on any type of pressors. If rate control is an issue, we call for a different medication for rate control.
  2. Please tell me it’s just Medsurg!!

    I think it’s very hospital and unit dependent, as others have said. In our hospital, med/surg has 5 patients at night and generally 4 during the day. Our IMCU floor has 3 patients in the day and 4 at night. Some floors also have a resource nurse (...
  3. If I am in this situation I either check with the patient first to find out if they are okay with me sharing their info, or (if checking with the patient isn’t possible) I tell the unit clerk I can’t give out information without a pin per policy.
  4. Stethoscope Recommendations

    I love my Littman cardiology
  5. Second Guessing Myself. Did I handle this situation correctly?

    Good job! At my hospital, even though I’m in critical care/ICU, we automatically call RRT with suspected CVAs. This allows us to get the orders we need right away from the RRT protocols without the physician. I think you handled this situation well!

    https://www.skillstat.com/tools/ecg-simulator/ this website is helpful for practicing.
  7. Favorite type of documentation style?

    Maybe you could elaborate on your question, as it is very vague and difficult to answer in its current formate.
  8. how long is too long?

    I know my hospital has had a hiring freeze since COVID started. Perhaps that’s what you’re encountering, as well.
  9. 2 Nurse Verification of SubQ Insulin

    I’m in a hospital and we do not do two nurse verification. We use SQ insulin pens, which help a lot.
  10. Inappropriate documentation?

    I just wanted to recommend that you if your user name is your real name, you change it to something anonymous. Good luck.
  11. Low census and COVID-19?

    Our census is also low, currently. I think this is primarily from canceling non-emergent/critical procedures, since we are a CIMCU/CVICU floor. We are just waiting for it all to “hit” and get busy.
  12. ICU or IMU telemetry?

    If it were me, I would pick the IMU at the magnet hospital. I work at a magnet hospital on a mixed CVIMCU/CVICU. I did IMCU level for the first two years and just trained to ICU level. I’m so grateful for that time as an IMCU level nurse before movin...
  13. Questions about morning blood sugars/insulin

    We also follow these guidelines, although we don’t use the T.I.E. acronym, we follow it in practice. During shift change, the CNAs are responsive for taking the CBG and day shift gives insulin. If a tray comes before report, the night nurse gives the...
  14. Question about Code Beds

    Our ICU and CVICU pretty much always have a crash bed open. When it gets filled, we move patients around immediately to open up another one.
  15. CVICU vs Float Pool

    CVICU hands down.
  16. 1hr Drive to Nursing School

    I am attending nursing school right now and commute approximately 1.5 hours one-way (50 miles with traffic) four days a week. It is exhausting, but worth it. A lot of our professors record lectures, which allows me to use that time to study. For the ...
  17. Chemeketa Community College Nursing Program Fall 2016

    I will be sending in a decline as well. Stay positive! :)
  18. ADN vs. ABSN program in Oregon

    Hello, I currently have a bachelors degree that is within the medical field, but obviously not nursing. I have been accepted into both Linfields ABSN program that begins this June (ending Aug 2017), as well as Chemeketas ADN program. Chemeketas prog...
  19. Linfield Waitlist 2016

    Congratulations :) whoot!
  20. Linfield Waitlist 2016

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to make a post so that any other fellow wait listers out there can compare notes and stay in the loop! The wait is agonizing!
  21. Linfield Waitlist 2016

    That is probably because it is such a long time before the fall program starts. From the sounds of it though, you'll probably start seeing movement in June :) hang in there!
  22. Radiology or Sonograpy then ABSN?

    I took this route inadvertently. I originally wanted to do nursing, convinced myself that ultrasound was similar enough. Now that I have been working for two years I am going back to school to start an ABSN program. I really wish that I had just stuc...
  23. Chemeketa Community College Nursing Program Fall 2016

    I got in, as well!! :) whoot!! Time to decide between Linfield ABSN and CCC. #reallytoughdesicions
  24. Linfield Waitlist 2016

    I was offered a spot for the summer start this morning!!!! I am in shock and awe!!!
  25. Linfield Waitlist 2016

    Annie! Any news? It's crazy waiting to see how many accept/decline. Yesterday I was told that there were still 22 people they hadn't heard back from. Which campus were you accepted to for OHSU?