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violet87 BSN, RN

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violet87 has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Burn/ICU/Pediatrics.

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  1. I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I tried shuffling through past posts and didn't see anything for the last couple years but maybe missed something. I'm having conflict with what I should do as I'm currently at a cross roads and looking for advice from people who have experience with this. So I currently work on the burn unit at a major trauma level 1 teaching hospital and have cross training to SICU. I have the opportunity to work in SICU full time here, and I also just got a call for an interview at a smaller trauma level 3 hospital with a 16 bed mixed ICU. My goal is to be accepted to CRNA school in the next couple years. My question is how much does it matter if I take the level 3 job over the level 1? And does a "mixed ICU" work for or against me? The reason I'm so conflicted is because the level 3 hospital will pay me almost 20k more a year. I'm willing to stay where I am and just move to the SICU full time if that's more worth it experience wise. Thank you in advance for your input!
  2. Question for my fellow nurses during this scary time.. I work in New York (outside the city) where we're being hit pretty hard. My hospital has over 350 patients with suspected and confirmed covid. I'm ICU trained so they have me floating to any ICU needing help every night. However, I have a small face so my N95 is only 90% effective so I'm not required to actually go IN the rooms with these patients, instead I get ones that have been ruled out or are there for different reasons. I havent been wearing an N95 all shift even though I've been in the hallways on covid units because but on these units all rooms were negative pressure. I plan on wearing it on any dirty floor without negative pressure rooms even though it's not totally effective (still better than nothing). But I haven't been put on any non negative pressure floors yet and may not at all because of my special circumstances with the mask. But here's my dilemma.. my boyfriend is petrified to see me. He has slight asthma (doesnt have to take any meds just gets audilbly wheezy sometimes). Hes 28 and otherwise healthy as an ox, but he thinks this virus would be a death sentence. He wants to stay apart until this is over or see me from a distance with a mask on. I tried explaining to him that I change my clothes before coming home and I wash myself really well and have been monitoring my temperature. He doesn't think that's enough. It's really upsetting to me because I'm extremely stressed out at work with all this going on, and when I come home I could really use the comfort of my significant other.. I asked the nurses I work with and none of them are splitting from their boyfriends/husbands at this time and they've been inside rooms with numerous confirmed patients. With how upset this has made me, I've been pressuring him to change his mind. Am I being selfish? I could really use some advice. What would you do? What can I do better? Thank you all in advance for your responses.
  3. violet87

    The Sight of Blood

    HouTX, Thank you so much for your response. I feel a little silly for not having known that about the vasovagal response, but I did a little extra research after reading your post and now I'll never forget it! And thank you for the great advice. You're right, next time I'll step back and take a few breaths. I was afraid that if I made it apparent that I was feeling ill after seeing the blood that I would be looked down on and that my ability to become a nurse would be doubted. However, upchucking into an open wound as you said would be a problem, and now that I know it's a normal response I won't feel so embarrassed if it happens again. Horseshoe, Now that I think about it, I probably was holding my breath and doing a valsalva! I tend to do that a lot when I cringe. I'll be much more conscious of that next time. Thank you both for your responses, I really appreciate it. I didn't think this would be such a learning experience. I'm going to share it with my class on Monday :)
  4. violet87

    The Sight of Blood

    I had a bagel and a cup of orange juice about an hour before the incident, so it couldn't be related to blood sugar. Would have been my first thought too if someone was telling me this happened to them.
  5. violet87

    The Sight of Blood

    I'm currently in my first semester of nursing school and today was my last clinical day. I've seen and done a lot already, and I'm feeling great about the experiences I've had so far, except about what happened today which made me a bit concerned. I was watching a nurse change an IV in an elderly patient and she missed the vein and infiltrated the flush causing a rather large bubble under the skin. I'm still a little sensitive to peoples pain and things that look painful so it made me cringe, but then came the blood. The nurse put the gauze right over it but I could see the gauze soaking up a good amount of blood (he was on a heparin drip) and suddenly I felt my face get flush and my stomach literally turned upside down and I began silently holding back the urge to vomit. Along with it came this intense feeling of weakness and dizziness. I fought through it squeezing my own hands off and praying that I didn't pass out right there in the room and embarrass myself. I ended up making it through the procedure, and color came back to my face within a minute or two after fanning my face and taking deep breaths, but I had a stomach ache for a good 20 minutes and felt like garbage for about an hour and a half. My reason for this post is because I'm wondering if this is a normal reaction that happens to new students. I always knew this could happen but always thought it would never happen to me. I have no problems with blood (except getting my own blood drawn) and I have never had an issue seeing blood in the clinical setting before, or on television, or in my daily life. So, what do I make of this? How do I handle it appropriately if I'm not able to fight through it and end up having to leave in the middle of a procedure?
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    CNAs give medications

    I currently work as a direct care counselor at a group home and pass meds every day after only taking a short class. It's scary to see the kinds of people they let do this. So hearing about a CNA passing meds isn't shocking. At least they were committed to helping people enough to make it through a program and to take and pass a state exam, unlike some of these 18 year olds that didn't even read the job description and just wanted a pay check. I have my cna cert and I'm a first year nursing student which puts me WAY above the qualifications for this job and that fact is terrifying. With the right training however, I feel perfectly comfortable with CNAs passing meds at snfs, alfs, ect.
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    Dating while in nursing school?

    Creepy eye opener as a young first semester nursing student
  8. violet87

    HELP. Blood Pressure and Vitals

    I just took my vitals skills test last week and I was soo nervous because I couldn't hear the sounds very well. Two things helped me a great deal: Buying a good stethoscope (not the $20 school bookstore one), and making sure the bell was not spun around for low pitch sounds (rookie mistake) Good luck!!

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