NicuGal MSN, RN

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NicuGal has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

29 years and counting! I have done many things, earned 2 degrees, raised a family and have settled back into bedside nursing after being a manager. I work with our informatics and hiring/retention programs.

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    giving morphine to neonate without CR monitoring

    The dose you start with is different than what would be used for pain control or sedation. Our nursery does not routinely monitor these kiddos. Once you reach the upper limit and Ned to add other meds, my guess is that they would be transferred to...
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    Doulble lumen UAC v/s double lumen UVC

    Dbl lumen UAC's also sometimes don't give a good BP reading. We have had a few fellows accid ntly put them in (we aren't at the bedside to check stuff, bad docs!). Also, you can't put pressers and many meds thru arterial lines. I'd ask what there ...
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    Tips on makeup during clinicals?

    We weren't allowed make up back in the day. Don't worry about it, go as yourself, the patients really won't care.
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    Reduction of noise level during night time

    They floors I have been a patient on at one hospital would make a little announcement. They would offer headphones, earplugs and sleep masks.
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    IV securement

    The stat locks are good on the big term kids but not so much for the little ones, it makes the hub sit at a funny angle.
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    Does anyone else ever envy their patients?

    No. And I say that pretty loudly. As someone who just did a 2.5 week stint in an ICU bed and another 2 weeks in the floor after 2 surgeries and having overwhelming sepsis, you've got to be kidding. Sure, laying in bed for a month sounds fabulous, ...
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    Doctors Say the Darnedest Things

    Mom delivering in bed on our old Antepartum which wasn't connected to our L/D at the time: OB resident: Hurry hurry, she's delivering in bed and there is something wrong with the baby's head! It has a hole maybe an encephalocele!!!!!!" NNP and my...
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    New nurse from Ohio trying to relocate to Southern California

    We had a lot of our new girls get a year under their belt then travel.
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    Ultrasound tech or MRI Tech school?

    You have to become a tech first and then pass the registry. Then you can specialize. None of them are easy at all! My hubby holds 3 registries: CT, MRI and nuclear.
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    Ethical Dilemma

    We are not trying to be mean, but some of those questions are not one line answers. And yes, you do get internet trolls who can answer questions....they love google. Homework such as this is meant for face to face interview or at least a phone cal...
  11. My husband and I both do not have access to our work email and we work at different hospitals. Accessing and reading email is considered on the clock by both institutions and they legally would have to pay us each and every time we did so, hence no ...
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    ADN promises to get BSN

    Our hospital only hires BSN, one across the town has a contract for 2 years, the other 3-5 years.
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    Ethical Dilemma

    You can read thru previous threads also, but you are much better off to find a "live" person to interview...this is the internet and you really can't be sure who you are talking with.
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    Facility not allowing us patient contact

    It is the school's responsibility to find a suitable site. Why is the director even allowing this? I don't mean to sound harsh, but it isn't the schools responsibility to make sure people don't have transportation issues. If this is the reason the...
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    Injection Gone Wrong: Part 2

    It is how you are positioned on the coil in the machine, a good tech knows how to do that!