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  1. just been reading all those sad, depressive stories on the other thread and thought we need a bit of happiness. so, what are the moments that have made you smile or cry happy tears... mine would be the 7 year old rta with flail chest, midline shift on the ct, leaking cf from both ears, no respiratory effort.... very sick kid, we patched her up best we could and she was transfered to the nearest picu no one expected her to survive, rang up a week later and she was extubated, talking and having physio for a mild left sided weakness. made all involved proud to have saved that little girls life. also a daughter of a friend bought in with meningicocal septicemia, did all we could in er and took her to icu. when i took mum up to icu 5 minutes later walked in and they were doing cpr on the child. left mum with itu staff, walked into the corridoor outside the icu and totally lost it. cried and cried, poor visitors walking past thought i had gone mad! other kind staff member took me back down to the department. what makes me smile is that she is 10 years old now, no ill effects from the whole incident other than a couple of missing fingertips. another example that the work we do in the er really makes that life saving difference!!:spin:
  2. worst things for me... 5 year old girl survived a near drowning in the family pool after prolonged resus, yeah!! until the following summer when the same girl came in again, unsupervised in the pool again... sadly didnt survive the second time. made me want to scream at the parents, was the first warning not enough for you.. also last christmas night, around 10pm, 3 teenagers in rta on way back from visiting family, all died in the department. tragic. might start a new thread, a happier one, best stories of survival!!
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    Overdose, using charcoal on a combative pt?

    hi all, i am an emergency nurse in the uk, moving to the us in july. some of the comments on this thread worry me slightly! can you legally restrain and 'force' someone to take charcoal? also, we only use it if they present within 1 hour of ingestion, which in reality is pretty rare. would intubating them and putting charcoal down a ng take longer than an hour? they would have to ingest the tablets whilst sitting in the waiting room. all seems a bit extreme to me.... encourage them to drink it, if not its their choice surely, they have to have some responsibility for their care. :uhoh21:
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    Stupid People Award

    man came in one morning to my department in london, england with a glass milk bottle up his backside. its ok though, it was accidental you see, he had locked himself out of the house naked and was climbing in through the kitchen window when he slipped and fell directly onto the bottle which got stuck..... yeah, right!!!
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    Approx timelines from UK to the US

    i signed with ogp in november last year. passed nclex in april. am sending payment for visas on monday, so that is packet 3. putting our house on the market in next few weeks, after frantically decorating and gardening, lol!! selling the house is really my majour concern now, as need the profit to pay off all the debts and have a few grand cash to go with!!
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    Anyone been happy with OGP??

    this will probably start a riot! i am so far, getting on ok with ogp, sent packet 3 recently. i have heard alot of negative things from people about various agencies, sooooooo..... is anyone happy with their completed move with ogp?? would love to hear any success stories to try and balance all the awful stories!:spin:
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    money, money, money. always funny.......

    thanks for all that info. did anyone get internet set up straight away or did you wait till more settled? my 10 year old son is keen to be able to chat to everyone online!:spin:
  8. Morning all. I have a question for the guys and gals who have arrived in the US already... Realistically, how much money do you NEED to have when you arrive for starting phone line, deposits etc... How long till you got your first pay packet. Also, can you give me an idea what the monthly take home is??? So many questions, I know. We are selling our house, but due to too many years of 'have it now' lifestyle, once we pay off the debts, we wont have loads of equity to take with us. Will also have profit from selling car and household contents. Not sure if that will be enough or if we will need to consider selling one of the children on ebay!! Any info would be great! XX:uhoh3:
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    Immunisation Issues!

    He will be pleased!! As will the bank balance, was going to be expensive!! Does he get out of having the MMR as well then??
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    Immunisation Issues!

    Morning all, I am getting all organised for the medicals for me, hubby and the kids and have been searching the threads for lots of immunisation info!! One question I cannot find an answer to is this.... Does my husband need to have Hep B, or just the kids???? I understand that the kids do for school etc.. and I am covered, but not sure about him. Don't want to make him suffer jabs for no reason!!
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    CEN questions!

    Hi all, I am coming to work in the states soon, have recently passes nclex, waiting for immigration..... Anyway, as I will be ED based with 12 years experience I am reading threads on here trying to get to grips with all the abbreviations that are different to ours! What is the CEN??? I am guessing Certificate in Emergengy Nursing or something similar?? Do you pay for it yourselves, or does you employer fund it? How long does it take to do? Is it needed? Is it aimed more for newly qualified rather than experienced staff? Help!! Forgot to say, am in UK!
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    looking for cites for subQ morphine in peds

    Just wondering....do you not use oral morphine?? We (am in UK!) would use that by choice for the paed nasty fractures etc..
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    update on bloody awful nclex!

    I passed!!! Thanks for all your support! XX:spin:
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    Please Read (knee surgery)

    Hi, I am an english er nurse hoping to come and work in the us next year. the insurance thing is real wierd to me! It would you be cheaper for you to fly over to the UK and get it done for free on the good old national Health Service! Hope everything works out for you. X:nurse:
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    Bloody awful Nclex!!

    Had my nclex today, not getting good vibes!! Loads and loads of questions about drugs I have never heard of, and it stopped at 75. Not looking very good me thinks! Will probably have to pay to do it again. Hey ho!!