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CraigB-RN has 40 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics.

ED & Critical Care Nurse, Clinical Educator, Long distance critical care transports, legal nurse consultant. Debating on whether I want to finish EdD.

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    New Grads in the ICU

    When there is a problem, it generally isnt’t He new grad that is the problem. It’s the lack of solid education based orientation/residency program for them to grow into critical care nurses.
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    When you go national you aren’t allowed to add anything. What you’ve got and already submitted is what you’re stuck with.
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    One way to see more info is to go to your Intranet and google NRPB and Nurse III. You’ll get to see what other VAs have available.
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    There is no “official” cap to the number of nurse IIIs in any given space. Technically all could be.
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    Suture Training for Nurses

    The first thing to look at is if you can be reimbursed for it. In the acute care setting, if nurses suture, there is no reimbursement.
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    Maintaining CEN certificate

    I maintain both CCRN and CEN. I pretty much use the same CEU's for both with a few extra's that are specific to both. The majority come from critical care. I take full advantage of the free CEU's from AACN. Alternate conferenes.
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    Tips for CEN 2018

    The CEN exam is a knowledge based exam. Experience may or may not help, it depends on you. The choices of study material is going to be based on what your current knowledge level is. 1. If you fairly knew, then you need reference material. i.e. text books Sheehey's emergency nursing 2. If you've got knowledge and experience then your reviewing, not studying. Review material tends to be a bit more personal. Taking the practice exam and then going from there is a good start. If you just can't seem to get a score your happy with, then the review courses maybe helpfull.
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    Code team

    Out of curiosity how many beds does your CAH have? They can range from 14-25. No there are no regulations on code team specific. In most Critical Access Hospitals the "code team" consist of the on duty staff, the on call provider and the oncall lab and -ray person. In some places they are so small that the lab and x-ray maybe the same person. Most places require at least two people in the building at the same time. The only mandated requirement is one RN.
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    You'd be hard-pressed to even prove that this happened. The first one last year had the push from the whole View episode and backlash. I had to actually go hunting for it on social media.
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    New to ED, Suggestions on Supplies

    Not much. A pen, a watch and a cheap pair of trauma shears (so you don't care if they disappear). And your ears of course. Anything more than that will depend on where you work and whats available.
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    Shiftwork and its effects on burnout

    The whole topic is old news. I remember participating in a survey 15 yeras ago about 12 & 8 hour night shifts and how it affected my performance, life, enjoyment of my profession. Ear plugs, black out currents, white noise machines were all suggested as solutions to not sleeping. What's news about it is that nothing has ever been done to mitigate the effects of working nights. That's not completly true. We got rid of the rotating night shifts. The 2 days, 2 evening and 2 nights, 2 off schedule that I worked my first years on a fairly busy USAF Med Surge floor.
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    Don't Risk Your Job Over Social Media

    You may not have a Facebook account, but you are on social media. Allnurses.com falls into the social media category, and no one can say there isn't a lot of drama here at time. Platforms like Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc are tools that can have a valid role in a nurses personal and professional development. They key is how it's used. Friends. You don't have to friend anyone on Facebook and you don't have to post anything. So why bother then. Well Facebook is a place were professional organizations have a presence. For example as a Critical Care and ED nurse I follow the AACN, ENA and there are pages set up by people to present current up to date information that can directly affect my nursing practice. The same for twitter and other platforms. What gets people into trouble, is what they post, and that isn't any different that posting here. The area that I think gets nurses into trouble is the perception that they are truly anonymous on social media. That goes for here also. Being Anon on SoMe gives you a false sense of security, and sometimes leads people to post things that they really shouldn't. It is surprisingly easy to get outed on Social Media and it's happened pretty frequently. But if you think about SoMe as sitting in a bar or even a street corner and that it's possible for you boss to walk by and hear you, and adjust what you say accordingly, You'll be fine. I made a conscious decision not to be Anon on social medial. My whole name is plastered out there. I routinely chat and discuss topics that directly affect my nursing practice with Dr's and Nurses from all over the world. I've had direct discussions with the movers and shakers of the nursing world. (I've chatted with Patricia Benner) Have I screwed up? Yup. I've posted things that I shouldn't have, but then again i've made comments about my employer while at a local AACN chapter meeting. So get online and use the tools we have. Just don't smeg your boss, your co workers, the hospital across town, and definitely don't share any protected health information and show compassion and common sense when posting. Don't be scared of it, use it., Oh and it is ok to post pictures of what your having for dinner on twitter. :) p.p.s You don't have to follow Justin Beaber or the Kardasians.
  13. It wasn't the picture itself, it had actually already been posted by a Doc. It was the text that was added to the pic about the man vs specific train. A simple Google search identified the patient which made it a HIPPA violation. Now as to being enough to be be fired over, that is debatable. The drawback to being famous. As to the filming itself, they are crazy about getting releases from patients.
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    Blood Sugar Measurement: Arterial vs Fingertip

    I found a couple of articles that discussed the difference. They discus in venous blood the glucose has been used where in the atrial blood it's still freshly loaded. there is also a difference between capillary and venous blood. http://www.gcsmc.org/Download/Journal/2015_1/12.A%20Comparative%20Study%20of%20Venous%20and%20Capillary%20Blood%20Glucose%20Levels%20by%20Different%20Methods.pdf http://www.ipcbee.com/vol39/040-ICNFS2012-N3003.pdf GLUCOSE DETERMINATION FROM DIFFERENT VASCULAR COMPARTMENTS BY POINT-OF-CARE TESTING IN CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS | CHEST Journal | CHEST Publications
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    Emergency Nursing Conference 2017 St Louis, Missouri

    GO! Start networking now, get exposed to new idea's and concepts. Get into the habit of attending conferences early.
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    Emergency Nursing Conference 2017 St Louis, Missouri

    I paid for this one myself and not depending on the VA for funding. Got a great deal on a loft through AirBnB about 5 min from the venue. Looking forward to it. And it's only 8 hours away so I can drive.

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