PEDIATRIC CALCULATIONS

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One main difference between adult and pediatric nursing is that children come in all different shapes and sizes. We get infants all the way up to 26 year olds! Because of this, the majority of pediatric nursing is based off of the patient’s weight in kilograms. Knowing how to do these calculations is imperative because kids are extremely sensitive to being given too much fluid or having too much taken out. I developed this quick cheat sheet of common calculations to help keep our pediatric patients safe! Read More


SOLITUDE

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It’s funny how things happen all at once. For the first time in my life, I find myself alone…in many aspects. I am now living alone, something I couldn’t have foreseen happening. Additionally, I am now alone on the floor as a nurse, without a preceptor holding my hand. I have longed for this moment of solitude in the nursing world…but not so much in my own personal world. Read More





PICU NURSING BRAIN

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Kiddos are nothing like adults. Everything, every piece of data, is more sensitive in an acute child than an adult. I found that all the nursing brains I was using didn’t allow enough room. For adults, you can put three patients on one sheet of paper. However, in peds, I needed one piece of paper per child. Read More




AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW

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One of the most important parts to an interview is your follow up. Make the institution remember you. At the very least, send a thank you email to your interviewers. To truly go above and beyond, send handwritten thank you notes. This gesture speaks measures to your character. It shows that you truly care and want the job. Read More


CHOOSING YOUR INSTITUTION

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Granted it is rare, some people get more than one nursing job offer. If this is you, consider yourself lucky…and qualified. You wouldn’t be in this position unless you worked hard. The choice between various institutions can be tricky. I know this firsthand. After interviewing at three top LA hospitals, I was in for a tough decision. I have broken my thought process down for how I eliminated some options and came to my decision. Read More