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Dude, I Passed NCLEX!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 15th September 2017 at 20:41 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

I mean, I passed quite some time ago, but damn, nursing boards were *almost* as bad as the National Registry’s psychomotor exam. To any EMT or paramedic who’s thinking about about going back to nursing school because you’re broke and hate being so: do it. It’s so totally worth it. …most days… …I promise… …just not on the ones where you’re dealing with a literal shit lake for the 4th time on your shift… Massive fecal puddles aside,...
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Update: Nursing School Failed To Kill Me!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 21st July 2016 at 21:36 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Soooooo…where do I start? Oh yeah, survived two years of an associate degree program in nursing, set to take that lovely NCLEX within a month now…and it only became two years because the beginning of my final semester started off with a divorce hearing… *sigh* It was a divorce that was a long time coming and not wholly unexpected for me, but it is a complex story of a woman thinking she could fix a man… …ignoring red flags of anger management issues… …discovering...
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Mechanism of Injury: Question One

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 14th January 2015 at 22:08 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

The following scenarios describe  different vehicle accidents. Please identify which patient(s) require emergent EMS transport, and which pt should have known better that there are key words that earn you a backboard and c-collar. (Drugs are not a contributing factor, and no LOC in any of the following cases.) #1: Post-2000 4-door sedan stopped at intersection rear-ended by similar-sized at 10 mph. Minor damage to fender, car is still drivable. Belted adult-sized occupant years of age A&Ox4...
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I Know What Disorder Your Medication Did Last Summer!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 30th November 2014 at 23:44 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

“Any other health history?” “No.” *looks through pile of papers* *sees “lithium carbonate” listed under medications* Erm, rusty field medic might be rusty, but I’m pretty sure this patient’s hiding something here…

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My Life Likes To Kick My Ass and Hand It Back To Me

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 01st November 2014 at 19:57 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

SWEET HOLY HELL NURSING SCHOOL IS FUCKING HARD. Mix in the fact that this is an accelerated course and my ever-present paranoia that I’m one step away from killing someone as a student, and outside social and family issues… …and it’s no wonder that I had “the talk” with my primary care doctor about going back on seratraline aka Zoloft. After about a month, I’m soooo much calmer and clear-headed, and most of the nastier side effects have subsided. So yeah,...
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It’s Official: MiniMedic Is Going To Nursing School!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 15th August 2014 at 0:18 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

…not that I had doubts about passing two known fail-out, hard science courses with the needed grades… Also managed to convince another EMS organization that working in a hospital for a few years will make me a better field paramedic. (I’ll figure out a witty name for them later.) I think a little card with the words “National Registry” also played a role, buuuut that’s just me. Now, back to completing umpteen million hours of training for said new organization,...
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There’s A Dust Bunny Over This Header, Isn’t There?

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 18th June 2014 at 20:42 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Anybody still here?  (I’ve really let this blog sit dormant for over a year?) So if you’re an e-mail subscriber and you get this, surprise, I’m back. Let’s see, June of 2013…what happened? Ah, yes, now I remember: workplace politics and injured egos may or may not have threatened my job status and made my life unpredictable for a year, and I may or may not have had unexpected allies, and maybe  and I DIDN’T start playing the Mass Effect video game trilogy, and...
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So, This Happened…

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 17th July 2013 at 6:57 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

*Blonde Tech glancing at order* “What’s a triple A?” Me: Did I really just hear that question asked by a cardiology coworker? Yes.  “Abdominal aortic aneurysm…it’s when part the descending aorta weakens. If it ruptures, it’s a life threat.” “So, what does the abdomen have to do with it?” What. The. Actual. Fuck? What part of BLOODY FUCKING DESCENDING AORTA DID YOU NOT FUCKING COMPREHEND? Apparently, not all of my coworkers have taken ...
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How DARE You Question Me!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 02nd July 2013 at 17:07 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

Note to self: questioning an order in the name of ensuring good patient care. earns the ire of the ordering doctor. If my first concern wasn’t overall patient safety, I’d let some of them suffer the full consequences of their actions. However, no matter how pissed off I might be with either party, I will do my best to protect the patient. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have massive egos to tiptoe around…

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Parenting: You’re Doing It Right!

Written by RSS Poster NursaMedic on the 23rd June 2013 at 6:24 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

My faith in the younger generation has been temporarily restored after reading through some of ‘s older entries. What, you were expecting real content from me? Sorry, I’m trying to strike a balance between updating more frequently, yet not producing excrement-level posts. Ah, I miss reading these blogs. I should keep up on my blogroll more often.

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