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Evernote

In Nursing, Tech on March 12, 2011 at 11:45 am
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How do I use Evernote as a travel nurse? As a travel nurse I can change jobs & move as often as every 8 weeks depending on the contracts type. When interviewing with new locations with a new contract I speak to many people. I usually open a new note & make notes with who I spoke with, details of the conversation, target dates for contract start, & any details I need to know about my work location such as number of beds on the unit, dress code, etc. I forward emails from my recruiter to Evernote to store additional details about the assignment.

I store both blank & completed forms for items such as Mileage Reimbursement & Timesheets & more. I will pull up the form I need from Evernote, print it, complete the form, then I scan the completed form into the computer to email it back to my company for reimbursement.

Prior to moving to a new location, I research it on the internet. I clip information about locations I want to visit & locations I need (such as the local shopping mall or veterinarian) into Evernote. I also try to reduce the amount of unnecessary items that I have to bring along during a move so user manuals such as that for my camera or my microwave, I locate the online PDF of the manual & store it in Evernote.

I occasionally run into larger ticket item purchases I consider such as a new travel printer. I take a photo of it & the tag with model number and price with my iPhone camera straight into Evernote.

Once I’m at a new hospital to start work often parking needs my license plate number. I just pull up my photo of my license plate in Evernote.

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I also travel with my 2 cats. My older kitty has medical problems and has to visit the veterinarian regularly. With us being in different locations he often has to see different veterinarians. I keep his medical records scanned into Evernote & can locate his past medical information for his newest medical provider. I also keep previous provider’s business cards scanned in for quick access. (Note: While it has really good security, Evernote isn’t secured to HIPPA standards for human medical records, but the law doesn’t require the same security for pet medical records.)

Freaking out the coworker

In Nursing, Tech on November 20, 2008 at 12:08 pm
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I slightly wow’ed a coworker with my toys yesterday. Respiratory Therapist needed to know the patient’s temp in Centigrade. I just picked up my iPhone with the new Google Mobile App and spoke “98.6 Fahrenheit in Celsius.” The app picked up the speech perfectly and spat back out the answer.

Playing with Leeches

In Nursing on April 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Yes you read that right. Last night I got to play with leeches. Three times.

Flip

In Nursing on January 23, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Weird. There is another nurse with my name. Almost my EXACT name. Same middle name even. Just she has given Debra a phone call today since she noticed my name on the GA board of Nursing with their address due to a goof some company calling her with a recording. I returned her call. We talked for a little while. She gave me the name of an more local agency that is used a lot on the ATL area that she has worked with. Anyway she lived in Memphis prior to me moving there. And now I’m moving to Georgia where she’s living. It’s a small world……………

Regret

In Nursing on January 19, 2008 at 4:25 am

We were talking at work about receiving patients without getting report. I remember this happening twice to me.

 

1)

In Dickson, ER had called us for a bed assignment, they had given us Name, Age, MD & Diagnosis at that point. The charge nurse of the ER started bringing the patient through the doors of the unit. She stopped halfway in the doors and looked at us and said, “I forgot to call report.” with a really incredulous look on her face.

 

2)

In Johnson City, I was getting a patient at around 5 am (read admission close to change of shift which annoys me to no end). I’ve got a name, diagnosis, age & admitting doc. AND THAT’S IT. I keep waiting for report and I’m finishing up closing out my other patients for the morning. I look up and the paramedics are rolling down the hallway with the patient. I hadn’t gotten report. I was so mad I was almost seeing red. I got him transferred over, hooked up. Did the history and assessment as fast as I could. Called doc to let them know he was here. I get paged for the phone. It’s the transferring hospital to give report. I pick it up and the nurse starts the report with “I’ve got a XX year old male….” I just came back with. “NO, I’ve got Mr. So & So here already.” I really regret now being so nasty with him, but didn’t at the time. I was just fuming.

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