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Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation Questions 1)RN, LPN, or CNA? 2)Years as a nurse? 3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south... Read More

  1. by   Sable's mom
    Buck, Great thread! ! So here's my answers:
    1-RN
    2-24
    3-Midwest - Michigan
    4-More or less, we move every 5-6 years and the area really affects the pay.
    5-I usually opt-out and take cash
    6-YES - 12hr nights, 3x/week
    7-I work a speciality unit so, they are OK, but can't really cover my patients, they do try very hard to get extra staff in when needed
    8-somewhat, I mostly try to stay away from admin
    9-If we have one I've never seen it - any inservices I've seen are taught by other staff nurses or our docs
    10-YES, YES, YES Ican't imagine doing anything else
    11-I think so, but in our unit we all work together to make sure the patients are cared for and our director doesn't argue about the overtime hours
    12-usually 1 short break and a 30 min lunch - but I'm sometimes called back to the unit - I'm the only staff nurse(sometimes the only person) in our unit (LDRP & Nsy) at night
    13-nights
    14-everyother
    15-fairly anti union - I've worked at both and find a us versus them more often with a union, but would never say never/always
    16-Not a slow down, but a strike if it was voted on
    17-Good luck with compiling the information
  2. by   UVaRN2Be


    Questions
    1)CNA/nursing student
    2)Years as a CNA- 7
    3)Virginia
    4) Am happy with pay for what I do$23,000-RN's start at 36,000
    5)happy with benefits
    6)4 10 hour days/ every 3rd weekend/ Rn's also except they work 80 hours within 2 weeks.
    7)I think my supervisor is easy to work with, but not as "hard" as she should be
    8)Yes I do until I find out otherwise
    9)Yes, my institution has a nursing education Dept
    10)I LOVE my work
    11)No mandatory overtime for CNA's or nurses
    12)CNa's get their breaks when we want them pretty much, Nurses take turns and usually get their breaks.
    13)I work days, some nurses only work days or nights, others fill in if needed on either shift
    14) All employees on my unit rotate holidays. we fill out what we want to have off, and we have to work three of six holidays but usually don't have to work all of the 3
    15)My hospital is working on becoming a magnant hospital, but I dont think i would want a union. I would have to be more famillar with them.
    16)No I wouldn't. I am there to take care of my patients.
    17)The nursing committee where I work is currently working on a stipend for nursing students to pay them their full salary and benifits while in school while only working half of our hours. I work with wonderful people that I consider my friends. We have the support of our medical director, administrator of cancer center and our manager. I am sure that not all of the units in our hospital are that fortunate. We get raises and retention bonuses, tution reimbursement and we have alot of parties. :P

    Meredith
  3. by   CC NRSE
    1. RN (ADN)
    2. yrs as nurse - 3.5
    3. northwest FL

    4. Satisfied wtih pay? yeah, I guess so, although wouldn't turn it down if they offered more!!

    5. benefits? somewhat, I've had worse
    6. DAYSHIFT!!! finally!!! 7a-7p
    7. Do I believe my supervisor is competent? I suppose that depends on which one - yes,... and no

    8. Do I trust my employer? that depends on what you mean by trust!! with my deep dark secrects, NEVER.

    9. Education Dept? That's what they call themselves anyway!!!

    10. I LOVE being a NURSE!!!!!

    11. No mandantory overtime. But we get time and a half if we sign up for extra days. I am only 72 hrs biweekly.

    12. ??BREAK??? what is that?? you mean everyone can't hold their "PEE" for 12 hrs?!!!!

    13. been on days a month now!!! I finally feel HUMAN again!!!!

    14. Spend most holidays with my husband either at home or work (he is a nurse too) my other family, just christmas day last year, that was only after working 7p-7a on Christmas eve and driving 3 hrs. So needless to say, I was the walking, ZOMBIE!!!!

    15. Union? Don't really know. Don't know of any in this area. ( very few in the south ya know.)

    16. strike, picket or slow down? I guess that would depend on the cause.
  4. by   Miss Saigon
    1) RN
    2) 3 years
    3) NY
    4) NO
    5) Somewhat
    6) Yes
    7) NO
    8) NO
    9) YES
    10) YES
    11) YES
    12) WHAT IS THAT??
    13) Nights
    14) 1
    15) NO, WE NEED ONE
    16) N/A
    17) Well, since the hospital I work for just annouced it is closing in 90 days, all I can say right now is " WHERE IS MY PADDLE"


    [This message has been edited by Miss Saigon (edited April 03, 2001).]
  5. by   gvar
    1. R.N. 2. 11 years 3. Oregon Coast
    4. yes 5. yes 6. yes, 3 12's a week
    7. yes 8. usually 9. yes, lots made avail to us 10. yes 11. no mandatory,
    12. 2 30 minute breaks per shift. I leave the building for at least one of them.
    13. days 14. worked 2 major ones
    15. work at union hospital-it's ok, esp. at
    contract time. 16. yes
  6. by   Lisa - RN
    1. RN
    2. 1 year (approx)
    3. Northern Utah
    4. New grad wages, so that would be NO!
    5. I have no benefits
    6. Yes
    7. Yes
    8. No
    9. Yes
    10. Yes, I love nursing!
    11. No
    12. Never!!!!
    13. Days
    14. about 3
    15. I am for unions, but I could not join even if there was one in Utah...my employer would throw me in jail (VA hospital)
    16. Yes, I would strike
    17. Nurses are overwhelmed, overworked, and units are understaffed - these are the three biggest complaints at my facility.
  7. by   Enright
    1)RN
    2)14 years
    3)Upper Midwest
    4) Pay could be better
    5)Benefits great, fabulous pension
    6)M-R 6 am to 4:30 pm
    7)Sup is a non-nurse but very fair and respectful
    8)My employer is the state; they do treat me well
    9)I AM the nursing education dept.
    10)I love being a community health nurse.
    11)No OT
    12)I am self paced, self schduling.
    13)work schedule of my choice, Fridays and W/E off
    14) All holidays off in this job--
    15)I am required to be in the union. It is expensive but valuable
    16)I'd support the union.
    17)I checked out of hospital nursing the night I had a patient dying in one room and an MD asking me to scrub in and assist with hand surgery in another. I'd encourage all nurses to find a nursing job they love. There is an incredible variety out there.
  8. by   buck227
    over half way there. I will summarize all data when I reach 100 posts or on 4-23 (which ever comes first)

    buck
  9. by   Brownms46
    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA? ...LPN

    2)Years as a nurse?....21+yrs

    3)Area NW

    4) Are you satisfied with your pay? NO, this contract is the lowest paying in the last year as a traveler, but I wanted back in the ER, so I accepted it. But the completion bonuse will be nice!

    5)with your benefits? NO, but at least I have them, and having free fully furnished private housing with utilities paid is nice also.

    6)your hours? Yes work 12hr shift
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job? NO

    8)Do you trust your employer? YEs, the Travel agency not the hospital I work at, as I'm on a new Travel contract, and today will only be my fourth shift there.

    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?Have no idea

    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse? Sometimes, when a pt./family member hugs me, or when someone says if they had to come back to the ER, they hope they got me! Then I'm in heaven!

    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime? NO, and wouldn't be there if they did! The only time I worked for a hospital with mandatory overtime, was when I was a new grad, and didn't know any better.

    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    Usually 30 mins, but supposed to get two 30 min., plus one 15min.

    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    1p to 1:30a, and I never rotate!

    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year? None, but my choice, my children are grown, and double time on the holidays is great!

    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area? Against...I have no opinion on that as Unions don't effect me, as I Travel for 13weeks at a time, and make my own deals through my agency, and handle any problems that come up, though my agency.

    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down? Only if the union was going to work to get me something worth going on strike for.
    17)any other comment I believe we should all walk out, and let management, MDs, PA, residents are others care for the patients. There is that old scenario of "Nobody can do my job as good as I do it", running rampant again! If we all got together, and informed hospitals, that we intended to walk out, do you really think they wouldn't try, and work something out with us??? And if they didn't, believe me, it wouldn't take no time before they caved in, and started making some meaningful changes. And as for MDs not talking/backstabing each other in the back. Why should they?? They have us to beat up on! They can be as nasty as they want to whomever they want including pts. I have seen MDs say stuff, you never could to a pt., and still have a job! They also determine, when they will come in, and put the fear of God in a lot of nurses, to not bother them after hours. They have managements ear at all times, and are listened to, and catered to. If I was a doctor, I would have very little agression against my fellow doctors either. They don't have to agree with anyone, ask anyone for orders, have management tell them when they will work, how long or how often they will work. They d/c their pts, on Friday, so they won't be bothered on the weekends or holidays. They use NP, or PAs to make rounds when they don't want to be bothered. It has been said that nurses exhibit the s/sx of an abused person. Afraid to challenge authority, inability to stand up for themselves, eagar to please, failure to recongize their situation without feeling everything will be ok, if they just work harder...so on, and so on. This is my opinion.

    Brownie

  10. by   jo1998
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    LPN
    2)Years as a nurse?
    seven
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    NE central New Jersey
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    satisfied now that we are making bonuses due to nursing shortage
    5)with your benefits?
    pay $150/monthly for medical, dental, eye for a family plan. Have paid much lower for equal benefits
    6)your hours?
    their okay, would prefer 12 hour shifts
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    she is too new to evaluate
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    my hosp has been bought/sold three times in six years, what do you think?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    we still have a very good education dept.
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    i love being a nurse
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    no
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    80% of the time
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    i work evenings, sometimes picking up an extra day shift
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    only part of the holiday, but all of them. i really do miss being with the family on the holidays
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    in my hosp the RN's have JNESCO, it is a wonderful union, and because of it our work environment benefits. i am all for unions!
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    no striking, but picketing has proved effective at my hosp.
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
  11. by   fertilitynurse
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
  12. by   fertilitynurse
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
    R.N
    22 years..god, that long???
    Infertility practice, former ob/gun
    no
    no benefits
    no...too long
    yes
    most of the time
    forget it we teach ourselves day to day
    Love it always have no matter what position I have held
    no mandatory overtime
    days
    all office is closed on holidays(did that for too many years)
    for...got out of hospital nursing due to frustration at lack of staff and low pay.Maybe if we united you hospitals girls(guys) would get better working atmospheres
    yes
    Love my job, love being a nurse but again I do remember the frustration when I worked in a hospital. Even Ob units get very busy and there are times when its just dangerous the way hospitals ae staffed.



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  13. by   Louie18
    Buck,
    You got 63 responses to this post, all taking the time to fill out your questionairre. If you would have gone to the webmaster of this or any other nursing site they could have made it more available and convenient. this is good info, but without reading your follow-up post I already feel like you are building your case and finding out (like a politician) where your cards are before you voice any opinion.
    Louie

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