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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   MD_Rn
    1. RN
    2. 6
    3. Maryland
    4. no
    5. yes
    6. yes
    7. no
    8. no
    9. no
    10. I love being a nurse, I hate all the politics that go with my job
    11. no
    12. I work a 12 hour shift and generally take about 20 minutes of my 1/2 hour lunch and none of my 3 15 min breaks
    13. 12 hour days
    14. half
    15. Pro
    16. for the right reasons, yes
  2. by   vicki444
    Originally posted by theboss:
    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
    HEY BUCK KEEP IT GOING !!!
    1.LPN
    2.6.5 YEARS
    3.OKLAHOMA
    4.NO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE.
    5.NO
    6.12 HOUR SHIFTS FINE WITH ME...
    7.YES HE IS A GOOD RN AND A GOOD MANAGER
    8.NO
    9.YES, ALL NURSES GIVEN THE OPORTUNITY TO KEEP LEARNING
    10.YES I LOVE IT.
    11.YES BUT WE ARE ABLE TO WORK IT OUT AMONGST EACH OTHER
    12.IN THE ER IT IS EITHER FEAST OR FAMINE SO TAKE IT WHEN WE CAN
    13.6P TO 6A AT ONE JOB 3-11 AT THE OTHER LIKE 12,S BETTER
    14.XMAS AND THANKSGIVING NOT BAD SINCE I DONT START WORK UNTIL 6P,UNLESS I VOLENTEER TO WORK AT 2ND JOB.
    15.YES AND NO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE??
    16.YES IF I FELT IT WAS NEEDED WITH NO OTHER OPTION..
    17.THIS WOULD BE A TOUGH DECISION TO MAKE.BUT IF I FELT IT WOULD BENNEFIT OUR AREA I WOULD JOIN THE CAUSE....
    RN--28yrcurrent employer-OREGON,70m from Portland--$24HR-BENE FAIR--ed hours on hold- union yes(currently neg for 8%,5wks pto--breaks sometimes--no mandatory OT,but dbltime when full)work 4/10,no holidays in OR-RR--best nite diff@$4--LOOKING TO HIRE-windsurfing,ski,ocean beaches,salmon fishing---couldn't strike,pickets off time-yes on trust-contact me if you want to know more vicki

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    vicki444
  3. by   SharonH
    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
    1) RN
    2) 21
    3) Eastern Canada
    4) Definitaly not
    5) NO
    6) No
    7) Absolutely not
    8) No
    9) No
    10) Yes
    12) Not regularly
    13) Rotate
    14) About one half
    15) For
    16) Yes
    17) No


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  4. by   nurseinanutshell
    1) RN
    2) 15
    3) Southeast
    4) Yes--I work as a Per Diem, so no benefits but remarkably good wages.
    5) As mention I receive no benefits. I have health, etc. coverage through my husband's employment, but I do miss the Paid Time Off!
    6) Varies according to my needs, but usually 7a-7p.
    7) Old supervisor-no, new supervisor-yes
    8) Yes
    9) Yes, a pretty good one
    10) I enjoy it wholeheartedly
    11) Not for Per Diems
    12) Lunches-every day, other breaks--maybe
    13) Days mostly, some evenings (by my own choice)
    14) All holidays except Thanksgiving and Labor Day (if that counts)
    15) Against
    16) None of the above
  5. by   TopazStone
    1) RN
    2) 5
    3) Midwest
    4,5) Pay isn't bad, work full-time, non-benefited
    6) weekends AM and PM visits (home care)
    7) that would depend on which supervisor-- most are out of touch with reality. I think after a few years away from patient care, they forget what we really do out there.
    8) To a point. If it comes to my butt or theirs, I know who'd go . . .
    9) No
    10)Usually, yes. There are days I wish I did OR-- the patients are unconcious! (4 kids here LOL)
    11) No, they operate by the "guilt-complex theory of management"
    12, 13) n/a
    14)I get at least a few hours with the family on holidays, but I have worked most (see the guilt thing)
    15) FOR! FOR! FOR! I would not leave my patients in danger, but I have never worked hospitals so things can be done around the strike to keep them safe.
    16) The only way I'd cross is if they held a family member hostage on the other side!
    17) I'd like to be treated with a little more respect-- seems like you have to be contingent to get that at my agency. I had one day where I was scheduled 10 morning visits in all parts of the city, and 12 night visits-- could have done it if I could fly, but being human, I was limited to my car. I hate having to run in, do a head-to-toe, give meds, do a treatment a split. The biggest complaint our clients have are that "the nurse doesn't have enough time to spend with me."

    [This message has been edited by TopazStone (edited April 11, 2001).]
  6. by   buck227
    Just 12 more days before I start compiling data. Be a part of this survey! Thanks to all of you who have given your support.

    buck
  7. by   sus_rn
    Hi, I'm new to these boards and couldn't resist puttin' my two shiny cents in!
    Here are my answers:

    1. RN
    2. 15 years.
    3. North East
    4. no, I think we all are worth more!
    5. yes (opted out of health coverage)
    6. yes and no. I work part-time. Would like more but this is one way I can have some control over my life.
    7. yes
    8. yes, for the most part.
    9. yes, recently expanded.
    10. yes, even after some of the worst times in my life, yes.
    11. yes
    12. no breaks.
    13. rotate 3 shifts.
    14. all (the dept. I work for now is closed most holidays)
    15. for
    16. tough question, I'd have to know all the details of the specific issues, union views, hospital views, etc. before I would give a blanket answer yes or no.


  8. by   RNSue
    1,2. LPN 20 years RN 3 years
    3. VA
    4. Never
    5. none
    6. choose my own conventional shifts, but would like the option of being more creative(11A-7P)
    7. My "supervisor" is a staffing coordinator!
    8. Yes (agency),hospitals I work in- No.
    9. Yes, once a year mandatory overview, skills check. I don't think they pay for outside classes.
    10. Yes, but it's getting harder to like as time goes by
    11. no
    12. Unless there is a code or a fire, I'm going to lunch. one 10 min break
    13. days, eves
    14. did not work many (my option to or not)
    15. For, but it will never happen in VA.
    16. Yes
    17. I hope you let us know the results!
  9. by   StaceRacer1
    #1--RN
    #2--usa--NorthEast
    #3--No
    #4--No
    #5--no
    #6--NO NO NO NO
    #7--Yes
    #8--No
    #9==Yes it has a dept.
    #10=most days I love it.
    #11-Yes, atleast 4 hours a week, sometime more
    #12-only if I am caught up and not busy (not Often)
    #13--Rotate days and nights, not by choice
    #14--2 or 3 if I am lucky
    #15--not against, but not quite sure it would help!!!!
    #16--What is a work Slow Down??????


  10. by   sunbunz
    Originally posted by buck227:
    1)RN
    2)19
    3)SW
    4)no,terrible for the years of experience and responsibility of care
    5)no, minimum at best
    6)12 hours too long. takes me two days to recupe
    7)I don't know, never see them always in meetings. Afraid to get in the trenches with us
    8)no, because they never mingle with the staff or see how were doing.
    9)min yearly only
    10)I used to love it when I felt I could do a good job. Not fun anymore. Want to get out!
    11)no
    12)sometimes 20-30 min lunch
    13)days
    14)one holiday, Thanksgiving. worked xmas and newyears
    15)All for union. Moved here to AZ from Washington state last summer. Union up there.Took a $7 pay cut when I moved here. Not only that you do actually have a voice with representation. There was a restructering a few years back and some nurses with seniority were not given the job they reapplied for. It took 2 years but they eventually bumped out the nurse with less seniority and got back pay. Some got a check for $20,000. and took a big cruise. Unions are our voice. Arizona is a right to work state that is why the pay and stuff is so crappy. (yeh I know, should of checked that out before i moved here)
    16)yes
    1)RN
    2)5
    3)South Central US
    4)not totally dissatisfied with pay, but wish it was about twice what I make now
    5)Benefits satisfactory.
    6)12 hour shifts are too long.
    7)Supervisor marginally competent at best
    8)I do not trust my employer
    9)We have a education Dept but it is understaffed and does not provide any teaching above the bare minimum
    10)I love being a nurse
    11)Mandatory overtime every other week. 3-12s one week, 4 the next
    12)Rarely get breaks, occasionally get to go on 30 minute lunch break in 12 hour period.
    13)Nights
    14)1- Thanksgiving. Worked Christmas and New Years
    15)for unions
    16)Against strikeing because it could hurt patients, but I would be willing to take other actions such as picket or work slowdown.
    17)
  11. by   codebluechic
    1. RN
    2. 5 years
    3. FLA
    4. could be better
    5. yes
    6. no
    7. no
    8. no
    9. yes and no
    10. yes
    11. a lunch break about once a month!
    12. going to days next month
    13. was off for new years
    14 &15. not sure
  12. by   TXNurse
    1- LVN 2- 13yrs 3- North Central TX 4- yes I make pretty good money for what I do 5- yes I get alot of the state holidays off even though I don't work for the state 6- I have great hours 5:30a-1:00p 7- I'm the supervisor 8- yes 9- yes 10- yes 11- no 12- anytime I need one 13- Mon-Fri (an occ. Sat but only for 4 hrs) 14- all 15- no union 16- I could never do anything that might cause harm to my patients 17- I have been in my current position for about 2 1/2 years and I don't plan on leaving. I guess you could say that I have put my time in as an ER nurse running around with 80 - 100 pts a night. I'm getting old I guess at nearly 40 LOL

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