I wanted to explain what happened to me... - page 14
Hey everyone... I want to thank everyone for the prayers. I'm sorry I haven't been able to explain why I needed them and what I meant by saying I was in trouble, but I have recovered enough... Read More
Sep 25, '06the children's psyche hospital sounds wonderful.
that's the one i'll be hoping you get....
from the little i know about you, it feels like a perfect fit.
Sep 25, '06Very glad to hear there are options opening up for you. It may take some time but you will find a great job. The childrens hospital situation sounds like an upgrade from the previous position actually and maybe a blessing in disquise for you. Prayers continue and keep us posted.
Sep 25, '06Dear Lori,
Thank you for the thank you, and your kind words! I have been thinking of you and praying for you intermittantly all day. I am SOO happy to hear you sounding in better spirits! I truly believe that you are going to end up with something much better than the job you left! I think the children's psych hospital sounds like a wonderful fit for you, in all regards except the hours. However, there is nothing that says that if you are offered that job and accept, that a 11-7 shift wont open up later on! After all, it is not like you are seeking days or something! There cant be that many people beating the doors down anywhere to work 11-7! (At least I wouldnt think so!)
I will continue to pray for you, your grandmother, and your family. I am hoping and praying that you find something that fits you perfectly and you absolutely love! Please continue to keep us posted on the job hunt, and the interview tomorrow. Please remember all that I told you before about how we will be praying and there in spirit, along with the angels who will be watching over you. Sending enormous hugs to you, Amy
Sep 25, '06Lori....
I have been keeping up w/ the posts and i just wanted you to know that I said a little prayer for you today... I think that you will find this was a life lesson that will eventuallly be a blessing. The potential abounds!!!! your heart/feelings will heal.... But now, COW GIRL UP!!!!! I am thinking about you!!! Take charge girl!!!!! Good luck !!!
Sep 26, '06Lori,
I'm sooo glad to hear your interview went well today. Too bad it may be a month out though. I'm also glad to see that you seem to be in better spirits, that's great. The interview you have set up for tomorrow morning sounds right down your alley, and more money too, gotta love that!! As I said before, everything happens for a reason. This whole incident is your prev employers loss and your gain, and a valuable lesson was learned. You'll find the perfect job for you and be happier for it. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your head up!! Best of luck at your interview today!!
Sep 26, '06Quote from rach_nc_03do NOT imply that someone with a legitimate prescription for a narcotic for a CHRONIC PAIN ISSUE somehow has a drug problem because they take their prescribed medication. Just like the nurses here who have ADHD who say they have trouble performing at work well without their meds, people with chronic pain who take pain meds as prescribed- under the supervision of their doc- are often safer than if they DON'T take them.
Unless you give drug screens routinely, you can't know how long the lortab would show up in a DS, anyway- I've taken vicodin six hours before a screen and it came up clean, and had a positive screen once when I'd taken the last dose 18 hours prior. (And, by the way, these were both pre-employment screens, for which I supplied my prescription, and there was never an issue.)
Lori chooses not to take her lortab before a shift, and that's fine- but it's a CHOICE she has made, not an obligation, if she is able to function safely while taking it. My understanding is that most state BONs take this position as well.
I'm sick and tired of some nurses implying that everyone who takes prescribed narcotics to manage chronic pain are somehow ADDICTS. If you have an acute injury and you take vicodin for 2 weeks, maybe you're not going to be able to practice safely- but someone who is under a doctor's care for chronic pain management is most likely MORE impaired when they're not using their meds! If the law required us to avoid taking any medication that *could* affect us mentally, the nursing shortage would skyrocket. Heck, diabetics wouldn't be able to practice, as they might have a hypoglycemic episode. Oh, and nobody could go to work without getting 8 hours of sleep.
Sorry to rant, you guys, but this makes me .
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I completely agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am more than sick and tired of this attitude.!!:angryfire
Lori, As you can see we support you!! I hope you are ok and your next employer will be lucky to have you! Here is a hug for you:icon_hug:
Good luck and take care.
Sep 26, '06Quote from GatorRN
[quote] I think all nurses should be required to take a class on pain management. We, as nurses, are doing our pts a grave disservice by allowing them to suffer needlessly and not treating their pain appropriately.
I could not agree more.Last edit by katfishLPN on Sep 26, '06
Sep 26, '06Quote from lizzThis is off topic and completely inappropriate in this thread. ~ IMONot necessarily ...
I'm really not commenting on or judging Lori specifically because I do feel for her situation. But if some people are skeptical about prescribed meds in general ... I don't necessarily blame them for that either.
Just because someone has a prescription, it doesn't mean they're not an addict. Look at Rush Limbaugh ... he had precriptions for all of it.
We give prescribed meds to drug addicts all the time ... does that mean they're not drug addicts if they take prescribed meds?
We've all seen addicts who know how to play the system and get their drugs. They know exactly what symptoms they have to complain about to get their morphine, or whatever.
The fact is ... it's very easy to get these prescriptions if you're an addict. Maybe this causes some RN's to wrongly judge people to the other extreme and, this is unfortunate. But we can't ignore the fact there's also a lot of abuse going on with prescribed meds that can prompt skepticism that isn't always unjustified.
I have a friend who's become addicted to pain killers because it was so easy for her to get those prescriptions. All I'm saying is that a prescription, in and of itself ... doesn't always mean you don't have a drug problem.
Sep 26, '06I just got a phone call from the child psych facility-
I GOT THE JOB!!! My first day will hopefully be no later than a week from Thursday, sooner if the DON can get someone in to do the hour-long paperwork session/background check. I might have to wait until Monday at 0900 to do that otherwise, then 72 hours for the check to come back and once it does I can work. She is going to see if someone can do it this week though, which would mean I could start on Monday. I was hoping to be working this week, but I will accept the delay.
I am so excited about this! Although I love working with the elderly, this position will allow me to utilize me special ed background. In addition, I will finally get paid overtime for the extra hours I work. I didn't have that at my old job. Although it is going to be a struggle to get back on my feet financially after three weeks without work, I will make it somehow. DH had an interview today at another local nursing home for a 3-11 position as well (we want to work the same shift) so hopefully by the end of the week we will both be employed.
I can't believe they formally offered me the job- I have been sick with worry about what my old DON was going to tell them, but I guess she took the high road. I am so relieved. Plus, I really liked the DON who interviewed me, and the facility seems to be a great place to work.
Oh, what a relief... you guys have seriously kept me sane. Thank you so much for your love, prayers and support- I have tears in my eyes right now that are blurring the computer screen... I have been so scared. We'll have to sell some stuff to meet bills, and one wonderful person here has offered to help us out as long as I donate the same amount to charity- I will thank them personally if they okay me to say who it is- and I am going to donate DOUBLE in their name as soon as I financially am able to. There is a charity that sends the children of soldiers who were killed in Iraq to a grief camp at no cost to them, and I have supported them in the past.
You guys are the most wonderful people anywhere in the world... you make me so proud to be a nurse and have people like you as colleagues!!!
I'm so excited!!!!!!!
Sep 26, '06I LOVE THIS. I HOPE YOU FEEL JUSTIFIED!!!!! Congratulations. It is amazing that "when God closes a door, He opens a window".
Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!!!!!!! umpiron: umpiron: :angel2: :angel2: :redpinkhe :redpinkhe
To add: you are going to have to change your LTC to Pedi ward. LOL. Congrats again!!!!
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congratulations! wonderful news!
Sep 26, '06Thank you so much... it feels as if five hundred pounds has been lifted off of my shoulders. I finally have hope again!!!