Old Dog, New Tricks - page 3

Wrongway Regional Medical Center (WRMC) has a reputation for having a high staff turnover. Recently there has been a mass exodus of staff, including a lot of RNs. I work Psych and my wife Belinda... Read More

  1. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from Davey Do
    Hey, hppygr8ful! You wanna come work at Wrongway with me?

    There are lots of openings for People with your kind of talent and skill!
    I admit it's a rather cool skill set - but I am happy where I am until the man cub goes off to college in 3 years,

    Hppy
  2. by   OldDude
    Quote from Davey Do
    Has anybody read William Wright's Born That Way and are aware of the concept of the predisposed genetic template personality?

    Mr. Wright did a study of identical twins that were separated in infancy, raised in different families, yet startlingly, as adults, possessed the exact same personality types, proving the personality is more nature than nurture.

    The Old Dude and I were participants in Mr. Wright's study.

    I hope you don't mind me sharing this fact... Brother.
    That's OK, we both knew it couldn't stay a secret forever.
  3. by   PixieRN1
    Quote from Davey Do
    As they say, "What goes around, comes around", "We are known by the company we keep", "You are what you eat", and "With friends like you..."

    Never mind.
    I recently switched specialities and I look forward to the day when it feels like a bit of a rut! In my younger years, I spent several years in a specialty, would get bored, and then bounce to something new. I liked that and it served me well.

    That being said, at my age, I'm ready to plant some roots for a while, get the perks of some real seniority, and hopefully enjoy becoming an expert at some point in this specialty. I've been around the playground long enough to know that my days of adrenaline seeking and pushing myself to the physical limits are slowly winding down. That was part of the massive specialty shift for me, but not all.

    Who knows? Maybe I will follow my historical pattern of boredom and move on to more aggressive waters again, but I just don't know. At this point I'm looking forward to the day where I am a senior (seniority wise!!) nurse on the unit and and have the comfort level that comes with being an expert nurse in that unit!
  4. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Been there,done that
    Okay wimp. Do what you want.
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  5. by   Davey Do
    Quote from PixieRN1
    I recently switched specialities and I look forward to the day when it feels like a bit of a rut! In my younger years, I spent several years in a specialty, would get bored, and then bounce to something new. I liked that and it served me well.

    That being said, at my age, I'm ready to plant some roots for a while, get the perks of some real seniority, and hopefully enjoy becoming an expert at some point in this specialty. I've been around the playground long enough to know that my days of adrenaline seeking and pushing myself to the physical limits are slowly winding down. That was part of the massive specialty shift for me, but not all.

    Who knows? Maybe I will follow my historical pattern of boredom and move on to more aggressive waters again, but I just don't know. At this point I'm looking forward to the day where I am a senior (seniority wise!!) nurse on the unit and and have the comfort level that comes with being an expert nurse in that unit!
    I can identify with your entire post, PixieRN, and pulled a piece of an article that I wrote some years ago that correlates with our younger years:
    Quote from Davey Do
    In September 1993, I began a full-time position as a Skilled Nurse doing visits and shifts for a Home Health care agency. I had sporadically worked some midnight shifts for this agency six months prior to joining full-time. Meanwhile, I had been working 12 hour midnight shifts full-time at a small local hospital on the Med/Surg unit and in the ER. I decided to leave that position when the Home Health position was offered. I loved the one-on-one relationship with the patient and family. And, as an added benefit, I would be making a better salary.

    After about a month of working full-time as a visiting nurse, I was offered the position of Nursing Supervisor. The Administrator and Director of Nursing noted that they believed me to be "a motivated quick learner". My responsibilities would include management of the cases and the staff providing Skilled Nursing services to the Medicare hourly and visit cases.

    Medicare had recently begun authorizing benefits to homebound Psychiatric patients. The Administrator of the Home Health care agency requested that I institute a program to serve this population. Having had a few years of Psychiatric experience, I was qualified to institute and manage such a program, according to Medicare guidelines. To the best of my knowledge, it was the first "At Home Mental Health Care" program in the Midwest.
    There have been several Administrative positions at Wrongway I could have bid on, but that's just not where my head is anymore.
  6. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Been there,done that
    Be glad I'm not your wife.
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  7. by   Davey Do
    Quote from OldDude
    I don't think I like learning new stuff anyway!!
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  8. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Davey Do
    I'm kind of content in being a complacent stick-in-the-mud.
    And I found a position in the Want Ads for which I just might be qualified:

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  9. by   Daisy Joyce
    Davey do, you should be a professional comedy writer!
  10. by   kbrn2002
    Quote from Davey Do
    And I found a position in the Want Ads for which I just might be qualified:

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    Now there's a job I'm well qualified for! I'm kind of in that boat too. Working at the same place for 20+ years. Did a short stint in management and hated it. Don't like the added paperwork, don't like being the one staff calls for EVERY LITTLE THING. I like going to work, doing my job and going home at the end of the day being able to leave work at work. But every now and then I get that little tickle at the back of my brain, I tell myself I do it by choice and mostly I mean that but there might be a little bit of deadbeat in there too!
    Last edit by kbrn2002 on Oct 25, '17 : Reason: duplicate word
  11. by   Ms.UndastoodRn
    After 25 years at the same hospital, I decided to cut, run and travel. Even though I've only traveled within a 2 hour radius from my home, it's been a much needed JOLT. I like walking in anonymous, catching on quickly (my opinion) and Nursing my heart away. Nursing has helped my people pleaser anomaly and traveling has taken me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow. In a 13 week assignment, it takes me atleast 3-4 weeks to get the new system down, 5-6 weeks to get all the numbers and Drs down and at 13 weeks I feel like core staff and then it's time to move on. Unless of course, the core staff doesn't like you, then it's 13 weeks of H@LL and you wished you stayed where you were. Lol I have appreciated change!
  12. by   3ringnursing
    Davey Do, they were idiots not to hire you with the experience you bring to the table (and as an added bonus your quirky sense of humor would have paid big with staff and patients). Their loss.

    I went on medical disability retirement in 2004 after working for 10 years, thinking I would soon be dead - the universe had other plans. After another 10 years hiatus I found myself recovered just enough to be able to return to nursing full time in 2014.

    Oh man ... I was a fish out of water, and had to learn new tricks fast. I learned them.

    Nursing hadn't changed, but delivery of the final product sure had with technology. When I was in nursing school we were taught paper charting. I believe I was on the tail end of that era, graduating in December 1993.

    I took the very last pencil & paper NCLEX exam in AZ, February 1994. I got caught in the switch-a-roo of everything old to new. It sucked, but resiliency was a must.

    I think being the nurse you are you can do any darned thing you set your mind to do. If staying put pleases you do that - if moving on and learning something new strikes your fancy I know you can do that too.

    Make yourself happy my friend.
  13. by   pixierose
    Sorry it didn't work out for you Davey -- it's their loss (and this threads gain with your sense of humor).

    I just switched from being a k-12 certified SPED teacher (18ish years+) to psych nursing ... only 8 months in, and I learn something new every day. I find it keeps me young. The floor I'm on is more medical than the other psych floors of the building due to the patient population, so I'm still using those skills like inserting IVs, foleys, wound care, blah blah blah. But I truly enjoy the world of psych and my patients ... even when occasionally they show off their goods or mix me up in a hallucination.

    Maybe in a few years I'll move on ... I work in a big hospital system where jobs are a plenty. But ... I love my coworkers and my schedule ... maybe I'll get too comfortable? Is there such a thing? I moved around a bit when I was a teacher due to unhappiness in the classroom, so being more or less happy iin a job setting is a new one for me.

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