Poor nurses - page 6

by gettingbsn2msn

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I have been at my facility for 2 years now. I am not complaining about the work--we all know that it is exhausting, patients never satisfied, endlessly busy BUT....now that I have gotten to know some of the nurses at my... Read More


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    Quote from ZiggysGal

    I'm not saying this is the ideal situation... I make a lot from scratch and sometimes I would love just to have a takeout night for the break! I am just pointing out it can be done with careful sacrifice of what is truly non-essential... HTH
    Just want to say you don't know everyone's situation. Not everyone who is tight financially is out spending money on Disney vacations and expensive clothes. I, myself, have a very ill mother I care for and that is an added expense there.
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    Quote from SunshineBaby
    Just want to say you don't know everyone's situation. Not everyone who is tight financially is out spending money on Disney vacations and expensive clothes. I, myself, have a very ill mother I care for and that is an added expense there.
    I don't think she was trying to speak to anyone's situation but her OWN.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I don't think she was trying to speak to anyone's situation but her OWN.
    Hmmm....didn't read like that to me.

    "I am just pointing out it can be done with careful sacrifice of what is truly non-essential"

    However, it's hard to read someone's intention on the internet so I could be misconstruing.
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    Quote from SunshineBaby
    Just want to say you don't know everyone's situation. Not everyone who is tight financially is out spending money on Disney vacations and expensive clothes. I, myself, have a very ill mother I care for and that is an added expense there.
    I apologize, I wasn't trying to imply others are actually doing that... those are things I would love to be able to do but consider non-essential... I know that everyone has different situations and I was just offering a peek into how we do it because a previous poster indicated an interest in how someone could live on the lower incomes indicated.

    I really have no basis to compare myself to anyone else, so I don't even try. I really didn't mean to come off that way...
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    I guess that poster hasn't ever worked with a lazy and or incompetent nurse?
    A lazy, incompetent nurse would have lost her license/job. You can't be lazy when you have a ton of sick/dying patients that need proper care. There may be some more hard working nurses, but a lazy nurse? Let's see how long one would last in a hospital.
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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    A lazy, incompetent nurse would have lost her license/job. You can't be lazy when you have a ton of sick/dying patients that need proper care. There may be some more hard working nurses, but a lazy nurse? Let's see how long one would last in a hospital.
    Really?? I have no clue how long you have been a nurse but surely not long enough if you haven't had the pleasure of working with someone lazy or incompetent.
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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    A lazy, incompetent nurse would have lost her license/job. You can't be lazy when you have a ton of sick/dying patients that need proper care. There may be some more hard working nurses, but a lazy nurse? Let's see how long one would last in a hospital.
    Some of those lazy and incompetent nurses may slip through the cracks of detection and actually don't lose their license/job. Just like some people who are reckless drivers, and have other peoples hands in their lives when their on the road, don't lose their license all the time.
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    Quote from Jules A
    Really?? I have no clue how long you have been a nurse but surely not long enough if you haven't had the pleasure of working with someone lazy or incompetent.
    I'm not a nurse yet but at my first CNA job at a LTC facility, I worked with nothing BUT lazy and incompetent nurses. One was so lazy that she couldn't get up off her *** to pass meds. She would sit at the nurses station, put them in a cup, then call one of her butt-kissing CNA's to come over and pass it. Once, a resident was in really bad shape, I thought he might die that second. I went and told her and she waved her hand dismissively and said "Oh, he's DNR, don't bother with him". I was like "Oh, since he's DNR we just say to **** with him?" DANG.
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    I'm not a nurse yet but at my first CNA job at a LTC facility, I worked with nothing BUT lazy and incompetent nurses. One was so lazy that she couldn't get up off her *** to pass meds. She would sit at the nurses station, put them in a cup, then call one of her butt-kissing CNA's to come over and pass it. Once, a resident was in really bad shape, I thought he might die that second. I went and told her and she waved her hand dismissively and said "Oh, he's DNR, don't bother with him". I was like "Oh, since he's DNR we just say to **** with him?" DANG.
    Do not let this put a bad taste in your mouth, while this happens, it is not the norm! It can take some searching but expect to find a great team with only maybe one or two weaker links
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    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    I have been at my facility for 2 years now. I am not complaining about the work--we all know that it is exhausting, patients never satisfied, endlessly busy BUT....now that I have gotten to know some of the nurses at my hospital, it appears that they are POOR! I guess I might call them the working poor and this just does not seem right. My starting pay including diffs for nights is 19.00 per hour. Day shift makes about $18.00. I must also stress that everyone always says "well it is a low cost area of living". Well not entirely. My groceries cost the same here as they did in the city. While it is true that one can buy a very nice home for $180,000, there really is not much under 180k. Restaurant prices are the same. School supplies for my kids run about the same as those in the city. My car insurance is probably a little less but the price of the car was no different. What I am getting at is that there are nurses at my hospital that are in foreclosure. One I know has applied for food stamps. The reason is that we have not gotten raises now for 2 years. Also hours have been significantly cut. At the most I am able to get 32 hours per week. Our LPN's only get $10.75 per hour. I really do not know how they can live on that. I am considering getting a NP degrees online and leaving this area. The NP's around here start out at $23/hour I am told. Someone even thought that was really good! Are there any other poor nurses out there. I am sure someone will flame me and say be glad you have a job but I spent 14k to be able to do this!
    Oh my goodness, if a nice house costs 180k, $18/hr is very good pay for your area.
    In my neck of the woods, a "starter" home would cost about 300k, and new nurses make about $30/hr. It's still considered far above average pay. I suppose it's all relative though. Even in a low cost state, I imagine it would be hard to afford a house, kids, car, etc. on your own.

    You should certainly be getting more raises though. I hope.
    Last edit by alissadancer on Jul 14, '10


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