I BLEW MY CHANCE !! - page 3

by Bigmaine33 6,120 Views | 31 Comments

I had a last minute interview today and everything was going well, untill the last question. "Would I be be confident enought to handle 49 residents by myself". and my dumb response was; I am confident enough to handle 49... Read More


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    Sweet Jesus, 49 patients?

    I'll just echo what others have said, and be happy. In the event it was just one of those weird questions just to see your limit, seriously though, 49? That's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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    Send a thank you regardless if you opt to clarify your response to her question.
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    49 Patients=sweatshop, cant dispute that...Nursing profession appears to be going downhill...not only are they understaffing, but they cutting benefits because everybody and their mother are becoming nurses and the field is just saturated with nurses. its still considered one of the few remaining liveable jobs for people in the US, but i dont know for how long....the only people making out are the bloodsucking nursing schools who charge upwards of 60k for a bsn these days....one word sums up this race-INSANE
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    Quote from Bigmaine33
    Honestly how bad was my answer. I don't want to make that mistake twice. I never worked in LTC so 49 seemed above average to me
    *** I would suggest a more qualified answer. Something like: "Maybe not initialy, but with a good orientation and time to learn the faciliety and residents I am very confident I would be able to handel it."
    My questions is why would WANT a job where you were the only nurse for 49 people? Sounds like a sweat shop to me.
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    Thanks for the input, but it pretty much boils down to this. I'm a nurse with no job working in bk part time, I just lost my apartment and I'm living out of my car. I'm in desperate need and I didn't know that was the ratio. I have no family to turn to. So when opportunity presents itself and you don't make the best of it, how are you suppose to feel? I made so many sacrifices and put so much time into becoming a nurse because it is my passion. When you put so much time into something and want so bad, then suffer the loses ihave it's a devastating feeling.
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    I think you gave the right answer. I'm sorry for your predicament but doing the right thing can be costly at times.

    Keep looking for jobs. Don't take one out of desperation. You'll end up regretting it.
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    I understand your frustration and desperation but trust me when I tell you that you are better off NOT working that job and still having your license to get another job with than to have gotten that job then lost your license because of it. The first piece of advise I would give to any new nurse is to ALWAYS protect your license over ANY specific job.

    I have had to make that very clear to the place I am currently working at. They expect far to much in far to limited a time frame and continually "blamed" me. "Time management" issues my arse!

    Do not think for one second ANY of these places are going to protect you when they are being sued. You are not a person to them, you are just a "dime a dozen" piece of property easily replaced if it serves them to let you take the fall for them.

    When I finally had enough and told the DON flat out that enough is enough the problem is not my time management issues it is broken system issue. I am NOT going to do what other nurses do to make it LOOK like they are doing everything expected in the measly 8 hours they expect it in.I flat out told her, I would rather loose a job protecting my license than loose my license trying to protect a job. I fully expected to be fired that day and didn't care. I would have left with my very hard earned license intact.
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    It's been my experience that doing meds and treatments for 49 reisdents is normal for LTC. It's doable. But if you're truly the *only* nurse, ie no unit supervisor to handle admits and/or hospitalizations, it's a nightmare. If I had to be the "med nurse" AND the "charge nurse" for 49 residents, I'd quit.
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    I understand and thank you for the words of wisdom. I will definitely stay on that track.
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    Bigmaine33, Have you had time to stop by social services to see if they can help with housing, food stamps, commodities, etc. until you're back on your feet? If you need some guidance on that, feel free to PM me.
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