jodie84124 1,052 Views
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I start out as an MA, then went to nursing school and became an RN. After more than 40 years, I truly don't remember what they called me or what did patients 'assume'. I worked along side RN's and LPN's and did largely the same job...for less money. After I became an RN, I later applied for an office position, for the hours....but opted out when they offered me only 1/2 of what I was getting I was getting in the hospital and no benefits. I think that ALL the liability lies with the MD in what he has his MA's doing. They should know what their scope of practice is and that varies from State to State. I proudly wear my name tag in any official position, but I try not to worry about what others are doing. If someone in an office gives me strange or conflicting info, yes, I will mention it to the MD if appropriate. Once, an operator told me my husband needed to see an eye doctor when I called to say he had a severe HA and unequal pupils and asked for an emergency appt. I told her she obviously wasn't the MD and to NOT make diagnosis on things she didn't understand....and I told the MD, too. Even RN's do sometimes make assumptions that are wrong and give out incorrect information. As I said, it's always up to the MD in an office who has the final liability.
Judging from the number of nurses I know from Canada who have lived and worked in the USA for years and here in Saudi Arabia, I think there aren't a lot of jobs in Canada and/or the pay must be very low.
I've worked as an RN in Saudi Arabia for 7 years and lived here for almost 10 years. I have never heard of any LVN's from any country working here. Only RN's. There are Techs (radiology, respiratory, gastroenterology, urology) but no LVN's. Sorry. It's a great place to live and work. I work for Aramco which IMHO is the BEST choice for life in the Middle East. Good luck.
I was a circulator for 2 years. We had CORT's to scrub. I often felt like a 'handmaiden'. We also covered in PACU in the afternoons and I felt I was using more nursing skills there. What I hated the VERY MOST: Holding retractors! I am not familiar with the term "UAP", but I'm guess it's like a 'certified technician' (CT) that was talked about years ago to augment ICU nursing. This actually supports one MD's opinion that a 'monkey could be trained to do what nurses do'. Only when we act professionally and manifest critical thinking, do we show what nurses are meant to do. I voted 'don't know enough', but I also think UAP's could function in less complex surgeries....with supervision. Really complicated cases need the mulitidimensional observations of an RN. My opinion....Jodie
I've been a nurse almost 30 yrs. Most of the time I've been in NICU or PICU. PICU is definitely harder. There are more frequent 'really sick kids' You also have to be a specialist in every kid of nursing and still deal just with kids....cardiac kids, ortho kids, neuor kids, GI kids, surgical kids...I think you do get used to 'inflicting pain on children', but it always tugs at your heart. You do see many deaths...many of those senseless....but you see so many get well. You must depend on your fellow nurses for support at all times. I wouldn't change a thing. I went into management at one point and decided that 'God made me a bedside nurse' and there was nothing I could do about it. I still love it. And I love helping younger nurses move along in their careers and become good bedside nurses too! ER...even Peds ER ...is either an out pt. clinic or fly by the seat of your pants...and fortunately there are many nurses who love that too. One thing...if you don't like your first choice after 6-12 months...change, for goodness sakes. Most of us have done more than one type of nursing. You don't have to decide at 18 or 21 and not ever change your mind. That's one of the great benefits of a nursing degree.....options! Good luck Jodie
I am a 'foreign nurse'....an American living in Saudi Arabia and working for an oil company hospital. We have nurses from everywhere here....Canada, Phillipines, So. Africa, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Poland, China,.... Overall, there is a difference in the way 'western' vs. 'eastern/asian' nurses are trained. There is more emphasis on tasks and not as much on autonomy and accountability among Asian nurses. This is not to say they are not good nurses....they are! They just have a different background. Nurses all over the world are on the move. Enlgand has articles about the drain of their nurses to the USA. For some reason (I think TV and movies), people in other countries think all Americans are rich and life is easy for us. I will say that it is easier in many ways than in their home countries....especially the Asian ladies. Many send the bulk of their checks home to support up to 10 people. Many have children at home being raised by grandparents so they can make more money and send their kids to college. In many ways their priorities are purer than some Americans I know. Some of our Filipina nurses are trying to get to the US from here. They have to take and pass TOEFEL (English as a second language exams), get a sponser (usually a recruiting agency) and pass NCLEX. One girl just traveled to Egypt to take her Toefel and will go to Canada to take her NCLEX....all at her own expense. When you see most Filipina nurses in America you can rest assured that she is smart and has jumped through plenty of hoops to get there. Give her some help, help her see the differences and you should have an excellent co-worker. Just my opinion.
On the subject of '2.7 million nurses working in other fields'.....I think the issue goes back to better screening of applicants and better explanations of what nursing is BEFORE someone goes to nursing school. I've been a nurse for 30 years and still love it. I've heard recent grads say 'I'm not working nights and weekends.....I'll teach or get something else. In my grad. class of 100, there were at least 12 who openly said they had no intention of working, they wanted to marry and be mothers. They were just 'getting a degree and they were accepted in nursing school'. Really sad.
I haven't visited this site for a while and I'm appalled at the 'tone' of the posts I've been reading. I thought this was a 'nursing BB'. People are talking about families interferring with their care....how can families NOT have an opinion about their loved ones? People talking about 'blowing away' those in the news who have committed crimes. Isn't that for the judicial system to deal with? I keep seeing more and more hate and hostility on this BB and others I read. It's really frightening! What happened to an honest exchange of ideas and solutions? Isn't this, after all, for nurses who are the nurtures? Anyway, that's my opinion.
Carol, I just sent you an email. I hope this info is intime to help you.
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