Latest Comments by Extra Pickles

Extra Pickles 4,161 Views

Joined Jan 26, '16. Posts: 716 (71% Liked) Likes: 2,422

Sorted By Last Comment (Max 500)
  • 0

    Quote from nicolereynen
    Are nurses allowed tattoos? If so, to what extent? I wanted to get a rose tattoo on my wrist but I also don't want to lose my job over it!
    Another one of those It Depends posts. As for whether nurses are allowed tattoos, I suppose you could get one on your butt and dare administration to force you to remove it. But you'd have to show it to them to make sure they understood exactly what was on your butt lol!

  • 1
    roser13 likes this.

    Quote from looking for work
    Hello Johnathan. I have been an RN for many years and have experienced many negatives, such as you have. First, since being a nurse, I worked in hospitals, nursing homes, a jail, rehabs, surgical facilities, a doctors office and homecare. Do not fall for the story they gave you about why you were let go. The real reason is for money, and the desire to constantly have a turnover in staff so no one ever accumulates benefits and time off. The nursing field is over saturated, and there is always someone who will work for less money. Doctors are some of the greediest creatures alive. Its all about their pockets and their bank accounts. They are constantly downsizing and looking to cut corners and save $$$$ without any regard for the employee at all. I have seen this time and again.What really bothers me the most is that instead of just telling the truth and admitting that they are greedy, they tell you a tall tale, ruin your confidence and create drama for no reason at all. At one job, I was working full time, and they were bleeding me of every ounce of energy that I had in my body. Naturally, I was worn down, caught a virus that had me running to the bathroom every 10 minutes, so I had no choice but to use my sick days. When I returned, I was told that I already used up my sick day allottment, and that was considered excessive, because it was only the beginning of the year. While they were crapping all over me and making me feel lazy and worthless, they were simulatanleously hiring two part time LPNs to replace me at a cheaper rate without benefits. Then they let me go. I tried to use my health benefits before they got cancelled, but found out at the doctors office that I was never even enrolled in the healthplan. I had an insurance card because they signed me up, and cancelled the policy the same day, so I would think that I had benefits. As I said before, you will soon learn what greedy bastards exist in the medical field. Never let them shatter your confidence, no matter how hard they try to. It is all based on sheer greed and beefing up their own pockets.
    Holy Moly do you have any actual advice for the OP or did you just want to complain about why you have gotten fired and can't find work???? You made this thread instantly about you and that's unfair to the OP.

    So, Jonathan, taking some time to see what about you might have set this all in motion is a good idea, just don't obsess. Sometimes it is about them and sometimes it is about you and as long as you've gone over the situation that's all you can do before you move on. If you review it all and figure out where you could have been better, done better, then that's a good thing. If you go over it all and honestly don't see how you could have done anything differently for a better outcome, then that's something too. Hopefully you'll be honest with yourself and know where to go from here. Good luck to you!

  • 1
    meg2014 likes this.

    4 days as a lonnnggg time is relative lol, would you still be breathing if you had to wait 6 weeks or so for a paper test to be graded and results mailed to you like in The Old Days???

    Go relax, RN!

  • 0

    I'm going to ask some questions to fulfill my role as Devil's Advocate. I'm not knocking anyone's right to have a service dog with them if they must have a service dog in order to be at their jobs, but I have some questions about patient's rights and maybe co-worker's rights.

    1. If I'm a patient in a hospital and at some point during my stay my nurse appears with a dog at her side, and I'm terrified of dogs or allergic to dogs, am I required to have that dog there because my nurse's right to have her dog next to her trumps my right to not have to be around a dog?

    2. Same question, from a visitor's perspective. I'm a family member of a patient, I have a couple of hours to spend with my loved one, and a nurse comes in with a dog. I insist the dog stay outside the room, the nurse insists she has a right to have the service dog with her while she performs tasks or care for my loved one. Who has the greater right?

    3. Now I'm a co-worker, have worked the unit for two years without any issues and now a nurse is assigned to this unit who has a service dog, must be there no ifs/ands/buts. I'm terrified of dogs, there's no expectation that I should have known that dogs might be in the med room or nursing station as this isn't even remotely usual in nursing, and now I freeze or run every time I see that dog which makes me a much less effective nurse. I even fall behind because I wait until the nurse with Cujo (in my mind, Cujo) leaves the area I need to be in. What to do? Assigning me to another unit is unfair to me, I've been there for years, she's new. Assigning the new nurse to another area means she screams about ADA violations. What to do?

    Anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this?

  • 1
    Bealadybug likes this.

    So Cece and Meg you can officially stop freaking out now lol. Congrats

  • 0

    Quote from sianee
    I took it 13 time already still failed. I used everything you like imagine. I do not know what to do anmore
    Yes you do know what you should do, you just don't want to accept it. Your desire to be a nurse is so great that you can't see reality right in front of you. Please give yourself a break walk away from this. Assess what else you could do in life that will make you happy instead of constantly failing. There is something you can do where you will be successful. This just isn't it.

  • 0

    Quote from RiskManager
    Extra Pickles, with all due respect, I think you do not understand an essential issue: your own liability coverage is not going to do anything for you for a case involving you for which you are covered by the hospital's insurance as a hospital employee. It is excess coverage only over and above the coverage from the hospital. Unless you are excluded from coverage, which very rarely happens, or the hospital runs out of insurance, which even more rarely happens, your own coverage is not going to do a darn thing for you because it will not be triggered.

    Now, if you are stating that the hospital's malpractice insurance will not cover you for a licensure defense action arising out of a malpractice claim involving you, that is absolutely correct. Your own policy may be triggered in that instance and you can take advantage of the licensure defense coverage. If you accidentally give a patient a bolus of potassium chloride, the hospital is liable for your actions as an employee, and the hospital's insurance will be covering you for your actions of malpractice. The subsequent complaint against your license by the BON is not covered by the hospital's insurance. Many nurses say that the hospital did not cover them for a malpractice claim, and when I question them more closely, they were indeed covered for the malpractice, but not the subsequent BON complaint. The hospital's malpractice insurance is not designed to cover staff licensure complaints, and the staff erroneously thinks it does.
    I haven't laid out every instance in which I understand my policy does and does not cover me. I'm only saying that when a new nurse is making the decision on whether to obtain malpractice insurance (which is the OP's purpose on this thread) that going to HR to discuss it (as suggested by another member) isn't the appropriate action to take. Neither, in my own opinion, is discussing the decision with Risk Management. I have learned that a very limited line of trust should exist with either department. I have learned this by seeing what has happened to colleagues who trusted all of them (including Legal) with their careers and lives when it came to lawsuits and how that went.

    I have never made a claim with NSO and I pray I never need to. I've also never made a claim against my car insurance, my home insurance policy has never had a claim for flood or fire, both of which I have financial protection against. Not every single circumstance of every negative action will pay out my claim, but I understand that, and still carry insurance as a safeguard. I know my risk is small. I also know my premium is about four bucks per paycheck, so I'm good with that.

    I like how this page is laid out, for those who wonder why anyone would want to get their own nursing malpractice insurance:

    Malpractice Insurance Policy Gaps

    My advice to everyone who holds a license is to look at this, review all the information, and make your best decision based on your own comfort level.

  • 2
    SopranoKris and Dlansey like this.

    Quote from foreignhelp
    I just want to know all process to be ready for everything.
    To use an American expression you are putting the cart before the horse. This means that you are jumping ahead to details before they will do you any good. 10 people here could give you 10 answers to your question and none of them will be the right one for you. Different states in the US all have different regulations. Different schools within those States all have different requirements for admission. This means that until you know exactly which nursing schools you are considering you can't know what it is you need to take in the way of prerequisite course work. Move first, look at schools later.

  • 6

    I think this makes it abundantly clear for those who still insist that there's a national shortage of nurses that obviously there is not. If hospitals can afford to have such a contract in place it means they know they can fill new grad vacancies easily. If someone chooses to not sign they can be replaced by someone who will. Not a good position to be in as a new grad but also like roser said it'll probably make some people who don't take contracts seriously to start taking them seriously.

  • 2
    saskrn and Susie2310 like this.

    Quote from RiskManager
    I suggest you read my article and note in particular the parts about vicarious liability, the agency responsibility of the employer and how an individual liability policy coverage would be triggered. And if I may ask, are you one of my healthcare risk, claims or legal colleagues?
    I am going to take a guess that you are asking this question of me and not the others. If so, I think you already safely know that I am not one of your colleagues. Otherwise, I would be saying essentially what you are, rather than advocating for taking take an extra layer of personal and professional protection rather than hoping the hospital will do so for them.

    Your profession exists to protect large entities from financial harm. You exist in a hospital to protect the hospital. On the very first, most obvious level it does not allow for a warm trusting relationship between nursing and risk management. Risk management worries about the risk to the hospital. I have learned to trust only what benefits me, have learn this by seeing my own colleagues bending over backwards for risk management when there are legal questions raised, and in the end it is up to them to protect themselves. I would agree with you that malpractice policies are triggered only under certain circumstances, certain situations. Nurses in general are a very low-risk group which is why the policy premiums are super crazy cheap. You could argue there's almost no reason to have one since there is so little risk of being sued or the policy being triggered. I would say that a hundred bucks a year is absolutely no financial hardship to me and gives me just a wee bit more peach of mind---and power. A nurse with no other means of liability coverage is a nurse who will bend over backwards assisting the risk management and legal team in the defense of the hospital, believing that they will be protected under that umbrella too. This may or may not be true in the end, but a nurse who has a liability coverage of her own, this is a nurse who only needs to cooperate insofar as it benefits her. A hospital I work for is named in a lawsuit, I will be cooperative because I want to, not because the Suits in Legal or Risk Management made it seem like this is the only way I can be protected from harm. We both know that isn't true.

  • 4
    TriciaJ, Ruby Vee, sevensonnets, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from blondy2061h
    I totally agree with not learning cursive. It's time consuming and I haven't heard a single convincing argument for keeping it in an electronic era.
    I'll offer up one then. How about needing to know how to write one's own name in script lettering, an actual official signature? There is a generation today who when they need to sign a legal document are essentially printing their names again.

    A script (cursive) signature that one has practiced over many years so that it is personalized is not easy to counterfeit. But simple block printing? Not a good idea.

  • 2
    Fiona59 and Jules A like this.

    I'm confused too but probably for different reasons. You're disappointed you didn't qualify for an RN program, ok. But if you want to be a nurse you did get into a program, so why are you now talking about giving up?

    To me it looks like being pregnant with twins is the problem you should be thinking through. You can't miss classes and clinicals to give birth and recover, even if you have family to help you will lose time. So how do you plan to finish the LPN program?

  • 0

    If you already wrote it and are asking for it to be critiqued you have to post it so we can read it. Otherwise this looks like you are asking us to write it for you.

  • 0

    I typed into Google "Michigan bon ceu" and got this in about one second:

    There ya go.

  • 1
    AliNajaCat likes this.

    Quote from shasaynee

    SO frustrating I toke it at York College and it was 3 credits I am currently in a AAS RN program that says I need to take it somewhere that has it for 4 credits and i can transfer it in but this cluster is my second semester with clinical I want free time to take it online.

    All the recommendations i see is from 2007-2012 nothing recent..

    Helpppppp I can't go into School 12hr clinical and lecture in nj and also go into a classroom for micro lecture and lab... I tried Cayuga but the lab kit is dam near $350 and microscope $150 and class $900 not to mention I'm paying for nursing school out of pocket ($7065) this semester so its really really hard on my pockets.
    You're a little hard to follow but I think you're trying to find a microbiology course that is acceptable to your nursing program but don't want to spend the money for the lab kit, or the time for the classes. What is it you're looking for?