dream'n, BSN, RN 8,772 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
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The OR is not so willing to train I have found. All require experience but apply anyway! Use keywords in your resume that apply to OR nursing duties and your resume will get picked up!!!
Way back I used to do double weekends; 16 hours on Saturday and 16 hours on Sunday. And even though I was only working 32 hours weekly I made bank because the first 8 hours were straight pay, but the next 4 were time and a half and the last 4 were double time. I don't think any employer does that anymore. It was rough and I would never do it again, especially for straight time.
My opinion is to take the OR job. Davita tends to hire quite alot, but the OR can be very tricky to get into. If you hate the OR, I think you would still be able to try Davita; but if you hated Davita I think it would be hard to get another chance at the OR position. Plus OR experienced nurses are generally quite sot after.
LTC facilities do not have the knowledge or staff to detox and provide substance abuse counseling to patients. They will need a behavioral counseling program for that.
It's BS. Every nurse has their own particular way of keeping track of things; a 'brain' sheet for one isn't the same 'brain' sheet for another. Our management tried out this little tactic you are talking about. It went over like a lead balloon. Everyone still used their individualized 'brain' sheet and at the end of the shift transferred all the information to the report form like management wanted. All it did was add an extra nursing duty and eat into the nurses' already packed schedule.
Another issue is that many times the nurses' didn't have the time to update this ridiculous report sheet and it never had the correct information.
This is the healthcare field. If you become a nurse, you will continue this but with some extra work added to it. New jobs are always uncomfortable and if you become a new nurse, you'll find that the stress and learning level on your first job will be outrageous compared to this.
Things that bother me:
In a nurse's station with four or five unused computers, why does anyone have to sit down at the one I'm using, clearly marked with my scut sheet, my pen, my drink and my charting all pulled up and not finished? They take my spot, log me off (so I have to start over with any charting I didn't sign before the arrhythmia alarm jolted me out of my seat) and log in over me. Then when I return, they tell me "I didn't see your name on it." Why not just use the computer with the screensaver up and no ones stuff there?
Luckily we had a great clinical manager who was on the phone with staffing as soon as she walked in the door. (Although we didn't get another RN, they did contact bed control and delay our direct admits.) And both the clinical manager and our oncology coordinator were the type of management who weren't afraid to get their hands dirty. So they helped out between meetings and cancelled/delayed what other responsibilities they could. We made it through the shift, but it was a bad day.
Charge RN of 26 bed inpatient oncology unit: 22 pts. and expecting 4 direct admits for chemo, floor split between 2 LVNs and 1 new grad RN (just off orientation & not chemo certified) and a float RN (experienced but not chemo certified or use to oncology). Staffing is trying to get another RN to come in for expected admits. (Our normal ratio on days was 1:4-5). Don't recall the exact number but at least 1/3 of the patients getting chemo, which is the charge nurses responsibility, along with hanging all the blood products & IV pushes for the LVNs (both of which are numerous on oncology). I knew it was going to be an extremely busy day but...less than an hour into the shift the float reports a chemo spill. ������ In the middle of cleaning up said chemo spill new grad calls a code--had no idea her patient was going bad. We rarely run codes in oncology, most of our patients are DNRs. Thank God for code teams! Needless to say, it was a really bad day...
New job in Pediatric/Adolescent psych Residential facility; Lithium ER, Prazosin, Depakote ER, Seroquel, and Olanzapine. I also give alot of Guanfacine and Clonidine ER. Along with a smattering of Geordon and Risperdal
Schedule the test right away. I really don't believe the NCLEX is a test that really can be studied for. It just clicks or it doesn't. But studying for 2 months already, I say get on with your life and take the darn test.
I've had a couple friends that are not nurses, go and get Bachelor and Master degrees in something called "Health Care Administration." It has put them both on the long road to nowhere.
With all due respect, I think focusing on making another tool for nurse's to complete is contrary to the rest of your post about overworked, overwhelmed nurses. Nurse's are too busy to notice patient changes because they are overwhelmed, so let's add more checklists/documentation?? Um, no. How about we add more nurses??
I agree with you OP. If it was my family member and I'd already said no, I better not see or hear anything else about it. Leave alone in peace to grieve.
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