LadysSolo 4,779 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
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rnfrombama, you have 6 years experience, try agency nursing. It's kind of a "try before you buy" kind of thing. You get to check out the employer, talk to the employees, and get paid (usually better) for however many times they ask you to go there, and see if you like it. In this area, they are BEGGING for agency nurses. I did it briefly a few years back and it was not bad. You worked when you wanted to and turned down shifts if you didn't. I could have worked two shifts a day 7 days a week if I had wanted too.
I have BS in Biology and a MSN in nursing. I can say when I graduated with my BS, I took the ASCP test to work in a lab, and it was not a particularly easy test, although I do not remember it being as difficult as nursing boards (This was in 1979 so memory may be faulty.) Lab technology has changed so much I would never feel capable to work in a lab without a refresher. If they mean in an administrative capacity, maybe. But to actually do all the testing? No way.
If you have children and you want to see them, or are older, 8 hour shifts are the way to go, depending on where you work. When I worked in the hospital, I was scheduled for 5 8-hour shifts, but often was asked to stay over. I had an hour drive each way, so a 12-hour shift ended up being 14 1/2 hours. No time for a life that way! sleep and shower and back in! If there was a way to do it, I would love to work 4-10 hour shifts - the best of both worlds!
As some have said, it depends on you. Some love OB/PEDS, and I personally detest OB/PEDS. I happen to love hematology/oncology, but many can't stand it. It's a bit stressful, but it is my niche. You have to find what works for you. For me, too easy is BORING and I hate to be bored. For me the perfect shift is a steady pace, but some people love to run the whole time (we call them ER nurses.) YMMV
Again, you can be fat and fit. I am about 30 lbs overweight, and have normal blood glucose and blood pressure and cholesterol. I work 40-60 hours per week, and live on a working farm. I can run 2 miles without a problem, and am working back up to participate with my niece - in - law and niece in a 10K road race (I used to do these regularly.) So I call myself "fat but fit," and my patients can be this too.
((((hugs)))) I think you need some.
First of all, the education requirements are wrong. It says Bachelor's degree, a NP MUST have a Master's degree. And I made more than that as a floor nurse 10 years ago.
I am a firm but undemanding patient. I tell you where to put the IV in (I know my veins) and then I want to be left alone - I will call you if I need you. I am pretty much self-care, and just don't want to be bothered.
I can't believe they made NO investigation! (Actually I can, and that's scary.) However, that is SHAMEFUL! They needed at least to look for corroborating evidence of the complaint. When there is a complaint against a nursing home in my state, the surveyors send out someone to investigate the complaint before any more is done. One would think the BON would at least take as much care. Apparently not. I ALWAYS recommend carrying your own malpractice insurance - I want someone whose sole focus is defending me.
I also might add that I (at age 61) have AWESOME bone density (per ortho.) About two years ago when one of my horses dislocated my thumb (not a fun experience) the orthopedist stated, "You must have great bone density. At your age (?1?) most people don't dislocate, they break." (He is about 3 years younger than me - AT MY AGE?!? LOL!!) So appearances can be deceiving, fat doesn't mean not fit.
I am about 30 lbs overweight with normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, a bit anemic (but always have been.) I also a couple weeks ago received and stacked a shipment of 191 50# bales of hay on a 90+ degree day, work two jobs and live on a working farm. I also find (as a practitioner) that my overweight patients take advice from me because I understand the struggle. I am fat but fit. I eat right but do NOT sleep right, and that has been found to be a factor in keeping people overweight. So I believe if I am ever able to get and keep a healthy sleep schedule, the weight will come off. My patients resent people who are thin who have never struggled with their weight giving them advice (and they have told me this.)
The problem that SobreRN does not seem to get is: How long would you remain sober if you had to drink alcohol every day to survive? This is the problem people who are overweight have: They have to eat food every day to survive (unless they would be on home TPN every day, which is impractical and expensive, and unnecessarily invasive.) So to be exposed every day to your addiction (supposing you are a food addict or an emotional eater) to survive is a VERY difficult proposition. And those of us who have dieted all our lives have destroyed our metabolisms (see the study on the "biggest loser" participants after the show - they had to stay at abnormally low calorie counts to keep weight off, and most gained the weight back despite staying very active.) I will say for myself, to lose weight I have to get my calorie count below 1000kcal/day, which for an active person is not compatible with good health. It is not as easy as stopping drinking or smoking, since cigarettes and alcohol are not necessary to survive (even though some who are addicted to those substances would have us believe they are.)
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