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  • Feb 16

    Thank you so much for your reply. I had a feeling I was worrying over nothing. And that's what my boss told me too, that no one would have a license if you could lose it for cussing.

  • Feb 9

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Ten preceptors within a 7 week orientation means you are having a haphazard , unplanned orientation. Preceptors should guide you, not criticize you.
    " I have a meeting with my educator to discuss what happened". This is the correct action, also ask how you can succeed in your orientation while being precepted by just any nurse that's on duty. Your manager needs to be in that meeting.
    Best of luck, let us know how it's gong.
    Yeah, the 10 preceptors was a red flag for me too. Even if it was a scheduling thing due to being flex pool (which should be able to be worked out for orientation), this is having one or two different preceptors every 3 or so days (assuming shifts are 12 hours).

    I would tread lightly with reporting the pitbull. You are new and this could make you a target. I might evaluate if this is a unit that I would want to work on if it was more than just this nurse that you had an issue with. Since it seems to be just her with the problem, I would take whatever she's stating another staff member said with a grain of salt. People who feel the need to talk for another person can sometimes twist the words that were used to create a whole different outlook of the situation.

  • Feb 9

    Although this sounds horrible there is no way I'd go to management about a peer at this point.

  • Feb 9

    Geeeeeez. Do you have to work with this person again?

    There is no way I'd continue to put up with that kind of

    Maybe approach management and ask not to be placed
    with her again. When they ask why you could either go
    ahead and report her behavior as it was, or just... I don't
    know... I honestly don't know what else you can say other
    than that.

    There's no way in crap I would subject myself to her

  • Feb 9

    I like when they order off an invisible narcotics menu.

    Patient: I need 10 mg of oxycodone and 2 mg of IV morphine, and they need to be given at the same time.
    Me: Okay, so I have your two fiorcet
    Patient: That's not what I ordered.

  • Feb 4

    When my employer mandates a policy, especially one that mandates I inject potentially harmful substances, I want it to be supported by evidence-based practice...........No, I demand that it is supported by evidence-based practice. I think most of us can agree that mandating flu shots doesn't feel right inside......There is a reason for that feeling.......Because there is no evidence that flu shots work. In contrast, there is evidence that masks work. Follow the money if you want to explain why there are flu shot mandates because the efficacy of mask wearing is undeniable.

  • Feb 4

    A 2008 study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases concluded that when used correctly, masks are highly effective in preventing the spread of viral infections. Family members of children with flu-like illnesses who used the masks properly were 80 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the illness. Surprisingly, the difference between types of masks used was insignificant. Another study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported similar results. Researchers looked at 400 people who had the flu. They found that family members reduced their risk of getting the flu by 70 percent when they washed their hands often and wore surgical masks. Other studies found promising results outside of the household. For example, one such study was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Michigan on more than 1,000 students living in residence halls. They assigned the student to groups: those who wore masks, those who wore masks and practiced hand hygiene, and those who did neither. The results showed that those who wore masks in residence halls and practiced good handwashing reduced their risk of flu-like illness by an astonishing 75 percent (Story & Cherney, 2015).

    I have yet to see an influenza vaccination study showing the effectiveness at reducing the risk of spreading influenza comparable to that of wearing a mask. If health care facilities were really concerned about patient health and reducing the spread of hospital-acquired influenza why do they not implement a mandatory mask wearing policy for everyone? Especially when the flu vaccination is so controversial and so many health care workers have legitimate objections.

    Story, C. & Cherney, K. (2015). Healthline: Does Wearing a Mask Prevent the Flu. Retrieved from Does Wearing a Mask Prevent the Flu?.

  • Feb 4

    I have never taken a flu shot as a nurse (10 years) and will never accept another vaccine of any type. I do not agree with masking (of healthy individuals) or mandated vaccines. I do, however, believe in (fully) informed consent and the right of the individual to receive vaccines if they choose to. Nurses do not abdicate their rights as individuals when they get that degree or pass the NCLEX and MY health and that of MY FAMILY'S health will always come first.

  • Feb 2

    All I know is Trump has already started to repeal the ACA and when it is gone I will be back to having no insurance as my currently affordable plan through my employer will jump from $75 a paycheck to at least $400 a paycheck. Then again I'll be working for now anyway as Trump has also vowed to basically eliminate Social Security (not sure he'll succeed but it would only take a few executive orders for him to try to drain the SS funds probably to pay for his "wall" since Mexico sure as heck won't pay). 20 years of payroll deductions gone...

  • Feb 2

    Many of us (including the Obama Administration) ... have been saying all along that the original legislation has needed to be tweaked. Unfortunately, the previous Congesses would not agree to that -- they wanted an "all or nothing" approach to fixing it and would not allow many adjustments to be. The "repeal or nothing approach" meant that many known problems could not be addressed.

    Also, the success of the program depended on cooperation from the state governments. My understanding is that where the states cooperated, thing have gone better. In states that refused to cooperate, it has gone worse. Thus, overall, there have been mixed results.

    I leave it to you to speculate as to why the Republican Congresses and some "red states" would not allow Obamacare to be improved while Obama was still in office.

  • Jan 28

    Any nurse that brings her personal gripes and hangups to work and makes a toxic atmosphere for coworkers, lets her feeling adversely affect how she treats patients, has a closed mind and looks down upon patients and doesn't respect them properly as individuals, and lies--or any of the above? 5 cents . The nurse who is opposite of that--the one who does her job, minds her business, has boundaries and provides a comfortable atmosphere where you feel good about yourself and feel as little pain as possible? A million bucks.

  • Jan 28

    Wage/salary-wise, I can't give a number because the cost of living is so vastly different all over the US. I make peanuts compared to what other states pay their RNs, but I feel like I have a ton of monetary cushion because I live in a cheap area and I budget around my relatively manageable debts.

    What I think I'm worth as an RN, though... I think I'm worth adequate staffing ratios, I think I'm worth listening to when administrators want to make changes that make my job harder, I think I'm worth acknowledging when patient outcomes are improving... I think I'm worth at least that.

  • Jan 28

    People commonly gripe about astronomical salaries that celebrities (actors, pro athletes, singers) receive. Celebrities' pay rates are regularly compared to those earned by nurses, teachers, police officers, military servicemen and women, firefighters, social workers, and so on.

    Here is my controversial view. The vast majority of people in American society are not overly preoccupied with their health, safety or welfare, which are the very facets addressed by nurses, police, soldiers, and social workers.

    Many of these same people in society bicker about taxes, yet it is tax revenue that pays for public school teachers, cops, military, social services, and the nurses who work in city, county, state and federal government.

    On the other hand, most Americans love to be entertained. The American public places an enormously high value on an optional part of life such as entertainment. The American public places a lower value on mandatory aspects of society such as public safety, healthcare, and education.

    This is evidenced by the quadrillions of dollars people collectively spend on movie theater visits, Broadway shows, cable/satellite TV, live sporting events, music, live concerts, Netflix/Hulu, and other forms of entertainment.

    Some people are so dedicated to celebrities that they know their dates of birth, filmography of film actors, discography of singers, and statistics of players on their favorite professional athletic team by pure memory. They pay big bucks to join fan clubs, obtain autographed memorabilia, and buy replica sports jerseys.

    A harsh truth is this: if the majority of people are passionate about something, that is where the money goes. Will Smith and Johnny Depp receive multimillion dollar paychecks because people willingly empty their pockets to be entertained by them. Nonetheless, people will not readily pay good money to observe a nurse conduct an assessment, or a police officer issue a citation, or a teacher prepare a lesson plan.

    Again, why do celebrities receive higher pay than nurses, cops, social workers, military, and teachers? It is because we get what we pay for. It is because the public has shown time and time again that they prefer entertainment over health and safety, as evidenced by the massive amount of money they spend on movies, music, and professional sports.

    Nobody in this questionable society of ours would spend $100 million on tickets, food, beverages, parking, and souvenirs to watch nurses or enlisted sailors at Yankee Stadium. They would, however, spend that money to watch professional ball players, or Beyonce at the concert hall, or the A-list actor at the movie theater.

    So, how much are nurses worth? Per the American public, we are worth a heck of a lot less than the quarterbacks on their favorite NFL teams.

  • Jan 21

    Quote from Alex_RN
    Well EXCUUUUUSE me! Next time I ask you if you need anything, I will utilize interpretive dance and/or haiku. When I chart your pain scale, I will use a code of my own devising based upon your astrological sign (sun sign only, duh). On days of the month that are prime numbers, I will use hand puppets and hand puppets ONLY.
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  • Jan 21

    And of course, one of the major reasons that Press Ganey is so important is the ties to reimbursement. The better the scores, the greater the reimbursement or the hospital is not incurring financial penalties from the Feds or the healthcare insurance companies. In many cases, the salary or bonus of the facility CEO is tied directly to the satisfaction scores. I was at a facility in which the hospital CEO earned a $ 125,000 bonus that year for the Press Ganey scores. As far as I know, that bonus was not shared with the people who actually did the work.