LadysSolo 4,771 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.
I agree. The BON is not your friend. Anyone can report anything they want, and you are guilty until proven innocent. And (depending on your state, I believe) you are not allowed to go after your accuser. I don't know (ask your attorney) if you could try for civil charges against your (false and vindictive) accuser.
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.
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
Explanation on the veins thing - I am a frequent blood donor, and I always tell the person that the best vein is in my left antecubital but it goes at an angle, and I show them this with the tourniquet on. I occasionally have a person who insists on going straight in, and then the blood flows but the needle hits the vein wall the whole time and I sit with my teeth gritted because it is VERY painful, but we are NOT doing it again! When I had my son, the nurse wanted to put my IV in my hand. I worked oncology for 23 years and I could put an IV in a turnip if required (still can, but that's beside the point,) and my hand veins are very full of valves. I preferred it in my LFA, and I have a vein there that you can hit with an 18 gauge without a tourniquet. No need to use my hands. I have not had multiple hospital admissions, but my mom did. My sister told me not to embarrass her, so I was a "good girl" and said nothing when at the premier hospital in Columbus, OH, after hip surgery the nurse drew a PTT in the vein ABOVE a heparin drip, no one knew 3 days after hip surgery mom had not had a BM and no one cared, etc. And away from work I am very introverted and prefer "alone time." So if all this makes me a "bad patient," so be it.
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 tell the truth - my licensing body "suggests" we not be on social media, and since they control my ability to make a living, I am not on social media and have no account. Happens to be true, but they have no way to know if it is true or not. You could easily lie and say you have no account.
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.
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.)
You say "oh, I'm sorry, I must have missed it" about the sticker on the flow sheet and let it drop. The MRI - are we talking about the person going within the first hour or two if the oncoming shift? Then you probably should have done it. If later on, it would have been a courtesy (but not required, although to get along on a unit we try to be courteous) to start it at least. So if an early MRI, I would have said "Oops, sorry, I missed it." If you make a mistake that inconveniences the oncoming shift, always better to "own" it. If takes away their ammunition to hassle you. When are you not going to forget? We all make mistakes - we are human. But we are all part of a team too, and we pick up the slack that others forget or drop.
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.)
I have seen it where they cannot be in the same room because one tries to take care of the other and it isn't safe. I have one resident who is in assisted living and her husband is in skilled care, so they are on different floors but in the same facility. Someone had to arrange for this, patients are not admitted to Nursing Homes without a POA signature.
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