LadysSolo 4,946 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
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A lot of people today just don't want to work, IMHO. I can't hire a young person on the weekends to help me clean stalls, and I pay $12.50/hour for unskilled labor (I teach them how!) They tell me the work is too hard! Why do you think I pay a kid $12.50/hour - I KNOW you will work hard - I do stalls very other day of the week, and just want some help on weekends! The attitude seem to carry over into nursing - people just don't want to work hard.
Do you really want your charting with "text-speak" and misspelling used as evidence in a malpractice lawsuit? I can hear the prosecuting attorney now," if (he/she) is that careless in charting (a legal document,) is (he/she) going to be more careful passing medications/whatever?" That is always the standard I tend to chart by (having had to give a deposition once.)
I am an NP who is planning to go back to the bedside in a few more years to end my career. When I started my advanced degree, my manager at the time tried to push me into management, no way! I wanted to stay "hands on." And why back to the bedside? I want to work 4 8-hour shifts per week, pick up extra if I want, and go home and NOT have 4 to 6 hours more paperwork to do per night after an 8 hour day. I want my home time to be free time. NP is NOT all "roses." I am not sorry I did it (did it after 23 years at the bedside,) I love being an NP but the paperwork is killing me.
Happened to me once, I had looked at the schedule when it first came out, and the powers that be changed the schedule later on and didn't tell us. I was working the original schedule, and not the revised one. After that happened, they told us we had to check the schedule daily (it was a monthly schedule.)
I have also experienced this on two fronts - My mom died of Alzheimer's disease in Hospice care in a regular nursing home, and I worked in oncology for 23 years. My mom had been clear when she was younger about "no aggressive care," so as she worsened, hospice was a natural progression. In oncology, most patients and families had time to process, but often families did not WANT to believe another "new" treatment would not be found, but the worst was when someone from out of the area would suddenly arrive after years away and then want "everything" done after the rest of the family had come to agreement. We often found that the financial areas were the biggest stumbling block, followed by one family member being saddled with the lion's share of the care.
Funny how there is always money to remodel the lobbies and offices ("fluff") but never money for more staff - they always say "it's out of a different account." So move the money to where it will REALLY make a difference!
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.
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