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  • 8:33 am

    Everyone is so literal nowadays. Everything is social media driven. No one takes the time to ask questions, get to know you as a person. It's neither here nor there but you can't say anything without it being taken out of context. Charge nurses are thrown into their jobs without proper training, like using your listening ears and asking questions. My Mom died of lung cancer and whenever I had to take care of someone dealing with the same illness it was very hard for me. To say I hate cancer is an understatement. I hope you find something quick and just learn to censor your emotions and not share too much. Get a journal and start writing things down, that way you have an avenue to release your feelings/emotions.

  • Oct 13

    Nice article with good ideas.

    I have systemic SLE, and had been sidelined for 10 years on medical disability retirement. Not only had I thought I would never work again, but I didn't think I was long for this world either.

    Nearly 4 years ago I started full time work again - from home, doing telephone triage nursing. I love it. It's exactly what I needed and wanted, as I knew I could never again survive doing 12 hr shifts doing direct patient care at the bedside, or the long hours spent on one's feet running, running, running ...

    You've got some really creative and excellent ideas. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and expertise - that's very, very cool. More nurse's are afflicted with some condition that makes working in the traditional sense harder and harder. And those bills won't pay themselves! Many thanks!

  • Oct 12

    One can still be positive without being fake, the two don't go hand and hand. And I'd much rather be around upbeat people than those with terrible attitudes ANY DAY OF THE WEEK whether they are being fake or not. That negative energy is contagious and it's not something I wanna catch whether it's "real" or not.

  • Oct 12

    Op, I hear what you are saying. When I started nursing almost 40 years ago we were taught to not say anything keep it to ourselves. Do not judge others etc. We gradually gained credibility as nurses. I think some nurses come into the field for different reasons, maybe more financial than caregiving. And that is ok we all need to live. The newer generations were taught to speak up about everything, so they are more vocal. I have worked with some who enjoyed escalating patients because they like to take them down and restrain them. I shaved an elderly client in the ER and was told I shouldn't do that because they would expect it. So, yes, times have changed, and we do not need to be negative just to belong, do what is right even if you stand alone. There are so many opportunities as a nurse not at the bedside, maybe bedside is not where you need to be, try something different for awhile. Try to teach new nurses and protect them from the negativity. Teach encouragement, organization techniques, delegation, caring and commitment, understanding and ethics. Let us help change this negative face of nursing, if there are more positive people others will either join or leave.

  • Oct 12

    All of my jobs have had negative/unhappy people and I've had more non-nursing jobs than nursing positions. Unless the work place is toxic, there are always welcoming, cheerful people too. Humans run the spectrum wherever you are at. I don't think it's nursing specific.

  • Oct 12

    Quote from elkpark
    If you're going to be "angry" and "sick of working like a mule for the man," why keep doing it? Why not find something you will be happier with? It's a free country. Working in nursing is a choice.
    I am going back in time with that. I no longer work in the hospital. I am concerned for my fellow nurses. I believe hospital nurses are being used and abused.

  • Oct 12

    Quote from Been there,done that
    The problem is... nursing is STRESSFUL. We have life and death on our plate. Administration, corporate healthcare, and Medicare are pushing us beyond human boundaries.
    Sweetie pies have chosen to play the game.

    For me, I am going to be angry. Sick of working like a mule for the man.
    If you're going to be "angry" and "sick of working like a mule for the man," why keep doing it? Why not find something you will be happier with? It's a free country. Working in nursing is a choice.

  • Oct 12

    Everyday though? I don't think so..

  • Oct 12

    Being unwelcoming to new hires, gossiping, constantly complaining, and just an overall negative aura that puts everyone else in a bad mood!

  • Sep 9

    I know this is probably thought of in a variety of ways but I think one of the most important things you could bring with you would be your Bible. You may not have a lot of time to read it but you know it is there! Clothes are definitely there on the needed list.

  • Sep 9

    Hi! Greetings and prayers from Houston, Texas. I was just on ride out team for Harvey. I definitely recommend an air mattress if you have one. I barely got any sleep on the awful cot they provided for us. Snacks and water are good too. My hospital had a bit of a food problem. And something to entertain yourself when you aren't on shift. Cause watching the news all day and night can be heart breaking. I hope this was helpful! Prayers from Houston!!

  • Sep 9

    I will be at my hospital too for a few days. I did it last year for Matthew as well. I brought a blow up mattress, sheets, a blanket, two pillows. Ear plugs, sleeping pills, eye mask (I sleep days). Flip flops for the shower and two of my own towels. A jacket, one outfit, pajamas and slippers. Scrubs for each day plus one extra just in case we stay longer. Snacks, a book, phone charger. Toiletries, Advil. And the things you normally take for your shift. My hospital pays double time for the whole 24 hours, so we don't have any problem getting staff.

  • Sep 9

    Oh and also life preservers. Don't leave your pets. They will likely die horrible deaths if you do. Ok second thought , evacuate. CNA/LPN jobs are a dime a dozen in Florida. Unless you are already at work, they can't hurt your license. On the contrary,. They will be held liable for forcing you to go out in dangerous conditions. Good luck. This is cat 4 now and almost cat 5, expected to hit Florida at a full 5. This is not a drill. You may not have a job left either way.

  • Sep 9

    I'd take the bird with you, you don't know how long it will be before you can leave work.

  • Sep 7

    Isn't it a nuisance when they come out with a magazine which states the job we do can be made stupidly simple or incredibly easy?

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