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  • 11:30 am

    I remember my favorite cartoon was Underdog and favorite song Seasons in the Sun, riding my bike for hours on end, rollerskating at the local rink every weekend. I would space out to the music and strobe lights and have so much fun. My favorite TV shows included Lost in Space ...Danger Will Robinson, Land of the Lost, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. Then Friday fright night with pizza and pepsi.

    Listening to music on an 8 Track like Abba Dancing Queen, Rocky Mountain High by John Denver, and listening to the Carpenters before Karen Carpenter died from extreme dieting.

    Remember my Aunt had a party phone line in the country on the farm, where other people could listen in! Crazy! Also bailing hay at harvest time and how my country cousins were so strong they could throw the bales across the hay loft in the barn when I could barely lift them!

    Remember Christmas at my grandma with the Christmas tree covered in tinsel, big colored Christmas lights, my Grandpa dressed as Santa with a horse and sleigh and jingle bells.

    My grandma would sleep on the pull out couch when she came to visit and we would stay up late watching scary movies Friday night.

    We had no cell phones or computers when I was a teen. Instead had typewriters and any mistakes would need white out correction liquid to fix! Remember carbon copies and shorthand in my secretarial training program. Enjoyed shorthand was supposed to be a secret language to use with my friend but she dropped out of shorthand before we could use it.

    Would get sent to the "cube" for sneaking out of school and going across the street to get a Pepsi because soda was not allowed and there were no vending machines. Would make a party out of it, bringing in snacks and sharing it with everyone else in the same boat! We must have driven the teachers crazy with our antics!

    Remember working at an insurance company out of high school with a chain smoker clerk who always had a cigarette lit, back when smoking was allowed in the workplace! Glad I quit after two years before I was harmed by all the smoke! Wonder when it was finally outlawed!

    Remember the nursing boards was a full two day affair with pencil and paper. Spent the first night up all night cramming, then 8 hours of testing and had to come back the next day for another day of testing! Didn't find out the results till months later when they mailed it to you. Glad I passed, but didn't tell how you did.

    Thought we were going back in time with cell phones because of the pay by the minute, phones used to be that way for local and long distance before it became unlimited.

    Remember my friend in the military calling me about September 11 and they were at Defcon 4. I thought she was joking with me till I turned on the TV and saw the planes hitting the towers!

  • Nov 19

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 18

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 18

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 18

    I don't recommend nursing. Better choices would be find a good govt job, preferably federal govt as they have the best benefits such as pension and health insurance. If you get a state or city govt job make sure their pension is well funded and they are in the black. Stay away from Illinois and California and Chicago and Detroit as they are underfunded wrecks!

    If you really want to work in healthcare I would recommend ultrasound tech. There is probably a local public community tech college offering it, pays as well as nursing with less stress and way less wear and tear on your body. Personally, I think this is the hidden gem in healthcare!

  • Nov 17

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 16

    I'm sorry this happened to you and I hope you will be able to find another job soon.

    Still I don't think it's fair to blame Obamacare, before insurance companies cherry picked only the young and healthy and simply refused to insure anyone with any health problems. Even worse they had a nasty habit of refusing to pay claims when someone became sick with an expensive, serious illness like cancer and bonuses were even given out to whoever found some obscure reason to retroactively uninsure the now desperately sick patient who was forced to rely on the kindness of strangers or the govt to bail them out!

    Obamacare isn't perfect, but at least millions more people finally have health insurance, sometimes for the first time in their lives! The Republicans have made it their mission to destroy Obamacare rather than work across the aisle to fix things.

    It probably isn't any consolation but you are not alone. The same corporate downsizing is happening across the country from nurses in hospitals, home care, clinics, etc. I've worked with a couple travelers who after being laid off found the only way to get steady work was to work as a traveler. It's not just us, even engineers and IT pro's are being laid off, many IT workers forced to train their Indian or Filipino replacements if they wanted to get a severance package! Disney was the latest in the news for this disgusting tactic.

    In the end it is our government's refusal to protect us both from age discrimination and allowing companies to bring in foreign workers on HB1 visas to work for less! A recent Supreme Court ruling made age discrimination almost impossible to prove unless you had the smoking gun! One computer pro won his claim for age discrimination because the supervisor had publicly bragged about replacing him with a high school student for next to nothing!

    I don't understand how we can be one of the richest countries in the world but not even have national health care for its people. It is just shameful! National healthcare doesn't have to be the end of insurance companies we could follow the German model and I believe other countries in Europe people pay for private supplemental insurance most closely resembling our medicare system.

  • Nov 16

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 14

    I'm sorry this happened to you and I hope you will be able to find another job soon.

    Still I don't think it's fair to blame Obamacare, before insurance companies cherry picked only the young and healthy and simply refused to insure anyone with any health problems. Even worse they had a nasty habit of refusing to pay claims when someone became sick with an expensive, serious illness like cancer and bonuses were even given out to whoever found some obscure reason to retroactively uninsure the now desperately sick patient who was forced to rely on the kindness of strangers or the govt to bail them out!

    Obamacare isn't perfect, but at least millions more people finally have health insurance, sometimes for the first time in their lives! The Republicans have made it their mission to destroy Obamacare rather than work across the aisle to fix things.

    It probably isn't any consolation but you are not alone. The same corporate downsizing is happening across the country from nurses in hospitals, home care, clinics, etc. I've worked with a couple travelers who after being laid off found the only way to get steady work was to work as a traveler. It's not just us, even engineers and IT pro's are being laid off, many IT workers forced to train their Indian or Filipino replacements if they wanted to get a severance package! Disney was the latest in the news for this disgusting tactic.

    In the end it is our government's refusal to protect us both from age discrimination and allowing companies to bring in foreign workers on HB1 visas to work for less! A recent Supreme Court ruling made age discrimination almost impossible to prove unless you had the smoking gun! One computer pro won his claim for age discrimination because the supervisor had publicly bragged about replacing him with a high school student for next to nothing!

    I don't understand how we can be one of the richest countries in the world but not even have national health care for its people. It is just shameful! National healthcare doesn't have to be the end of insurance companies we could follow the German model and I believe other countries in Europe people pay for private supplemental insurance most closely resembling our medicare system.

  • Nov 14

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!

  • Nov 14

    If you are still on orientation as it seems I see no problem with just letting the manager know that this isn't for you and they will probably let you go. CNA work is hard and fast paced and not for everyone and it is a good thing if you realized now that nursing is not for you. This saves you time and money and helps you make the right decision. A Masters in Social Work with a specialty in therapy or counseling is a viable option. Physical Therapy might be also if you like to work with your hands. Physical therapy or ultrasound tech make much better pay than you would in counseling or social work. Ultrasound tech is another option you might consider. It is also hands on, but only one patient at a time.

    I worked a few shifts as a CNA in nursing school and regret not quitting after the first disastrous night. My first clinical instructor had a side business and recruited us to work as CNA's for her. I was sent to an awful nursing home, with too many patients and the CNA's were telling me there shortcuts such as perfume and powder to change the patient less often, not good! Still for some unknown reason I went back several more times and the last time I was so overwhelmed I had a breakdown and the manager there wouldn't let me quit. When I finally was allowed to go home I cried so hard in the car I couldn't even breathe. It was the worst experience of my life. I never worked as a CNA again. I wish I had quit after the first night and not put myself thru the rest of it. It was such a bad facility it was no surprise they were closed down by state within a short time.

    Do yourself a favor if you know its not for you just resign now. It should be ok they haven't invested any real time in your training yet anyway.

  • Nov 14

    If you are still on orientation as it seems I see no problem with just letting the manager know that this isn't for you and they will probably let you go. CNA work is hard and fast paced and not for everyone and it is a good thing if you realized now that nursing is not for you. This saves you time and money and helps you make the right decision. A Masters in Social Work with a specialty in therapy or counseling is a viable option. Physical Therapy might be also if you like to work with your hands. Physical therapy or ultrasound tech make much better pay than you would in counseling or social work. Ultrasound tech is another option you might consider. It is also hands on, but only one patient at a time.

    I worked a few shifts as a CNA in nursing school and regret not quitting after the first disastrous night. My first clinical instructor had a side business and recruited us to work as CNA's for her. I was sent to an awful nursing home, with too many patients and the CNA's were telling me there shortcuts such as perfume and powder to change the patient less often, not good! Still for some unknown reason I went back several more times and the last time I was so overwhelmed I had a breakdown and the manager there wouldn't let me quit. When I finally was allowed to go home I cried so hard in the car I couldn't even breathe. It was the worst experience of my life. I never worked as a CNA again. I wish I had quit after the first night and not put myself thru the rest of it. It was such a bad facility it was no surprise they were closed down by state within a short time.

    Do yourself a favor if you know its not for you just resign now. It should be ok they haven't invested any real time in your training yet anyway.

  • Nov 14

    If you are still on orientation as it seems I see no problem with just letting the manager know that this isn't for you and they will probably let you go. CNA work is hard and fast paced and not for everyone and it is a good thing if you realized now that nursing is not for you. This saves you time and money and helps you make the right decision. A Masters in Social Work with a specialty in therapy or counseling is a viable option. Physical Therapy might be also if you like to work with your hands. Physical therapy or ultrasound tech make much better pay than you would in counseling or social work. Ultrasound tech is another option you might consider. It is also hands on, but only one patient at a time.

    I worked a few shifts as a CNA in nursing school and regret not quitting after the first disastrous night. My first clinical instructor had a side business and recruited us to work as CNA's for her. I was sent to an awful nursing home, with too many patients and the CNA's were telling me there shortcuts such as perfume and powder to change the patient less often, not good! Still for some unknown reason I went back several more times and the last time I was so overwhelmed I had a breakdown and the manager there wouldn't let me quit. When I finally was allowed to go home I cried so hard in the car I couldn't even breathe. It was the worst experience of my life. I never worked as a CNA again. I wish I had quit after the first night and not put myself thru the rest of it. It was such a bad facility it was no surprise they were closed down by state within a short time.

    Do yourself a favor if you know its not for you just resign now. It should be ok they haven't invested any real time in your training yet anyway.

  • Nov 14

    Your post reminded me of a hilarious video on kevind md called My Boss is CEO. I'll try to post it, let's see if it works.

    Patient satisfaction in the ER.*Oh yes, this doctor went there.

    It will give you a well deserved and much needed laugh! The family member asking for a coke while a code is on is just perfect example of this video. lol

    I like reading kevin md there is some stuff for nurses and it reminds you that the doctors are dealing with lots of stress from corporate healthcare and customer service, etc; just like us they are in the same boat!

  • Nov 13

    I don't think 5 weeks is enough time for a new grad, many new grad residencies are at least 8-12 weeks orientation. Also 8 patients is too much. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but you really dodged a bullet with that hospital! Dust yourself off and keep applying to other hospital positions you are interested in. Frankly ortho is pretty routine and lots of lifting and stress on your back anyway. Sounds like a cheap, crappy corporate hospital that doesn't want to spend the time to orient new grads but doesn't want to pay for experience and on top of that short staffing is routine.

    I find it outrageous that they shortchanged you with a too short orientation and then told you to forget about ever making it. Who the hell are they, it couldn't be lack of time to learn and too many patients. Of course, it must be you! I hope by now you realize they are a third rate hospital system that doesn't support their nurses, don't even offer safe working conditions and safe patient ratios. Disregard their criticisms and keep looking for a better job and hopefully, a better hospital system where nurses are giving the time and training they need to succeed and decent staffing ratios!


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