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  • Sep 19

    Ruby Vee what happened to that poor women? Did she ever recover? How sad that he killed her dogs, that would have certainly hurt her and decrease her will to live! Too bad he couldn't be charged for animal abuse and mental cruelty to his wife! Well I imagine there is a special place in hell waiting for him!

  • Sep 16

    I remember the two day all day affair of nursing boards back in the day! And you only learned if you passed, not how well or poorly you had done. Months would go by while you were working and waiting and if you failed you could lose your job or at least be demoted till you passed. Talk about pressure! I passed but a couple coworkers didn't, one lost her job and had to go to a different hospital, the other worked as a HUC/CNA till boards were passed.

  • Sep 14

    It's wonderful you have a dream, no one's trying to kill your dream. We are trying to protect you from drowning in debt, a mortgage without a house, that a person could be trapped in for decades and if not paid off would find their social security garnished. In America we always stress having a dream and going to school to attain it, but where is the emphasis on how to finance your dream? Most don't even get basic financial planning education in school today, which is great for the bank's and private lenders who have you on the hook and great for the overpriced expensive schools that offer that carrot of a college degree. It's not that simple. You need to be educated financially to protect yourself and avoid a financial catastrophe!

    Congress has been changing the rules over the decades and especially with the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform that took away consumer protections and bankruptcy options from all student loans and the private lenders jumped to provide high priced, dare I say predatory loans, adjustable to 18+, capitalize and increase while in deferment. You need to know basic financial knowledge because the rate of the loan determines how quickly a loan will double in size if in deferment. Example, if you do not make payments and interest capitalizes while loans in deferment at 3% it would take 24 years to double in size, 6% it would take 12 years, but at 12% it would take only 6 years to double and at 18% in 4 years your loan will have doubled! You can look it up, its called the Rule of 72!

    If you watch Suze Orman you will find many people with student loans of $100,000, even sometimes more $200,000 and don't make enough money to pay them off, then they are in default, which disqualifies them from many jobs, find their wages garnished and tax returns taken and can even have their license to practice withhold. If your license were withheld as a penalty you could not work, not just RN's, many jobs require licenses even beauticians and massage therapists.

    Personally, I think a DNP is overkill and a MSN FNP would be good enough. I do believe experience, networking and personality will trump DNP vs MSN FNP when job hunting. I don't believe you will be paid more for a DNP and FNP typically are paid half of a primary MD so keep that in mind when considering total student loan debt.

    Plan to have to be willing to move to get a job and having to network and send out letters/resumes to doctors or organizations you'd like to work for. Some school programs require you to find your own preceptor which if you are outgoing you could tailor make to the best person/specialty, others just give you whoever they can find. Just some things to think about.

  • Sep 14

    How much do you owe on student loans and especially the private loans? $10,000 or 100,000? What are the interest rates of your loans, particularly the private student loans which usually are adjustable and can go upwards of 18%?

    I would get your private student loans paid back before pursuing more education and taking out more student loans. Private loans are the worst debt out there, worse than even credit card debt or gambling losses. You can declare bankruptcy for those, but not student loans and if you die and someone co-signed they would still be on the hook for the loan!

    You need to be proactive and network to get a job as an FNP. They are not as easy to come by as RN jobs used to be! Once you've got the private loans paid off and an emergency fund, then start taking some classes part-time and try to pay as you go and avoid student loans as much as possible. Stick with public govt loans but be aware that graduate govt student loans interest will no longer be deferred instead will be capitalized causing the loan to grow while you're in school!

  • Sep 11

    Count yourself lucky, where I work you don't have a choice. You have to get the shot or be fired. The only exception is if you can prove you had guillain barre or an anaphylactic reaction. A committee then decides whether to accept your Dr's excuse or you lose your job. And if you are accepted you have to wear a mask at all times for the entire flu season!

    Of course many people will tell you a flu shot is like taking vitamins, safe for everyone; and downplay the risks of paralysis and tell you it's your moral duty to get the flu shot. Funny how so many fellow health care workers are concerned about the various sundry duties a person must due to be a proper upstanding nurse! Don't you know you have to give up the right over your own body and what you put in it for this noble job!

    I've taken care of several people with guillain barre from a flu shot, if it's so rare why have I seen it so often? FYI if you are older than 50 your risks are higher! Also Bells Palsy is linked to the flu shot as well, not as serious, but certainly physically upsetting!

    That said many on here will post that you are ignorant and not a good nurse if you are against the flu shot or simply want to have the choice of what you put into your body. You will not find a sympathetic audience here on this issue, sad to say!

  • Sep 10

    Common sense she should have gotten vitals before calling the dr, still I can't help seeing this as a power play on the dr's part over past issues and he appears to be a very arrogant dr that becomes angry when you simply call him about a patient. Some dr's just don't want to be bothered and want to take it out on the nurse instead! Also some Dr's are so cheap they don't want you calling the answering service because they don't want to pay for the service. I don't think it is a good idea for a Dr to have that much power esp over the hiring and firing of hospital workers. So much for team work and mutual respect! I wouldn't want to work for a hospital that would fire a nurse just to please a Dr!

    The family complaints also sound ridiculous esp blaming her for the patients heart attack and renal failure. She had nothing nothing to do with that!

    Thankfully in all the years I've been a nurse there were only a few bad apples (Dr's) that would yell and be nasty because you had the nerve to call them about a patient! Most of my experiences with Dr's have been pleasant and respectful. But surgeons have a reputation for arrogance and being difficult to please and some for having a God complex.

  • Sep 10

    Count yourself lucky, where I work you don't have a choice. You have to get the shot or be fired. The only exception is if you can prove you had guillain barre or an anaphylactic reaction. A committee then decides whether to accept your Dr's excuse or you lose your job. And if you are accepted you have to wear a mask at all times for the entire flu season!

    Of course many people will tell you a flu shot is like taking vitamins, safe for everyone; and downplay the risks of paralysis and tell you it's your moral duty to get the flu shot. Funny how so many fellow health care workers are concerned about the various sundry duties a person must due to be a proper upstanding nurse! Don't you know you have to give up the right over your own body and what you put in it for this noble job!

    I've taken care of several people with guillain barre from a flu shot, if it's so rare why have I seen it so often? FYI if you are older than 50 your risks are higher! Also Bells Palsy is linked to the flu shot as well, not as serious, but certainly physically upsetting!

    That said many on here will post that you are ignorant and not a good nurse if you are against the flu shot or simply want to have the choice of what you put into your body. You will not find a sympathetic audience here on this issue, sad to say!

  • Sep 9

    Quote from elkpark
    Yes, some people who had had the flu shot have developed GBS. So have people who haven't gotten the flu shot. The fact that people who develop GBS after receiving the flu shot do so at about the same rate as people who haven't had the flu shot suggests strongly that the flu shot does not increase your risk (let alone, God help us all, "cause" GBS, as you state). People claim all kinds of reactions to vaccinations to the US vaccine compensations board -- just as people claim all kinds of side effects to other kinds of medications. The fact that someone experienced a health problem after receiving a vaccination or taking other kinds of medication does not, by itself, in the absence of some kind of pattern among lots of people over time, mean that there is a causal relationship between the vaccine or medication and the negative outcome. It really hard to imagine that you are an actual nurse and can't understand this stuff. Did you manage to get through school without any study of infectious disease or statistics??
    If there is not a risk than why do they actually give a disclaimer presenting the rare risk of GB in the pamphlet when you are getting your flu shot? I don't remember for sure, but I do think they even mentioned the vaccine compensation board in the pamphlet from last year. Also they always used to give the flu vaccine without any written acknowledgement of possible side effects to the patients, but now every patient gets a handout mentioning possible side effects from the common and minor to the rare and the serious.

    To those that aren't forced to receive the flu vaccines it is making the rounds and being promoted so it may be soon coming to you. Before I was aware of the risk of GB I had no concern about the flu shot, but after learning of it and witnessing first hand bad cases of GB and seeing patients who were permanently harmed from it I don't want the vaccine. Many of my fellow coworkers feel the same way, but most are not independently wealthy that they can quit or retire. All the healthcare systems where I live mandate the flu vaccine. While most who get GB will recover, it can be a long recovery of 6 months to a year and some do not recover, others recover somewhat but not fully.

  • Sep 9

    Quote from elkpark
    And the rate is no higher among those who have received the flu vaccine than it is among those who haven't had the vaccine. There was one year, 1976, that there actually was a problem with the flu shot and GBS (which was admittedly tragic), and, although there has never been a connection with the flu shot any other year, some people are still maintaining the myth that there is an ongoing risk.
    It is not a myth or there wouldn't be a payouts from the govt vaccine compensation board. Which in itself is a total crock of **** because the govt has given the pharmaceutical companies blanket immunity from any adverse reactions to their vaccines. Injured parties have no recourse to sue for compensation and govt board is woefully inadequate. I believe however this is once again unique to America while other countries such as in Europe still allow injured parties to sue for cause!

  • Sep 9

    Quote from VANurse2010
    The plural of anecdote is not evidence.

    The CDC itself warns that the flu vaccine can cause guillain barre along with other side effects. That is a fact! If you are the unlucky one it happens to say goodbye to your career and more importantly to the life you knew! You will probably end up disabled, perhaps even to the point of spending the rest of your life in a nursing home! Your only recourse is the govt vaccine compensation board which is very stingy with compensation and takes years to get!

    As to those that claim the flu vaccine saves the day, the reality is many times its ineffective. I believe last year it was only about 20%! While the actual efficacy varies, the serious side effects are real!

  • Sep 9

    Quote from Rose_Queen
    I really dislike the use of the word forced. Nobody is going to run up and jam a needle into you or tie a mask on your face. It is simply a condition of employment, which the employer has the right to both set upon hire and change as change is deemed necessary. If you choose not to meet the conditions of employment by either not getting the vaccine or not wearing the mask, then you no longer meet the criteria for continued employment. You can still make the choice to refuse the vaccine and refuse the mask. The employer has the right to provide consequences for it.
    Welcome to 1984! George Orwellian healthcare!

    I believe the corporate overlords are overreaching re mandated vaccines as well as many other ways to gain control over their workers to keep them in line and maximize profit at all costs so the suits can get their bonuses on the fast track! Just my jaundiced opinion from working in this field over the years!

    The real reason for all the mandation of flu vaccines is all about money, they get more govt reimbursement if they can hit 90% vaccination target!

  • Sep 9

    Count yourself lucky, where I work you don't have a choice. You have to get the shot or be fired. The only exception is if you can prove you had guillain barre or an anaphylactic reaction. A committee then decides whether to accept your Dr's excuse or you lose your job. And if you are accepted you have to wear a mask at all times for the entire flu season!

    Of course many people will tell you a flu shot is like taking vitamins, safe for everyone; and downplay the risks of paralysis and tell you it's your moral duty to get the flu shot. Funny how so many fellow health care workers are concerned about the various sundry duties a person must due to be a proper upstanding nurse! Don't you know you have to give up the right over your own body and what you put in it for this noble job!

    I've taken care of several people with guillain barre from a flu shot, if it's so rare why have I seen it so often? FYI if you are older than 50 your risks are higher! Also Bells Palsy is linked to the flu shot as well, not as serious, but certainly physically upsetting!

    That said many on here will post that you are ignorant and not a good nurse if you are against the flu shot or simply want to have the choice of what you put into your body. You will not find a sympathetic audience here on this issue, sad to say!

  • Sep 9

    Count yourself lucky, where I work you don't have a choice. You have to get the shot or be fired. The only exception is if you can prove you had guillain barre or an anaphylactic reaction. A committee then decides whether to accept your Dr's excuse or you lose your job. And if you are accepted you have to wear a mask at all times for the entire flu season!

    Of course many people will tell you a flu shot is like taking vitamins, safe for everyone; and downplay the risks of paralysis and tell you it's your moral duty to get the flu shot. Funny how so many fellow health care workers are concerned about the various sundry duties a person must due to be a proper upstanding nurse! Don't you know you have to give up the right over your own body and what you put in it for this noble job!

    I've taken care of several people with guillain barre from a flu shot, if it's so rare why have I seen it so often? FYI if you are older than 50 your risks are higher! Also Bells Palsy is linked to the flu shot as well, not as serious, but certainly physically upsetting!

    That said many on here will post that you are ignorant and not a good nurse if you are against the flu shot or simply want to have the choice of what you put into your body. You will not find a sympathetic audience here on this issue, sad to say!

  • Sep 9

    Count yourself lucky, where I work you don't have a choice. You have to get the shot or be fired. The only exception is if you can prove you had guillain barre or an anaphylactic reaction. A committee then decides whether to accept your Dr's excuse or you lose your job. And if you are accepted you have to wear a mask at all times for the entire flu season!

    Of course many people will tell you a flu shot is like taking vitamins, safe for everyone; and downplay the risks of paralysis and tell you it's your moral duty to get the flu shot. Funny how so many fellow health care workers are concerned about the various sundry duties a person must due to be a proper upstanding nurse! Don't you know you have to give up the right over your own body and what you put in it for this noble job!

    I've taken care of several people with guillain barre from a flu shot, if it's so rare why have I seen it so often? FYI if you are older than 50 your risks are higher! Also Bells Palsy is linked to the flu shot as well, not as serious, but certainly physically upsetting!

    That said many on here will post that you are ignorant and not a good nurse if you are against the flu shot or simply want to have the choice of what you put into your body. You will not find a sympathetic audience here on this issue, sad to say!

  • Sep 9

    Quote from elkpark
    Yes, some people who had had the flu shot have developed GBS. So have people who haven't gotten the flu shot. The fact that people who develop GBS after receiving the flu shot do so at about the same rate as people who haven't had the flu shot suggests strongly that the flu shot does not increase your risk (let alone, God help us all, "cause" GBS, as you state). People claim all kinds of reactions to vaccinations to the US vaccine compensations board -- just as people claim all kinds of side effects to other kinds of medications. The fact that someone experienced a health problem after receiving a vaccination or taking other kinds of medication does not, by itself, in the absence of some kind of pattern among lots of people over time, mean that there is a causal relationship between the vaccine or medication and the negative outcome. It really hard to imagine that you are an actual nurse and can't understand this stuff. Did you manage to get through school without any study of infectious disease or statistics??
    If there is not a risk than why do they actually give a disclaimer presenting the rare risk of GB in the pamphlet when you are getting your flu shot? I don't remember for sure, but I do think they even mentioned the vaccine compensation board in the pamphlet from last year. Also they always used to give the flu vaccine without any written acknowledgement of possible side effects to the patients, but now every patient gets a handout mentioning possible side effects from the common and minor to the rare and the serious.

    To those that aren't forced to receive the flu vaccines it is making the rounds and being promoted so it may be soon coming to you. Before I was aware of the risk of GB I had no concern about the flu shot, but after learning of it and witnessing first hand bad cases of GB and seeing patients who were permanently harmed from it I don't want the vaccine. Many of my fellow coworkers feel the same way, but most are not independently wealthy that they can quit or retire. All the healthcare systems where I live mandate the flu vaccine. While most who get GB will recover, it can be a long recovery of 6 months to a year and some do not recover, others recover somewhat but not fully.


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