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  • Mar 24

    Apartments are not long-term housing for most people and boyfriends are not always long-tern, either.
    What will happen when you need to move and have difficulty finding a place that accepts large dogs? What will happen if you and your boyfriend separate? Is going back to school a possibility? Could you end up being away from home even more?
    I have a younger co-worker who recently put up a picture of her large dog on social media saying that she "couldn't keep her". The dog is not even two years old ...makes me sad and angry. I love animals, but I think that people need to really think before taking them into their homes. Too many do not.

  • Mar 20

    I personally don't care for the ANA because they don't represent all nurses.. they represent RNs exclusively. LPNs work hard, and care for patients too. Would be nice to be mentioned and recognized as nurses by the ANA for the role we have in nursing and healthcare.

  • Mar 10

    It's a means to an end. I mean, don't get me wrong, I genuinely enjoy patient care (TRUE patient care and connection, not just ***-kissing for politics/survey scores), but nursing has also showed me its dark side from the beginning: the "no matter what you do right, you're always wrong" politics of a badly run unit, the hospitality-over-HEALTHcare mentality, understaffing for the owners' bottom lines, being cancelled at the last minute for low census (but heaven forbid the time I had to call out for food poisoning and actually ended up having to get admitted because of it!), nasty/dramatic/insubordinate coworkers, etc.

    However, I knew from the time I began high school that I would need to hit the ground running in a field where I could, relatively quickly (i.e. no extended years of unpaid internships, etc), earn a wage that would allow me to be able to not only support myself but my now-disabled mother who had me late in life. Between her health, her age, and the fact that I'm an only child, I knew at an early age that it would all come down to me. In high school, as soon as I could, I became an aide. Then it was onto community college for my ADN-RN program (since it would be cheaper and quicker than a BSN in the short run and allow me to bridge later on). So, despite its affects from time-to-time on my physical and mental health, I don't regret going into nursing. It has allowed me to care for my mother buy my first new-to-me car, and buy my modest house in an area I always wanted to live. I do wish I could've had the carefree, dorm college experience and most likely would have gone into a different field if things had been different, though.

  • Mar 10

    I don't know if I would say I regret it. I am proud to be a nurse. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would choose physical therapy or occupational therapy...something else in healthcare. The amount of crap that a nurse has to put up with on any given day is ridiculous. More importantly, there are places and times where the ratios, non-nursing tasks and oppressive never-ending charting make it impossible to attend to patients and keep them safe. I don't enjoy walking into a workplace that is one big accident waiting to happen. Not every employer is that careless and money hungry, thank goodness. To enjoy being a nurse, you have to be very selective about where you work.

  • Mar 10

    I absolutely love being a nurse and have enjoyed all patient care in all settings.

    It's been the employers themselves, lack of benefits, certain areas of nursing, beauracracy, mean co-workers, drive time and homework that's been required for certain nursing jobs that I have NOT liked.

    Regrets? Yes.
    My advice would be to continue your education, get BSN, a Masters, as many helpful certifications as you can, work in a variety of settings for experience.
    When you get to be an older nurse who has 20+ years experience primarily in one specialized field only, you're going to have a terrible time finding other work.
    Think of the future and where you hope to be when you are an old nurse. Work for companies where you'll get a pension or other retirement benefits. It's a bit late when retirement is only about 10 years away.
    So many retired nurses have dedicated their lives to nursing, only to be left struggling to make ends meet with a social security check.
    Hospitals want new grads or younger nurses who can work outrageous schedules for less than what they would have to pay an older nurse. As we get older, we become more of a worker's comp risk. We can't do the things we did when we were younger nurses.
    In my case, my jobs required lots of driving and unpredictable, last minute work and homework. I was great at it. Age does catch up to you. Prepare.

    I attended a hospital job fair on fair full of hope and anticipation. I was the only older nurse there. Due to my lack of recent hospital experience, I certainly wasn't a great candidate and did not get called.

    Prepare re for the future because before you know it 25 or so years have gone by.

  • Mar 6

    You can quit any job anywhere (at least in the USA) "at will". They can't force you to work. However there may be consequences. A person who signed a contract might violate that contract and be held liable for the consequences that are set forth in that contract.

    If you didn't sign a contract most places expect a two weeks notice. Though that can vary. The consequence of not giving sufficient notice is that the facility will usually label you as not rehirable. This may not seem like a big deal because you don't want to work there anyway but if this facility is owned by a larger company you could be blacklisted by every facility that this company owns. That could include hospitals, Dr offices, LTC, and rehab facilities.

    My best advice is if you really want to quit contact HR and see what they want as far as notice. It's always best to leave under the best terms possible.

  • Mar 6

    Strangely, the sanitizer at my workplace doesn't bother my sensitive skin. However, tons of soap and water washing causes me to crack and bleed. I am a lotion junkie, but mainly because my skin is so incredibly sensitive. I noticed someone mentioned L'Occitane - I love their spray almond oil for after showers, especially in the winter. I also work outdoors a lot with my horses so maybe the soap/water bothering my hands is an issue of chapping.

    For hands, I discovered a glycerine-based natural product in my hospital's gift shop - the brand is Camille Beckman. She has several nice but subtle scents as well as a fabulous unscented version. I can't believe how well this lotion coats your hands; you can feel it for hours after application and it's not sticky at all. You can purchase from her website - I believe all her products are made in Idaho. I like the Tuscan Honey. Not as strong smelling as Bath and Body works, but wow my hands love it. The French Vanilla is nice too - but the scent is super soft.

    Another that I didn't see here was Gold Bond. They have some great pocket sized tubes. They even make a combination moisturizer and sanitizer - or used to. (Haven't used it for awhile so it may contain triclosan). Their aloe or shea butter lotions are great though - and no fragrance. I work with some folks who can't tolerate any fragrance, but these don't seem to bother them.

  • Mar 6

    I don't use hand sanitizer - It really wreck's my skin. Plus the CDC no longer recommends using any hand sanitizer that contains triclosan (sic) as it has been found to actually weaken the immune system. I just wash my hands a lot. Like before and after every patient contact. It doesn't take as long as people think. Plus patients really like it when they see you washing your hands. I coat my hands at night with a homemade lotion consisting of coconut and argan oil then don a pair of cotton gloves. Plus get a manicure about every 6 weeks. Skin stays soft and supple.


  • Mar 6

    Simply Pure nail oil by Bliss Kiss is the secret weapon to keep your cuticles healthy. I love it! I use it a few times a day (when I remember) and at night. It's the best.

  • Mar 6

    Quote from BookishBelle
    Thanks for the great suggestions! I use Working Hands when I remember, but I think the container would be awkward to bring around with me. So I'll have to check out these other ideas!

    You can buy a small empty travel sized bottle (Wal-Mart has them) to put the lotion of your choice in.

  • Mar 6

    Ohio State University offers a BS in Health Sciences. Not sure what the degree prepares one for other than graduate school in a health profession. If you are interested in the administrative side of health care (HUC, PSA, administrative assistant) there is a BS in healthcare administration offered by many schools. (However you can also get many of these jobs with out a specialized degree).

    I think dieticians still train at the bachelor's degree. Though they may be moving towards masters level training. I'm not sure.

    Is there are reason you are opposed to allied health careers with associate's level preparation? I can think of several at this level (e.g. sonographer, radiology tech, RT, prosthetic/orthotic manufacturer, dental hygienist) which can be quite lucrative and may provide the necessary finances to then return to school for RN if that is your eventual goal.

  • Mar 6

    Quote from Lannister123
    Yes, I have good grades in them too. I applied to Physical therapy assistant school and nursing school and didnt get in. Im basically looking for plan B. Plus i already have 60 credit in an associate degree and getting a bachelors makes sense.

    It only makes sense if it will provide you with a career, otherwise you are wasting lots of money which you won't appreciate when you have to pay it back!!


  • Feb 27

    No it just gets your back, knees, soul, spirit, faith in humanity, shoulders, neck...but my hands are silky smooth!

  • Feb 24

    Quote from Jules A
    Something I just posted in another thread made me think and although not something NMs have control over or that could be changed easily but I wonder if more places offered PTO instead of sick time if the call offs would be less? Personally I have called out a couple of times in the past decade when I was totally disgusted and planning to quit a job because I wanted to burn through some of my many sick hours but if I could have cashed out when I resigned like with PTO I wouldn't have taken off.
    When I worked with Civil Service, it was common for employees to 'cash out' UNUSED sick time and vacation time as they were terminating their positions. Vaca time was usually used as earned, but some folk had MONTHS worth of sick time.

    There would be employees who could be dead-on-their-feet with something clearly communicable (respiratory or something GI AEB the # of bathroom trips). One could only hope that said employees were handwashing often! Yet they would come to work with no concern re disease transmission AND then they would piss & moan all day about 'oh, how sick they were'. Well, stay HOME! NOTE: these were NOT clinical hospital/institution workers.

    But nooooo. Sick time was usually quite liberal under the union contracts and was cumulative. And it could be banked and 'cashed out' upon exiting. Yes, I understand that this was a union-negotiated benefit that truly was a benefit. And it WAS earned. But it was grossly abused. If I remember, I think Gov Christie or somebody tried to introduce action to curb the abuse. I suspect any legislator would lose union votes or there would be other union resistance.

    To read about some of the prohibitive P&P some places have implemented to restrict employee sick time is truly sad. Just another example of employers trying to 'thumb down' nursing. (Don't get me started on my soapbox!)

  • Feb 24

    As for how many times per year I personally am legit sick: let's see, this year I had a GI virus 3x, flulike sx once, pneumonia once, and once where I had general malaise which happened to include muscle weakness and a sensation of being sunburnt. (Not all of those resulted in call-offs, as I work part time. Some of those happened on my days off.) And I had a sick child home on a day my husband was unable to stay home (like it or not, my employer has scores of RNs. His only has one CFO, and if he is travelling that day, figure that out) twice. That wasn't an issue of little Johnny having a tummy was an issue of my tough-as-nails teenaged endurance athlete being so miserable she was CRYING "Mommy please don't leave me." The other was my 3- and 5-yr-olds vomiting. (Actually that could have been for me too, as I had been up q1-2 hrs all night cleaning up said vomit.)

    Here's the other thing: I do not consider myself a special snowflake or anything. If any of my colleagues were in a similar situation I want them to take care of themselves or their child.

    A couple of times a year I'm usually good for a sinus infection -- read, living in face pain, sometimes for weeks. I do not call in for that because Sudafed, ibuprofen, and APAP takes the edge off.

    But only sick once a year? Remember developmental psych class? The notion that I need only be sick once a year borders on what child development experts call "magical thinking."