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    TriciaJ likes this.

    Once again a small serving of ice cream is our gift! In years past they have published our names in the newspaper, which upset a coworker who didn't want her stalker ex to know where she worked, another time did an angel campaign asking patients to nominate their nurse "angel". Once even said they had donated to a charity in our names, rather than give us an actual gift! Apparently they thought we make too much money to actually want a cash gift. Bet they got a tax deduction for it though! Oh and they reminded us we are free to purchase some uniform accessories with their logo! LOL

    For what it's worth they used to offer a meal if you work Thanksgiving or Christmas now it's only a coupon for a dessert. Times are tough can't afford a whole meal I guess!

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    fawnmarie likes this.

    This is a wonderful place to learn and share and commiserate with our struggles. It's been 15 years since I joined. I love being able to learn about what's happening across the country and about the different type of nursing jobs out there. This is just such a great resource! Priceless!

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    BookishBelle likes this.

    es it's hard on your hands, especially in winter. But it's even harder on your back, shoulders, body and your mental health! It is very stressful and can be anxiety provoking and overwhelming at times! If you are concerned about how your hands are going to hack it, I don't think you are cut out for nursing. That is such a little thing among all the many other negatives and at least it is treatable with lotions. Don't take this personally, because truthfully I think very few people can work as floor nurses and still preserve their sanity and their backs. I don't recommend it to anybody!

    We are continuously short staffed, overworked, pressured to pick up overtime because they refuse to hire enough nurses, which leads to even more turnover and more pressure on the few remaining! My family doesn't understand why I don't work overtime, they have no clue what it's like. Honestly I feel I have PTSD from all I've dealt with and been thru as a nurse over the years. I used to work overtime, but that was 15 years ago when I was younger in my thirties. Also the patients were easier to deal with back then, most spoke english, it was rare to have a morbidly obese patient and now it is practically a daily occurence of 300-500 pounds and throw in the foley free movement and you have a recipe for disaster and injury! Also many more psyche patients, dementia, alcohol drug withdrawal etc. There is just no way I can bring myself to work overtime and I'm just saving all my money so I can make it to an early retirement. Aside from the increased patient acuity corporate healthcare admin just keeps cutting our resources, raising our staffing ratios. I honestly don't know why anybody would want to be a nurse and I don't recommend it!

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    You hit the nail on the head. The average salary for RN's is around $65,000. Sure with overtime you could make a lot more, but who wants to work their life away! Other than the coasts where cost of living is insane I don't know of RN's making $100,000 without doing lots of overtime or agency/pool where they float from place to place with no guarantee of steady hours.

    Some FNP's may make that but I read on here all the time FNP being offered $70,000-80,000 starting and then may have to pay for their benefits insurance and own retirement, unless they work for a hospital organization.

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    I wonder if you are overly sensitive and misreading the nurses. I haven't ever witnessed what you are describing. We appreciate the RT's and know they too are overworked and can't be in two places at once. If the nurses are truly as you describe I would think then they are testing you as you said you are new, but I would be surprised if they were really discounting you. I'm not an ICU nurse, although I have worked with vents and inline suctioning.

    I hope things get better for you and good luck on your next career goal. Don't write off all nurses, we all need to work together as a team.

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    37changes likes this.

    I totally understand how an anxious person's mood can rub off on you and make you feel anxious. Is your stress because you don't know the right answer to the questions or just feeling overworked and overwhelmed by the call volume? I'm experienced know what to do but feel anxious and overwhelmed at times. I finally talked to my Dr and was given xanax. It has really helped me stay calm, function better and also helped ease my anger and frustration. Part of me feels weak for needing meds, but the other part of me wished I had asked for something years ago because I feel so much better and it makes work more manageable. I don't have to dread it. I don't take it every day and only take it if I feel I need it. I've read klonopin may be a better choice than xanax because it works slower and lasts longer.

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    NotAllWhoWandeRN and TriciaJ like this.

    So far we only have our first name and RN on our badges, but a local competitor has both first and last names on their badges which I'm glad we don't do. Would be worried about a stalker situation. So far only recent new grads have had to sign a contract to get their BSN or lose their job after three years. They need to do this while working full time. Many are already in lots of student loan debt from either expensive private colleges or getting an ADN as a second degree after getting a prior Bachelors in another field. I feel for them. Admin hasn't tried to force other RN's to get a BSN, although I have heard this has happened in some places around the country.

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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    There are plenty of jobs out there where you have to deal with screaming, entitled children and their helicopter parents who think the teachers should be teaching their offspring things like manners and values that the parents should have been instilling all along. There are plenty of jobs out there where you have to work outside in the sun and heat, in the snow, in the rain and even in a swamp full of mud and insects. (DH worked construction and the oil fields before becoming a nurse.). There are plenty of jobs out there where you work for peanuts and still have to deal with the general public and all that entails. There are plenty of jobs out there that require a lot more (expensive) education and leave you with an even larger pile of student loans to pay off. There are plenty of jobs out there that require being away from home five nights a week (or more) and make family life impossible. There are plenty of jobs out there that require being deployed to a desert for months or years at a time, where you risk your life every minute of every day. There are plenty of jobs out there that require you to risk your life every minute of every shift. There are plenty of jobs out there, and each and every one of them has something negative about it. Bodily fluids, sick people and demanding patients (and visitors) is a negative, but it's not nearly as negative to me as being shot at, deployed, working outside in all weather or being away from home for long periods of time.

    I don't think nursing is overglamourized. Medicine is, being a lawyer or a police officer is, being a "fixer" is. I don't think that nursing is glamorized enough. Being a nurse doesn't make one an angel, but being a good nurse makes one a person who is good at a tough job.
    I think it would be a lot easier to actually enjoy the job if staffing, resources and equipment weren't cut to the bone, just so some suits can get lots of money! Morale is really low due to this callous mentality from the top. The consolidation of healthcare by big corporations has taken the heart out of it and turned it into a assembly line job or skilled trade as one person mentioned.

    Still when you look at the world around us, how many people are suffering due to fire, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wars, I guess it puts it into perspective. I don't know how people rise above and survive thru such disasters. I don't think I would be strong enough to survive.

    When I get down about work, I am reminded that things could be worse and at least I have a roof over my head and live in a safe, peaceful place.

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    PANYNP and morelostthanfound like this.

    In response to the OP that being a nurse is just a robot following Dr's orders. I disagree it is not the Dr that is the problem it is the computer big brother micromanaging everything you do, questioning the meds you give, demanding excessive documentation just because you can.

    I went into nursing to both help others and have a "feel good" career, while making a living wage. The reality is disheartening, excessive stress combined with micromanagement,short staffing and inadequate equipment just so the corporate healthcare suits can get their bonuses and excessive salaries at our expense! It is a real letdown!

    I feel sorry for the new nurses that never knew what it was like when you actually had time to care for your patients and had a benevolent employer where profit didn't rule. I miss the good old days!

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    I haven't heard of a person being fired for a work injury per se, but there is usually a limited amount of time they hold your job before they let you go if you aren't able to return to your current job. Maybe some places help an injured person get an easier desk job, but that is not the experience I've seen where I work. Since it hasn't happened to me I wasn't paying attention to how many months a person was on light duty before their job was eliminated. I don't know if it's 3 months as in FMLA or 6 months or if it depends on what state you live in.

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    BellaCat and SmilingBluEyes like this.

    No I value my sleep too much! Not to mention I'm not a workaholic, plus I'd never want to be in as much debt as it would take to be a Dr! And now even the doctors are as henpecked as we are with administration, not to mention patient satisfaction ratings. No Thanks!

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    oldpsychnurse and GM2RN like this.

    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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    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!

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    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!

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    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!