Latest Comments by brandy1017

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    adebola, Orphan RN, Jules A, and 1 other like this.

    I'm a shy person so don't volunteer, but do give to charities on a regular basis that support causes I believe in. I give a percentage of my income, ideally I'd tithe but have too many bills at this time. There are so many worthy charities and needs that it is hard for me to say no. I wish I could do more. But I don't give to every charity and I check to make sure they are trustworthy first by checking out Charity Navigator.

    I imagine when I'm retired I will probably do actual volunteer work. While I work full time now, the 12 hour shifts don't leave a lot of time to volunteer. I love all animals and wish I had a pet, love dogs especially, but feel it would be unfair to have one with my current work situation, plus my sleep is messed up working nights. I hope to have a pet when I retire and can get back to a normal life and sleep pattern. In the meantime, I enjoy the pets of my family, friends and neighbors.

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    Garden,RN likes this.

    [QUOTE=Buyer beware;9135725]OP:

    This can best be done by the hospital lobby in each state. QUOTE]

    The hospital lobby is the last one that would lobby for safe staffing ratios, that would interfere with their need to maximize profit sad to say!

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    Horseshoe and BeenThere2012 like this.

    Quote from Horseshoe
    Would knowingly, purposefully, and chronically under staffing units such that the nurse to patient ratios are at all time highs (and thus increasing the chances of med errors or other problems) be considered to be "bad process"? Because I'm thinking that is one of the major contributing factors to the mistakes that are made in hospitals. And while not "intentional" on the part of the nurses and ancillary staff, it most certainly seems "intentional" on the part of the powers that be. Increasing caregiver to patient ratios is done to boost the bottom line, with no thought whatsoever of the consequences on the caregivers themselves, and ultimately, on patient safety.

    As someone whose worked in the front lines for over 20 years I can't like this statement enough! I've been watching working conditions and staffing ratios deteriorate while patient acuity has increased tremendously! This will not end well! It's time to fight for safe staffing ratios like CA has!

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    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    It's a shame what the media has done to him. if you listened to his speech, which you probably don't, you'll recognize that that is far from the truth.
    His vulgar comments about women are legendary and lead to the bitter feud between him and Megyn Kelly! And all his speeches about supporting workers in America are belied by the way he cheated and ripped off the workers and small businesses doing work for his many Trump companies! I'm glad his illegal and dirty deeds are being made public. How many people are going to blindly vote for him because he is a star, rich, was on Celebrity Apprentice. He hasn't even put forth any real policies and the few times he speaks up for something he tends to waffle and change his mind depending on who his audience is! Heck I heard he even wanted to change his VP at the last minute! Not to mention he is the first Presidential candidate to refuse to release his taxes and now there are rumors of financial ties with Russia and possibly indebtedness to them! Then he asks the Russians to hack Hillary's emails! He isn't fit to be President!

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    Hopefully Hillary has changed her views on nurses. Counting on a President to support nurses is foolhardy, the govt pays for medicare and medicaid and want to cut costs and we are viewed as part of the costs. It will take unionization like the National Nurse United to support nurses and legislators at the state level seem to be more sympathetic to safe staffing ratios etc.

    I view the political process with a very jaundiced eye, and look at the upcoming Presidential race as the lesser of the two evils. I cannot stomach Trump, he is a national disgrace and a very dangerous character should he have his hands on the nuclear codes! While I'm not pro Hillary, I feel there is no contest that she is the most highly qualified candidate to be President who would have her husband' input who is on good terms with Republicans like the Bush's in their philanthropic pursuits. There is no contest Trump a joker who has no experience, no skills just a reality star egomaniac or Hillary Clinton who has a lifetime of political service both domestic and international! I fear for our country if Trump becomes President!

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    Ladyscrubs and beckysue920 like this.

    Quote from HouTx
    Er Um, actually we DO diagnose. We don't make medical diagnoses, we make nursing diagnoses. That's actually the core of nursing practice and clinical reasoning.
    Well we don't officially do medical diagnoses, but in practical reality we do it all the time in nursing practice when we analyze our patients symptoms and need to call the Dr re a change in status or need for new treatment! We just don't get credit for it!

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    bellakat likes this.

    It's too soon to know if you should pursue other options. You need to get an RN job and get the basics down and go from there. CRNA requires both book and hands on skills. You have to master the basics first including putting IV's in. Most CRNAs have ICU experience, but I don't recommend starting in ICU unless you have extra experience such as an intern/extern and felt it was for you.

    Finish your BSN, get a job, get experience and then make your decision. You never know what the future holds you may decide to stay an RN. CRNA vs FNP are two very different programs. Your interest in diagnoses and problem solving leans more toward FNP, but there is no rush, most places want a year or two of experience.

    As for PA that makes no sense since you are taking the RN track. PA's and FNP's do basically the same thing, but take a different learning route. Truthfully FNP's generally have more independence and even prescribing priviliges but this depends on the state you work in. Also there are much more FNP programs than PA programs. So why not pursue the logical choice, FNP, if and when it's right for you!

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    OrganizedChaos and SummitRN like this.

    Quote from SparklyturtleRN
    Hello everyone, This is my first time posting but I come on this site often for advice. My question is regarding a job I was offered. When the position was offered to me, I was told that the starting pay for new graduates is $24/hr and that they offer shift differentials for night and weekend shift. Then when I went to turn in my paperwork, I was told that the pay is actually a base of $10/hr and that a stipend will be added to each check to make the total pay equal approximately $24/hr. If I do not stay with the hospital for 2 years, I have to pay back the total stipend amount I had been paid. I am a new graduate so I don't know if this is common practice or if it is bad practice. I know that many of my friends that got jobs at other hospitals did not have to sign a contract and receive just a regular hourly rate. I'm not sure what to think of the situation. Can anyone give me some advice about this? I would greatly appreciate any info from anyone, especially if they have this type of contract.

    Is this a hospital in America? I can't believe that. I would run away and never accept such terms! It sounds downright illegal! If it is legal it is unethical. I would never agree to those terms!

    They are blackmailing you if you accept $10 hour with the $14 hour as a stipend that you would be forced to repay if you didn't stay. I would go on food stamps before I would take such a terrible job offer!

    What state and what hospital system is offering this ******** offer? Something is very fishy and ****** here! Run, don't walk away!

    PS When you sign a contract you are supposed to be getting something in return, not just your regular wage rewritten as a stipend! You are supposed to be getting an actual bonus like $5,000 or maybe even $10,000 extra for signing the contract! This is like fraud! Signing a contract where your regular pay is being held against you to keep you from leaving. What do you get out of this situation? Nothing! You'd be like an indentured servant. God help us if other hospitals start this crap!

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    dishes, AnewNur, elkpark, and 1 other like this.

    I personally think everyone should be able to have a living wage! I've read if the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be around $21/hr. It just shows how much wage stagnation there is in America today! Why begrudge the working poor a living wage? Also let the corporations pay their fair share, right now they and their CEO and his buddies make millions while stiffing workers who thereby live off govt subsidies like food stamps and medicaid. It is crazy that we allow these businesses and their yahoos to get rich by short changing their own workers and also the govt that has to pick up the pieces! Let companies pay their fair share, then the govt won't have to subsidize them and people can have their dignity!

    The current economy only enriches the top 1% and harms the rest of the people! It is time for a change!

    If you feel shortchanged as a nurse, quit your job and go work at a minimum wage job. At least it will probably be less stressful! Stop being so selfish and cold hearted!

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    I've been told in the past we had the best staffing ratios compared to other hospitals in the city. On the one hand I was glad to know that, but on the other it was discouraging because the job is still so stressful and difficult. Knowing things were worse elsewhere kept me from leaving, but I still didn't find the job easy by any means. As the years have gone on I've watched the patient acuity increase while the staffing ratios be cut over and over with the excuse that's what other hospitals have and they need to make more money. Seems it just for the CEO and his buddies! They make millions while we make peanuts! It feels like nursing is a race to the bottom and I just wonder how bad its going to be by the time I'm able to retire! The CNA's piss me off because many of them do the bare minimum and can't be bothered to do their actual job whether stocking, cleaning equipment, plugging in dinamaps and leaving enough thermometer probes to simply answering the call lights.

    As to pay you as a new employee may like your pay, but the regulars may have watched their pay stagnate with raises that barely meet inflation and not everyone gets a raise. I know people who haven't received a raise because they tell me. I know a handful of coworkers who've been demoted on the clinical ladder with actual cut in pay! I've always gotten a raise, but it is nothing special and as an experienced RN there is really not much difference in my pay vs a new grad! I've been a nurse over 20 years and it will probably take close to 30 years to be at the max. I've also watched our benefits worsen year after year with no end in sight. So any raise is negated by the rising out of pockets for our crappy health insurance!

    You are lucky to have found a better place to work as they are few and far between, but remember there is no guarantee it will stay that way in the future. As to the great pay raise you are getting you are lucky because several of my experienced coworkers have told me they actually took a pay cut to come to my hospital which I think is sad for so many reasons. I don't think one should ever take a pay cut if they can help it. Also if they think it will be better they will probably be sadly mistaken and then find they are making less and not getting anything more in return. Basically a lose, lose proposition!

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    joanna73 likes this.

    Quote from Neywel120
    When you went into the nursing profession and received your first salaried job, did it make you want to spend more and buy luxury cars, electronics ,etc?

    I ask this because I'm pretty frugal, but when I see a car or new gadget that I really really like the first thing that comes to my mind is "I'm going to get that when I become a nurse". Did any of you nurses felt like that with your salary where you just have to buy, buy, and buy because you can afford it but you don't need it?
    It's ok to look forward to having nice things. Just do it in moderation and use balance so you don't get over your head in debt. We work hard for our money and should be able to enjoy it!

    Personally I don't regret the things I bought, even though some that were important when first got them, I no longer enjoy such as music and books so I gave them away.

    I've given away some home decor items to family or friends, other things I've bought I love years later. Regardless I don't regret spending on things.

    But I also am glad I took many vacations over the years and have many wonderful memories.

    I think it's all a balance between spending today vs saving for tomorrow.

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    joanna73 likes this.

    You can have cliques anywhere at any job. Working 3 12 hour shifts is great because you can go a month or more without seeing someone. It helps break up the clique mentality! Saw much more of it when 8 hour shifts were the norm and everyone worked a set schedule.

    Some nurses socialize outside of work, but not everyone. It just depends on the unit and the coworkers. In general young singles hang out together and married with family socialize less. Personally I think it's better to keep work and personal life separate. I learned that the hard way from trusting the wrong persons. Sure I still socialize with a few coworkers, but keep things light and save my innermost being and thoughts to my loved ones outside of work. I learned to share a lot less of my personal life thru trial and error. To each his own.

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    I feel safe at work. It is more likely that someone could harm me elsewhere for example a mall. I'm not afraid. THe incidents at work were either confused dementia patients or angry patients that lashed out physically. Never had a weapon pulled on me. One time while on a walk in a deserted place a man slammed his brakes and started reaching towards me from the passenger window. I yelled at him to stay away and walked into the street so he'd have to turn his car around. There was some oncoming traffic and luckily he drove away. Another time while walking at that same park a strange man approached me, but another woman with a cellphone out made sure he left me alone. As a woman I'd feel more vulnerable to rape than someone pulling a gun. Though I feel safer now that I'm older as I think I'd be less of a target since they usually choose younger victims.

    I do think ER nurses are more at risk than floor nurses and that there should be armed security and police nearby if you live in a crime ridden urban city! I believe some hospitals do have metal detectors in certain high crime cities. Now recently the police are a main target and in many cities they are now going out in pairs and not alone because of all the shooting of police.

    To some extent thinking you are a safe is a false sense of security because violence can happen anywhere a mall, a park or festival even hair salons and stores. I think the govt should once again ban assault rifles. I don't understand why the ban was repealed in the first place. How many innocent people have to die before the govt does something! But frankly if the govt failed to act after all those innocent children were killed in Newtown, CT I don't know if anything will touch their hearts. Pretty hardened hearts to refuse to act after that attack! Where will it end? Only God knows!

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    That is a very sad situation. Why not go back to the NP that was understanding of your mom's need for pain meds and anxiety meds? This is exactly what I feared would happen with the pressure for Dr's not to prescribe narcotics, that people will be left with uncontrolled pain. I see this already with nurse friends who are treated as drug seekers if they need narcotics for an injury or chronic back problem.

    Is there any way you can go back to the NP with her? Otherwise seek out pain management for sure. Sometimes non narcotics can help such as lido patches or a steroid shot, but narcotics should not be withheld from her. Plus she is dealing with anxieity and dementia. The dementia may be increasing the anxiety as she realizes she is forgetting things. I imagine that would be very unsettling.

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    Just be aware nursing is very stressful, most places short staff, you are juggling many patients and are responsible for everyone and everything, whereas the job you have now you see patients one at a time, on a schedule, you have a defined job. Nursing may feel like chaos to you. So many people go into nursing to help others and then find themselves overwhelmed and disappointed with the reality of nursing. Personally I wouldn't recommend it. Why not volunteer where you can make a personal difference and keep your day job! I wish I could have a defined job where I could say it's not my job when one of the myriad support staff doesn't do their job! If only!