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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!

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    Quote from nursej22
    My understanding is that the OP came to a nursing forum, not a business forum. Many of us are successful, seasoned nurses and understand the factors that go into a satisfactory workplace.

    Even if some of us are overweight.
    I like your cute dog pic, very sweet!

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    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!

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    Nurse Leigh, Oemgee, Ruby Vee, and 3 others like this.

    Quote from Conqueror+
    Sorry, I did not see this before I posted. There is a difference between someone who has failed in the past and is now successful and someone who has never done well and only has excuses. How can you really trust their advice?
    Your comments are stupid because how would you know the person's health history just by looking at them. You would only know if they were thin or fat or somewhere in between. Nurses are working in a hospital over medical or surgical problems not a fat farm or diet camp. We are not where you go to lose weight like weight watches or nutri system. We are where patients go when they are having a serious health crisis and need a medical tune up, usually with meds and surgical procedures. Weight is the least of their problems at the moment and harping on patients about their weight won't fix their immediate life threatening problems they face. I work on stabilizing patients not offering weight loss advice. I will leave that to the dieticians!

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    Oemgee, Here.I.Stand, joanna73, and 2 others like this.

    Quote from RunnerNurse09
    I agree no one should be shamed for their weight, however, as healthcare professionals, we should try to incorporate healthy habits into our lives. I remember reading before about how even running 10 minutes several days a week can be beneficial cardiovascular wise. Saying u don't have 10 minutes to spare is pure bull. And you don't get to be 5 feet, 250 lbs because u have a thyroid issue. That is bull too. Most people have food addictions. Google some of the blogs or pages of triathletes and runners who work full time and have a family. They still get it done.
    I think part of the problem is judgement of others re weight, this is common both in our society and especially by the young and the thin who have never had a weight problem so they have no clue what it is like. The sad truth is they are in the minority and the majority of the population is overweight and obese! They are active and thin so why isn't everybody else just like them. Some people do lose weight when they exercise but others remain overweight, some even remain obese even exercising an hour plus a day. Sure they will have more tone and fit but exercise doesn't automatically equal weight loss at least not to normal weight. Even the Extreme Loser's have had problem keeping the weight off and studies now show their metabolism has been permanently damaged by their weight loss. The real reason they talk about losing 10% of your body weight as a goal is because most people can't lose much more and if they do they regain it back. The most successful weight loss is gastric bypass and even that doesn't always work permanently.

    As to running, for an obese person to run they will be damaging their joints and may end up needing early joint replacement. Walking or swim aerobics and weight lifting is more appropriate. Sad to say I took care of a 50 something person who was going on their third knee replacement who was overweight but not obese and had a habit of running that wrecked said knee and then problems with the knee replacement malfunctioning this in a span of maybe 5 years. The patient was told if the third knee replacement didn't work they might lose the leg. Now around that time the news was mentioning a high premature failure rate of certain brands of knee replacements, was that the real culprit? Who knows, plus who has control over what brand of joint replacement is given to you?

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    To KCMnurse do you know who complained against you a patient/family or your previous employer? Was your employer mad at you for leaving?

    How much did it cost for all the legal fees? If you don't mind letting us know, just to have a ball park of what getting a lawyer costs if we're ever in such a situation?

    I know the BON is not our friend, thankfully through the grace of God I've never had to deal with them.

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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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