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Hi, I'm KaroSnowQueen. I've been an LPN for 30 years, worked on my RN but never finished it. I have 5 kids, had 11 foster kids, have 3 grandkids. I have worked in nearly every nursing setting, Hospital (including ICU and stepdown, nursing homes (ugh), private duty, a little bit of home care, and now review Medicare claims for a major insurance co

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    Now I have to say my last job we were told not to write any other nurse's name in the notes, only to refer to them vaguely as in "Reported such and so episode of pt (change in cond, pt c/o, whatever), as it would implicate those individuals in case of a lawsuit. OK to write called Dr Wonderful, tough.

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    I know that two of my kids went to ER on seperate occasions, and once meningitis was suspected, an LP was done within the hour.......

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    JoyNPikachu98 likes this.

    I didn't even start college til I was 22. And had a 58 year old woman in my class. You don't think so now, but believe me, you are dreadfully young.
    do what you like and to the devil with the nay-sayers!!!!

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    LouisVRN, umcRN, and Purple_Scrubs like this.

    If you have someone that loses an baby, for god's sake, don't act like the baby never existed, or make the parents feel like they can't bring the baby up. While she loves Hubby #2, she says that's what broke up her marriage to Hubby #1 --- nobody gave them permission to grieve. I remember her saying, "It's like everyone thinks we did something wrong, or we'd done something shameful, they'd get all embarrassed if we even said her name."

    Amen to that! We lost a stillborn grandson nine years ago the week after Christmas. Bawling our eyes out in a maternity ward still decorated for Christmas. Nearly lost our minds. We NEED to talk about the little one or lose our minds.

    In memory of Christopher Xaviar, 12/29/02

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    lindarn likes this.

    I work for an insurance co in UR. It's great. There are two sets of standards, Milliman and Interqual. You measure the patient's stay by these standards, and make sure both the provider and the insurance co can agree on length of stay and/or procedures. It utilizes your nursing judgement, no weekends, no holidays, only twice in four and half years have I had to work overtime. I was at the bedside nearly twenty four years before I went to UR. With any luck, I'll never have to go back to it.

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    wooh likes this.

    That happened to me two years in a row. First time I pitched a fit and they 'found' a place for me to work. The second time I made the CN write me down for 4 hours pay and went home and enjoyed the quiet while hubby was at his mother's. We had planned to have our turkey on Friday anyhow.
    To OP - it is a shame you couldn't be with your family. One thing you learn in nursing is, in my experience, management does what they darn well please and its just our tough luck. Which is why I'm not at the bedside any longer.

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    When I worked at the hospital, I was tickeld to get cancelled!!! My DH would gripe, but I think the most I ever got cancelled in a year's time was 10 days. Yes it was some money lost, but was sorely needed off time!!!!!!!

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    I have had many speeding tickets - the worst (80 in a 35) while I was in nursing school. They're looking for actual crimes - theft, drugs, etc. Don't worry about it.

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    Opinions are like anuses - everybody's got one. No one was loved more than my grandmother. There were four of us ready to take her home with us. Every time we brought it up she'd get so upset she'd have to take Xanaxes. Finally the nurses at the hospital told us to give it up and find placement for her - she was 'determined to NOT be a burden' to anyone.
    She griped mightily about the home we found for her - private pay in a gorgeous old Victorian home with four other ladies. She was just mad because she couldn't go to her own home again. I loved the house and am still friends with the family who runs it.
    Anyone who talked trash to me about it, I invited them to try to get her to come home with them. People who say these things either haven't tried to care for an elderly relative at home, OR haven't had to change a stubborn old lady's mind.
    To these trash talkers, I say 'Do better or shut up.'

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    Poi Dog and SnMrsSmiley like this.

    Well, sugar, I am gonna get my butt sued off if I can't call people 'sugar, honey, sweetie.'

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    My personal opinion is that the female witnesses the GYN exam for the protection of both the doctor and the patient. Two males does not meet the requirement and could make the patient feel extremely uncomfortable. There have been through the years, complaints of sexual abuse and rape by physicians, even dentists. On the other hand, a female patient will think twice about making a false accusation (and there are those kind of folks out there) with another female present.
    I think the reason there aren't male chaperones for female physicians and male patients is that its a lot harder for a female to force a male into sexual situations that he is not wanting to engage in. Due to just anatomy and to sheer physical strength. I know there are some women out there who could pick up a car but most aren't that strong.
    I've had my GYN now for 15 or more years. He didn't have a chaperone for several years although it was a large practice and many MA's available. Once he asked me if I needed a chaperone and I said 'No, if you act up I"ll kick you in the head.' The next year a chaperone came in unsummoned!!! I don't know if I upset him by my answer or if it was just a practice change.

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    Otessa likes this.

    These days, and this is just my humble opinion, companies value degrees. The higher the degree, the better. Even if you didn't know your own name, that string of letters behind your name would open a lot of doors.
    Since you are going to know quite a bit more than your own name, you will have more doors open to you and the BSN will be worth it. Just do it!!!

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    Skeletor and NeoPediRN like this.

    I have a 1996 Dodge Stratus. I get 500+ miles per tank of gas, which about covers what a weekly commute would be. How that factors out as mpg I don't know. I know I bought it in 2004 and it only had 44K miles on it. I've put 110,000 miles on it since then. And the only breakdowns I've had are when some ORIGINAL factory part finally wears out.
    If I had a lot of money I'd get a Smart car.
    One tip, if you have a long commute, and its into a larger city - keep your car dirty and ugly! If you have a nice shiny bright car, they will pull out in front of you 17 times a day - they know you will stop short to keep from ruining your ride! However if your car is a POS or looks like one, they will keep their distance.
    That's my two cents.

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    Oh heck no I'M NOT WORKING TIL 70!!!! Those donkeys in Congress can bite me! I had planned on retiring at 62 but since I developed so many health problems after 45, I guess I'll hold out for 65 so I can get Medicare. IF its still there......

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    If it were me, I would send the letter now and let them know you aren't coming back. They are probably wondering if you really are coming back if its been a long time. But thats my .


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