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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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    Quote from psu_213
    Well, I believe that their are EDs that are that bad.
    Also, I honestly believe your story involving your dtr (and I know that when I get a migraine, I can't take any PO meds or else I will throw them back up)....and this is more of a comment in general, not really a response to that situation...anyway, why is it that an ED must give IV narcotics or it did not do its job?
    Oh, no we didn't mind it was a non-narc, that wasn't the point. Just pointing out that the second ER did all they thought they could do and did it quickly and non-judgementally, and that the new meds were given as a follow up. I always tell the ER for myself, I don't care what you give me as long as I stop hurting. If it works, I don't care if its a placebo-- just hand it over!!!

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    MaudKennedy likes this.

    All I have to say is This:

    I believe her.

    There are hospitals that bad.
    I live two blocks from one.
    I ROUTINELY drive over an hour to the next decent one for ANY and EVERY thing.

    This hospital in my neighborhood?
    Kept my son in law in an open, unrestricted access room for over a week about nine years ago. Finally the day they discharged him, told him he had SARS. Now, granted he had been travelling and had been in the right place at the right time to get SARS. But to not keep him in isolation? Ever? To casually mention that on the day of discharge? Really?

    My dtr went to this same ER with a 3 day migraine. (This was just last year). The doc told her that because she was "too heavy, it makes your troat (sic) small. You not breathe well because of small troat (sic) and make your head hurt. Breathe deep, exercise, take Tylenol, you feel better." Not making fun of his accent or broken English, just stating the facts of what he said - yes I was there with her.
    Took her to that ER an hour away? She got a ct scan, Morphine and Demerol, rest in a darkened room, careful, attentive care by concerned professionals and a non-narcotic pain reliever to take home.

    There really are hospitals and ERs as bad as the one the OP presents. I have lived it and seen it. And feel bad for people who are stuck going there. My other DD worked there prn for a few months - she said she was scared for her license every time she walked in the door.

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    CCL RN, ChristaRN, bratandtoadsmom, and 22 others like this.

    Twenty five years ago, the patients and their families respected the nurses. They treated us with respect, and nobody pitched a screaming fit at the nurse because their significant other couldn't sleep in the bed with them, or because they weren't allowed to have 17 cackling visitors at once. If the nurse said, "Excuse me, I need you to leave the room", by golly, they LEFT THE ROOM!!!!

    People were sick and wanted to get well, so for the most part they listened when the nurse/doc said "Do this and this and NOT that and that." They took their meds, let you change their dressing, and did not demand you stop in the middle of a code to go get Aunt Betty (NOT the patient, BTW) a Coke!!!

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    I have been a nurse 26 1/2 years and in all that time, only the last 8 years have I had insurance thru my employer. The rest of the time I got it thru my husband or we went without and prayed nobody needed care. I had jobs that offered insurance, BUT the cost was prohibitive and the policy was minimal.

    I did have a job in the eighties, where we got our lab work done for free, and the medical director was glad to treat us for minor things at work AND he always asked what we could afford before he prescribed. Those days are long long gone and not coming back........

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    brandy1017, laKrugRN, Nurse Leigh, and 51 others like this.

    But I read one more post where people say they aren't into nursing for the money, I am going to scream.
    Seriously? Is anyone THAT naive?
    NOBODY does work for free, out of the love of their hearts, unless they're independently wealthy and need something to do, giving back to their fellow man and all that.
    All these people who are horrified at those who do nursing or doctoring or lawyering or any other profession for the money -- really??? And you personally would do it for free because you love your fellow man so much?

    Don't get me wrong. I'm all for helping one's fellow human along their road of suffering and trying to help them as we are able, I've done it for years. But I would not do all the down and dirty work of nursing for someone I didn't personally love or respect for free. And when they say they're not in it for the money, that's what it implies to me, that they'd do it for nothing if they had to.

    Anyone with an ounce of sense in their head picks a career that they have interest in AND pays enough to live on!!!!! You don't see lines forming to dig ditches for free. BUT.... a lot of people are taking up technology type jobs - interesting, not dirty and they pay decently.
    Maybe I just didn't get enough caffeine this morning, but I read several posts in a couple different threads about how the money didn't mean a thing to them and it makes my brains curdle!! Horse freakin' feathers!!!!!!!!
    (And no I'm not in financial difficulties and yes I make decent money).

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    tsalagicara likes this.

    Even if you weren't pregnant, the not getting paid in a timely manner would be reason enough for me to RUN away. That would certainly be an acceptable answer to the interview question "Why are you leaving your current job?" "They are two months behind on paying us!"
    Secondly, get out of there away from the weirdoes who threaten violence. Even if nothing comes of it, that's a lot of stress on you during your pregnancy.
    Look for another job NOW.

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    "Borrowing" meds is commonplace in nursing homes. Wrong? Yeah. Does it deter anyone from doing it? No.
    I've worked in many a nursing home in my day, four of them as a regular employee, heaven only knows how many I worked in as agency. Out of all of them only ONE wasn't this way, and it was all private pay and pretty ritzy.

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    SandraCVRN likes this.

    Quote from steelydanfan
    AORN is an organization for professional Operative Nurses. If you want to join, go out and get your RN.
    DANG!!! Grumpy, aren't we? Who peed in your Wheaties this morning????

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    I have no advice for you, but congrats on the new job! Sounds like a nice change of pace - best of luck to you!!

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    One word: WON - DER - FUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I am a healthy 50 year old with diabetes and asthma and I have never gotten a flu shot, nor do I intend to. And I have not been carried into the ER with flu. I did get a pneumonia shot - although even then I got pneumonia over the 4th of July this past summer anyway, months and months after the pneumonia shot.
    I do not have any faith in the flu shot, and I do not care how much you rebut my thinking, I have seen more people die from the flu shot than I have the flu. That is my personal experience, maybe I just have had a strange and different experience from the majority of you, but that's how I've seen it.
    I did not let my 85 year old grandmother with COPD ever get it either. And no, she did not die of the flu.

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    "I don't know why but what you say about 'hiding the pay scale' is becoming the new thing at some places. You'd think it was a matter of national security.
    I hope to find out why its being done, because I can't figure why."

    BECAUSE.....
    they want to get you wanting the job right now, thinking you're going to get hired and you have to have money, right?
    Then at the last minute, whoever it is in charge of that little fact throws out less than you anticipated, but you take it because you need it!!!
    That may not ALWAYS be the scenario, but I've sure seen it often enough. And its related to that lovely corporate rule "Don't discuss your salary." Why, because you may find out that Nancy Nurse who has half your experience and no common sense knows how to bargain and makes $10K more than you.

    Maybe I'm just cynical........

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    mustlovepoodles and Otessa like this.

    Quote from Horseshoe
    Agree with above about the nasty attitude. If my child is a patient in the hospital, you can bet I'm worried about Nancy the nurse getting her relief-someone working double or triple shifts is NOT safe to give care, and that means my loved one is especially not safe.
    I understand about wanting a rested nurse to care for your loved ones.
    That said, however, I think the OP was coming from my personal point of view, which is:

    Once you've risked your own life & expensive (or even inexpensive) vehicle in dreadful weather, wrecked and sat in the cold and the wet, OR even if the facility sends a big truck to get you, then won't give you food/sleeping quarters or a ride home, THEN one begins to say, "Hmmmm. I see just how they are."
    And then you DON'T want to risk your life/health/vehicle for a greedy corporation. THEN it becomes personal to you, and not in a good way.

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    TDCHIM, GHGoonette, annister, and 1 other like this.

    Speaking of ironically being a nurse without healthcare, I have been a nurse 26 years and only for the last six years have I had employer provided insurance that was both A. Worth the money it cost and B. actually paid on my health bills. When I first started nursing, the doctors would treat us at work, write Rxs for free and the lab did our labs for free. By the late 80's that was over. Now its pay up or do without.:uhoh21:

    And the fact that CMs and/or nurses even bring up the patient's financial status is horrible. The only time that should come into play is when there are expensive treatments that the patient cannot afford, and they look into resources for them.
    "Giggling with delight" when a self-pay (or unable - to - pay) patient leaves AMA makes me feel ill. "Yeah, boy!!! There you go!!! She ticked him off and out he goes, maybe home to die, but man she saved the hospital X amount of money by getting rid of him!! " (Dripping sarcasm.) :smackingf

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    ElvishDNP likes this.

    This was a great post. I had two early miscarriages years and years ago ('76 and '85), but on the anniversary dates every year I remember them and wonder what would have been. My first grandchild was stillborn at five months, and the nurses took lots of photos of him, wrapped him up pretty for the kids to hold and took photos of them together. My son has the photos with him of course, but I made copies of one and have it on my bookshelf with photos of my other newborn grandbabies. I think of him every December and grieve for him - he would have been 8 years old if he could have lived.

    OP, I'm sorry for your loss and pray everything works out better for you this time.


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