nursetaminator, RN (2,941 Views)
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Pts don't remeber the name or doses or frequency of their BP meds, cardiac meds, necessary supplements, or anti coags. But when it comes to their sleeping pills, pain pills, or sedatives, they know the name, dose, and how often they take it. When they are close to discharge, and the route is changed from IV to PO in prep for going home, at least half my pts become upset by the change and request one more dose IV. At this point, I don't give a flying fig, so I ask for a one-time dose to make my job easier, and that's exactly what I say to the prescribing resident.
in my short career, I have learned that I can't care more about a pts well-being than they can care for themselves. It's not a "good fight" I'm gonna win, so I refuse to fight it.
No standard there but a day is good business for all the involved parties. Really, you shouldn't interview unless you are already 90% sure you will take it.
The agency cannot go to bat for you and you need to understand their perspective. The hospital is their client not you. The agency has no control over your work or your workplace. Your recruiter is in sales and has no clinical training. You are the professional here and only you can impact your practice. If the charge nurse is unresponsive and you cannot practice safely, then you need to move up the chain of command to the manager. I do know you are clinically capable of doing this job as were other travelers before you. The main obstacle is yourself. Yes, this clearly wasn't the best first assignment for you and the staff may well be jerks. The recruiter is also at fault here for placing you in a bad first assignment even if you pushed for this particular assignment. It is up to you to restore your professionalism and make the best of it. It is only three months and it will get better if it can be completed. There is a good chance it won't if the agency upsets the hospital.
Yes but if I am missing facility specific things, I hear the other nurses talking about me, but no one ever mentions it to my face. I ask for help or where something is on my third shift and get told that I should already know. I had a migraine the last two shifts the entire time, and this morning threw up just thinking about going to work so I called off.
I know that breaking a contract is a huge black mark on myself & my travel company, but I can't do this for 11 more weeks.
You will be OK! It was hard for me to let go of what apparently is a little streak of perfectionism (my co-workers at my last permanent job are shaking with laughter right now). I hate making mistakes and I hate leaving anything undone. When I could remind myself to let go, being a traveler was a lot less stressful. This isn't like a permanent job where you have to learn this stuff because you're going to be using it for two years, teaching others, etc. All they expect is for you to take good care of the patients, ask when you need help, and otherwise, do the best you can. The expectations are different--repeat that to yourself as needed. You are never going to know all the little ins and outs of this unit or this hospital. Let that go. On my last shift I am still asking people where a piece of equipment is or whether I need to call a doctor (per protocol--obviously from a clinical standpoint I know when I need to call a doctor). And if the staff isn't very nice about answering questions or about the little things in the charting you didn't even know you were supposed to do and think you're the dumbest nurse they've ever come across? They won't, because you haven't killed anyone, but even if they do--big deal! You're never going to see any of them again. You probably don't even need a reference from them.
The role of a travel nurse isn't just to be a staff nurse for thirteen weeks at a time. It's actually a different role. Perhaps it would help to think of a substitute teacher. No one expects a substitute teacher to come up with lesson plans or write tests or make up classroom rules--she's just there to keep things going while there's a need.
Good luck! It's only going to get better from here.
I don' think it is NETY....Some people just don't know how to behave. If you forgot something the professional thing to do would be to tell you the next time you worked.
My approach...Hey...the other day when you gave me report on the patient that was a pain in room 2. There were some things I noticed that you need to do ....I know how overwhelming being a new nurse can be. I finished them up but I want you to know so that we can work on you becoming more and more independent. Here is how I handle these situations.
Some people love to complain and have no people skills. ((HUGS))
I am sure it may be a panel or atleast 2 people, director and clinical coordinator. What is a career portfolio. My goodness it sounds interesting and a great idea. What goes in it, how long should it be?
Could you clarify exactly what it is you’re trying to say?
Anticholinergics inhibit nerve impulse activity of the parasympathetic nervous system. If you remember your A&P, the PNS acts on digestion, urination, salivation and lacrimation. PNS 'rest and digest' which is opposite of sympathetic 'fight or flight.'
An ex. of their use may be bladder spasms. Major common side effects are that they dry you up because they inhibit the PNS. So the way that I learned to remember it was:
Maybe not the most professional rhyme, but it helped me numerous times on my nursing school exams. Hope this helps.
It is really difficult to compare staff pay with travel pay and it often depends on where you are staff for whether you can really make a financial case for it. In terms of total compensation per hour, most contract pay between $40 and $50 an hour which is 80 to 100K per year for minimum weekly hours. But this doesn't tell the whole story as it doesn't include tax benefits which can increase your bankable pay substantially beyond staff pay of a similar gross amount. However, the benefits of being staff with good insurance, vacations, holiday pay, education and sick pay does add 20 to 30 percent to staff pay (at least from HR's perspective). If you are in fact making between $40 and $50 an hour as staff, then you may have a difficult time doing the math on paper. For nurses from the south (where most travelers come from), it is easy.
Some travelers working rapid response jobs working 48 hours plus can actually make over $200,000 a year, but this is far from the norm and usually requires a lot of hard work at crappy hospitals. I think of most travelers working normal contracts and not taking time between assignments as making on average 80 to 100K gross, but more take home with tax benefits. Some new travelers do much worse as they spend as if they are on vacation. To do better in savings, you have to be disciplined, especially with housing. Lots of no cost or low cost ways to enjoy new locations. I do a lot of exploring by bicycle myself.
Things are really different going from staff to travel. For myself, I went from 3 years as staff in Baltimore to travel and there was no comparison. In 3 years, I just saved enough to buy a good used car ($2,000 in 1995) and started traveling broke. And I am super thrifty but housing ate up too much. My first several assignments paid within a couple dollars an hour of my staff job, but with housing and per diem I started saving 80 percent of what I made. Some 18 years later, I've paid for a house cash and have enough banked to retire modestly.
There are tons of individual variables, specialty, ability to adapt, people skills, family, health, and desire. The last is the most important. Basically if you do anything just for the money, you are not going to be happy. If you have wanderlust, or truly want to improve or maintain professionally and not get in a rut, these are the best reasons to travel. Don't do it for the money, if you have a good staff job with a decent pay to housing cost, you may well do better financially to stay put.
Too much thought about number crunching and you will never do it. You will have to try it to see if it works for you personally, professionally, and financially.
There are days when I walk out the door so proud of what I do, and days like today I come out completely exhausted ...I've been running like a chicken with its head cut off from the moment I got report to the very moment I gave report. I also had to stay 1.5 hrs behind to catch up with charting. Sometimes I wish the pace wasnt so fast. Moments where my heart isn't racing either. :-)
Start with paid housing, travel, and meals. Would you believe the agency also pays for every hour you work?
Best deal since high school with paid everything, an allowance, and keys to the family car! And no parents to cramp your style.
It is do-able..yes. It is right, no but you will get better, faster and more efficient. You will get better at time management, delegation and dealing with families more effective. The first 6 months will be the worst time, it will be a huge learning curve for you. You will make mistakes, you will miss things BUT every mistake is a lesson learned and next time, you won't forget When in trouble, ask for help, not sure what to do, ask. I promise, you will get better and if after a few months, you feel this is not safe; find a new job with a lesser ratio.
My first 3 months were hell, by 6 months I was getting pretty good at keeping it together and by a year I had a real understanding of what I was doing and how to manage it all. This takes time, don't be too hard on yourself.
Also nothing wrong with asking for more orientation time if you feel you are not ready to deal on your own, but just keep in mind, your NM may not feel the same way.
My facility has recently instituted a new policy that ambien may only be prescribed/given in doses =<5mg; even with a doctors order for 10mg; even if the patient's home dose is 10mg. I'm wondering if anyone else's facility is doing this, and what are your thoughts on it?
I too think it's very dangerous! I mean, a drug that makes someone confess to a murder they didn't commit? Or makes another punch a cop right in the face? There are so many stories re: Ambien that I don't know HOW the FDA still approves it..
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