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  • Sep 20

    I see the value in this article, but, "When you work for an organization, you not only represent them while you are working, but outside of work as well."

    Um, no. Just no. I am an employee not a slave. Our corporate overlords don't own us outright.

  • Sep 16

    Nope. Tedious, not hard

  • Aug 26

    I see the value in this article, but, "When you work for an organization, you not only represent them while you are working, but outside of work as well."

    Um, no. Just no. I am an employee not a slave. Our corporate overlords don't own us outright.

  • Aug 20

    Quote from BostonFNP
    In turn I resent your attitude that you consider yourself more important than your patients and the profession.
    Good lord what an obnoxious comment. You do realize people cannot take care of others without taking care of themselves first, right?

  • Aug 20

    Quote from TiffyRN
    Ok, this I don't hear from a lot of the ADN as entry level defenders. For the most part, I hear arguments that the studies are flawed. Sadly, this is from a group that is (by and large) not versed in the intricacies of research. This sounds sad.

    What you, MunoRN are contending is worthy of attention. For myself, as as 1992 ADN graduate, I had little to no theory, NO research, virtually no community nursing (oh, we had to attend ONE AA meeting). These are the aspects I found greatly deepened my nursing knowledge in the last couple of years and I am sad that people are fighting so hard against it.
    Sorry in advance but my first reaction to this was what kind of BS ADN program did you attend? I went to a community college and the curriculum included theory, research, and community/public health. I found out when I tried to join the military that the program wasn't even NLN accredited. I went back to school, to an RN to BSN program at an accredited state university, and it was a joke. Basically a complete rehash of everything I had already learned in my ADN program.

    I never took physics, never took organic chemistry, and I have a Masters degree now. This degree (from the same accredited state university) did not even require pharmacology or pathophysiology. I am failing to see how all of this advanced education improves my life or the care I provide.

    The BSN and MSN did, however, add up to one hundred thousand dollars in student loans. My job prospects are no better, I actually had to take a $10/hr pay cut to work at one of the small rural hospitals mentioned above. And oh boy did the teeth come out. The only difference I noticed between me and the ADN nurses working there was that I was not content to be screamed at by the hospitals only surgeon, and that I was not content to be manually entering vitals on their antiquated EHR.

    I did nd a job that is paying extra because I have a BSN, but that is becaue they are trying to become Magnet and need BSN prepared nurses with certifications in order to do so.

    Also the pay rates I am seeing posted here are abominable. I have ten years of experience. The range here for my experience level is a low of $37/hr (at the small rural hospital, non-union & non-profit) to $53/hr (level 2 trauma, union, for-profit) with an average of about $46/hr. I can't imagine doing this job for less than $40/hr. It's not worth it.

  • Apr 26

    Always bring your penis.

    Quote from Natkat
    i saw an interesting phenomenon take place during clinicals. Several of my classmates were assigned to the same floor at various times. In other words, the staff on that floor had an opportunity to work with just about all of us. One day at post-comference two of my male classmates gloated about how the staff told them that they would be guaranteed jobs after graduation. Me and my female classmates looked at each other with surprise. Nobody ever told us we were guaranteed jobs after graduation. I don't have empirical evidence but I have anecdotal evidence that there was some gender bias going on there. I made a mental note to be sure and bring my penis with me to clinicals next time.

  • Apr 24
  • Apr 15

    FYI that ring on your finger ain't no chain. Slavery is outlawed in this country. He can support his own self

  • Apr 14

    It's antiintellectuallism. Nurses are supposed to be good little worker bees who do what they're told and don't think. Thinking people rock the boat.

    Quote from KindaBack
    Nursing is the only profession I'm aware of in which many people claim that less formal education is superior and that mediocre students are preferred.

  • Apr 14

    Quote from SC_RNDude
    I think you missed the point. Maybe "unnecessary tasks" wasn't the best way to put it.

    To make up for having to employ more nurses, they may employ fewer non-nurses. Nurses may find themselves doing more CNA tasks, transporting patients, cleaning, stocking, etc.
    I have been a nurse in California since before there were ratios. What you are suggesting did not happen here after ratios were passed (in 2004) and fully implemented (in 2008).

  • Apr 14

    Quote from NOADLS
    I do not believe in mandated ratios unless those ratios have strict parameters.

    If you have less patients, the place of employment would likely pile up more unnecessary tasks for you.

    Less patients per nurse = more nurses hired and CNAs get cut, resulting in us ending up with the dirty work.
    Not true. Ratios are working in California

  • Apr 12

    Quote from herring_RN
    Here is a news article that includes the rally:
    MultiBrief: Nurses plan DC rally to promote proper staffing

    Here is the Senate bill:
    Text - S.864 - 114th Congress (215-216): National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    The organizers of the rally promote a House bill that does NOT include specific numerical minimum ratios. It only requires a committee. I thinkn it would be a waste of time working for this legislation:
    Text - H.R.1821 - 113th Congress (213-214): Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 213 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    I think this House Bill is worth working for:
    Text - H.R.162 - 114th Congress (215-216): Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 215 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    Sorry you are incorrect. The organizers of the rally are promoting two bills, S.864 and HR 1602. They specify numerical minimum ratios by unit.

    (b)Minimum direct care registered nurse-to-Patient ratios
    (1)In general
    Except as otherwise provided in this section, a hospital’s staffing plan shall provide that, at all times during each shift within a unit of the hospital, a direct care registered nurse shall be assigned to not more than the following number of patients in that unit, subject to paragraph (4):
    (A)One patient in trauma emergency units. (B)One patient in operating room units, provided that a minimum of 1 additional person serves as a scrub assistant in such unit.
    (C)Two patients in critical care units, including neonatal intensive care units, emergency critical care and intensive care units, labor and delivery units, coronary care units, acute respiratory care units, postanesthesia units, and burn units. (D)Three patients in emergency room units, stepdown units, pediatrics units, telemetry units, antepartum units, and combined labor, delivery, and postpartum units. (E)Four patients in medical-surgical units, intermediate care nursery units, psychiatric units, and other specialty care units. (F)Five patients in rehabilitation units, and skilled nursing units. (G) Six patients in well-baby nursery units and postpartum (3 couplets) units.

    The text of the bills can be found here:

    National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act (S. 864) - GovTrack.us

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr1602


  • Apr 12

    Quote from herring_RN
    Here is a news article that includes the rally:
    MultiBrief: Nurses plan DC rally to promote proper staffing

    Here is the Senate bill:
    Text - S.864 - 114th Congress (215-216): National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    The organizers of the rally promote a House bill that does NOT include specific numerical minimum ratios. It only requires a committee. I thinkn it would be a waste of time working for this legislation:
    Text - H.R.1821 - 113th Congress (213-214): Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 213 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    I think this House Bill is worth working for:
    Text - H.R.162 - 114th Congress (215-216): Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 215 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

    Sorry you are incorrect. The organizers of the rally are promoting two bills, S.864 and HR 1602. They specify numerical minimum ratios by unit.

    (b)Minimum direct care registered nurse-to-Patient ratios
    (1)In general
    Except as otherwise provided in this section, a hospital’s staffing plan shall provide that, at all times during each shift within a unit of the hospital, a direct care registered nurse shall be assigned to not more than the following number of patients in that unit, subject to paragraph (4):
    (A)One patient in trauma emergency units. (B)One patient in operating room units, provided that a minimum of 1 additional person serves as a scrub assistant in such unit.
    (C)Two patients in critical care units, including neonatal intensive care units, emergency critical care and intensive care units, labor and delivery units, coronary care units, acute respiratory care units, postanesthesia units, and burn units. (D)Three patients in emergency room units, stepdown units, pediatrics units, telemetry units, antepartum units, and combined labor, delivery, and postpartum units. (E)Four patients in medical-surgical units, intermediate care nursery units, psychiatric units, and other specialty care units. (F)Five patients in rehabilitation units, and skilled nursing units. (G) Six patients in well-baby nursery units and postpartum (3 couplets) units.

    The text of the bills can be found here:

    National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act (S. 864) - GovTrack.us

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr1602


  • Apr 12

    Quote from MunoRN
    It's not actually a rally for national patient ratios, it's just for ratios within the District of Columbia. I'm all for legally mandated workload limits for nurses, but I don't think simple ratios are the best way to do it. While it's great to be limited to 4 patients to one nurse on a tele unit for instance, it doesn't really help if you have no UC, no CNA's, no housekeeping, you have to prepare the patient's meals, etc.

    The DC rally is for national nurse to patient ratios. I have been a part of this initiative since it began.

  • Apr 12

    Quote from SC_RNDude
    I think you missed the point. Maybe "unnecessary tasks" wasn't the best way to put it.

    To make up for having to employ more nurses, they may employ fewer non-nurses. Nurses may find themselves doing more CNA tasks, transporting patients, cleaning, stocking, etc.
    I have been a nurse in California since before there were ratios. What you are suggesting did not happen here after ratios were passed (in 2004) and fully implemented (in 2008).


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