RN1263 (3,871 Views)
Joined Mar 19, '03.
Posts: 487 (13% Liked)
Boy I just had hospital orientation today, haven't worked in a hospital in a while. And they shoved those surveys down our throats! I wanted to puke it back up!
I think discrimination against anyone is wrong, unless what you are doing is illegal of course. I'm not overweight, but I am a smoker who is trying to quit. Haven't smoked in 2 weeks. I agree that smoking and being overweight is unhealthy, but to deny employment for these reasons is discrimination and I hope the laws are changed to include these and other issues.
I recently was looking for a new job and 2 out of 3 hospitals systems in my area do not hire smokers, even if it's nicotine replacement therapy you are using. So, I did get employment at the hospital system that is non smoking on there grounds, but smoking doesn't prevent you from getting the job. However, they do test you for nicotine and if you test positive you pay a higher premium for insurance. So, perhaps someone who is obese should pay a bit higher insurance premium, but not be excluded from employment. I really don't agree with anyone paying higher premiums, but it's better then not getting the job at all.
One of my nursing instructors was a very large lady...probably 300lbs easy, possibly more. However, she physically could do everything she needed to do and then some. She had already had one bariatric surgery and obviously it didn't work long term. She was a great teacher and I couldn't imagine her being denied a job in nursing because of a high BMI. I think when you put a face and name to this topic it changes how you feel about it.
It's ridiculous! Even in home health care families can and do treat you like poo and your suppose to smile and take it and mind you, you are in "their" homes, very uncomfortable! That's just one of the many reasons why I got a new job! I start this next week and I will have little patient contact!!! Good thing too cuz I was on the verge of telling some of these people they could eat sh*t.....
I know I have to stop complaining and just do my job.
Do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. My husband wants me to get a job that has no homework. Had a nurse quit was a hospice nurse and just could not deal with the many visits per day and all the paperwork. AHHHHHH. Sending resumes out yet again. Now to try to get some rest to start all over again.
Today is the last day of my field home health RN position and I couldn't be frinkin' happier! After almost 5 years of late night charting, weekend work, nasty homes, ect.....I'm OUT! And if you are with a busy company NO it doesn't get better, the better you time manage the more work gets dumped on you. At least that's what I have experienced, can't speak to all HHA of course.
I will still be in home health but doing referrals out of a hospital with very little patient contact and no management responsibilities...yey!
I went back to have my TB read and they couldn't find my chart....it was in the medical directors office. She came out to get me to have a "chat". After hearing what I had to say she signed off so I could pass my physical even though I had a maniac episode 6 mos ago. So, guess it depends on the medical director, but I was relieved to not have to jump thru another hoop. Not that my psychiatrist wouldn't give me the letter if they wanted, but I just didn't want to deal with it.... Thanks for the reply
Hi, I'm an RN with Bipolar disorder. I had a pre-employment physical yesterday and the MD stated she "might" put my file on the medical directors desk for review. How do I know if I passed or if they will need a letter from my psychiatrist? Should I call them? or wait to see if anything comes of it? ....I didn't hear anything today and am feeling anxious!
I don't know if you've found employment yet, but I have had MS for 20 yrs, since I was 21 and I'm 41 now. This is what I wound do in your situation. I would say that you took FMLA for a "family issue" that took awhile until it was "resolved" leading your employer with no choice but to fill the position. You can say that the issue was resolved awhile ago but you chose to take a break from working, but are now raring to go!
So sorry you went through all that for nothing.... What test did they have for knowledge and psych? ...just curious?
OMG....I'm in shock! What the HELL... That is ridiculous and I'm outraged they can do that....period! What did they tell you? that you didn't try to throw out your neck or back enough? Geessss
11-15 patients???? how long are your days? Sorry but that load is ridiculous in my opinion.
I have charting almost every night! and I've been doing intermittent HH visits for 4 1/2 yrs., the problem is once the higher ups know you can handle a lot, then you get a LOT or I do. It doesn't stop, unless the agency slows down for whatever reason. I want to work an actual shift when I know within a 1/2 hr or so that I WILL BE OFF WORK. I'm burnt out! The grass is not always greener is all I can say.
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