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  • Sep 29 '08

    I came on here looking for advice. I didn't ask to be judged and left wanting in other nurses eyes.


    1.) I have met the OWNER and he is very comfortable with me taking the position as DON

    2.) He is willing to TEACH me and so is the Administrator. I have met the nurses in the field and they are very well versed on OASIS.

    3.) I wanted information on what to study so that I would have a leg up when I take over.

    4.) The requirements for the DON position are: At least 2 yrs experience as an RN, one of which must be in HH. Willingness to LEARN and take some of the pressure off the Adm. I have been an RN for almost 3 yrs and have worked in HH for over a yr.

    5.) I will also keep my other job and will be working 7 days a week caring for pts and working as DON.

    6.) I asked for help, so I can provide the best care I am able to. Instead I have been told that I have no business taking this position. I didn't ask if I was qualified for the job, I already KNOW i am. I wanted to share in my good news about the position. Instead, I have been told that the employees will hate me and that I should quit before I even start.

  • Sep 29 '08

    Good luck Karen...

    BTW.... All of us were without experience at some point.... we all have to be taught how to do our jobs.....

  • Sep 29 '08

    IMO, three attempts is more than enough. At the risk of further flames for voicing my opinion in a similar thread, the NCLEX determines minimum competency and if you're adequately prepared is NOT that difficult. Yes, it's stressful because a lot depends on your passing it, but it's doable obviously.

  • Sep 29 '08

    I made many of these same comments on another thread, nearly identical to this one, and I got flamed big time - and my, and other posts, were deleted.

    I agree, three strikes and your out. If you've taken the test once, then you should have a good idea of what it is like, therefore, it should be easier to anticipate it the second round and therefore improve. If that isn't what happens, then perhaps a career change may be in order.

    If I failed ACLS and PALS numerous times, I'd be out of a job!

    Sorry, but I agree with many of the posters. Perhaps changing her career to radiology tech ( they made more than we do) might be easier, and the majority of the credits would transfer.

    Good luck

  • Sep 29 '08

    Last I heard, you could take it as many times as you cared to pay for it. For some people, it's ALOT of times. Most I heard of was 7. And still didn't pass, just gave up finally.

    I guess I'll get flamed for this, but I think three strikes and you're out. If you can't pass a minimum competency test with three shots at it, you probably aren't suited for the game. Yeah, yeah, we all know about the bad test takers, test anxiety, etc. But it's not like it's the person's first test: how many final exams did it take to graduate nursing school? And if the anxiety of the test is enough to make you screw it up that badly, what would the anxiety of the RN's responsibilities do to you (and your patients??).

    Flame away.

  • Sep 24 '08

    Let me just say that I think you should do whatever you think is best for you and your family, however, I encourage you to REALLY look closely into vaccinations and your reasons vs risks for not having or delaying them- many diseases are on the rise over the past few years have increased such as pertussis and rubella- these are very serious illnesses that kill children. Just make sure you weigh your risk vs benefits.

    As for home births- yes, pregnancy is not an illness, if you have a "healthy" pregnancy and are brave enough to give birth at home- more power to you. There are some great midwives out there- although I would encourage you to choose a nurse midwife and not a lay midwife- big difference.

    As for co bedding......... and I cannot stress this enough.... DO NOT DO THIS!! I have seen too many babies end up in my ICU because of a co bedding accident. It is simply not worth it! You can bond just fine with your baby in their own bed! If it is convenience you are looking for, keep them in a bassinette next to your bed. This one I feel very strongly about--- JMO!!

    Good luck in nursing school!

  • Sep 24 '08

    Thank you for taking the time to do this, not only for your peace of mind, but also for the patients yet to come who have no idea what basic safety measures and standards of care their nurses should be following.

    Please let us know what you learn.

    Take care.

  • Sep 24 '08

    Quote from Zozo
    It takes a lot of time and immersion to learn a language. Unfortunately, people can't decide to wait until after they've gotten a good handle on English to need medical treatment. Also, wouldn't you want to understand what was going on if you were visiting a foreign country and needed care?

    I'm saying this from a standpoint of having a Spanish-speaking husband. There is always something that is difficult to communicate to each other, even after a couple years! Throw in a medical emergency and unfamiliar terminology and that's it.

    I agree that learning English should be a priority for those who wish to lead successful lives in the United States, but have some empathy. You only do it because "legally" you have to. . . I swear.
    If these patients were simply visiting on vacation, we would not have this attitude. Many of the Spanish-only patients I see here in Houston are crossing the border to have their babies here so that they will have the birthright of citizenship and be eligible for government assitance, etc. The mothers are typically here illegally.

    Some have been here a while but have not bothered to learn the language - heck, why?! We cater to them with bilingual this and that. I went to a award ceremony at my daughter's elementary school once. There was a translator repeating everything the speaker said in Spanish. Hellooooo - this is AMERICA. I'm tired of my tax dollars being abused.

    There are deeper issues here than a language barrier.

  • Sep 22 '08

    Our hospital has pre-printed discharge instructions in both English and Spanish. They are formated alike so we can fill in the blanks correctly even if we don't know Spanish. (ie. D/C weight, doc's phone #, etc.)

    Personally, I think we are enabling folks to avoid learning the language, but legally we have to be able to give them instructions.

  • Sep 22 '08

    Quote from mondkmondk
    My 14 mo. old had a stomach bug a couple days ago and had a lot of diarrhea...now his poor little tushy is as red as raw hamburger. I've been putting Desitin on it...but is there anything else I could do? It pains me to hear his screams while I'm touching it, wiping it, etc.

    Help!

    Blessings, Michelle
    I don't know if this constitutes as "medical advice" and if it's allowed....

    Air. Nothing but air. No lotions or more rubbing. Rinse him off with warm water and let him air dry on some towels on the floor, crib, whatever. If you want to put something on it, allow the skin to dry completely first.

  • Sep 21 '08

    I've never heard of that either. Most nurses don't mind students where I've ever been.

    Pushy, foot stomping 'You owe it to me 'cause I have to study so hard and pay tuition' student nurses really would annoy me big time. I would give them the cold shoulder if they acted that way with me.

    My primary concern while at work is the patients and their needs. I'm an advocate for the patient. The student nurse should respect that, above all. Sometimes, having to integrate a student nurse into the work day might be distracting.

  • Sep 21 '08
  • Sep 21 '08

    Quote from miarose
    I am a first semester student too. I'm sorry, but I do not think we should have to put up with "those" type of nurses. I pay very good money to go to school and learn, not to be harassed or put off by people in the hospital. We are gonna be there, we are gonna learn. I hate to sound harsh towards them but I am there to learn and get a grade. I am not going to get intimidated by some nurse who was once in my shoes.
    You and I would not get along. I don't care how much money you pay for school...guess what? been there, done that AND passed NCLEX.

    I happen to love to have students, however nothing in MY job description says I have to. I love to teach, demonstrate, encourage....students ASK for me. Funny thing, though, I've yet to have one with your attitude.

  • Sep 21 '08

    I agree, nursing students shouldn't cop an attitude that they are paying good money for school and will be the future staffing salvation for the hospital in which they are doing clinicals. That's putting the cart before the horse, in my opinion, and will probably go over like a ton of bricks with established nurses...

  • Sep 21 '08

    Quote from miarose
    news flash, dear...the floor nurses are not getting any of your "good money". they are already overworked, underpaid, and don't have time to pee on some shifts. i can see why you have a problem...and unless you change your attitude, its gonna get a whole lot worse.



    frankly, that is not my problem. as bortaz said above, i am a grown adult and i do not have to put up with being bullied by the rn's. my school is directly linked to the hospitals we are in. they hire 85-95% of our graduates. if they want the students that they hire to be knowledgable and prepared when they graduate, then i would hope that they had the opportunity to work in a clinical setting that was condusive to learning.
    wow.
    as someone who has recently been on both sides of this fence please remember that as first year students you are doing only the basic tasks so your cnas will be your best resource at this time. personally i have found students to be extra work, without extra pay btw, and while there are some that are excellent students there are also some that make my difficult job even harder. had one a few weeks ago that was asking for help with nursing diagnoses and after i finally came up with one that suited her she immediately said "now i need another one", sheesh.

    for those of you that feel entitled to certain things this will be a difficult experience for you and the staff that are unfortunate enough to have you on their unit. for those of you that are willing to take each experience as it comes, help where applicable, ask appropriate questions at appropriate times and basically act as the guests that you are on the unit you will benefit from most of your clinical experiences.


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