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klone, MSN, RN 62,906 Views

Joined Apr 2, '03 - from 'Oregon'. klone is a L&D. She has '10+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Women's Health/OB Leadership'. Posts: 10,909 (54% Liked) Likes: 25,842

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  • Oct 22

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    That could be the case, but there just aren't many super sick babies and when there are, they end up with the more senior nurses.

    I do like traveling as well and if I don't go to grad school next year, I will use some PTO to take a few international trips. Might as well!
    Travel! You will never regret the time and money you spent on travel, and you learn so much. You may never be in a position to travel again, so if you are now, take advantage.

    It is so cool to go to the movies and see places we've been (or might like to go.). We decided to go to Paris on an impulse after watching a Pierce Brosnan movie shot partially in Paris. We went in January, it was cheap and there were no lines. Best of all, the weather inside the museums was still great!

  • Oct 20

    You guys!! That sounds awesome! I love working with low income and at risk women and really making a difference. That is my HEART.

  • Oct 20

    Quote from ashleyisawesome
    I know you said no office, but lots of nurses I worked with have gone to work at the perinatal testing center. Not sure if you have something similar. It is where the MFM and Perinatologists see high risk pregnant women. The nurses there do stuff like NSTs, glucola tests, assists with amniocentesis and other in office procedures, and a lot of patient education.

    There is also Nurse Family Partnership. You do home visits with at risk first time moms (usually low income, teen parents, etc) while they are pregnant up until the kid is 2 years old and do stuff like education, making sure they are staying on track with their prenatal visits, eating right, etc.

    You could also look into being a IBCLC.

    If you want to get away from OB altogether you could work for an insurance company.

    The Nurse Family partnership? Is that exclusive to one state or is it a national program?

    @Quazar, I feel like you. I would like advance my career with a MSN, but in what I am not sure.

  • Oct 19

    When I knew I wanted to be a nurse the show ER Was new and I was intrigued. Then I worked as a tech on a post partum floor, so that was novel and appealing. Two hospitals later and I'd graduated while working on a medical/surgical ward. I was told I couldn't go to either specialty without experience.

    So I did med/surg and telemetry for years until I went to home health, hospice, and a urology clinic. More years later, I found myself back in the hospital environment.

    Long story short, after a few roles I entered the flex pool. All of a sudden, I was desired and wanted in the ED. So, I finally got my initial preference and I'm a better clinician than I would have been had I not learned from all the other disciplines and specialties I encountered.

    Moral of the story: take what you can get, learn everything you can, and if you're lucky, you might get what you want. With the right attitude you will see you get what you need.

  • Oct 19

    I'd suggest contacting a lawyer who specializes in Labor law.

    Good luck to you.

  • Oct 19

    Quote from VANurse2010
    Embarrassing? I suppose. But who doesn't have sexual conversations on at least some of their off time? Not saying every sexts (I don't), but pretty sure most of us have or have had plenty of explicit conversations on this topic at one point or another.
    That has nothing to do with whether or not one would be embarrassed for others to see and have intimate knowledge of one's sexual life. I'm not remotely ashamed to have a sex life with my husband, but YES, I would be very embarrassed for my private conversations and details to be known by coworkers or bosses! Professional life and my personal sex life should NEVER intersect imo!

  • Oct 19

    Quote from hherrn
    Don't just read the nurse practice act- Have a look at those who have lost their licenses, and what they did.
    This. In my state one lost her license for fondling the penis of a man with DD. Another lost his license after being convicted of a sexual relationship with a minor and registering as a sex offender.

    Not one lost it for sex talk with a consenting adult.

    What he tried to do again, is a form of sexual assault. He is using fear, manipulation, and coercion against you when you declined to continue a sexual relationship. Makes me crazy that someone could think that that behavior is okay.

  • Oct 19

    Not on company property and not a coworker?? OMG!! Tell him you are calling the police for harassment and intimidation. Seriously.

    And seriously, learn the rules of your license. It saddens me you don't and you actually think you could lose it over some idiot.

  • Oct 18

    I don't think they are trying to intentionally make you anxious or really pry into your personal life, they are just making conversation. We constantly have pregnant nurses on our unit and most of them are more than happy to discuss their pregnancy with their coworkers. If they were to say "Please stop asking about my pregnancy, it makes me uncomfortable." I would refrain from asking about it, but they won't know unless you say something.

    As far as the workload, my unit tends to "baby" our pregnant nurses. The charge nurses try to give them easier assignments if possible (but sometimes you can't predict an abruption or a cord prolapse!) The other staff nurses usually go out of their way to help them too if we know they are dealing with a difficult patient.

    Most of our nurses deliver on our unit. I know I will whenever I get pregnant. I want to be taken care of by people I know care about my well being (not that other nurses wouldn't), and to have my work friends there to support me if things don't go as planned. Plus I know which nurses and doctors/residents to avoid. We usually let our nurses pick their nurse if possible and if a "scary" resident is on we let them know so they can request "no residents". Not to mention, if I go into labor at work, I am already in the right place!

  • Oct 18

    Hi there! I see this is your first post; if you're new to the site, you may not realize that there are specialty forums where you may find some interesting existing posts to read through and where you can post threads directed at others in your specialty. For yours, there is an OB/GYN forum and you can find it here. Reading through old posts may be helpful (I found it was when I started in my specialty). In any event, congrats and good luck with your new position.

  • Oct 17

    Hmm. Well, I went through both of my pregnancies as a seasoned L&D nurse, and delivered where I work, had crash sections and marathon pushing sessions and pushing and hauling beds and patients and all that fun stuff, plus preterm labor both times. I honestly didn't feel put off by people asking me about my pregnancy, especially the technical questions (AFI, weeks gestation, etc), because well....that's the business.

    I mean, to each her own and stuff, and obviously you're a very private person which is not a personality flaw at all. Your coworkers probably just don't get that, and as L&D nurses, quite frankly, we're used to being all up in people's private business. Sometimes people don't recognize that not EVERYONE is like that, though, and need gentle reminders.

    Yes, it's hard to be heavily pregnant and be a nurse, and yes, L&D is extremely physical work and really hard to do the more pregnant you get. Just try to take breaks when you can, and remember: you need to ASK for help if you need it. Don't wait for it to be offered, ASK. As for them asking you questions you'd rather not answer, just say politely, "I'm a really private person, and I'd rather not discuss those details. I do appreciate your concern as a friend, though, and everything is going well with both me and the baby," or something to that effect. If people get their feathers ruffled after that, oh well, too bad, they can deal with it, they're big girls.

    Congratulations on your impending birth, and I hope you have a safe delivery and a healthy baby (and mom)!

  • Oct 16

    I've never heard of nursing programs giving credit for nurse externships. One thing to keep in mind is that UTTyler is part of a system, and they may have a system wide policy about things such as that. So, even if someone at UTT thought it was a great idea but the system had a policy that didn't support that, it wouldn't matter. Also, it's possible that accreditation agencies won't give credit to nursing programs for student hours if they accept this type of thing. Students have to have "x" numbers of hours of clinical--under the auspice of the nursing program--in order for them to maintain their accreditation and BON approval, and for students to graduate.

  • Oct 16

    aren't the docs supposed to talk to the patient and mark the part to be removed, themselves?

  • Oct 16

    Quote from WKShadowRN
    I like the way you brain.
    Really? I find his posts to be grandiloquent, sesquipedalian, verbose, pretentious, bombastic, florid, turgid, orotund, and pedantic. But ironically, they contain errors of syntax, for all their magniloquence.

  • Oct 16

    Quote from Workitinurfava
    I admire her will to want to be a nurse and not really be a nurse. Too bad she didn't do it the right way.
    Really? You admire her will to want to be a nurse? There is nothing admirable about what she did.