ProfRN4, MSN 16,951 Views
Joined Apr 5, '03.
ProfRN4 is a Staff Educator.
She has '22' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Pediatrics'.
Posts: 2,282 (23% Liked)
It sounds like what you want to hear is "with your training and education, you can get a job as a ________ ". Unfortunately, with nursing, it's not that easy. I've been there, many years ago, when I didn't pass NCLEX on the first try. Unless your program gave you specific certifications (like CNA), you're not technically considered "qualified" for any ancillary positions. One of the reasons being that all programs are different in what skills they require of their students (I.e., in my program we did not learn blood draws or venipuncture, so I was definitely not going to get hired to do that). After hitting many dead ends, I finally found work as a home attendant (through my fiends mother, who managed the agency). Even with that, I had to sit through a class (apparently passing nursing school wasn't enough to say I knew how to bathe and transfer patients).
Since I don't live in CA, I wouldn't pretend to advise you on what you can and can't do with your current skills set. I am generalizing based on what i went through, and what my graduates are currently going through. But I do live in another major city, and I know that RNs who have passed NLCEX are struggling to find work, so I would imagine that someone in your shoes in my area would struggle even more.
Regarding EMT, you have to be certified (at least where I am, you have to). nursing school training/experience is not transferable.
man, my job is so boring...
and this is why i can't stand old people- they force us all to live in the past, instead of realizing that society progresses and updating their views. also, there should be NO judgment of others -for purple hair or anything else- when you can't even wipe your own ass; they should just be grateful they're being taken care of and ****.
And of course whenever there was problem, it was always 'they need more training'. NOOOOOOO! They need more supervision and followup!
Well well well, one day later and this is where the thread has gone. Shocker
If you're question was a legitimate one, stemming from pure ignorance (not in an insulting way, but actually asking because you didn't know), this would have been a more constructive thread. Like when my mother asked me why I have to go back to school for my PhD. Of course, my mothers inquiry did not include a passive aggressive approach at insulting and degrading our profession.
One good thing..... the union will fight for you!!!
Night nurses might need to get home to get their kids off to school. Or their spouses need the car to get to work and the Night nurse is going to do child care all day while needing to sleep. Just sayin'.
The best nurse manager I've ever had was just a few years ago; I appreciated her because she LEFT US ALONE. By that I mean, she trusted us to manage our schedules after she put it out; if we needed to make a trade we did it and left her a note. She didn't have to "approve" it. If we got to work and the census was low and someone wanted to go back home, or leave in the middle of a shift, we let them; took turns. Didn't have to call to get approval. In fact, we tried to not take advantage of her generous staffing, and not ride the clock. We didn't have an endless stream of memos, emails, etc, about what we "couldn't" do, or "must" do, or need to "try harder" on. She seemed to stay in the background, and I learned later that much of her time was standing up for us in hospital board meetings, doctor meetings, and admin meetings. She always fought for good staffing. She had been a staff nurse. She staffed us well; and I don't ever remember having a request for time off denied. She didn't work on the floor very often, but if the ER went crazy she was there. We also didn't have "mandatory" meetings; I don't really remember many meetings at all. If there was some info that we needed to know she put a typed note in the break room so we would ALL eventually see it. Some would probably call her very "hands-off" or a "do-nothing" manager. I however, found it very refreshing, after 35 years of nursing and feeling like we staff were treated like junior high age people, that we were treated like professional adults. And I believe it caused us to rise to it, and we took care of many problems on our own.
This was in a very small rural hospital, and might not be possible in a large hospital.
A behavior plan? Some sort of contract that rewards positive behavior and takes privileges away when she does throw things? If she is cognizant enough to know what she is doing is wrong, this should work (but I'm no psych nurse )
The friend + child: Well, if you must say something, I would write her privately and express your concern in a way that shows you respect her and her mothering, and the child seems so happy and well-adjusted, but did his doctor say anything cuz you're concerned. This would have to be done very carefully and craftily, or you will lose a friend and no one will benefit.
As for CPS, IMO that's nuts. I have seen them rip families apart for a LOT less than overfeeding a child (which may even be happening because the child has a goofy metabolism, some condition, or God knows what else). To me, that's just a sad commentary on the state of our often hysterical society, and definitely not the route to go. But I could be wrong, of course.
Hi. Not sure if I am talking to a student or a current faculty member (but my answer really shouldn't change), so here goes!
I have seen it done three ways: No review at all, a group review immediately after the exam (under the same strict testing conditions- no writing, no getting up to get your phone/notes, not even a bathroom break before the review begins) and a one-on-one review by appointment (again, no pencils, phones, notes).
The common denominator in all situations is security. Schools and faculty are paranoid about the exams leaking. When the school I taught in did not review at all, students complained that they didn't really know what the answer was (and no rationale for their wrong answers). So we went back to a very strict review. Bottom line; no difference in overall outcomes (statistics of how man passed/failed, did better on the final, etc).
As an educator, I will say this: I hate reviews. They are incredibly stressful, emotional, students are scared, stressed, angry and some are downright nasty. While I understand the importance of the review (for the sake of the students' understanding of the questions/answers), I wish there was a way to make it for that, and not a fight for points.
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