Latest Comments by ProfRN4

Latest Comments by ProfRN4

ProfRN4, MSN 14,297 Views

Joined Apr 5, '03. ProfRN4 is a nursing professor. She has '20+' year(s) of experience. Posts: 2,253 (22% Liked) Likes: 1,331

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    Quote from Aliens05
    Guess i dont remember asking for any opinions on an easy job...low stress doesnt mean easy....
    Essentially, these terms are interchangeable for many of us seasoned nurses. I imagine they may not always be, but if a job is low stress, it is easier for one to get up every day and do it. However, some people just don't stress as easy as others; their job/specialty may be difficult, but they do not stress over it. When I worked in Peds Oncology, it was a difficult job; I did not find it stressful. I am a Professor now, and I find it incredibly stressful (while many would not consider what I do hard, because many think we do nothing ). But the stress surrounding my workplace has made me really dislike what I do.

    I know you are a student, but how far along are you? Have you observed the nurses you encounter in clinicals? What is your perception of what they do, and do you find it to be stressful?

    Also, I wonder how old you might be (roughly). Are you beginning your adulthood, and is nursing your first career? I am well into my nursing career (20+ years) and I feel the way the Commuter does (as per your paraphrasing). But again, I've been at this for more than half my life now. I'm tired. When was a new, young nurse, I was up for the challenge, wanting to work where the action was. I hate generalizing about generations (because not all fall into that category), but if you are at the beginning of your professional life, you are not going to realistically achieve that balance, while making a ton of money. You need to put in your dues (this is true in any profession you choose). While no one wants stress, you should want to get out there and be the best nurse you could be. With almost every promotion, raise up the clinical ladder an increase in salary, comes and increase in responsibility. If a Master's or Doctoral degree is required, more is required of the position (and in some cases, there is no significant increase in salary). There are many nurses out there who have given up higher paying jobs as a trade off to a more manageable lifestyle (either for their own mental being, or to balance working and having a family). Then, there are others who do not, because they cannot afford the pay cut (many a night nurse would love to work days, but cannot afford to lose that differential).

    And, as many have already said, the 'cushy' jobs are cushy because the nurses are seasoned enough to know how to do the job. Jobs that a new nurse could never handle, nor would be hired to without significant experience.

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    Quote from djh123
    And don't forget vomit ... that uh, comes up once in a while too, so to speak. :^)
    And THAT often comes without warning, so it's everyone's job!!

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    Thanks llg! I sent you a PM

    It seems that the structure/organization of faculty responsibilities is quite different in the online world!

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    bsyrn, JennyMac, MrNurse(x2), and 4 others like this.

    Bad mom here: last year my daughter was carrying around an expired inhaler, needed it, used it, didn't get (enough) relief, one to the nurse, and I got reamed by the nurse! She is in HS, has orders to carry her own, and barely ever needs it! So I have to say, there's something to be said for the nurse having full control of this stuff. I have also worked as a camp nurse, so I have been on the other side of this. You'd think it would have made me more cognizant of this as a parent: NOPE.

    I have to say, I applaud you guys for having to deal with the likes of me (and other moms).

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    Nurse Leigh and CardiacDork like this.

    Quote from CardiacDork
    I think you're the one that wanted to be an ICU nurse.

    Boy, you're in for a ride!

    Break out the wipes, ladies. We're getting a GI bleed .... Smell that sweet metal aroma? That's a GI bleed.... Nothing like the smell of sweet iron to wake you up at 6AM
    Every ICU nurse I know cleans their own patient. They provide total care for their patients, much more so than floor nurses. So yeah, poop definitely depends on the specialty you're in.

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    bluewolf9193 likes this.

    I concur with HouTx. And just to clarify, 'clinicals' are not really clinicals in an Ed program. If you want to focus on academia, you would be student-teaching, which would likely include following a professor during his/her clinical rotations with their own students. If you are interested in Staff Ed, you would follow an educator in his/her clinical setting. Those were the options my program (not online) offered as their practicum. Any school that did not require a practicum would out you at a disadvantage for job placement in the future. On the bright side, when I had to do my practicum, the hours were very doable. It is nowhere near the requirements for undergrad or NP. And many schools (that you would potentially be doing student teaching for) are very flexible (many options for day, evening, maybe even weekend clinicals/lectures). You won't be there every hour that the students are.

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    Thank you for your reply. Looking at the website now, at the variety of positions that exist. Interesting; very different. Would you say the pay is comparable to an academic setting (or more or less)?

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    I'm interested to hear from anyone who teaches exclusively online, especially if you have transitioned from brick and mortar academia. Pros, cons, major differences? What is the schedule like (are you spending more or less time preparing and 'teaching')? How does the pay compare? What is the student interaction like? This is not for research purposes, I am thinking of branching into this world.

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    Ruby Vee likes this.

    Quote from pookashellz
    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 this is why some old people can't stand young people.

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    BeenThere2012 likes this.

    Quote from klone
    I don't think it's "ummm...interesting." She could be someone who has an incompetent cervix and delivered all her babies early after PTL. She could be someone who gets pre-eclampsia (which, if you get it once, you're at greater risk of getting it again) and had to be induced with all of her children at 34 weeks.

    I don't agree with her assertion that it makes her better at the clinical skills of a NICU nurse, but I think it was pretty ****** to imply that there is something...I don't know...nefarious about the fact that she had 4 kids in the NICU.
    thank you for your response. This is what I was thinking (I have a good friend, happens to be a nurse- a good one at that, who takes very good care of herself, and had 2 out of 3 NICU babies). I understand the connection between good prenatal care and high risk newborns/preemies (not fully, admittedly, since I'm not a NICU nurse), I just didn't think we were automatically going 'there'.

    As far as the decision to keep having children despite ones previous struggle, that's not for me (or any of us) to judge. That's a personal choice. I have one physically healthy child, went through a very uneventful pregnancy, delivery and post-partum course. So I don't know what it's like to want to try again to get it right. I have worked in areas where I've seen it (long term peds- kids with chronic/special needs). It's really not my place to judge these people.

    Now, being a crack-head is a whole other situation :0

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    Quote from Libby1987
    Does 4 kids in the NICU give anyone else pause?
    Someone please fill me on on this. I'm either really tired, or just a clueless, non-NICU nurse :/

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    Pick your battles, when it comes to parents and patients. You need to understand that most everything will be a battle for them, due to their level of stress. Even if you are not in a critical care setting, understand that for them, their sick kid (even if its a gastro or tonsillectomy) could be the worst thing in the world for them. I've worked in many different ped settings, and I've seen dying kids. But I'd never tell a parent that it could be worse.

    With the kids, definitely learn to negotiate what is negotiable. Bed times, bath times, food times and choices (depending on the setting) may be negotiable. Meds may not be, and this is something the parents need to understand. The worst thing in the world is having a parent ask "does he really need to take that", and now the child thinks it is negotiable. Believe it or not, parents don't always agree with the plan of care. SO when there is room for negotiation, be flexible. Remember, anxiety (on the part of the patient and the parent) often stems from lack of control. They surrender a LOT of control when they are patients. You're basically telling them "I am in charge" so keep this in mind.

    If you can get past this, it will make your job more manageable. Good luck!!

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    SurgicalTechCST likes this.

    I grew up in a household where hair was a big focus; I was constantly told that if my hair "just hung there" (meaning, no style, layers, or blown out- think 80s hair) or was in a ponytail that it didn't look good. When I was a teenager, I shaved the back half of my hair (she didn't know, since I never wore it in a ponytail around her, since that didn't meet her approval ). This is when I was a teen; I was not a professional.

    My boss seems to be fit from the same mold as my mom. Hair must be up for clinical/lab days (I am in academia), nails, jewelry and all that. This is for students AND faculty. So there is not a chance that unnatural colors will fly (see my post above).

    As a result, I live somewhere between my 16 year old self and my mom/boss's world. In no way do tattoos, piercings or unprofessional dress make someone an incompetent nurse. However, why draw attention to yourself in a professional environment? As mentioned by another, as soon as you do something wrong, you will be known as 'the one with the purple hair". You will stand out, for better to worse. As a clinical instructor, I have the responsibility of making sure my students are fit to be on the units we are lucky to have been given. Clinical sites will think nothing of letting us know if they feel a student does not look appropriate (any complaints we have received have come in the way of a "patient complaint", with no actual proof).

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    Quote from NotAllWhoWandeRN
    I've always had to roll my eyes at policies against "unnatural" hair color. Nothing looks more unnatural on some people than blonde.
    Also, what looks 'natural' on one person may not look natural on another. I have a color that looks fairly natural on my pasty-white skin. A student in my program had a similar color (a bit brighter) on her much darker skin. She actually received a complaint from the clinical facility (coupled with the style) that she looked unprofessional.

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    I realize this is a few months old, but just wondering if you'd had any luck in finding a job. I had a few questions: what does your resume look like (besides your new MSN)? Have you done anything related to education (maybe precepting)? What does your nursing experience look like? In some institutions, they are looking for nurses with a wide net of experience (depending on who you would be overseeing as an educator). They may need someone with med surg AND critical care.

    The other thing is this: they may have went with someone who has more education experience than you. I am in academia right now, looking to transition into a hospital educator role. It has been rough for me; the most common things I hear is that I don't have current/relevant hospital experience (working on that now, as I am working per diem in the field I am interested in), and that I don't have staff development experience. I was turned down for a position that was given to someone who has staff ed experience, who is older (likely more years experience) but only has her MS degree for about a year (I met her and she told me). I have had my MS for two years now, and has been teaching in academia for eleven. That's just how it goes sometimes :/