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Joined Mar 14, '04 - from 'California, USA'. herring_RN is a retired registered nurse. She has '>40 years' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical'. Posts: 15,794 (72% Liked) Likes: 29,917

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  • Jul 24

    [QUOTE=BadwomanM;9123941]

    Quote from MunoRN
    I'm not sure where you're getting that from. More than 90% of physicians accept medicare, I've had various private insurance plans and have never been able to claim that more than 90% of physicians accept my insurance.

    Can't speak for the rest of the country, but in this little part of Texas it's a real problem trying to find doctors who accept new Medicare patients. We see more and more managed plans these days.
    Texas is one of the most expensive states for health care expenses for the individual from cost of insurance to cost of care in a hospital.

    Why hasn't the state government fixed that?

  • Jul 18

    I'm writing this today to give thanks to all the nurses in this world. I don't know if any of the nurses remember my post but in short I had a catheter force in me with the nurse not even telling me what he was going to do. I heard no kit open or any cleaning. My son was just told to leave That is all I'm going to say. It has been 2 years and it's over but I will never forget it and him. Over the last 2 years I have been in and out of the hospital for many reason from gallbladder surgery...A-fib...3 times in the hospital...Prostate surgery. Bladder spasm with a 24 flush...A heart Cath...And a Linq monitor put in my chest. I want to say thank you to all the nurses out there that have taking care of me and the ones that take care of all the people in this world. You have a hard job and you have to deal with a lot. I live in Orlando Florida have been taking care of in 3 of the Florida's hospitals I will be going back in December to have a ablation. God Bless you all Ken

  • Jul 17

    I do not see anything wrong with boards wanting to do a through, detail investigation, interviewing all parties in order to come to a conclusion. Rushing to judgement without looking at all sides dosen't serve a useful purpose. Anyone who works in a hospial knows that when something goes wrong it's rarely the fault of one person.

  • Jul 17

    Quote from CRNA2007
    not harming a patient is an unreasonable work rule? Being competent is an unreasonable work rule?
    No, they're not, this is true. However, I suspect that first offenses are seldom the offenses that are reported to the board.

    Negotiated work rules serve two purposes: to protect workers from capricious harassment that threatens their livelihood, and to give management a clear process to follow to address problem workers.

    "The Union made me do it" is a management excuse for failure to do their jobs.

  • Jul 17

    which is why I said terminated as in employment rather than revoking which is what the Nursing Board would do.



    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Union membership is a non issue for most reported nurses. Termination by an employer is separate process from reporting to BON PRACTICE concerns required under BON regulations.

  • Jul 17

    The same governor that called nurses "a special interest group".

  • Jul 17

    I am a RN working in 500+ bedded teaching hospital. We have own Nurses Union and I am part of Executive Committee. We work on representing various issues related to our professionals and patients.
    Key issues we achieved success through our union include - correcting the anomaly in total working hours, CNE for all in the institution, increase in staff strength, promotion of nursing personnel etc... There are many more things to achieve in near future....
    I am happy to be part of our union.

  • Jul 17

    Major Chicago teaching institutions pay new grad BSN $0.50 more than new grad ADN and YES, they still hire ADN and are Magnet.

    Our union contract is very protective of our ADN's and a few Diploma nurses we still have.

  • Jul 15

    I love my union! The are California Nurse association. They are the reason california has nursing ratios. they go to bat for their nurses. The are part of national nurses united. i dont know much about your union. research who is available in your state that is promoted by the nna! good luck

  • Jul 15

    Why do people stay in the hospital?

  • Jul 15

    One book I like on this subject stresses the importance of nurses getting the word out to everyone that will listen. That includes patients, family, administrators, and CEO's. I'm surprised at how little the public actually knows about what nurses really do. Once, when a family member didn't think I knew anything about something, I tactfully informed her about what I did know and what my role in the Emergency Department really involved. She listened, and told me she was glad I spoke up. She truly didn't know.

  • Jul 11

    Audra - one of my recent advisees at CSUDH was accepted into an East Coast CRNA program and will begin her studies in the Fall. She took 2 years to complete the CSUDH program while working full-time in an ICU. Many CRNA programs expect 2-3 years of ICU experience for a successful application to these competitive programs. A part-time schedule (6-8 units per term and 3-5 in the summer) is very manageable with full-time work. Some students take on more, but frankly that first year in practice is very stressful and full of new learning at the hospital. Some of the advantages of the CSUDH program when compared with others are: on-campus hands-on lab for the health assessment course (good foundation for advanced assessment in graduate programs), clinical preceptorship for leadership/management (you could do this in an OR or Surgical Center), and courses for the Calif. Public Health Certificate. In terms of the pre-requisite courses you mentioned, I think the English course is likely the Critical Thinking requirement which can be a course in English, Business, Philosophy, or other departments. Your best bet is to look at Welcome to ASSIST to determine which courses from CA community colleges meet the CSU requirements. I often recommend that applicants to the RN-to-BSN program look at Coastline Community College for online Statistics and Critical Thinking. You may be in time to complete those two classes this summer. Last, when admissions are closed, courses can be started via Open University until the next application period is open.

  • Jul 11

    What a great thread! I too am struggling to decide which school would be best for me. I have heard that OU will keep you busy and also that the classes are straight forward. I have been told that Dominguez is not time consuming and since I really need to start working that aspect is appealing but OU allows you to take less classes and is cheaper then Dominguez in order to attain your BSN. I eventually think I want to be a CRNA and I want to be able to maintain or increase my GPA score so although I want to make sure I am learning I don't want to study constantly in order to get an A like I had to during my ADN program...I do have to start working as soon as possible because I wasn't able to work during my ADN program due to its rigorous nature. It's important that I am in a BSN program that isn't as demanding. With all this said is there anyone taking classes at OU or DH that can tell me how many hours they work along with how they have been able to manage the classes from either program... I want to be able to compare the level of stress each program would cause me if working full time and want to be in a program that provides the best chance of increasing my GPA. I also need Stats, and another English and I dont think DH will accept your application until completed...

  • Jul 11

    Actually the MSN Pathway program cuts out about half of the BSN courses (not just 2) but a BSN degree is not conferred. The BSN level courses required are: patho., research, health assessment with lab, community health, and leadership/management. Students with previous patho or research methods can be granted exemptions for those courses. The Workshop purpose is to look at admission eligibility since all of the CSU schools have 8 required pre-requisites for nursing students that do not have a BSN and also to look at which courses can be waived based on previous work.

  • Jul 11

    @RNDude2012

    Yes, I live in California as well. I spoke to CSUDH rep and she said because I have a bachelor's in another field I qualify for their MSN pathway program which is you work on your BSN classes first and then attain your MSN. They eliminate 2 courses from the BSN program if I want this route. I asked for price, but she asked me to come to a workshop and that they need my transcripts to see how many courses I have left and go from there. She also mentioned I would be getting my Public Health nurse certification. This sounds good, but I don't know the price. Now OU i do have to take 2 classes aside from the nursing classes nutrition and chemistry, but they said I can take this at my JC, but to let them know first before I apply for the classes to see if they accept them. I took chemistry in high school do you think that would suffice?


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