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Joined: Sep 11, '03; Posts: 1,164 (15% Liked) ; Likes: 460
Registered Nurse; from US
Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in ICU, psych, corrections

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  • Apr 11

    I left the ICU and ended up in an outpatient psychiatric clinic for 5 years. I LOVED it. I loved the "normal" hours, Monday through Friday. I loved having an hour for lunch. I loved having my own office with a window and a plant with supplies that were there the next day exactly where I left them. I loved not having to fight other nurses for computers to do my charting. I loved the interaction I had with the patients. I loved actually having the time to do patient education and other nursing tasks without being pulled in a million directions.

    I am now a nursing supervisor in a prison and while it's not the bedside, it is the prison hospital. What I love about the actual job (not the higher management and coworkers...that's another story) is taking care of the inmates and being able to practice nursing without rude family members questioning why grandma had to wait 5 min for her water or Uncle Bob's pain meds took too long to be given, etc. I love not having patient satisfaction polls and surveys. I love not having to cowtow to the patient and kiss their rear end for fear they will report me for not "doing my job" when in fact, I AM doing my job to the best of my ability but without enough staff, sometimes things take a little longer than I would like.

    I don't enjoy the people, however. My theory is that because they are all paid a ton of money (we all make well over $80k/year for a very easy, cush job), they have turned into spoiled brats. I'm stuck on the movie set of Mean Girls, I swear. I think they have forgotten what it's like to work their tails off for a lot less money and be treated poorly. The inmates are extremely grateful for the care and for the most part, my actual job is enjoyable. I don't regret leaving the hospital setting for one second. Ever.

  • Feb 4

    Dialysis, psych and corrections. All are contract friendly in my state. At the prison where I currently work, IF you can get on day shift, the Department of Corrections is a good place to work. It also pays extremely well, around $80k a year. Dialysis is the way I went, for a few months anyway. Then I ended up in the state run outpatient psychiatric clinic. It was an excellent place to spend my time on contract. My supervisor had been on contract years and years prior so he was very empathetic to nurses on contract and in fact, had 4 of us working there.

  • Dec 21 '17

    My first job after getting my license reinstated was at a dialysis clinic. Unfortunately, 14 1/2 hour days and working with a very difficult coworker who insisted on leaving me as the supervising RN (a BIG no-no in my monitoring contact with the Board) had me looking for a new position within a few months of working there. I'm now happy to say I found my "niche" at an outpatient mental health medication clinic. We do not handle any meds and the prescribers don't even write for narcotics. I love working with the mentally ill and especially those who are dual diagnosis and struggle with their alcoholism/addiction. I feel as though my addiction, losing my license, and going from ICU to psych nursing was all part of God's plan. I'm right where I'm supposed to be! I work Mon-Fri, 8 to 5 with an hour for lunch. I never work holidays but get paid for them and have a pension with great benefits. But I wouldn't ever had looked at this type of nursing before I admitted my powerlessness over people, places, and things. There are jobs out there for nurses in recovery and I recently discovered that it was my RECOVERY that helped me get this job! They were looking for an RN with psych experience, which I have none, but went with me because of my understanding about recovery and all I had been through over the past year. I was hired on my 1 year sobriety birthday! Apply everywhere and take as many interviews as possible...the practice will be good for you. I became really proficient at how I brought up my restrictions and in a way, it helped relieve me of the remaining shame and guilt I was feeling over my addiction. My story was received fairly well and most potential employers were pretty understanding. A few even shared with me that they were in recovery as well! One lady who interviewed me had 23 years of sobriety from cocaine. Don't sell yourself short and remember, you were a sick nurse who is now healthy and in recovery. Be proud of what you have accomplished and the hard work you've put in with your sobriety.

  • Dec 19 '17

    I've checked that list periodically since surrendering my license and so far, I've not turned up on it. Do people get "skipped" over occasionally? Should I worry about it? I work in a facility that is state run and we have a fair amount of Medicare clients (although not nearly as many as when I worked Dialysis).

  • Dec 19 '17

    This was a big issue in the dialysis clinics in my area. Another nurse in recovery was put on "leave" until the issue was cleared up due to the large number of Medicare patients dialysis sees. He was able to return within about a month after clearing his name from the list. Since I was working in a dialysis facility as well (at that time), I checked the list but didn't see my name.

  • Nov 5 '17

    Hey, that's me! I work Monday through Friday 7am to 4pm with weekends and holidays off, no overtime EVER. I actually get to sit down and enjoy lunch (I'm on my lunch break now). I love, love, love my job in that I have the opportunity to do LOTS of patient education (I have 30 min with each patient individually). I never want to return to hospital nursing....ever. The best part is I'm only taking a small paycut....in the hospital setting here, I would make about $31/hr. I currently making $30/hr. Small price to pay....literally. Especially when you have 3 kiddos with various activities after school :-)



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