nrsyann 2,527 Views
Joined Sep 27, '08.
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I would be a professional traveler. I would have a travel blog in which I reviewed accommodations, landmarks, and good restaurants all around the world.
I enjoy watching paranormal shows, too, so another option for the above is I'd have a travel TV show where I only ate at haunted restaurants. I would review the food in the first half of the show, and then would investigate the location for ghostly activity after it closed for the night. That would be awesome.
I am a 40yo who switched careers to nursing after a long previous career in nothing related to nursing. I absolutely dread going to work each shift. I feel so inadequate and... sure, I realize that I'm new, however, this constant cheering on by other staff to stick it out a year isn't encouraging and I was a pretty strong, no BS person in my former career. I am drained. I work in a high-risk facility and deal with so many problem patients, deaths, STAT everything, etc. I am hyper-aware of how litigious this area is, and I'm always waiting for a patient to pounce or my manager to scrutinize my documentation. I received an orientation with inconsistent preceptors, feel there's always something I didn't learn daily and overall, in my past career, I would have been well on my way to good at this point. I spent so much money re-educating myself for a BSN, and I feel like I made a huge mistake. I'm trying to see if I can find a middle ground of a more administrative position or perhaps something in an office. I don't even care what specialty anymore (L+D was what I was in love with in nursing school), but I want a normal outside life again and could care less what specialty. The hours are crushing my health and my family notices how drained I am, impatient, angry and fed up, which makes me feel so defeated and embarrassed. I don't know what avenues are even out there for a newbie that are slower and less stressful, or is this it for me? This is nursing, suck it up and deal? I'm at the end of my rope here. I need some advice from anyone. Ready to just cry each shift, but I need to bring home a paycheck and hide my discontent.
One of the things that seems to be endemic in the US is the 'fire at will" culture. Nurse makes a mistake "fire them", nurse makes a drug error "off with their heads"
Seriously, many of the things you US nurses seem to have to endure with too much frequency would simply not be tolerated here. We have a new 90 day trial legislation which means that technically a person can be let go at any time within 3 months without an excuse. However in a standard job, if an employee makes a mistake. They would first have to be given a verbal warning and a chance to rectify the issue/behavior of concern. If this persists the employer would then issue a written warning that if X behavior is not changed then the employment would be terminated.
The last shift I worked Sunday (week ago) when I made the stupid mistake of working febrile 38.4 degrees C (101 F). I made a monumental cock up and gave the wrong medications to the wrong person. My bosses focus was on ensuring the welfare of the patient. Full set of vitals and ongoing monitoring as outlined by the oncall doctor. She operates on the premise that we all make mistakes from time to time, and its more important to ensure that the patient is not harmed, and that we learn from it rather than beating us up about it
I have been a nurse for almost 2 years..during this time I have worked in oncology for 14 months and in the NICU for 6 months. I graduated from nursing school thinking my dream was to be a NICU nurse..or even an adult ICU nurse. Since working in a Level III NICU I have quickly discovered that while I like this type of nursing some days, this is STILL not my passion. I am feeling burnt out and have even considered leaving nursing altogether. I have been advised to look at posiitons outside of normal floor nursing..so I was briefly looking for jobs in doctors offices and desk jobs. I don't feel like this is the type of nursing I want to to do but I know I can't keep working where I am forever. Then someone mentioned the OR...you have 1 patient, you are challenged and you learn a TON, it's not a traditional job, and so on...so I started thinking about it. I did get some exposure in nursing school spending 2 full 8 hour shifts watching surgeries. I enjoyed it but never paid attention to the nurses role..I was more focused on the surgery itself. I don't want to be one of those people who enter a specialty without really liking it..I know that's how people get burnt out and it can lead to further dislike of the profession. I think the OR is amazing in it's own way and think I might like it. I guess I am just afraid. Did anyone enter the OR by chance? Or did you always know that's what you wanted to do? Do you regret the change from being a floor nurse? Any input on my situation? If I don't like bedside nursing is there a chance in hell I MIGHT like the OR? I love caring for people, I love medicine, I love learning..I just feel like I am stretched thin in other areas...I feel orientation doesn't prepare me fully ( I had 8 weeks in oncology and 11 weeks in NICU)...I feel like I am meant for something else. I just don't know what. Sorry just wanted to vent...hoping for some insight Thanks!
Ever since I was five years old I wanted to work in women's health. Before I even knew the proper nomenclature I knew I wanted to be a healthcare provider to and for women. I recently obtained a position in the hospital in a med/surg unit. I knew this wasn't my forever job, but it was great experience for me. I also work at an urgent care, also a great experience, but I was always waiting for my turn. Everything I did and do I geared toward obtaining my goal(s). I applied for a Mother/Baby position at a hospital approx 45 minutes away, hoping for a shot in the dark. The hospital is opening a new facility with a new women's health department. I was excited, and had hope, but didn't expect anything; especially since I haven't heard since May! I since accepted a position and placed the position in the back of my mind, counting down the days until I could transfer to the Mother/Baby unit within the health system that I am currently employed. Last Wednesday I received a call, seemingly out of the blue for an interview... for a women's health position! I interviewed, yesterday (my daughter's birthday), and received a call today from the manager. She stating that she is willing to train me, even though they don't have much room for someone without women's health experience, but she believes in me and my potential in this specialty. Not only will I be working Mother/baby, but will be crossed trained for labor and delivery as well. Someone can knock me down with a feather! I am so grateful, God is good, and miracles do happen. I am feeling accomplished, I still have so much to do, but today I feel great. Allnurses has been with me through and through. I am now looking for some great advise from some great nurses on this site, as to how I make a seamless transition.
Thanks in advance,
New Women's Health RN
As a Minnesota nurse, I too found this article very disturbing. I have been in nursing for 25+ years. First my BSN then went back for my MSN as an adult clinical nurse specialist. I graduated in 2011 with my MSN and have not practiced nursing since. I absolutely loved what I did as a critical care nurse, after finishing my classes and clinical hours and prior to giving my oral exam the hospital I was working for as a nurse clinician was in the process of doing a workforce reduction. After reporting an unsafe nursing practice, I was sent home on a Thursday afternoon and told not to return to the hospital until the following Tuesday. I was absolutely mortified given that Tuesday, December 9, 2008 was the day that the hospital was going to start handing out pink slips. The Monday before I was to return to the hospital I was fearful that I was going to be laid off and had been crying since having been sent home the Thursday before, I decided that I would update my resume in the event that I was laid off. Since the only thing I had left to do was to give my oral exam, I was updating my resume for work as an AHCNS. After working on the resume for some time (crying off and on while doing so) I decided to save the resume as a draft on my LinkedIN page, and inadvertently posted it to the site for the public to view. Of course the next day I went into the hospital and sure enough, I was given a pink slip. My boss insisted that I was not chosen for lay off do to my report to risk management and insisted instead that it was a business decision, but I knew that I had made a few people in high places very angry and could not shake my belief that I had been laid off for trying to protect patients from an unsafe practice. In fact, the entire situation shook me to the core.
I ended up clinically depressed for a very long time after that and never made arrangements with the school for my oral exam despite the fact that my Plan B adviser had approved my completed project and told me I was ready to defend the project in front of my 3 member panel. Instead, I disappeared into the walls of my house where I was haunted over what had happened and questioned whether I even wanted to practice nursing again. Eventually I did decide to approach the school and apply to deliver my oral defense of my Plan B project. This was in the spring of 2010. That is when things turned from bad to horrific. The Director of Nursing studies sent me a copy of the resume I had started working on with an email that read, "It appears there must be some misunderstanding. Your resume states that you have already graduated with your MSN;" $30,000.00 later (attorney’s fees to battle the School of Nursing and to be represented in front of the board of nursing), I now have a disciplinary action on my license and my name has been reported to the National Health Care Practitioner's data bank. At first sight, I had not even remembered ever starting to update my resume and instead believed that someone had duplicated my page, because when I went to LinkedIN to see it for myself, all I could find was my page with my BSN resume. It was weeks before I was able to find the page that had the resume which stated I had an MSN, and in fact, it was a totally different account. Honestly, to this day I still have no real recollection of ever doing it. I did remember being in a meeting with the other people in my office in which we were advised to update our resumes and get them onto LinkedIN and Monster in the event that one of us was laid off in the workforce reduction. After all was said and done, it was the beginning of the end for my career.
The board of nursing did not care about the misunderstanding despite the fact that I never used that resume to get a job, or that I, by merit, had been the recipient of two health care scholarships (each one totaling $5,000.00); had served in the United States Army and was discharged honorably; was the recipient of a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for all of my committee work; that I was an active participant of the investigational review board of the University I attended; or that I was a sitting member of the School of Nursing Alumni Society Board; that I was, and had been, a certified critical care nurse for 10 years; that I had been a research assistant for one of my professors while attending school; that I had a published paper; or that I actively advocated for k-12 students with disabilities so that they would get the education they deserved; or that I have three children, two of whom have medical disabilities and rely on me to care and support them. In fact, I have not worked since being laid off, because at first I was depressed and knew I should not be working, but now I am too humiliated to even apply for another position, because I don't want to be looked at as if I am a liar by any prospective employer.
Unfortunately I am an incest survivor who took to the streets at the age of 12, because I knew if I stayed at home I would not have survived, and as an incest survivor, shame is my middle name. It didn't matter to the board that I had eaten out of garbage cans and slept under bridges from age 12 until I entered the military, or that while living on the streets being raped by a stranger was less frightening than being returned home to be sexually abused by a person who was supposed to love and protect me. The board did not care that despite my extraordinary time on the streets that I never touched a drug or drank alcohol. The board did not care that the shame of my abusive past kept me from believing that I was actually worthy of doing something good with my life. I was 27 years old before I was able to muster the courage to tell anyone that I had never even graduated from high school. When I finally did get up the courage, I chose to tell a nurse in the admissions office at the local University. She immediately took me under her wing and helped me to believe in myself. Truth be told, she gave me life.
Now 25 years later, a mistake I made during a stressful time in my life has resulted in another group of nurses taking everything I worked so hard to accomplish; away. Their rationale; I endangered public safety. I can’t help but wonder where I would be today if instead I had a drug or alcohol problem, or because I had made the decision to have sex with one of my patients, or that I failed to rescue my patient who was decompensating from certain death. Perhaps if I had chosen to be a drug abusing nurse who steals her patient’s drugs, goes out drinking and crawls behind the wheel of my car to drive over to the hospital to have sex with one of my patients’, I too would have been shown leniency by the Minnesota Board of Nursing!
As a Minnesota nurse, I found this article very disturbing. Certainly people can and do change and can re-establish themselves as competent caregivers after making mistakes and very bad decisions. A few observations on the articles. There was no one gender, race, or level of nurse portrayed in the article. There were men and woman, various ethnicities, and both LPNs and RNs. There were also nurses from acute care facilities and long term care facilities. So this isn't about any of that. It is about people doing very bad and sometimes illegal things while practicing nursing. I don't think the punishments were severe enough in some cases and at least by what was presented in the article, some of these individuals should have been criminally prosecuted.
What bothers me the most is the way those of us that are practicing correctly, respectfully, legally, and ethically are included in a group of all nurses in Minnesota.
I wish for a good patient assignment when I'm working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!!
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