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Joined Mar 12, '09 - from 'Detroit, MI, US'. She has '2+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Geriatrics, dementia, hospice'. Posts: 292 (18% Liked) Likes: 97

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  • Apr 20 '15

    Please don't let ANYONE stop you from following your dreams! I did in my 30s and they were probably right at the time although I'll never know. I had three kids in school then and I had my own business to run, somewhat similar to yours, an antiques shop so I stayed in place, raised my kids who are all very successful now. My oldest daughter in fact is an RN! My youngest daughter a family financial planner and my son a fireman : ) Then in my mid 50s (yes I said IN MY MID 50s!) Due to a life changing event (my husband was badly burned in a house fire and we spent months in a burn clinic 100 miles from our home where I learned to care for him and his burns) and boom! I came home from that hospital experience a changed woman. When I left there the doctors and nurses asked if I had ever wanted to be a nurse and when I said yes, they said I should consider it as they felt I had a real talent for nursing. I had learned among other things, to debride my husbands burns and they said my efforts had saved him from at least two additional surgeries. I told them I would LOVE to be a nurse but I felt I was too old. They assured me I was not and even sent me to their nurse recruiter at the hospital. She told me to find the best nursing school in my area if that was what I wanted to do and that my age would not be a disadvantage with her, that in some ways it might even be an advantage! She said if I wanted to come that far, they would be happy to have me come back and work with them! I tried reopening my antiques shop when I returned home but quickly found my heart was no longer in it, a business I had built and loved but no more. I closed my shop, auctioned off all the contents and after 30 years in business, I was out in a weekend! I did not feel sad to see it go, I felt free!! I asked nurses I knew and trusted what was the best nursing school in our area and one school kept coming up. I was told it was the BEST and the HARDEST and man were they right! I had NO college, I was a first time college student at age 55! I took everything I needed and all my prereqs, it took about two years. In the middle of all that, I lost my father and had to drop out for a few months to help my mom causing me to miss the deadline to apply that first year, but I didn't let anything stop me!! I went right back to one of the most competitive nursing school programs around. After finishing all my pre reqs with a 4.0 and making a 95 on my NLN nursing exam on my first try, I was ready to apply! I only applied at my one school and at my age, that could have been a BIG mistake as not getting in the first time could have cost me another year but I was determined not to let anything get between me and my dream this time! I was one of 47 accepted into my nursing school program on my first try and I have been told 900+ applied! I am now one Exam and two finals away from my senior year in nursing school!! My graduation is scheduled for May 2016. Don't get me wrong, nursing school has been the HARDEST and most challenging thing I have ever attempted. When people tell you it's hard take whatever you think that means and multiply it by 1000!! I have shadowed and done my hospital clinicals and observations and except for nursing care plans and the dreaded paradigms (Ha!) I LOVE nursing!! My rotation in the OR stands out as it brought my A & P text books to life in a way no YouTube video ever could!! Fascinating, but I've found I LOVE hands on patient care the most. When I am in the hospital taking care of my patients, I am in my element. I know the challenges of nursing and there are many, but despite that I know it is what I was meant to do!! I tell you all this just to let you know, it is not too late (yet). Don't wait, I almost let it get "too late" for me but even at age 59, I'm not letting ANYTHING get between me and my dream of becoming an RN!! Get ready, get set and GO FOR IT!! As my key chain reads, "You WILL finish nursing school" and you will!! I wish you all the BEST!!

  • Apr 17 '15

    I am the liaison between my hospital and the local nursing schools (scheduling clinicals, resolving problems, etc.) If I were to hear that one of our local instructors was behaving that way, I would report her to her dean -- telling her that my hospital will not tolerate the mis-treatment of students within our facility.

    Perhaps you can find some allies at the clinical facility to support your cause when you report it up the ladder at your school.

  • Apr 17 '15

    Dear Professor,

    When I get TSS, a UTI, and fall out (hitting my head) from hypoglycemia, do I send those medical bills to the nursing department? Or do I send them directly to you?

    Hugs and kisses,
    The student who is counting your bathroom breaks and watching you eat your lunch

  • Mar 28 '15

    I'm weakly entertaining the idea of earning an MBA degree from WGU. I learned today, from a phone conversation with someone who handles the admissions for their business degree programs, that former and returning WGU students do not need to pay the application fee to reapply.

    There's no fee to waive, obviously, so there's no more need for the promo code that waives the application fee if you're reapplying as a returning student. Just some food for thought.

  • Mar 24 '15

    not saying these are things to be ignored, but welcome to the reality of nursing.
    Some things have their ways of being worked out.
    As someone said,pick and choose your battles carefully.
    You still have to work with these people, unless you plan on quitting.
    Do what you know is right for you. You are not the nurse police.
    Maybe you want to be a manager someday ? Then you can fire your whole staff and start anew . lol

  • Mar 24 '15

    Then go do something about it. If you are "taken aback" by the comments on a message board then go do something about it. You ask a question then are "taken aback" by basic answers? You ASKED the question seemingly already knowing what you wanted to do. Do whatever you want..but don't give people a hard time for answering your question. Go call the president of the hospital and talk all you want. You just better know dang well what you are talking about and you better have EVIDENCE. Not "this day last week I saw someone doing...." You need to say on March 10 at 1500 on floor 3 in room XX I saw nurse Ratchett perform a sterile technique with no gloves. Then you need to explain why you waited 3 weeks to tell anyone.

  • Feb 9 '15

    I've waited roughly two years to post this. I started my RN-BSN program Mar. 2013 and now I can say that I'm officially done. Thank you Lord!!!! I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I cannot stop crying and smiling. Now I can finally add those credentials behind my name (haha) !!!!

    P.S. I completed my program at Walden University so if there is anyone that plan on going there please feel free to ask me any questions here or PM me. I think it was an excellent program. The work was intense but definitely doable. I'm not the best writer but I managed to get through the program with a 3.6 GPA.

  • Feb 3 '15

    Our facility has a mass text that you can opt in or out of. I get it because sometimes you get bonus pay (Base + overtime + 10/hr + Diffs) which is amazing, but most the times I just ignore it.

  • Feb 3 '15

    Quote from kbrn2002
    I rarely if ever come in extra. I figure I get mandated often enough when I am already there so I don't feel obligated to come in extra. I never answer when work calls, and I don't call back to say no. I figure when they don't hear from me within a short while they know the answer is no. There are a few nurses that will pick up extra shifts on short notice. There used to be more but we have worked short staffed for so long that most of the nurses feel like I do, we get enough unwanted OT with mandates.
    I couldn't imagine. There's no way in hell I'd ever answer the phone for an employer who mandates. To me, mandating shows extremely poor human resource management and isn't somewhere I'd stay for any length of time.

  • Feb 3 '15

    I don't answer and don't return the voicemail unless I want to work.

  • Feb 3 '15

    I rarely if ever come in extra. I figure I get mandated often enough when I am already there so I don't feel obligated to come in extra. I never answer when work calls, and I don't call back to say no. I figure when they don't hear from me within a short while they know the answer is no. There are a few nurses that will pick up extra shifts on short notice. There used to be more but we have worked short staffed for so long that most of the nurses feel like I do, we get enough unwanted OT with mandates.

  • Feb 3 '15

    Personally, I view my phones, cell and land-line, as being a CONVENIENCE for me, and just because it rings DOESN'T mean I have an obligation to answer it. Phones do not control my life.

  • Feb 3 '15

    Quote from delphine22
    Having been the person who had to make the calls, hoping someone would come in, I answer and give a firm no if that's the case. That way they know for sure they can cross me off the list, and aren't waiting and hoping I listen to my voicemail and call back. No amount of pleading/begging works. "Sorry, I can't, I've got plans" is sufficient. I'm a grownup dealing with grownups and don't have to explain my reasons for not wanting to work extra.
    This. When there is a callout and I have to justify who I called and what their reply was, it is helpful to have the answer "I called and she was not available." So I almost always extend them the same courtesy. I have been doing this long enough to value my time off and work when I like (this is for my 2nd job which is perdiem).
    Sucks to be on either end of the phone!

  • Feb 3 '15

    Quote from kmac315
    How can you block a number from an employer? What if they want something besides you working an extra shift? They think it is ringing and you never hear it?
    I have an app on my stock android phone called 'Call Control' that allows me to blacklist certain numbers. When I've blocked a number, the caller hears fuzzy silence on his/her end.

    I can unblock a phone number when I am ready to hear from that person/entity.

  • Feb 3 '15

    I NEVER answer my phone when work calls! I get calls several times a day for shifts. My work numbers have a special ring on my phone, I never answer, they call and send a text message each time they need someone. If I can work I call back.


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