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Joined Jun 24, '09 - from 'CT'. JBMmom is a Nurse. She has '4' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Long term care; med-surg'. Posts: 396 (37% Liked) Likes: 497

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  • Oct 19

    You're setting a really high bar for yourself, give yourself credit for what you have done so early in your career. You sound like you're doing your best, and you're getting your feet under you. You've already been recognized for some of your caring ways, but working days on a busy floor is going to limit some of the time you have for "extras". I work nights and find that I have some time available to spend with patients that could use some extra support, because the pace of the floor is different at night. Don't be disheartened, you're going to find a way to do what's important to you, and until you can fit it in try not to beat yourself up. You can't be everything to every patient, but you're doing your best.

  • Oct 18

    I'm glad you found success in your program and much of your material seems valuable to others. I would caution you, however, throughout your career to avoid the sweeping generalizations such as the one made in your pet peeves section. While you may have been annoyed with the students that were CNAs before nursing school, your pet peeve is more of a highlight of an attitude that may get you into trouble in the future. There are certain things you just need to let go. If someone needs to feel a little more confident by sharing that they have past experience, how does that really affect you? I found during nursing school that I wished I had CNA experience because in many cases they were just more comfortable in the patients' personal space. They are often more efficient at some aspects of care, and those are valuable skills even at bedside nursing level. Try to find the learning experiences you can from everyone around you, even if it's learning what you don't want to do.

  • Oct 15

    Clearly you are a very conscientious person and I'm sorry you're dealing with a difficult situation. I would recommend you meet with your manager and ask that in the future if someone asks that you be removed from their care team, your manager or charge nurse follows up with that patient to get more detailed information about the issue. Once you have specific feedback about whatever the issue might be, you will know what you can work on to make improvements. Try not to take it to heart too much, you obviously have had many happy patients as well. Good luck.

  • Oct 12

    I completed MSN in administration and leadership this past spring. During my preceptorship phase of my program I realized that I do not want a position in management, so I am also applying to go back for my FNP post master's certificate. I did not realize that patient care is completely removed from the jobs of the nurses that work in management, and what I really want to do it provide care for patients. I am not cut out for bedside care long-term, juggling the patient loads that mean I spend most of my time running just to keep up and feeling like I'm not really making a longer-term impact in their care has lead me to believe that FNP is the position I'm looking for. Not that the patient loads are necessarily lighter in those positions, but I know that in my long-term care facility, I like the role our nurse practitioner has in coming in to care for the patients on both a regular and emergent basis. I think that's what I'm working towards, I hope to be accepted into a program that starts in January, and it's either two or two and a half years. Good luck to you!

  • Oct 8

    I always tell my kids that boredom is a reflection of the person, not the situation. You can find something to keep you challenged in just about any setting. (except maybe, as my kids have pointed out, working in a factory putting the toothpaste cap on tubes- but even then, someone has to do it). I think you need to find the area of specialty that you would enjoy and you'll automatically find a way to grow and learn in it. You've had some really smart people answer you here and look where they are- ICU, midwife, floor nurses, etc. There's no smart nurse specialty. Smart people are everywhere, and they're smart in part because they've learned what will make them happy and play to their strengths. The great thing about nursing is those opportunities are out there- hope you find yours.

  • Oct 6

    I always tell my kids that boredom is a reflection of the person, not the situation. You can find something to keep you challenged in just about any setting. (except maybe, as my kids have pointed out, working in a factory putting the toothpaste cap on tubes- but even then, someone has to do it). I think you need to find the area of specialty that you would enjoy and you'll automatically find a way to grow and learn in it. You've had some really smart people answer you here and look where they are- ICU, midwife, floor nurses, etc. There's no smart nurse specialty. Smart people are everywhere, and they're smart in part because they've learned what will make them happy and play to their strengths. The great thing about nursing is those opportunities are out there- hope you find yours.

  • Oct 4

    Good luck in the supervisor role, you're obviously motivated to do a good job and that will take you far. I've been told that my coworkers like it when I'm supervising, so here are a few tips from me. Be fair and firm, as long as you don't play favorites and you show that you're doing what's best for your employees and residents, little bumps along the way will work out. NEVER get sucked into the gossip game, even if you have a relationship where you become closer with some coworkers than others, you need to stay out of that stuff entirely. And always be willing to help. Every employee in the building knows that I will never ask them to do something I'm not willing to do myself. Enjoy your new position, there might be some challenges, but it will be worth it!

  • Oct 4

    Good luck in the supervisor role, you're obviously motivated to do a good job and that will take you far. I've been told that my coworkers like it when I'm supervising, so here are a few tips from me. Be fair and firm, as long as you don't play favorites and you show that you're doing what's best for your employees and residents, little bumps along the way will work out. NEVER get sucked into the gossip game, even if you have a relationship where you become closer with some coworkers than others, you need to stay out of that stuff entirely. And always be willing to help. Every employee in the building knows that I will never ask them to do something I'm not willing to do myself. Enjoy your new position, there might be some challenges, but it will be worth it!

  • Oct 3

    An unbiased opinion based on the tone of your post is that you should not pursue something you dislike before you've even really started. But as Sour Lemon pointed out, talking with people that know you better will probably be helpful, and support from family and friends is important when evaluating life decisions.

  • Oct 3

    I'm a "cranky old ___" whisperer. Give me an assignment with a curmudgeon or two any time. Usually by the end of the shift we'll be getting along just fine. And if they still don't like me, God bless them anyway. I'll provide the best care I can and listen if they need. I never would have guessed in school the crazy old people would be my niche. Gotta love 'em.

  • Oct 2

    An unbiased opinion based on the tone of your post is that you should not pursue something you dislike before you've even really started. But as Sour Lemon pointed out, talking with people that know you better will probably be helpful, and support from family and friends is important when evaluating life decisions.

  • Oct 2

    I'm a "cranky old ___" whisperer. Give me an assignment with a curmudgeon or two any time. Usually by the end of the shift we'll be getting along just fine. And if they still don't like me, God bless them anyway. I'll provide the best care I can and listen if they need. I never would have guessed in school the crazy old people would be my niche. Gotta love 'em.

  • Oct 1

    I'm a "cranky old ___" whisperer. Give me an assignment with a curmudgeon or two any time. Usually by the end of the shift we'll be getting along just fine. And if they still don't like me, God bless them anyway. I'll provide the best care I can and listen if they need. I never would have guessed in school the crazy old people would be my niche. Gotta love 'em.

  • Sep 26

    I had a similar experience when I finished nursing school and got a job in long-term care. Many of my classmates started conversations with "I'm sorry", as if I faced a fate worse than death as another "not real nurse". I've since started an acute care job, while keeping my long term care position per diem. I know the acute care experience will help open doors for me, but I don't think it's the end all be all of nursing. We're all nurses, providing care in many ways with many sorts of services. I've never understood the talking down to others, but it happens in all walks of life.

  • Sep 26

    I'm a "cranky old ___" whisperer. Give me an assignment with a curmudgeon or two any time. Usually by the end of the shift we'll be getting along just fine. And if they still don't like me, God bless them anyway. I'll provide the best care I can and listen if they need. I never would have guessed in school the crazy old people would be my niche. Gotta love 'em.


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