nurturing_angel 5,784 Views
Joined Jan 6, '04.
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I haven't seen anyone wear a cap in ages! I wish I still had mine. The case you posted a pic of is just like the one I used to have. I graduated in the 80's. Your instructor would probably love it.
I tried to take a break from nursing once. No one would hire me because they said I would leave to go back to the higher paying job.
I am lucky to work in a unit where I can do labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum/nursery care. We have a small unit and it is really nice to have a family during their labor and delivery, recover mom and follow them as they are admitted into postpartum/nursery care.
Labor and delivery can be vicious as stated before. Usually, things are nice there but whew.....when things go bad..they go BAD! And hard to deal with couples or families can be pains in the patooties. Good luck with whatever you decide.
I used to work FT (72hrs) night shift weekend option. I did this for years. Health problems forced me to seek a day shift and we only had a part time weekend option day shift position open. I took it. I now work 24 hours one week and 36 hours the next for a total of 60 hrs per pay period. I have to say the drop in pay was hard. Its still hard. But I feel so much better and I am glad I did it. I can pick up extra hours now and then. It has worked for me. Good luck in whatever you do.
Thank you for the reminder. I know this is true for me. I have a very hard time making myself take a lunch break when the patient needs something. Messes with my blood sugar tremendously.
Condolences on the loss or your friend.
When I worked during the week and state would show up, I always made myself busy in the labor rooms. Inspectors don't like coming into the labor area for some reason...LOL
Unfortunately, health concerns are pushing me away from the bedside. I work in an OB unit and I love it. We are a small unit and the workload is usually manageable. My co-workers and my managers are awesome. So I love working bedside but I hate the politics at the administrative level. Sometimes I just shake my head in amazement at some of the decisions they make when they have not a clue what we do out here!! :angryfire
I plan to enter the nursing education field. I am looking for a program now that will give me a workable RN to MSN in nursing education program. I would love to be a perinatal unit educator one day. But I will probably try to find a job teaching in a nursing program somewhere.
There are times when our ICU is staffed only with agency nurses and a few newbies. I do not know what is going on down there but they do not seem to be able to keep dedicated, experienced ICU nurses. It was kinda scary being a patient down there overnight before being transferred to the big cardiac hospital in the city last year.
And I get to throw diabetic neuropathy into the mix. Sometimes when I finally get to lie down and put my feet up, the pain is even more unbearable.
I don't work in a "baby-friendly" hospital. We do provide formula for mothers who request it. I am a huge fan of breast feeding and I know that breast is best. But what about mothers that want to bottle feed? What about their rights to choose how they want to feed their babies?
Are these mothers allowed to bring their own formula to the hospital so they can feed their babies? Or if they want to bottle feed, do they just find a alternate hospital to deliver?
Thank you for educating me on what goes on in the NICU in the middle of the night when all of the parents are gone. I never knew! You see my child started out her short life in there... very ill (annoying), funny looking, and yes did pass away.
LPN's have my r-e-s-p-e-c-t. But I understand the desire to push on with your education. I fully expect to get my Masters in Nursing Education.
Originally I wanted nothing to do with the health care industry. Especially nursing. After I graduated from high school I took a job as a dietary aide in a small community hospital. I had no plans to go to college for any degree of any kind. I just wanted to work my job and enjoy life and never see the inside of a classroom again.
Then I met some of the wonderful nurses working at this small hospital and that changed everything. I don't know how many times my supervisor had to come drag me out of the dining room and back to work in the kitchen. I just loved sitting with these ladies and listening to their stories. Remember that this was WAY before HIPAA. I wanted to be part of their group. I always volunteered to take the food carts up to the floor so that I could soak up whatever bits of the whole patient care environment that I could.
After about a year I switched jobs and started working as a nurses aide in a nursing home and the rest is history. I loved that job. And soon I was back in college. This was way back in the 70's. To this day I still think about that handful of nurses that allowed me to sit with them on their lunch break and answered all my questions and started that flicker of interest in this profession.
I hate it when you hear "Please hold for a very important call." Nah....if they really wanted to talk to me, a human would be on the line to talk to me. I do not have time to stand around waiting for a human to get around to me. I hang up. I also hate it when I call a business and get put on hold for eons and all the while I am on hold I keep hearing a pre-recorded message telling me how important my call is or my patronage to their business is. Yet I have been on hold for as long as 50 minutes once!!! Won't let that happen again.
I just got caught up with your thread and I am so sorry about your grandpa. I pray that he was comfortable and passed peacefully.
Please remember that this has been a terribly stressful time for you and you have to take special care of yourself. Don't let yourself get sick.
Sending prayers for your family at this time. I am glad that your grandma is showing some improvement.
Continue to keep us updated.
Love to you!!!!!
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