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  • Oct 22

    Your first priority is to get treatment. From there, why not ease into it with gen eds at a local school? You're 19- you have plenty of time.

    Best wishes!

  • Oct 20

    Missed your previous post. Performing LPN duties? Hold the job title and get paid as an LPN or get a job elsewhere. As an LPN. Stop allowing your employer to use you.

  • Oct 20

    Quote from Aliens05
    ...our nurses dont do much other than some paperwork here and there.
    You might change your opinion about that after you actually become a nurse.

  • Oct 19

    I personally would be delighted with my picture fading away. It's the magnetic strip I'd miss . . . Does your badge have a magnetic strip for accessing private areas? If that's not working, your badge should be replaced. If you're just unhappy with the way it looks, cough up the 20 bucks and get a new one.

  • Oct 19

    Quote from Been there,done that
    "I was told that they feel that I may do better at a unit with less patient acuity" You still have a job, management is trying to find a better fit for you. You just need a little more time to succeed, management know this.

    It is a POSITIVE move on your managers part. S/he realizes you have great potential, and they want to keep you on. Thank your manager, ask if you can shadow on these units, in order to make the best decision . I would also ask, where is the greatest need and where does management feel you are the best fit .

    Deep breaths, you have excellent support. Let us know how it's going.
    That's about where I am with this. It is a pisitive.

    OP: My impression is that your employer took the high road. They identified a problem with how you are meshing in with your current environment and think a different specialty would suit you better.

    It would make too long of a post to discuss how unique this is. Your manager used a compassionate decision making process instead of the 'for profit' approach most use. I will say this though: This manager took the high road despite the fact that this is a mark against them (for most institutions, that's how it's viewed). Managers are graded in part by how well nurses new to the hospital perform there. Your manager admitted things weren't as ideal as they should be and suggested a change in environment for you. Many managers would have tried to save face and would have insisted that you were the problem and a change in scenery wouldn't help.

    So, don't get caught up in worrying about why it was a bad fit on a unit you will no longer be at. Focus on how to make your new opportunity a good fit.

  • Oct 19

    You've done it FIVE times... in other words, hardly at all.

    If your classmates are proclaiming comfort and competence after a similarly scant number of sticks, they are either deluding themselves or lying to you.

    It probably took me 25-50 attempts to feel marginally competent, another hundred or so to feel competent, and a few hundred more to be an expert.

    Give yourself a break; you'll get there, you just need practice.

  • Oct 18

    Seems like MSF is trading the opportunity to get 1 million doses free for the ability to get unlimited doses at a highly discounted price. They'd also be securing the discount for other NGOs and governments. Seems legit to me. MSF has also already negotiated low ($3/dose) prices from GSK, the other vaccine manufacturer, so rejecting Pfizer isn't hurting their ability to secure the product.

    I think it's also preventing Pfizer from taking a tax write-off, which is good. I don't imagine they can deduct price-discounted product sales the same way they can a donation, but I'm not an accountant.

  • Oct 17

    Hi! I am a day late, but nevertheless I've had a never ending week of overtime, frustration, and morale boosters along the way.

    Yesterday was the end of Emergency Nurses Week; I was grateful for the wonderful activities and was the first time as a nurse I was able to enjoy a week for the specialty I am committed to be in.

    I also struggled with frustrations of being in contact negotiations; I know there is a way to get the upper hand to address the issues that we nurses face, and I am in support for that clause.

    So what I learned this week:

    -I relearned how to use a Bair Hugger; I also learned that in Level I Trauma hospitals with burn units, you can call a Burn Level to help focus the appropriate personnel to the level of care needed.

    -I learned that re strategizing to advocate for patient safety can be a motivating force for change.

    -I learned that the student can become the teacher quicker with errors and be an advocate for change; to mentor new nurses as a newbie myself and see the mentorship that I want to pass on to generation of nurses for years to come is a humbling and exciting process, even as I learn from them as well.

    That's it for this week-what have YOU learned?

  • Oct 13

    Quote from xtina BSN, RN
    What is the general consensus about adding GPA to resume? Yay or nay?
    Nay. No one cares

  • Oct 13

    OP: be aware that unlike an Education major, you cannot just transfer into the nursing program. Entry to nearly all programs is highly competitive, and requires successful completion of pre-requisite science courses at an absolute bare minimum. Most university programs accept only a small percentage of overly qualified applicants.

  • Oct 12

    Quote from Been there,done that
    So the company must have a registered nurse on call at all times, to legally cover everyone else's position.
    They are making YOU do it 24/7.
    I can hear the laughing from here.... and they are laughing all the way to the bank.
    And I can't help but wonder if she is getting on call pay even. 24×7 at on call rate lol

    Had a company tell me "We don't pay for on call unless you have to make a visit." I followed that with "I don't do on call unless I'm paid to do so. Perhaps just leave me off the on call schedule and let me know if a visit must be made."

    No, wasn't hired.

    No, I didn't mind.

  • Oct 11

    Quote from traumaRUs
    I had to look up some stuff...I've been a nurse for a long time (25 years) and have always worked (and still do) around pts. My pts have cdif, VRE, MRSA, you name it as they are all immunocompromised. I do run errands after work frequently and yes I wear scrubs. I do not even change my shoes - however we have never worn shoes in our household so they are left outside anyway.

    How Gross is Your Shopping Cart? From Fox news: A study of 85 random shopping carts conducted by Dr. Charles P. Gerba found that 50 percent carried E. coli, while 72 percent contained coliform bacteria. "The exceptionally high level of coliform bacteria suggests that fecal material may be involved in cart contamination," the report further stated.In other words, your cart most likely harbors bathroom germs.
    According to Donna Duberg, an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University, these pathogens find their way into our carriages through a number of avenues. "Certainly children can be a source of the germs," she explains, as toddlers often ride in carts when accompanying their parents, but Duberg doesn't downplay the role of the consumers either. "We may bring in germs with our hands," she adds.

    70% of Chicago Shopping Carts Have E Coli from the Chicago Tribune: A microbiology professor who has tested shopping carts in major markets, including Chicago, says they're dirtier than public restrooms, diaper-changing tables, chair armrests and playground equipment, among other things.
    Does that justify nurses adding more known bugs to the mix? D

    id you know some hospitals don't allow kids with chronic illnesses to have contact with each other because of "co-mingling" of bacteria? We also do extensive education for them on how to be mindful of others when they are in public places. Now by your reasoning that is all crap.

    Have you ever read the information booklets given to patients with HIV and other immunocompromising diseases on how to be cautious buying fruits and veggies at a supermarket?

    How about the days when we had powered gloves? We knew those who put their hands in their pockets, scratched their hind parts and adjusted. It was safe to say that was before they washed their hands.

    If you can make the world just a little safer, why not? We know where we work and where our scrubs have been. I have been around long enough to have seen our awareness grow and have seen enough co-workers who got careless in their own hygiene habits and paid dearly for it. It wasn't that long ago when we thought someone who wore gloves to start and IV was a sissy to be laughed at.

  • Oct 11

    Quote from dream'n
    I work in psych. I doubt my scrubs are covered in public hazard pathogens. After work, if I need to stop at the store, I stop at the store. Sorry to anyone that gets nauseated at the sight of me in scrubs, but it's really a non-issue to me.
    right...because psych patients are sooo much cleaner.

  • Oct 11

    Quote from loriangel14
    Yeah I stop to do stuff on the way home all the time. Unless they were visibly soiled I never worry about it.

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    You are mistaken. How many prostitutes carry all kinds of disease do you think go to Wal-mart? Or IV drug users for that matter? I think my clean scrubs where I may have titrated a couple of drips that day are much, much cleaner.

    What about people who pick their nose then get a cart?? But you are worried about scrubs that don't touch it??
    This is why stores now have cleaning canisters at the doors. Wipe the cart down a little especially where your hands will be touching.

    The big difference is as health care professionals we are educated to know about pathogens. Just because everyone else is dirty and touching stuff does not mean we have to add to it. We know what we are messing with all day.

    Your scrubs also don't have to be visibly dirty to be "dirty". Many of us are around fecal matter and other body substances all day. This could include the nice little lady who touched your scrubs during a transfer and may not have been diagnosed officially with C-diff. Again, your scrubs do not have to be visibly soiled to be dirty.

    I have not worn my scrubs to work or out of the hospital in almost 40 years. I have two pairs of shoes dedicated to work and we are fortunate enough to have a locker room to keep shoes.

    There are also people who love the attention they get when they wear their uniform. Many glow when asked "are you a nurse"? I have known members of the transport teams who wear their uniforms even on their off days when they go out for the attention and the perks of freebies. The more educated the public is, the more gross or silly it becomes.

  • Oct 11

    If you have a job that doesn't get cooties on your scrubs, it doesn't bother me. They are no dirtier than the clothes of other people in the store. However, if you've been working with germs all day and probably have some on you, please don't spread them throughout the produce section of your local supermarket -- or anywhere else for that matter.

    Pack a small bag and put it in your car. You can change in your locker room, lounge, etc.