Latest Comments by Been there,done that

Latest Comments by Been there,done that

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    I kept a long thumbnail to pierce that packaging. After all, we are in a hurry.
    Manufacturers do not give a rat's patooty. They are at the mercy of big pharma .. like us all.

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    Quote from Cowboyardee
    - 8 isn't really a problem. It's frustrating, perhaps, but you get to know your coworkers and see that there's more than one way to skin a cat.

    - Not getting any sick patients on orientation can be a bigger issue. It's often easy to fix though. Speak up if you haven't done so yet. Figure out who makes the assignments for your shift and tell them directly you'd appreciate sicker patients. In a 12 bed ICU, it's often kind of feast or famine as acuity goes anyway, but most ICUs are happy to oblige a request for higher acuity. And it's possible that your apparent distress may have been misinterpreted as you actually wanting lower acuity patients unless you've stated otherwise directly.

    - No one is particularly competent by the end of orientation in an ICU. That takes a year or more. You'll rely on your coworkers at times in the meanwhile. This is one of the reasons why having 8 preceptors isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    - Were you hired specifically under the understanding that you will work nights? If so, a talk with your boss is definitely in order. Not too many places will fire you for holding them to that kind of agreement. If that was not an agreement at the outset, you've got less leverage. Talking with your unit director still wouldn't hurt. Truth be told, in a lot of places you learn more on the day shift.

    I can't advise you on whether you should stay in an ICU or give up on the CRNA thing. That's up to you. FWIW, there's nothing in your post that strikes me as egregious mistreatment from your particular ICU, so I don't really recommend trying another ICU in hopes of greener grass there yet. Critical care is hard; it's supposed to be hard. Most new ICU orientees have a high degree of stress and anxiety - it's normal. It tends to get better a few months after the end of orientation as you develop more competence and confidence.
    Having 8 preceptors is EXACTLY the reason she is not succeeding. OP needs nursing education, one preceptor and management to guide her .

    Wish I could do it for ya OP. Good luck.

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    caffeinatednurse likes this.

    QUOTE=caffeinatednurse;9193856]The world needs more nurses like you. [/QUOTE]
    However it so true. All MOST new nurses need to succeed is .. heartfelt guidance from an oldie -moldie .

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    sevensonnets likes this.

    Quote from CaffeinePOQ4HPRN
    I found the OP's post to be more hilarious than anything. I'm dying from laughter over here, I'm dead. Poor thing, OP is just reachin' for a unicron you guys...Bahahahhaha! This meme came to mind:

    I have a great sense of humor, I could not have made it 35 years in nursing without it.
    You found it hilarious, I did not. I was ticked that a student came onto the forum, trying to pick our brains about the easy road.

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    sevensonnets likes this.

    Quote from rearviewmirror
    I transitioned to UR nurse from ER nursing. Relatively speaking, it is very very very relaxed, we do have turn-around-times but for younger folks fast at typing and used to computer, work can be done before 2-3 hours before I go home, so I websurf a lot since I am bored. I get paid better, I don't have to do physically straining work, I don't have to deal with people driving me nuts at the ER, less stress, no more do-more-with-less culture, you get what I am saying. No one pays you for free, sure it's work, but certainly some jobs are tougher than others. No offense to other UR nurses, but this is easier than slapping butter on my pancake in the morning compared to crap I used to deal with in the ER
    UR is a specialty the OP would need several years of hands on experience in order to qualify.
    I perform utilization management. 12 hours of fast typing on the computer.. hurts my head and leaves me gasping for air. I must look into the UR thing. Thanks!

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    You only have one job offer. If the director at Hoag really wanted you, they would have made an RN position for you. To ask you to stay on as a CNA is ridiculous and demeaning.

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    Swellz, BFD and poppycat like this.

    There is a travel nurse category here on AN, under specialties. I met other travel nurses at the facility that hired me.
    If you don't have the chops to travel alone, you may not have the chops to travel nurse. It is a unique experience that requires 100 % confidence it your abilities. I had 25 + years experience, it took all that I had to succeed in a new environment with 3 days of orientation.
    Best of luck, let us know how it's going.

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    caliotter3, RainMom, cocoa_puff, and 19 others like this.

    Who is evaluating her performance? If it's you. get her canned.
    If it's not you, report her performance, and get her canned. You need somebody in there that will learn the ropes and work WITH you.

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    I can't imagine "demanding" anything from my manager. She is the boss, I am not. Send the email REQUESTING to be scheduled off after your 16 hour shift and correcting the misinformation she has received.
    If your request is not met, speak with your manager in person. If they still don't get it, prepare to make a move.

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    WOW. Still a student and asking for the highest paid, lowest stress job. Perhaps you should obtain your licensure and work in a few areas while you figure that out.


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    Sweetlillove likes this.

    Any hospital position will be better than Davita. Davita needs somebody with RN after their name to CY Davita's A while they make a gazillion $$$ dialyzing as many people that they can.
    The hospital will train you to OR, if you don't like it ,you can transfer in 6 months.

    Best wishes, whatever you decide.

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    poppycat likes this.

    You would document medication administration, where your paycheck is signed.
    Your agency is TELLING you to falsify documentation. This is because the agency receives payment for your actions, under your licensure. They do not give a rat's patooty about you, only the payment they receive.

    Run, don't walk ..away from this mess.

  • 8

    "Be kind , it costs nothing". In my charge nurse position, I precepted everybody that came through the door. I took them all under my wing and got them ready to go.


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    poppycat, evastone, and Sour Lemon like this.

    You are employed by the agency. Additional responsibilities the school wants to throw at you is ridiculous. DO NOT do anything extra they "request". They are using you and abusing you.
    Your agency wants you to LIE about medication administration. It's a sticky situation, but anytime I am told to LIE, I see MY license flying out the window.

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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I've said it before, I'll say it again:

    Exotic dancer
    MMJ, not going to happen for us oldie -moldies. They will not pay us to take it all off, now they pay us to "put it back on"