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I am happily retired after 35 years of Labor and Delivery nursing. My passions now are two wonderful grandchildren, quilting on my HQ 16, sewing, and going where life takes me with my husband of 28 years. I am primarily conservative with moderate views on a couple social issues.

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  • Jan 16

    Quote from klwtiger
    531 hours is just over 3 months of full time hours. I am looking into what would be required to reinstate a license if the requirement is not met if there is a medical or family situation preventing the hours from being reachable. If it is looked at from a patient standpoint would a patient feel comfortable knowing their nurse has been out of practice for three years or more with no additional requirement before returning to practice? The medical world is ever changing and advancing and it is our responsibility as nurses to keep our skills at or above basic competency. This would be difficult to do if removed completely from practice for three years.

    As for retiring before needing to complete the requirement, most nurses I know who have retired maintain their licenses at least for a period of time. Part of it is status for some as they have earned it and want to maintain it, part of it is to leave the possibility open for returning to work if the need arises or if retired life just gets too boring ;-) and they want to pick up a few shifts or to pad the vacation fund. If working full time you should already have the hours requirement to cover you for the next three years and would only need to complete some continuing education which you might have already if your place of employment requires in-services. It might be worth thinking about unless you are absolutely sure you are done with nursing forever!
    I was not voicing this concern for myself, but for younger nurses that I know. I don't work full time; in fact I am already semi-retired and in order to keep my social security payments intact, I limit my hours to about 16 a month.

    If there was not the 531 hour requirement, I would at least go to inactive status, but I can tell you that when I hang it up, it's going to stay hung up. Bored? HAHAHAHAHA! I am not one of those people who live to work. I have a life, a very full life, and while I will miss my coworkers, I am not going to miss working. I have some serious reservations about the direction nursing is taking...less actual bedside nursing time with way too much emphasis on computer everything.

  • Jul 6 '16

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  • May 30 '16

    If you have an issue with night shift getting more pay, then go to night shift and do nothing for more money.....although I expect you might change your mind after a week or more.

  • May 21 '16

    If you have an issue with night shift getting more pay, then go to night shift and do nothing for more money.....although I expect you might change your mind after a week or more.

  • Mar 7 '16

    Some people, like me, know what their usual vitals are and if indeed, they are different from what you have just obtained, it might bear checking into their history. My normal temp is usually 97 point 1 or 2, so even a 99.0 could be indicative of a low grade fever.

  • Jan 30 '16

    WSNA is not the only union in WA for nurses. We are represented by USNU, United Staff Nurses Union, and I am happy with them. We bargain hard, our contract is a good one, and when we need union rep back-up for grievances, we get it. I have also heard, just last week, one of my co-workers say of WSNA "when WSNA was here, we got nothing. They didn't help us with grievances at all." I guess that's why USNU is ours now.