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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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  • Nov 30

    Quote from 79Tango
    I dont want my Pharmacist jumping over the counter to give me CPR but they sure have to have BLS if they want to work here!
    My PhD pharmacist neighbor teaches ACLS, so I will ask for him.

  • Sep 10

    Quote from tokmom
    My philosophy:1) Make no med errors2) catch any pt circling the drain before they code3) get out on time4) get my lunch at the very least5) Be mindful of burn out
    Wow! I wonder if we ever worked in the same place? Oh, wait! We did!Mine would be:
    Don't hurt anybody.

    Get out on time (my personal goal for every shift)

    Work to live, not live to work.

  • Mar 27

    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.

  • Feb 22

    When my daughter started the financial aid process way back in 1990, a phrase right out of the financial aid handbook stated, "parents are expected to EXHAUST THEIR RESOURCES before any aid will be granted." That was regardless of grades, and she graduated with a 4.0 from High School. That meant essentially that one had to take out a second mortgage on your home, and if you have more than one child, what do you do the next time?

    I believe that since then, one's home value is not taken into account for need. But then my kids are now in their 30's, and I don't know how it works.

    For our grandson, we have started a college tuition savings account and hopefully, his mommy and daddy won't get the shock of a lifetime like we did when it comes time for him to go to college.

  • 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.