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  • Nov 27 '11

    Quote from merlee
    As a Jewish person, I offered to work most Christmas eves and Christmases. I usually had off New Year's Eve and Day. Keep in mind that most of my family had off on Christmas, and they were at home waiting for me to get off so we could be together.

    I probably worked or was on call nearly 30 years. And yet I had to beg to get off my own Holy Days, and can only recall ONE time when someone volunteered to work for me. AND I had to frequently use personal or vacation days to take those days off. My Holy Days are spent at the Temple for many hours in prayer, as well as the family gathering.

    When I lived in Israel for a while, the issue was the Jewish holidays!!!


    I worked at an acute dialysis unit for a few years and the day after Thanksgiving was also a holiday for pay purposes. Some of us who worked 10hr days volunteered to work those days because of the pay - Time and a half for the shift plus reg time if you chose to not have another day off. And our boss allowed us to leave when the work was done, sometimes as early as 2 o'clock. So we worked 7 hours and got paid for 25 - - for each of those days. That week we actually worked about 34 hours but got paid for 70 hours! Extra cash to pay for Christmas or whatever!

    Patients are always happy to see familiar faces on weekend and holidays instead of all of the per diem or part-timers.

    Best wishes!!

    By the way - - my parents vacationed without my brother and me - - during Thanksgiving week since I was in about 9th grade! And we survived!
    Merlee, I think that's Wonderful that you volunteered to work for others over Christmas. My Dad worked nights at the Post Office for over 30yrs - Christmas being the busiest time of yr. I still remember his Jewish co-workers always more than willing to work for him on Christmas Night so he could be home with our Family. That was many yrs ago & I still remember how much that simple gesture from those nice men, meant to us kids. He did the same for them over the Jewish Holidays - it's great when people can work together to have family time & still get the job done.

  • Nov 27 '11

    Eh, your family gets used to it. You adjust days or times for meals. We ate T-Day dinner at noon at my grandparents house and I missed it at my inlaws who are inflexible and must eat at 5. Going to my moms today to have another dinner since my sister and BIL didnt make it on thursday ( hes a police officer) Kids open gifts at the butt crack of dawn before you leave for work or if you work well enough with your family ( and they will keep kids christmas eve) after you get home.

    My favorite Christmas memory as a child was the one where my aunt had to work on Christmas and my gma kept my cousin the night before. All Zach wanted was a chain saw ( he was like 4) so gma made sure there was a toy chain saw under the tree for him. All day long he bragged about how Santa brought him just what he wanted. After his mom got home after work, so about 4 pm, my mom and I took him home. He ran through the door, up to his mom, excited about his chain saw and trying to tell her. Then he seen their tree and exclaimed " who are all THOSE presents for"

  • Nov 26 '11

    My favorite shift was the 16-hour double shift. I used to work two 16-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday for a grand total of 32 hours over the weekend. This setup enabled me to have Monday through Friday off. Many people love shorter shifts, but I am a compressed-shift type of girl, which means that I would much rather pack as many hours into each shift so that I work less days out of the week.

  • Oct 1 '11

    Working 6 12's a week gets to you very quickly and then you start looking for other career options. Don't even think about it. You THINK you will enjoy it now....but wait until you are on the other side of the fence and your rose colored glasses have been shattered. What we do is HARD work and you MUST take time for yourself.

  • Jul 15 '11

    A coworker was rushed to the hospital on Sunday and was taken off the vent today. She left a son and a husband behind. This person worked at our hospital for just over a year as our assist. manager.
    I had to work today and we found out that they took her off the vent during mid shift, at a sister hospital. The chaplain came up for support and prayers, but the day was horribly busy with demanding patients that couldn't even muster a thank you to their nurses for pain meds, water or blankets. All the nurses had been crying in the breakroom over the news and missing lunch because the day was insane. Yet they walked back in the rooms with a smile on their face. I was really proud of my co workers today. We held that floor together because we worked as a team and gave hugs to each other as we were running down the halls.
    I worked 10 hrs before taking a break. It was an exhausting and very long day. I had to leave the desk many times to wipe away tears, but come back and answer the phone and pretend things were just fine.

    My co worker is now gone, and no longer in pain, but darn it all, she will be greatly missed.

  • Mar 29 '11

    Quote from morningland
    Is these just s/s of a person who should not take the responsability of being a nurse?
    In this day and age, many nursing programs merely prepare students to pass NCLEX. However, it is the on-the-job training that teaches a person how to really be a nurse. You will learn more during your first year of nursing than you did during all of your time spent in school, so do not give up the good fight yet. Good luck to you!

  • Nov 1 '10

    yes, but what would you say if they were still smoking?

  • Sep 21 '10

    Quote from Reminisce
    I am not a nurse, I am just trying to educate myself but don't all rn's treat wounds? and rashes? and things like that?
    It depends on the type of wound and the facility. Where I work (in a hospital, not long term care), nurses can treat wounds like minor bed sores and skin tears using their judgment. More serious bed sores, the ones that go through different layers of tissue, get assessed and treated by a wound care specialist. The bedside nurses then do these dressing changes using the wound care specialists recommendations. A surgical wound is treated per MD order such as leaving open to air or applying bacitracin and sterile dressing. I wouldn't put anything on a rash without an MD's order.

  • Jun 28 '10

    Sometimes when you post on the internet, your true intentions don't come thru.

    I'm giving this poster the benefit of the doubt and agree that $300,000 isn't much after taxes. And...if you make $300,000, that puts you in the highest tax bracket and the way things are changing in Washington, you will be taking home significantly less than that.

    Also - it is best to just ignore those posters who don't post what you want to hear. Don't engage them.

  • Jun 27 '10

    It depends on the facility, whether you are salaried or paid hourly wages, and their policy on overtime.

    By the way, no matter where you work in the US, $300,000 starts to look a lot like $150,000 after Uncle Sam gets his share.

  • Jun 25 '10

    There's been a few slow-to-warm-up aides on my unit. But I haven't noticed any "evil" vibes. I was an aide first, so that experience gives me so much more appreciation for them. It's totally unit specific though. I think we just have a great group.

    Well, her name is already known by the nursing supervisor, so she's on their radar. All I can suggest is keep providing excellent patient care and be professional. If you're brave, you could try and approach her about it- maybe with the nurse supervisor even.

  • Jun 23 '10

    Quote from ProgressiveThinking
    I have a buddy who works in IT, and a buddy who works in software engineering. They make it seem like there are plenty of jobs if you have your certifications or an internship. I was told worst-case scenario you're stuck working as a data analyst with individuals who have AS degrees. A new grad salary obviously wouldn't compare to a nurses, but mid-career salary is > than a nursing salary by far (This statement obviously does not apply to CRNAs).
    Employment is slim in every field in this economy which is why career choices should not be based on current employment opportunities alone.

  • Jun 23 '10

    Oh also, take the stairs while you are at work. It is a hell of a workout. Some of my co-workers and I will take a five minute break to "run the stairs" in the middle of the night and it really does wake you up.

  • Jun 23 '10

    Quote from fungez
    Yeah, it's a little rude and a lot annoying and I have to bite my tongue from giving a snotty comeback like "darn, you're old, how does it feel to know you're going to die soon?"
    I said that to my grandmother once when I was a little kid. I was honestly curious. I am sure that is the reason that I am no longer mentioned in her will. (Not marrying a nice Jewish boy might also have something to do with it...)

  • Jun 21 '10

    the pay for a two degree is pretty good and some in specialties do make 90,000 a year. no offense but I hate the term " right reason" the right reason for you may not be the right reason for me.


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