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Joined Feb 9, '04 - from 'Somewhere in the midwest'. BittyBabyGrower is a Nurse of course!. He has '30+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, PICU, educator'. Posts: 1,813 (19% Liked) Likes: 1,012

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  • 8:23 pm

    I remember Hillary saying this in the 90's it was on some local TV. Her father was in the hospital and she was something about nurses aren't educated like doctors and lawyers and shouldn't expect to be paid so much (paraphrase) cause its been over 20 years.
    I know the hospitals were trying all types of ******** to cut cost. I worked night shift and we had no janitorial service. I had to clean up a room after my patient had projectile direhha. It was all over him and the other patient in he room. THe all the ceiling. It was hell. I never even charted druing my 12 hours. I usually had to stay after shift to do all the dang paperwork. We ran our asses off and she said that sh*t. It still pisses me off now. Then when she was running against Obama in 08. She shadow some nurse trying to backtrack her attidude toward nursing.
    I had to do this along with taking care of my other 9 patietns. It was crazy ass time in nursing.

    I can tell you we all HATED HILLARY and Hated the idea of Hillary Care.

    She IS AND WAS the OLD feminist. She believe women that did traditional rows of caregiver, sham, teacher and nurses where not worth a crap.

  • 8:22 pm

    You are correct that anyone can have a change of heart 20+ years later. However, I was mainly answering the initial posted question about whether or not she actually said such a thing. (By the way, she made these comments after her father was critically ill and in the hospital for an extended period of time.) My wish at the time, and still is, that she should be just as concerned about her profession as she is mine. Tort reform is much needed in our country and would help significantly in decreasing the cost of healthcare. I would respect her more if she took care of the "elephant" in her own backyard. But since we have a lot of lawyers running our country, it will probably not ever happen.

  • 8:22 pm

    I came too late to add input to the question of Hillary Clinton's remarks regarding nurses. I will agree with the voice of the Capt. Some of us are old enough to remember what many in the media choose to forget. (Believe it or not, not everything is documented online). Shortly after Bill Clinton was elected President, Hillary did indeed say that nurses were overpaid and were nothing but doctor's handmaidens. Many of us were appalled. What was even more amazing is that she totally disrespected her mother-in-law with that statement (Bill's mother was a nurse). The argument that the ANA would not support someone who had made that statement is also false. At the time of the statement, I was an active member of the ANA. Within a year of Hillary's statement, the ANA asked Hillary to be the keynote speaker at their convention. I dropped my membership and have never rejoined. I could not tolerate an organization who embraced someone who did not respect our profession. It seemed more important to the ANA to have the First Lady as a keynote speaker than to stand up for all nurses. That is when I realized, it is all about the money.

  • Jul 27

    Quote from thecrossfitrn
    I recently moved back to my home state and took a position at a large hospital in a small unit. I started working a few weeks ago, and it is the most cushy nursing position I've ever had. I went from taking 7-8 patients while being charge on a high acuity med-surg unit to taking no more than 5 patients on a unit that is relatively lower acuity. I'm actually finding myself having downtime, which I've never had before.

    As I'm starting to get to know my co-workers, I'm finding myself sitting at different nurses stations just to get away from them. All they do all day is complain about how hard their job is, how the pay stinks and trying to get out of taking admits. It's ridiculous to listen to. I feel like I want to slap them. They have no idea how good they have it on our unit, how excellent the pay is for the area (we make nearly $3 more an hour than the next largest metro area where the cost of living is way higher), and how easy our patient load is.

    I'm really having a hard time listening to their constant complaining. I realize nursing can be frustrating at times no matter where you go, but seriously... if they only knew how good it was on our unit. I guess it's a good reminder to not become that type of nurse. Always be thankful when a facility treats you well, pays you what you're worth and helps protect your license by staffing well with good ratios. I guess I won't be making any friends on my new unit anytime soon, but at least I'm no longer coming home frustrated by chaos.

    Maybe, just maybe that's the only place they've worked and have nothing to compare it to as far as being better or not. Try to keep an open mind and give them a chance...

  • Jul 27

    Quote from gilversplace
    Not every state pays good like California, here in the south starting for nurses are bottom $20s. I even heard few years ago below 20 for no experience
    California pay is actually not that great when compared with their cost of living. My house cost $120,000 here in Texas. A similar house in California would cost well over $500,000. Yes in the south our hourly wages are lower across the board, but our cost of living is significantly less.

  • Jul 26

    local reflex withdrawal is like when you touch something hot and you automatically (reflexively) jerk away from it before your brain even has time to register that it hurts. Pushing away is a conscious action.

  • Jul 26

    Hi there! We have several males in our mostly female NICU (and we seem to add one or two every year!). They are part of our family! No stigma. They are solid nurses who do a fantastic job taking care of patients. They DO typically ask a female nurse to help with teaching a mom to breastfeed, or position with kangaroo care, but that seems to be their personal preference and what they are comfortable with. If you want to be in the NICU then go for it! One of our male NICU nurses is going on to be an NNP! :-)

  • Jul 26

    There is no stigma. I am fully capable of taking care of the babies as well as my female co-workers. I am 1 of 2 male nurses out of a 300 RN unit. Parents don't treat me any different than my female co-workers.

    We have full time Lactation Consultants so any breastfeeding issues are referred to the Lactation Consultants. Their job is to teach the moms about breastfeeding. Both me and my female coworkers refer them to the Lactation Consultants. They have fr more training than we do.

    I have helped many moms Kangaroo Care their preemie and they didn't seem to have an issue.

    Our NICU chaplain calls me an "anomaly" in the NICU. I think the dads enjoy seeing another male caring for their baby. It encourages them to be willing to hold their baby without "breaking" them. I love my job and will stay in NICU until retirement.

    We need more males in NICU, don't give up your dream.

  • Jul 25

    My 37 year old BSN degree has gotten me exactly 0% more money over the years.

  • Jul 24

    I can understand your spouse's reluctance to move away from his family, and to take a hit trying to sell a home that you bought just two years ago. However, if you lose your job and he can't or won't step up to become breadwinner, there isn't going to be much choice. A two hour commute is miserable, and working from home with two little kids seems like sheer misery. Is it possible you can get hired at a job that really interests you in another city? I've known a number of people who live in the next state (or even neighboring country) and come to work for three or four days in a row, then fly or drive back home for their days off. Some of them rent rooms from other staff, stay in cheap motels or crash on someone's couch. Your husband will have to deal with the kids on his own while you're gone. He may step up to that challenge, or he may decide that selling the house and moving to your job is the better option.

    Another option is travel nursing. Some folks take travel assignments close enough that they can commute. I don't know if there are options like that where you live. You might be able to find a travel assignment four hours or so away and take their housing stipend to rent a room there, and go home on your days off. If not, one thirteen week assignment with you gone ought to clarify his options for your husband!

  • Jul 23

    I would have held the discharge. "Come back tomorrow, bring your car seat and the baby's clothes; be prepared to spend 2-3 feedings." Pass on in report, if they don't show, have Social Worker call CPS. (Yes, tell the parents that's what the plan is going to be.) Write it up for the nurse manager in case there's a to-do. Teenagers need a wake up call. If they think you're a b----, oh, well.

    I had a teenage mom show up to get her baby; she had a diaper and a tee-shirt for a premie--in February. Yes we live in San Diego, but it's COLD in February!! She didn't see a problem. Sometimes, I think they want to see how much stuff the kind hearted nurse will give them.

    We did have donated carseats available for dire situations.

  • Jul 23

    I can just read the headlines in the local paper now. "Newborn discharged from local hospital at midnight with no food" ....

    You did the best you could.

    My question would be where was dayshift, and especially case management? Who discharges newborns at night?


  • Jul 23

    There is no grace period at any of the three hospitals I've worked at. You're suspended until it's brought up to date. I've never worked as an agency nurse.

  • Jul 23

    Quote from BelleMorteRN
    ...My husband wore socks with flip flops today, no joke.
    And the problem is?

  • Jul 23

    I feel terrible for your ex-dog. I have two kids, and two dogs and a husband - I'd never dream of giving any of them away because of nursing school - or anything else that's going to be tough in life because there's plenty.