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Joined Jun 13, '10. She has '2 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,222 (62% Liked) Likes: 6,328

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  • Jan 12

    Contribute to your 401K/403B. The money that you put in your 401K is not taxed until you withdraw it after retirement. Put money into your HSA. Same as 401k, it is not taxed. Those don't help increase your take home paycheck, but government gets less of your money.

  • Jan 5

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    And then there was the time that one nurse refused to take on a seventh patient and the charge nurse, who already had seven patients himself, had to take an eighth one.
    Good for that nurse! Protecting themselves and their license. More nurses should follow this example.

  • Jan 4

    Quote from Daisy4RN
    I have worked in California in the past and can tell you even with ratios it is too much. It has become worse over the years because of gov. regulations, hospital p/p, and the push for pt. satisfaction, and higher pt acuity. I can not even imagine having 7 med-surg patients, this is crazy and unsafe.
    I completely agree. The proposed legislation calls for 1:3 Tele, 1:4 MedSurg!

  • Jan 4

    With all the expenses lost in replacing burnt out nurses, fines for hospital acquired pressure ulcers, medication errors, and everything else listed above, etc., how come hospitals haven't realized reducing nurse to patient ratios will actually *save* the hospital money?

    Is it more expensive really just to hire a few extra nurses? All the hospital scores and safety numbers would rise, including HCAHPS.

    It would be a win-win for everyone. What am I missing?

  • Jan 3

    Laughing over here!

  • Jan 1

    Quote from OnTheSearch
    a lot of working with adults means working with people who treat you like crap and just want you to be their servant.
    And babies don't treat you like a servant??
    FEED ME!!!
    CHANGE MY DIAPER!!!
    I SPIT MY PACI OUT, PUT IT BACK IN MY MOUTH!! {5 seconds later} WHERE ARE YOU GOING? I SPIT MY PACI OUT, PUT IT BACK IN MY MOUTH!!

  • Jan 1

    I like nursing. It's easy and I get paid a lot of money. I only work per diem positions so I have complete control over my schedule and have the luxury of having all holidays off.

    I like nursing because it provides me an enjoyable lifestyle and all the free time I desire.

    It also taught me not to be afraid of doctors anymore. So easy to talk to them now.

    It also taught me that a patients safety and well-being in the hospital is dependent on NURSING CARE. Not the all-mighty physicians.

  • Dec 31 '17

    Quote from alexaway
    This doesn't seem fair to me at all. Mothers have the right to do what is best for their children
    Your colleagues have a right to have a nurse who is there for the full shift and not passing their work off on others by being off 45 minutes at a time.

    No ones saying dont pump, they are saying dont take the piss about it and end up leaving half your work to your colleagues

  • Dec 31 '17

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    At what point does using their accommodation become inappropriate?
    Lifestyle choices should not interfere with a person’s ability to do their job. Having a baby is a lifestyle choice.

    It becomes inappropriate when the accommodation is not used for the reason it was intended, and when additional time is claimed to be required (outside of what was already generously allotted to pump) and approved and you're caught using this time extra time to instead to have extra breaks to rest, read, eat, check your cellphone, etc... forcing your colleagues to take on a lot of the care of your patients. I suspect that the travel nurse the OP wrote about may have very likely been at their wits end for being taken advantage of. Who really knows?!

    Having a baby is a lifestyle choice. So, people need to be responsible for themselves and contemplate and reasonably try to plan how this choice will impact their lives. At the hospital you are not the patient, you are not the priority and while you are at work your patient deserves your attention. If your priority at work is your baby over the care of vulnerable patients who depend on you, perhaps you're not ready to come back to work?

    Having a baby doesn't exempt anyone from being responsible for their nursing duties. No one should be responsible because someone chose to inconvenience themselves. I worked while I was a caregiver to my father while he was dying from cancer, but when I was at work I did my bloody job and didn't make my coworkers suffer because my life changed. The difference is no one chooses to have cancer...

    No ones time is more valuable than anyone else's. Career professionals need to be respectful of their colleagues time, and reciprocate when people go out of their way to help them. The law protects nursing mothers, this is true, and I've sadly seen many women take advantage of this as an opportunity to get away with lighter duties or take their sweet time on frequent/excessive breaks when they were fully capable of their patient assignments.

  • Dec 31 '17

    We are talking about the legal rights of women who pump at work, but what about the legal rights to standard lunch and breaks?
    I watch your patients while you pump and you watch mine while I take a break.
    It's called teamwork- no resentment
    however, it sounds like some of these nurses are taking advantage and not reciprocating.
    At that point I think the manager should get involved, because ultimately it is the employers duty to give the nursing mother the time not the staffs responsibility.

  • Dec 25 '17

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    If I am not giving the full amount of a narc I need a witness but then my preceptor told me to do something to by pass that. I don't even remember what she told me to do to by pass that. When she told me to do that it caused me to eff something up with the Pyxis which got me in trouble. I.Wanted.To.SCREAM!

    I hate the Pyxis. It will forever be my nemesis!
    Either you and /or your preceptor is incorrect. You need a witness for a waste.

  • Dec 25 '17

    September 2017

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I live in a small town so job opportunities are far & few between. The hospital in my town does hire LVNs occasionally, but I never get interviews.
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I don't know if I just needed to vent or need suggestions. I'm also really devastated right now. I get this awesome job, doing what I love to do, getting paid amazingly & then it gets ripped away. Of course we needed it desperately. I just don't know how we're gonna make ends meet after October.

    I've already started looking for a new job because I know I'm not gonna get good news next week. But unfortunately, there's not many jobs available out there.

    November 2017

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    After I lost my correctional position I was depressed for awhile and I didn't know what to do.
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Any way, after I lost my job I started looking and applying for a few jobs here & there (because of everything I stated above). Every time I would get rejected, no surprise there. I saw there were a bunch of openings for LVNs at the hospital system in my area so I applied to all of them & didn't think much of it after that. Then on Tuesday I got a phone call to set up an interview. I was shocked! I didn't think I'd ever get an interview for a hospital position! So I immediately accepted and set up a time.
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I had my interview today and it went so well that I go the call from HR on my way home that I got the job!!! I couldn't be more excited!!!

    December 2017

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    I also feel kind of bored, it seems all monotonous. Go in, get report, pass meds, lunch, pass meds, give report. Blah. Same thing day in & day out. Maybe it will be different when I'm off orientation but man, I feel so bored with it. There aren't any codes or anything exciting that happens.
    OC, "the same thing day in and day out" describes 99% of all jobs out there, whether they are in nursing or something in a completely different field. It's called work for a reason, it's seldom all fun and games

    You've only had this job for one month. Three short months ago you shared the concerns and anxiety you had regarding your then current job situation with us here on AN. You were worried about finding a new job and your financial situation. You have since then found and started a new job in a hospital and that has got to be a relief. Well done!

    OC, if I'm honest the fact that you feel bored after a single month in a specialty that is new for you, concerns me. There is no way that you know everything already, despite having seven years prior experience in other nursing specialties.

    I'm an adrenaline junkie and I need my regular fix and when I previously worked in law enforcement, I got it on the job (sometimes a bit too much of it). These days I get it rockclimbing and parachuting. What I'm trying to say is that I understand that if you are a certain type of person, you might thrive on excitement and need it to feel content. Routine and humdrum might not be what makes you feel alive and happy. But I must confess, I don't find codes exciting at all. To me they either signifiy that we (the healthcare team) might potentially have dropped the ball on something or that injuries/trauma/disease processes is kicking our collective butt. Either way, not my idea of fun. Sure, the code situation means that we the team get a chance to utilize some of the skills we have been trained in, but ultimately all it means is that a human being is attempting to die on us. It's simply more sad than it is exciting.

    Focus on doing a good job and learning everything you can. Learn all policies that are specific to your new Place of employment. Also, focus on learning the Pyxis so that you stop making the mistakes you've alluded to in your post. Being bored while also making mistakes is not a good combination in my opinion. For now, I bet that deepening your understanding regarding pathophysiology of all the disease processes that you can encounter on a med-surg floor ought to be able to function as a boredom antidote and keep you busy for some time. Then, after a couple of years, I would pursue a lateral transfer to the ER or an ICU if you still feel interested in those specialties.

    OC, I started my post with a little timeline of the events that have transpired in the past three months. I wanted to remind you to offer some perspective, that you after feeling dejected after losing one job, seemed very happy about finding the job that you're currently working. Not every job is our ideal job. Most probably aren't. But they do provide a steady income and are a means to pay our bills and hopefully also do something fun during time off.

    Another thing I thought about when I read your post. I don't think that the reason that many nurses leave med-surg is because it's boring and the same thing day in and day out. I think the reason that so many leave: is that it's one of the toughest specialties out there.

    I started off my nursing career with a brief stint on a med-surg-tele floor. Today, I work as a nurse anesthetist. I find that so much easier than med-surg was. Admittedly, anesthesia and one patient at a time, suits my personality and strengths better, but med-surg is stressful and in my opinion needs nurses who have an incredible breadth of knowledge.



    Just like I did in the previous thread I replied to you, I wish you the best in your new job, OC!

    Best wishes to you Organized Chaos and a merry christmas/happy holidays to you and all of AN

  • Dec 11 '17

    I don't know if it is because I am working on my medical degree (I am fortunate enough to work PRN and on the weekend when it is less busy, however it wasn't always this way), but I joke around with staff sometimes and don't concern myself if I am not included in all conversations. I won't force something. As long as you can get along with people to get your job done, that is all that matters. You can't make people include you. This stuff goes on everywhere. Stay cause you like the place or would you rather hate the place and feel wonderful about the staff? Pick and choose your battles. I don't have major issues with staff but I love taking care of my patients. They are why I come back. Validate yourself and keep it moving. Some people like it when you try to constantly win them over. They purposely keep denying you and laughing that you keep trying. Just be pleasant, do your job and go home. Keep in mind that what looks to be a tightly knit group isn't always.

  • Dec 11 '17

    Nobody puts Buttercup in a corner! Nobody!

    Sometimes people are jerks. Just be your cool self and provide excellent patient care. I hate to generalize but in my limited experience, it's always been the cliquey young nurses who are the Heathers who aren't mature enough to know that it takes a village. People like this think that they make themselves invaluable by withholding information or access so you'll have to ask them. They love being the go to guy.

  • Dec 10 '17

    Hey PrincessBride... I don't have much to add to the conversation, just wanted
    to share my experience.

    I too have struggled my whole life with being shy and an introvert. I
    can remember in high school, sitting at a lunch table with these girls
    who were actually very nice, but I did not know them well, and I honestly
    had a hard time even raising
    my head up from my lunch tray to even LOOK at them, I was so shy. I'm
    not even sure why I sat with them, or why they sat with me. I remember
    one of the girls was very very nice and bubbly, and I think did try to
    engage me often, and I just resisted. But anyway, such is how I
    was all throughout middle and high school. It was a struggle.

    Nowadays I still very much consider myself an introvert, but I am
    not shy. If I have something to say to someone, or if I have
    something meaningful to contribute to a conversation, I definitely
    don't have a problem doing so. Many people would probably
    even consider me outgoing, especially at work.

    However, relationships outside of work are an issue for me.
    My daughter is a teenager and in marching band.. I have found
    band parents, at least in our band, to be rather cliquey. I
    feel very left out. It's like this for me in most situations in
    which, I have a CHOICE whether or not to interact with
    people. It's like this in school groups such as band parents,
    sports parents.. scout parents... and then also when I
    went to church. I have a really hard time in situations,
    in which I'm placed with a lot of people and have a CHOICE
    to interact and try to make friends, or to not. I have
    a hard time feeling like I fit in. I find it very draining to
    be around a lot of people and be expected to socialize.
    It makes me sad to know that I really don't have a lot
    of friends because of this, but then when I'm put in
    situations... it drains my energy and I just want to
    run home and sit down and watch a movie!!!

    The great thing is, MOST of the time I don't worry
    about it. I have my husband, my kids, my brother and
    his family... thankfully I still have my parents... and that
    circle is all I need.

    But... that yellow jealous streak STILL crawls up my back
    whenever I see Facebook posts from friends, about their
    "framilies", all the parties they go to... I get jealous to
    see posts from above mentioned Band moms who get
    together with each other... it's so bad I don't even hardly
    follow anyone on Facebook anymore, just very close
    friends and family mostly.

    And don't get me started on my sister in law. Everyone.
    Loves. Her. They always have. She has a social life that
    would make Taylor Swift jealous. Makes me ill.


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