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Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,055 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,577

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  • Mar 24

    Three days or five days, I want lower ratios. Let's do something about that problem, please.

  • Mar 24

    I would run, not walk, away from this "opportunity". You can do better elsewhere.

  • Mar 24

    From the friendly neighborhood DOL...oh wait, it's federal.

    Fact Sheet - Wage and Hour Division (WHD) - U.S. Department of Labor

    Nonexempt employees must be paid for all hours worked in a workweek. In general, “ hours worked” includes all time an employee must be on duty, on the employer premises, or at any other prescribed place of work. Also included is any additional time the employee is “suffered or permitted” to work. The FLSA requires employers to pay for hours actually worked, but there is no requirement for payment of holidays, vacation, sick or personal time.
    The failure to properly count and pay for all hours that an employee works may result in a minimum wage violation if the employee’s hourly rate falls below the required federal minimum wage when his or her total compensation is divided by all hours worked.
    Paying for mandatory classes is NOT optional.

  • Mar 24

    I would pass on that job ....sounds more like indentured servitude.

  • Mar 21

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    Rose, my qualifications are RMN, Reg Mental Nurse which frankly was the best of my education, SRN, equivalent being a Reg Nurse here, costing me all of nothing since my father is English, then back to America for my NCLEX and a BSN for one year, cost $13,000 and one year of my life learning absolutely little. In the UK their Reg Nurses are exceptionally well prepared for immediate entry onto the floors. Very little preceptor ship necessary. Their sisters are bred by dragons with real fire breathing capabilities with a horrific dry wit which can be worse than being burnt. I'm not sure if you can actually just be an RMN to become an RPN. All of the European nurses that I met from as many as say fifteen different countries, no one had a BSN. Yet, they were all quite competent albeit with dental challenges

    Please understand, I'm questioning if we are being taken for a ride?
    "one year of my life learning absolutely little" ...says it all to me. In my senior year of my BSN program the ADN nurses jumping in to get their BSNs came in with that attitude. They sat in their seats and in fact didn't learn anything. They didn't feel they needed too. I talked with a few of them.

    If associate nurses go for the BSN with an attitude that you really don't need it but I can jump the hoops to further my career with it; you get what you want. You'll get the degree and learn nothing more.

    How embarrassing to admit you went to school wasting $13,000 and sat in there learning nothing. I think you took yourself for a ride. One must investigate the school's curriculum, reputation, certification, success rate, etc... It sounds like you didn't do your homework. It also sounds like you made up your mind before you went in. Why pursue the degree if you already had your associates and all your experience.

    I've been presuming you went brick and mortar: were you on an online program. There is no conspiracy. It all depends on the student and what they want out of the school relationship. Of course, it also depends on the school. The online programs aren't worth the paper they're written on IMO. Several states won't accept certain online programs.

    Also, the wide brush you paint the European nurses with bad oral hygiene...hardly professional. Did you graduate with honors since it appears the class was cake?

    I had a few friends in an associate nursing program while I was in a BSN one. As professional courtesy to my fellow nurses on this site I don't go into how bad one program is over the other. We should all be equal and respect each other.

  • Mar 21

    I work psych, so luckily I haven't had to deal with many L&D patients. But this is kind of relevant. One of our favorite frequent flyers, who was truly BSC, knew all of us really well and tended to say whatever came to mind. So, knowing one of my co-workers was a mom, asked her in his booming voice "I always wanted kids. Do you think you could squeeze out another one for me?"

  • Mar 21

    When I was explaining to a patient that smoking cigarettes while you're pregnant could contribute to a low birth weight the patient asked if I meant low birth weight for her or the baby. It was hard to keep a straight face.

  • Mar 21

    How much does the baby weigh? (Not weird in itself, but when I haven't taken baby off mom's chest yet it's hard to know.)

    Similarly, when are y'all gonna circumcise him? (Well, probably sometime after he's pink and breathing.)

  • Mar 17

    If I were going to advocate for something, I'd advocate for staffing ratios, as I'm MUCH more concerned with staffing ratios than I am about 12-hour shifts.

    I like the continuity of care for the patient that the 12-hour shift allows, in addition to the additional time off for the nurse. If I had to come into the hospital and deal with the soul-sucking patient assignments five days a week, I would cut someone. Seriously.

    The almighty Press-Ganey scores have killed nursing.... it's not my job to make you HAPPY, it's my job to make you HEALTHY, for crying out loud!!!

    RN does not stand for Refreshments and Narcotics, for the love of all that is holy!!!

    The CHF patient who doesn't take their Lasix "because it makes me pee too much"...
    The COPD patient who gets a simple cold and ends up hospitalized for a week because they're still smoking a pack per day...
    The ESRD patient who skips a week of dialysis "because I didn't feel good" and now they're in the hospital for a week...
    The drug-seeker...
    The DM patient who never checks their glucose and is on an insulin drip getting hourly titration...
    The Medicaid patient who calls 911 for an ambulance to bring them in for toe pain...

    If I had to look at these people (whose medical bills are being paid for by MY tax dollars in 99% of the cases) for five days out of every single week, I'd be gone from nursing in under a year. Only working six shifts every two weeks is the only thing keeping me sane.

    You can pry my 12-hour shifts out of my cold, dead hands...

  • Mar 13

    I do love nursing. It's entertaining. The patients are so real. People are super interesting.

    Basically, I've always been a people watcher and nursing is the mother lode.

  • Mar 13

    I work nights and I love my 12 hour shifts. I could not do 5 - 8 hour shifts every week though. I've done it in other positions which I worked days and got weekends and holidays off, but to do it in the acute care setting, no thank you. I know 12 hours are tough for some though. I think having a mix of 8's and 12's would be good for a unit. It could make scheduling more difficult, but if a unit is desperate enough you'll do what you have to do. If 12 hr shifts disappear from the acute care setting so will I.

  • Mar 11

    I wouldn't. Like CelticGoddess said, do you really remember what happened >2 wks ago? You seem like a conscientous nurse based on your posts, so I'm assuming that any vital charting was done (post fall note, accurate MAR etc). How will you get paid for your time if you are no longer on the payroll? What about liability being present in the unit during this charting?

  • Mar 11

    Charting for what? It's been two weeks, how can you remember exactly what you did/did not do after two weeks. We have 24 hours to chart, and after that it takes an act of congress to chart anything. Except and addendum. That is just off. I have a strong suspicion, based on what else you said about the facility,they are about to be inspected again.

  • Mar 11

    Chances are extremely high you will be asked to chart something that is left or right of center concerning something another nurse(s) is/are really responsible for. In other words they want to scapegoat you. I would not go in.

  • Mar 11

    I wouldn't do it. You are longer an employee there.