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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 41,228 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,056 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,584

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    Everline likes this.

    Not that this matters, but is your job inpatient?

    I rarely see 10s offered. My bf and I talk about this alot and if I didn't work acute care, I would love a M-Thursday gig, four tens, and have every Friday off.

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    Depends on my job. If it is in my NICU job, I am clocked out the earliest possible (because report is short and I have everything tidy by the end of my shift). If it is my med-surg job, there are times I am clocked out on time and on occasion, I'm there an extra 30-45 minutes having to finish charting on my five, six, SEVEN patients.

    I NEVER clock out before I am done with all my work though.

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    Tesriel and NotAllWhoWandeRN like this.

    I am black, so I can't really say for sure. Maybe it is true from white nurses, but for black nurses...I doubt it.

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    Quote from allstressedout1
    But my question is who really gets to do 3 12s a week. For the summer on our 6 week schedule we will be required to do 3 12 hour shifts a week and pick up 4 call days. So many weeks we will be working 4 -12s. If we are on call we are required to be there in 30 minutes so call days are not days you can use as you wish. Then open forums are mandatory, most inservices are mandatory, unit meetings. Pretty much 75-80 % of your days off you will recieve text messages needing someone to take call or work etc. If no one says ok, then expect extra call days the next schedule. A full 30 minute lunch, off unit never happens. You answer phone calls, moniter alarms, answer questions etc while you eat for 10 minutes at most. Self schedule but can only pick days that are open. Then 3 weeks later schedule call days so any stretch or long weekend is usually messed up. How is it other places?
    Are you an OR nurse? Most bedside nurses don't take call unless they are put on call d/t low census.

    I work 3 12s at my FT gig. Because I am money-hungry, I usually work 44-48 hours per week (3 12s and one 8 or 4 12s.)

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    poppycat likes this.

    Night shift has far more pros than cons, but those few negatives can outweigh the positives immensely. One night shift essentially ruins two days. So account for four lost days a week...more if the shifts aren't worked consecutively. There are usually fewer resources and staffing, which can be a nightmare in an emergency. Also, it can wreck havoc on your health and social life.

    With days, your days off are *completely* off. No working 7.5 hours into your "day off" and having to use most of daylight hours sleeping. However, on days, it is usually a lot busier. Management is in the building and the pay difference between nights and days is huge. The loss can be mitigated by picking up overtime, however.

    If you can handle the cons of working the graveyard shift/are a night owl, then I would highly recommend nights. I would continue to work them if I could manage to find a way to be productive on my days off. But my days off were spent mostly lying in bed and not doing anything. Plus my boyfriend works your typical M-F 9-5er job, so there is that.

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    The shift I lost a baby whose gestational age at birth was less than 23 weeks and not quite a week old. :/ He was the tiniest baby the unit ever had, and I had to watch as he died in his mother's arms. I had to excuse myself to go the break room...I was in tears.

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    xoemmylouox likes this.

    If my employer required me to work five 8's per week, I would be looking for a new job...STAT. Three-day work weeks is what attracted me to nursing in the first place. It enables me to take long stretches of days off without biting into PTO and have a PRN job on the side.

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    Spiker, vintagemother, and CRC12 like this.

    I couldn't wait to get off orientation not because I thought I knew everything (ten months out and I am just scratching the surface), but because I had a hovering, backstabbing witch for a preceptor.

    That being said, if you feel your learning style isn't compatible with your preceptor's teaching style, you could always request a different one (though that could potentially backfire). But at three weeks in, you are just getting started and you have a lot to learn. Towards the end of your orientation, she will probably back off and if she hasn't, either it is something you are doing or it's her.

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    Wow...many new grads in medium COLAs make more than that!

    Nope. Take the job that is going to compensate and appreciate you the most...and it isn't the 60k job!

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    First, it is never ok to yell at your colleagues. That behavior is totally unacceptable.

    That being said, yes, the pharmacist should have contacted the precribing doctor to come up with an alternative medication. Their "advice" was out of their scope of practice and that needs to be brought to their attention.

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    Last year, while on orientation, I woke up and suddenly felt unwell. I simultaneously vomited and had diarrhea twice before leaving for work. I was so afraid of giving a poor reflection of myself to my new employer.

    Within ten minutes of my shift, I had another episode. Had explosive diarrhea and emesis in the bathroom. I cleaned myself up and went on with my shift. Fourty-five minutes later, I just couldn't go on. Had yet another episode. Nurse manager sent me home and was upset that I didn't call off.

    Called of the following day as well and spend both days drinking pedialyte. It was awful.

    Moral of the story: don't come to work ill. Call off. You can't take care of other patients if you are sick yourself.

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    Username invalid, Jfsut, hairspray, and 24 others like this.

    Birth trauma would be more appropriate. Calling it rape is offensive to those who've actually been raped.

    Otherwise, I am absolutely sure that this stuff happens all the time unfortunately.

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    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Nurses being the goose and patients being the gander, that is.

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    The Commuter,

    I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. Fifty-eight is so young.

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    Mavrick, Nimrodel, Meriwhen, and 5 others like this.

    Can't stand for more than a minute? No CPR? Can't walk for more than five?

    Time to look for another job. Those accommodations are unrealistic for a staff nurse and unfair to your coworkers.