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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 45,796 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '2 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,148 (61% Liked) Likes: 5,928

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  • 7
    Nurse Leigh, shycat, macawake, and 4 others like this.

    Quote from Tetra
    No, I'm saying people should get service, they just should also be billed for it. I've already stated there are exceptions within the OP.

    Technically for me to be a hypocrite, I'd have to not pay into the system I'm in. If you read the thread, you'll see I have said several times that I do. As to your comment though, I've been fortunate to have had zero health issues.
    And what happens if they cannot pay?

    And no, you still would be considered a hypocrite as you didn't pay 100% for you and yours, even though you've "paid into the system."

  • 10
    Nurse Leigh, shycat, macawake, and 7 others like this.

    So what you are saying is that we should let poor people, children/babies, disabled people and elderly people die on the streets because they weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouths? Am I am hearing this correctly?

    My boyfriend (a Libertarian) and I (liberal) have gotten into arguments over this. I think that healthcare IS a human right. No one should be denied access to healthcare because they are of a lower SES.

    I sure hope that YOU have paid for EVERY bit of healthcare for you and yours, OP. Anything else would make you an ugly hypocrite.

  • 17
    Suzey, lehaley1989, umad, and 14 others like this.

    A billionaire heiress.

    Or a worldwide best-selling author.

    Or Christian Bale's baby mama

  • 38

    No. It isn't.

    NPs were expected to have years and years of bedside experience prior to moving on to advance practice. RN knowledge AND experience are the foundations of NP practice. You cannot "divorce" NURSE practitioners/advanced practicing REGISTERED NURSES from the field of nursing. That is asinine.

    Lowering the standards just because it is trendy for pre-pre-nursing students to declare their goal of being NPs without ever setting foot on the floor as a nurse is just asking for trouble. LIVES are at stake. NPs are responsible for diagnosing, prescribing and formulating treatment plans. One small error can KILL someone.

    If anything, we need to demand more. We should expect advanced RNs to, you know, have the basics down before trying to become providers.

    But, in the end, it is all about the almighty dollar. Those schools don't give a crap about producing sharp, knowledgeable, safe and competent providers who can hold their own against the better prepared MDs and PAs. They care about getting money. The best way to do this is to lower the standards and let even the student with a 2.3, zero RN experience who flunk the NCLEX six times matriculate.

  • 18 are just jealous because you don't have well-oiled hair!

  • 0

    I can answer this.

    I wanted to start my career off in NICU but ended up on an adult med-surg floor. I was very upset I didn't get into NICU. But now that I have entered my third year of practice, I can say that I am glad I have med-surg experience. And unlike most people, I kept my med-surg job as a prn gig.

    People who start off in specialties may have a great career and enjoy their work, but they may also be shooting themselves in the foot later on. There are so many NICU nurses on my unit with zero adult bedside experience who are going for FNP that it is scary. Many will struggle finding a job as a lot of employers in our area want three to five years of relevant acute care experience.

    Also, they are at the mercy of our census in terms of paycheck unless they have a PRN job in another NICU (and those positions are few and far between).Meanwhile, those of us with med-surg experience are easily able to get hours elsewhere and have more flexibility.

    But...I think it depends. Med-surg isn't absolutely necessary to succeed but it provides incredible range and variety one won't get elsewhere (except ED).

  • 5

    Quote from purplegal
    How is that possible when not even lower acuity hospital jobs will hire me?
    Could it possibly be your attitude or the fact that yoh still insist on working as a tech even though you have a RN license?

  • 0

    Quote from Been there,done that
    Your circadian rhythm cannot take the switch. "I have been so drained on my off days."

    The only answer is to stay on your night shift activities/ rhythm 24/7.

    It's your choice, wonder what the hubby has to say about this. The differential is NOT worth your mental health.
    And if finances are a big thing, you can always get a PRN job and pick an eight hour shift every other week to make up the difference, or pick up OT on your job.

  • 18

    Don't get too riled up, guys. This is OP's M.O., her way of seeking attention because she is currently miserable in her own career and has some skewed, glorified version of what ICU nursing entails.


    A proud ICU AND med/surg nurse.

  • 0

    I work two RN jobs. One FT in NICU working three twelves per week and a PRN job on an adult med/surg unit. Juggling two part-time jobs would be difficult as each would have their own scheduling requirements that could overlap each other.

  • 0

    Quote from 06crna
    I have never seen an AFE and don't know anyone who has except a close friend that is an OB attending physician at a large metro hospital. It is exceedingly rare.

    When it does happen, it is typically catastrophic. Often presents as anaphylactic-like symptoms. Can progress rapidly to cardiopulmonary arrest. Everyone who works with pregnant patients needs to know about this - not just CRNAs and MDAs. Lots of excellent resources on medscape if you are interested.
    I actually know of a couple cases in which it happened. Both moms died, one almost immediately. The other was in a vegetative state for months afterward and then died in LTC. She was 34 years old.

    Makes me never want to get pregnant...ever.

  • 3

    Something similar happened to me and I was devastated. Looking back on it, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I now work at a hospital that treats their employees much better and, unlike many hospitals, the benefits are getting better. Had I gotten the original job I wanted, I would still be working nights, subjected to mandation and other union politics such as never getting vacation time approved, a decent schedule and being forced to work the holidays the most senior nurses don't want to work.

    Now, after a year, I work day shift, every third weekend. Holidays and scheduling opportunities are rotated in groups. Mandated overtime isn't a thing. Parking is much better (and free!) and I have no problem getting PTO approved (will end up taking four weeks off this year!). Plus, I feel as though this is a much supportive environment as a minority (long story).

    Something better will come along if you open your heart to it.

  • 1
    chacha82 likes this.

    If you work in acute care, be prepared to pay your dues.

    I now work days, but I put in over a year on nights. Some of my coworkers worked less graveyard shifts before going to days. But our unit has high turnover and a lot of people are unhappy. The more desirable places will expect at least two full years of nights before having a chance of switching shifts.

    That being said, I loved nights. I miss the people and the money, and it is usually less crazy. However, I love not sleeping my off days away and having my schedule more conducive to having a relationship and a family.

  • 0

    I'm a RN with a BSN and my base pay adds up to only 46k. My weekend requirements and six paid holidays brings me up to about 48k. This next raise will bring me to 50k.

    I am not a new RN. I have been a nurse for over two years.

  • 1
    dixie67stang likes this.

    Job hopping in itself isn't that big of deal if it isn't done repeatedly. I started off at a SNF left after a couple weeks and only three days on orientation. Did not even receive a paycheck, so I didn't count it and it isn't on my resume.

    Then I got a job on a med/surg unit. Stayed there for eight months before cutting down to PRN in order to start my dream job in NICU. I have been at it for almost eighteen months and plan to stay another year before finding another job with better benefits.

    I am getting bored and find myself unchallenged. I love my babies, but it is very repetitive. I dream of other specialties, particularly cardiac step-down/ICU or going back to school for NP.

    But job-hopping really isn't good for career development long term. You never did get pass the new grad phase as a RN and you seem all over the place. Eventually, you will be blackballed out of your current market and be forced to stay put for awhile.

    Ask yourself what it is you want in a job and what you are willing to put up with in order to get it.