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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 40,412 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,044 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,517

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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.

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    elkpark and ICUman like this.

    The problem with all of these people wanting to enter NP school because of its lax standards is that they only think of themselves and not what is best for advanced practice or the patients. It also somewhat arrogant to think that one would be competent to practice advanced nursing without having mastered the basics.

    I understand where you are coming from, OP. But it is a slap in the face to many NPs who actually took the time to learn on the bedside while others feel entitled to NP positions because they are older and have kids and want to skip through thr important experience that bedside and years on the job give.

    Plus, many MD and PAs speak lowly of NPs for that particular reason. NP schooling shouldn't cater to convenience but to ambition.

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    Well, what matters most to you? A great schedule or more career and advancement opportunities?

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    missdeevah, JmhATL, tara07733, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from caliotter3
    Prefer eight hour shifts because they allow for a second job, having a life, perhaps getting enough rest, and not having to deal with employers cheating me out of the state labor law mandated overtime pay.
    Really?

    Working three 12s allows for four days off per week vs two days. With twelves, I am able to schedule myself so that I have stretches of days off (four to eight days) and in those stretches, I can work more hours.

    Plus I am more likely to pick up if I have four free days vs only two.

    I would only work five days a week as a school nurse because I'd have three months off in the summer, two weeks off in the winter, one or two weeks off in the spring and no weekends or holidays ever.

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    I judge (not my baby patients, but their parents and the patients on my adult med-surg floor).

    Why?

    Because I'm human.

    Nurses aren't robots. We have feelings and values. The key is to keep our judgments and attitudes to ourselves and to treat our patients with respect.

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    As someone with bpd, I take offense to people who don't have a psych np or psychiatric MD after their name fillipantly diagnosing this woman as having bpd.

    Assign the patient to the nurse she wants. Problem solved.

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    I would love a 3p-3a or a 2-2.

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    Honestly, I would strongly reconsider this if you are the one carrying the health insurance. Unless your husband plans on going full-time, expect to take a HUMONGOUS cut. Private insurance rates are INSANE. It is much cheaper to get coverage through your employer.

    I say this as someone who is taking a 10k/yr pay cut by switching shifts and decreasing my weekend requirements. I wouldn't do this if I had to buy my own health insurance too (medical, dental and vision cost, after employer "discount" credits, cost nearly 70/paycheck).

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    FutureDNP2021, JustMe54, poppycat, and 13 others like this.

    I know a nurse who refuses to work overtime. She owes 45k in student loans and she will end up paying over 90k thanks to interest and dragging her loans out for twenty years.

    Don't be her. Pick up a 12-hour shift per week or every other week and knock it out in a couple of years. Don't throw your money away to interest.

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    jrenae4, Irish_Mist, cocoa_puff, and 7 others like this.

    OP, I get it. I get wanting to "rush through" school. With my biological clock ticking, I felt/feel that I need(ed) to start a grad program NOW.

    I have been working as an RN for almost two years. Eight months FT in adult med-surg (now PRN) and over one year in NICU. My plans are/were to go straight to NNP school after graduating with my BSN. At a year in, I feel that one year experience just isn't enough. I am only scratching the surface and within the last few months have JUST started receiving some vent experience. I have yet to work with critical drugs (insulin drips, vasopressors, etc), and I have yet to start an IV in a baby. Adults, yes. Babies? Nope (and I feel such shame saying that, but I have been caring for mostly feeder/growers and bubblers the past year who either already had an IV or didn't need one).

    Then I see what acute care NPs do. The NNPs on my unit run the show. The doctor is literally asleep while the NNPs are intubating, resuscitating, putting in orders, etc. I imagine that adult acute care NPs work similarly to their NICU counterparts.

    As a staff RN, I want to be able to call the NP up and KNOW they know what you are doing. An NP with NO bedside experience is going to be useless and dangerous. I implore you to sit out for at least a few years. Your patients will thank you in the long run.

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    Quote from ICUman
    How did you get into an ACNP program without any nursing experience?
    There are quite a few ACNP programs out there that don't require ANY nursing experience. With it being an acute-care specialty, you would *think* it'd require some experience. But nope.

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    AliNajaCat and OrganizedChaos like this.

    Quote from Orion81
    More like the CEO's wouldn't live in their big fancy houses and drive their big fancy cars. I work for a VERY large, nation wide corporation. My opinion...$75 K for 5 years exp. as staff nurse in post acute rehab.
    I agree that CEOs and their salaries are so obscene, it is sickening. However...

    Economics doesn't work that way, unfortunately. It is all about supply and demand. Nursing shot itself in the foot by not staying with the times. While other, higher paying professions such as Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, etc have demanded higher educational standards, nursing has dug its heels in. Higher barriers to entry in the other fore-mentioned fields have kept their wages much higher and their number of workers lower.

    Meanwhile, the proliferation of these for-profit nursing schools that will admit anyone with a pulse has harmed our profession on multiple levels. It is an unpopular opinion, but I believe that had nursing kept up with trends and raised the entry standards, there would be fewer nurses. Fewer nurses would mean more unfilled jobs and more room for salary negotiation.

    While my baby brother, who will graduate college this year, has received a job offer as an Engineer making almost 25k more than the average household income, my base pay is almost half that saving sick babies, carrying for confused elderly, protecting the mentally ill from harming themselves, etc. There is no doubt in my mind that my job carries more weight because there is nothing more important than human life....

    But very few Americans are pursuing STEM majors either due to lack of intelligence or interest, and we have seen an influx of Asian and Middle-Eastern immigrants take on these jobs and make more money for doing so.

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    The problem with many people, particularly those who come in with previous careers, is that many are ill-informed before they enter the field. When they realize there is no nursing shortage and the pay is less than that of their previous job, many of them become shocked or disillusioned. Others are often disappointed in the amount of paperwork and BS that comes with nursing (Press Ganey, customer service, etc).

    For me, nursing is all that I know. It is my only "big kid" job though it wasn't my first choice. I originally wanted to become a journalist/translator. Did some research, read that journalism was a dying field so I decided to change my major. Went through the list of majors my school offered and whittled it down between nursing and teaching. In the end, after finding out that nurses oftentimes work "only" three days a week, make decent money (I made about 10k more than the average household in my first full year of nursing) and have plenty more opportunities, I went with a BSN instead.

    If someone were to ask me about nursing, I would strongly encourage them to be a CNA/PCA for a bit. I worked as a PCA for three years and saw some of what nurses put up with, so the BS wasn't a shock to my system. I also would tell them to look at job opportunities in their area prior to starting nursing school.

    That being said, while the money isn't the kind of money I grew up with (actuary and CPA parents) and dislike the BS that comes with my job, I find the work to be fulfilling. Not to many people can say they love/like their job, and sometimes loving and believing in the work that you do is more than all the gold in the world.


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