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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 50,926 Views

Joined Jun 13, '10. She has '2 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,219 (61% Liked) Likes: 6,294

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    Can we please shut this down? I can't deal with bigotry and blatant ignorance today!

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    Oh boy...bless your heart.

    So you are denying a history of racism and brutality against black people? Let me are one of those people who tout on about how racism doesn't existbecause Obama was president.

    And the fact that you are bringing up black men and prison rates speak volumes about your mentality. That is irrelevant to the discussion and qyite frankly is offensive. The police have a history of being extremely brutal and unfair to minorities. That is a fact.

    The blacklivesmatter movement didn't start without just cause.

    Quote from fibroblast
    I simply pointed out a truth, which you live (I'm assuming), not in the south and making a judgement about how people are here. Most good mannered people do not have a problem. I am not going to believe everything a history book tells me. There is so much that one 'doesn't' know about history. I don't take what a history book says at face value.

    I understand all people have pain, as the article stated, but being rude is not tolerated. The article was written by an educated professional. That is a difference than the amount black inmates (male) in prison for violent or aggressive acts. Next you're going to tell me it doesn't count? Yes it does. If you steal, you go to jail. And no one is talking about the troubled youth who steals food from the grocery store, doesn't realize their act, is repentant, learns from their behavior and moves on to live a respectable life.

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    Irish_Mist, brownbook, Bowie21, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from fibroblast
    What I cannot come to terms with is when people say that people are racist in the south. Everyone is a racist in the south including blacks. Everyone is blind when it comes to their own race being racist. Here, although not technically the south whites are equally as friendly to African Americans as African Americans are to Caucasians, it just doesn't exist the way the history books say (there's the occasional idiot that makes the news). I am constantly targeted at work, as being one of the only 'whites' for not 'helping'. I'd probably pass out with as much work they have us do. For the most part, no one 'hates' the other, everyone is friendly.
    Why are you talking about races of people as if all black people or all white people act the same way?

    As for the south being racist, have you taken a history course? As a black woman, I would not travel south on my own for fear of my own safety, even with my white boyfriend. Yes, stuff happens in the North, but the South has a history of being brutal towards black people, hence the Great Migration where many black people fled to the North for more jobs, less racial violence and safety reasons.

    As for black people being racist, I'm not going to touch that as there is so much wrong with that statement. But I will say this: non-white people do not have the power to institutionalize racism against the majority or practice oppressive behavior against white people. With racism comes power, and black people, as a whole, have never had that kind of ability to wield against white oppression. Now can black people be prejudice? Absolutely.

    Black people can’t be racist | Pambazuka News

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    I'd love to be able to play music at work, but I'm not sure if the babies will have the same appreciation for Lil Wayne, Queen or M83 as I.

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    Quote from Ruby Vee
    Whoa! Hostile much?

    Racism (and sexism) exist in our society, and I'm sure that they exist in nursing, also. But (strangely like bullying) they don't exist to the extent that many claim they do. In fact, the complaints of racism I've seen are almost exclusively from folks who are trying to get special priveleges that NO ONE else gets. ("They told me I couldn't take an hour for lunch right at noon; they're being racist." "They wouldn't let me take every Sunday off; they're being racist.") Or from folks trying to get out of work.

    I've seen blatant racism from PATIENTS -- but not from my colleagues. North, south, east or west, I've never seen it. And here's a thing -- those folks who are complaining about racism in assignments, breaks, schedules, etc.? Their colleagues of the same race will say that they're "just playing the race card when there's nothing racist about it." It could very well be that there have been a few incidents of racism and I've been totally oblivious.
    I'm sure that is the case. It is hard to see racism when you (general) are not the target. Like I haven't seen anti-Semitism but then again, I'm not Jewish. Doesn't mean it isn't there. I also haven't experienced homophobia or Islamophobia, but I am not gay or Muslim. Doesn't mean such discrimination doesn't exist.

    I get tired of having to defend my experiences against so-called colored-blind people who live in some surreal kumbaya state where racism and every other ism doesn't exist. It does.

    As for wanting special treatment, I don't want that nor would I be comfortable receiving it. I just want to be treated like everyone else and not feel like an island of a person.

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    Irish_Mist, Bowie21, SummerGarden, and 1 other like this.

    It is funny how some of the most vocal people on race are some of the most privileged and unaffected as well.

    There is definitely racism in nursing. Just because one doesn't see it, it doesn't mean it isn't there. I see it quite frequently when it comes to promotions, job selections and teamwork. The least qualified white candidates getting their dream jobs right out of school while nurses of color are turned away and told they need years of experience to work in a particular specialty.

    I have dealt with it personally. Fortunately, I have found a job where everyone is treated fairly, but at my other job, it is fairly obvious with the lack of diversity and clique-like exclusive behavior that race and even gender play a bigger factor in job promotions, etc than merit.

    I imagine in red, less progressive areas of the country it is worse.

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    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    Uh, I did. When I have not taken responsibility? Never have I said it wasn't my fault. All I have ever said is I didn't want to wake a doctor in the middle of the night to clarify the order. The doctors we have on call are all *******s & I didn't feel like another ass chewing session.
    That is unfortunate, but lesson learned: call the doctor, even if you will get chewed out.

    I used to work nights on med/surg and it was pretty standard to call the doctor if it was something that couldn't wait until tomorrow or needed to be clarified. TPN would definitely qualify as going without TPN for even a day could cause serious issues (dehydration, hypoglycemia leading to brain damage, etc).

    That being said, your coworker behaved extremely unprofessionally, and I'm sorry you went through that.

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    Do the NICU internship. It may just change your mind about the FNP program

    A NICU RN applying for FNP school.

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    Quote from applewhitern
    I haven't had a raise in 4 years.
    Is this because you are at the top of the pay scale?

    There are some nurses at my job who haven't had a raise in over a decade due to being at the top. Every year that passes by, their earning power becomes less and less. It is really tragic.

    I guess I shouldn't be too upset. In the two years I've been here, my pay has increase by $1.38/hr. But insurance keeps increasing!

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    bikegirl, grad2012RN, Irish_Mist, and 3 others like this.

    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    So I have gone through my 3 months of orientation & so far I can't say I love my job. The hours are long, I'm treated like **** by patient's, family members (that's expected) & coworkers & the pay is horrendous.

    But my KNEES! My knees are KILLING me by the end of my shift. I was almost in tears yesterday. I have seen my PCP with no relief & am due to see a Rhumatologist this month. I wear compression socks, knee braces & special shoes. But honestly if I can't find relief I'm thinking about quiting. Nothing about working there makes me want to stay when I'm treated like **** & I'm in constant, 10/10 pain.
    Welcome to the world of acute care nursing!

    Unfortunately, bedside nurses are often treated like absolute garbage, hence the high turnover rates. Oh, and the pay is absolute crap for the level of responsibility and stress that patient care entails.

    Have you tried dansko shoes?

    I wouldn't quit just yet. Give it more time, another six months. If nothing has changed, then I would considered looking elsewhere.

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    Quote from ICUman
    Go per diem and buy private insurance if you are single and no dependents.

    I did that this year and make significantly more than when I was full time. I paid off all my student and car loans with the extra $.

    I work 2 per diem gigs equaling near full time hours.

    You'll just have to decide if it's worth it to lose 401k benefits, PTO, etc.

    But on the plus side, complete shedule felxibilty, and very minimal holiday requirements. Just an idea.
    What's funny is that if I went per diem at my first job, I would still be making the exact same wages as I do now with the same holiday requirements. Contingents don't receive pay increases for being contingent. There is absolutely no incentive to going casual other than for more flexible scheduling. Now, my current contingent job, I get a state pension and sick time, and my hourly rate is much higher than my FT staff wages.

    How much does private insurance cost you, if I may ask? Is it ridiculously expensive?

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    Quote from Farawyn
    I'm union. We just negotiated and got back pay and are in the last year of a contract.
    I make pennies, anyway, so every bit counts.
    Ah unions...would love to start one at my hospital.

    It is good that they back-paid you!

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    Quote from KatieMI
    Go agency or short-term travel contracts. Or pick something you're good at and needed as a skill and throw nets around skilled facilities. SNFs pay good money for sticking IVs or changing wound vacs. You

    Waiting for your employer to get your "compensation" where it rightfully should be will take till you retire and then infinity. So, if you like the place you work in otherwise and $$$ is only one question, get creative with your spare time.
    I have a contingent job that currently pays 11 dollars more per hour than my FT job, and I try to pick up shifts that give me the night shift differential (slightly under five bucks/hr).

    I definitely need to find a way to get more skills. I hope to go back to grad school in the fall, but if that doesn't pan out, I do like the idea of joining a float pool. That will automatically bring my pay up at least another three dollars more per hour.

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    Quote from not.done.yet
    It is well known in nursing that the only way to get a decent raise is to change jobs every couple of years. Whether or not we think it is a "fair" raise for you really doesn't matter. We don't have to live on it. You do. Right?

    Don't count out changing employers on assumptions. Look at the openings on websites and apply to any that appeal to you.
    That is true though I did job hop into this job and took a small pay cut (to work in my specialty).

    I just don't know where I would go...whether to stay in NICU, go back to med-surg or try something else. The other hospitals in my area (from what I know) are pretty stringent on their pay scales, but I know I would get at least a couple bucks more an hour than what I am making now.

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    sallyrnrrt and Farawyn like this.

    So I just got my raise. I knew what it was going to be. It ended up being a hair under 3% ... 71 cents more per hour.

    I know I should be grateful, but this hospital that I work at pays so low. New grads at other hospitals are making more than nurses with two years of experience at my facility. I am tempted to jump ship but would most likely have to go back to nights and possibly working every other weekend versus every third.

    How about you? Have you gotten a raise? Does mine suck as much as I think it does? For what it's worth, health insurance only increased by a buck more.