OCNRN63, RN Pro 37,090 Views
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There was a nurse on the IV team where I worked who wore her cap, white dress, white stockings, white Clinic shoes. I have to tell you, her appearance commanded respect. The patients loved seeing her in her whites. Once in a great while she would wear pants, but it was rare.
She always looked very crisp, clean, and professional. I'm not saying that can't be achieved with scrubs; I'm just relating my personal experience.
She's working there on a prn basis; that means she isn't obligated to work every time someone needs to be off. Honestly, I'm surprised she has the energy to work at all with four very young children to care for.
Me neither. I don't want to talk to my old HS boy friends, let alone patients!
While some people with no->minimal experience may flourish in home care/hospice, that is not the norm. I've worked in both, and they can be stressful...extremely stressful. Hospice can be a very highly charged environment. Patients can have have crises with symptom management; family dysfunctions can become even more dysfunctional than ever...and you're out there working without a net if you're doing home care hospice. Add to that, not everyone lives in the best of environments. One of my hospice patients lived in an apartment complex where there was constant drug trafficking and muggings/robberies.
You've got to be very confident in your abilities to work independently to work in home care/hospice. If you think this is an area that you could do well in, then by all means, try. But make sure you are well informed before you make the leap. Don't jump from the frying pan into the fire.
Woah! It was LOCKED?!! Was it at night?
ironically, i requested to work last year... but i was denied ANY holiday because certain people didn't have plans and wanted the additional holiday pay. i was bumped off thanksgiving, Christmas, and new years, because i was newer. i did not work ANY of those days. now those nurses have jumped ship. how fair is that?
i play secretary when we're short staffed, i answer OTHER nurses call lights, i am the only person who assists the CNA/MA because i do not believe i am beyond bed baths and toileting, i am the first nurse in a room when there is a code to offer assistance... let's leave the comments about my work ethics and character out of this. my director and coworkers love when i am on the floor because it lessens EVERYBODYS workload. there's a reason i scored 3/3 on my annual review. anything listed "willingness to assist others" , "teamwork" , etc... i was 100% on.
i was told we cannot request holidays off. but i still need to figure out what my punishment will be because i am still going to call off. i need these days. sorry.
Great comments thank you for reading and taking the time to comment-I can't argue with any of the issues you have raised because what you say are very real issues.
I am not part of the operations I am purely clinical leadership, so while I do agree with how hard we work our nurses, I know that I have to implement changes due to changes in health care, which are driven down from the government level
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