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  • Oct 19

    From a purely patient perspective - I miss the days where nurses wore white uniforms and a cap. A patient knew immediately who was a nurse. They knew from the cap whether the person was an RN or an LPN. If you were knowledgeable, you could even tell where they went to school just from their cap.

    Now the patient has no idea whether the person who just came into their room wearing scrubs is a Dr, nurse, CNA, housekeeping, dietary, transporter, phlebotomist, student, etc. That white uniform and cap proclaimed that the person wearing it was a trained, licensed, medical professional.

  • Oct 19

    Quote from AutumnApple
    That's about where I am with this. It is a pisitive.

    OP: My impression is that your employer took the high road. They identified a problem with how you are meshing in with your current environment and think a different specialty would suit you better.

    It would make too long of a post to discuss how unique this is. Your manager used a compassionate decision making process instead of the 'for profit' approach most use. I will say this though: This manager took the high road despite the fact that this is a mark against them (for most institutions, that's how it's viewed). Managers are graded in part by how well nurses new to the hospital perform there. Your manager admitted things weren't as ideal as they should be and suggested a change in environment for you. Many managers would have tried to save face and would have insisted that you were the problem and a change in scenery wouldn't help.

    So, don't get caught up in worrying about why it was a bad fit on a unit you will no longer be at. Focus on how to make your new opportunity a good fit.

    "It is a pisitive." Is that a typo , or a Freudian slip?

  • Oct 19

    You can go straight to a BSN as an entry level degree. There are some things a potential student needs to research when considering options for schools:

    What is the job market? Are job postings stating BSN required or preferred? Are there a lot of job postings in the area or will you potentially need to relocate? If relocation may be necessary, also research potential areas to move to.

    What is is the cost of the school's tuition? The more expensive the school, the more that may need to be borrowed and the more interest that will accrue. General rule of thumb that I've been told- don't borrow more than you can realistically expect to earn in your first year on the job.

    What is the school's reputation? Do graduates find nursing jobs within a year of graduating?

    What is the school's NCLEX pass rate, completion rate, and other statistics that you should be able to find?

  • Oct 17

    If I went to work at Costco, I would be getting an increase in pay, so that is not a negative outcome in my opinion.

  • Oct 17

    My thing with the "it only protects against some strains" line is not getting the shot protects against zero strains.

    The risk with the shot is minimal; the risk with influenza for a newborn can be devastating.

    You could always ask your OB provider at an appointment -- with your husband present. That way he can ask him/her the hard questions and deflect some of the heat off of yourself.

    Congratulations on the baby!

  • Oct 17

    Quote from nealiiih
    Hi All,

    I know this is a controversial subject but I'm not looking to stir up a debate. There are several threads on flu shots but I couldn't find one that quite addressed my concern, so I apologize in advance. I always try to look at vaccine debates objectively, and of course risk vs benefit.
    I have always had flu shots without problems. My husband is 37 years old and has never had the flu, and has never had a flu shot. Interestingly he has never had a cold, (maybe once as a small child which he wouldn't remember). He flies 2x/per week for work, and still rarely ever gets sick. Every other time I fly, I get sick.
    I am 17 weeks pregnant, first child, and I believe he should get the flu shot to protect me and our child when she arrives in March. I also believe he should get flu shots every year in the future because we will have young kid(s). He is not opposed to it, he is just asking hard but fair questions.
    Why do I need it if I've never had the flu? I have a strong immune system (this is true) and it doesn't guarantee I won't get the flu, it only protects against a few strains. Yes, but it will minimize symptoms if you get a different strain. Also as we age our immune systems weaken. Is this enough though?
    Of course he has good points, but I fear with Murphy's law he'll get the shot on my request and then also get the flu later this winter. I'm also nervous to introduce the flu shot to his system never having had it before. Any flu shot "experts" out there? I want to feel 100% comfortable asking him to do this :-) Of course, it's his decision, but he wants to do what's best for our family. Thanks!
    Congratulations on the new arrival! I am not an expert on the flu vaccine. If hubby gets the vaccine, it will not protect him from all strains of the virus, but it's an excellent start. The attenuated virus will not cause the flu.
    I have a son about that age, that never had the flu, or a flu vaccine. He contracted flu for the first time last year.. was down for the count with fever, body aches, nausea and vomiting for 10 days. He is first in line for his vaccination this year.
    I was vaccinated, guess who took care of him for the 10 days?
    Best wishes.

  • Oct 17

    We cannot give medical/flu shot advice. This is between you and your husband.

  • Oct 17

    Many people do not understand the difference between gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and influenza. Real influenza is a serious respiratory illness and kills many people each year- particularly the old, young, and immunocompromised. The flu shot does not cause the flu. Some people do have an immune response to the vaccination characterized by mild cold-like symptoms. There is no increased risk for reaction if someone has never had the flu shot before. The flu vaccine is developed each year based on what is predicted to be the most prevalent strains, but it doesn't cover everything one. If someone gets influenza after getting the flu shot, it doesn't mean that the flu shot didn't work. It means that they likely contracted a different strain of the virus.

    Encourage your husband to do some research and talk to his doctor. We can't provide medical advice here, and whether your husband should receive the flu shot is something he needs to decide in conjunction with his doctor based on his medical history and present circumstances.

  • Oct 17

    "It is relevant when people with reading comprehension issues bash me about my work ethnics, morale, and all that other BS. it's not my fault if people are unhappy about their own life circumstances. like always, allnurses never fails to find an angle on somebody."

    ONCE AGAIN, a poster insults the readers, digging at their "lack of" reading comprehension simply because she/he gets replies they don't like. Very telling of the OP. OP, do all your coworkers and management and patients a favor: Get out of acute care nursing and find a 9-5 where you don't have to worry about meeting your *obligation* to work holidays and weekends. That you think you "need that day off" doesn't matter. So does EVERYone. Get over it and meet your obligation to either suck it up and work, or find suitable coverage. It's what adults do.

    And maybe, just maybe, be glad you, yourself, are not in the hospital, sick or recovering instead of spending time with loved ones at home. Just once, I would like folks like you to think about that when whining about working a major holiday. It never failed to cheer me to gratitude to think about my patients' situations when working Christmas or other holidays. They don't have a choice after all. We do.

  • Oct 17

    Quote from imsickagain
    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.
    Are you having major surgery? Is someone in your family seriously ill? No? Then you don't NEED the days off. You WANT the days off. There's a difference. It's called being an adult. What you are planning on doing is no different than a child holding their breath because they didn't get something they wanted. Grow up and don't screw your co-workers.

    Waiting for for the next epic internet flounce in 1-2-3...

  • Oct 17

    Quote from imsickagain
    it is relevant when people with reading comprehension issues bash me about my work ethnics, morale, and all that other BS. it's not my fault if people are unhappy about their own life circumstances. like always, allnurses never fails to find an angle on somebody.

    if you see my original post i had a simple question:

    anyway, anybody ever call in on a major holiday like thanksgiving, christmas, new years, etc.. ? did they reprimand you? what happened?

    thanks to those who posted about rotating holidays, institution policies, etc... as i thought it was seniority based. i have questions to ask my HR department and union.
    The above. *makes popcorn

  • Oct 17

    Quote from Wuzzie
    Grow up and don't screw your co-workers.

    Waiting for for the next epic internet flounce in 1-2-3...
    She's made it very clear that she doesn't CARE about her coworkers, at least during the holidays. She wants what she wants and that is much more important to her than what's fair and what's "right."

  • Oct 17

    it is relevant when people with reading comprehension issues bash me about my work ethnics, morale, and all that other BS.
    What's the deal with the "reading comprehension" line lately. Don't like a reply, insult poster's literacy...

    I think it needs to be added to Flounce Bingo.

  • Oct 17

    You knew it was your assigned holiday, and you planned a vacation?

    Now you're planning on calling in sick so someone who made legitimate plans will have to cancel them.

    Seriously bad form, regardless of the employer. They told you a YEAR go that you'd be working Christmas; you had time to plan around it or look for coverage yourself.

    Expect disciplinary action. Many facilities have increased repercussions for playing sick on a day when you've been denied time off.

  • Oct 17

    holidays usually empty out hospitals. there is a chance OP will get cancelled anyway. this is what we normally do - call the floor the night before, then the day of, ask for the census, let the unit know if they are wanting to cancel anyone, you will prefer to be canceled. this is obviously some last minute planning, but that's your best bet.