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    elikat02, kalycat, Paulini, and 3 others like this.

    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.

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    sallyrnrrt likes this.

    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.

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    Quote from oncivrn
    would a radiation oncology nurse OCN be proficient to admin chemo? Probably not.
    It depends on the setting. I knew a few that were.

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    Hygiene Queen and kalycat like this.

    Quote from Shookclays
    Woah! It was LOCKED?!! Was it at night?
    I worked on a unit that was locked most of the time. Being "locked" just means that you have people there who are there against their will; if not for the locked door, they might be out and be a harm to themselves or others.

    It really was no big deal. I thought of it as the same as critical care for mental health.

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    SmilingBluEyes likes this.

    Quote from madwife2002
    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

    I wasn't going to comment, but this made me get a mental image of someone cracking a whip over a mule team.

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    Quote from imsickagain
    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.
    Then you need to make some very discreet inquiries to the people who would know the answer to your question. Unless we know where you work and what their policy is for holiday call offs, all we can do is guess.

    FWIW, everyone should be getting a 3/3 score on that area of the annual review. That's something to be expected, not bragged about.

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    Nurse Leigh likes this.

    Quote from jenam2you
    Did you have to move? If so Kudos to you!!! I'm sorry that you think that voicing my opinion is silly. I am the type of person that gets what I want because I speak up and fight for what I WANT, so no I will not just DEAL WITH IT and settle for the mundane
    Please use the "quote" function so we know to whom you're responding. And no, I'm not being snarky.

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    I think an easy way to do it is to start off small, say 5% (just for an example). Then six months later, bump it up to 7%. Six months after that, if you're finances aren't too tight, try bumping it up again. You don't even necessarily have to use 6 month increments; you could do it annually.

    That's how I did it, and before I knew it, I was up to 13%...then I had a career ending illness. I still managed to save a nice chunk, even though I frittered away a lot of my money until I was in my mid-40s. (Don't do that.)

    If you're a new grad, it's imperative that you start planning for your retirement as soon as you get that first job. Time flies by, and before you know it, you'll be just a few years away from retirement. Don't be approaching those years with nothing to show for all of your hard work.

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    cagjlg and FranEMTnurse like this.

    Quote from AJJKRN
    Your story (and those of many others...some of them my own unfortunately) should be laid out on the first page of every press ganey survey in existence. I hope you find peace among the inevitable and unforgettable.
    It should also be required reading for prospective nursing students.

    You are a gifted writer. I hope to see more blogs/articles from you. And (((Ballistex))) need a hug after a shift like that.

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    roser13 likes this.

    Quote from roser13
    Promote "so bad"? What does that even mean?

    Must be similar to "hurt so bad," like the Linda Ronstadt song.

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    Kooky Korky likes this.

    My migraine meds are now packaged in such a manner that you need to keep a scissors on your person in case you need to take one. I have, on occasion, used a pen, but I ruined a few that way.

    Seriously, you feel like you have a jackhammer in your head...the last thing you should have to do is root around in your purse for trauma shears or the like.

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    Swellz, BFD likes this.

    Quote from NurseCard
    What a dumb reason to get wrote up. I mean, I can see getting asked to change perhaps, but written up?
    Quote from meanmaryjean
    The really awesome part was that all the hospital bigwigs were at a media event/ viewing party IN THE HOSPITAL in jeans and jerseys- in direct violation of the dress code.
    One set of rules for them, one for the plebs. <eyeroll>

    Some day I'll have to tell you about the time I got disciplined for getting a care package from the Phillies for an Amish kid I was taking care of who was in the hospital for weeks of IV abx. This was before HIPAA, in case anyone is ready to jump on me with all four feet for violating the kid's confidentiality. That was the time I learned that you never do something that could potentially steal the thunder of a middle manager, e.g. "Public Relations."

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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    First of all- it is very considerate and thoughtful of you to ask about the military use of capes. I also love vintage nursing clothing. In fact, I've wanted to develop a one-woman show about nursing back-in-the-day. Patterns are out there.

    A hospital system I used to work in had a nursing honor guard. When older nurses pass away, these ladies dress in all-whites and make a small ceremony at the viewing or funeral honoring the nursing career of the departed. I think it's so wonderful. I would want that when it's my time.

    That would be cool! Back when I was a student (in a diploma program) I participated in some sort of program marking the anniversary of either the hospital or the program. They had several of us volunteer to dress in student uniforms over the years. I still have the newspaper article with the picture of myself and several others dressed in various garb. Mine was almost down to the floor with a long white apron. It was fun, but I wouldn't have wanted to wear that thing plus the big cap our school had in the summer--talk about hot!

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    canoehead and Kitiger like this.

    "Sorry, it doesn't suit me today, but thanks for the offer."

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    Quote from meanmaryjean
    I learned that my father's death has, in a way, freed me. I have not even allowed myself to think about relocating somewhere warm and sunny from the Midwest- as I needed to be nearby in his old age. Now that he's gone, I find myself looking daily at real estate listings in Florida (we have a daughter there). My work-from-home job is portable. All we need to do now is get our youngest through college, and we can go! (Gotta have that in-state tuition rate)

    I also learned how to calculate a baseball team's 'magic number'.
    Don't need that where I live, thanks to the Phillies, who excel at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I'm sorry about the loss of your father.