Latest Comments by OCNRN63

Latest Comments by OCNRN63

OCNRN63, RN Pro 32,090 Views

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    As a former certified psych. nurse, I have to be honest: your conduct was inappropriate and not only escalated the patient's agitated behavior, but made things more difficult for anyone who would have had to evaluate him later, e.g. physician, social worker, crisis intervention worker, etc. Not only that, but you angered his mother, who could have been an ally.

    People who are suicidal don't behave in textbook manners; they present in many forms. And just because he didn't take an OD this time doesn't mean he won't OD to get that girl's attention the next time...or the next. It sounds like this kid is very impulsive and most likely has a personality disorder. The last thing people like that need is someone hectoring them over all their shortcomings.

    This was definitely not a therapeutic interaction. Perhaps you should do some research on how to handle suicidal patients in the ED. When you learn better, you do better.

  • 0

    Quote from sungrl01
    I just found out yesterday I got the job. So I am going to do Radiology Oncology nursing at Cancer Center. This will be new to me as I have OR, pre and post op nurse experience but hope to learn so much! So excited

    Congratulations! Have you considered joining Oncology Nurses Society? They have all sorts of CE materials at a reduced rate for members, and they also have a certification for radiation oncology nurses which is also offered at a reduced rate for members. (At least they did ~3 years ago.)

    Very best wishes to you!

  • 1
    NurseGirl525 likes this.

    You can't work as an LPN/LVN if you are an RN. It doesn't matter if your RN license is in NY; if you go back to CA to work as a nurse, you will need to let the BON know that you have a license in another state and that it is a different one from the one you currently hold.

  • 6

    Quote from moretonel
    Roser13, I accept I could be wrong, I'm still new to healthcare as a career. Please , enlighten me where I may need to rethink my position.
    Passing NCLEX means that a nurse has shown that s/he has the minimum level of competence to practice as a nurse. Nurses are licensed by their respective state BON and answer to them. Nursing education is highly regulated.

    An MA's education does not have the same rigor. MAs are not licensed, except in certain states, and even then that licensure does not carry the same weight as a nurse's license. Nurses are held accountable for their actions under their license; an MA, even one with a license, works under the auspices of his/her supervising physician.

    Someone may be able to know which squiggly lines require what medications, but that's a far cry from understanding the whats, the whys, and the wherefores of said treatment. Someone can't begin to understand how much you don't know until s/he actually goes to nursing school and starts learning about body systems, disease processes, and how they're managed.

    It's more likely that you're seeing lesser qualified individuals in supervisory positions because someone wants to save a buck or two.

  • 3

    Quote from Ambreree
    That's a nice way to look at it but I just felt that nurses couldn't really stick up for themselves on that site so the pre-meds could say whatever.

    You know, I have been a member of that site for nearly 15 years. I've gotten to know some really nice people on that site.

    I think you get out of that site what you put into it. I've had people there thank my for presenting the nurse's POV, or helping them to understand why nurses respond to situations the way they do.

    It's funny, there are people I remember as med students who are now attendings, and we chat on FB.

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    ShaneTeam and Farawyn like this.

    Have I seen "The Force Awakens"?


  • 6

    Quote from sirI
    I learned this week that panic ensues when the WILTW doesn't appear ... there's panic in the streets.


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    joanna73, elkpark, KindaBack, and 6 others like this.

    Quote from Lucky724
    Home health, hospice, school nurse, camp nurse and health department to name a few other options. you also have contacts at the clinic you are at so maybe network to get hired there - even as a new grad. Most home health and hospice agencies want some experience but it's still possible. Dialysis is another option as some offer the training.
    As far as UR or CM, at least where I live the RN has to have experience AND be certified.

    Absolutely not to the first two. It takes an exceptional new grad to feel comfortable working independently in home health/hospice. Where do the medically fragile people in hospital go when they're discharged? They go home. Caring for the dying patient at home can require complex symptom management as well. In both cases, the nurse has to be able to function by him/herself, and do so confidently. A new grad likely doesn't have the skill set nor the fund of knowledge to do so. That's why the majority of home health and hospice agencies require prior experience.

    I'm not saying new grads never get hired into either of these fields, but it's much harder to find positions in these areas for nurses who lack experience.

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    ShaneTeam likes this.

    Nurses Week at many of my jobs had turned into "All Allied Health Professionals And Volunteers Week." We wouldn't want anyone to feel left out now, would we? (Even though some of the groups who felt entitled to participate in "Nurses Week" had their own special week.)

    Usually we got gewgaws with the corporate logo on it and junk food. Sometimes there were ice cream sundae bars!

  • 3

    I didn't go to pinning, but it was because our pinning ceremony was a very religious ceremony that I did not want to be part part of. I wish I could have gone, but, there it is...I went to graduation which was wonderful, and I'm glad I went to it

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    All4NursingRN likes this.

    Quote from jadelpn
    Additionally, when one has conversation at the nurses station, that can be overheard by others, you can more than likely expect a lot of input from said others.

    A reasonable expectation is to not have conversations of a personal nature at the nurses station, especially when the attending is sitting there attempting to work, and one is going on and on about time off/holidays, etc. Most find that distracting. Depending on the personality of the MD, you could have ended up with "ok, then, I have never had a holiday off. Are you going to take off my orders now, or shall we discuss your holiday some more?'

    A reasonable expectation is for people not to interject their opinions in what is obviously a personal conversation, no matter where it takes place. Have manners gone the way of the mastodon?

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    hwknrs likes this.

    Quote from Farawyn
    Was this the first person who was ever rude or boorish to you at work? I wanna live in your world.

    Master the Withering Stare. Shake it off. Avoid. You have bigger fish to fry.

    Now see, I would have stopped talking and given him my stare with my head c@cked to one side and eyes slightly squinted, as if to say "Oh, you? You have something to say about this?"

    There really isn't anything to do about this. I'd just let it go; like others have said, you have to ask yourself if this is the hill you want to die on. It sure wouldn't be for me.

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    emtb2rn, Farawyn, Here.I.Stand, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from chare
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think you guys get this.
    If I understand this OP, it's saying if someone has time to kvetch to co-workers, has time to take a break, has time to update status on FB, that person has time to pee.

    I saw it as mocking all of the "I don't have time to pee' rants. I could be wrong.

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    BeckyESRN, oldpsychnurse, whkjr, and 9 others like this.

    Quote from Been there,done that
    HR is NEVER a nurse's friend.


  • 4

    Quote from BCgradnurse
    I learned this week:

    That rashes aren't always what they seem to be. We had a patient with a very allergic appearing rash which turned out to be cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It looked nothing like the textbook pictures. I'm glad I did a biopsy.

    That even after 2 jobs and almost 7 years as a NP, I am pretty nervous about starting a new job tomorrow. It's in my current specialty, but I'm still anxious.

    That giving my cat subQ fluids is scarier than starting any human IV. I don't like to hurt my kitteh...

    Congrats to all the new graduates!

    Oh man, do I have a story I could tell you about the time I tried to give my kitty (dearly departed) Thomas sub-q fluids. ¡Ay de mí!