Kareylea 1,353 Views
Joined Dec 15, '10.
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THere is a time to soldier on and there is a time to stop and take a breath. If even half of what you report is true, you are far past the soldiering on part. Your HEALTH is at a stake here and it sounds if it is in jeopardy. Part of being a nurse or even a responsible person is knowing that you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. We laugh and joke about big bladders and no breaks but I've never heard a nurse praised because she had a gaping bleeding wound and still decided to go into work. And mental health can be, just as any other medical condition, a gaping bleeding wound.
Lives are in your hands but not the least is YOUR OWN.
Take a breath and put things into prespective. You do no one any service by going past your breaking point. YOur boss, your job, your career...they can all wait and be fixed later. Twenty years from now your bosses opinion will make little difference. Getting yourself healthy now could be.
Best of luck and good health to you.
Really? Bolus? REALLY?
Three reasons I think the flu shot is an exercise in futility.
1. The Flu, unlike most of the other conditions which have a vaccine to prevent it, is a MUTATING virus. It changes as it goes. Hence the reason why there are several strains floating around at any one time. There is not a flu virus. There are flu viruses floating around. The best those who make the vaccine can do is guess which one will be most widespread and most virulent. In case of a pandemic, which is what the CDC and WHO and other agencies fear, it will be caused by an entirely new strain which none of us will be protected against. Hence why it will be severe. No one will have immunity. They're playing an odds game here people. And no one but the dealer ever wins in gambling.
2. Any vaccine, regardless, attacks your immune system. No vaccine that I know of at present will give you the disease/virus that it protects against. However, it will lower your immune system allowing other pathogens an opportunity to make you ill. I work in a hospital people and I have children. I am very very rarely sick as are most of my fellow co-workers. I have been exposed to EVERYTHING but Ebola and my immune system rocks. Why would I deliberately lower my immune system, get myself sick and then pass it on to my family AND my patients? And this for a vaccine that might not even be effective for the flu virus passing around in my area?
3. The MMR and polio vaccines are universal or they try to be. One HAS to get it enter any type of school today. It protects us against incredibly dangerous diseases. The flu vaccine is NOT universal and never has been. By its very nature, it cannot be since the vaccine only protects against one strain. One argument for getting the vaccine is to protect the patient against the nurse carrying it. Fine. But since when has a patient existed in a bubble? Aside from the exposure from other sick people in halls, common areas, procedural areas, there is the exposure from the techs, secretaries, case managers, doctors (who see half the community in their practice) family and friends. All of which can enter and leave the room at will, most without any protection to the patient and then proceed to touch, feed, hug, hold hands, bathe and crawl into bed with the patient (I speak of kids here people...sheesh.). Good luck at trying to convince a three year old not to crawl into bed with Mommy. And preventing touch can be just as dangerous as a flu vaccine. When people are sick they NEED touch...not to have people wrap themselves in protection and cower in the doorway and scream their questions. We don't require that family members show proof of immunity. Why are we so insistent that a nurse in the best of health and with a very good immune system would be the culprit in spreading the virus? And has anyone heard of a DOCTOR being fired for refusing a vaccine? I might get my hands on 5-10 patients a night from direct contact. How many patients in the practice and in the hospital has he/she come in contact with?
Well that is my two cents. I have refused to take the vaccine this year. I have already had three brushes where I know I have come in contact with the flu virus taking care of family members or patients. I am still not sick and no, no one caught it from me. That said I have to feed my family and would not have gone as far as the nurses who stuck to their guns and allowed themselves to be fired. But I at least want to salute them for their courage at standing up for their rights and convictions. I doubt I would be able to do the same in such a situation.
I've seen this guy when I was at Nursing school. Or one just like him. "He" was a girl, very very bright and very arguementative. Although her grades were at the top of the class she needed to look for nearly a year for a job, and was flat out told by one of the two major hospitals in my area that she would never ever work for them. Now at graduation and not ten years down the road.
Arrogance is a self-fulfilling prophecy and as a nurse you just can't take that road. Being a know-it-all means you're refusing to learn and that is nearly impossible as a Nurse. Look through this forum, your nursing books, your nursing instructors and you will hear it said again and again that you're constantly learning, constantly evolving, constantly doing new things as a nurse.
Keep that in mind.
I know the know-it-alls in this world are sometimes hard to stomach especially in the stressful area of a nursing school where tiny problems are magnified into soap operas but try to resist the urge to let this man irratate you. Smile gently at him, say "I don't think you are correct" and let it go. It's hard but you can't change someone else's personality and you are there to learn.
So I've been reading posts from allnurses and other forums, listening to nurse's stories and hearing horror stories all the time.
I'm wondering...just how much has changed good or bad in nursing? I've heard about the work load changing but it seems to me that it was just as bad as 10 or even 20 years ago, just in different ways. A lot of things I've heard are negative but is there anything GOOD that has occurred?
I guess I'm asking those with 10+ years to really think and post how things are going. I've been a nurse for 3 years, like it and plan to continue for another 15-20 years if everything goes well. It would be interesting to see objective stories about patient loads IMPROVING or technology making things better (or worse).
So if anyone could weigh in with a short commentary about good things for a change and add in a few 'things were much better when..." it would nice to hear.
The only thing I can think of in three years of nursing is we're changing over to bed side reporting which I don't like, don't think will work and will seriously mess up my beginning routine on the floor.
So...any rants or raves?
P.S. I hope that I didn't ruffle any feathers. Just curious here!
I work 3-4 nights a week so my sleep schedule is usually messed up a bit. However, most of us work 3-4 nights in a row and get 2-3 or even 5 days off in a row. The lady that schedules us just got off the floor not that long ago and tries to schedule is with breaks and tries to give us the day off we want. I go caving at least once or twice a month, which usually means at least a day to recover. I go hiking with my kids during the weekends with no problem.
So the answer to your question is, yes you can have a life and a job. Getting stressed out and depressed about a job can happen on other jobs and although this career is VERY hard and sometimes stressing it's doable to have a family, a career and hobbies and activities you enjoy doing. This doesn't mean you might not have to make sacrifices, especially at the start of your career. You might find that the only place that will hire you is on a shift that directly conflicts with your extracurricular activities or that you're just too tired to go out.
That means you just have to think outside of the box.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
Take a break. And I mean a real break not a few days off. It sounds like you need a holiday badly. Don't do anything go anywhere, plan anything. Just 'waste' your time a little, chill out and relax.
Nursing is awfully stressful and the first year is one of the most stressful. It's hard to care for others when you're not even sure if you yourself will make it through the day.
After your break consider if you want to continue in this field or go somewhere else. At any rate, pay attention to yourself and your level of stress. If it gets to the point where you once again or dying to stay home even if its for an imagined illness...its time for another break.
Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
Thanks for all the comments (on both sides of the issue).
I work in Huntsville, yes and while I understand the roads are clearer there they weren't here. But I took a look outside a minute ago and they actually plowed the interstate so maybe I can out tomorrow! I also called...14 pts on the floor! They actually have one extra nurse!! So no one was stuck doing an 18 or a double.
One of my nurse buddies has a 4x4 and her husband was one of the nuts out doing donuts in the intersections. (Yes, I told her he was crazy.). She did say in a similiar situation he might be able to come get me. I'll just have to find other connections like that in the future. I've been commuting for 20 yrs and this is only the 2nd time I couldn't make it in and that was when I had a job at NASA.
Thanks for everyone that commented and for all my fellow snow buddies in the South, stay warm!
I'm in one of the cities that shut down completely and have to either go up a mountain (It's closed for obvious reasons) or over a bridge (It's also closed) to get out of town. All the roads in town are closed and so is the Interstate. I do not have a luxury of a 4 wheel drive. I did check road conditions before I called in extensively, checked the roads myself (walked a mile along the road to see how the bridge was doing) and did everything I could once I realized that I was snowed in to find a way out. Nothing is moving out there. I can see the Interstate I have to drive on from my front door and I see a car moving slowly about once every 10 minutes. The hospital will not send someone to pick me up (no one can get here) and the Fire and Police dept have totally refused to help. Not that I blame them.
So. Well hopefully I won't lose my job on this one since it looks like I should have gone in yesterday far more than 24 hours before my shift had started. I will check if I don't to see how far in advance its my responsibility to plan for and get numbers to call other nurses to cover for me if this happens again. I guess this is the penalty to chosing to live so far from work. Just can't help but feel bitter that after 3 years of a clean slate I might get fired because of 1/2 foot of snow.
Thanks for all the replies. It was really helpful.
I'm supposed to work tonight. The storm hit last night.
I was called in this morning and told to come. Roads were all closed. Yesterday I got no call but the weather man said the storm was coming. Well I responded the last 2 times and came in when I was called (all false alarms) and the last time the roads were so bad it took me twice as long to make it.
What I'm confused about is how long in advance is it my responsibility to plan? 24 hours? 48? When does the hospital take some responsibilty for long term planning and when is it totally and completely my fault for not making it in?
I just need to know where the line lies so that I can learn and keep it from happening again.
And this is Alabama. There are no snowplows. I have told my NM prior that I have to go through 3 weather patterns to get to work so I usually try to plan ahead as best I can. The roads are now clear where I work but closed where I live so I look especially bad. But during bad weather I NEVER know what the roads will be like and have on more than one occasion been the only nurse to make it in 1-2 hours early because of the road conditions.
Well I'm in the South and I'm a floor nurse. We had a little winter storm in and I had to call in today because of the weather (all the roads are closed) and got officially reamed by my boss. Apparently, I was supposed to go in yesterday (I was not called until 8 am today) and to have planned ahead. But Saturday I had an outing with my daughter that I knew would take a day to recover just because I knew I had that extra day off so I really couldn't have worked safely anyway! I'm so frustrated and upset.
What was my responsibility here? How much of this is my fault what was I supposed to do about it if anything? I live 40 miles away and there's bridges and mountains and I can't leave my kids without a mom for ANY job! I made it in the last 3 bad weather days. One day I drove an area 5 minutes before a tornado and 15 minutes behind another (I got caught between storms).
I really really hate feeling guilty and inconviencing anyone but how much can my job ask of me?
Am I going to get fired because of this? I'm not even sure if the roads will be open tomorrow!
Has someone been in a similar circumstances and have some suggestions I would really appreciate it.
30 K +
This was my second degree and I couldn't get a Pell Grant and I had used up my GI Bill on my first degree. But I consider the 30 K an investment in my future. I have more choices of employment, more jobs available, different work schedules that I can pursue, travel nursing, education levels, etc.
I graduated at 36 and figure I have 20+ years in nursing to look into. More than enough to justify 30K.
Loving it so far!
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