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  • Mar 22 '17

    Quote from NurseNick4994
    Not if you're an LPN. I was pulled over a few days ago and given a ticket for, "Driving at a high rate of speed" (notice how he didn't even put an actual speed on the ticket), after I had just spent 16 hours at work and explained all that after the cop asked where I worked (I was in scrubs). I was just like, "Okay, I'll just remember this if he ever ends up in my territory."
    Do you think he knew the difference?

  • Mar 22 '17

    My thought is that you blew it by answering a phone call in the middle of class. Since people are usually on their best behavior in the beginning of a job, your instructor obviously saw this as a red flag.

    I am from the time before cell phones. We managed to do very well without constant availability to our friends and family. It may seem unconceivable to the younger generation , but it is possible to survive without a cell phone on one's person at all times.

    In the future always have your cellphone off in a situation like that.

  • Mar 22 '17

    I think it all depends upon the cop's mood. Some PEOPLE get special treatment, some do not. And if the cop is in a particularly BAD mood, everyone gets specially BAD treatment.

    There was a local cop where I grew up who was notorious. My sister and her boyfriend were coming home from a high school beer party and got pulled over. My sister was driving, was intoxicated and couldn't pass a sobriety test. The cop took her aside and told her she was going to jail unless she gave him a blow job.

  • Mar 4 '17

    Going back to practical advice, I always carry at least $100 in cash tucked away when driving cross country. On several occasions I have been in the situation where atms weren't usable (once my bank's computer system and once the whole town was on AT&T which went down). $100 will get you a room for the night/tank of gas,etc.

  • Mar 4 '17

    Quote from NedRN
    Really? Molesters just stroll along looking in cars parked overnight for young women? I'd bet you will find many more rapes in hotels. I don't think that people bust into hotel doors to molest the sleepers, more likely a hall issue (which won't happen in a car you park and don't get out of).

    But that barely matters as the vast majority of rapes are not between strangers. Of course, when it happens, it gets a lot of news, just like baby snatchers.

    In any case, these issues happen so seldom to strangers, that it is just fear mongering to even discuss them.

    Point in case, have you ever heard about this happening to a traveler?
    I've had this happen to me as a traveler. More than once. Attractive young women traveling alone get unwelcome attention from strange men in restaurants, at rest stops and stranded at the side of the road. Sometimes fat old women get unwelcome attention from strange men, even when their husbands are only a few steps away. As a male, you probably don't even have this on your radar. Women have to be alert to their surroundings, and when you're asleep in a vehicle parked in a public place, you are not alert to your surroundings.

    Obviously, I've never been murdered by a stranger because I was sleeping in my car and fortunately never raped, either. I stopped once for a "15 minute nap" on an overnight drive and woke up to some guy tapping on my window asking if I wanted "to party," and another time parked to make a phone call and looked up to find some guy's penis pressed against my window. (That one was in broad daylight, in my own home area at the head of a popular hiking trail.) I have stopped at an empty rest area to use the bathroom and heard a semi stop outside, then the driver come into the women's restroom and started looking into stalls. Fortunately, I was traveling with my dog and she backed him up on out of there! Now I stop at crowded rest stops or at "America's bathroom", MacDonald's.

    We have cellphones now, and that makes us safer. If we're stranded on the road, we can call a tow truck, then wait in the car with the doors locked until either it or a police car arrives. Parking a car to sleep in overnight and not getting out of it may be realistic for a young man armed with a urinal; it's less so for a young woman. Not to mention, it's somewhat "icky." But whatever.

    I enjoy driving cross country, either with my husband or by myself. But if you're female, you have to be aware that some men out there just may want to rape or kill you.

  • Mar 3 '17

    Sweet! I miss my cross-country travel assignments! I would say give yourself a couple extra days to enjoy the drive. Stop and be a tourist, take pictures, eat the local food! I would sometimes listen to a good book on tape (if you're into that). Also don't over pack. I know 13 weeks seems like you will need everything but just take the essentials and buy the rest there. For example comforters, towels & plates etc, find a local TJ Maxx or another discount store. Good luck!

  • Mar 3 '17

    Quote from rnccf2007
    Hi Everyone!

    I have been an RN for 10 years. In the past four years, I have been an agency nurse (local 15-60 miles); so I am used to going to different hospitals and learning their computer systems, protocols, and just fitting in, etc. So I have decided to take the plunge and start traveling.

    My first assignment is going to be in Reno, NV; which is approximately 2,300 miles from my home in Ohio. I'm excited...LOL but also terrified. What scares me the most is that I have tentatively decided to drive my car to the assignment, instead of leaving on a jet plane.

    Babbling here, but I would like to get any input from experienced travelers about traveling cross country.
    Sounds like you're well-qualified for a travel assignment!

    Driving cross country -- especially alone -- is GREAT! I like the freedom of stopping when I want to, where I want to. I can have lunch at the local diner or stay on the freeway and eat at Cracker Barrel. I can see the sights along the way, listen to my favorite music or, if I'm getting sleepy, listen to a right wing talk radio show which is sure to get my blood pressure up and keep me wide awake. I've been known to spend an extra day on the road just to have a day to myself.

    Make sure your car is in good shape before you go -- oil change, good tires. If you don't already belong to AAA, join. MacDonald's has the cleanest bathrooms in whatever area you're in (they may not always be clean, but they're always cleaner than any alternative in the immediate vicinity) and a large ice tea is $1. I sip at the ice tea as I drive, and it keeps me hydrated and awake.

    I'm starting to envy you the drive!

  • Mar 3 '17

    Quote from NedRN
    Car charger is a must. A smartphone is more flexible than a standalone GPS. Stun gun? Ever used one in your normal life? No? If it makes you feel better, no harm. But you've seen too many movies.

    Life as a traveler has pretty much the same risks as real life with your normal activities. Sometimes tourists are targeted but as far as I know non tourists have the same risks. Hotels are perhaps the most dangerous part of this endeavor. Personally, I feel safer sleeping in my car. Mind you, most will say the opposite.
    I'm thinking perhaps you're a guy. Guys aren't usually the targets that young women are. Don't sleep in your car. Pick a reputable chain motel and use the security chain. Keep your wits about you, and if it looks sketchy to you -- even if it's just a gut feeling -- don't stay.

  • Feb 10 '17

    Somehow, I don't think unnecessary tasks will increase the profit margin but improving nurse patient ratios will increase patient safety. Never say that you will never be a patient!

  • Nov 6 '16

    Wow! Whatever happened to compassion to other nurses?

  • Nov 6 '16

    Neezy, I feel compelled to respond. My advice is to get out of nursing, take baby steps and find something you love and figure out how to make it a reality. I've been a nurse twice as long as you and I can relate to your struggle. In all honesty, I wish I hadn't made the decision to become a nurse. Don't get me wrong, some parts of my career have been extremely fulfilling, but yes I regretted becoming a nurse almost from the very start. I do my job very well, but I am as burnt out as a crispy critter. This profession has chewed me up and spit me out too many times to count. Sometimes I look at the 'business people' and the 'bean counters' and become jealous. Although I feel honored to take care of my patients, I look at the 'other side' and wish I didn't have the overwhelming stress of people's lives in my hands and that my job didn't feel so...I don't know the word for it. But I am encumbered, I have so many loved ones that are counting on my paycheck and insurance, I can't leave nursing. I don't think I'll ever be able to leave at this stage in my life and I'll be in this profession until I die or retire (whichever comes first). So again my advise is to get out now, before you marry and before you have children that depend solely on you. Although I feel privileged to have met and cared for so many lovely people and that I have had so many unique experiences, I do wish to work without the particular stress, pressure, and BS that comes with the nursing profession.

  • Nov 6 '16

    Although I agree with sour lemons "imaginary chains" statement I belive there is a time and place for everything. This obviously was not a place to voice my feelings. In a den of nurses and for that I do regret. Based on the responses in a mere matter of minutes I do not take back what I say. Goodnight or good day

  • Nov 6 '16

    I love how you guys prove me to be right! I'm not sucking you in I'm asking how every one feels and I get " ur miserable and full of drama" proves my point not one valid answer I don't ask for sympathy and your opinions although your are entitled to them are not anything I care for. Obviously you "nurses" care so much I absolutely love your attitudes " hand claps" you've done well Florence nightingale would be so proud

  • Oct 27 '16

    Quote from Lil Nel
    I strongly disagree with those posts that keep insisting that "floor nursing" isn't the issue. Yes, it is. I have been in this person's situation. No, I didn't go through nursing school with rose-colored glasses.

    But when I graduated, I besides knowing that I enjoyed psych and the NICU, I didn't have a strong sense of my place in nursing. Fortunately, there is a nursing shortage. So, if a new graduate nurses doesn't like his/her first job, there is NO REASON to be filled with anxiety and misery to stick it out. Quit! As I said before, using it as a learning experience. What did you learn are your strengths and weaknesses? I learned that I don't want to work with cardiac patients who can be fine one minute, and then decline in a matter of seconds. My psych patients may be on suicide watch, but I am much more confident in my ability to handle that situation. The latter plays to my strengths as a nurse, the former to my weaknesses.
    You are wrong. In most markets of the US, there is no nursing shortage. It is irresponsible to continue to perpetuate this falsehood. This mindset is behind many new grads feeling so disillusioned and gob-smacked upon finding out that the nursing job of their dreams is not available to them immediately upon graduation.

    Another aspect of this post: Do nursing schools no longer educate their students that graduating from school and passing NCLEX is only roughly the first half of their education? I remember it being made perfectly clear that my first 1-5 years working as an RN would serve as the rest of my education. The thought that one could, as a new grad, go into home health, school nursing, case management or any other independently functioning position was ridiculous. Personally, I do not ever want a new grad coming into my home to independently care for me or my loved one, nor would I want them making care management decisions on my case without ever having experienced real-life medical care.

    The abundance of new grads here who are unwilling or unable to tolerate floor nursing is a direct result, in my opinion, of the above issues: the nursing shortage myth that won't die, and the failure of nursing schools to properly prepare their students for the real world.

  • Oct 26 '16

    Having been in the nursing field for over 25 years, I have seen it change drastically, and not for the better. However, I can say that nurses have always been at the bottom of the "s*** roles downhill" positions. It seems that anything that goes wrong, whether a toilet overflows or a med is missing because pharmacy screwed up or a patient falls out of the bed or a physician f***s up an order or the computers freeze up, the nurse is the one who has to fix it. That's how it has ALWAYS been, so it's not a new thing.

    Having said that, there are so many worthless things that the government has piled onto healthcare---like the smoking cessation stuff. That is a HUGE WASTE OF TIME. In this day and age of televisions, computers, cell phones, etc., anyone that smokes is well aware of the health dangers of smoking and if they decide to continue smoking, that's their own fault. There are smoking cessation programs everywhere---all you have to do is ask. The documentation has become so heavy that it takes up more time than actual patient care does. Back in the pre-computer days, I remember everyone saying that when computers come into healthcare, it will make pen & paper charting obsolete and much easier. HA! Now, nurses have to do pen & paper charting as well as entering the stuff into the computer because "What if the system fails and we lose all the information in the computer system?" Well, get rid of the computers and keep doing the pen & paper charting then!!! It is our illustrious government that mandated electronic medical records.

    Nurses have become glorified servers, especially on med-surg/tele units. In the ICU or ER or OR, nurses have a more specialized role and aren't relied upon to deliver a hot cup of coffee to an already demanding patient. But, I do not envy the med-surg/tele nurses at all. They're overloaded with work, can't give patients the attention they deserve, are treated like dirt, take the blame for poor Press Ganey surveys, get "spoken to" by management if they come back from their meal break 5 minutes late, and have to tolerate the B.S. they get if they are not absolutely perfect. It's not worth it.

    Hospitals make me laugh. They act as though hiring nurses is like hiring C-level, Fortune 500 people----they make nurses go through 2 or 3 interviews, ask questions in interviews that are completely irrelevant, they want to know exactly how much experience you have & what you're able to handle, etc. My first job 25+ years ago was at a private major metropolitan medical center in NYC---I got hired over the phone by the nursing office in May of my senior year in college. I had a telephone interview, they asked me what unit I'd like to work on, and they told me what day to show up for my employee physical & what was my starting day. I had a great orientation and stayed there for quite a while. I had no experience whatsoever, and you know what? They taught me how to be a nurse. Now, nurses need certifications for everything (I recently saw a job listing that required nurses have EpiPen certification----*****?) like IV, PICC lines, etc. (You can either start an IV or you can't---why do you need to be "certified"? Hospitals don't want to teach new nurses----they want nurses with "recent" hospital experience so they don't have to spend any money or time training them. And then we hear about how hospitals are short staffed "because there are no nurses out there". It's all a farce, which is representative of the entire healthcare system we have now. Healthcare used to be run by people with clinical experience----physicians, nurses, etc. When the MBA's in their tailored suit & shiny leather shoes are on the scene, it was the beginning of the end. They'll do whatever they have to do to ensure their own salaries & bonuses, and to hell with the nurses. Hospitals want the public to believe that their hiring practices are "better" than other places, that they only hire the "best & brightest" of the nurses---this is a product of the "Magnet" program. I can tell you what the root problem is in all of this---instead of focusing on the REAL issues in nursing, which is mainly related to too many patients per nurse & short staffing issues, lots of smoke & mirrors were instituted to hide the real truth. Hospitals don't need this "Magnet" B.S. All hospitals need is to hire enough nurses to give QUALITY care to patients, with enough per diems and float nurses to cover the sick calls & holes in the schedules. That's how it used to be done, and it worked great. But, as with all things, they take something that worked fine & change it up so it becomes a disaster. Instead of hiring per diems & float nurses, hospitals expect nurses to stay another 4 or 8 hours after their shift is over to cover the holes in the schedule----yeah, that's real safe. And then if something goes wrong, they'll the the first one to throw the nurse under the bus, change staffing schedules if they get sued to make it look like more nurses were working than there actually was, and blackball the nurse. Nurses have NO SUPPORT. (I've done legal nurse consulting where I have personally seen hospitals actually change the master staffing schedules to make it look like there were more nurses on duty than there actually were. The truth comes out when the nurses are deposed, it makes the managers & administrators look like complete idiots and then many years later, the hospital settles the lawsuit because it was their fault that there were 2 nurses taking care of 45 patients.)

    I don't blame you for wanting to leave. The reason employees don't leave Costco is because they're treated well, Costco is loyal (they don't all of a sudden have a huge layoff of employees), they pay their employees well & give them good benefits----they appreciate their employees. That's where the difference lies between Costco and hospitals. Costco is a very well run business overall----they have excellent buyers, their prices are great, they run every store the same. You don't see 15 year old kids working there, pulling their cell phones out every 3 minutes to check their text messages & Facebook accounts. People that are shopping in Costco are generally happy and the banter between employees & shoppers is generally happy (except at the return desk----but Costco has such a great return policy that most people don't get mad). You won't go home upset or worried. Maybe healthcare should take a few pointers from Costco.