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  • Aug 22

    I am now so superstitious that I forbid my husband to jinx any future plans by saying something positive ahead of time.
    I am probably certifiable.

  • Aug 22

    I was visiting my Dad the other day. He is in LTC/Rehab. First my mom said, "he's been really good lately!"
    Of course, he was Satan when we got to him. On the way back I said, "Oh, the traffic looks light!" and BAM, 20 minute back up.

    My mom and I were freaking each other out because we are BOTH nurses and know how it *really* is.

    Thought of this thread.

  • Aug 22

    AJJKRN, ASN, BSN, RN
    "Here's a sentence that I personally would like to become taboo..."It's so much easier on night shift because all the patients really do, is sleep". Seriously day shift! Seriously? "

    Anyone who has worked nights knows that's a load of crap

  • Jul 31

    First off: Thank you to all who replied. I appreciate all your responses.

    2) Thank you applewhitern as you ECHO my sentiments EXACTLY.

    3) I am sorry that I offended people by my use of the word slavery.

    4) My intention was not to get into "which job, country, etc, has the worst working conditions".

    BTW I have yet to find a Bedside Nurse who truly loves her job. All the ones that stand up and say they love it are NOT in Bedside Nursing.

    Thank you to all of you who gave me the advice to try other Employers (union based) and possibly other specialties in Nursing before quitting
    this profession. You are right I may find something "I love" where I can work in a decent environment without the BS. I am going to try it out! :spin:

  • Jul 31

    I talked with my brother today. As usual, he spent much of the time complaining about how short-staffed they are at work. * people have left within the last year or so and none of them has been replaced. He thinks the managers are idiots who just don't care anymore. He is an aviation mechanic.

    Just a little while ago, I checked my niece's Facebook page. She was venting about how short-staff her workplace is. People have left and not been replaced. She is doing the work of 2 people now -- and winning awards for top-notch performance. But the boss doesn't seem to appreciate her and she has had to take 2 paycuts in the past 2 years to avoid being laid off. She sells insurance.

    As others have said, a lot of what we are now seeing in nursing is happening in other industries, too. The "do more with less" mentality has taken route throughout our society. It's not just in nursing.

  • Jul 31

    I don't think it is fair to condemn the use of the word slavery, and it isn't fair to compare working conditions in the US to those of any other country. If we don't stand up for ourselves, then we could become just like those countries who have no freedom, and have dangerous and terrible working conditions. My ancestors worked hard to make this country free, and relatively safe, with decent working conditions, and I am thankful for that. To bash this nurse for complaining about things that matter is ridiculous. I expect a decent salary, lunch breaks, time off, etc., or otherwise I might end up like those areas mentioned.

  • Jul 22

    First, check with the adviser at the community college to determine what credits will and will not transfer and to what university they transfer. Many community colleges have agreements arranged with some universities to transfer most (if not all) the credits.

    Community college is definitely the least expensive way to go. Plus you usually get a good education (small class sizes, lots of individual help, if you need it, etc). I used to teach at a community college and was impressed with the education that the students received. As with most things, you get out what you put in.

    With that said, the fear is that you will get your ADN, start working, and never go back to school. In most cases, once you start working a full-time job you will not want to go back to school, and if you do - you will only be able to go part-time.

    My suggestion is to go to community college (to save money) and get your pre-reqs done and then transfer to a 4 year university for the BSN!

    Best of luck in whatever you decide.

    Tony, MSN, MBA, CNL, RN, EMT-B

  • Jul 22

    You really need to research the job market in your area or the area where you want to work. Some areas, ADNs cannot get hired into acute care facilities. My facility is no longer hiring anyone without a BSN and come 12/31/2019, anyone without a BSN will be terminated. But then there are other areas of the country where ADN grads have no issues getting acute care jobs. So, it's not just a simple answer that can be provided here. It's going to be specific to your area.

  • Jul 22

    Quote from BPPITT
    WHY are nurses SO miserable? I am a new graduate and I OFTEN do not like my job, but I FULLY realize that we, as nurses in 2007, have SO MANY opportunities.
    As you are a new grad, I can strongly sense your burgeoning idealism. However, a sense of realism will emerge with the passage of time and the accumulation of nursing experience. It is true that nurses have so many opportunities in 2007; however, the vast majority of these opportunities are in bedside nursing, which has been a source of burnout for so many.
    Quote from BPPITT
    If you dislike your job, try something different...within nursing!
    You make this statement as if many of the complaining nurses have not already tried different things within nursing. I know of nurses who still have not found their niche after trying about 5 different bedside specialties and about 2 or three "desk jobs" away from the bedside. After so many different attempts at different positions within nursing, some may feel defeated.
    Quote from BPPITT
    If you feel like you're not getting paid well enough, consider going back to school to earn a master's degree or to become a nurse practitioner
    Unfortunately, nursing is a career pathway that generally does not offer any financial incentives for attaining higher education. The typical BSN nurse earns about as much as the ADN nurse. Many MSNs earn significantly less than their BSN counterparts, especially if they decide to become a nurse educator or researcher. While nurse prectitioners have plenty of automony, the money is not as good as it should be for the level of responsibility that they must accept. The average NP earns about $75,000 yearly, yet a bedside nurse with an ADN can earn that amount with overtime.
    Quote from BPPITT
    or... Better yet, take a stand and write the CEO of YOUR hospital. That's what I have decided to do. Why should I earn $20.99 per hour at night based on ideal staffing (i.e. six patients) IF I have eight or, sometimes, nine? I am NO mathematician, but I CAN do the math!
    To CEOs, nurses are expenses. They do not want to pay you anything more than they must, because it cuts into their profit margins. I'm being realistic when I declare that your letter will not get anywhere. .
    Quote from BPPITT
    Several recent postings addressed "rude" patients, colleagues (doctors and nurses), etc. You're ONLY a doormat IF you let yourself be!
    With the push for "customer service" by healthcare facilities today, the hospital expects the nurse to take abuse from patients and family members. Standing up to your colleagues is one thing, but standing up to cruel patients and abusive family members can get you fired quickly.

    I'm glad you are making your job work for you, but you obviously have much to learn. Please do not discount the personal experiences of seasoned nurses.

  • Jul 22

    I was a high school teacher for 20+ years, and family/parent issues are very similar to what you are describing. The teacher takes all the grief, because s/he is on the 'front line', meaning easiest access. There were times when I would suggest that they speak to an administrator, and typically, when it was a ridiculous complaint, parents would decline. Some people just live to gripe. The nurse too is the 'front line', also with easiest access. Families are not so willing to create a fuss with a physician or hospital administrator, are they? In my mind, if a complaint was really legitimate, they wouldn't be so hesitant to discuss it with the docs or administrators. Some families have a very cockeyed idea of what health care is supposed to provide. But these people are not going to go away, and they are not dealt with by administrators because it's about the money, and it's about the lawyers. Hope I'm not offending anyone.
    The way for me to deal with unreasonable people is to focus on the patient, and not give much credence to difficult family members. Easier said than done, eh?

  • Jul 22

    I try at least to arm myself with enough knowledge about their case, their problems, what the treatments plans are, etc, so that I can discuss with them the plans. If I go in "blind," I ask them for time to review their case, explain to them that I just came on, dont' know their case, etc. MOST people will understand and give me time to get caught up. Then I can investigate, find out what's wrong, try to help, etc. With most reasonable people, it works.

    I also don't get too friendly lately, EVER. I am professional, friendly, but not a "friend" to families. I am their nurse, try to be their advocate, but I'm not their friend. I have been burned from being too friendly with those who simply turned on me in a flash when things started not to go well.

    With some who get unreasonable, I will try to politely reason, try to politely provide explanations, and often I can turn them around and get them to calm down. I will try to listen to them as much as possible, see their point of view, etc.

    The ones that TOTALLY get me are the ones who complain about the food. I mean -- it's SO childish to me to complain about a hot meal -- who CARES if it's not restaurant quality -- most of it is edible, at least -- and if they are well enough to complain about it, IMO, they aren't even sick enough to be in the hospital in the first place. Just my opinon -- just grinds my gears to no end.

  • Jul 22

    Quote from TheCommuter
    Unfortunately, I haven't found the universal answer to dealing with difficult or demanding family members and visitors. To be perfectly honest, they remain one of my biggest challenges in the workplace. The only thing I know is that there's no "one size fits all" approach to handling them. In addition, management seems to back them up, regardless of how unreasonable or abusive their behavior is toward the staff.

    I prefer to work night shift so I can avoid as many of these difficult families as possible.
    When is the nursing profession going to hold administration accountable for adding to the stress of bedside nursing? We do not need a clueless administration backing abusive family members and patients. No other profession puts up with "customer abuse" like nursing.

    If you behaved the way families and patients do when they are patients in a hospital, in the local Walmart, or shopping mall, you would have security and the local police department called to drag your sorry @$$ out of there to the local jail cell. No doubt in my mind.

    So again I ask, when are nurses going to hold administration accountable for their lack of support with these imbeciles? Put together a staff meeting, and address this with the nurse manager, and inform them in no uncertain terms, that when patients act up you are calling security and the police and having them arrested. And you will follow up by pressing charges. There is no reason for anyone to have to put up with this nonsense. You can always escort them to the office of the hospital CEO, and let the big wigs sit and listen to the complaints for a change. Especially since they are the ones with the power to change the poor staffing, etc, that seems leads to most of the complaints. JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, Rn, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington

  • Jul 18

    Congratulations on becoming "a new nurse"! Saline lock simply refers to keeping an IV start patent by flushing it with normal saline or heparin depending on your order and the policies/procedures of your place of work. You may have been doing this and just are unfamiliar with the terminology. This is a basic skill that is easily learned and once you have done it a few times you will be fine. You really need to have a mentor or preceptor at work help you so that you can stay within the realm of your hospital policies / standards and best safe practices. For instance, some places require that INTs be flushed every 8 hours while others it is once a shift. You also might want to review infection control related to IV therapy as well. Great question, just know that there is and should be a lot of help available to you to be able to learn /practice safely at work.

  • Jul 18

    You must have had some sort of orientation to your unit. No good asking us, because hospitals use different brands of equipment which require different ways to do things. So just ask someone where you work. You might feel stupid having to ask (we have all been there). But the really stupid person is the one who doesn't ask, just tries to wing it. It's hard for us to help you when we don't know what kind of IV tubing you are using. So just find someone who looks receptive, and ASK.

  • Jul 17

    Quote from 757RN
    I am a new nurse a noone has explained this to me
    If no one has explained something to you, then you really need to take the initiative to ask one of your coworkers or possibly your clinical educator, not a bunch of Internet strangers who may or may not be telling you the truth.


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