navyguyhm3 1,675 Views
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Like all people...nurses have preferences on the type of practice they wish to do and what type of care facility they want to work in. Some because it fits with their knowledge, others because maybe they had the same issues and wish to use their experiences to help heal and care for others with the same issues or disabilities and then, some just want an easy job, where they can just slide by and get a paycheck. Myself, I take the opportunity to work at any type of facility/setting. It allows me to gain new skills and furthers my knowledge which can only make me a better nurse. There are many avenues to take as a nurse..hence many opportunities to make you that much more better and experienced in different aspects of nursing, therefore, I feel you shouldn't limit yourself to one type of care facility or nursing area..but again..it's based on individual preference.
I'm not particularly religious, but I have my own beliefs. I've said a few prayers with patient's when asked to pray with them, and I will admit that I'm not good at it, but it comes from the heart, and when someone is on their last stand, it's the least anyone can do for a person. Spiritual wellness is a big part of the healing/dying process for many people, and as nurses, I feel we should be there for our patients, if it makes a nurse feel uncomfortable, be honest with the patient, but assure them, you will find them a chaplain or a small prayer group to fulfill their needs, I work at a Seventh Day Adventist hospital, many nurses are willing to step up if one nurse is not particularly religious or has different beliefs.
You have gotten wonderful advice. The only thing I want to add is to remember that RNS don't own LPNS or anyone else of that matter. Doctors don't go around saying "my RN".
When I hear people use the term "my" when referring to others I get offended. I'm a RN that have been a CNA and LPN. That term used to get under my skin.
Sounds like she has a "superiority complex" with a "chip on her shoulder" and she's not even a nurse...God help the patients. I'm "just an LVN" and my self esteem is quite high. I love what I do and I will respectfully put an RN in his/her place. A degree doesn't mean jack except that you went to school longer, it doesn't mean you're smarter, more caring, have more common sense or respect...you stephanieshae just proves this point. The "im gonna get the best and worst of both worlds"...what a stupid statement, that isn't just about you, it goes for everybody, from LVNs that have to deal with RNs (or soon to be) who spew stupidity, to all involved in healthcare..and once she realizes there are more people in this world and not just her, maybe she'll fall off her imaginary pedestal and oh boy..with her nonsense..it's going to be a long fall..so..I'll make that bed..but it won't be for me..it'll be for her.
Very difficult subject indeed. Here's my take...let them do as they do, eventually it will get noticed, either by them making a mistake which can cost them their job/license or a patient complaining. You can always suggest to a patient to fill out a comment card about the care & services or lack thereof and by whom. Your hard work will pay off while the lazy bums mumble and grumble. Good is always noticed less that the bad, so I'm pretty sure there are eyes watching them.
No matter where you go, there will always be those who work and those who don't. Can't really do anything about it. The best thing to do is to carry on with your job. Things will always come around and play out. Just give it time. I highly suggest the comment cards...it's work wonders for me=-)
Like most have posted..you just need to find what works for you. Myself, I have flat feet and most new balance shoes have arch supports, so I wear those and I also use the dr. scholls inserts, the "foot mapping" technology ones. My feet and knees have been abused from 10 years of military service and 2 years of combat and those insoles have worked wonders for me!
I understand full well we are not McDonald's but, if you look at health care trends we are heading in that direction. ie core measures, satisfaction based reimbursement by medicare. We are heading towards prepackaged healthcare for everyone. I don't think this is all bad but that's for another thread. The point I was trying to make is that some patient families are overbearing, rude, disrespectful and demanding. I stated in my first post that I am sympathetic with the families that want to be with patients in their time of crisis. I understand the family centered care modality. But I won't and shouldn't have to tolerate abuse. Simply stating.. " I need everyone to step out now".. or... "please direct your questions to the designated spokesperson" will NOT resolve ALL nursing concerns. Trust me, I have been there, done that.
You are right, I have never been a patient but, I have been a family member to a patient admitted to a critical care unit. I know based on that experience alone how to behave in a hospital. I also know what manners, common courtesy and respect are. Some families have none of these qualities.
Yeah..personally...I HATE being watched too...It's distracting when i'm trying to focus on what I am doing...not put on a show. Ironically...I have found the cure for that is to LET them watch..show them the good care you do and that you have nothing to hide and amazingly, after a bit they stop feeling like they need to watch you like a hawk.
Course..I work in Peds...I'm so used to having to give a lengthy rationale to be allowed to even give a Tylenol LOL!!!...just how it is ...its never gonna change so I decided to accept it and move on. I actually Enjoy finding ways to integrate the families into the medical process...And I get alot of thank you's for it.
peeing in cheerios! Anyway..I'm pretty sure you've come across many people in here (or in the place of work) who try to paint themselves as a "perfect nurse" and have to contradict everything..those are the nurses that usually don't have a good work ethic, but will talk the talk but can't walk the walk, it's all to cover their short comings. I see it all to often..I can blah blah this, I can blah blah that, but when it comes down to it, they got know idea and in the end, they either make a mistake, make a fool of themselves or both.
Typically my family members obey the visiting hours where I work. Sometimes the charge nurse will have the courtesy to allow one member to stay overnight depending on the patients condition, and if the family member is polite enough to ask, otherwise, we'll call security to have them escorted out if they cause a scene, or crowding out the room preventing us nurses from carrying out our duties.
I for one..always push most of them out (ones not directly related to the patient) and usually allow the spouse/partner, brother, sister or an older child to stay when performing a treatment or providing care, it puts the patient at ease and it saves me from having them breathing down my back and it gives us some breathing room. As for overnights and visiting hours, the patient's well-being always comes into play, if the patient hyped up and overly anxious when alone and more calm and easier to take care of when a family member is present, we will allow a member to stay with them as it probably helps the patient heal better.
But he does bear some responsibility if he loses his job...he's choosing to keep hanging around this person knowing there can be some repercussions for doing so. The old adage "actions speak louder than words" can apply here. It's two fold..action: knowingly hanging around this pothead & the inaction: not separating himself from it..the possible reaction: loss of job & license, and the fault wouldn't fall squarely on mr. fried brains. Some ties need to be broken and this is one of them. This particular nurse needs to be responsible and step up and do what's best for him and only him or face the possibility of a career killer that will follow him like a pesky gnat.
I look at it this way...if you choose to let him do what he wishes and continue to hang out with him knowing what he does, then you're not as concered as you sound, and with him "walking all over you", you must not be really putting forth the effort to stand your ground. A person, no matter their career choice would not allow one to jepordize thier career and continue to hang around while he does his extra curricular activities. A sensible and concered person would give them the boot if they really wanted to protect themselves and their career. Hanging out with people who are into drugs are asking for trouble. You didn't actually rob the bank but you drove the getaway car, you're still going to jail. Ditch the fool if you really value your career, or you will eventually end up a loser like him.
I just got hired for my first RN job on med surg tele floor in a residency program and they have put me on day shift 7a-7p. She said after my 10 week residency I can do nights if I prefer but they do need day shift. Nights pay 3/hr more. I have a four year old tho and I figured it'd be nice to see her every night. And oddly enough with where I live I'd be in horrible traffic with night shift unless I always took the toll roads. But I still need some input.
Can any one give me the pros and cons of day shift vs night shift other than the pay difference? Or give me your own experience with either one or both?
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