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Hi! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been a member of allnurses since Apr 8th, '11. I have no blogs or journals to follow, but you are welcome to find me on the threads I follow, where I love humor and silliness to counter the seriousness of life. Feel free to chime in. Currently work PD/Geriatrics.

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  • May 2

    I couldn't volunteer at pet-adoptions. I would be immediately suspicious of a potential adopter, dubious about their ability to take good care and love this animal the way it deserves and needs.
    Then, I would want to adopt all the animals myself.
    Wouldn't work.

  • May 2

    You're the finger to my impaction,
    You provoke that further action.

    You're Go-Lightly before my test,
    You're the reason I make a mess.

    You're Versed that packs a wallop,
    The tiny cam'ra that finds NO polyps!

  • May 2

    Thank yew, Far'wyn.

    I would like to add one more thing: The entire time I was an LPN, 'they' were saying "LPN's are being phased out."
    It has taken my whole entire career to see this happening. It's a shame, because I think there's room for all levels and kinds of pt. care and nursing work within a hospital.
    I feel sorry for RN's...I know, such temerity, huh? But I think y'all have got the short end of the stick. With BSN's doing the (now bastardized) current version of Primary Care for a patient population of much sicker people and the ratios being generally unfair for both patient and RN...I think you've gotten dumped on. But that is merely the opinion of a COB who is heartily glad NOT to be working as a nurse now. More power to you!
    If I was a BSN, I'd say it meant I was Burdened, Scorched, and Numb.

    As long as I was an LPN, folks were telling me I needed to, or should, get my RN.
    But, I never, ever wanted the RN's responsibility.

    I have nothing but respect for RN's,
    "but I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one"

  • May 1

    Two honking huge, beefy guys having a knock-down, drag-out fight using not only fists, but objects around them that present themselves just-in-the-nick-of-time, and that goes on for a ridiculously long stretch of time.......NO swelling of the eye or jaw, NO bruising, NO blood, NO pain, NO puking from exhaustion and dehydration from all that sweating and panting. Just a smudge of a little make-up on the chin +/ or brow, from not-so-special-effects folks. At least one guy able to walk away as if nothing much had happened, but if the theme is a buddy movie, they BOTH walk away!

    Also, and this is an old Hollywood film device for jerking tears: when the w/c bound person *GASP!* stands up from his/her chair; someone exclaims, "What are you doing? Be careful! Watch out!" Then the 2 dramatically hesitant steps, and the formerly unable-to-even-stand-without-assistance character then has absolutely NO trouble supporting body weight , is able to walk with a measured gait. Then all those around said person smile/laugh/cry/clap.(The music swells...)

  • May 1

    Watching some cop movie from...?...the 70's or 80's. One of the cruisers in on a high speed chase goes over and downhill, and rolls over ...gad....at least 5 times. All the other cops in on the chase run over to the cruiser that is on its roof and they pull their buddy out, saying,"Are you ok?", and when the guy says, "Yeah, I think so," they stand him up!
    DUH!
    The script-writers must not have known about spinal-cord protocol.

  • May 1

    Thank yew, Far'wyn.

    I would like to add one more thing: The entire time I was an LPN, 'they' were saying "LPN's are being phased out."
    It has taken my whole entire career to see this happening. It's a shame, because I think there's room for all levels and kinds of pt. care and nursing work within a hospital.
    I feel sorry for RN's...I know, such temerity, huh? But I think y'all have got the short end of the stick. With BSN's doing the (now bastardized) current version of Primary Care for a patient population of much sicker people and the ratios being generally unfair for both patient and RN...I think you've gotten dumped on. But that is merely the opinion of a COB who is heartily glad NOT to be working as a nurse now. More power to you!
    If I was a BSN, I'd say it meant I was Burdened, Scorched, and Numb.

    As long as I was an LPN, folks were telling me I needed to, or should, get my RN.
    But, I never, ever wanted the RN's responsibility.

    I have nothing but respect for RN's,
    "but I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one"

  • May 1

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    Thank yew, Far'wyn.

    I would like to add one more thing: The entire time I was an LPN, 'they' were saying "LPN's are being phased out."
    It has taken my whole entire career to see this happening. It's a shame, because I think there's room for all levels and kinds of pt. care and nursing work within a hospital.
    I feel sorry for RN's...I know, such temerity, huh? But I think y'all have got the short end of the stick. With BSN's doing the (now bastardized) current version of Primary Care for a patient population of much sicker people and the ratios being generally unfair for both patient and RN...I think you've gotten dumped on. But that is merely the opinion of a COB who is heartily glad NOT to be working as a nurse now. More power to you!
    If I was a BSN, I'd say it meant I was Burdened, Scorched, and Numb.

    As long as I was an LPN, folks were telling me I needed to, or should, get my RN.
    But, I never, ever wanted the RN's responsibility.

    I have nothing but respect for RN's,
    "but I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one"

  • Apr 29

    Thank yew, Far'wyn.

    I would like to add one more thing: The entire time I was an LPN, 'they' were saying "LPN's are being phased out."
    It has taken my whole entire career to see this happening. It's a shame, because I think there's room for all levels and kinds of pt. care and nursing work within a hospital.
    I feel sorry for RN's...I know, such temerity, huh? But I think y'all have got the short end of the stick. With BSN's doing the (now bastardized) current version of Primary Care for a patient population of much sicker people and the ratios being generally unfair for both patient and RN...I think you've gotten dumped on. But that is merely the opinion of a COB who is heartily glad NOT to be working as a nurse now. More power to you!
    If I was a BSN, I'd say it meant I was Burdened, Scorched, and Numb.

    As long as I was an LPN, folks were telling me I needed to, or should, get my RN.
    But, I never, ever wanted the RN's responsibility.

    I have nothing but respect for RN's,
    "but I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one"

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    *1971 Grad LPN at a school connected w/ hospital near Boston. Decided I needed to go work at the biggest, scariest place I could, so I wouldn't be afraid in my new work, which turned out to be MGH. Worked 3-11 w/ fresh spinal cord injuries under the doc who was a pioneer of halo frames...back when they were attached to plaster body casts! Unit also included Guilliane (sp)Barre, and Rheumatoid pts requiring surgeries on various joints, also post-burn psych pt's w/ grafts who were there because we had our own PT dept attached to that service. We had true Team Nsg, and every person, no matter what their role, was equally important. We wore culottes and polo shirts for modesty's sake. Great job; LOVED it! Got floated a few times to Neuro ICU (and refused floating to fresh Burns Unit, or Pediatrics, two services I can not and will not do!)

    *Since then I have also worked (ahem

    *3-11 charge and med nurse @ a Chronic Disease Hospital; several years later was charge and med nurse at a darling little 28 bed nursing home in a large 2 story house with a dumb-waiter which brought up 6 trays at a time from the basement kitchen, and occasionally crazy little giggling NA's! Interestingly enough, only two of the 28 patients were bed-bound.

    *Moved to the suburbs and since away from public transportation (subway) I got my learner's permit, bought a car and got my driver's license , all within a 3 day period of time!

    *Worked in a small community hospital north of Boston as Med Nurse and also had the opportunity to float to different services there and gain a lot more experience. Also did Team Nsg there w/ a great bunch of folks.

    *After several years there I took my first PDN case which lasted another few years, until I fell in love with a man I'd known as a friend and correspondent for 5 years, and moved to TN in order for us to get married.

    [Broke up on Christmas Eve. Didn't get married. One of the BEST 'worse' things that ever happened for me!]

    *Worked PD and HH and staff relief (at Vandy and other area hospitals in city and 'burbs)) via agency.

    *Break from nsg: worked as The Animal Lady w/ orphaned baby creatures, sick and injured wildlife at a museum for a couple years; gave public "Animal Shows" with our live animal residents, some of whom got released, others were unable to be released. Also appeared on Local TV show w/ the critters. (...think Joan Embry who used to appear on the Tonight Show w/ animals.) It was a WONDERFUL job, but only paid $7/hr.

    *Back to nursing, small hosp in spinal cord postop as Med nurse, 3-11, naturally!

    *Moved to another state, went back to school ...not for nursing... worked part-time as PDN at that time. Could not decide between majors: English, (Head of Dept wanted me to go into MFA program); Art and Fine Arts Program, or Biology, et al, (so I could continue education and transfer to larger university w/ wildlife care in mind). Two years in I decided I didn't care a thing about a college degree.

    *Back to nsg:
    *Doc's office (the only job I grew to dislike in the extreme); then a large hosp on their float team, all services; supposed to be only part-time but I did 4-5 eight hour shifts a week, also 3-11. Worked CCU stepdown and med/surg/resp most of the time.

    *Baylor W/E's in HH for 9 years and ADORED the job. Had a dog who accompanied me EVERYWHERE. He had a 4-county-wide fan base. This was before Therapy Dogs were a thing.
    * When the HH agency folded, I went back to PDN.

    * Eventually I had a stupid "Bright Idea" to go back and work LTC. Worst mistake I've ever made! After six months of trying to keep up with how LTC's make nurses wear 8 hats at once, I was sole nurse on a locked ward and in a buzz of confusion amidst 7 Alzheimer's patients, I misplaced 1/2 cc of a cream med applied to skin, which was on narc count. The DON turned me in to BoN. (!)

    *Did the entire Ethics/Morals course for BoN ($500, long form paper addressing BoN, etc. etc.) Tried to find a job to be 'observed' at and work under an RN....supposed to be at a LTC again but the multiple, multiple, multiple job applications I submitted never rec'd ANY response.
    * Did PD as a CNA to get by in the meantime, withe the same agency I started w/ when I moved here, thank God; they were people who knew me well and were familiar with me and my work ethic, and welcomed me back with open arms.


    * When it came time to go before the BoN and have a hearing to have my license restored from probationary state, I tried to make arrangements to be able to make it to their office, an 8 hour drive away, for the hearing. NOTHING worked out, and I mean EVERYTHING I tried fell through. The 'Fates' were working against me at every turn.
    It was so frustrating, embarrassing, humiliating; it took at least 2 & 1/2 years to get over the shame I felt.

    *I decided that since I could not get to BoN to regain my license back, and since I could not find any job in nursing, AND because I really, really hated the way the Nursing field had changed and was changing, plus the exorbitant cost of renewal...the whole point was moot by then anyway. I let my license (which was still current through all that) lapse. Forty-one years of sterling evaluations and kudos for my work at all jobs, but for that one LTC. I think, and many RN's, who know me and my story of that rotten time in my life, think the whole thing was an overblown reaction to my actual 'sins'. It does still gall me some, but it has lost the power to hurt. In the final analysis, it has all turned out okay for me.

    * Went back to PD cases as a CNA, so I still get to do the one-on-one "old-fashioned" kind of patient care, opportunities for
    which are few and far between. Have been lucky to get long-term cases w/ patients I really enjoy...for the most part. The pay is crummy. If the nation were to go to $15/hour minimum wage....I would get a $3/hr raise!

    By now there may be a few AN readers who might have figured out who I am, but at this point I don't quite care enough to delete this before I post it.

    I can truly say that (but for that blankety-blank LTC experience) I would do it all over again. I've enjoyed my varied career and the in-between breaks from nursing. And, OH LORDIE, do I ever have a gazillion anecdotes! Am not actually thinking of publishing a book about them all, but have started writing down all that I can remember of all my notable (for one reason or another) patients and jobs.

    The thing I like and liked best is getting to work with and take care of so many great folks. And the laughter, because, as we all know, not only is it the best medicine, people truly ARE funny. As many people as there are in the world, that's as many ways there are of doing things; variety being the spice of life, I have never been bored!

  • Apr 29

    You're the lancet to my finger,
    You're a pain that often lingers.

    You're the corns upon my toes,
    The NG tube shoved up my nose.

    You're the stench smelled every day,
    Burnt popcorn from the microwave..


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