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  • Jan 23

    Bob, these are not questions we can properly answer here. You have to discuss this with your surgeon and his or her team. Get a second opinion from another equally trained physician, but it can't come from this forum.

  • Jan 23

    Quote from Bobmichael
    Can't you please just post it. Thank you
    No, we can't. Procedures differ from one facility or surgeon to another.

    You can can only get accurate answers from your surgeon.

  • Jan 22

    If your health is going to hell, do not go to nights. If you're not healthy, how can you work?

    I have taken paycuts twice while having to make increased housing payments. Ways you can adjust:

    -Write down every dollar you spend. I have a free app on my phone. Every single dollar.
    - Stop shopping at stores like Bath & Body works, Victoria's, etc. You can buy the same things you need elsewhere for less money (This is tough for me sometimes)
    - Do one "out" social event a week if you can afford it, if not, cut it all together. Invite friends over if you want to socialize to save money on going out.
    - Sometimes you have to say no. If it's been a bad month for the budget, decline politely. I had to do this once for an out-of-state wedding. I was sad to miss but flight, hotel, etc...just wasn't in the budget.

    You can make a pay cut work! More money can be nice but your health is priceless.

  • Jan 22

    "I find myself wasting most of my days off"
    " Health is going to hell". Focus on what matters, it's not better parking and money.

  • Jan 22

    Hello, All

    I do not know why everyone is so upset about other professions that use the name Nurses. Do you know the vet Dr.s are real human drs first and then go on to learn about animals? I do not see the physicians in the uproar of it. Nevertheless, going to write a letter to the Vet's office and communication the improperness of a vet tech calling themselves nurses. Get over there because paramedics believe they are better than nurses. It is a lable that describe what they do with the animals. I foud out in ohio there is a vet nursing school for equinas. Wow, I am excitted to know that this is a true concept. Oh here is something I found on the internet:

    Job Article: Veterinary Nurse
    Job Family: Environment, Animals and Plants
    Further Details
    Veterinary nurses work with veterinary surgeons to provide medical and surgical nursing care for animals. They usually work with domestic pets such as dogs, cats and rabbits. In some jobs, they care for the health of farm and zoo animals or horses.

    Their job is extremely varied, but their main work involves nursing duties such as:

    holding animals and keeping them calm while the vet examines and treats them
    giving injections and drugs (under supervision)
    collecting blood, urine and other samples
    maintaining levels of anaesthetic and handing instruments to the vet during operations.
    Veterinary nurses work between 35 to 40 hours a week. This includes weekend and on-call duties. They usually work indoors, in all parts of the practice, including reception, consulting rooms, the operating theatre, radiography department and hospital kennels.

    Veterinary nurses start on around £10,000, while senior veterinary nurses can earn from £18,000 upwards.

    A veterinary nurse should:

    have a strong but unsentimental interest in animals
    be physically fit and free from allergies to animals
    be interested in sciences, particularly biology.

    There are around 5,300 Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) qualified veterinary nurses in the UK. Most work with vets in general practice. Veterinary nurses also work in veterinary hospitals and university veterinary schools. A smaller number work in equine (horse) care clinics, research centres and zoos.

    Veterinary nurses usually train through the RCVS Veterinary Nurse Training Scheme. To enrol on the scheme they need at least five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3), one in English language, and two in science subjects, one of which can be maths, or equivalent qualifications. Applicants must also either have full-time paid employment at an RCVS-approved Training Practice or be enrolled on a higher education-based veterinary nursing course.

    There are no fixed upper age limits. Many people start in this work after gaining other kinds of experience of working with animals. They are generally required to meet the same entry qualifications as above.

    In general practice, veterinary nurses can become head nurses or practice managers. (I am not going to write the rest too long, you will be able to find like I did)

    Guess what they are nurses with our precious animals and I am glad they are not techs. I know my two little children (kittens) are safe in the hands of them and they know how to help them.

    It is a label, they do not take care of humans at all. Please we should pick and chose the coorect battle to fight in. Too bad you do not write to your peers and tell them to chose a nursing association to be involve in. So, we can fight for our rights in health care and received recognition and the correct salary. Instead of being cheesy ove a vet tech. Therefore, place your angry on the subject of joining nursing associations and begin the march on washington, DC.

    My two cents.

    Have a great evening.

  • Jan 21

    I hate to break it to you, but you more than likely won't be able to transfer. In order to get a visa, you can't just decide to move. Considering the job market, Canada will not give a position to someone from the US before a Canadian, therefore making it extremely difficult to get residency. Let me put it this way....I married an American and moved to the US due to how difficult it is for him to get residency, and that is through marriage. Just like it takes hoops to jump through in order to get residency in the US from Canada.

  • Jan 21

    Your facility must have a strict PTO policy if the sign up periods are bi-annual. Any other facility I worked in, it was monthly, with summer vacations limited to 2 weeks.
    You were aware of this restriction. You should have gotten your time off, then planned the wedding. Management does not give a rat's patooty what the time off is for. They do not care about employee work-life balance, they care about their staffing balance.

    I would bail before the wedding, but that's just me.

  • Jan 20

    Quote from Wile E Coyote
    We've all been just talking to ourselves, OP hasn't been back on AN since the day of her post.
    I noticed this as well.

  • Jan 20

    My gosh, there is so much more to nursing than science classes and clinical rotations. If a 16 year old came into my hospital room and started asking me my medical history, including my sexual history and use of substances just for example, I wouldn't know whether to laugh or be upset. Some nurses in their 20s and 30s have a tough time with patients, let alone teens. My message is: don't rush things. She has plenty of time. Plenty of time to explore school, healthcare, nursing and everything else.

  • Jan 20

    I also dislike 12 hour shifts. The nursing home seem to be all 12 hour shifts in NM. I thought working that many hours straight was illegal? I think it should be outlawed. I don't think a nurse can work for twelve hours and be safe. Maybe that way there is so much drug abuse among nurses. How about med errors? I am 71 years old and have seen just about everything. I am sorry to say I have seen some pretty incompetent nurses. I like a drunk they are the last to know they are unsafe. Help us all!

  • Jan 20

    With report, charting and commute, 12s are just way too long. Not to mention those 4 evening hours have a lot of the components of days is rather avoid.

  • Jan 20

    I hate 12 hour shifts, it's just too hard on me. Twelve hours is never just twelve hours. I always end up staying later to finish up paper work or what have you. By that time its been 13+ hours & with my epilepsy it just doesn't work. It's nice to have more days off during the week but my health is more important.

  • Jan 18

    On more than one occasion in elementary school they told my mother that the reason they did not advance me to the next grade ahead of my peers was because I would reach a point around adolescence where I would pay the price for being out of touch with the others, so I was out of touch anyway. Believe me, sitting around bored in class does not make for a challenging or pleasant time at school. I finagled my own catch up plan by engineering my early high school graduation. I still was not socially up to par and still paid the price in college. No matter what the situation was, I have always felt that no one ever took a good look at my emotional needs nor did they effect changes that were beneficial to me. Think long and hard about what is truly in the best interests of your daughter and don't go pushing like a freight train just because it seems like the thing to do. Problems in childhood and adolescence have a funny way of lingering on into adulthood. Just saying, from experience.

  • Jan 17

    I'm one of the many who went into nursing because I couldn't find a job in my chosen field. I decided that if I had to be a servant, I would be a well-paid servant. I also have a knack for choosing career paths just before the bottom falls out of a field (print media, then tech).

    I graduated from nursing school in 2008, just before the economy collapsed. I thought my previous BA would count for something, and until about a semester before I graduated, it did. The job market when I graduated was completely different than when I started. I lived in a city full of hospitals and *no one* wanted new grads, especially new grads without a BSN. A 1-star nursing home turned me down. My husband didn't want to leave his father, who was old and in poor health, and my mother was diagnosed with cancer 2 weeks after I graduated, so moving was not an option early on. I did not have the time, money, or inclination for more school.

    After 8 months and a cancelled job, I convinced my husband that we had to move. Two months later, I found a job in assisted living, 250 miles from home. I never wanted to work in LTC, but I had no other offers, and I figured experience was experience.

    After a year of passing meds and acting badly as charge nurse, I started job-hunting again. Now the jobs that had required 1 year of experience wanted 3-5 years of experience in the unit you were applying for. I took a job in what turned out to be Nursing Home Hell. I ran screaming after 6 weeks.

    After that, I found a job in home care. It didn't pay well, but I learned a lot. If I hadn't been hired, I would have walked away from nursing altogether.

    In school, we were taught about teamwork, and warned about being "task-oriented" because nurses had to be flexible and creative. When I got to the floor, it was all about following orders and doing as you were told. I hated LTC because there was no teamwork and way too many patients. We had to get orders for literally everything. Everything was a big deal, and everything was the nurse's fault. I'd worked in foodservice for very specific clientele, so I was used to being creative under pressure and handling angry customers. Ever tried planning a breakfast buffet for 40 vegans, or food for a bris? However, none of that is life-or-death, even if the customer acts like it is.

    Then again, most fields aren't as stable as they used to be. There are no "sure thing" majors anymore. Both my sisters went into the law, which has collapsed over the last 10 years. One has had a bunch of jobs go south spectacularly. The other went through 3 jobs in 3 years, and wound up waiting tables at the airport before joining the Army and becoming a JAG. She retired injured, and is now working on another degree.

    Financially, nursing pays much better than the call center, though that wasn't always the case. I had health insurance, though not necessarily good health insurance. I've had to leave 2 jobs due to lack of work. People say nursing has "so many opportunities" but I've only found that to be true for nurses with the right combination of education and experience. Without a BSN (BA does not count) and hospital experience, a lot of paths are closed to me. At least my student loans are paid off.

  • Jan 17

    While I would never steer someone away from their goals, I try to orient them towards the realities of nursing.

    Schools, hospitals, and bloggers tend to sensationalize and glamorize what registered nurses do. How many bloggers literally make a living writing posts about how bad staff nursing is and how to fix it so nurses don't quit? They lead people to believe this job requires a huge amount of critical thinking, basic science, and a clinical acumen. As many of us know, unless you are working in the most acute settings (CVICU etc.) nursing is pretty basic and task oriented. If nursing was as hard as it is marketed to be, there wouldn't be 3 million RNs.

    Honestly, I feel bad when I see the second career forty-something nursing student have to clean up the lactulose enema patient with the twenty year old valedictorian who wants to be a nurse midwife. Their disheartened body language when they realize that adult inpatient staff nursing is the largest employer of new RNs. I feel bad because nursing misrepresents itself. Sometimes I want to tell them how there is no national nurse shortage, pay is stagnate, and if you want to not do patient care and take a pay cut you likely must go to grad school to be an NP or CRNA. Obviously I don't say anything to dissuade them from their ambitions.

    I work with wicked smart nurses, but we know what this job is and is not. Many people enter this field with no desire to be staff nurses. This is OK, but they should be cautioned that their career goal is a hypothetical future- potentially a distant one.