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Joined Oct 9, '04. She has 'Ten plus' year(s) of experience. Posts: 8,017 (39% Liked) Likes: 8,444

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  • Jul 29

    You should have prayed for the lottery numbers instead. Life would have been so much easier.

  • Jul 29

    Quote from Uptoherern
    Hillary Clinton is why we have HIPPA and all the concerns that go with it. It's why, in a college town, that I can't tell a mother 1800 miles away that her 18 year old son is in a coma because of etoh. You go Hillary.
    You can't? Because of HIPAA? That... does not match my experience. The parent is the LNOK.

  • Jul 27

    As someone who did his BsN in the Philippines, and now working in Canada- I have to say do not do your degree in the Philippines. The education you will receive in the States is far more superior. For instance, in just your first year you would be doing clinical rotations on top of the usual classroom stuff. You get assimilated in the clinical setting right away. In the Philippines, you don't get to do that until maybe your 2nd (usually 3rd) year of being in school. Even then the practices are different, and by the time you go back to the States to work you are essentially re-learning everything again. Obviously not the med-surg because human bodies are the same everywhere.

    The new grads here in BC are so well-trained and are very good at their jobs for new employee. Over here, there are preceptorships on your last term which pretty much you are slowly taking a full load as if you are a nurse as part of the unit. The difference is obviously you don't get paid, and you have a preceptor (and other nurses) to ask questions to and help you. But yes, you are doing everything. On the other hand, there is no such thing as preceptorship in the Philippines. Until you graduate, you will all go into clinicals as a group.

    It's just a bad idea. Sure, tuition is cheaper, but really it's not worth it. Do not do it.

  • Jul 26

    Quote from FutureDNP2021
    God help us all ...

    I would like to hear other nurses input and opinion on the matter, if nothing else but to help me from catastrophizing this ~ Thank You
    Too late.

  • Jul 26

    OP, I saw your thread about the increase in the minimum wage, also. You suggest that both of these things are just about to happen, and you're all worked up about how are going to negatively going to affect you. Putting aside for the moment how jealous and self-centered you sound in both posts, I think it's highly unlikely either thing is going to happen anytime soon (unfortunately, IMO). Maybe you should just take a deep breath and worry about actual, real-life concerns.

    Nursing has been doing a fine job in the current economic and educational climate of turning out droves of minimally prepared graduates and running down nursing wages and benefits for quite a while now, without needing any assistance from anyone else. We shot ourselves in the foot, collectively, a long time ago.

    Even if we went to some sort of civilized system of public higher education, that wouldn't mean huge numbers of people would get accepted into nursing programs. Plenty of people who are willing to pay can't get into nursing programs now. Nursing isn't like English 101; you can't just open up a few more sections and suddenly accommodate twice as many students.

  • Jul 25

    you should consult with an immigration lawyer. I understand that their consultation fees can be expensive but You really don't want to make life changing decisions based on what someone said on a message board. My two cents.

  • Jul 25

    The not wearing a mask if harboring a communicable illness is odd...should the locals get the wrong idea or sick? Whenever I have worn a mask at work, I have told the patient/family that I have "a little cold" and the mask is to prevent the spread-- they haven't been diagnosed with anything requiring the mask.

    Gloves during injections really aren't necessary unless the patient requires contact precautions. Open cuts on the nurse's hand should be bandaged. You perform hand hygiene first to protect the patient. Your fingers touch their arm, the needle pierces their arm -- your fingers don't touch the needle.

    If a your classmate contracted HIV through a contaminated needle, gloves wouldn't have protected him. A needle will easily pierce through a glove.

    Also HIV status has no bearing on employment in the US. A saturated job market in which American new grad RNs have trouble finding jobs, does.

  • Jul 25

    The younger generation in the Philippines has access to information about international nursing job markets, they need to inform the older generation that there is no longer a global shortage of nurses and the developed countries are producing enough of their own grads for the forseeable future. The surplus of nurses in the Philippines means most graduates will not to be gainfully employed in the nursing profession. Parents should stop wasting good money on their children's nursing education not only because there is a high chance of unemployment or underemployment but also because the subpar schools are exposing the students to health risks by discouraging BSP.

  • Jul 25

    And your Dad is an authority on this because...?

  • Jul 25

    HIV is not a hardy virulent pathogen and your classmate would have to work hard to contract HIV, hepatitis is a hardy virus that lives on contaminated surfaces and is much easier to contract. The only documentation I could find of a nursing student contracting HIV from a patient involved a hemorrhagic patient HIV+ and the student was exposed in multiple areas (oral, eyes, open cut, mucus membranes) by an actively bleeding patient thrashing around.

    HIV+ is not an automatic exclusion from nursing in the US. The lack of jobs & visa sponsors for inexperienced new graduate nurses is more of a barrier

    Choose your words wisely. Check school policy, facility policy and PRC/regulatory body

  • Jul 23

    Even after I graduated and passed my NCLEX, the letter I got in the mail specifically said you can not use the title RN until you are registered through your regulatory body. I waited until the CNO sent me a letter stating "you are now a registered nurse" before I used the title. If well meaning friends and family called me a nurse or introduced me as such I was quick to correct them that I was working towards my registration. I would never ever assume to use a protected title until I had fully earned it. I have way to much respect for the profession and all the nurses to do that.

  • Jul 23

    Quote from DelaneyB
    no, she was a CNA. she never misrepresented herself, she had "CNA" on her door. But we all called her nurse. For example, "good morning nurse Sheila" or "Go to Nurse Sheila for a band-aid" and as a child/teen it never made much difference. She took my temperature, patched me up, etc. No "real" nurse ever made rounds. If there was an emergency, of which I remember one or two, EMS were called.

    And I understand the issue with somebody in a hospital or office calling themselves a nurse, I wouldn't want that either. It was just that online it seemed so petty. Somebody calling themselves "NurseBetty" when they were a student on a nursing forum seemed cute and unoffensive. I am not so protective, maybe because like a different poster said, nursing school comes easy to some people and it comes easy to me. I work full time as well and it's not an issue. Maybe once I'm actually licensed it will change.
    I did not find most classes incredibly challenging, but that doesn't change the fact that being a nurse means you possess specialized knowledge that took years to acquire, took a licensure exam to demonstrate competence, and have a legally defined scope of practice. You don't call yourself a nurse if you aren't one because it creates a lie about your qualifications.

  • Jul 23

    I would like to add my two cents as a former law student. While I was in law school I never (nor did my classmates) call myself a lawyer. I was a law student.

    A person cannot say they are a lawyer unless they pass a bar exam. They are not even a lawyer when they graduate law school. This is because, as margin stated about the "nurse" title, people cannot give legal advice unless they are a licensed (bar-passing) lawyer. Paralegals cannot even give legal advice. Law students can in very very few circumstances, but generally cannot. So, by law, it is illegal to call oneself a lawyer unless deemed so by the Bar Association.

    It irks people because anyone can give legal or medical advice and pretend they are a nurse/doctor/lawyer, but it is illegal if they are actually not those things. They did not spend years in school learning the craft; they did not pass a rigorous state board. People have to be mindful about what "advice" they give when they do not have the authority to do so. It can cause serious harm.

  • Jul 23

    I was doing something for the patient - won't say what as to not give myself away- and the patient's *sweet* family member fired me. I was like, "Thanks, you *sweet* man! I didn't want to do it anyway!"

  • Jul 23

    Want to drive me crazy, call me mom. My son's assistant principal would say "Well mom, I had to call you about son today because..." After 3 night shifts and awoken for the second time for a ridiculous reason by school that is too incompetent to handle my teen I lost it. "I'm not your mother, you are not my child..." I think we broke that habit that very day.

    Fortunately Ive not had that issue with providers.

    I can handle parents of pediatric kids with devastating neurological conditions holding out the last nanogram of hope for progress or recovery even though half the brain was obliterated and a new incident caused further damage.

    What I can not handle is delusional nurses seeking to be the parents' new BFF feeding into the pipe dreams.
    I'm not there to destroy the parents hopes for the impossible recovery (this one parent would probably pray for limb regrowth if an amputation reoccurred) but I will do reality orientation.
    Then the realistic nurses and therapists are evil because delusional nurse thinks random, unreproducable in any setting by anyone else twitches & blinks are morse code sentences that coincide with what answer the nurse wants.
    Sorry those are involuntary myoclonus spasms not answers.
    The only reason the button got pressed is gravity because the teacher held the hand over a button.


    Then there was the parent who was upset at the results of labs & genetic tests shows the twins DO NOT have fatal form of MD. I'm sorry you are upset your children DO NOT have a fatal, life shortening genetic disease? Really? Your upset that they just have low tone because of prematurity? Ok then. I left that case a week later


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