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Joined Jul 25, '11 - from 'New England'. mercurysmom is a Disabilities Advocate; Consultant. She has '27' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Early Intervention, Nsg. Education'. Posts: 161 (71% Liked) Likes: 539

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  • Jul 25

    Definitely face-to-face with the manager before HR gets your written notice. Tell her the situation plus the commute are unsustainable for you and you don't want your coworkers to put any more time and energy into your orientation now that you've realized you can't stay.

    Emphasize how much you respect and appreciate everyone and that you had to do a lot of soul-searching before giving up such a great opportunity. If she seems a bit miffed, at least it's a sign that she doesn't want to lose you. Hopefully, she also appreciates your honesty and consideration for others. Good luck!

  • Jul 10

    Quote from Jolie
    When I called, the receptionist asked me to identify myself. I told her I was Ali's mom. She stopped me immediately and said she would not talk to me, that Ali would HAVE to call herself.
    This is p***-poor customer service. I can hear it now; I overhear it every shift. There are ways to explain your policy or position to a caller, and there are ways not to - starting with not interrupting them before they can even finish one sentence. I cringe every single time I witness someone answering the phone this way: "Ivory Tower Hospital ED, this is JKL"...."Ma'am...MA'AM!!!!..I can not give you advice over the phone!" Give me a break. This is our business to know about as representatives of our employer, and let's admit that some of it barely makes sense to us, let alone the people we are serving.

    How about this:

    "Oh, hi Mrs. ____!"......"Well, I appreciate you taking the time to give us a call, but I need to ask you to have Ali call at her earliest convenience to confirm this information."....."I know, I'm sorry but this is our policy for all patients in order to protect everyone's privacy and safety...."

    Nothing difficult about that AT ALL.

    OP, call the physician or send a note. Don't mention any of this, since your intention is to thank him. Instead, if you remain bothered by it, contact the practice manager.

  • Jul 10

    Have you possibly thought of becoming a special education teacher? You'd still get to use your teaching degree but, you'd get to see a little of the nursing aspect as well teaching children with disabilities. It may be a more rewarding path for you without giving up your teaching degree or your feeling of wanting to help the sick/disabled. I know someone who is a special education teacher and she works alongside several aides and a school nurse in the classroom. In my local school system the special education program starts at age 3 and they can attend till age 21 so, you could choose to teach younger children, teens or even young adults with special needs. My friends little boy that has cerebral palsy will be starting the program this fall at age 3. Sorry to throw a 3rd option into the mix (lol) but, it could be something to consider?

  • Jul 10

    Quote from nrsang97
    Nope. I have to take a intermediate algebra math class for my BSN completion. Sure to use that symbol. Some just get it mixed up consistently.
    This. Which is why it's better to write out "greater than" and "less than" whenever possible.

  • Jun 22

    You are describing Borderline personality disorder. Do not take this personally. She wants control and attention.
    Go ahead and set limits, give her everything she wants, she will not change.

  • Jun 22

    When I worked psych I cared for a lady who had just had a baby, but she became wild and crazy and spent a night in restraints before she settled down. The next day she was calm and asked if she could see her baby. I had to give a lot of reassurance to the NICU nurse to be allowed to bring her up there.

    While we were there and the patient was holding her baby, I commented to the NICU nurse that I found those tiny babies very intimidating. She said "That's how I feel about YOUR job!"

    So to each his own. Hopefully we're not all in it to impress each other.

  • Jun 22

    God, no. I'm usually handing them a newborn, and I am *so* over that stage of my life. Newborns are cute, but those things don't sleep, man.

  • Jun 21

    You seem to think that being ill = being lazy. That sort of annoys me.

    I'm someone with a medical condition that "allows" me to stay in bed all day if needed. The reality of that is that I can't see well, or my head aches so badly I can't move, or I can't swallow and I keep choking. It sucks. I can't imagine anyone wishing for that kind of life. You have no actual idea what it's like.

    Maybe instead of wishing you were sick, you should make changes in your life that would enable you to work only one job and have more time to be lazy.

  • Jun 18

    My first two years in Jr College I quit classes and never dropped only to return years later to retake every one. I have known 3 nurses who fell below the NP minimum GPA and 1 CRNA applicant who also got in with a lower GPA. I remember one telling me they were admitted on probation or something where they had to earn 3.0 in the first semester, but that was the requirement anyway. I think it depends on the overall number of applicant and spots available. If they have 50 slots and 30 apply you should not have a problem, but if it is the other way around you may have problems. These requirements of GPA and GRE provide the programs easy ways of eliminating applicants they do not know. Good Luck!

  • May 8

    Quote from elkpark
    Please don't think I mean this in a bad way, but you might benefit from a psychiatric evaluation. The behaviors you're describing could possibly be a treatable psychiatric disorder. Best wishes!
    I agree! Also, consider this. You HAVE an immune system- did you ever catch some type of contagion BEFORE taking micro? No? Guess why? Because you have an immune system.
    Does one train for a marathon by avoiding all types of physical activity? Neither does one maintain a healthy immune system by avoiding all contact with the outside environment. You're also killing yourself with all the bleach fumes.
    Seriously, see someone about this- your degree of phobia is extreme and unhealthy.

  • May 8

    I am noticing an increasing number of posts lately by soon-to-be graduates (or prospective students) casually mentioning that they are attending a 'prestige' school. I'm not sure where this is coming from. (Besides bragging of course)

    Just know that nursing school rankings (if that's how you are determining the prestige of your school) matter not a whit to the overwhelming majority of employers. What employers care about is:

    Did you pass NCLEX?
    Can you do the job?


    Dropping $80 - 120K on a 'prestige' school when you can get the exact same degree from your state university for half the price is just plain foolish.

  • May 7

    I in CCU and was caring for a patient who had an intra-aortic balloon pump, a ventilator and a few more odds and ends of invasive monitoring. The patient was scheduled for a CABG (in the days before interventional cardiology) and the anesthesiologist was there to evaluate the patient. It was just before 7am shift change, and the attending anesthesiologist had shown up instead of one of the residents. He wasn't pleased to be doing the pre-op evaluation himself, and was pretty unpleasant. Finally, he told me to "Sit him up so I can listen to his lungs."

    The patient was large, had a tube in every orifice and the big fat line from his femoral artery into his aorta made sitting him up a very bad idea even if I could have managed. Balloon pumps were relatively new then, and it was possible that the anesthesiologist didn't understand the contraindications, so I started to explain that "If you help me roll him over, I'll hold him so you can listen to his back."

    The anesthesiologist threw a tantrum the likes of which I have rarely seen, screaming that he was a very important doctor, "Just like Dr. Aardvard (our medical director), and if you wouldn't ask HIM to help you turn a patient, you shouldn't be asking ME."

    At that point, I heard a voice over my shoulder -- Dr. Aardvard -- asking, "Ruby would you like me to help you turn that patient?"

  • May 7

    Quote from SaltySarcasticSally
    An MD gave an injection he ordered and wanted me to document it. I didn't see him drawing it up or administering it so I wasn't at all comfortable signing off on it and I declined to do so.
    While I both draw up and administer the majority of meds that I give myself, sometimes a physician I'm working a case with (anesthesia) will draw/adminster the med. Since I'm right there seeing what s/he's doing and also knowing what meds I had stocked on my cart, I'm comfortable signing off if the physician doesn't (which they actually will most of the time). But I would never do that under the circumstances you described.

    Something similar actually happened to me when I worked in the ER when I was a "newish" nurse. A not too polite physician told me to chart some med or other as adminstered to patient A. Since I hadn't even been in the room, I declined. He then tried to order me to do it (throwing in a mini-tantrum to boot). (No, thank you )

    Being that I'm a bit of a smart***, I asked him at that point if it wouldn't look unprofessional if the chart read "unknown medication administered to patient A by physician B at unknown dose, adminstered at unknown time, at unknown route/site, using unknown technique", (Signed, Nurse Snark) and that it would be better that he who was privy to all the details, charted it. (I wouldn't have responded to in such a rude manner, if this particular physician hadn't had a previous history of being quite obnoxious). And strangely enough, we got along just fine after that incident. Oh, well... People can be funny sometimes.

  • May 6

    You are 18 years old. Way too soon to kiss ANY dream goodbye.
    These are questions for your academic advisor.
    Completing your nursing pre- reqs at a community college is an excellent plan.

    Take deep breaths.. listen to your advisors. You are FAR from lost.

  • May 6

    Quote from Elizabeth777
    Okay, so I'm a long-time lurker, but when I saw this thread, I had to actually create an account and post.

    I have been exactly where your daughter was, as I started college when I was 14 and, no, I didn't home school. I graduated with a bachelors in a double major shortly after I turned 19 and just passed the NCLEX in the past few weeks after going through nursing school. I am 22 now and I absolutely think that taking the time for a bachelors first was invaluable. While I can imagine that your daughter is highly intelligent and that shouldn't be wasted, there is a lot of growing up to do between 14-18, even if she doesn't think so.

    I wouldn't have been a good nurse if I had somehow managed to circumvent the requirements and gone early. My years volunteering in the hospital, and later working as a CNA, matured me immensely. I wouldn't give up the 4 1/2 years I spent as a CNA while in school for anything, as that shaped me as a person, much more so than school did.

    So, while I can definitely understand why your daughter wants to rush through and get it all done, it just isn't a good idea. Have her get a bachelors in a related field. Mine was in biology, which took care of many of my nursing credits. She may be able to comprehend things well above her age, but only time and experience can give her the maturity that she really needs.
    This is such a great post, I wish I could like it more than once.