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  • Nov 17

    Congrats on your license! I shouldnt have allowed myself to listen to the negativity that it would take 4+ months. I too got my licence like a week after I submitted the documents. After 25+ applications, I got my first job today!!! I went in to fill out an app and the administrator walked by right then, overhearing what I was applying for, and asked "do you have time for an interview right now" next thing I knew I was in the DONs office being told "Id like you on our team" Im so excited!!! All that worry and anger over the court stuff for no reason. : )

  • Sep 27

    Quote from SuzieVN
    Second shift: Don't have to go to bed at night, don't have to get up in the morning. You have all day to work out, take care of personal business. And? The managers leaves at 5PM, so the pace is relaxed? Heavenly, if single. Hellish, if you are not?
    There are benefits and downfalls to PMs. Im married, so I have an extra downfall. With up to 40 residents of SKILLED Medicare residents, I don't get out before 2:30am. Get home at 3am. Cant unwind from a difficult day of admissions and numerous physician orders (oh yeah, then there is patient care...eye roll). Can't fall asleep til 7am ish (just cant unwind) wake up at 2 pm to do it all over again. Zero time for a personal life, zero time for my husband.

  • Sep 27

    Quote from wyogypsy
    I don't know any two nurses that do things exactly the same, they all find what works the best for them.
    I can't stand it when residents say to me "Nurse so and so does it this way....gives me my meds at 8:15.....always brings my tylenol at bedtime (prn, sigh...of course I'm not going to know.) I could go on and on. The main nurse for one unit just moved out of the country so all the residents are feeling me out. One guy was furious day one because I didn't have his 6pm meds ready for him right after report. "Nurse so and so always gives me my meds at this exact time!" Sure, I'm learning their routine pretty well now, but I want to say "Do I look like nurse so and so? No? Then back off.

  • Sep 27

    Quote from SuzieVN
    Second shift: Don't have to go to bed at night, don't have to get up in the morning. You have all day to work out, take care of personal business. And? The managers leaves at 5PM, so the pace is relaxed? Heavenly, if single. Hellish, if you are not?
    There are benefits and downfalls to PMs. Im married, so I have an extra downfall. With up to 40 residents of SKILLED Medicare residents, I don't get out before 2:30am. Get home at 3am. Cant unwind from a difficult day of admissions and numerous physician orders (oh yeah, then there is patient care...eye roll). Can't fall asleep til 7am ish (just cant unwind) wake up at 2 pm to do it all over again. Zero time for a personal life, zero time for my husband.

  • Sep 27

    Quote from ADDISME
    I have been a nurse for almost a year. 2nd career. I remember a nursing instructor saying it takes a year of full time work to begin feeling like you know what you're doing. I have never worked more than 2 shifts a week other than my initial orientation. I AM SO SLOW at my med pass...STILL. I rarely take a lunch break. Never a regular break. It's very frustrating and I worry that I'll get fired. I go home and think about what I can do differently. I have gotten better but I don't see how I can get it all done. I'm still 8 pts behind before my electronic MAR goes red as in late. I always leave late becuz I do my documentation at the end of shift. I only have 23 pts but they r on a ton of meds that need to be crushed. I waste a lot of time looking at the MAR and punching out the med one at a time. I'm afraid if I do it any other way that I'll commit a med error. I do everything by the book. When I try to delegate simple tasks I get resistance so I end up doing it myself. Often times meds or treatments r missing/out of stock so I have to go hunting. CNAs/therapy taking pts away before I've given them meds. Pts whom want meds at a specific time. I've tried going by room number, by time, by addressing the pts in my immediate vicinity, by giving meds to my pts with the least meds, the most meds, I've even tried getting all the vitals out of way first and I STILL CAN'T GET IT TOGETHER. So frustrating. Today almost all of my pts were on full vital signs! By the time I'm done with my 1st med pass it's 11. Then I start treatments. Then it's the second med pass which isn't too bad. I can't wait to feel good about my job
    Did I take an Ambien and sleep write this? I feel your frustrations to the bone.

  • Aug 5

    Congrats on your license! I shouldnt have allowed myself to listen to the negativity that it would take 4+ months. I too got my licence like a week after I submitted the documents. After 25+ applications, I got my first job today!!! I went in to fill out an app and the administrator walked by right then, overhearing what I was applying for, and asked "do you have time for an interview right now" next thing I knew I was in the DONs office being told "Id like you on our team" Im so excited!!! All that worry and anger over the court stuff for no reason. : )

  • Aug 2

    Quote from WKShadowRN
    "Administration /my lawyer is going to hear about this."

    Picture me, unflappable and unimpressed.
    During shift change for NOCs, figuring out assignments and getting report from multiple nurses, takes a good 45 minutes. Well one night, immediately after I got report, I answered a call light. Immediately this completely A&O x3 pt starting screaming at me about how everyone just ignored him. (No, CNAS start shift at 10pm and we nurses at 11 pm for this very reason.)
    I learned shortly after that that the CNA had answered his call light, he said he needed pain meds, and the CNA explained that the nurses were changing shift and getting report, and that she would let me know. Before she even saw me to tell me, I answered his call light (because he put it back on again.)

    So the screaming about being ignored began, and I tried to say that I just now finished report and I would go get his pain meds. He wasn't even hearing it. He picked up his room phone and whipped it across the room toward me. I was still in the doorway, this all happened so fast.

    He overheard me say that he threw his phone at me because everyone in the hall heard it and immediately started asking what was going on. I was still in the doorway and yes, told the other nurse and 2 CNAs that were in the hall that he had just whipped his phone at me. He missed me by only a few inches. He screamed, wiped everything off his bedside table (food, drinks) screaming that I was a liar, that he did not do throw the phone at me.

    I got his pain med and entered his room with a 2nd person for both safety and liability reasons, as he already claimed I had lied. When we entered the room, he had his CELL PHONE out and was RECORDING me, saying how I was a liar and ignored his call light and on and on.

    Needless to say, I switched patients with another nurse.
    I was SO happy when he got discharged.

    Pffft go ahead and record me. You're making yourself look like the idiot in the recording while I'm providing competent care for you.

  • Aug 1

    Quote from OCNRN63

    I had a nursing instructor do something similar to me in front of a physician after I asked him a question. Boy, was she ever surprised when he turned to her and told her that my question wasn't stupid, and that she was out of line for mocking me. He then turned to me and addressed the question.
    Oooh, I can only imagine how embarrassed your instructor must have felt. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jul 5

    My nursing program had very specific prerequisites. You coyld have all the certifications in tbe world, but if you didn't have competetive grades in very specific classes, you wouldn't get in.
    Actually, there was a poster on here who graduated from Harvard or Yale or such with a Bachelors and was dumbfoundef that she didn't proceed to get accepted into a community college ASN program.
    Poster: "I graduated from Harvard."
    School: "But did you take these prereqs?"
    Poster: "No."
    School: "Come back when you do."
    Poster: Flabbergasted

  • Jul 5

    My nursing program had very specific prerequisites. You coyld have all the certifications in tbe world, but if you didn't have competetive grades in very specific classes, you wouldn't get in.
    Actually, there was a poster on here who graduated from Harvard or Yale or such with a Bachelors and was dumbfoundef that she didn't proceed to get accepted into a community college ASN program.
    Poster: "I graduated from Harvard."
    School: "But did you take these prereqs?"
    Poster: "No."
    School: "Come back when you do."
    Poster: Flabbergasted

  • Jul 3
  • Jun 23

    Quote from needlesmcgeeRN
    I think MY judgement is fine...the question here is YOUR judgement. I assume you worked your butt off to get through nursing school like the rest of us, and hopefully pass NCLEX. Why would you risk all of your hard work?

    I have no issues with people smoking weed. However, it IS against the law.
    So is speeding. Get off your high horse.

  • Jun 19

    Quote from Cola89
    Nice... way to mock nurses who really dont have time to pee. Are you in management?
    Exactly

  • Jun 18

    Quote from sheilagood52
    Thank you for commenting. I'm not sure why showing respect for nurses as patients would be "much more difficult to actually put into practice." Every nurse, including you, will one day be on the receiving end of nursing care. I should hope you'll will be treated with respect when that time comes.
    Why assume we haven't already been on the receiving end? My experiences as a patient is what led me to become a nurse to begin with. I'm usually a very empathetic person. But, yeah, you definitely sound like a patient that in my head I'd want to scream. But I always remain respectful and professional and never gossip during report.

  • Jun 18

    Quote from sheilagood52
    Me...the Patient



    You checked the orders for the day, scanned the most recent labs for obvious outliers, made a note of the meds to dole out, and moved on. You didn’t delve into my history, or the reason I ended up in the emergency room; you didn’t have time. Yet, discovering I was a nurse, made you cringe.
    Excuse me? I spend a LOT of time digging through the mountain of unorganized paperwork with history and presentation, labs, procedures.

    The only time it bothers me if a patient is a healthcare provider is if that patient throws it in my face every chance they get. Otherwise, it's a relief sometimes having someone understand.

    Anyway, it sounds like you needed to get something off your chest. If I'm trying to hide frustration with a patient, it is ONLY due to simply not having enough time, and I'm thinking, panicking in my head, how am I going to get to everybody. Because I WANT to provide thorough care. But I'm up to here at work with inadequate staff to patient ratios.

    We are human. Sometimes, little facial expressions come out, but for the most part we keep it in very well.

    I don't like the generalization of this post. I've been a patient in ICU, telemetry, med-surg, and I KNOW what it's like to be the nurse. So with my requests, I make sure I get the care I need, but am aware and respectful of their time.


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