Lovely_RN 5,792 Views
Joined Jan 12, '05.
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How about not allowing yourself to be sucked into it? As far as interactions with my co-workers go I have on horseblinders. I know they talk about me behind my back but I pretend not to notice. I was taking report one day and another nurse was standing right behind my back talking about me to another nurse. I heard her but I didn't acknowledge her. Getting through the shift sucks enough out of me. I don't need to add to my stress by giving my precious energy to losers who make the job the center of their lives. It's too bad that I don't like the people I work with more than I do but hey I just work there. I don't live there and I don't really know or care about them anyway. I show up do my best and go home...that is all. I'm grateful I have a good job and my bills are paid. That's what really matters.
You made a poor financial decision but sometimes we have to do what we have to do and money can't always be the bottom line. I quit teaching with no job (and no savings) lined up. I ended up temping for a while, found a permanent position, and eventually went to nursing school. When I handed in my letter of resignation the principal was more concerned about finding my replacement than the reasons why I was leaving. Life went on and I had some really tight times for a while but I didn't starve. These days, I'm not too thrilled about being an nurse but for now it pays the bills and I like my health insurance plan. I've reached the point where I refuse to let anyone (co-workers, pt, administration....who the heck ever) drive me crazy at work. I clock in, do my best, and clock out...mostly on time. This is just a job and if it goes away tomorrow then I will do what I have to do to survive even if it means selling fruit on the side of the road. Life is too short for the B.S and as a nurse you see people who had great health and full lives one day lose it all the very next. Why spend up your life being miserable when youth and health are so fleeting?
Hospital nurses are great and someone has to do it right? Well, that stated:
Some people have to tear others down in order to build themselves up. When I transfered from telemetry to outpatient my ex-coworkers gave me much grief. I was going to lose my skills, I was giving up nursing, and I would never be able to return to the bedside.
A few things: What I currently do is a skill set all of it's own. Hospital RN can't just jump in and do my job without training.
Skills? What skills are they referring to exactly? Does an ICU nurse have the same skill set as a SNF/LTC nurse? Do they need to have the same skill set?
Also, there is something called a refresher course if I ever get tired of always having nights, Sundays, and all major holidays off while still getting the same pay as the nurses on my old unit. I also do not have to give report to the next nurse because we are CLOSED after my shift and there are NO PCAs.
If you're happy at the bedside then by all means carry-on and I thank you for your service. If you're not happy at the bedside then don't let anyone make you feel inferior for your choices.
Stay as far away from this instructor as you possibly can and when have to be in her presence only speak when spoken to. It seems like she has a lot of power and it also seems as if your school's administration is aware and supports her behavior. So what can you do?
I like the nursing part of nursing but I hate the way that nurses are treated. I like shift work, I like leaving work at work, and I like to be paid by the hour. I like helping people who need help and I also love that human nature is unpredictable and that makes every day at work an adventure.
What I don't like is the way that every other discipline tries to pawn their work off on the nurses and some of them want to get mad if you have a back-bone and say no or re-direct them so that they will do their own work!
I think a lot of people, in and out of the health care professions, don't understand this.
I disagree with this. Admittedly the chronic pain and narcotic treatment will likely lead to dependence. That is not the same thing as abuse, and I don't believe abuse is inevitable for "most."
You Know You Really Have To Pee When......
you finally get to the bathroom and the mere sight of the toilet makes your bladder let go. You end up trying to cross your legs to hold back the urine, simultaneously struggle to pull down your scrub pants, and pray that you don't wet yourself...well wet yourself too much. :imbar :imbar :imbar
We are using it this semester and it's Ok but not great. What I do is skim over the chapter before class and then type out an outline after we have our lecture based on the professors outline.
My professor doesn't take his questions from the book verbatim. Having the outline helps me a lot because I condense a 70 page chapter into 10 or 15 typed pages of notes. I also use my ATI materials to get a basic understanding of PP.
I understand all about people who don't know what they think they know reporting people etc. However, I can't see what there is to discuss with an experienced nurse who displays a blatant disregard for basic protocol. Does the student really need to have a discussion and educate an experienced RN about something as basic as hand hygiene and wearing gloves?
I think not. That RN is fully aware of what they're doing and it's really an issue of I'll do as I please rather than a case of ignorance.
Wash your hands and wear the proper PPE is pounded into our skulls from the time we are students until the day we retire. If you went to school before the glove era then surely you have been brought up to speed on the CDC guidelines in the last 25 years or so?
What is there to clarify? It's not like it's a complicated procedure that the nurse has learned how to do a certain way after many years of experience. We're talking about putting on gloves and washing your hands with soap and water for more than 5 seconds.
Also, everyone under 50 isn't a disrespectful, idiotic, whipper-snapper trying to get the experienced nurses in trouble.
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