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    Thanks for your reply.....I presently live in a tourist town where it is not uncommon for there to be over 100,000 tourists in town on any given weekend....we have the river....and schlitterbahn (the largest water park in the US), and in the summer the streets are filled with out of state license plates from Minnesota, Wisconsin and such....we get tons of snowbirds...so I understand completely where your coming from...lol....but I am very excited about the prospect of Florida, I first went to Florida when I turned 17, to Fortlauderdale beach...it was awesome...and you can imagine, I was in seventh heaven when all the Navy ships came in...guys everywhere...and I mean everywhere...lol...a young teens dream....
    thanks for the site....I'll try it right away....good luck to you and your husband....Orlando is nice too...my grandfather lives there.
    take care....Samantha

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    Thank you so much for your quick reply and direction...exactly what I was/am needing some sort of direction....how do you like it in Florida? I have relatives in Orlando and Melbourne....but decided Melbourne...it is right on the beach....I am very excited and will take your advice immediately....
    have a great day....Samantha

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    Hi,

    I have decided to move to Melbourne, Florida from Texas to be with my family. I am an RN with Labor and Delivery, NICU, OB/GYN
    experience, as well as 3 years management experience in the Nursery and NICU area. I was wondering if anyone can help me with information on applying for an out of state license. What does it entail? Where do I go to apply? or who do I contact? are there any special requirements? I have no idea which direction to go for information to get this done. I also would love to hear from personal experiences on what it's like in Melbourne, Florida, what kind of opportunities and such. Would love to hear from you and would appreciate any advice or help in making the decision and move.....any contacts would be great too....
    Thank you in advance...I look forward to hearing from you....
    ps ...I have over 10 years experience....thanks....!
    Samantha

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    In response to your inquiry of what it is I did not do....I had a pt. that I supposedly forgot to chart that I gave an ordered medication to. I did give the medication, however as I explained before, with having to stay sometimes many hours after my shift to catch up on charting, I apparently did not chart that I had given the ordered medication. I made a mistake. I forgot...nothing more nothing less. I take full responsibility, just hope the boards understand that no pt in my care has ever been hurt or neglected..I just plain forgot to chart, and as I have said before in the rule of nursing if it wasn't charted it wasn't done. Now I must defend myself in the fact that sometimes we are left charting after the fact, and I must have forgotten. I can not say that I am not guilty, only that I made and error. I can only pray that they will take all things into consideration and I will be able to get through this trying time in my life and career.
    Thanks for your interest...any words of advice and knowledge is greatly appreciate..as well as past experiences you may have encountered, whether from your own experience or a close nurse friend.
    Sammy

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    Dear Bedhead...

    I will pray for you and your family with all my might..the Lord hears our every prayers and watches over us all. I know that he is watching over you and your family at this moment and sending his angels to embrace Sophie and give her strength.
    I am so sorry you are going through this, I feel ashamed that I cry over my sorrows when yours are so much greater. I will pray for you. God Bless You
    Sammy

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    I will print your replies and carry them with me ....I will read them every moment I can and need to, so that I can carry your support and prayers with me. I wish that I could find the words to express how much your kind words have meant to me. I thought I was alone....I see I'm not. I can't thank you enough for your support.
    sincerely,
    sammy

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    Dear fellow nurses and friends,

    My God, I can't begin to say thank you enough for your words of wisdom, kindness, understanding and prayers. I woke this morning with the first thoughts rushing in my head of the days to come, as everyday for the past year. I could barely read your posts through my tears, I have bared this burden inside for so long and the heaviness is sometimes overwhelming. I thank God that he gave me the courage to write and talk to you. I beleive he sent each of you to ease my pain and fear. I will invision in my head you all around me....thank you.
    I realize I am only human, no patient has ever been hurt under my care, I worked in a NICU unit for 8 years, and saved more lives than I can remember. I pray they see this side of me, the person and nurse I really am,
    I pray that this never happens to anyone, I would not wish this on anyone ever. I do however wish that the hospitals would have to take some form of accountability for staffing issues....but...we all know how that works...it's sad.
    Your words of encouragement, and knowledge of what to expect and what to do have helped me today...I actually took a breath.
    I will let you know how it turns out...and I will remember that as I'm sitting in front of the boards that there are those of you out there praying for me.
    Thank you, and God Bless You,
    Sammy

    P.S. some of you said that I could get a lawyer if needed...since it's to late for that date, if I don't believe my punishment is fair, can I appeal and get a lawyer then?

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    Thank you so much for your advice and your prayers...I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me...

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    Hi I'm thinking of moving from Texas to Florida, my brother just recently moved there and it's beautiful. I have checked out many sites without success on applying for an out of state license. Does Florida give a temporary license? who do I contact? I would like a fresh start, after a hard divorce and difficult circumstances....just need to start over...any information or sites offering information would be greatly appreciated....thank you...

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    I have been reading the discussion board for sometime now and find it very imformative, with kindness, wisdom and knowledge...At this point in my career and life, I find the only place I can turn for these characteristics to help me with my problem is here. I have been a nurse for over 10 years now, I love nursing, I, as you all have worked hard to get my license, and work hard on a daily basis to maintain it. Take care of my patient and yet deal with the nursing politics and nursing shortage. I have been in many committees, the ethics commitee and even awarded nurse of the year. Not because I was this "great nurse" we all are "great nurses...but because I went the extra mile in patient care...and I truely love nursing...it's all I know..In 1999, I went through a terrible heartbreaking divorce, I was depressed and yet continued to work under the same circumstances we all have to deal with on a day to day basis...short staffing and the politics...I am a single parent with nursing my only career for a long time..I depend on it to support my son and I. In 1999, I was as many other times working short staffed and found myself staying after,like so many other times to finish up charting...patient care comes first right? Well, this time I forgot to chart something...and we all know that if it isn't charted it wasn't done. It was turned over to the board of nursing and placed under investigation...now in a few days I will have to face the board for an informal hearing to face my punishment. I know the outcome of this...no matter what my punishment may be...I will be looked down upon and ridiculed by my peers, the hospital I work at now and in the future...nothing will ever be the same...I probably will never be hired again...and this is all I know...(please excuse me for babbling, there are so many fears and anxiety within me). I'm so scared..nothing like this has ever happened to me...I don't know what to expect or what to do...I have not gone a day without a tear and a prayer for strength...I know that it will become public notice and I will never be able to hold my head up again..I have even thought about moving to another state...but I also know that it will follow me...does anyone know how you even apply for a license in another state..I am so scared and depressed right now, I feel as though I can't even breath..please, I know this is long...but your time and knowledge..your wisdom and advice would be so greatly appreciated...I have to face the boards in a few days...I would rather...I don't know...I just feel like my whole life is ruined...I know I need to be strong...but it is hard...please I ask for your help...and your prayers....Thank you for your time...I know this is long...may God bless you all...from one nurse to another...

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    I have written in the post a couple times in the last few days and have put alot of time and thought into the words of my peers.....some are very happy and some are very discouraged. Seems we all want and like being nurses but are just frutstrated. I often would spend time thinking about what other profession I could get into but the fact is what else can I do to make the money that we make without spending an additional 4 years in school...I to have a family to raise. I've literally spent hours surfing the web for ideas on how I could become financially stable...even be my own boss. Well I finally came across something that I wanted to share with you. Something I can do on my own, call my own, and still do it while working as a nurse until I can be independent and self sufficient. If you would like more information you can e-mail me at sammy2629@aol.com or visit the site www.sixfigureincome.com/?458549. It has opened my eyes and given me an opportunity and inspiration to grow financially and independently....Good Luck and I hope to hear from you....sincerely, sammy

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    I started reading posts from all over the internet regarding the issues and feelings of nurses from every area of the country, every area of the profession, from the new grads to the seasoned nurses who have seen it all. I am dismayed at the betrayal from the public, the hospitals, including our supervisors and administration, and the physicians that in order to save their own face blame their failures on the nurses.
    I became a nurse over 10 years ago, I still remember the excitement I felt when I found I had passed my boards. I was really going to make a difference, I truely wanted to take care of my patients in every aspect, from hugging a crying man afraid of death and feeling him go limp in my arms, to crying for joy when the birth of a new life unfolded write before my eyes. I too worked long hours without breaks, got home to realize it was the first time all day that I went to the restroom...or eaten. But I did it without complaint, like so many others, we instead were thinking about the patient and how they were doing or if we finished everything....
    In the past ten years I have never had a patient complaint, or been written up, I was even awarded "Nurse of the year" not because I'm this great nurse, but because of my attitude, my willingness to give 110% to my patients and I really cared. In my eyes we all deserve that award and many more.
    But, after reading the lastest news reports and seeing first hand nurses being put on the line to save another one of the many faces that control our healthcare system, I must admit I feel defeated, hurt and angry!
    The only way we can make a difference is to stand up, not alone but together. How do you think the patients will look at us now after reading the same articles we have just read? And we thought we had it bad before......
    I feel betrayed by the hospiatals, administration (most have been nurses on the front line before) and the very people who are supposed to be there to support us...all the associations that collect are yearly dues.....I have not heard one of them speak out for us...and the state nursing boards...they claim that they are their to protect the patient, to keep them safe, do they not see that the issues being discussed, hospital cost cutting, short staffing, etc, etc.....are what will keep the patient safe? Again it is blamed on the nurse....well my friends, I wish each in everyone of you luck, as for me....I've marched up and down those long halls, and change is and will be the longest hall of all. I will always be a nurse in my heart, no one can take that away from me, but I have to say the search for a new career is on. Wish me luck....and may God Bless you all.....sammy

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    I am new to this forum but found it to be very enlightning and informative, not only have I read some very interesting view points but found the support is incredible.
    My question and concern is on the issues of hospital staffing shortages, not overall but on a daily basis. We are taught in the Nurse Practice Act to never except an assignment that we can not "handle" or is unsafe, but yet each and everyday we are put into positions to either take on the assignment or hit the road....and then what kind of reference for a job will you get?
    I recently have encountered to such experiences, amongst many others, that have affected the nurses license due to these circumstances....one in which a nurse had a pt load, because of lack of nurses that day, and she was unable to keep up with the charting in a timely manner...the pt's were taken care of no problem there, but she was written up and it was sent to the board of nursing examiners for review and her license is now being looked at under severe scrutiny because she should have not excepted the assignment and her charting should have been done...on time....ha ha ha...how many of us out there have that luxury? When this was explained to the board examiners that it is a very common event, and most nurses don't have the opportunity to keep up the charting because they are busy taking care of the patients, but the charting does get done....her reply was, "well under the nurse practice act it is your responsibilty to make a formal complaint about the other nurses as well....or you could get into trouble for not reporting it" darned if you do and darned it you don't.....what do you do in that instance? The reality is as it is...not to try and make this lengthly but the other day, I work in a Labor and Delivery unit, we had 15 deliveries in a 12 hour period with 5 nurses....3 c-sections, one being an emergency due to the fact the nurse was in a c-section and unable to watch her other pt. there was no one to help, we all had at least 3 pt's which by the way is against the guidelines....and there were other problems as well that day due to lack of staffing and pt load...my main problem with this is of course the poor pt care, but also that these 3 nurses who busted there butts all day, no lunch, no break.....etc. got written up by the supervisor. What the heck is going on here? Who is our advocate...not the hospital, not the supervisor, not the state nursing board, and certainly not the ANA (there to busy deciding who to elect to be treasurer and secretary. What, where, and when do we get the support we deserve....we are professionals for gosh sakes! I just can't seem to understand how this can continue and at the expense of our licenses....who is on our side....who protects us when we stand up and say "no" I can't take another pt. and we get fired and black balled....we are guilty until proven innocent...I feel so strongly in my heart that there has to be a stand! We need to speak out....this is not about money for gosh sakes...I know alot of people who make as much as nurses and they don't have to worry about their licenses being threated, or their jobs, or most of all hurting an innocent pt that can't get the care they need because we don't have enough staff....please if anyone has any input into this matter....and I know your out there, lets speak out....we have that right! Factory workers have louder voices and peoples lifes, licenses, and careers aren't at stake... I would love to hear from anyone with any input whether you agree with me or not...it weighs so heavy on my mind...I just want to scream out! Sammy



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