CherylRNBSN 4,610 Views
Joined Mar 30, '12.
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This issue seems to waver back and forth. There is a glut of RN's out there now. Magnet hospitals are getting rid of RN's and LPN's because they want BSN's. There will be a shortage again, and then they will start hiring LPN's again. I'd much rather work with LPN's than glorified CNA's anyday.
Let's not forget too that the nurse is so liable and responsible for so much. I'm responsible to follow up on my ACT's work, reviewing orders to make sure they won't harm the patient. and deal with noncompliancy with the patient. All while being told to smile and increase customer service numbers. But wait, that's not all... We have to make sure core measures, discharges and admits are done perfectly in addition to all the documenting and care. It's like a squirrel cage or a work camp. I forget to pee and eat. What a scam! I get so angry everytime they show the J&J commercial to encourage becoming a nurse. They forgot to say they you literally have to be in all those places at once! LOL... ok a little exaggeration. Thank goodness for this site.
Wow-I was a little suprised by this because whenever I've had a student sent down for that reason it's because the teacher and/or student already tried everyone knows the nurse has the rubbing alcohol which makes earring insertion much easier! I never had a problem with it OR a run on students needing help with earrings because I did take that five extra seconds to help.
I completely get that school nurses want/deserve/need more respect for their position but after spending 11 yrs doing this I don't see much change and here's why: we are in a school setting with stable healthy kids for the most part-not a medical setting. We are surrounded by non-medical personnel who only see us doing things they could do themselves. We pass meds, screen kids, do tube feedings, help with diabetics, etc that they can and sometimes are trained to do. If they see a kid with a head injury they do not have to document well. They give them ice and if they keep complaining of pain or act funny they call the parents to pick them up-no big deal. To us we have to document to prove we gave them the best care and that we didn't hurt them further by missing some important sign and not seeking medical attention if that were so in order to keep our license. Teacher don't get that because they don't have to. They don't care if we can read monitors, start IV's, intubate someone, etc to keep someone alive because that kind of stuff doesn't happen in a school unless a paramedic has been called.
I see myself in a school setting as part of a team that is there to keep the school day running smoothly. If that means I am sometimes asked to do non-nursing things I do them. If I'm not busy I don't mind. I'm still getting paid after all. I've been asked to help set up for class parties, count lunch money, answer the phone/door for the secretary, deliver messages to teachers, etc. In return, there are days the teacher/principal/secretary, etc will check head lice for me, call parents, pass out a bandaid, administer medication, etc because I'm too busy or not available. They don't say well that's not my job! If you keep refusing to do things that help others out just because they aren't a part of your job description you will get a label and it will not be one that you like.
All that being said-this is the reason I don't enjoy doing school nursing so much anymore! I want to feel like I'm using my education more and it's really hard to in a school setting so I totally get where you're coming from but what you're seeking you will not find in a school setting.
I like the phrase "allowed to care for" as opposed to "forced to care for".
Of course it's a higher cost to hospitals...or perhaps the people who own these hospitals. This legislation would benefit all of us!
Are you kidding me? A Nicki Minaj quote? That is awful haha. But in all seriousness, I think the older ******* nurses only discourage the new ones because it makes them feel better. If they are still on the floor at age whatever 50 or 60. They have probably applied and not gotten a few management positions. Those are my thoughts after 5 months in as a new grad on a med surg floor.
I've never seen any older nurses "running circles around the younger ones." The only people who say that are the old nurses who should have retired 10 years ago.
I think the mandatory retirement age for nurses should be 50 since that is the age I am currently.
And their retirement pension should be funded by the the young nurses just starting out.
Get it done ASAP please OP.
Welcome to AN.com! You sure picked a great subject for your first post
I'm 58 and plan on working at least 20 more years. My hearing is better than any 20 year old's and I can still run circles around most of the younger nurses who complain they are exhausted after working 24 hours a week. I work at least 50 hours. People should be judged on their performance and their ability to do the job not on their age.
I'm a pretty emotional person but honestly? Nursing has actually helped me to develop a thicker skin. I still become emotional at times but don't cry at the drop of a hat and in front of others like I used to.
There was a time when I could not take criticism because it made me feel like I failed my patients and co-workers, so I would just burst out in tears. Didn't matter who was around. It was pretty darn embarrassing. Now I take criticism as a learning experience, move on and strive to do better. IOW, I truly believe nursing can actually help an overly emotional person become stronger. I'm still working on myself but I'm getting better
My husband, also a nurse, suggested that you find a job where the nurse manager is a male. When you tell him the story during the interview, he'll just high-five you.
I don't see any bullying happening here. People are submitting honest replies and some helpful advice. As for us jumping to conclusions....well the OP has started two threads on this topic, and until very recently, did not contradict whatever some of us may or may not have been assuming. If all they were guilty of is "making out" in the parking lot, and the OP was a good employee, then that's unfair termination. I'm wondering if there isn't more to this story, and we will never know.
If you find an error that compromised patient safety, reporting it is not "tattle-taling", it is doing your job.
I haven't read all of the replies to this thread. But, maybe you could tell future interviewers, "I had a relationship with a coworker, and that was frowned upon at my previous employer. I will never make that mistake again." I doubt the person would ask for all the gory details, so why tell them? Keep it simple.
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