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A&Ox6, BSN, RN 12,006 Views

Joined Apr 16, '12 - from 'Starbucks'. A&Ox6 is a Psychiatric Nurse/Student Advisor/Writer/Speaker. She has '2' year(s) of experience. Posts: 565 (50% Liked) Likes: 836

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  • May 26

    Quote from MrNurse(x2)
    My new mantra:
    Flip flops are for pools not for schools!
    And that gives another t-shirt slogan!!!

  • May 24

    I am so bummed about this. I was hoping you meant you would round on psych patients on non-psych units. This would be a beautiful thing for those of us who are not psych. We don't have a psych floor, but by comparison, our OB nurses don't ever get pulled anywhere because the only they they are regularly "practiced" on is OB and newborns. If med/surg, step down or any other adult, non-vagina-related patient is admitted, they'll never get an OB nurse. If any of us on those floors gets pulled to OB or peds, we are given tech responsibilities. 3-4 orientation shifts would never teach me how to assist a birth. Nor would someone on OB know what to do with adults in afib who suddenly start gasping for breath.

  • May 24

    Quote from RNdynamic
    To everyone saying that not enough sleep is an excuse, or that the OP is hurting her coworkers by calling out, or whatever else: It's none of her coworkers business why she is calling out. She could be calling out because she's having a bad hair day and it's still none of their business. Her PTO, her privilege. If she's still in compliant with the attendance policy, then it isn't any of her coworkers concern if she calls out for lack of sleep.

    Wait. Hold up.

    (Rubbing eyes in confusion)

    I actually AGREE with something RNdynamic said???

    The world is spinning off its axis.

  • May 24

    Quote from Mhays
    Hello, my name is Marcy and I live in Virginia. Yes, I believe that it is OK to call in due to lack of sleep for many reasons. Sleep is a major importance because it helps your body to restore itself and become better. It helps to keep a person healthy by the immune system restoring itself and making sure that it fights off any germs that come a person's way. Also, when you are sleepy on the job, the productivity can be low and negative things could happen. So, to answer the question, you can call in to your supervisor and tell them that you need a day for your body to rest so that the next time you work you will be in good shape. Good luck and if you cannot sleep, try meditating with soft music like the ocean or whale songs. That seems to always help me to sleep. Marcy
    Marcy, all of the responses that I've read from you on this forum remind me of reading a Fundamentals of Nursing textbook. They're usually more lecture than your actual opinion on the subject. You do realize that the majority of us here are nurses?

  • May 24

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    How do you get those 6 or 7 precious hours of sleep? My sleep is messed up from years of Nights. I could use some help.

    Turned out I had sleep apnea. I would startle awake multiple times just as I was drifting off. CPAP helped that. I also have regular insomnia, so ambien, though at much lower doses than before the CPAP. I'm hoping when I go to straight day schedule, I can reduce or eliminate the meds.

  • May 23

    Indoctrinated opinion? This is just where our society is going. Higher education levels command higher respect in general. No lawyer, doctor (medical or "real" Ph.D. Doctor), engineer, other profession advocates for less education to work in their circles.

    Nobody is advocating for less education to work in nursing. Nobody is saying we should come up with a new path to RN that requires less education than currently allowed, it's the opposite. Certain people are saying that we need to expand the level of non nursing education required to become an RN.
    I find the profession you listed to be ironic. There are at least two different degree levels for physicians, bachelors and doctorate, and two different doctorate paths to physician practice. Yet medicine doesn't seem to care at all. Requirement to become a lawyer vary widely and in some states don't even require a law degree. Yes it seems that only nursing is very concerned about how we are perceived in relation to our education.

    Look through these forums, plenty of ADN/LPN nurses are bashing BSNs
    Given that so many are calling for ADNs to not even be allowed to work as RNs (like the ANA says in their white paper), you might forgive the ADNs for being a little sensitive.

    However, going forward, the BSN needs to be the standard entry with reflective pay.
    In my opinion this would be disastrous for nursing. What makes nurse special and very different than the other health professions is our ability to relate to our patients. Its why we are so trusted by society.
    We have this unique ability due to our diversity. Its the local community college ADN programs that offers the opportunity for so many diverse people to enter nursing.
    I think BSN as standard for entry to practice would make nurses too much like medicine, unable to empathize or relate to our patients until many years into our practice.
    Those of us who work in teaching hospitals can see this effect. Each year we get interns who don't relate to their patients, and it's only after many years of practice that they even begin to.

  • May 20

    Quote from Purple_roses
    I know a 35 year old video game addict. His marriage actually failed, and a HUGE part of it was video games. It was almost unreal. He literally would not come home at night because he "lost track of time" with video games at friends' houses. He literally would still be married today if it weren't for his addiction. I still can't really believe it actually.

    So maybe 60? he a billionaire with no heirs and a year away from his death bed?

  • May 18

    Totally agree with llg. You will be taxed more on the paychecks that you have overtime, but will get the extra tax back when you file your taxes. What you need to be careful is to not go crazy on the OT because it might push you into a higher tax bracket.

    Taxable income

    income is over— but not over— the tax is:
    $0 $9,225 10% of the amount over $0
    $9,225 $37,450 $922.50 plus 15% of the amount over $9,225
    $37,450 $90,750 $5,156.25 plus 25% of the amount over $37,450
    $90,750 $189,300 $18,481.25 plus 28% of the amount over $90,750
    $189,300 $411,500 $46,075.25 plus 33% of the amount over $189,300
    $411,500 $413,200 $119,401.25 plus 35% of the amount over $411,500
    $413,200 no limit $119,996.25 plus 39.6% of the amount over $413,200

  • May 17

    Quote from VersatileRN
    I will be soon!!!! Thank God. I've worked in a correctional facility per-diem on the side for 5 years. Also easy. I'm In.
    I worked in a Level 1 Trauma Center in the OR (scrub and circle - all services except CVOR) and that was cakewalk compared to some of the Psych positions I have had. Unlike corrections we don't have correctional officers, sometimes I'm lucky if I have security and I've worked places that don't even have mental health aides so every last thing from codes, 1:1's, transports, admits and total care for the dementia patient in a state of terminal agitation - falls on the RN's. I've had days where it was nothing but back to back codes for 16 hours, no break and then mandated to a total of 18 hours due staffing problems. I love psych, it's my passion - no I'm not loading needles, prepping back tables with limited time, prepping a room for a crashing crani or getting called in for a trauma case in the middle of the night like I was in the OR - but I never got kicked in the face, slapped, punched, had to extract someone from their room or do a weapon removal with a riot shield, had a patient attempt to infect me with AIDS by trying to spit blood in my mouth, watched staff get brain damaged, or had my unit flooded because some ASPD guy climbed in the ceiling,broke a water pipe, pulled out electrical wires in an attempt to electrocute the staff trying to contain him in the OR either.

  • May 15

    Mandatory vaccination

  • May 15

    Uniform sex education in public schools

  • May 15

    Quote from Farawyn
    I'm not attractive enough to participate in this survey.
    I don't believe this for one second. What about your well-oiled hair? And shell bra?

  • May 15

    Quote from Farawyn
    I'm not attractive enough to participate in this survey.
    Obv not a nurse then.

  • May 15

    Quote from Sully64
    I am the only one in my department on a committee, and I am the only one with a specialty certification which I earned this past year. And sadly, on my unit, being on time is pretty rare although I agree it is a normal expectation. We have really poor attendance, and a lot of call outs.
    This may help you stand out, but it doesn't guarantee a great raise! Given the budget constraints most workers get the same lowly pay say 2% rather than 4% since other workers will have to get a 0-1% raise to balance it out. It probably makes an employer feel bad to give someone no raise so it is easier to give the same raise to everyone.

    Use your experience and certification on your resume to find an even better job and then negotiate a real pay raise! Or use it to climb the corporate hospital ladder if a management job becomes available. The committee work probably looks good on a resume as it shows you are an engaged employee. Try networking with your fellow members for a better job opportunity.

    Put your profile on linked in and you may find other employers will come to you for offering a better job! I've witnessed this happen to others thru linked in..

  • May 14

    Quote from aeris99
    Pinning was last night and it was great. My hair looked awesome, super cute dress, rocked my heels and didn't fall. Lol it's the little things.

    I was totally floored though, when it was announced that I was being presented with the Nurse of the Future award.
    Nursing school has been such a crazy rollercoaster!