CarryThatWeight, BSN, RN 8,572 Views
Joined: Apr 17, '12;
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5 year(s) of experience
Oncology, Mental Health
only 40% of pre meds get to med school there really is no second chance besides reapplying and retaking it, so the fact that 60% of pre meds don't matriculate should speak enough that all of them aren't the cream of the crop.
Nursing school is more lenient with grades definitely but comparing med school which is an M.D. with a BSN are two very different things, but a pre med is an undergrad concentration.
That's a very big generalization to make especially since at lots of universities the nursing schools are far more competitive than the generic BS in biology. It is lame that many pre meds use this philosophy and automatically assume all nursing students are far dumber and wouldn't be able to maintain high gpas.
Also pre meds aren't doing any dosage calculations that's why you don't hear of them... (all it is is just general courses in varying sciences, a pre med concentration isn't even a major and is literally useless if you don't get to med school)
That's ridiculous. Why would you have to tell anyone you take any medication, unless it's one that shows up on a drug screen? It's no one's business what medication I take, least of all my school or the board.
Just because this issue isn't unique to nursing, does that mean there isn't a problem? Other people do it too. So what? It's still an issue.
What right do you have to tell HER not to share with people? If the OP wants to share, bur then the recipient doesn't want what is being shared, then the receiver can discard the gift. You share your gifts of nursing and the healing arts with others, don't you? If she is prompted to share this GOOD news, then don't discourage her, Let her share. When Jehovah Witnesses come to my door, I know that they sincerely want to share their views with me.. and therefore, I am hospitable to them as a fellow human being. It is very sad that some of the most intolerant people are those who can't stand it when someone mentions Christ.
I am officially closing this discussion and I no longer want to be a nurse, thanks for the input guys.
I had a really hard time adjusting when I was a new grad in oncology. It is a tough speciality. I can imagine it is even more so when you have parents involved. I went through a period of depression for sure. It is hard to see hope, especially when all you see is suffering and death. You eventually get "used" to it. It never gets easy but it is so rewarding. Oncology patients are the best patients, by far (in my opinion). Even though our patients become family (at my job anyway) and we grieve when they die, it is worth it for me. Maybe you just need to give yourself time. I was feeling pretty burned out a while back but then I got a second wind somehow. It is also possible that this specialty is not for you, especially since you mentioned ER where there is less of a relationship formed between the staff and patients. I think you will find your way. One day at a time.
Maybe I'm missing it, but you didn't really say WHY you're unhappy with your job. Is it just that the caseload is too big? Because if that's it, it will be the same if not worse in nursing. The patients are very sick and no matter what you do, it's never enough and people aren't happy. You simply can't be in more than one place at a time but you are expected to. And have all your meds done on time.
My speech language pathologist when I was in school was the best. She saved me from a lifetime of embarrassment over not being able to pronounce things correctly. She made it fun and that small portion of the day was my favorite!
Do you mean "schizoaffective disorder?"
Susie2310, I don't see how you've assumed that from my posts (when I've said that at my place of employment, I've witnessed seasoned nurses kill 3 patients in one night due to insulin overdoses for patients who weren't even diabetic!!! And were NOT reported!!!)
I suggest you keep an open mind cause the world isn't always black and white. Leave room for some grey areas and be thankful that in your 20 years no ones ever reported your mistakes.
What I don't understand is how this mistake happened. If she gave this drug all the time, shouldn't she know the amount to draw up? Without even thinking about it? For example, I give Ativan all the time. I know that 1 mg is 0.5 ml. How did she draw up 10 times the amount and not notice that it didn't look right? If the bottle of calcium was a different strength, more concentrated, wouldn't she have noticed that the bottle looked different than usual?
The exclamation mark at the end of that sentence was supposed to give the reader a clue that the post was tongue-in-cheek.
You can extrapolate meaning, misinterpret, and put as many words into my mouth as you want. Anyone who actually reads my post, without trying to put spin on it or read it with a chip on their shoulder, can parse out that my post was actually a dig at surgeon in question. But hey, go ahead and be enraged if that's what makes you happy.
By the way, "inversely proportional" means that as one goes up, the other goes down. So the better the surgeon, the worse the people skills. If you were intending to say that the surgeons with poor surgical skills tend to have poor people skills, the phrase you needed would have been "directly proportional." Please think carefully before posting.
I never said that the OP should accept the behavior If you read my post again, I am saying that in my experience the worse surgeons are normally the meanest - most likely secondary to their overcompensation for what they perceive as their own inadequacies. I never once said it was OK for her to be treated this way. Please read posts more carefully before shooting off indignant responses.
In my years in the OR I have noticed a pattern with mean surgeons: the amount of talent they have as a surgeon is usually directly inversely proportional to their bad attitude. Be kind to them. They are doing the best they can!
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