malamud69 8,472 Views
Joined May 10, '12.
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My dogs are treated very well, just saying...
Point / Counter-point...
I've been a nurse for 7 years, following almost 20 years as an engineer.
My only regret is that I didn't choose nursing 20 years before I did.
Are their crappy bosses and crappy organizations? Of course, as in any field.
Are their crappy customers? Yep, just like every field.
Are their crappy co-workers? Yeah, there sure are... no different than any consulting firm or plant floor.
Is every nursing job well-paid? Nope. Of course, there are dead-end engineering jobs, too.
Nursing offers an amazing array of options throughout a career... far more than any other single discipline that I'm aware of.
I've been in nursing a lot longer than 17 years, and that hasn't been my experience. I have worked hard and been held to high standards, as I believe any reasonable person would expect in a field in which other people's lives depend on our competence and integrity, but I don't feel I have ever been "treated as a dog" by an employer. Perhaps that is because I have never been willing to be treated badly by an employer. It's true that I have not been warmly commended or recognized by employers or coworkers for doing my job, but, as a reasonable adult, I don't expect any special celebration for showing and doing what I agreed to do when I accepted the job. That's just basic adulthood. The physicians I've worked with over the years have been competent and thorough, for the most part, and the oversights or minor mistakes that I've caught haven't been any big deal. Healthcare is all about teamwork.
I'm with Atl-Murse -- if you are this unhappy with the basic realities of nursing, why haven't you moved on to something else you might enjoy more? Life is too short to waste it hating what you do.
17 years and counting . Why have't you left ?
That sounds like one of those ridiculous generic admissions orders they toss in on every patient. I would call the first time, just to cover myself, and say "the patient had a heart rate that dipped down below 60, was asymptomatic and hemodynamically stable with a BP of 120/70 and denial of any complaint. Would you like to change this order"?
Hi everyone, I'm a new grad and just started working on a med-surg tele unit for nights. I had a patient on tele that got bradycardic but not even anything <52. The patient was asymptomatic and was also sleeping so I didn't mind it. Patient also does not have any past cardiac issues.
While giving report to the AM shift, this one nurse saw the admit parameters that said "call MD if HR <60" and there was also the corresponding "call MD if HR >100". So the oncoming nurse kinda gave an attitude as to why I didn't call MD. While we were talking, an MD who was handling the patient asked an unrelated question, so I brought up that the pt was bradycardic last night but would usually return to normal. The doctor didn't even care about this.
Was I right for not calling an MD for that HR? I know parameters were in place but we should also always look at the patient and not just the numbers.
Manager interrupts bedside report, "Are you using your bedside nursing report scripts?" Enough said...
I can see myself enjoying the psych aspect of my job for a long time, but the med-surg/tele piece of my current position is not my thing. And even though I find mental health to be extremely fascinating and compelling, I'm pretty sure I will burn out on it in a few years. Nope, I'll be moving on at some point, just no plans to do so quite yet. One of the big draws of nursing for me was the variety of things to do, so it would be a shame not to sample another specialty or two.
I think of myself and other nurses as being scientists, don't let titles and names diminish how you feel about your accomplishments. Personally, I had anatomy with a cadaver lab, Micro with lab, chemistry with labs, physio with labs and so on..I also have a ton of college credits in robotics, and in Orthotics and Prosthetics, micro controllers, electrontics... I'm a freaking scientest waiting to invent the next greatest advancment in patient care.
You may like or hate your current job but the fact of life is that, unless you find loan-free way to finance BSN degreel, you can't afford it right now. Work more, save some money, once you have them, start prereqs one at a time, go to community college and do ADN. When you start working, you either can save enough, or find an employer who will at least partially pay for your BSN.
Meanwhile, you can do phlebotomy, tele tech or CNA course and work part time. That will give you experience, some small $$ and, most importantly, the ultimate knowledge if nursing is the thing you want to throw your hard-earned money onto.
100K in loans is NOT worth it. If I were you, I would keep working at the $40K/yr job (or find a similar one that you don't hate), pay off your student loans, save up a little money, and then go to a community college and get your associates degree in nursing. Apply for scholarships, as many as you can. If you aren't able to work, you may have to take out a very small loan for living expenses, but it should be nothing close to 100K. You can then start working as a nurse, gain experience, make money, and get your employer to help pay for your RN-BSN.
Remember, 100K is just the loan, you will have to pay that back PLUS INTEREST.
Don't do it.
Given that's only three years away, I seriously doubt there's any law going into effect saying BSN or nothing, especially since that would shut down the associate degree and diploma programs. I will say, though, as a transplant to New England from a different part of the country, and having a diploma rather than a BSN, I have had a tough time finding work up here because there is a strong preference for the bachelor's degree (my non-nursing bachelor degree doesn't count). If you can get into a BSN program, I'd recommend that, as it will open up the most opportunities for future employment. Best of luck.
From my job search experience (I am a new grad BSN) with Stamford Hospital and Yale New Haven, both strongly prefer BSN but do hire some ADNs. Many ADNs that I know were hired by both hospitals worked there as techs or CNAs prior to getting their nursing degree. Many, not all. I did hear from the ADNs that hospitals do look for them to either be enrolled in a BSN bridge program or have plans to start one in the near future.
Hot lips Margaret Houlihan from MASH.
She was calm under pressure.
Tough but with a gooheart
I worked as a CNA all through nursing school. I did the ADN route, worked a year and then BSN online. TOTALLY worth it. Especially if you like being a CNA. I worked in home health so I had lots of one on one time with my clients. I really like that and I like that about nursing. If you are working LTC or in a hospital where you have a high pt load, you will like nursing. I say go for it!!!!!
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