Latest Comments by LTCnurse11

Latest Comments by LTCnurse11

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    I did apply to another job and I was hired into an RN position in a cardiac stress lab--I really like it. The convenience of the day hours is great and I learn tons about cardiology. The problem is it's very routine and the critical thinking aspect is different than floor nursing. IM happy, don't get me wrong. There's just still a painful part of me that feels doesn't have closure about the whole med surg debacle. I've since resigned from the hospital I was employed at previously. And I wanted to clarify that I never got fired from the hospital however reassigned to my old unit. I've been there for a year now and they seem to like me a lot. Just earned an advanced EMT license--Really I'm in a good place. Still can't shake that med surg!!

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    I wanted to hear which people preferred large hospitals and which preferred smaller hospitals. You gave me your input on your smaller hospital, thanks. I hope to hear about work in a large hospital.

    I see you have already worked in a large hospital and didn't like it. I changed to a different hospital slightly larger with a few more departments and more services and I like it a lot better.

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    Hmmm interesting. I wish I would HAVE the opportunity to go other places in the critical access hospital that I work. I've gotten so eaten up by the internal politics that's what I strongly dislike about it. If you fit into the right "clique" at a small hospital you've got the world at your hands. I work at a hospital on which the inpatient manager had only been an RN in that hospital and worked med surg for 2 years, and only 2 years. This nurse graduated from a technical degree program and sucked up so much the she was given an important management job, then the inpatient manager. Such ridiculous politics and absolutely illogical if you ask me. I prefer a larger hospital myself.

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    How many of you out there have had opportunity to experience work both a rural hospital (ie critical access) or a large urban or (ie cities greater than 500,000 people)?

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    All of this---awesome. Just awesome. It absolutely baffles me sometimes that humans are the "intelligent" species. Working EMS, I've seen some stupid crap. A pre pubescent boy who decided to go for a walk and did not come home that night which so happened to be his strategy for "earning" an ambulance ride with lights and sirens. Found him at 0230 that morning. Shows up to the ED dehydrated and slightly hypothermic. *sigh* where were the parents? Not looking for him at all!! Actually very, very sad.

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    No way. If you work nights it will kick your ass and make you sick. If you like taking up to 9-11 sick patients overnight then maybe it's your thing. Days will seriously kill you if you're working a crazy busy medical unit. Too much to do and workers are stressed so they take out their insecurities and exhaustion on you. Just sayin...

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    Quote from h.derek65
    Sorry for that but I don't like your thinking because if every nurses thinking same than what happen. I think this is a great job to help humanity and don't dis heart about your duty. I really respect this professional.
    Seriously I'm not sure how my complaining about my bad day makes me disrespectful to the service I do for others. Are you yet a nurse? Are you a student? Have you had the chance to work as a nurse or have clinicals in the field? And if you are a nurse, do you work in one field of nursing or do you do more than one type of nursing job? Because all of those things make a difference. And I DO respect my profession. Not only am I a nurse but an EMT as well and could not be more proud.

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    I'm better today. Just waiting to get a more regular position. Lets pray one opens soon and I get more hours!!

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    I'm feeling so tired out lately. I am training full time in a new department that will eventually be part time. I totally love my job!!!! My problem is that I have 2 other part time jobs plus ambulance call time. I'm on the verge of quitting one but my husband would freak. What can I do? I'm so stressed out!!!!

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    Quote from LadyFree28
    Cliques have a risk of growing "anywhere". I work at a pediatric facility. I remember seeing people gravitate toward people that they felt in common with, but the general consensus was we generally work with each other. Then there was a evolution that "clicked"...we discuss issues that arise, management knows about it. When it affects pt safety, they do act on it. The RN of the group was fired. The LPN and two assistants. that were (since they have been "neutralized") a part of the clique are all pregnant...when the issue raised about staffing and even taking on care, management did hold on everyone being equal in care assignments. Either way, management has no qualms about writing up, suspending, pushing out, and firing people when it comes to violating policy...but it has kicked it up a notch once the RN of the clique was fired. It just happened that a NEW supervisor that was hired, cleaned house. She has since resigned, but so far, people are taking a more active stance if clique like behaviors and issues that are not going to benefit staff as a whole, as well as management being actively aware, so I'll see what happens...I think management can set the tone with these behaviors only when it affects pt care, as well as staff morale. I just happen to at a place where it is a small non profit, and we work with kids, so it has an acute way of affecting the pts, because they are children.
    Yep, it is everywhere. I think that in the smaller areas its easier to see because you are one of the few. Larger hospitals are widespread and have more departments and therefore more cultures. I think staff morale is the best indicator of overall business and patient satisfaction.

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    Quote from RNikkiF
    It is bad at my facility. The clique consists of a NOCs Charge, Days Charge, two floor nurses and all of our EMT/Paramedics. Our former DON was in on it too, but he since quit. You can't really fight it in this case, all I can do is hope that the new DON gives a crap and does something about it. It is a very small facility (43 beds) so it doesn't take a huge group of people to become very powerful. The problem is that not too many of the other nurses who are not in the clique want to put their neck out there and stand up to these people.
    That is so interesting to hear that from another person. I had been working at a very small hospital as a new grad and it was astounding to see how few people it takes to create a "dictatorship". It's amazing how inexperienced nurses get big jobs and big heads. Tunnel vision is what nurses get once they obtain power. Patient focus gets lost and workplace cliques start. The supervisor I was under had been talking crap behind my back before I was even let out of orientation. And I already can say I have more experience than her. The hospital I worked has 25 licensed critical access beds. So small and so ridiculous. I've recently moved on and gladly can say those issues are reduced in a larger hospital setting.

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    Quote from danabsn
    I work in LTC and the cliques are terrible at my facility. We actually have groups of nurses and aids that look for every tiny mistake a coworker makes and then report to the DON.
    Oh my lord, LTC is very notorious for having that issue. So much wasted energy when all certain people want to do is catch you in a mistake.

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    What is the worst place anyone has worked having to deal with cliques? It's very interesting to see how workplace dynamics operate and I'm just seeking out feedback from others.

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    Quote from proud nurse
    I was asking a friend (a nurse that doesn't come onto allnurses) what she thought about this topic. She said of course I had critical thinking skills. She said to me that I'm the best wife and mom who uses her critical thinking skills everyday, I see the big picture in everything, I see that ever action has a reaction. I was very moved by her words.

    But I don't think those are the same critical thinking skills I use for nursing. It's almost like I use a different set for nursing. For those of you that are spouses and parents, do you feel the same critical thinking skills you use in those roles are comparable to the ones you use as nurses?
    My nursing thought process is different than my parental thought process, but for obvious reasons you can't deliver the same care to patients as to your kids. There is some overlap but a divide in how you think. However, the point is of course seeing the big picture which I think is mandatory in nursing but also in life.

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