08RNGrad 1,995 Views
Joined Jul 15, '12.
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Such a terrible disease. You sound like such an empathetic nurse and I commend you. It would BREAK my heart to work with people who acted so heartless. I know it is hard work, but they are PEOPLE who have been cursed with one of the worst conditions out there. They have absolutely no control. As other's have stated, and inservice is needed...badly. Bless you for what you do.
This disturbs me on so many levels and I can only imagine the operators frustration! The facility "nurse" sounded cool as a cucumber and it infuriates me that she wouldn't even attempt to find anyone to perform CPR. After listening to the audio, the employee of the facility clearly states several times she is a nurse, only to find out she wasn't from the facilities follow-up statements. The director of the center clearly states she is not a nurse and they don't have any on staff. I've worked in an assisted living facility when I was in school and received BLS training. Even if it was the policy not to give CPR, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't try and help this woman. Does this also mean for a pt who chokes they will not perform heimlick which has a very high success rate? Also blows me away that the deceased residents daughter states she is a "nurse" and is fine with what transpired. WOW.
I did what you are talking about doing. went to school, obtained 4 yr degree, but always had that itch to be a nurse. Went and got my adn degree and a lot of debt, worked for 1 1/2 years in ER and then went the clinical research route (higher paying and less stress). While working in the corporate world is not at all rewarding as direct patient care, it also is not life and death. There is a lot to be said for less stress in a workplace. That being said, nursing has so many options. If you like your job, I wouldn't suggest leaving. Nursing school is competive, expensive, and jobs are not easy to come by these days. Best of luck and keep us posted
I received a BS at a 4 yr college and then went back and got my 2 year ADN degree. It didn't help me at all, BUT, once I left bedside, it gave me a huge leg up in obtaining jobs within research. Also, if you are interested in obtaining your masters, it may be quicker because I bet you have a bunch of the pre-reqs already completed. Best of luck!
I did a clinical rotation at a same day facility, at the end of the day, the nurses would pre-fill lidocain for wheels they would use for IV starts. I see no problem with that, but these were RNs not MAs and it wasn't at the front desk.
Bought an NCLEX book prior to graduating and once I graduated, I took it right away. Get it over with!! Best of luck!!
As many others have stated, follow policies as stated in employee handbook, end of story. Never burn bridges. You can't forecast what will happen in the future, you do not want to become ineligible for rehire. All the hospitals I've worked for explicitly require 4 weeks notice in writing. Best of luck to you.
the worst EVER was in nursing school where I had to "prep" a man for a cath...shaving the "area" when he was aroused, and I nicked his N*&s and to top it off, his wife was in the room!
That was so me when I first started, the constant replays!! The only difference in my brainsheets is I would divide my piece of paper into 1/4's so I could capture 4 patients per side of paper, so I would have report sheet big enough for 8 pts on 1 sheet. This way I could keep this 1 sheet of paper in my scrub top pocket. I would just put basics on it..room, name, allergies, dx, procedures for the day, critical lows and highs and key labs for the day, times meds due, etc. BASICS, things to prompt me throughout the day and to give a good report. My preceptor taught me this and it really helped me out. It helped me from feeling like I had to check and double check constantly. It was also a nice way to keep track of questions i had for MDs as they came through during the day. They would often be there for a moment, so I had to have everything organized to grab them quickly before they left! Brain sheets are KEY, they help so much b/c once everything is check off, you know everything has been completed. Good luck to you!!
Thank you for your heartwarming story. This is the true art of nursing. The way you reassured this poor man, so worried about his sister. Its what its all about. Its easy to forget how vunerable it is to be a patient and a family member of a patient. Lots of time MDs and RNs don't offer much communication, which is scary.
Jreynrn, what a wonderful resource you have been for this new nurse. You sound like a truly nice individual. I always loved working with the float nurses, they were at the top of their game and stayed out of the gossip and just did their work.There is such a steep learning curve coming out of school that is a real shame that her preceptor or someone else on the unit is not there to offer guidance. I was so very lucky to have the best preceptor EVER. She asked me to use my resources and wouldn't tolerate being asked the same thing twice, but she was always there for guidance, opinions, help with finding resources, coming up with a brain sheet, and overall moral support. We became very close and I have so much respect for her as not only a nurse but also a person. I invited her to my wedding. From what you describe, it sounds like this new nurse is really trying hard and doing all she can. Maybe the unit is just a poor fit or maybe its too fast paced for a new grad? If the others in her unit continue this behavior, she will be damaged and leave the field which so sad.
Ugh, my last emplyoyer was like that. I asked that very question...what happens if you get sick during 90 days, IT HAPPENS. We are human afterall. My mngr told me that if you are sick you are sick and they make exceptions. They frowned on vacation time, but hey, if you are sick you are sick. In fact, my HR policy there stated if you have a fever or GI distress to NOT come into work. Hope things work out. Feel better!
Thank you for your post. I am a job hopper as well. Guidance I've received has been to stop running away from bad jobs into whatever you get, but to only take a job that I really truly think will be a good fit.
After college: 1 year internship, a few years of temp positions, then went to nursing school: 1 year ALF, 1 year in a lab, then after graduating: 1.5 years in ER, then left for pharma job...awful and stressful 6 months, left for a high paying contract job 8 months..awful, then worked a research job for 1 year 8 months, left for a higher paying job. now working somewhere that I also don't like, its been 3 months and I want out. I know part of it must be me, but I've had a lot of fellow co-workers who have had this same bad luck as me. Just looking for my nitch. Everywhere I've moved ends up having high turnover and lots of stress. I'm a hardworker and exhausted from moving around constantly. I had no trouble explaining my job hopping to get my current position...but now...after only 3 months...its a little harder. Hoping to make it to a year and transfer within.
Thanks onlybyhisgrace...nice to know i'm not the only one. Wishing you the best of luck!
I worked in a ALF when I was taking pre-reqs in nursing school. As an aid, I was in charge of all care of patients and all meds (including insulin, including BPs that were PRN). In retrospect, this was so dangerous, I did not have the critical thinking skills or knowledge to be passing meds to 18+ patients at a time. There was only 1 LPN in the entire facility who did more mngt. Very very little presence on the floors.
What is so scary is in my state all it takes to be med tech is to pass a test. No class, no clinicals, just a SIMPLE written test. This needs to change. It just isn't safe. To my knowledge, Med techs are not allowed to pass meds in a nursing home, just ALFs.
When I first graduated, they had them in my area for experienced OR RNs only. Still think its a red flag in these times.
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