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Joined Aug 4, '12 - from 'Central NY US'. LOVEGREEN is a RN. She has '4' year(s) of experience. Posts: 12 (50% Liked) Likes: 42

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  • Sep 30

    Quote from smartnurse1982
    Let's say by 2030 80% of nurses have Bsn Degrees.
    What happens to the Lpn's and ADN Rn's that do not have one?
    Some ADN's will notice no difference - especially if they live in an area without a lot of BSN's. Some will simply stay in the current jobs and be fine as long as they never want to leave that job.
    Most will have problems getting a new job -- moving to another place or wanting to transfer to another department, etc. because they will have to compete against BSN's. So, many will be stuck having to stay where they are, or accepting jobs that are not very popular -- the jobs that most BSN's don't want.

    I've had friends in that situation already. Their jobs were secure and the ADN was acceptable to the employer -- but they wanted to leave and couldn't get another good job because they lacked the BSN. They were stuck.

  • Sep 17

    I don't think it's all that complicated; if people are always leaving because it's a ****** place to work, then make it a less ****** place to work.

  • Sep 8

    Don't know about the rest of you but I too am ...gasp... IN IT FOR THE MONEY! I expect to be PAID for what I do! But that's just me. The rest of you can volunteer if you want.

  • Sep 8

    Quote from Jenny.jsk
    There are a lot of people who choose nursing as a career for the money knowing too well that they don`t belong.
    I am one of the so-called dregs who entered nursing for the steady paycheck.

    Just imagine that your manager approached you one morning and announced, "I regret to inform you that we can no longer pay you for your services. However, I am sure you would not mind one bit. After all, your compassion will pay the bills and your devotion will keep food on the table."

    Would you continue to work your butt off without the promise of money in return? For me, the answer is "Heck no." I am shamelessly in it for the money.

  • Aug 28

    I've worked nights for 12 years with many different people and I believe there are just some people that can't do nights. There are people like me who can switch back and forth between days and nights relatively easy. Then there are other people that struggle on nights no matter how much rest they get. Some people never adjust.

  • Aug 21

    I had a similar situation with a doc, he asked me for tool, and I didn't know WTH it was. I asked for clarification, but I've been around enough to not wither and tear up with a snarky remark back. I just asked "well is it sterile? Is it bigger than a bread box? I have to look for it, and you need to give me some clues."

  • Aug 16

    "Could of". I just want to punch the person in the face.

  • Aug 16

    Quote from NurseGirl525
    In my state, we are not allowed to mention it. At all. We do not talk about it even if they bring it up. They are promptly referred to our state's organ team.
    I've worked in multiple states and this has always been the policy- for hospital staff not to discuss donation with the family at all, under any circumstances- if they initiate the conversation, we still can't, they're referred to the organ donation organization.

    I don't think it's accurate to assume that families changing their minds after talking to someone trained in donation issues must necessarily have been coerced. In those cases I've seen where the family changed their minds, it was because they initially had misconceptions about donation (that it would change the care their loved one would receive, that it would prevent an open-casket funeral, etc) and decided in favor once those concerns were allayed, and having considered the positive aspects (so many people are looking for some glimmer of positivity in a terrible situation).

    It's not wrong to consider the ethics of these things but I don't know how this could be done in a way that entirely allays the concern of coercion or potentially upsetting a family by raising the issue at all, other than simply never addressing the issue with anyone who didn't positively affirm their wish to donate in life. And that itself has major ethical issues- it denies the family the opportunity to make the donation (something many people value in retrospect) unless they happen to think of and raise the issue on their own under extreme stress within the narrow window (unlikely), and it would almost certainly massively reduce the number of donations (already inadequate to the demand) leaving many more people to die and suffer needlessly.

    Those seem like harsh costs for the possible benefit of avoiding a possibly uncomfortable conversation, even for the grieving.

  • Aug 3

    Quote from ToriAneal
    Wow. Calling you stupid? That was really out of order. The nurse at my facility told a few of my co-workers that they were beneath her and all they do for a living is wipe ass. I was like wow
    I've wiped a lot of butts in my time. I don't mind, it has paid for a house and cars.

  • Jul 29

    The test will most likely be positive if you have taken opioids within the last 90 days. If you have a prescription for narcotics within that time frame, you will be covered.

    I would be more concerned about the "reports" of erratic behavior. Were you written up for that.. and do YOU feel you have a problem?

  • Jul 27

    Sounds serious. You should put her picture up with a warning at the local Greyhound bus station, too. And anyone who walks by without looking at it should get a hard slap to the face.

  • Jul 27

    I think you're overstating the likelihood of a $15 federal minimum wage, but you're fears are based on some very bad math, which seems to be common to most anti-minimum wage increase hysteria.

    First, cost of living and inflation would not increase by the same amount the federal minimum wage increases, which is where I assume you got your "cost of living budget increase by 1/3 or more" figure from. Even at businesses most heavily affected by an increase in the MW (fast food and other predominately near MW paying restaurants), an increase to $15 would raise prices only 4.3%, which is a far cry from the 33% or more that you quoted. And that 4.3% increase assumes a sudden increase to $15, when actually a phased increase to $12 is more likely. And for you to experience all of that 4.3% increase your entire budget would have to be spent at MW paying businesses.

    Keep in mind that we're not talking about an unprecedented minimum wage value, the relative buying power of the MW has been steadily declining, the proposals that are out there only catch us back up to where we once were, and when the MW was at those levels the economy thrived. We can also look at smaller minimum wage increase experiments, Washington state has had a minimum wage tied to inflation and despite having the highest minimum wage in the nation they also have one of the most vigorous economies including in terms of job growth in the country.

    The biggest problem with allowing the MW to continue to fall is that it moves more towards a federally subsidized business economy, not all that much different from communism. Currently, the majority of those on public assistance programs work. We've been allowing businesses to transition from having to cover their costs to simply paying employees a token amount and then having the government pay for the rest of their basic expenses (ie communism).

    I'm a small business owner, and as a result I fully support returning the MW to it's historical peak, here's why: With a MW far lower than a livable wage, as a responsible owner of a successful business I get punished and end up having to support less responsible and poorly run businesses. While I may pay my employees a livable wage, the restaurant next door is free to underpay their employees and make up for it with public assistance programs that I then also have to pay into. So my "reward" for running a good business is that I also get the bill to make up for the failings of other businesses.

    In general, I don't agree that businesses should be immune to the competitive market forces that keep an economy healthy by replacing an adequate minimum wage.

  • Jul 27

    Taking the profession as a whole, I personally feel we are quite well compensated. There will always be problematic geographical regions or health care systems, whether the minimum wage goes up or not. Perhaps you are in one of these areas or systems.

    I have enough to worry about without adding this to the list of issues potentially keeping me up at night, and when those are dealt with, I suspect this will still be pretty far down the list.

    I applaud the efforts to increase the minimum wage. Everyone, and *especially* those doing the physically demanding and/or aesthetically unpleasant jobs (i.e. janitorial) deserves to make enough money that they don't need to worry about being able to put food on the table, afford medical care and prescriptions, pay rent, and have a little something left over to save for a rainy day or treat a child to something special.

  • Jul 24

    Quote from rnccf2007
    i am upset. The other day, I had a confused patient. When I walked into the room, her husband was there. I said hello to him, and he did not acknowledge me. In fact, the whole time I was in the patient's room, he never said a word to me; even after I tried to engage him in conversation. He later reported me to my patient's doc and my NM. Two charge nurses gave me a head's up about the complaint, while I as was at home later in the evening. So, expected to be called into the office the next day. However, what I was told by my NM the next day completely blew my mind. I gave this patient her meds with water, and her husband said nothing. However, according to her husband, he said to me, "She takes here medications with milk." My reply, "All I have is water, and I would have to get a doctor's order for milk." I can't understand someone's motivation to lie like that, but that is another issue.
    I would never say anything this asinine to any patient or family member. But, after my conversation with the NM, not sure if she believes that I didn't say this. Had a conversation with other nurses I work with that same day...they basically stated that management believes anything that patients and family members say, whether right or wrong. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them. You input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    I can only think of one time a patient lied about me, but it was an outrageous lie and the patient was a well-known liar. I did get asked about it for the sake of "addressing" the issue, but it was a mere formality. I'm not sure the lie your patient told would matter- even if it were true.

  • Jul 21

    I've always felt pretty safe, which is not the same thing as thinking nothing bad could ever happen.