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Joined Aug 4, '12 - from 'Central NY US'. LOVEGREEN is a RN. She has '4' year(s) of experience. Posts: 9 (33% Liked) Likes: 16

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  • 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.

  • Jul 21

    Going to try not to post too many details here, but the crux is this: the team responded to a crash call in the adult ICU for what they told us was a stillbirth. Half an hour later, we walked out of there with an intubated, Curosurfed, and very much alive 26 weeker. Especially when our unit is sort of sniffed at by adults and PICU as not a real ICU, it felt pretty darn good to show them what we're all about.

  • Jul 21

    I've done this before. It was fun, until it wasn't.

  • Jul 19

    The one thing I would say ALL DAY, EVERYDAY if this were an alternate universe?

    "Shut the F* up!"

  • Jul 12

    I am all for the dad to assist with parenting responsibilities. However, he has two jobs right now, school and 40+hours.
    Fitting those responsibilities into the additional role of childcare.. sounds like a plan for disaster. Get a sitter while you are working.. let him concentrate on his 40+ hours and schooling.

  • Jul 12

    Quote from Shelby, BSN, RN
    I want to make it clear that I LOVE my job. I'm concerned that saying anything will jeopardize my job in some way. Other people have witnessed this, but I never kept a journal. I really didn't think it would last this long. I have no desire to get a lawyer.
    I have tried avoiding him and I walk away after he says or does something. Yesterday I walked away after he made a comment and he followed me and said "you don't need to be embarrassed around me and you don't have to walk away."
    There's no way I can't be under his supervision. He is the boss of all the nurses in the entire hospital (he's the boss of my boss (the nurse manager)). He isn't with me all day, but he sees me many times each day on the weekend days that I work.
    I guess I need to be more firm and actually say this is making me uncomfortable. I have preferred the more passive and avoidant approach because I wanted to avoid repercussions from him. I believe he could have me fired if he wanted to.
    "Please stop, this makes me uncomfortable". "My significant other frowns on me calling or texting other men, so please stop".

    When he makes the "bed" comments--give him deer in headlights look and state "I have no idea what you mean, this conversation is inappropriate".

    "Well, that escalated quickly! I do not date/flirt or otherwise engage inappropriately at work".

    You need to tell him to stop. If he does not stop, you could fill out an incident report, parent company website for an ethical breach (as this is your supervisor).

    You also need to realize that if you engage him in any sort of banter,(or even if you don't) other co-workers can also claim sexual harassment, as they are exposed to inappropriate sexual innuendo. And that could include reporting you as well.

    You also need to realize that people who are sexually harassing seek out someone that they more than likely realize are not going to say anything or report them. The are manipulative and skilled in this. And that he is an upper management person is a control and power issue to the nth degree.

    If you have "no one" to report him to, then go on your parent company website. He can be reported through that channel, usually under "ethics".

    Doesn't matter if you think he's dreamy and the best thing since sliced bread and oleo. Doesn't matter if he makes your skin crawl. You need to be certain that you are protected from being part of his pathology, and being reported for something yourself. People like him are sociopathic and career damaging.

  • Jul 12

    Quote from Shelby, BSN, RN
    I want to make it clear that I LOVE my job. I'm concerned that saying anything will jeopardize my job in some way. Other people have witnessed this, but I never kept a journal. I really didn't think it would last this long. I have no desire to get a lawyer.
    I have tried avoiding him and I walk away after he says or does something. Yesterday I walked away after he made a comment and he followed me and said "you don't need to be embarrassed around me and you don't have to walk away."
    There's no way I can't be under his supervision. He is the boss of all the nurses in the entire hospital (he's the boss of my boss (the nurse manager)). He isn't with me all day, but he sees me many times each day on the weekend days that I work.
    I guess I need to be more firm and actually say this is making me uncomfortable. I have preferred the more passive and avoidant approach because I wanted to avoid repercussions from him. I believe he could have me fired if he wanted to.
    Passive is easily misinterpreted.
    Be clear.
    Be direct.

  • Jul 11

    "Opinions are like demo tapes, I don't want to hear yours" Stephen Colbert

  • Jul 6

    Quote from Been there,done that
    In my 20 years of charge nurse duties, on the front lines... I never made a wrong call.
    Come on, BTDT, you can't really believe that your judgement was consistently perfect for 20 years straight. I respect you a lot. Don't ruin this for me!

  • Jun 29

    It's also possible the RN sensed the tension between you and Lisa and mentioned it in her feedback to HR. If I were doing an interview and my colleague was responding poorly to the candidate, I wouldn't want to introduce that dynamic to my unit. I may not be impressed by my colleague, but ultimately she is already there and they're not going to get rid of her just to hire you. Lisa might not have helped you during the interview, but she's not necessarily directly responsible for your not being hired.

    And honestly, if you already know there will be tension between the two of you, you probably don't want to work there anyway.

    But even if Lisa had power during the interview, she's nobody outside of that workplace. As others have said, give her the attention she deserves - none at all. If she tries to say anything about you at school, just remember that her opinion carries much less weight and give your classmates enough credit - they probably don't want to get involved.

    I wish you the best in your job search and in school. Don't let the Lisas of the world get you down.

  • Jun 21

    Hmmm... Christmas Eve many years ago, I worked in HR for a global Fortune 500 company, I drew the short straw... had to work. As I am doing my thing, I felt a terrible pressure inside my ear, and then a "Swoosh" sound and suddenly I had blood dripping out of my ear. I was a hard worker, and even though I woke with a fever and an earache, I went to work. So, the blood thing changed my mind. Guess what? I WENT TO THE LOCAL ED. Yep, I went to the Emergency Dept on Christmas Eve with essentially, a horrific earache and a ruptured membrane. I hope that is ok with those of whom are the "Guardians of All that is Right and OK with Living Based on the Rules of the Righteous".

    FWIW, the ER MD was very clear that coming in ASAP was THE CORRECT CHOICE. I certainly, once again, hope that is ok with the Guardians.

    If someone feels the need to go to the ER, we deal with it. THAT'S LIFE. I would expect the same level of compassion for that patient as I would a patient suffering from something more gruesome. There are things happening in a persons life that you might not understand, and you might not even consider... So, just be the amazing nurse you always imagined you would be.

    JMHO.


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