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  • May 28

    Talk about being in the right place at the right time!! The first graders were eating lunch and they asked me to cover the front desk (about 20 feet away from the cafeteria) for 10 minutes. All of a sudden a teacher looking terrified comes running to me yelling "Someone is choking". I had just answered the phone when she grabbed me and I threw the phone onto the desk and went running. The little boy was legit choking. I did the heimlich and a giant glob of food came up and out How he fit that much food into his mouth is beyond me. Anyway, he then vomited, cried and will be fine. I called his mom to tell her so she is aware. Poor kiddo is still shaking. The funniest part is, I went back to the front desk and the hone rang and the person says "Um, I just called a few minutes ago and think the call got dropped" I said "actually, the phone got dropped, by me".

  • May 27

    Can I play the former cam girl with a heart of gold who went to nursing school three weeks ago and now works, OR, peds, ICU AND mans the 'front desk'???? PLease- it's my DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM job- honest!

  • May 27

    You're not too old, but there are things to consider.

    How will you fund your education and is it worth the investment at this point in your life? I have an ADN and think about obtaining a BSN from time to time ...but I also have small children whose college funds I want to contribute to as well as retirement that I need to save for.

    How realistic is it to assume you'll get accepted into the RN program right away? These programs can be competitive and some even have waiting lists.

    What kind of pay and opportunity can you expect as a new graduate in your area? How does it compare to what you're making in your current field?

    How do the physical demands compare and how healthy are you, in general? Nursing can be labor-intensive (especially jobs readily available to new grads), and I've noticed a substantial difference in how I feel as I grow older (I'm also in my early 40s).

    How will school and building a new career affect the time you have with your children?

    Good luck with whatever you decide. I'm happy that I went to nursing school, although I was older (mid thirties). I didn't have kids then, though ...and no prior degree- just a low-paying, dead-end job.

  • May 19

    Quote from Davey Do
    I recently attended a meeting that was held in order for us to meet the new CNO. I took notes and some of his words are verbatim:

  • May 19

    Quote from SummitRN
    This unit is on the fast track to the "it list!" Blast fax kudos all around! We are going to maximize this paradigm shift making sure we meet the ask of each patient client, then distribute the deliverables to the cloud as it applies to client care. Now, if you would remember to put the cover sheets on your TPS reports before they go out and pick up a teamwork opportunity on Saturday, we'll be at peak efficiency. If you could go ahead and come in on Sunday too, that would be grrrrreat!
    I just want to put strychnine in your guacamole.

  • May 19

    "What can I do for you?"
    "Why did you not eat anything for breakfast?"
    "Did something happen today that upset you?"
    "Welcome to womanhood"
    "Unfortunately, my x-ray vision is out for repair"

  • May 19

    Had a student come in and as he began to start to tell us what was wrong just stopped himself, then said....."There is nothing wrong with me. I just want to go home. Will you please send me home?" My boss and I looked at each other stunned. She laughed and said, "yes, I will send you home for being honest." We had a history with this senior and he had come a long way for the good. It was toward the end of the year and poor thing had fluff off classes the rest of the day. He is and was one of my favorite kiddos.

  • May 19

    The way I figure it is that when I was younger, I had energy to burn. I could go anywhere and do anything. So I did. Before 12 hour shifts took over the world, I was a staunch 3-11-er. I loved buzzing around on a busy floor, juggling my assignment and helping others with theirs if needed. I loved floating as it kept me on my toes and I was never bored.
    I left hospitals when I 'found' Home Health. LOVED it! After nine years my company started making changes and the home health division moved to another company.
    I've been doing Private Duty off and on for YEARS, but I have stopped taking the physically challenging cases. In my earlier career I always took on the quads; I could heave and heft with the best of 'em, and didn't consider it hard work.
    Generally, most of the time now, I've been lucky enough to get "good" cases that last a while...several for 2-3 years at a time.
    I will be turning 68 during the mid-summer. I paid my dues and then some. I am more than happy to let the enthusiastic younger nurses have their day. I will sit back and admire them. I used to be like them.

  • May 19

    Quote from poopylala
    I ... Where have all the older nurses gone?
    Gone? Early to bed mostly as we need more sleep

  • May 19

    Hospitals with high retention rates and low turnover rates may have an older work force.

  • May 19

    As I creep up in age, people look younger and younger!

  • May 19

    First off, I definitely do not think 35+ is "old" lol I'm not far behind in age myself. I drew a line at 35 to be the equatorial line in age groups. I see and have met mostly under 35 yo nurses in the other hospitals I worked in or did clinicals in. I know people can look younger but in this case, I'm asking about the lack of obviously mature/older nurses because the nurses I worked with last night also said they haven't seen older nurses anymore and they're in their 40s+. That conversation is what prompted me to post here.

  • May 19

    We fled hospital nursing.

  • May 19

    Quote from poopylala
    I notice that most nurses now are younger rather than older (less than 35 years old). Where have all the older nurses gone? Do they tend to work in certain units at your hospital or work in clinics?

    From my observation of working as a nurse for more than 20 years and now moving towards the age of 50 I find that most nurses on high traffic/ high workload floors including med/surg and all intermediate care units tend to be of a younger age as you have already observed.

    It seems to change when you look at areas that are "less crazy" and offer better work conditions including critical care areas, PACUs, intervention areas.
    In the major teaching hospitals, older nurses also gravitated towards the night shift if working on a medsurg or stepdown floor.

    Why is this happening?

    First of all, many nurses used to move towards shifts that would accommodate their family /family planning better and that used to be night shifts for many or evenings etc. - a lot of them like their arrangement and do not wish to go back to the busier day shifts.

    Secondly, some nurses plainly drop out of the hospital once they have family because they are looking for something that fits their lifestyle better.
    Thirdly, we are not getting younger....

    Fourthly, you discover that the hospital is not the "holy grail" and look into other options that do not require nights and weekends - which tends to be not the hospital environment unless you have a special position or agreement.

    I can say that when I got older and got past 35 I noticed that I felt less energetic but also less likely to put up and accept bad working conditions. I became more critical of the way management treats their nurses and asked questions pertaining to how quality of care, workload/support/staffing, and health/satisfaction of myself interfaces. Once it became more important for me to have a job that enables me to do my best work/ quality instead of just pushing the numbers of admissions and discharges on the busy floors with constant running/multitasking/ punitive hospital culture/ unhealthy working climate I took action.

    It became less important for me to put the "big names" on my resume because by that time I had already enough work experience in different areas of "big name" hospitals and instead focused on what is important to me now. I also was in the position to take a risk with starting a new job. For some nurses it is more important to suffer through the status quo because they depend on the specific job due to money or arrangements. For me it was more important not to get burned out by the giant churning machine...

    It seems that most nurses who want to keep their sanity look to leave the bedside after a few years - favorite places are case management, management (if one is inclined to move over to the dark side..), administration, areas with less patients to take like critical care/PACU....

    For a while, home care was also very popular but now it is basically the same craziness as hospital nursing - only that your trunk is full of supplies, you drive around and see one patient at a time. The documentation requirements are crazy.

  • May 7

    Quote from AmberDray
    I am in nursing school by the way and I am not enjoying it, a large percentage of the girls are very ******. I've never seen girls behave this bad. Even my instructor is mean and it's mainly the less physically attractive students that behave like this too. It's like they need an excuse to feel better about themselves and No I am not perfect but I am pretty attractive.
    I only talk to my friends who seem to be getting along fine with the other girls and yes I am one of the youngest. It seems as if most of the girls in the class hate me for no reason and many are blatantly rude. I grew up in a household where it was impolite to talk back so I tend to be very reserved but reservation is not helping. I also sense a feeling of resentment towards me from the instructor, just from her tone of voice and the way she raises it when she speaks to me.
    My previous instructor had once said "you can't be afraid in nursing, you have to be ballsy" she didn't say it directly to me but I have been thinking about it ever since. I think I might have to get snappy with these girls and correct them when they make inappropriate comments (which I will have to learn how to do). One time I made a nice comment about a student and she quickly said "don't call my name" and I just stayed quite but they continue to make these rude comment even when I am not talking them.
    I never imagined being a snippy nurse because I assumed they were suppose to be quiet and nice. After observing the nurses who teach at my school, I realized that this is far from the truth and many seem unhappy and overworked, which would explain why they give so much homework. I am wondering if I should make a 360 degree turn with my personally, I am usually a fun and happy person who tries to see the best in things no matter what but I am wondering if I might have to change. I really like studying nursing but I am not liking the other students and they will become my future coworkers, I have to know how to deal with this.

    First of all if you make a 360 degree turn you do realize that would put you right back to where you're at right????

    Just reading this I can't imagine why so many people don't seem to care for you much. (that was sarcasm)

    I don't think you need to do a 360 degree turn. I think you need to do some serious self reflection instead of pinning yourself as the "young, meek, quiet, polite, shy, pretty, victim" you seem to think you are.