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  • Nov 25

    You probably need to take legal action.

    For what it's worth, I had to evict a tenant who was a hoarder. She refused me entrance to inspect the property. I gave her due notice by voicemail, attempting a phone call once a day, 3 days in a row. She wouldn't respond. So, I sent her a certified letter giving her notice.

    She sent me a threatening letter, accusing me of harassment and threatening my nursing license, saying "You will never work as a nurse again!”

    I hired a lawyer, and the letter was exhibit A. It was a sad situation, she was emotionally troubled. Fortunately, a nice Christian lady helped her move. It was 20 trips to the dump to clean up the place, a firsthand look at a certifiable hoarder.

    You need to contact the police, dear. This man is threatening you. Keep the texts, they are evidence. Ask the police for advice. I doubt if he knows anyone on the board of nursing, that is utter horse manure.

  • Nov 19

    Quote from caliotter3
    One of my employers said that their company buys the list of nurses from the Boards after I asked how they knew to send me one of their solicitations. I found out that the information is given to the public when I inquired regarding another situation. I was told that an individual nurse could make her information non-public by going through a request process when she is a victim of stalking, domestic violence, etc. I looked at the process and thought one would probably be dead before they could get any benefit from that policy.
    I had the same issue. I wanted it removed so my crazy ex couldn't find me. It would have taken an act of God. I did mess with the person I talked to. I asked for her full name and address (if she has mine I should be able to have hers) and told her that I was keeping a record of it so if my ex hurt or killed me my family knew who to name in a lawsuit. I know, it was mean but I just don't agree that the public has the right to my personal information like my address.

  • Nov 17

    I would love to hear what everyone is serving for their Thanksgiving meal, or making, or if you are going out to a restaurant instead (we have done this three times and it is awesome).

    I am hosting just my sister this year, so there will be me, my husband, my sister and my two kids (9 and 11):

    Mashed potatoes
    Cranberry Sauce
    Sweet potatoes/marshmallows (sister bringing)
    Roasted brussles spprouts with shallots and bacon
    Corn souffle
    Crescent rolls
    Peacn pie (sister bringing)
    Chocolate silk pie

    We always do bagels and lox for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. In our town, the HS football team plays the town next door at 10am. We always go to that game, then come home and eat around 1 or 2 PM. No appetizers or anything b/c we do it as a lunch. Then of course Turkey gobbler sandwiches for dinner that night

    What do you do?

  • Nov 14

    Quote from TheCommuter
    Although I am a self-described centrist, I just wanted to elucidate that the majority of food stamp recipients are employed.

    The "too lazy to work" stereotype is not totally accurate. Even many enlisted military men and women qualify for food stamps due to their incomes and family sizes.
    I have a dear friend back in TN who was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS some 17 years ago. He now lives without any real restrictions and has been on SSI/Medicare/Medicaid for years. I asked him years back why does he just not return to work, because he appears so healthy. He explained that he would lose his prescription coverage and just one months of meds was well over $1k. He was stuck riding the system or basically die. It is sad that healthcare is just so out of reach for so many. If my friend could return to work and afford his meds then it would save the system money in the long haul.

    I was able to perform clinicals in a remote clinic for a semester and it amazed me how many patients just did not have health insurance and could not afford treatments they needed all because of money. I do not know the answers, but I know we are failing as a people when we make healthcare out of reach for so many.

  • Nov 8

    Quote from Been there,done that
    The patient is not a "drug addict", the patient has a history of drug abuse. Medicating the patient for an acute condition is the same as medicating any other patient.
    GET THEIR PAIN UNDER CONTROL. Give any ordered pain rx, if it is not effective get another order. The nurse that gave Tylenol needs to be educated and written up.
    You're right. +1 this.

    And just to be clear - even if the patient were a current drug addict, that is no justification for denying them pain medication in a situation where you would expect them to have significant pain (e.g. post-operatively). We don't torture patients in this country, drug addict or not. In fact, in such a situation, a patient with a history of opioid abuse will typically need a higher dose of pain medication than most patients to achieve the same degree of pain control due to their higher tolerance.

  • Nov 8

    Excited to have a chance to join such important research! Just finished my first survey.

  • Nov 8

    I, too, have been a participant in the Nurses Health Study 2 for decades now, and strongly encourage younger nurses to join the new cohort.

  • Nov 8

    I haven't worked as a nurse in two and a half years and probably never will again, but I've still got enough practice hours in the past 5 years to renew my RN license, and I plan to do so. The fee is a little hard to swallow on my low SSDI income, but it's worth doing because I never know if that "right" job---one I can actually handle---will drop into my lap.

  • Oct 29

    If you truly believe that you are being set up for termination, you need to leave now. Better to leave now, on your terms, with or without a recommendation from your current employer than to try and get beyond having been terminated. I didn’t, and was subsequently terminated, effectively ending my career as an NP. Now, out of work several months and having submitted multiple applications I am finding it difficult to obtain a position as an RN, after an exemplary 20 year career. I think that Psychcns has given you excellent advice regarding engaging the services of a labor lawyer.

    I am so sorry that you are going through this, and wish you the best luck as you work through this very unpleasant situation.

  • Oct 29

    Maybe and this might be bold: Have a meeting with the supervising md and the other relevants to negotiate how you can leave on good terms with at least one written reference. Maybe have a labor lawyer or similar assist. And I think after this you could see if you qualify for unemployment. Sounds awful.
    or just have your coworker give you a reference.

  • Oct 29

    In thirty years I have never seen a defective catheter balloon.

  • Oct 29

    I've called rapid response for a lot less. Don't doubt yourself or your career choice. If that was my family member or friend, I would be thankful that he/she had a nurse who gave a damn enough to get them the medical attention that they required.

    I agree w/others who have posted here re: finding another job. Keep your job for now, but start putting your resume out there. Or maybe look for a transfer to another unit at your facility, since the nature of different units can vary widely depending on the hospital you work at. There's nurse managers out there who would be proud to have you as a part of their team. This isn't one of them.

  • Oct 29

    I'm sure I'm repeating what was said before me, but find a new job. Any place that says you overreacted when you called a rapid/MET/CAT on a lethargic patient with a pulse in the 30-40's is a place that's jeopardizing your license and career.

  • Oct 29

    Quote from ryuunohime
    So I got done with the meeting and I left in tears. It was a laundry list of things I should have done. I didn't check a blood sugar. This event happened at 8ish in the morning and the last BG check on the patient was at 6, which was 123 and there was no insulin given.
    Also I apparently told the CAT nurse that the patient needed IV push medications and to be on a drip up in the ICU. I did no such thing as I have zero experience with these meds. I also got told I over reacted, as both the nurse before me and the doctor thought the patient was stable.

    Anyway, it was a good old fashioned ass chewing and I'm sitting here drinking wine and questioning my entire career choice. Yay Nursing!

    Some days I very much regret taking out so much student debt to get so much abuse. This sucks because just yesterday I got the Daisy Award and I was being paraded around like I was an example to nurses everywhere, and today I'm dog ****.

    Sorry for the pity party guys.
    We've all been there. I now have an incredible capacity to second-guess myself which is not helpful. It's not even clear at this point whether you over-reacted or under-reacted, depending on whom you ask!

    Here's the takeaway: You identified that your patient was in trouble and summoned help. The doctor was a douche so you did a work-around. And your patient is now fine. Thanks to you, whether you get any credit or not. So now the only thought in your head should be "You're welcome, jerks!"

  • Oct 29

    **in my best "mom" and best "ICU RN" voice** You did the right thing. You are not dog ****, you are a consciensous RN who recognized a change in condition and intervened for your pt.

    Apparently cards agreed intervention was needed, if they decided she needed an invasive medical device to keep this from happening again. She could very well have been stable for the prior RN (or prior RN could have had her head in the same place the resident and manager did)...but giving her the benefit of the doubt, the pt could have been stable. When you arrived for your assessment however, she was having a symptomatic bradyarrhythmia -- which in the ACLS world means give IV/IO drugs and seek an expert opinion. In this case, cards.

    I agree, you should start looking for a new job -- one that encourages evidence-based intervention and actually cares about their patients.

    One last thing: enter the meeting time on your timesheet. You went in on your day off, you must be paid for it. Hugs!