gonzo1 15,358 Views
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Have to agree with everything posted above. I'm 60 now, have been a nurse for about 13 years (keep forgetting). I can still run circles around most of the younguns due to better work ethic. Have started working on my BSN. I know a 64 y/o who just got her BSN. I used to do martial arts too. Love it. Had to quit for nursing school because I'm a total immersion kind of person and I couldn't give all to both, so I chose saving lives. Don't regret it at all, just wish it wasn't so mean sometimes. Have been in great places and horrible places. Good place now.
Remember, there isn't a shortage of nurses, there is a shortage of nurses willing to work at the bedside with facilities demanding nurses do more, with less.
Taking care of psyche patients in the ED is very hard. Staff isn't trained for these patients. We do make them strip naked and wear only a gown. Room has everything taken out of it. They may wait hours and hours for someone from mental health to come talk to them.
I always tell them I'm the medical nurse and we are going to do some medical tests first to make sure there isn't something medical wrong to be causing the problem. Then after the medical clearance a mental health professional will come to help them. This somehow made it feel better for me taking care of them.
If they want to talk to me about whats going on I will listen. But I always tell them they really need to talk to a mental health professional to get the best care.
I work part time on a locked psyche unit now and have learned a little. Sadly EDs are not set up in any way that's healthy for these patients.
My husband got really mad at me once too
him: "You've been on that damn website for 3 days and haven't taken a bath or changed your clothes. It's me or them"
me: Ok, I'll go bath
me after three days without AN: I've decided that I can't live without AN so bye
That was about 7 years ago. This April we will be celebrating 40 years of marriage.
It is really addicting
med surg x 1 year, ER x 8 years and now 4 years in ICU. At my last job we had 2 nurses that were 70 and working in ICU. They rocked it. I'm wondering if you think ICU is too much for "old" people or what?
Now 60 and just started working on my BSN. I know a lady that's 64 and just got her BSN. Now she's working on her masters.
I didn't even start nursing school till I was 45. Went to ICU age 55.
May I suggest never referring to it as "graves" again. Such a negative connotation, LOL. I've worked nights for a long time. Less management, increased pay due to differentials. Love having the hospital to myself and other "essential" personel. Less BS.
You need to do something about this right away. If you have signed wastes for this nurse you are going to be investigated as well as him because it is highly suspicious looking that these meds are being pulled out twice and one wasted. Even one incidence of this is highly suspicious. You will be investigated too when pharmacy notices this, and they will.
You have put your license on the line.
I just read your sad story of your first job. Then I saw this post. See, you passed. All will be well.
I am so sorry that you are going through this. I'm glad you came here though, as we take care of each other. I have worked at many hospitals and have found out that I don't do well at small hospitals with no diversity. And I'm a blond/blue eyed white lady.
The problem is these cesspools of small minded people, when they don't have blacks, or mexicans or someone else to "toy" with, start picking on the white person from another state, or church, or religion. There's always bullies looking for someone to be mean to.
I finally realized a couple of years ago that I have to work in a large diverse hospital that relishes differences of culture, color and religion. I finally work in a hospital that is warm and fuzzy in Texas. We would welcome you.
My daughter in law used to work in HR. She has told me that you should never go to HR as they are all for the company and don't care about individual workers.
You have rec'd many awesome ideas to think about and I know that someday soon you will find a place where you will feel accepted and respected. I will pray for your safety, both physical and mental. Let me know if you want a job in the Dallas area.
I have several friends that had to switch jobs at first to find the right fit. I left my first job after 8 weeks. I simply told the next place that it "wasn't a good fit." I ended up staying at hospital #2 for 6 years.
In the nursing world that usually means that the place you're leaving is a cesspool. Word gets around in the nursing world. We know which places are good to work at, and those that aren't.
What they said. LOL
A couple of times I have watched youtube videos on how to do something, like use a wound vac. Of course you have to make sure it is a reputable source, but there are a lot of them. I also look things up on internet and my iphone.
Of the 50-60 NPs I've worked with over the years there were only 2 that were arrogant, aloof and snotty.
I drop stuff all the time.
I have friends in the biz. Telling the truth is the right thing. If they only hired people who had never had one joint they would not have any workers. LOL
You won't know until you try. I ended up in 3 specialies that I never dreamed of working in. If it doesn't work out for you then try a different type of nursing. I know a few correction nurses who wouldn't want to do anything else. I couldn't do it because I'm a mushball and can't tell when I'm getting scammed. They would have me figured out in one day. And I know this.
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