Nurses eat their young - now I understand why. - page 8

by RN_Marie | 30,524 Views | 158 Comments

I started working for a sub-acute LTC as the DSD last week. The DON and I hit it off because we have the same vision on what we need to do in order to solve the problems we current have. Early this week, we posted an ad for... Read More


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    I am guessing they are looking for new grads because they are not willing to pay experienced rates.
    diva rn, klone, RNfaster, and 8 others like this.
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    Let me give you an idea of what she put on her resume, and what she is trying to tell you she is capbable of...

    A good vet tech (emphasis on good and vet tech as in one with a degree) can make an awesome nurse. Compared to my fellow students, those with or without nursing experiance, I have a strong advantage. On the furry pt side, I would come in prior to my shift, check supplies and re-stock when needed and prep the sx suite and prepare my anesthesia machine (same types of inhalant anesthetics as human side), trach tubes and calculate my induction meds, I pre-med my pts as I go, get them induced, intubated and on the table shaved and scrubed, hooked up to ekg, spo2, co2, temp and bp monitors (we use the same type of monitoring equipment as the human side) while I am calling in the vet. Then I monitor, assist if needed, I can go and find any instrument they need by name, or because I am so good lol, I have the instrument ready that I see they are going to need in five, four, three, two here you go doc as they raise their hand to ask for it. I fully understand sterile field which for some reason many of my fellow students still struggle with. In an emergency, my vet doesn't even have to ask, I have another person in there to monitor while I do a quick scrub and sterile gown/glove and I'm in the blood and guts helping my vet with little instruction because I am aware of the anatomy, the disease/trauma/injury process, I am asking for what the vet needs such as suction, extra sponges, more hemostats, etc. If my vet is tired I can also do the closing sutures, not the internal (peritoneal) sutures as that is not in our scope of practice. Sx include neuters, spays, splenectomies, c-sections, tumor removals exploratories, intussusception repair and so on.

    I personally also have experiance with detailed necropsy, histopathology, laprascopic procedures, thoracic and endoscopic procedures as well as one-lung intubation, digital x-rays and I have also done lectures on how to interpret ECG readings.

    Dental procedures are also included, same procedure above w/premeds, intubate, induction and monitoring, then I have to scale and polish their teeth, do any minor extractions, show the vet any problems I found and what I think they need to extract.

    While this is going on, I am also helping, directing and/or managing pt's that are in our ICU unit and the boarders. Fluffy the boarder started having v/d last night, probably related to stress and/or change in diet, get a fecal so I can read it, and NPO til I check with doc. VS on all the ICU pt's, IV's patent, re-do any that are not, calculate and dose oral, SQ or IM injections and IV meds, make sure IV pumps are set correctly (we use the same IV pumps and IV fluids as the human side), do tube feeds/force feeds, changing beds, cleaning up poo/pee, out to walk if they can. Report any pertinent info to the docs, of which I usually have multiple ones, all who like things done a certain way that can be opposite of their fellow vet, but I make sure each vets pt is done the way they want it done. I know which vet's prefer which meds, like doc so and so always wants metacam for post-op pain but doc pain in my behind will only do torb in vitamin mix.

    And as sx has ended by around lunchtime, my ICU pt's are cared for and I am scarfing down a little lunch while I review the afternoon appts...vax, vax, hit by car and didn't have time to bring pet in til now, bleeding from rectum, v/d, vax, new puppy or kitty (for anyone who is a vet tech these are adorable but time consuming), sx pt discharges and so on. I can juggle all six exam room, do my exam, part of my pt education (go to break it up or they get overwhelmed and are less likely to follow what I tell them), collect my blood samples, fecal samples, urine samples, ear swabs, and remove sutures etc before the vet even gets in the room, this way they can see more pt's and what little time they spend with them is quality time.

    At the same time I am reading urine samples, running blood through the machine, reading fecal samples, staining and reading ear cytologies, taking and developing x-rays, barium series, etc. Some of my pt's are sweet and adorable and I just want to eat them up, others are straight up waiting for their opportunity to take my face off, but they all get the same tx because it's not their fault I have to stick a thermometer up their butt, so I totally sympathize Then I am getting medications counted and labeled, putting together info packets for new puppy/kitties, putting the charges in, putting in my SOAP notes, doing my closure pt education about med side effects, follow up appt, potty training, incision care, post anesthesia care, etc. I am also helping to manage issues with staff, inventory, equipment problems, client complaints, helping with overly aggressive pets, people calling on the phone with questions that the front desk can't answer, if the phone rings too long I have to answer it and set an appt. Same issues go on in the office with staff, such as bullying, gossip, arguing, lack of team work, slackers and so on.

    Appts will last til closing time and almost always go over, plus clean up time (we don't have janitors) which everyone chips in vet tech and assistant, almost never get out on time but that's the job and we LOVE EVERY DARN MINUTE I am sure I am forgetting some stuff, but this is a glance into the life of a vet tech in a small animal vet practice, then you have your research vet techs, ICU vet techs, emergency vet techs and so on.

    So when that Vet Tech listed those things on her resume, as you can see from what I have just posted, she knows what she is talking about, and you'd be darn lucky to have her! Especially since your getting a whole lot of experience in the form of a "new" nurse, so you can take advantage of her by paying her a new grad salary.
    nursemaddie, diva rn, silverbat, and 12 others like this.
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    I am sure that this person would be greatly discouraged that you chose to post this. It seems as though you are implying new grads should be greatful... people say dumb things in interviews .. Maybe that position was there very first interview or maybe they are not knowledgable when writing a resume. don't complain ... Just don't hire them and don't break down look to build up. Maybe you could put in your job requirements no new grads or 30+ because I think you are all ungrateful and unintelligen nurses!!
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    PetsToPeople- that was the best interview ever!! I'd totally hire you after hearing all that. In fact, I'd probably give you my job!


    Also noticing that the OP seems to have retreated into her office...
    carme1976, AnonRNC, Nurse Leigh, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from Ashley, PICU RN
    Unless the applicant worded the resume like this:

    Previous Job Experience:

    Veterinary Technician 09/2006-12/2011

    Job requirements: Assist the veterinarian with a variety of tests, procedures, surgeries and examinations. Perform medication administration, procedures, and assessments as needed. Provide education to owners for multiple medical conditions. Coordinate follow-up care...

    Skills:
    See excerpt


    If those skills were listed specifically in relation to the job as a Vet Tech, then it would be entirely appropriate to list them all just as they were. I agree that if she were trying to make it seem as though the skills applied to humans, it would be misleading, but we don't have any indication that that's what she did. Unfortunately, the OP only included the part of the resume that best made her point. Without seeing the entire thing, it's wrong to pass judgement.
    Exactly what I was thinking!
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    Quote from netglow
    Ha ha. I worked as a vet tech many years ago (highschool). Necropsy for vets? means mostly, toss 'em in the deep freeze until crematory picks 'em up.
    If I ever caught someone "toss" a pt into a deep freeze, we would be having a serious talk! They may have to be bagged, and they may have to go in a freezer, but it will be done gently and with love and care. I have only come across two people in my career that were ignorant enought to disrespect a deceased pt within my line of sight, and you better believe they felt the wrath.
    Fiona59, RNfaster, Nurse Leigh, and 3 others like this.
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    Thanks Ashley, maybe now a few nurses will have a better idea of what a vet tech is capable of! Truthfully, I have just been finding an excuse to procrastinate on studying...guess I better get back to it
    Ashley, PICU RN likes this.
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    Quote from MJB2010
    I am also curious as to why, if you found the resume so comical and outlandish, did you invite her in for an interview? I am guessing you limited your applicant pool by stating no experience necessary and "charge nurse" in the add. A lot of people with no experience would realize right away that it is a red flag to want a charge nurse with no nursing experience.
    The whole add doesn't sound kosher to me. I wouldn't follow any Charge Nurse with no experience. Although when I worked agency a while back I worked in a hospital that had GN's that did not have their licenses yet in charge. I would call my agency's RN on call if I had a problem.
    Fiona59 and JustBeachyNurse like this.
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    In hospitals, charge nurses are generally a resource for the other nurses on the floor. Almost always the charge nurse is a RN. In LTC, they're THE nurse for the set of patients, in charge of their set of patients and the CNAs for those patients. Often the charge nurse is a LPN.
    Lots of LTC charge nurses start out with no experience.
    Fiona59, kids, and JustBeachyNurse like this.
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    I find how the OP putting the vet tech's resume online in very poor taste and unprofessional. I would never work for a company who posted and ridiculed resumes online.

    I wonder if the OP's manager knows she did this....What were you thinking?Talk about eating thy young. Funny she hasn't come back to comment.
    Fiona59, klone, joanna73, and 3 others like this.


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