Nurses With Disabilities: Getting What You Need So You Can Give Your Best - page 2

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It was the nightmare every long-term care nurse manager dreads: the exit interview with a state survey team that has just inspected every inch of the building and every piece of nursing documentation produced over the past... Read More


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    I can't help but wondering if the patient's suffered due to your issues? I appreciate your honesty but if patient's suffered due your lack of attention, I don't think you should be in this position.
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    I can't help but wondering if the patient's suffered due to your issues? I appreciate your honesty but if patient's suffered due your lack of attention, I don't think you should be in this position.
    Ouch, I can't help but feel that that's a little harsh. There are plenty of us nurses who live with mental health disorders, and the vast majority of us would do something the instant we recognized any impact on our patients.

    Viva- thanks for writing this! I'm so glad that your employer is working with you, they would be very unfortunate to lose a person like you!!
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    (((((((((((((((((Viva)))))))))))))))

    You are helping to set a great precedent even for yourself. Very proud of you my girl!
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    Quote from Ginger's Mom
    I can't help but wondering if the patient's suffered due to your issues? I appreciate your honesty but if patient's suffered due your lack of attention, I don't think you should be in this position.
    That's a fair question, but the answer is I don't believe any patient has suffered because of my struggles. If I thought for even one minute that I'd neglected a patient/resident, I'd hang up my stethoscope and walk away in a New York minute. Whatever energies I have on a given day are directed toward them; it's my documentation that suffers, and I can recite the nursing-school creed all day and still forget a piece of paper, a signature, an undotted 'i' or uncrossed 't'.

    I'm also not very good at handling the everyday BS. For one thing, I loathe the sales calls from the various vendors around town who don't bother to phone, but just waltz into my office so that I don't have a chance to tell them "This isn't a good time". I don't wish to be impolite, but I'm way too busy to schmooze. And, I get sick unto death of family members who seem to think THEIR loved one is the only resident in the building, and that I'm the one they need to harangue for 20 minutes about their Mom's missing sweater. I'll be honest, I don't give a flying fritz about her laundry......but if Mom is falling and not acting like herself, I'm on it.
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    I believe in you...great job.
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    Quote from Ginger's Mom
    I can't help but wondering if the patient's suffered due to your issues? I appreciate your honesty but if patient's suffered due your lack of attention, I don't think you should be in this position.
    Kindly refrain from kicking sand in the sandbox. Whether or not a patient was impacted can be said of any of us, in any state of psychological distress both with and without corresponding diagnosis. In other words, we are all only human and we all have bad days. Some of us just have them in different capacity and perhaps a bit more often. Viva, I am sorry this happened to you and forced you to "show your hand" if you will. I cannot emphasize enough what an act of self advocacy and bravery it is for you to have spoken out even in the face of such potentially devastating circumstances. I am pleased to see that you are supported as I believe anyone who would fail to support such a dedicated individual with a beautiful heart to be a damned fool. I wish you nothing but the finest and wish to remind you that this is but a piece of the creative, powerful, marvelous you--it does not define you. Please continue to be gentle to yourself. Your article is a reminder to all nurses, not just those with special circumstances, to speak out for help and remember to advocate for themselves. As always, well done. ~~CP~~
    Last edit by CheesePotato on Oct 6, '12 : Reason: sent from my smartphone using the feeble wireless signal. Have I mentioned how I love/hate my smartphone? Stubborn beast.
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    Before I read your post, I just assumed the disability being written about was physical. What an eye opener.
    I've read your other posts and know how much your job means to you. I'm glad your employer recognized that when placed on a scale, your attributes far outweighed your deficits.
    Yay!!
    Does it feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders?
    Not only do you not have to try and hide something, but you get support and understanding from colleagues.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Oct 7, '12
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    Ah, Viva my friend......you are a brave soul. You are helping so many. I wish all facilities/bosses were as understand for you know that has not been my experience with physical limitations of an auto-immune disorder. ((HUGS))
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    Viva, best wishes to you!

    PS: I absolutely, positively adore the quote in your signature. I often find myself saying, "How come I only hear from people when they need something from me?!" This quote puts a nice spin onto it. If it's OK by you, I plan to add it to my own email signature.
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    One reason I work for myself, at my own pace, at cases I want to do. As we age, I think it's the best way to use our hard-won talents and wisdom. Bless you, Viva.
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