Old Dog, New Tricks - page 5

Wrongway Regional Medical Center (WRMC) has a reputation for having a high staff turnover. Recently there has been a mass exodus of staff, including a lot of RNs. I work Psych and my wife Belinda... Read More

  1. by   Davey Do
    Quote from 3ringnursing
    I think you would be a riot to work with
  2. by   Davey Do
    Quote from beckyboo1
    I spent 30 years working in the same hospital with 27 of it as an LPN before I went back to school and became an RN. I finally bit the bullet and applied for a job in another town.
  3. by   Davey Do
    Quote from BSNbeDONE
    I had been trying for YEARS to get on at this place. I would return to my previous position but my tail is too short to tuck and if I dropped down to my knees to crawl back, there'd be no way I'd ever get up off the floor.
    My heart goes out to you, BSNbeDone. The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence until we find out the grass was growing over Erma Bombeck's septic tank!

    In 34 years of working as a Nurse, I have worked in over a dozen facilities and it's generally been the same stuff/different place. Belinda is being realistic about AMH being Shangri La. She knows if it doesn't work out, she can always go back to Wrongway.

    Going through the process of applying elsewhere has given me a new perspective- I work for money, Wrongway isn't a terrible place to work, and I love my Coworkers and Patients, so it's good.

    An Ortho Surgeon once told me that the worst enemy of good is better. I f we try to improve on a good situation, we can always make the situation not so good.

    The best to you, BSNbeDONE!
  4. by   Davey Do
    Quote from retirednotdead
    My advice to you is, it's time to move on before you get so far behind in your psych skills that you won't be able to climb out of your rut if you want to.
  5. by   Davey Do
    Quote from audreysmagic
    until we got new leadership (which has been a godsend, honestly), my hospital could have been Wrongway North. But the people here are pretty awesome, so I've stayed - ended up being glad I stuck it out, but there was a solid year where I just couldn't be bothered to deal with job searching and my attachment to my coworkers won out.
    That's great, Audrey Smagic! You rode the storm out!

    In nearly 15 years at Wrongway, things have gotten steadily worse, but your post gives me some hope!

    After all, what goes down, must go up!

  6. by   3ringnursing
    Quote from Davey Do
    But I see you nonetheless!

    Don't forget telephone triage - that's where I am holing up now (working at home in my jammies, fuzzy slippers and all).
  7. by   Davey Do
    Quote from 3ringnursing
    Don't forget telephone triage

    3ring and telephone triage....

    I can see it now:

  8. by   3ringnursing
    Quote from Davey Do

    3ring and telephone triage....

    I can see it now:


    Now that is adorable! (((I need a head set under my nursing cap - maybe some canned circus music playing off key too in the background too)))

    It's less glamorous than even that - "My baby hasn't pooped all day ... Should I take him/her to the ER?!?".

    Ummm, yes. I mean NO!!! I'm sure we can uncork the little tyke ourselves ...

    And frankly, this nursing job is the best nursing job I ever had - I love my boss, I trust my coworkers to watch my back when things go sideways, the pay is awesome, and I can work in my jammies. Other than my volunteer nursing job I did while on medical disability retirement to keep my nursing license active (which paid nothing at all). Maybe that is the key to happiness right there?

    Work a job you love + while getting paid nothing = unrequited joy in life?

    Now, if I could only get my bill paying figured out while working and making nothing for said bliss I'd have life all figured out - neat & tidy?

    I'm a crusty, old codger - but I'm still trying to figure life out (which is embarrassing, getting a 2nd chance and all you'd think I'd have a plan of action).
    Last edit by 3ringnursing on Oct 27, '17
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  10. by   jehilliard
    I am considering a refresher course too. How certain are you that it will get you back in? I am in the same boat as you in that I left due to disability in 2011. I slowly lost my ability to walk and was terminated from an excellent job. Since then I've had extensive surgical correction and can walk for miles now but I don't know about being on foot 12+ hrs. I really want to get back in but have doubts and fear. I have little doubt I can get hired in LTC but I'm afraid of getting stuck there. Please let us know how it goes for you.
  11. by   Davey Do
    Well, like learning to walk again, it's baby steps at first, and then one foot in front of the other. Taking a refresher course and then pursuing job opportunities, a little at a time, is progress.

    I admire and appreciate all you've been through with and recovery, jehilliard, and desire to get back into the workplace and contribute. Your actions says a lot about who you are: A Person of determination who perseveres.

    I can identify with you, in that I too had to relearn to walk after being in traction for 6 weeks and in a wheelchair for 3 months back in '76.

    Belinda had an ORIF of her R ankle a year ago last summer, and she too could not work three 12 hour shifts a week. So, for several months, she put in 24 hours a week. With her new position at AMH, she's confident that she can do the 36 hours a week again.

    LTC is a lot of work, so perhaps you can start off at part time. Having worked LTC a couple of times, I had no problem going back to other area of Nursing, so don't be too concerned about getting stuck there.

    Fact is, consider working in Psych Nursing- Generally speaking, there's less time on your feet than a lot of areas of Nursing, and your history of persevering through your own trials and tribulations could be an example to others.

    I wish you the very best, jehilliard!
  12. by   Davey Do
    Quote from 3ringnursing
    "My baby hasn't pooped all day ... Should I take him/her to the ER?!?".

    Ummm, yes. I mean NO!!!
    This sounds like a job for...


    Quote from adventure_rn
    What is your nursing super power?

    Mine is making babies poop.
  13. by   hppygr8ful
    Davey - you answered so many posters with cool cartoons - I feel sad and left out!