Confused and scared...I need advice... - page 2

Hi, I am currently an on call RN for a large nation wide for profit company. I have experienced burnout and have taken one LOA earlier this year. At that time I was a case manager for the same... Read More

  1. by   tubides
    look into what's called I believe forgiveness loans for health professionals. I was recently told about this by a friend. She went for her BSN and from what I understand as long as you work for 4 or 5 years as an RN your covered. like I said I am not sure of all the details yet. Good luck and God bless.
  2. by   lssrd7
    Thank you all so much for your support! In response to bubbles...and all...I have been an RN over 5 yrs...experience in acute rehab, management, LTC, and hospice...I have decided to take some time for myself and really THINK about how to proceed...I am seeking legal advice and doing research on the Internet...whistle blowing is scary to say the least. Seeing your replies is such a HUGE comfort and I thank you all again...I was talking about my take home pay after taxes etc it's about $3000/mo which is great But if I lose that I'm hangin by a thread...I can sew though! Lol (trying to stay positive) I took FMLA?..
  3. by   hav2nurse
    I think you are on the right track by doing your research. I am an oncology nurse and part of my previous job included some case management functions (navigator role) and sometimes when I was trying to get patients hooked up with home care I had to do what may be considered "creative writing." I did not lie, but medicare has very specific wording they need to cover certain health care needs. I would often have to ask the physician to add an addendum to his note to include why the patient needed enteral feedings etc. Many of the home health and hospice facilities would tell me how things needed to worded. I never lied about anything, and when we could not state things the way they wanted the patient could not get the care, so I think it's very important to complete your research before whistleblowing.

    Of course if you find it is fraud, then you should report them; however I know it's easier said than done. I have worked with so many people that have been unhappy about their jobs and were always saying "I can't quit because I have kids, mortgage, and bills." That is true of all of us, but what I can tell you is that I too worked at a horrible place (not as a nurse), and the manager was awful and swore and yelled all the time. I was just a temp so I may have been treated a bit better, but I saw how the other staff was treated and they all complained. That day I swore to myself that I would never stay at a job that made me unhappy. I have lived up to that promise, and I have had many jobs, but I have gained great experience and I feel confident to stand my ground when things don't seem right in my nursing career. I am also lucky because I work in oncology and have had great experinces. I won't say I aways worked exactly where I wanted to, and I did do travel nursing for a few years, but I am confident in my nursing skills and strongly advocate for myself and my patients.

    It goes back to the old saying, "you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others." I encourage you to get in a good place first. Make that your focus and put all your energy into you and then you may see things differently and have the strength you need to do whatever it is you need to do. It's clear that your job is a huge stress for you right now so I would suggest doing whatever it takes to get out of there. I too have student loans, I'm a single mom, and have many bills, but I gladly pay those bills each month because I am happy and no amount of money is worth losing your happiness.

    I know it's difficult to make and accept change but I hope you find your happiness. Good luck to you.
  4. by   netglow
    What an awesome post hav2nurse!
  5. by   CrunchRN
    I don't have the answers, but wanted to wish you well.
  6. by   LadysSolo
    Be EXTREMELY careful whistleblowing. A medical office employee in this state reported medicare fraud (in the millions) which was found to be true, and while there were no OVERT repercussions, she was unable to find a job for over 5 years. (In other words, all medical professionals talk to each other, and she was "blackballed".) What she did was the right thing, but it came back to "bite her in the hiney." Not saying don't do it, but be aware......
  7. by   rngolfer53
    I worked night call for a couple do GIP for the same agency.

    With a usual home Pt census of about 300, we had 2 nurses for the midnight to 0830 shift. Sometimes one of those nurses would be from the home teams.

    We did TOD visits no matter where the Pt lived, unless the family or facility said "no."

    We offered a visit with any call during the midnight-0830 shift. The family/facility could say "no." If not, we went.

    Fortunately, we didn't have to do admissions, as they're just too time consuming.

    Some nights would be really slow, and others you could drive a couple hundred miles and make three or four visits....then find yourself 40 miles from home when you got relieved by the day team an hour after your shift supposedly ended. That left you with the dilema of getting enough caffeine to get home without wrecking, but not so much as to preclude sleep before the next shift that night.
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    Thanks for the prayers! Greatly appreciated! I am considering my's just that the amount of the scholarship is close to $20,000. I saw a lawyer about that before I suspected fraud and he said that it would go to collections...I'm very overwhelmed at the thought of the financial consequences otherwise I would have left a long time's a 4yr contract that I am 2 1/2 yrs into and it specifically states they don't says good news is they most likely won't sue. But also doesn't see any other option but to allow it to go to. Collections and settle from there...ugh....this is too many dynamics for me to keep track of. I really need sme guidance...does anyone know where I can turn? Besides a lawyer at this point they aren't even returning my calls...
    I am sorry you are going through this. It appears as if they are taking advantage of your naivete, that you are now beginning to recognize and smell something is not right.
    Reading your post validates to me more that I should definitely consider taking the acceptance for my BSN at my community college, pay it for it myself so as I to not be stuck in a situation such as yours.
    I wish you all the best, and if getting out gives you peace of mind, then perhaps you should at least consider it some more, it is priceless.
    Can you qualify for forgiveness loans?