cowboyRN 1,163 Views
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The Only Answer for Better pay and Working conditions(Safety-think issues like Floating and mandatory OT) for most nurses is Unionization. Until that happens the posts will continue to read as most do here,,,,
Last year a $25.00 gift certificate for the grocery store, this year nothing, administration stated we might use it to buy booze or cigarettes.
I use to autoclave glass syringes and needles, as well as other non disposable equipment for a Doc. as an after school job while in high school. He actually carried a doctor bag and made regular house calls after office hours. I started nursing a few years after that. CVP's were measured from a graduated cylinder taped to an IV pole at the bedside. Glass CT bottles and IV bottles were standard equipment. Hand cranks to elevate the head of the bed, unless you were using an old bed, then you propped pt's up using pillows. Trendelenburg was acheived placing bricks under the the bed legs at the foot of the bed. We used an osciliscope for monitoring heart rythms, little round screen with the boxes etched in the glass.
I have had compliants due to being a male nurse. I always figure it's their loss, I'm good at what I do, and my patients get excellent care.
So, I will begin the job hunt again here really soon! I get so tired of the political/money issues having to work as a staff nurse. Sick and tired of it. Am seriously thinking of going agency!
Just relax and enjoy the docs. There is no reason to go head to head with them. If you are easily intimidated, maybe research is a better direction for you to be heading. No reason to put doctors on a pedistal and think they need to be "handled". 99% of the time if you are confident in what you are doing, and can hold an inteligible conversation, they will leave you alone. Most the docs I know are happy to have a nurse taking care of their patients that is confident and can handle a situaiton without stressing out. If you tend to your skill levels and expertise, you will command the respect of those around you without having to resort to silly one liners and antics.
If you are working in PACU, you should probably be proficient in ACLS, read monitors/know your rythms, have a good working understanding of different airways and how to use them, knowledgable in conscience sedation, some experience with pressure lines and reading wave forms. If that is the case, find a good preceptor program and go for it.
I started at $7.10 an hour in 1984. I think pay has improved a bit.
In the last 6yrs, I have floated out once. I have picked up extra shifts on other units. I work a small unit, 6 bed with a mix of ICU/SAC patients and we are always full.
I work with a RT in the ICU that can run a sub 3 hour marathon, and I have never been able to finish in faster than 3:30. He's a wiz and rebuilding a vent in a pinch too.
There are many websites that cater to the ACLS provider, most I have seen are free. Just google ACLS. If you want a good study guide, follow the review questions at the end of each chapter. They cover the test questions verbatum.
Personnally I prefer it when the bosses are not around. Makes life a lot more enjoyable. I guess I work nights for a reason.
Nothing special about male nurses. A lot more of them now than years ago too.
So.....where do you get the calender?
Just because one is a student, does not mean their opinion and research is not valid. I think the opportunity we have here, on AlllNurses.com, is invaluable to discuss issues and ideas. So, lets not poo poo each other's opinions, please.
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