nialloh 5,288 Views
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I've worked nights for many years. I love my 12hr shifts. I have to admit I plan my sleep pattern the same way. I go to bed after work at aprox 9:30 and get up at 4:30. If I'm off the next day I stay up until aprox 7-9pm. I then proceed to pass out. I wake up at about 8am, and my internal clock is reset to days.
I do try to nap before work. Doesn't matter if I don't manage to as its a mental trick to tell my body I'm going to be up all night. Works for me.
Firstly, the thing that makes you a real nurse is the RN after your name. That is one of the most important things, and is respected all by its self.
That being said, I would recommend at least 1 year of floor nursing. This will sharpen your assessment skills, and will help with time management. You said you are interested in school nursing, you will need it there. Also, if the research market falls through, you will have something to fall back on.
In this field, experience is king.
For my Psych pt I had a few weeks ago.
If you want to hide your candy bars (4 of them), don't hide them between your butt cheeks.
1/ We will find them.
2/ We Will remove them.
3/ We WILL dispose of them.
And NO, you can't eat them. I know its your butt.
True. I guess the only response to that is that we should all be very careful.
I don't think insurance is a necessity, but you might sleep better at night having it. Just like homeowner's insurance isn't required, but you feel better with it. Yeah, there's always a risk with a license.
So if you saw people at their best, should you be paid less? Should a fertility clinic nurse make much less than you if the woman coming in is "at her best" but has decided she wants a kid now and needs a little help?
I think this applies to just about any job. Especially any job where a little bit of education is needed. It's hardly unique to nursing.
I highly doubt anybody would come on here saying they make too much, so I take that into consideration when everyone is whining about their pay. I do see a few people say that they are happy with what they get, but I have never seen anybody complain that they make too much. Even if nurses made $75/hr, they would still say "Oh, but it's soooo stressful and we have soooo much responsibility! We're underpaid and overworked! And it's such a difficult program to get into!" It's good that you feel your job is worthwhile though, it's really difficult to stay with something if you don't enjoy it.
Everyone is focusing on education. If a teacher messes up, a student might get an F. Can be fixed. If a nurse messes up, a pt can die. So we are also being paid for responsability. We also have to carry insurance, and always have the risk of losing our license. We see and help people at the lowest times of their lives. We also work under constant pressure, changing techknlowogy and increasing standerds.
1. Do we get paid enough for what we do - No
2. Is it worth it anyway - Yes
(If this post seems out of place, I was answering another thread and got placed here)
The main reason I tend to disagree with some of your posts is that you mostly aim high. I agree with a lot of what you say, but remember, a lot of the fraud and abuse is committed by those at the bottom. There is a lot of people thinking "what's in it for me", or "How can I get the most out of the system". People are relying on the state too much, and not trying to work things out for themselves. To fix the system you have to aim at both top AND bottom. It won't work trying to fix only one.
I can't speak for Canada as I have never been there, and don't know anyone from there. But I'm from Ireland, and there is a lot of abuse in that system. If you don't have to pay for it, just go in for any little thing that you might not even go to a Doctor here with. There are waiting lists for most treatments, not enough nurses, and poorer outcomes then those in the US. I know people who work in the UK, and its the same, if not worse there. And there is no shortage of money being pumped into the system.
When I came to The US I had $1000 to my name, a bed in my brothers place and what I could carry with me. I worked at slightly above minimum wage, and had a little above high school education. I moved from job to better job, and got myself an education. I'm now an RN with my own house, and doing OK. I say all this to show, if I can do it, anyone can. I am nothing special. I believe in the strength of people. Let them do it, and kick others in the backside and force them if they won't. If they are spoon fed, why should they move on. All that said, those who truly can't do it should receive help. That is what a safety net is for.
Lamaze, I'm going to stop here again. I don't want to get into another tit for tat as I believe you truly believe in what you say, and care deeply about the needy. I even agree with much of what you say, and respect you for it. But I think people should be encouraged to stand on their own two feet where they can, and be helped where they truly can't.
See you again on other Threads.................. Nialloh
I thought I was finished replying to this thread but have another point to offer.
Lamaze, I find myself agreeing with your last post with one exception. There is a lot of abuse. I have seen it on my floor, and treated patients who had no need to be there. It is also not just patients and Doctors who abuse, but medical suppliers. That alone costs the system a lot.
I have no fear of being judged, and am sure, neither do you.
Find a new job ASAP. And wait to quit until they are already short staffed, and don't give them a 2 week notice. Normally I would never recommend this, but they are unwilling to accomodate a very reasonable request and they obviously don't care about your health or the health of your baby. Shame on them.
I agree with Jessy. If it is harming you go out early. or you can let it be known that you are thinking of that route. That will be one really big hole to fill, and maybe your manager will take the hint.
The other way is to pick a shift. get your DR to write an order for that one and do it. Your manager can't argue that its not specific enough. And if she doesn't like the one you chose, she should have made the choice when she had the chance.
It sounds to me like your manager got spoiled with you flipping shifts at her whim. If I were you, I'd put a stop to that. Its not healthy, and you need time to adjust your body. Tell your manager you are no longer willing to switch shifts like that (unless that was what you were hired for), and that you want a regular shift.
Unless the pt is very fragile, I wouldn't give it. While I have done it, the pt was being closely followed by an Endocrinologist. This doc was being called at all hours with updates (per his order). But this wasn't a permanent order, and the pt was in acute care. Your order is just too dangerous IMHO.
A good family who know good care when they see it. In their eyes they are trying to say thank you, but don't know the problems a cheque can cause. I would think sending it back would cause them to be insulted, or have their feelings hurt.
I would think the best course of action is to talk to someone in HR. There are many things that could be done, most of them already mentioned. But before I'd do anything, I would talk to HR. Sending the cheque back could reflect on the hospital too. I think buying something for your workmates, or even donating it to the hospital itself would probably be the best course to go. Just let them know that it was given to the hospital/staff in your name, so they know the gift was accepted. But make sure you have HR's blessing first. I hope you find an answer that works.
I'm not going to be nice to SEIU. It has been said they were protesting the banks lending to people who couldn't afford the payments. I notice that they never said a bad word about Acorn who helped some of these people apply for the loans. Acorn also protested outside banks, and forced their way into board meetings when they thought the banks were too slow in lending the money. Where are those protests. SEIU right now is Rent A Mob. They do some times terrorise people, and sometimes attack them. They are not the people who were hurt (although I'm sure a few members were), and the protests are not spontaneous.
As to knowing that a young boy was in the house, I don't think they knew. But I also don't think they cared. It is somebody's home. It's not a big stretch to think there might be children there.
I think there is plenty of blame to go around. But I think most of it falls on the Gov.. They started the ball rolling with Carter, and it was kept moving by BOTH party's since. I will make no excuses for the left or right.
As for the question "Is it kind, Is it true, Is it necessary". I say no to all 3.
Is it kind - They were shouting outside someones home.
Is it true - they are a mob. they are protesting because they were told to (my belief).
Is it necessary - No. Leave peoples family out of it. Go to their job and protest there. The problem with that though is it is not as good a photo op.
Working on a tele unit is one of the best things you can do. It opens up so many doors. From there you can go to ER, OR, ICU, etc.. While you can go to these other places without tele, it looks better in an interview if they don't have to wait for you to become comfortable with your rhythms. Also you will be used to drips, and can hit the new unit running. You have a more valuable skill set.
I would say take the job. If you find it is too much, you can drop it later. Not only will it help you after you graduate, it will help you in school. When you are doing your clinicals you will be more confident, and you will also see a lot of cool things that you might not get a chance to in school. A lot of nurses will also show you things if they know you are a nursing student, and sometimes even let you do it. I was a pca for 1 1/2 years, and it really does make you a better nurse. You have your patient care down pat, and you are more comfortable. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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