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  • Mar 25 '13

    Leadership and Diversity. Hope I didn't overdo it! Guess I will soon find out.

  • Feb 28 '13

    Quote from Jenni811
    I don't think it is about looks. We too have hired alot of young, female, smaller build nurses. The turn over rate in hospital is huge, what nurse in their right mind would actually WANT to go back to bedside nursing?? A nurse in their 40-50's has probably figured it out and has been at the bedside and wants to be done at the bedside. So they leave it up to the young ones who need to figure that out, and need to gain experience before going anywhere else.

    Oh trust me, i've heard our experiened staff joke around with things and let me tell you, it actually hurts. They all crack jokes about how it should now be a requirement that "You are under 30 years old, slim with brown hair and a bubbly personality." I fall under that category of "Slim, young, brown hair" not an idiot. but the question i have for them is, do you ever think to look beyond that?? How about the fact i graduated with a 3.7GPA and made the deans list 4 years running. how about the fact i worked nights as a CNA while attending nursing school? How about the fact i have worked my butt off getting certifications in things you probably never heard of. How about the fact that my computer skills are far more superior than the 50 year old they just interviewed that can hardly even type? Look BEYOND the surface of these people.
    Yes, i think hospitals are hiring young, new grads because the are cheaper. It's a smart business move. if i were running a business and had to pick between a 55 year old with a great personality, 25+ years of experience and wanting $30.00 an hour and a 24 year old with 2 years experinece with a great personality and wanting $24.00 an hour...i would choose the 24 year old. The hosptial wants great satisfaction scores. A Patient really isn't going to care how much experience their nurse has (to a certain degree). Their satisfaction scores come from a smily face, a good personality, friendly nurses, good customer service etc. I've never heard a patient give a hospital a low satisfaction score because "My nurse only had 2 years of experience." So the way hospitals are shifting now days...experience really doesn't matter. I can do the same exact tasks as any nurse on my floor.

    Im 24 years old, and i am already training to be charge nurse...i have an orientee with me that has a daughter 1 year old than me. Sure, she has admitted to feeling a little uncomfortable with me being her superior. She has stated once she got to know me that has changed. She has taken me seriously.

    yea i do feel a little offended beause people judge all these newbies coming in. Look beyond that, get to know them. No i do NOT have my smart phone out all the time. I am professional when i am at work. yes ill pull it out on my break...because that is my BREAK, that is my time for me to be me and do want i want to do for 30 minutes. So yea...all in all, i have to say hospitals are making a smart BUSINESS move by hiring young, new and eager nurses to work the floors. They are cheaper and can do the same exact thing as any other nurse on the floor. I'm probably repeating myself a lot but think about it...
    What happens when you are that nurse with 25 years of experience and you are un-hireable? And nurses with a fraction of your quality, hard earned experience think you are some technological dummy.

    Will you look back on this post and shake your head? Because I'm sure at that point, the young buck who is more desirable, will think you are incapable of using the computer.

    Ageism sucks, even if right now I'm not subject to it. I know one day I will be. I hope I'm so invaluable to my company that they won't lay me off or fire me, but who can guarantee that?

  • Feb 5 '13

    So the reason our posts are not flowing is because we have to answer so many questions in 6, 5 sentence paragraphs. How are we supposed to now include an introduction and a conclusion in those same six paragraphs AND still answer all of the questions?

  • Feb 4 '13

    Quote from modgoth1
    Did everyone get an announcement saying that we have to include an introduction and conclusion paragraph in our regular discussion board postings? The message said that we should have been doing this all along. UH, since when? I've never had this requirement in any OU nursing class. Changing it up on week four is annoying. We are nearly done folks!
    Haven't seen one yet but it's early in the week so there's plenty of time to change requirements before Friday night (sarcasm intended). I have taken the I don't care attitude and can actually say I do not feel stressed thus far this semester. My goal is to jump through whatever hoops are presented each week and move on to the next.

  • Feb 3 '13

    Wow what a way to ruin what a few of us thought was a nice thing.

  • Jan 17 '13

    Procrastination at it's best, that's what weekends are for . But really, the reading in the assignment is basically guidelines for quality improvement. Don't overthink it. Find some articles about quality improvement. Compare the articles and the reading, and write a paper discussing quality improvement for the older population and how your experience relates or would relate, and how all of this will affect your care for the older population in the future.

  • Nov 3 '12

    I attended Indiana State University online and passed the boards the first time. I had an excellent education and even got my senior paper published! I'm now pursuing my DNP with ISU as I trust the school to give a quality education.

  • Sep 30 '12

    The other night I get this adorable 97y.o LOL from triage, who was brought in by family at 2a.m. for increasing nocturnal confusion & paranoia x 3months... (umm... can we say sun-downers? ) Pt is a&o x 3 on exam, very pleasant but repeatedly saying she's ready to go home now. Pt acknowledges that her family brought her to the ER "because I keep acting crazy, but hell, i'm almost 100y.o I think i'm entitled to act however I want!" haha Well we keep chatting as I'm starting her IV and apparently she found me rather amusing and was laughing at something I said, then looks me straight in the eye and says "Honey, now you keep on being the funny one, and I'll keep on being the skinny one and we should get along just fine!" Now I'm not going to claim to be a size 6 anytime soon, but what made her say that is anyone's guess. And she just so happened to have said it loud enough that the patients in all the surrounding rooms started laughing haha. I couldn't be mad at her though, she was too cute and didn't mean any harm, but definately kept me on my toes for the rest of that shift!

  • Sep 30 '12

    First day at clinicals I had a partner. She was very shy and had a sweet voice, not wanting to raise her voice for an older pt. We were doing a head to toe, she asks to "peek in his mouth."
    This man yells at the top of his voice, "NO YOU CAN'T PEE IN MY MOUTH!!"

  • Sep 30 '12

    Long termer post heart surgery dude:

    Him: "Scratch my balls".

    Me: "Um - NO. "

  • Sep 30 '12

    Pt.: "Is there an outlet for me to plug up my computer? I want to watch my pornos."
    Me: "Sure let me plug that in for you."

  • Sep 29 '12

    Quote from funnywoman
    Why did you chose the TICU over the other ICU's? Was it because these patients may have been in less control of their fate vs a COPD pt? Do you like caring for the younger adult population? Were you involved in some sort of trauma and want to help others? Or did you just want an ICU job and TICU was the only one who took you? I am just curious to hear the various stories. Also include your favorite part and least favorite part about working on the unit.
    I chose the SICU I work in after working in a general, small-town ICU for a year. I have since been working in the SICU for 2 years and have fell in love with Surgery/Trauma.

    #1: patient outcomes. To me it seems that the patient outcomes in the S/TICU are slightly more 50-50% than other units.

    #2: patient turnover: There are the occasional patients that require multiple weeks of stay but for the most part, you get, fix, then let these patients go.

    #3: patient acuity: These patients in the S/TICU are generally some of the sickest you will ever see and with my passion for the critcally ill, it allows me to work with those patients.