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    I'm an RN and have worked with many LPN's over the years. I have always been very impressed with their knowledge and abilities. Other than not pushing IV's they pretty much were right in there doing what the RN's were doing. I always thought they were way undpaid for all that they had to do. Course I think Nurses are underpaid period.

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    zoo4uRN, VickyRN, Altra, and 2 others like this.

    Quote from oramar
    For nearly 10 years I have been posting on Allnurses, matter of fact I was coming here before it was called allnurses. In that time, a large number of my post have been about bad managment. I rarely complain about fellow employees, patients or families.(sometimes I do but not very often) Let's face it, people like me are not dealing with CEOs and CFOs, we are dealing with nurse managers, DONs, night supervisors and supervisors of other departments. Two thirds of them are terrible, no skills whatsoever, by skill I mean hands on skills, people skills, computer skills, orginazational skills and there is a reason for it. To upper level of managment successful nursing managment people are people who come in under budget. That is their main criteria, sometimes only criteria for judging good managers(brown nosers also prosper). If I am reading this article correctly someone else is saying same thing. PS If you are a good manager my hat is off to you. Notice I did not say all managment was bad. Recently the best manager I ever had was replaced. She was replaced because the unit broke even and the CEO thought the unit should be making money.
    I was in Nursing management for years, unfortunately my concept of management didn't match with what our leadership had in mind. I couldn't believe the "us vs. them" (leadership vs. staff) attitudes that upper leadership had. I saw our roles as being partners with the staff nurses, they were in the trenches doing the work, we needed to be there to support them and assist them, put out fires before they affected the nurses and the patients and jump in to assist whenever needed. I honestly would do whatever I could for my team and they showed loyalty to me and the system. We were like a family, we got the work done, effectively, safely and had a good time doing it. Our patient outcomes were exceptional. I felt blessed to be able to work with them. Sadly, Corporate had other ideas, decisions started coming from "the big ivory white tower", with no input from the leaders in the trenches (such as myself), new hire orientation was cut in half, then cut again....brand new nurses were put in dangerous situations, Myself and others tried to express our concerns, we were labeled as trouble makers and negative. I did what I could to help and keep things together. Corporate continued to push and push. Education/training/orientation continued to suffer, we begged for help, we worried about our nurses and patients... Then like we had warned there was a Sentinel event..a big one! Myself and others were written up for the occurence (I wasn't even over the area that the event occurred in), jobs were lost, blame was cast...Corporate had to make an example of us. Brand new nurses left the profession before they even got a fair start and I left Clinical Nursing, and may even leave the profession completely.
    Sorry for my rant this just really hit home for me.

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    I've worked in an OR for many years, our CRNA's always had to have a Anesthesiologist as their Staffing MD. They didn't have to be in the room for the whole case, but had to be available if needed, and in my years in the OR, I was glad to have them for those unexpected emergencies! Mind you I've worked with some AMAZING CRNA's, but even the best could always use help in an emergency. While the physician in the room may have some knowledge of anesthetics and such that is NOT his specialty or his focus. Sounds fishy to me!

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    There are few Nurse Unions in my area of the country, and lately the Unions have been trying to set up meetings and get involved. I was shocked at how upper hospital management went ballistic! You couldn't get a meeting about patient care issues, safety problems, and other major nursing concerns, but suddenly all the higher ups were scheduling mandatory meetings with us to tell us how that ALL unions were the scourge of healthcare. Historically I haven't been pro union, but I've got to admit that the hospitals reaction made me take a second look at considering a union.

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    Deb123j likes this.

    I have the disease in both ears. It really does suck. I have had two surgeries, they worked great at first, but eventually it comes back. I am now mostly deaf in one ear (not from the surgery). The valium and diuretics left me listless and unmotivated so I don't take them.
    I have heard that Medtronic has a new device called the Menet (not sure about spelling) it is basically a tube in the ear that you can periodically blow air into, it somehow works, or so the brochures say. I feel for you, it's a vile condition. I can't do caffeine, eat chocolate, drink alcohol, must get plenty of rest, and even then you can still get attacks. Your spouse is no doubt frustrated and probably at times feels hopeless, when you are having a full blown attack you are helpless and MUST lay down. There are some good Inner Ear specialists out there, but there are also some really bad ones (I know I was charge nurse on an EENT Surgical Unit.)
    Hang in there!
    Nurse Bill

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    I think your stressing a bit too much over this. Was the job with the same facility or system? If it makes you feel better take an updated resume just in case.

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    lesrn2005 likes this.

    Quote from lesrn2005

    Thank you for responding, when the interviewer asked why I left that HCA owned hospital, I told her why-I wasn't comfortable w/nurse/pt ratio-I had been given 9 on a shift (even though I had a preceptor). She seemed satisfied by that answer. May
    be they had better applicants after my interview?

    Don't kick yourself, if you were concerned about safety issues you made the right choice. Some hospitals will unfortunately count brand new orientees as full blown staff. You made the right choice.