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    trindamrtn likes this.

    Trinda - I don't have any actual experience with this. Honestly, I worry about any nurse who starts off with an online program only because clinicals are crucial, in my opinion. But I know lots of people who already work in a hospital setting who get their RN online.

    I just want to point out that the college network isn't a school. You pay them to hook you up with a school - and they offer extra course booklets (for a cost) on courses at whatever school.

    My husband, who is doing a bridge program, decided to go directly to the school of his choice and saved thousands of dollars.

    So if you do go that route, make sure that going through the "network" is worth it to you.

    Best of luck,


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    There are crappy, biased, ignorant people everywhere. So you'll probably work with other nurses who DO make you feel bad about your weight. I think you know that. Those are the same nurses that make me feel bad about my issues, and my coworker feel bad about her race, and etc. etc. etc.

    Bottom line - they are the problem - not you.

    Floor nursing is really physically hard. On my floor - we are usually standing or walking. If we sit, it is for moments only - and interupted by up-down-up-down (which is harder than just staying standing!) Even in peds, we sometimes have to lift or move in ways that on paper, we should never have to. And I work 12 hour shifts - which translates for us into 13 hours of never sitting and sometimes no lunch break at all.

    It's enough to exhaust anyone!

    SO - I'd say follow the advice above. And remember, you don't have to work as a floor nurse. There are ways to listen to your body and choose other areas that aren't as constantly physical. It doesn't have to be that worst case scenario - and you are obviously smart enough to find the right fit for you.

    Make healthy choices - but not so that you fit into society's idea of what you are supposed to look like. Do it so that you can rock your tests, clinicals and then whatever job is lucky enough to get you.

    That's my thought, anyway!

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    There is an interesting point that was raised... is it harder for those of us who have been successful in other fields to take the imbalance of power than it is for nurses who have only or mostly worked in this field? Are we more sensitive to it?

    I think yes.

    For me - physicians are a vital, important aspect of health care. And so is PT, OT, pharmacy, SW, etc. etc. etc. One doesn't trump the other in power - although it makes sense to defer to the 'expert' on whatever issues the patient is facing. Medically - that typically means a physician. But I wouldn't go to a physician for case management.

    And yet - physicians in this country definitely hold most of the power. And nursing, in general, is seen as pretty powerless to administration, the media, public perception (those are generalizations - your milage may vary.)

    So I think when someone is uncomfortable with being required to address physicians by their title, while we're stuck with "Nancy" or "Dave" - it's just a basic reflection of how minimalized the field of nursing is. And we hate that (don't we??)

    Physicians probably don't see it that way - why would they? To them, it's their title - they earned it - and some expect to be called by their title for whatever reason. Most physicians that I know would be glad to call me by Nurse Last Name or whatever if I just asked.

    Because they don't have the baggage that goes with being a nurse. Not to be negative, but nursing has some issues with power and respect, doesn't it?

    And we would ALL benefit if nurses were empowered and seen as an equal and essential part of healthcare.

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    Reviving thread to tie together religion, dialect, medicine and region.

    My favorite regional slang diagnosis here in the South (which usually preceeds someone falling out after having fits then needing to be carried to the ED...)

    the tachylawdies.

    (say it outloud with Lawd as title, tachy as well, tachy.)

  • 0 is a great resource.

    Good luck! Work on math and science... you use both constantly in nursing.

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    Valerie Salva, Plagueis, wooh, and 1 other like this.

    I love situational ethics.

    Here's my thought... LPNs and RNs both go to school and hopefully learn nursing judgement. I hope that they utilize it.

    In nursing - some situations are black and white. But many aren't.

    I've had patients take pills that have rolled into their beds... when I could have wasted them and brought them fresh.

    I've hidden pills lots of times (but I do work with kids and typically it is by the request - actually insistence - of the parents. I'm one of those tell-it-like-it-is nurses.)

    And in the hospital - pharmacy can sometimes take longer than you are able to wait. And the lesser of two evils is to use someone else's un-needed meds and then nuance the charges appropriately.

    I know for me - anytime I 'fudge' the exact rules, I'm on hyper-alert. I run it by my BIGGEST resource on the floor - my coworkers. I triple-quadruple check.

    But pt. care comes before procedure sometimes - and I trust my judgement and will stand by it.

    An outside observer usually has no idea all the things I'm weighing in my mind when I make decisions... which is why I try and give my coworkers the same benefit of the doubt when I see them do something that looks a bit odd. (I'll still ask though!)

    Just a thought!


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    Riseupandnurse, cjmjmom, and lindarn like this.

    I'll bite as an ANA member!!

    And I actually think in general everything posted above.

    But for me - I'm in a non-union state (and I mean REALLY non-union) and my reasoning is that it is better to change from within that complain from outside.

    I also support the Center for Nursing Advocacy. And am holding out for a nationwide domination of a perfected CNA. But don't tell my boss - she already says I'm way too much of "her little activist."

    I use my ANA membership to (hopefully) lend credibility to my political letters and to keep informed. Do I trust that the ANA is on my side as a bedside nurse? Well, I don't think they are against me... but they are just like management - they play both sides of the fence to benefit their own bottom line. And if I can be inside saying "hey, wait a minute..." then maybe things can get a little bit better for those of us that actually touch patients.


    But that's my reasoning. Maybe I just like throwing money away.


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    Wow - I'm so sorry that happened. What a total bummer. And after the squirm, want to reiterate what I know you already know... this is a reflection of his health status and has nothing to do with you. I know if I were in your shoes, that fact is what I'd need to remind myself for a while.

    Best of luck! Glad there are no hard feelings...

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    My take?

    That's not customer service - that's medically irresponsible. No sub-q fat - no ability to regulate temp - no healthy baby.

    And if wrapping a baby is a "nurse job" - I actually would talk to the attending. Immediately. Maybe I'm just lucky - but my attendings would never have allowed that to stand.

    I'm an RN. I don't fetch, cater, bow, scrape, beg or serve. Physicians and residents aren't my bosses. They are my co-workers (and on my floor - my trusted, respected, valued ones, thankfully.)

    They may have more knowledge about medicine - but that's their profession. It doesn't say anything necessarily about their character.

    /off soapbox now

    Good vent. Sorry that happened to you!

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    Babs0512 likes this.

    Babs - yes! I just ditto you.

    Nurses can mold their children into mad scientists before the age of 5! But not always in a good way, I guess.

    Hubby is a medic who is now in the cath lab... he brought my 9 year old daughter to see me on Christmas Eve - and unfortunately caught me walking out of the trauma room during an unsuccessful code of a very young MVC victim...

    My older child has already volunteered on the floor - and seen a GREAT external fixator (a sort of messy one) in close detail that would make most people barf. She thought it was cool and helped do pin care. She's tried to start an IV on me. She likes to watch Discovery Health (not the 39 children shows.)

    I sometimes think we warp her. But she's a cool kid. REALLY! And I have never understood why people can't stand talking about hospital stuff - I mean, what, were they born in a barn??

    But yeah, I do NOT miss my husband being on a truck. I so hear you.

    Take care....

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    Hey Tammi -

    No real advice, but I'm really glad you're still around, given how severe your wreck. Good luck with your decision. I hope that you continue to heal and find comfort...


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    I work with several people who have varying degrees of mental health challenges... a couple have ADHD that honestly seems to serve them WELL in nursing (well, one's an RT.) I certainly can't see either of them in the board room at IBM. But my friend who has severe ADHD does just fine in the critical care truck and the helicopter. He's very open about his ADHD, too... but he's very gregarious. (Not to belittle - really, but both the guys I'm thinking of joke like this constantly!)

    I also work with a few people who have pretty profound psych histories that I'm honored to be privy to. They are fantastic nurses and people.

    I guess I just want to echo the above... talk to your health care folks. But my vote is that nursing is such a wide profession, with so many options and so many roles... and we ALL come to the table with strengths and challenges. We nurses could use your strengths!

    Best of luck with whatever you decide...

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    Quote from Jules A
    ((Kristen)) This just sucks. I am so sorry to read about all you are going through. I would be certain that there are Lupus and RA boards that have knowledgeable members that might be able to offer advice to you. I really hope you get some answers soon and find something to help you feel better. Jules
    Thank you, Jules!! I had some assistance in clarifying my original post from TraumaRUs - a far superior (and succinct) writer! I really, really appreciate your support!

    Hope you are well,


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    Phew - thank you so much for replying!! I know this probably sounds odd, but I honestly just don't know anyone else in my local life who has any idea what it might be like!

    Right now, I'm feeling okay with double steroids... but I'm a total planner. I have to figure out all my options months in advance... it's just my personality. So this is killing me almost as much as the health stuff is!! I am going to try and work my next three shifts, but I am just having nightmares that of course, it will be an infant code and my hands won't work. But they will. They'll have to. Then I'll play it by ear after the prednisone. Whatever it meant to be, I guess.

    I'm so sorry for what you're going through!! I have typical inflamm. arthritis but also systemic involvement, so probably a few similar things. But sarcoidosis must be especially scary because of the incredible uncertainty.

    I am surprised you are having trouble finding a job - I was actually thinking that maybe going back to psyc would be better physically. Don't get me wrong - floor nursing isn't "harder" just different. But maybe that was truer 10+ years ago! I know around here, almost every facility except places like charter are all closing up!

    Honestly - thank you again for sharing your story. I think nursing is such a part of my identity that not only do my hands and feet feel like they aren't mine any more, but my job isn't either. Hearing you say that made me feel like I belonged again!!

    Hope you are well,


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    Penelope_Pitstop and MassED like this.

    This thread is giving me a brain attack.

    I honestly think most of these are more humorous than truly annoying (or is it humerus?)

    What bugs me is the deliberate ones - aks, for example. I have a friend who refuses to say "ask." To her, it's like a badge of honor. That futility drives me nuts.

    And by the way - most of you would hate working with me. I can't pronounce anything so I most often say "that thingie" or "the m-one..." I can usually spell, though.

    I also really get annoyed by anyone who chooses a $10 word when a 50 cent one would do.


    And I also agree with previous posters who point out regional differences - I actually really enjoy those myself.