ScrubMan0416 2,093 Views
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Wow, if they're being admitted without having to do all of the pre-reqs (A&P, microbiology, etc.) that is really lame.
i have been attending a small community college for the past 4 years going for their adn program. i have been applying for this program for the past 2 years, and i am still waiting to get on the waiting list, which holds a 3 semester wait once i get on.
until 2 days ago i thought the reason i have been having trouble getting onto their waiting list is because of the overwhelming number of applicants. that was only part of the problem.
with the economy the way it has been over the last couple years, a major software company in a city 150 miles away has since laid off quite a few people, most with advanced college degrees in hand. most of these people are now looking for new jobs, and they seem to have found one that is "recession proof" as i have heard them say on more than one occasion. what is this "recession proof" profession you ask.....nursing!!!
now, i have no problem whatsoever with these people going back to school to get their rn, though it does scare me why they are choosing this profession, but that is beside the point.
my problem with this is that these people are getting into the nursing program ahead of other students, like myself, that have been working their butts off with all of our pre-requisite classes. they seen to have a "get-into-the-program-free" card just because they have a degree on their wall. and it's a computer degree to boot!
tell me, is this good practice?
i have been going to school part-time so i can work full-time at our local hospital as a cna so i can get as much experience under my belt before diving into the program, and i just don't feel that this is fair. please tell me if you think i am wrong. thank you!
Like the others have stated it depends on your company's policy. The way we accrue PTO is based on a few factors; whether you are full time/part time/PRN, and how long you have been with the company (we have three tiers; 1-5 years, 5-10 years, and 10 years +).
I have been at the same hospital for three and a half years working 36 hours a week (three 12 hour shifts). Each pay period, I accumulate 7.077 hours PTO.
All PTO accumulated goes into a "bank" where we can track how much we have, and how much we have used. We do not have to use what we have accrued by the end of the year, but our "bank" caps at 350 hours.
Hope this helps/explains some of the questions you had!
Sorry in advance if this is not the place to be talking about something like this, but here it goes.
Ever since I hit puberty I have had a problem with excessive sweating of my right armpit. Nothing I have tried has worked. I have spent hundreds of dollars on 'Clinical Strength' antiperspirant and various deodorants, but NOTHING has worked :angryfire! I even tried some home remedies like "rub underarms with apple cider vinegar at night, then apply deodorant in the morning", baby powder, antifungal powders/sprays/ointments....again nothing.
Not only is this problem embarrassing beyond belief, but it ruins everything I wear! I have a white 'spot' in the right armpit of every scrub top and shirt I own, and there is nothing I can do to get the stain out!
I feel as though I am at a loss.
Before someone asks; No, I have not seen a doctor about this yet. I was hoping to get it handled on my own.
Any suggestions would be great, thanks in advance!
I also hate the words "nuts", "crazy", "loony", and other mental illness references. One person told me she thought those words just meant "silly." arrrggghhh
I get to work 20-30 minutes early, sit in the breakroom, or the nurses station, and observe the shift I will be taking over for about 15 minutes. I gather the appropriate information from the way they walk, jog, or run, down the hall. I then print off a fresh shift report page and prepare myself mentally for the day/night ahead.
personally i don't mind working 12 hour shifts! it gives me the opportunity to work full time (36 hours a week) and go to school full time (13 credits per semester). the only problem i have encountered is how to transition from friday/saturday nightshift (1845-0715) to being awake for class at 0800 monday morning. still trying to work out the kinks (3 years in training).
My personal philosophy "Kill them with kindness!!" Make them laugh at a funny situation, or just laugh a lot around them. I works most of the time for me.
In the hospital I work in we have the isolation precautions (etc.) posted on the frames of the patients room with magnets and it is the responsibility of our cleaning personel to take then down after the room has been cleaned. That way everyone is aware of what the precautions are up until the room has been disinfected properly.
A nurse is a nurse, plain and simple. If you are scared for your license, have a female nurse or CNA there as a witness. We as nurses are here for the patients and if you are too "grossed out" to do certian things for patients, male or female, you should re-think nursing as a profession.
My favorite pin is the Signo from Uni-Ball......it's pretty much the coolest pen ever invented. It even helps prevent check fraud, it says so on the box!!
Our hospital started a new program on Jan 1, 2008 called Code H (HELP). It can be used by patients, their family, or staff members pertaining to the care, or lack there of, of the patient by picking up the phone and dialing H-E-L-P. They are connected directly to the Switchboard where they ask for the Code H team which includes the PCC, Charge Nurse of the unit, the Manager of the unit, and the Nurse taking care of the patient. It is intended to be used in any situation where you feel your concerns about the patient's condition are not being addressed properly. It has been a great program that has prevented many undesireable situations and has given the patients and their family a greater sense of involvement in their loved ones care.
I work on a small 12 bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and on admission the MD will write "Do not desturb patient between the hours of 2200-0630." Of course we have 'wiggle room' in that if the pt is a diabetic and is sweating, we can do a blood sugar, or if the pt is on a turn q2 schedule it is changed to turn q4 at noc, etc. But since we have a three hour tharapy per pt rule per day, we try and let them sleep as much as possible.
Just curious, were you a CNA before you became a nurse?
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