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dnurse, ASN, RN 703 Views

Joined: Aug 24, '03; Posts: 6 (0% Liked)
Work for 2 pulmonologists; from US

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    I think I'm ready to work on my MSN...anyone want to form a "support group"???
    Diane

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    I live and work in Indiana (not at Methodist) and the incident involving the babies in NICU prompted me to write to nearly every major newspaper in Indiana and encourage people to write to our governor and the powers-that-be to get legislation on the books to pass safe staffing laws and laws prohibiting mandatory overtime here in Indiana. California did it in 2005. People in Indiana deserve to be just as safe as people in California. The incidents involving the babies did not involve just one nurse - there were 5 different nurses involved. This should be a BIG wake-up call that there is a problem with the system. If you or any of your family members, friends, etc. live in Indiana and are interested in reading a copy of my article, please email me and I'll send it. Please encourage everyone you know to write to get legislation on the books. Research has shown that on a M/S floor, the ratio should be NO MORE THAN 4 pts per nurse. In critical care areas (ICU, CCU, NICU, PICU, etc.), the ratio should be NO MORE THAN 2 pts per nurse. Research has shown that, for every pt over these ratios that a nurse is assigned, the mortality risk for all pts increases by 7% (Aiken, Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2002). Yes, I'm fully aware of the nursing shortage, but burnout contributes to nurses leaving the hospitals in droves (or leaving nursing altogether). Trying to care for too many pts at a time is a major cause of burnout. As a new RN, I was regularly assigned 8 pts in ER at another hospital north of Indianapolis. When my repeated expressions of concern to management went ignored, this nurse found herself a new position STAT. Please, the system will not change unless we change it. This affects not just nurses but also the pts for whom we care. The loss of one precious life was too high of a price to pay.

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    You know you're a nurse if you have no problem with the sight of exposed body organs (brain, intestines, etc.) or with the smell of various body fluids, but seeing a child with his/her mouth on the handle of a shopping cart makes you gag!!

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    I learned in school, first as an LPN then when I went back for my RN. I now work in ER and start A LOT of IV's every night! There's nothing like experience (and even then, I still can't get some of them and then go get my charge nurse!!!).

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    I believe that we "nontraditional students" (as my school refers to those of us who aren't attending college right from high school) bring a great deal to the table for our patients and classmates. Go for it!!!!!!!!

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    Just graduated from Ivy Tech's PN program in Anderson & have only one more pre-req for RN!! I hope to be accepted into Muncie's LPN to RN transition class in May 04. Hope to hear from other IN nurses!! (Anyone open to being a mentor?!?!)



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