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Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg, NICU

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  • Jun 15

    Employment at will. The employer or the employee can terminate employment at any time, for any reason, or no reason at all.

    I truly believe that a person's loyalty/responsibility should be to themselves and their families FIRST. I also really don't want an employee who is not fully engaged in their job. I would rather they leave and make room for someone who is.

  • Jun 15

    Quote from Emergent
    I'm of the opinion that, we should do our due diligence before we accept a job. We need to find out specifics such as ratios, hours, etc. Then we make the commitment to work there. Unless you've been lied to, I think you should stay for more than 6 weeks.

    It's a common theme here, often a new grad who settles for the job they can get, who then wants to jump ship right away! I've seen different versions of this many times. I've heard various rationale, I hate nightshift , I'm not challenged on med-surg, I have too many patients in LTC, my coworkers are rude bullies, etc.

    There are some extreme situations of course, but generally speaking I think it's unprofessional to bail out of a job so soon.
    I disagree. Employers don't hesitate to drop employees who no longer meet their needs ...and they don't hire people because they "care" about them on a personal or professional level. Employees shouldn't feel obligated to offer anything that employers don't offer. Nothing in exchange for nothing seems pretty fair to me.

  • Jun 8

    The worst part of nursing? You will at best double your income from start to finish of your career. Meanwhile, your contemporaries will average 5 times their starting salary. Once you get to TOS, you really don't increase much at all. Take into account that you will wish to do less OT as you age, on average, and this becomes even more evident.

  • Jun 3

    Be very careful about making a big career change for a new relationship. Only do it if you're certain. And community hospitals have been great in my experience. Good luck

  • Jun 3

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Huh?

    There was nothing viscious or disdainful about asking why people pursue professions that have schedules not conducive to their beliefs or lifestyles.

    Really, now? Klone, I can't agree with your notion I was being mean. Just like me, you are a manager. We can't accommodate every nurse's needs/desires to be off because of a major holiday, church, family gatherings, etc. I worked OB a long time. I worked a lot of Sundays and Thanksgiving and Christmas, too. No church I attended held that against me. But if they had, I would either have found a job where Sundays are not part of the package or hoped to find a coworker who wants to weekend diff. to cover me-----or found another church. Nursing is a ministry, in many religions' eyes, after all.

    I was neither like the above post (referred to from Klone) said. I have been a nurse 21 years and have seen many people talk about church/family outings/holy holidays, etc, pre-empting their need/requirement to work Saturdays (Sabbath for some) and Sundays. I have read posts here where students and new nurses felt their religious practices pre-empted the need to work those days without even stopping to think that was what they signed up to do.

    I was not mean to the OP but pointing out reality. She is now a new nurse--- now is a good time to understand that if she works in a 24/7 business like hospital or LTC nursing, she will be expected to work her share of Sundays, religious services notwithstanding.

    And yea, patients generally do not choose to be in the hospital or LTC; they are sick or need specialized care and are also sitting it out, missing big events. I save my empathy for them.

    Don't be thin-skinned. The first year of nursing is a huge wakeup call for all of us. If the new nurse starts a job wanting Sundays off, people "may" get "vicious" quick--- being expected to cover them for her. A small dose of reality now saves heartache later. There *are* places where Sundays are not workdays, albeit few. Office nursing, school nursing, dialysis (outpatient) are a few.

    The OP may be well-served to find one of them.

  • Jun 2

    My only bit of wisdom re: late term infants is this: Never, ever trust a 35 weeker. They can, and will, turn on a dime.

  • Jun 2

    Yes, I did something about it. After 11 months of working inpatient, I got a job on an act team.

    You have 4 years in cvicu right? The question is not "Are there jobs out there for me?" But "What do I want to do next?"

  • May 28

    Quote from hppygr8ful
    I answered this question on another post and sort of got ripped up but here goes again. My father once told me that a couple needed to have a million dollars in the bank by the time of retirement. Assuming you had that cash and placed it into a higher interest saving (5%) you could earn a little over $5,000.00 a month to spend without ever touching the principal. This would be added to whatever pension, social security you might receive. Add to that the value of any non liquid assets such as a paid for home and you know just how much you have to live on after retirement. My father was a frugal man who ran a small horse farm (Not much money in that) and was also a general contractor. He never owned a new car, did not go on lavish vacations and didn't buy a bunch of gadgets, although he did love computers and bought the first home computer made by Texas Instruments in 1977. Understand he never went to college he just liked the idea of owning a computer.


    He managed by very frugal living (Not easy with a bi-polar manic wife) to put that million dollars in the bank. and retired when he was 55. My mom never really worked outside the home. The horse ranch was on property that turned out to be worth about a million more and he sold that and bought a place in Kauai HI. They lived off the interest of the original million for 10 years before he got cancer and came home to be close to his children and grand children. I think my mom would have stayed in Hawaii but came back with him to give the appearance of a good wife.


    So ask yourself - could you live on about $5000.00 a month? If so a million dollars in the bank will get you that. My husband and I just reached that threshold this year but like my father we live pretty simply. No new cars, infrequent vacations, no latte's from Starbucks etc........ We both work a lot and out 16 year old son is venturing into the workplace this Summer with his first official job to show he has the responsibility to have a car.


    So I'd say plan for a million in the bank but if you can do more you'll be able to retire in some type of comfort.


    Hppy
    In general not bad advice but 1 million dollars isn't what it used to be and no one is getting 5% interest on a savings account these days.

  • May 26

    Well I am just gonna say it. Expecting the rest of us to pay for others' financial mistakes is already a thing. So many default on home loans, credit card debt, etc only to wipe the slate clean with bankruptcy. Well WE still pay. I have an issue with that. I don't believe in school loan forgiveness, but assistance on realistic living while repaying is a good thing.

    And unless you are truly starving, I also resent having to pay for food stamps, housing,etc. to support you. There are real people in dire need of these things, who, through no fault of their own, were phased out, laid off or forced into unplanned early retirement. There is need and there is NEED. When I went to school, we did eat beans, rice and ground beef (1 lb went into 4 meals) and never took extravagant vacations, etc. I lived in a tiny house of less than 1100 sq feet and bought many things second-hand.

    Now I am living well. I have a great salary and our kids are grown and we are just now reaping the benefits of all that hard work all those years ago. I have worked for it; I feel I deserve to retire comfortably (on my dime by the way) in the not-too-distant future. You have years to work and pay back what you owe. So get to a financial planner and let them help you figure out how to ethically pay back what you owe, without going hungry or without basic needs.

    Good luck.

  • May 5

    Very busy assignment,I would not po feed longer than 20 mins,that's our standard,three slow feeders is too much,not having a decent meal break is unacceptable,you are NOT paid for your lunch hour,you are working for free.Unless you know you will get back your time somehow when it is slow stop working for free.There is a value to your knowledge and experience.

  • Apr 17

    We fly in Europe (and everywhere else) two or three times a year for a few days. Is it counted?

  • Apr 17

    Absolutely, without a doubt. Just marry a surgeon.

  • Apr 3

    Quote from Sour Lemon
    It is odd that nursing staff is not allowed to set limits at all, though. I have to put up with difficult patients like everyone else, but I will let them know when they step out of line ...and that I'll be back in "ten minutes" to check on them so we can try again.
    Yes, we are not allowed to verbally reprimand or anything like that. Better to just excuse ourselves under the pretense that we have to check a call light or something and then come back in ten.

    This patient says horribly abusive statements to many of the staff and has the whole place in an uproar. Many staff are actually considering quiting and going somewhere else because they do not feel they have the backing of the administration.

    When nurses feel they do not have any value where they work they get depressed. It's a very sad state of affairs. Makes me sad and depressed to think about it.


    I am trying my best to see administration's point of view, they say this patient has the right of freedom of speech. However, Freedom of Speech does not include hate speech, rascist remarks or verbal abuse.

    It's time for a change.

  • Apr 3

    Quote from TriciaJ
    He has a right to be as loony as he wants. You have a responsibility to provide care for him. Period. Do not take anyone's stupid stuff personally. Even if he means it to be. If he's being cared for in a nursing home, he is already struggling with powerlessness. Many people don't handle it well. Fantasizing that he has the power to send you to a concentration camp is as good as it gets for him.

    I once had a patient threaten to tell my husband on me; "You know what you done". Uh huh. Yeah, whatever.
    I both agree and disagree with you. (How confusing is that!). Yes, I do have a responsibility to provide for this patient, ( I don't believe I stated the gender of this patient). However; the tide is turning in nursing to recognize that nurses are no longer required to be beat up, spit at, physically abused and verbally abused.

    Anti Semitic remarks are not acceptable in any realm.

    This patient is completely oriented and knows exactly what was being said.

    Consider if you will this situation in reverse and this patient had shared with me their own Jewish heritage and I had said, I'm going to send you to the Concentration Camps". I would be fired that day.

    I think it's time that patients are held accountable for their actions.

    Being sick isn't an excuse for being rascist.

    Several hospitals in my area are employing "Patient Behavior Contracts" that clearly state a patient cannot be verbally abusive or racist. We have a large population of foreign doctors here who have to put up with horrible statements on a routine basis.

    It's time for a change.

  • Apr 3

    You should have never discussed your personal religious beliefs with a patient ...especially a crazy one. Now he knows exactly which buttons to push.


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