CherylRNBSN 6,582 Views
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As a mother of two school age children, I truly feel the earring should have been reinserted.
I allowed my 11 yr old daughter to get her ears pierced, and OMG, we had a terrible time.
I also had my ears pierced about that age, and had to have them re-pierced, b/c the hole closed.
This also happened to my daughter.
The issue is, these children are growing, have super great, healthy, fast DNA, and the holes close rapidly. So the earring needs to be in almost ALL the time.
As they should only be wearing small studs at this age, I'm sure what the risk during PE is that would preclude earrings, tho admittedly, my child got hit during PE and it did hurt. But that was b/c it was a fresh piercing. While the ear is healing, that is an issue. But we all know Olympians compete while wearing earrings! So sports is not the issue.
The issue is that the earrings need to be in place for the healing to occur. The longer they are out, the more traumatic the reinsertion.
I do not consider this any different from my duties as a very busy med surg nurse. I put dentures in, remove them, give oral care, etc. Just this week, I provided a pt. with normal saline and specimen cups so she could remove her contacts before surgery. These are personal hygiene issues, and very much , I feel, my responsibility.
Do I have a million other things to do and tons of charting? YES.
But you do what the "patient" needs at that time, and reinsert the earring. Then move on to what's next. The pt. needed the earring reinserted.
I work Med-Surg. It's 1:6 (in the South), and it's TOO MUCH.
It really ought to be 1:4. 1:5 would be "okay". 1:6, I RARELY leave before 8pm, and way too often it's 9pm.
And I have EXCELLENT time mgmt skills.
Good grief, what is the ratio on your NY hospital?
Treasure this experience, because it's definitely not the norm! I now work outside the hospital, and we are also encouraged to stay home when sick. My last hospital job? A call-in was treated like a betrayal and you were made to feel guilty. To the point that supervisors might call you at home for an in-depth review of your symptoms so they could try to change your mind. And I worked L&D, where no sick nurse should ever be!
Why am I responsible to guide and inspire anyone? Find your own path. You're an adult, not a child.
And if a bunch of strangers complaining about their jobs on the Internet is enough to discourage you from being a nurse, well, maybe that says more about you than it does about us....
My worst job interview was when the interviewer asked me if I was married or had kids as it is always more difficult to accommodate the schedule needs of nurses with families.
I've just reviewed, on Excelsior's website, the varying state's/stipulations required.
Looks they are mainly concerned about people lacking OB/GYN clinicals (and something else, can't remember).
But I agree w previous poster, who said some members of SBON are concerned w lack of clinical hrs.
I do NOT mean to inflame anyone by saying this, but I am fairly certain I could have passed the NCLEX after completing the pre-req's and having 7 yrs. as LPN in hospital. Excelsior only documented what I'd already learned.
That is NOT to say going thru program wasn't beneficial, and I did not learn things. I DID. Mostly I learned that a HUGE part of education involves "hoop jumping".
I lamented the hoop jumping at University of Alabama yrs. later during BSN, when I had to ask my...forget what she was called, but it was like a chosen internship...I chose transplant. I was assigned to carry out duties that mainly involved filing and transferring pt info into her phone or laptop, can't remember. BUT IT HAD NO CLINICAL EXPERIENCE OR VALUE. I had a paper to write regarding a clinic experience, and had to ask her "Could I PLEASE come to clinic one day and actually SEE some transplant pts so I can write this paper?" (My school expected me to be in a clinical environment for this.)
So I did. For one day. The rest of the time, as I was supposed to shadow a mentor for clinical experience, I....filed and entered data. But I wrote the stinking paper, thinking all the while I am PAYING for this, and receiving no clinical experience. (please know, NO knock to UAB. Fine program, I did NOT complain, so they had no opportunity to address the issue. It is more a complaint against the clinical co-ordinator of the transplant program who chose to make me ...file. But I actually understand this is rather common.)
Cheryl, when did you enroll and graduate? If you enrolled before 12/2003, California will license you. If later, then less likely. I also have completed a BSN and am 4 classes from my MSN, and I probably couldn't get a California license.
The California thing... not an issue for me, but I wonder what would happen since I have since rec'd BSN from University Of Alabama? Would they still deny me licensure based on initial degree?
I am about to enroll in Master's program, too. My goodness, Excelsior was great for me, but I would hate to think I couldn't move to any state after subsequent degrees at public universities...
Anyone know anything about this? (Not that I'm planning on moving to Ca).
I did it many years ago, and then continued on to a public university for BSN.
Excelsior was the perfect bridge for me...
Those kind of comments are rude, annoying, and ignorant.
I rec'd a few of them myself during my years as LPN. Finally found the best way to avioid them was by answering the question "What do you do?" (outside of hospital) with "I am a Licensed Practical Nurse."
B/c if you say "I'm a nurse" (which is natural inclination), they inevitably followed that up with "Oh, you're a Registered Nurse?" Then you have to correct, explain, blah,blah,blah.
So I avoided it.
However, in hospital, I did say "I'm a nurse" (Because I was, and you ARE!)
Here's my thought: A great LPN can easliy become a great RN. A crappy RN could never be ANYTHING but a crappy LPN or RN!
Take pride in your work and your education (because ALL and ANY is valuable), and identify ignorance as...ignorance.
But I get the vent...
Patient faking seizure in ER
You cannot work agency without solid experience (a full year.) Nor should you want to, you need to be able to hit the ground running.
Don't get discouraged, get persistent and creative. There are many threads on this site about how to do this.
Don't give up on hopsitals, but focus on nursing homes and LTAC.
I personally volunteered at a Hospice will I was waiting for an acute care position.
They served as a reference for the acute care job I landed (and I only did it for a few months). My interviewer loved the fact that I had volunteered...
Good luck, it will happen.
Do you guys think having 6 patients on a med surg floor on days is too much? Just curious to see what people think!
I am a new nurse who just got off orientation a few weeks ago. I have worked at the hospital where I am for more than a year and was hired from a tech position to a nurse once I passed my boards. I thought everything would go smoothly once I got off orientation, but I've been wrong so far. During orientation, I managed to make a lot of really stupid mistakes that I should have known better than to make, had numerous personality clashes with a couple of my preceptors, and got on my nurse educator's bad side. I know that people at work talk about me. I have heard it first hand and get the sense that people do not like me. Although some of it is unwarranted bullying, I realize that some of it is my fault as well. I take the blame because my problems with coworkers seem to follow me wherever I go. I have never had an easy time making friends at work and have always gotten the reputation for being stupid, lazy, etc... I guess what I am asking for is help. I realize that I can control how I present to other people. I am tired of being "that person." I need some tips on how to better my reputation and gain friends at work. I also need some words of encouragement. There is a girl at work who I know has spoke poorly about me to various people and I feel like as a result, these people now have a very negative opinion of me. I can tell by the knowing looks, sideways glances, and hushed whispers in the hall. I realize that I cannot control what other adults do, but these things have really put a beating on my self esteem. Any advice on how to not **** other nurses off, how not to look stupid, and how to overcome a bad reputation? Thanks!
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