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CarryThatWeight, BSN, RN 8,757 Views

Joined: Apr 17, '12; Posts: 305 (53% Liked) ; Likes: 695
RN; from US
Specialty: 5 year(s) of experience in Oncology, Mental Health

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  • May 25

    Well, I have to disagree with the above posters--sorry! I worked in blood banking for more than six years prior to nursing school. As an unlicensed, uncertified phlebotomist (blood banks are exempt from phlebotomy certification requirements here in CA), I performed apheresis procedures and did everything that the nurses did, other than act as charge nurse. It really is a good job, but you will not use many nursing skills. Even if you are doing therapeutic apheresis procedures (plasma exchange, leukapheresis, etc.) where you are interacting with patients, it is still highly specialized. It will be difficult for you to get into an acute care environment if blood banking is all you have. If acute care is not your desire, go for it! Blood banking has a lot of perks such as frequent donors that you can get to know and no one is dying, generally. It is fun to run the Trima machines and talk with the donors, but it really wasn't nursing, since I could do it with minimal education. The nurses there were pretty much there because they hated acute care, burned out, or wanted more predictable hours. All in all, it was a great stepping stone for me, but I would not go back there now that I am a nurse.

    On the other hand, working there sounds intense! I don't envy your decision, but wanted to give you a little more background info on blood banking.

  • Apr 24

    Quote from cheesey_mcflavius
    Being a new grad, I make 6 bajillion/hr, with night shift diff of 20 centillion dollars, plus weekend shift diff of 90 quintillion holiday shift-diff of 10 trillion centillion dollars.
    Was this supposed to be funny? Sarcastic? I'm not getting the joke.

  • Jan 27

    You see someone with long or artificial fingernails, and all you can think is "Ew, bacteria!!!"

  • Nov 8 '17

    You see someone with long or artificial fingernails, and all you can think is "Ew, bacteria!!!"

  • Aug 15 '17

    Quote from tyvin
    You will not get an RN license if your school wasn't accredited by whatever one your state BON requires. It's usally CCNE and or NLNAC. The CCNE is the better one IMO. So it doesn't matter if your employer requires whatever, the thing is you won't have an RN license to practice if you haven't fulfilled your state's BON requirement.
    This is not true. There are many schools that are approved by the state's BON that are not accredited by either the NLN or CCNE. I went to a community college that does not appear as accredited on either of those websites, yet was cleared to take my NCLEX and passed. See the other responses for more examples.

  • Jun 25 '17

    By the way, "inversely proportional" means that as one goes up, the other goes down. So the better the surgeon, the worse the people skills. If you were intending to say that the surgeons with poor surgical skills tend to have poor people skills, the phrase you needed would have been "directly proportional." Please think carefully before posting.

  • Jun 25 '17

    Quote from TakeTwoAspirin
    I never said that the OP should accept the behavior If you read my post again, I am saying that in my experience the worse surgeons are normally the meanest - most likely secondary to their overcompensation for what they perceive as their own inadequacies. I never once said it was OK for her to be treated this way. Please read posts more carefully before shooting off indignant responses.
    I believe you said "be kind to them. They are doing the best they can!" No, they are NOT doing the best they can. And "being kind" to them without suggesting OP take any other course of action - that is advocating acceptance of the behavior. Your only advice is to be kind when someone verbally abuses you? Might as well thank the surgeons too, for their "honesty."

  • Jun 25 '17

    Quote from TakeTwoAspirin
    In my years in the OR I have noticed a pattern with mean surgeons: the amount of talent they have as a surgeon is usually directly inversely proportional to their bad attitude. Be kind to them. They are doing the best they can!
    No. Just no. Just because they are good surgeons does NOT mean that the OP has to accept unacceptable behavior. That is clearly NOT the best they can do.



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