Sue Salisbury 2,735 Views
Joined: May 21, '12;
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RN, BSN; from
45 year(s) of experience
Lucky we live Hawaii. I'm not commenting on vacation time here, but Hawaii has 15 official state holidays - we get to take all the national holidays plus Prince Kuhio, King Kamehameha, and Hawaii Statehood Day. Not to mention that living in Hawaii can feel like a continual vacation. We welcome all newcomers. Aloha.
Fayassin, I'm very sorry to hear you had that experience, and despite being Caucasian myself, I've had that experience. I learned to see it as my chance to see how discrimination feels-- I know it isn't the same as facing that regularly, but it helped me empathize. I have lived in Hawaii for many years and as a whole, we have so many cultures and races in Hawaii that we don't see serious discrimination - it would take way too much time, disruption and a great loss to everyone, and I wish the whole USA could learn that. We do pay attention to culture, as it affects giving good health care (how many family members must be allowed in the room at one time, etc), but discrimination among adults isn't common here. Feel free to move here to join us!
I was assigned a very traditional, elderly Japanese lady. She took one look at me and said I wouldn't do, I wasn't Japanese. As a young nurse (years ago!), it startled me, but the lady was sick, elderly, had some definite opinions, and I didn't want to be one of her problems. I found her a Japanese nurse, who laughed and laughed about the problem. Please don't take it personally - it may feel personal, but it really has no significance about you or your nursing abilities. You sound like a sincere nurse and that should make you a great one. Congrats on your USA citizenship and becoming a nurse. Aloha and best wishes in your career - good choice.
I would like to second Brownbook's phrase - those two words simply don't belong together! How about sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, meaning ice cream headache or brain freeze. That is one to scare a poor patient.
Joy, thank you for your beautiful article. It really does sum it up - "You never know what God has planned." Your patients are in good hands to have such a compassionate and open minded nurse.
This discussion reminded me of Reagan. In the Reagan/Mondale debates of 1984, the moderator asked Reagan,
"President Kennedy had to go for days on end with very little sleep during the Cuban missile crisis. Is there any doubt in your mind that you would be able to function in such circumstances?"
Regan replied, "Not at all, Mr. Trewhitt, and I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience. I might add that it was Seneca or it was Cicero, I don't know which, that said, 'If it was not for the elders correcting the mistakes of the young, there would be no state.'''
I think older nurses make excellent nurses They usually have more nursing experience and they certainly have a lot of life experience, which can be important in nursing. I have never known any older nurse who had trouble getting a job.
Beautifully said, Kelly Johnson. You have made a very moving tribute to what nurses can do in the lives of others. I completely agree that nursing is a talent, and your monologue showed nursing at its best. Best wishes in your career. Sue Salisbury, Hawaii
I am sorry to hear about what you are going through and I agree with all the comments above - you scrambled to make up for a plan that clearly might not be able to include you, and that was generous of you. And it was probably an important event for you too, so your own disappointment wasn't factored into their thinking. It's tough on you that they are furious now, but let's hope in time, 'cooler heads prevail'. They may even come to respect your principled position. Best wishes.
It must be so emotionally difficult to be fighting for your life, find yourself in the midst of a public relations maelstrom, and be worried about and maybe separated from your family, friends, and loved ones. On top of that, you just dedicated yourself to caring for and losing one of your own patients, always a difficult experience. I pray for you and your fellow nurses and doctors now caring for you. My heart goes out to all the nurses, doctors, missionaries, and staff bravely trying to fight this deadly disease.
Aloha, Sue Salisbury Hawaii
Congratulations on a great career choice. Challenging question, but I think for me it would be to realize after you learn all you can in school, another essential type of education is going to start as soon as you get your first job and are taking new responsibility for patients. Don't be surprised if you wonder why nursing school didn't fully prepare you (it can't -- human lives are too unpredictable), don't expect the learning experiences will ever be over, and don't hesitate to ask your fellow nurses for their opinions and to share their experience with you. At that first job, find a nurse you admire and learn from him or her. School gives you the knowledge, but experience in nursing is key.
Aloha, and best wishes, Sue Salisbury, Maui Hawaii
Great story, great advice, and your patients are fortunate to have such a creative nurse!
Aloha, Sue Salisbury Maui Hawaii
Thank you for serving. I would love to hear of your experiences once you get settled. Nurses sure have the chance to lead good lives. Take care and glad you are home.
Aloha, Sue Salisbury Maui Hawaii
Mikolagarde, Sounds like a tough occupational nursing job, but challenging and interesting. It sounds like you are largely doing this already with the education topics you mentioned, but seems if it is clear to management and workers that your primary job is to maintain ideal health and fitness for the crew (maybe via posters or announcements), then a visit to you could both cover any problems the workers have while getting health maintenance coaching. I'm not sure what kind of documentation you do, but seems HIPAA would cover that issues workers raise are private. Maybe an education session on HIPAA would allay some concerns of the crew.
Also, do you and employees have access to computers on site? If so, could you setup a Health site for the employees, where you post links and articles that may be helpful to issues you would expect to see in your particular worker's age group? Your workers might be interested in reading about health problems that relate to them, and that could lead to being willing to work more closely with you on issues of concern.
Would your workers be willing to fill out a short one page survey to see how you could best serve them? For instance you could ask about their concerns for various health issues, about their family's health, care of elderly parents, or health care finances. Then you could become a resource for them in the areas they care about. As I'm sure you know, nurses can sometimes be the most approachable access to health care.
Best wishes, and let me know how you are doing.
Aloha, Sue Salisbury Maui Hawaii
Congratulations, and welcome to a great profession! You obviously did so well on your first 85 questions, no need to waste your time with more!
Sue Salisbury Maui Hawaii
I got my BSN from what at the time was New York Regents External Degree Program out of Albany NY. The school is now called Excelsior College. The nursing programs are acredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
I don't think an employer would question your qualifications if you graduated from this particular school, and in my experience, graduating from any online school can even help your job possibilities. When I applied for the Master's Program in Nursing at the University of Hawaii, I was told one of the reasons I was accepted was because the Regents program was tough and had a reputation for turning out good nurses, so it certainly was a plus for me. The Regents program included clinical testing, so it wasn't exclusively on-line work, but it was perfect for PN's or 2 year RN's with solid experience and too busy to take time off for full time school. It took me about 2 years to finish my degree.
Best wishes with your decision.
Sue Salisbury Hawaii
I took my NCLEX today and my test stopped at 75. I got 21 SATA, priority, infection control, 2 drag and drop. I finished in 35 minutes which I heard could be why my results are on hold. Does it sound like I passed I'm so nervous??
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