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  • Jun 22

    I have nurse license plates and was matching the speed of another car (70 mph in a 55). Cop was coming up behind us and turned on his radar gun and I slowed down. He ended up pulling over the other car. Was it because of the plates, I will never know. I have never been pulled over (in the last 30 yrs), so I haven't had to use "nurse" to get out of a ticket.

  • Jun 22

    The cop may well have let him go with only a warning if he'd said he was a grocery bagger at Piggly Wiggly. Part of it would depend on how the cop felt at that particular moment about going to the trouble of writing a ticket. If your friend was polite, that may have tipped the scales in favor of a warning rather than a ticket.

    I was driving to work in a blizzard years ago -- the snow was coming down so fast that I couldn't tell where the road was as opposed to the ditch, the median or the exit ramp. I guess the cop who was following me noticed this when I went to get off at my exit and ended up driving into and then out of the ditch, and up over the grass (missed the exit ramp entirely) to the stop light where the exit ramp met the city street. (Gotta love those old Subarus!) He lit up the lights and hit the siren, and when he'd trudged all the way to my driver's side window, greeted me and asked (rather politely under the circumstances, I thought) what I was doing on the road and how much I had had to drink. As it was about 4:30 in the morning (I left for work early because of the blizzard) those were probably reasonable questions. I explained that I was a nurse, going to work early because of the snow and even showed him my work ID. After a minute or two of chatting with someone on the radio out of my earshot, he came back to my driver's side window with a proposition for me. (No, not THAT kind, although I have experienced that as well.)

    "I couldn't see the danged exit ramp, either," he said. "So I just followed your tracks. Believe me, you did it much easier than I did, especially that ditch. How about you go ahead and drive to work and I'll follow you with the lights, and I'll blast the sirens at intersections. You'll break a trail for me with that four wheel drive. That will get us BOTH to the hospital because SOMEONE has to get there for a call and none of the other patrol cars seem to be able to get there. They're all stuck somewhere."

  • Jun 12

    If you're overwhelmed and aren't sure you even want to be an NP, it's time to take a break from the program.

  • May 25

    Quote from SavyNurse
    Only other suggestion I might have is allow the mom to administer the drops when she picks up the paperwork.
    Quote from OhioBPH
    In my district a parent can come and administer the med, and then we can fax off the form to the MD to hopefully expedite that.
    This is what I was going to suggest. Parent comes in for paperwork and administers. Then you can fax to dr office. Most offices around me get the paperwork back to me on the same day. Maybe call ahead to say "Hey, I know you're all busy but can you quickly sign this and send back so I can administer?" Making a super polite phone call does wonders for getting forms back!

  • May 25

    In my district a parent can come and administer the med, and then we can fax off the form to the MD to hopefully expedite that.

  • May 25

    Only other suggestion I might have is allow the mom to administer the drops when she picks up the paperwork. Hopefully the student may not need them again today. Then see if she can have the doctor sign the paperwork after school/work. I've had this happen a couple times and this is the best solution I have found for something that can be very tedious with all the paperwork/legality.

  • May 23

    Quote from cooties_are_real
    YES!!! Even this morning I find myself almost teary eyed once again. With this tough year, I'm choosing to focus on the successes!
    My kids made me cry in good ways all the time when I did school nursing. One kid in special ed called me "Doctor" all year. On my last day there at the end of the school year, he hugged me in his usual way and said, "I love you, Miss Audreysmagic!" I didn't even know he remembered my name before that!

  • May 23

    they walk out of your life....

    My young man, who I have seen so much growth in this year, just came by to say, "So long." 4 years ago before I ever met him, we had already been informed of student ODD and other diagnosis that made it very hard to control his temper. So I already had an expectation of how he was going to be. They had said in this initial meeting, that "if he thinks you are for him, he will be good. However, if he thinks you are against him, he will be combative." Apparently he had been know to throw things and get violent. Well, I decided to "be for him." His walk through high school has not been a cake walk by no means, but he always knew he could come to my office an vent. I would make him watch his language and not hit things, but I would let him pace and talk. I have notice such a maturing in him, it's almost like night and day.

    I hate to see him go, but glad he ended his high school career on a good note. He will walk and get his diploma on 5/31.

    (Wow! never thought I would be this sad/proud to see him go

  • May 15

    I have worked for a large hospital system for about nine years now. My initial Catholic hospital was acquired by a larger hospital system in the same area more or less because of a failure to thrive. My "old hospital", even when in it's imminent demise, still provided a Nurses' Week gift to all of its employees. The gift was equivalent to a burlap sack, but it still represented the respect that upper management had for its nurses at the time.

    Fast forward to 2018 - this year the Nurses Week committee voted to not hand out individual gifts to nurses but instead offer them "plenty of events" to participate in throughout the week. These being the same events that we've had every week for the last 5-6 years since rebranding/acquisition. These events include chair massages that run primarily on day shift, ice cream socials that simply will not work for those of us trying to improve our health, and CE credits that are generally unavailable to staff who work the off shift. The individual gift was the one part of the week that united all of us as nurses. It made us feel good. It was the one giant "thank you," that we received from those who do not work the front-lines everyday. That thanks is now gone, due to what seems like whatever budgeting crisis the system is currently experiencing.

    2017-2018 has been another average year. Another year with poor RN staffing, little show in improving employee satisfaction (IMO), and what seems like little thanks for again earning Magnet designation, proving HRO accountability, and meeting/exceeding other metric performance measures.

    Forgive my selfish-sounding rant, but I find it difficult to believe that unit clerks are entitled to a gift, and the nurses are not. A $5 coffee mug or tumbler for each nurse surely cannot surpass a CEO/CIO's bonus each year.

    Shame on my system. Shame.

    Thank you for listening.

  • May 15

    Quote from st3mueller
    The youth doesn't know what freedom means. They are too accustomed to being bound to know the difference.
    "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!"

    And get off my lawn!

  • May 15

    Also a veteran, also a nurse. I have far more freedom now as a civilian than I did when I was active duty! Technically they still own me as I am in the IRR, but they won't want me after all my postpartum cardiac issues. lol.

    FWIW, I work for a healthcare system that doesn't penalize smokers, but it rewards non-smokers with a tobacco-free discount on our health insurance.

  • May 15

    Quote from not.done.yet
    You have an agenda. Therefore I feel honest answers aren't really being sought here, but rather a platform on which to launch your own voice. The whole world is screaming these days. I am tired of listening to be honest. This issue isn't the black and white framework you are implying.

    I am sorry you are unhappy. I hope it gets better.
    I wanted to "like" this post a million times -- but that's not possible. So I am quoting it and saying that I think it is perhaps the best post I have ever read.

    Thank you!

  • May 15

    I could be wrong here but the way I see it is to give an analogy to something that a lot of people are probably all familiar with. Whilst students are attending schools, they are required to abide by various rules e.g wearing a dress code etc. However, within your personal life you have freedom to do as you will and to not follow this rule.

    This is similar to the workplace (not just healthcare but a lot of other professions I would imagine). This is just my understanding so I'm sorry if I'm wrong. Workers are to adhere to the various rules that are governed by that workplace. For instance, you can drink all you want outside of work but to be drunk and be working as a nurse can be so detrimental to patients. Also I guess you sort of have to act differently when working. You have to be professional at work so that patients trust you etc. whereas outside of work you can act as relaxed as you may.

  • May 15

    Once again this isn't an argument about personal liberties. Nobody is stopping the OP from smoking. Its a personal choice. Its about economics. In fact the OP makes an odd derision of liberals in his post. What could be more liberal than a sort of twisted affirmative action program for smokers and demanding that some third party subsidize his more expensive health insurance related to a poor personal health choice? This is especially true when you are hiring a nurse who statistically be a less valuable (and more stinky) member of your workforce. This isn't about his political values its about somebody's Ox getting gored.

    Here's an actual conservative value for you. The marketplace will determine if employers can continue to stop hiring smokers. If a hospital cannot fill all its nursing needs with non-smokers then they will have to reconsider due to the dictates of the marketplace. A person's right to liberty doesn't mean another party should have be forced to subsidize their lousy choices. Furthermore other nurses shouldn't be compelled to work with somebody who smells like an ashtray and is always asking for a break because they need a smoke to satisfy their addiction.

  • May 15

    Quote from Runnerlives
    What everyone is missing here is it's the insurance companies and the government that dictates all health care. From mandatory flu shots to insurance companies passing edits down on all healthcare and there employees. Nothing but corporate greed and a bunch of upper admin like the 1st replier to this post that tow the company line with some liberal propaganda while showing the homeless from the waiting room back into the street.
    What on earth makes you think that "everyone" else doesn't get this? Many of us have been working in healthcare for decades, and most of us are nowhere near "upper admin" or putting homeless people out on the street. Who peed in your Cheerios??

    As already stated, your personal liberties are alive and well. If you don't like the requirements and policies of a particular employer, you are entirely free to find another employer with policies you find acceptable. If healthcare in general is so distressing and contrary to your values, there are lots of other occupations with little or no requirements about employee health practices. However, employment usually involves some kind of trade-off and compromise. Best wishes!