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  • Mar 29 '13

    We paid off about 80k in 5 years, a bs and bsn for me, a ba for him. We used the snowball method a previous poster mentioned, lived WELL below our means, no going out to eat, no buying anything unless we could pay cash after the month was paid for. Unfortunately too many people get more in loans then what the job will pay and IMHO, that's just not a good idea. We follow Dave Ramsey, have no debt, so that helps as well. Main suggestion is to live well below yor means and pay as much as you can, and don't defer because then the interest will add up quickly.

    And for goodness sake, don't depend on government to help you pay for them, just don't take out more then you can afford!!!!

  • Mar 20 '13

    Ah yes, everyone must get a prize or a ribbon so no one's feelings get hurt.
    Why do you feel that honouring someone who goes the extra mile, does the extra work should only be award descreetly so as not to hurt someone feelings who has not done the extra?

  • Mar 20 '13

    Wahhh!!! I didn't pay for a test and study for it and take it and now I'm not getting the benefit of doing so like those who did! Wahhhh!!!!

  • Feb 21 '13

    Saying, in a sincere voice, "I am very concerned that you're not able to do that. I'll be calling the case manager to look into your options for nursing home placement if you're not going to be able to take care of yourself at home." Miraculous cure often results.

  • Feb 21 '13

    When confronted with the patient who feels it is "the nurse's job" to wipe the patient's butt even though the patient is perfectly capable of doing so, I tend toward this response: "it is the nurse's job to make sure that you do everything you are capable of doing....we have no intention of letting you become an invalid while under our care". Period.

  • Feb 21 '13

    Quote from crazy&cuteRN
    Obviously, you have never been a LPN or you wouldn't have written such a digusting post. I was a proud LPN and know many proud LPNS, however it is a complete nuisance to have RNS as yourself degrade LPNs. I'm so tired of RNs thinking they are smarter and better than LPNS because of extra education. Well, let me educate you. I have seen many LPNs save a RNs' butt because the RN was too incompetent. I rather have a LPN take care of me who is competent than a RN with "more education". Education does not save lives honey but experience does.It is not so easy to "go back to school" when you don't have the circumstances to do so. I feel sorry for any LPN or anyone that has to work with such a narrow minded individual. This is truly sad. I'm happy to be a RN but I was proud of being a LPN despite negative comments. To the OP, continue to hold your head up high and know I totally understand how you feel. I've been there.
    Hey, read my post carefully. I said I know LPNs who are way better nurses than RNs and I LOVE LPNs! And I didn't degrade LPNs.....the OP did a great job of doing that! I only tell the truth: RNs have more education. Does that make RNs smarter or better nurses? Sometimes. Sometimes not.

    What I'm sick of is LPNs crying and whining about BEING LPNs. If the letters on the totem pole are THAT much an issue in your life, then do something about it! If you're sick of getting guff from RNs, you have to post woe-is-the-poor-misunderstood-LPN sob stories, or find yourself constantly on the defensive about your choice, then FIX it.

    I work with some brilliant LPNs who whine constantly about their status, who would BREEZE thru ADN or BSN, but CHOOSE not to. I guess they'd rather play victim and complain instead. I'm really tired of it. Either be happy with your choice, or quit whining defensively and change it. I'm well aware you're a great nurse, probably better and smarter than me. Here, here's a gold medal, you smart nurse you.

    I don't degrade LPNs - I degrade people who choose a path, then cry about it and do nothing to fix it.

  • Jan 8 '13

    I am afraid to keep reading this for fear of catching something!

  • Dec 20 '12

    Quote from Anoetos
    And yet...

    ...if you say you're in it for the money and the security, you get piled on.
    Straight up... I'm in it for the money and the security.

    Sometimes I like it, mostly I tolerate it, and on occasion I despise it.

    I have the benefit of perspective from several career incarnations prior to becoming an ED nurse.

    It's my job... not my hobby and certainly not my calling nor life's mission... just my job.

  • Dec 20 '12

    Quote from Anoetos
    And yet...

    ...if you say you're in it for the money and the security, you get piled on.
    I agree.

    I think if more people treated nursing like a job and not a calling, we wouldn't have as many complaints as we have now. The way I see it, it is a job. You don't have to take patients or co-workers back home, my wonderful grandmother always reminds me. Once you've clocked out....let it go! And if the job is abusing you, not giving you adequate pay or breaks, etc, you just find another one or keep reminding yourself that there is a reason nurses get paid a nice penny for their sufferings.

    I'm not here to be a martyr, and I don't live to work, but rather I work to live. I'm a chronic job hopper. If I'm not happy, I leave or transfer. But one thing is for sure; I NEVER quit unless I have another job at hand.

    There is no loyalty among employers and employees, so there should be no guilt in job hopping or cutting ties. If an employer treated me terribly, I wouldn't stick around out of "fear" of retaliation. Life is too short to deal with such abuse!

  • Nov 30 '12

    If one tends to live beyond their means, they will tend to do so no matter how much they make. The retail cashier who spent $300 dollars he didn't have on sneakers will become the RN who spends $15,000 he doesn't have on a new jet ski. I know people who make twice as much as me, but they have more debt and less savings because of their "gotta have it" mentality.

  • Nov 14 '12

    Thank you for the update, and I'm glad he's getting palliative care! It really sounds like the right thing for this gentleman.

  • Nov 12 '12

    If the patient is a 1:1, and you have a hospital policy on that as well, the tech should never have been pulled. It sounds like the culture of your unit is to play fast and loose with that policy. Honestly, I'd have written a hospital incident report about it too.

  • Nov 12 '12

    Quote from Sun0408
    Holy cow, 30 mg IV.. Must have been thinking about toradol... That is a crazy order
    Nope! This was in peds (kid was 20 tho) and we rarely give dilaudid and always give meds based on weight in kg. The doc had called hematology on the patient because he had sickle cell anemia, and they said 0.5mg-1 mg of dilaudid and the doc HEARD "per kg per dose" even though it was just per dose. And our med book wasn't terrible clear on the distinction either. I showed the doctor the dosing chart in our formulary, explained that it was JUST 0.5-1 mg, period, and she just wasn't hearing me. I ended up going to my charge nurse, who asked the doctor if the goal was to kill the patient or just treat the pain. That got me a fresh order.

  • Nov 12 '12

    Quote from blondy2061h
    Couldn't disagree more. As a nurse, it's my duty to refuse an unsafe order. I have my own license for this reason- I am not working under the physician's license. Further, to be "insubordinate" I would have to be the physician's subordinate, which as an RN, I am not. I am my unit's nurse manager's subordinate. Central access is an infection risk and a pneumothorax is a not totally unheard of complication of central lines, though less so with PICCs. Central access is also a common cause of thrombis, which a post heart surgery patient is already at high risk for. If due to the high risk for thrombis the patient is on anticoagulation, then you have a bleeding risk.
    I never said to follow unsafe orders. But it's not your call to refuse to follow an order just because you don't agree with the medical treatment plan the doctor has decided on. Of course inserting a PICC is a risk for infection. It's an invasive procedure. That's true for ANY pt. You don't think a PICC is necessary. Well, the doctor does. Again, not your call. We can't start cherry-picking which orders to obey based on what WE think is the best treatment plan. this isn't a case of refusing an order because it poses a clear and imminent danger. This is a case of refusing an order because the nurse disagrees with a medical decision. Big difference.

  • Oct 24 '12

    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    As I said earlier, I think we need to return to the old style of isolation. Double bagging everything. Pts stayed in the rooms. I think there would be much fewer " outbreaks"

    When they stop letting patients run the show then perhaps this is a reasonable request.