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The best place to look for a job is the facilities you did your clinicals. Make sure to get the names of the nurses you work with & ask them if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. If not, ask if they mind you giving them as a professional reference. Many of these facilities allow nurses to do clinicals at their facilities because they anticipate the students will apply at their hospital after graduation. The advantage of hiring a student that has been at their facility is that you already know their computer system, their policies, & their nurses. Hope this helps. Good luck on your job search :-)
Depending on the facility you're at, most nurses have what we call our brain. It's a computer printed page that has the pt's name, diagnosis, etc. Ask the nurse for your assigned patient if you can copy hers. Don't be scared to ask. We were all student nurses at one time. Sit in with your nurse when she gets report & take notes on it. Then, write your assessment info on it. It will be a lot easier to keep up with one sheet of paper instead of a notebook. A piece of paper folds up nicely, fits on your pocket & can be put in a shred box when you're finished with it. A notebook can hold a lot of pt info & if you make the mistake of leaving it out, could get you in trouble if you have info on several patients in it. You will hear HIPAA until the day you retire. Better to develop good habits early. I don't know too many nurses who carry pocket notebooks on the floor because of this very reason. Our brains go in the shredder when we're finished with them. Or I should say, that's where they're supposed to go. Good luck!
Whatever you do, don't post a response to the aide's post on the media site. HIPAA applies to everyone, including her!I wouldn't wait to discuss what you read on the website with your supervisor. I'm assuming you did a head to toe assessment on each of your patients at the beginning of your shift. Right??? If so, you would have seen & documented any pressure sores at that time. Right??? If you did your job, then it doesn't matter what the aide posted. More than likely there will be an investigation of her claim. I would write down everything I remember on the shift you worked with her. Someone is going to ask you what you remember from that night sooner or later. At least you will have something to refer to when that time comes.Good luck to you! I hope things work out for the best!
Have you considered applying to an acute care hospital that offers a comprehensive training program? With you having previous experience in the medical field & presently working towards an RN degree, you shouldn't have a problem finding a hospital that will hire you.First of all, it would be easier for you to learn by shadowing a RN for a few shifts, then taking 1 or 2 pts with the supervision of the RN, & adding more as you feel comfortable. Second, you won't have as many patients to medicate. Not all acute care pts have 20 meds each like many of your geriatric pts in a nursing home. Once you're flying solo, you will usually have 5 to 7 patients each shift.Finally, not knocking nursing home nurses because I have a deep respect for what they do, but you are missing out on a lot of skills you will have to demonstrate as an RN such as IV's, TPN, a variety of procedures, & the age variations.I would recommend 2 yrs on a Med/Surg floor for every new nurse. That was the best advice I received while in nursing school. I followed that advice & can confidently work in most areas of nursing.Hope this helps! God bless you & best of luck!
Hang in there! I know HH can be a beast! I tried it for 2 months when I went back to work after having a MVA. I thought it would be easier to transition back into nursing than jump into 12 hr shifts after being off for 5 months due to injuries. It sucked in the worst possible way. I'm best suited for the hospital environment. In the hospital, most patients are somewhat compliant because they want to get home faster. In the home environment they complained a lot more & had their own ideas of what they should & shouldn't do. I really wouldn't worry about it too much. If you followed the doctor's order, worked within your scope of practice, and documented everything, you should be fine. From someone who learned the hard way, make sure you have thorough records for yourself just in case documentation starts to disappear. Your company is going to protect themselves first. I'll pray for you & hope nothing comes from this.
Thank you, CrunchRN! I'm currently looking for another job. A little worried because of references because I have worked for this company for 18 months. I can't afford a bad reference. Also, I don't regret my decision to report the abuse. I only regret not calling CPS first and letting them sort this out. I wish I had never told my supervisor or my company. Apparently, their only concern is money & not the welfare of individuals. I'm chalking this up as a lesson learned the hard way. I was naive to think that all healthcare providers had some amount of decency. I was dead wrong & I'll deal with whatever comes of this. I'm praying that none of them attempt to mess with my license. If they do, I'm going to be a lot more than mad. If it comes to that, the whole world will know what's going on over there. I'm fed up with being bullied by corporate policies & dishonest people. This has emotionally depleted me.
Update! It appears I've been hung out to dry! My supervisor realized she was in serious trouble so she called me & offered to give me another assignment that she hasn't even confirmed. Then, she called my student's mother & told her I took another position. The mother didn't know any better so she sent her child back to school. The mother called me the day she sent her child back to school to let me know that she had witnessed first hand what happens in that classroom & so had my supervisor. The mother wants me back & has voiced her desire to reinstate me. However, since my agency replaced me, I can't even get a return call from them much less an assignment. I'm at my wits end with this whole situation. I have done everything I have been told to do. I've followed all of the advice on here except going pubic which I can't do. I'm not a depressed person by nature but this has knocked me to my knees. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do now besides look for another job?
If you're looking for a hospital that hires new grads, check into HCA hospitals. I know that Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, TX is always hiring & they definitely hire new grads. It probably won't be your dream job but it beats no job at all. Also, St. John's Hospital in Nassau Bay near Clear Lake, TX is new grad friendly. Hope this helps!
JustBeachyNurse...I thought that's how it was supposed to be. Wouldn't that have been easier to tell parents instead of them finding out through anonymous sources that their children are being hit? Now, the parents are furious because they had no idea anything was happening. Since its a new school yr, many of them thought their children were still experiencing separation anxiety with the exception of one child. His mother knew by his behavior that something wasn't right but was lied to when she asked. Glad to see there are nurses like you who know the rules & still advocate. Wish this school had a nurse like you :-)
@ Nhnursie...all of the support from my fellow nurses have given me the courage, information, & support to do what I knew needed to be done. I'm blessed to have each & every one of you.@Justbeachynurse...Thank you! I was hoping that FERPA didn't have some crazy law that would hang me later.@ Nursel56...I am so sorry your niece experienced abuse at school. I hope she hasn't had any long term psychological problems from her experience. That's my biggest fear for these children. I must be naive to think it is their duty to report things like this to parents. Don't they have a right to know without the aggressor's name being disclosed? Is there something in FERPA that excludes them from reporting these incidents? My son's school sent me a note for everything. Of course, we had a preacher's wife in kindergarten & a grandmother in 1st. Unlike this school, his school encouraged parent involvement in the classroom. I spent 2 winter breaks while in nursing school in his classroom doing projects with the kids & helping the teacher.
I have been extremely careful not to divulge any names. I don't know anything about FERPA.
@ CrunchRN...Thank you! My grandmother raised me to do the right thing regardless of the consequences. My agency didn't fire me. The Special Needs Nurse Coordinator replaced me with another nurse through my agency. My student's mother was told she had no choice but take another nurse. She may eventually get stuck with another nurse but not without a fight. I was overwhelmed yesterday when the mother told the aide that she wouldn't take another nurse because "'student's name' was a different child before 'my name' came along. It's as if she woke up 'student's name' & brought her to life". This is why I became a nurse not for praise but because one person can make a difference.@ JustBeachyNurse...I'm not sure i want to get out in that spotlight. I'd rather work from behind the scene. If it comes to a point where the only way to get results is for me to go public, then I will. I have been told that some of the parents are discussing going to the media. I've got their back if they need me. As for insurance, I don't have it. I see now why it's so important. I'll be getting some immediately & praying I'll never need it.
Update...I followed everyone's advice. Reported incidents to the proper authorities. Have to say this has turned into one big mess. My student's mother has hired an attorney to fight for my job after being told there was nothing she could do but accept a new nurse. All of the children's parents were notified by the teacher's aide of the abuse. The secret is out. Saddest part for me is when my supervisor told me "Do you really think you're the only nurse who's seeing things like this? No, you're not! So, why is it that you're the only nurse I'm having a problem with keeping your mouth shut?". I am deeply saddened that my fellow nurses can in good conscience witness children being abuse & choose to ignore it. I didn't become a nurse to sit by quietly & watch any individual be harmed. If this is what being a nurse is, I'm in the wrong field! I became a nurse because I care about people. I want to make a difference in people's lives. I believe we become nurses to positively impact the lives we are trusted with not to give in to corporate policies that care more about profit than people. Correct me if I'm wrong.
I see all posts for Lamar State College state that this is a 15 month program. I have completed all but 6 of the BSN prerequisites. Would that shorten the length of the program or would I have to wait until the others complete theirs & start then? Also, I think my A&P I and Micro may have passed the 5 yr mark. Would I have to retake them?
This is crazy!!! It is unethical to expect nursing students to lie because an instructor is too lazy to do the job she is being paid to do. The down side of reporting to the BNE is that if this school loses their accreditation because of one lousy instructor, other students may lose the time & money they have invested in the program. It's not too hard to narrow down which college this may be. The college should either require the instructor to put in the 12 hr shifts or find someone who will. Maybe you could let the college know there are sites like this & if they don't make some changes quickly, you will out them. With almost 650,000 members on here, I doubt they can afford that kind of bad publicity.
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