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    They really like to torture us with this crap. We'd probably learn more just reading an article in a healthcare finance magazine. Heh heh.

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    I'm sure you're right. I work the night shift, so I think I'm just going to BS this interview with the overnight nursing supervisor.

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    Hello, all. It's been many years since I posted on allnurses.com. I started posting here when I was a first year student. After I earned by ADN, I kept the name. Now it's been 10 years and I'm a first year student again, sort of -- I'm earning my BSN (after getting sidelined by an MPH).

    These courses are killing me because I'm working full-time and have three kids! Anyway, I need to interview a financial officer at an healthcare institution for a class I have. Guess, what? Most financial managers don't have the time to give even brief interviews to RN-BSN students! Can you help with an email interview? Please! Managers and educators encourage us to get advanced degrees, but we need your help. You don't have to be a CFO, just a nurse manager who regularly deals with finances.

    Thanks!

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    I had the opposite experience as a newbie. There was one older Christian nurse I was especially warned about that would talk to the manager if she heard anything that offended her.

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    What do you mean, "make it past 5"? I've been a nurse for three years now and, on my floor, we don't eavesdrop on other people's telephone conversations and report other people's medication errors. If that makes me a bad nurse, then so be it.

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    canoehead likes this.

    I used to worry about this kind of stuff, then I realized that if I was ever included in their group I'd be bored out of my skull. Who wants to listen to some idiot talk about the slacks she tried on a Target?

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    I'd stay out of it unless this guy makes a lot of errors. He knows he made an error. I'm sure he feels terrible about it. People make mistakes -- even people in the medical profession who know they need to be careful. Why do they make mistakes? Because they're incompetent, or because they're human? When you become a nurse you'll see how easy it is to screw up.

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    Penelope_Pitstop and pca_85 like this.

    I knew a Jamaican nurse named Comfort.

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    A lot of the nurses on my unit believe that one of the rooms is bad luck and that if a patient gets assigned there it is more likely they will die.

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    I've been practicing for three years. Most of the time I'm on top of this stuff, but some shifts you can just get so tangled up in minutae that you lose sight of the big picture (or am I wrong about this?). I don't know.

    Maybe what I should do is, after getting report and before passing meds go through all the procedures that are supposed to be done and get on the phones and make sure all the departments have the patient on the schedule and what time.

    I just kept expecting them to come do the echo and they didn't and I didn't catch on until change of shift. This was also the weekend and the department may not have even been staffed...

    Anyway, even if I don't forget something I always feel like there is too much for me to juggle and remember. I make obsessive checklists but maybe I'm just too absent minded.

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    Yeah, but the problem was it was supposed to be done before the end of the shift because of the chemo later...

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    What are you talking about? I never stop the IV machine when hanging a piggyback....

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    Lately, I've been looking at being a nurse as a little bit like being a garage mechanic.

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    I don't know if I am just not cut out to be a nurse or this is par for the course. About one out of every 20 shifts I realize that there is something important that I forgot to do. I just get so busy sometimes things fall through the cracks. I try to stay as organized as I can but...I don't know.

    The last shift I worked I forgot to do follow up to make sure the patient got her Echo (she didn't) and they needed get a baseline before starting chem. She had about five procedures ordered.


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