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unknownjulie

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  1. unknownjulie

    Is Nursing Dangerous?

    I find bed alarms and O2 alarms often are set too high for me. You need to hear them in the halls, but have to get right close to them to turn them off.
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    Is Nursing Dangerous?

    Yes. Nursing is dangerous in many ways. You forgot about unsafe noise levels from screeching alarms. That being said, some states have better working environments than others. Good luck with your decision.
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    Is it just my facility or ...........

    The randomness to the attacks that I witnessed at my last Psych job had nothing to do with how the staff interacted with patients. I am glad that you and your staff have been lucky thus far.
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    Is it just my facility or ...........

    Sorry if it sounded this way. I was referring to the physical demands of the job, not the mental. I did find the lifting etc to be much less in Psych, but dealing with the constant assaults now is equally physically taxing. I used to have a lot of time in the past to do groups and talk to patients. Now, I find the RN role is mostly about managing aggressive behavior and the meds that go along with that, and that is what I meant.
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    Where I live new grads are started at 22 an hour. I called 4 hospitals when I first moved here and each one quoted the same number. Ha ha ha. I did not even apply because even with my experience, they would only go up slightly. Ridiculous. I did find work making about 30 but that is incredibly low given my experience. It depends on where you live.
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    No one should be made to feel bad for making a low salary. Possibly, these things can be negotiated at the start a bit, but for the most part in many places it is a monopoly. Each hospital in a region knows what the other pays, and without unions or legislated law, to keep the large organizations in check they just take advantage of nurses in every way that they can.
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    People who have not had to deal with this just have no idea. It takes over your entire life, and can even wreck marriages. I am a single parent after going through all the stress. Just hang in there. You have not PM'd me so I could tell you, but try "preseed" (OTC). About 2cc prior to doing anything, and it works better if you actually use a syringe instead of "getting busy with your husband". I am sorry if this is TMI, but it helped me and then three other people I've told about it. I can't get pregnant "the regular way".
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    Is it just my facility or ...........

    I agree. I noticed a large rise in violence when crystal meth came on the scene. Psych nursing used to be a place to hide out, but I've just seen way too many violent assaults lately. It's why I went back to Medical nursing although in my heart I will always be a Psych Nurse.
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    Nursing anxiety

    Many nurses take meds and I also refuse to do this just for a job. You may just have lifelong anxiety being a nurse. I know I do. Even supposedly low key jobs have some nursing element to them that is terrifying -like transporting sick people, or being the designated AED user, or whatever. Working only two 12's helps tremendously, but otherwise just know you are not alone. I have no idea how people do this job without anxiety. People arent meant to see blood, and people in distress all day long. It is stressful on a very visceral level for me. Hang in there!
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    If it makes you feel any better ljo28, I had one son and felt the same. I had my first son after not using birth control for ten years! Then another 7 years elapsed before I used fertility drugs etc and had two more sons. My first son was so lonely and I felt so bad all those years. But, be careful what you wish for! Having more kids was absolutely extremely difficult for my original son to adjust to. I also had many complications and my middle son has disabilities. So, basically, my first son had to adjust to me sort of disappearing from his life and this has been just as upsetting as being an only child. Also, with such a large age gap, the kids are almost from different generations. (why I had the two together at the end). And just yesterday, that longed for middle son said to me, "Wow, how lucky only children are, because all of the family resources basically get funneled into that one person"... We all just have to try and count our blessings and understand that sometimes we are just along for the ride in this life.
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    Friends who aren’t in the medical profession

    What's weird to me is that I will randomly seek out people to speak to on occasion and more often than not, they are nurses! I think nurses have a certain aura or something. I find them in crowds. But, yes, those not in the profession just dont understand the job demands. They think we are complaining like an accountant or something, and nursing isnt just something you can turn off and on. The job demands placed on nurses are completely over the top! I have some friends who are not nurses but I find I cant complain to them.
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    Single mother working 12 hours night shift

    Kids are smarter then we think. Have her sleep in her school clothes and get her some kind of cool alarm clock. She can go and wake your mom up when it goes off. Have something to eat premade in the fridge. Frozen burritos and granola bars work in my house. If she misses a day or two while it all gets organized it is ok. It's good for kids to feel independent. You can set a timer on an Alexa speaker to tell her when she leaves the house for the school bus . Just my two cents. Congratulations on the job!
  13. And where exactly might that be in nursing? Leaving is definitely an option, but there may be things to ease the struggle in the meantime. It sounds like she's invested some time in the organization.
  14. Wow, that would drive me nuts having people sneak up on me. My sister is always having these kinds of problems and she is very attractive. It will get better, as you get older, but for now I might try a few things such as- buying a very highbacked chair with my own money and leaving it at work. Or bringing a screen to set behind me, ask the boss what might be allowed. I also would hopefully be permitted to put some kind of sign in back and front. Something like, "In this professional environment, please be advised the area is videotaped, and the staff is unreceptive to romantic gestures". Good luck!
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    You cannot subconsciously sabotage getting pregnant. I dont even believe that stress has anything to do with it, and maybe not even nutrition. I mean, crack heads and alcoholics get pregnant. I have always had infertility problems and it has had zero to do with lifestyle of thoughts. I do have three kids, but it took 20 years and also multiple miscarriages. I would have had one child in all those years of not using birth control if it was not for modern fertility interventions. And the doctors have always said there is nothing wrong. Take care of yourself OP and do not let the haters get to you!
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    I disagree. Infertility is an all encompassing problem that takes over your life when you are older and realize the clock is ticking- loudly. Also, Texas is a right to work, Republican state and a terrible place to be a nurse. The OP may have just had a series of crappy jobs. Also, I have kids with an old guy and there's nothing wrong with this. And I was 40 for the last one. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to plan things perfectly.
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