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    specialized "Deaf/Hard of Hearing" acute care unit

    We have had one patient that states that he hears voices that tell him to kill himself. No one knows for sure if he really hears these voices, because he cannot hear any kind of audible voice. On our unit we have 2 social workers that are deaf and many deaf nursing assistants. We also have two interpretors on staff that work Mon.-Fri. Our patients can vary from adolescent to geriatric. We have a variety of psychiatric disorders that a patient may present with. For example: Borderline Personality Disorder; Schizophrenia; Schizoafective Disorder; Depression; etc.
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    Facing Financial Cut-Backs

    Are you facing major financial cut-backs in your work place do to the current recession we are in? 1. Yes 2. No 3. Don't know
  3. Hi. I have been working for the last 3 months on a specialized "Deaf/Hard of Hearing" acute care unit at my psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts. I am curious. Are there any other specialized units similar to this anywhere else?
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    Second Degree in _____?

    I am considering getting a degree in Business to compliment my nursing degree.
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    Psychiatric Trends

    This is a good question. Unfortunately I am not sure of the answer, but I am interested on the other replies you receive. However, this trend to closing psychiatric units/hospitals is not a good sign. Where are we going to put all those clients that all need to be in a locked, controlled environment??? Are they going to be in transitional housing with little control and supervision. If they do, I hope that they protect the rest of society from the clients who cannot help themselves from doing harm to themselves or others. One thing I believe, is if they do a mass closing of many psychiatric facilities....that in the long run....we as tax payers will have to pay to have other facilities built. Would it not make more sense that to just fix up these old facilities than close them and allow them to fall apart over time due to weathering and lack of fixing up. This is a typical way of many state run facilities. It does not make sense, but because it does not make sense....this is the reason they do it. This is your good tax dollars at work. Also it shows that the people we voted for in office just are not doing their job for whatever state we live in. In addition, I hope that future of all of the medical world in the USA does not turn into Socialized Medicane as some people I have talked to. This would not be good, because other countries who have Socialized Medicane state that it does not work and that the quality of care drops dramatically.
  6. Who do you think should be the blame for the way the medical system is running at a lower standard than it did before? 1. Pharmaceutical Companies 2. Insurance Companies 3. Government 4. Uneducated or non-compliant patients 5. Legal System 6. Hospital Administrators 7. Other
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    frequent flyers

    Yes it does get frustrating and many staff get burned-out from the "personality disorder" clients. All clients need help, and you should not focus more energy on one client or type of client than another. The Personality disorder client (i.e. Borderline client) will demand all of your energy and the rest of the staff's energy to give them all attention, whether it be positive or negative. The reason it gets frustrating is that these clients do have an understanding on what they are doing, but like you said, they refuse to take "personal responsibility" for their actions. Other clients may not be able to express their needs to staff as well as other clients. This can be hard to determine which client needs more priority over another client during your shift. Gaining the experience comes within time. Try to ask other nurses, the treatment team, and the other staff at your facility for more insight on how to handle personality disorder clients better. You can also read up on this type of client in the DSM, the internet, other books, etc.
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    Using college career counselors

    A question for anyone who has worked as a nurse and then changed their career while still utilizing their prior nursing experience. Has anyone used a career counselor in college to help you decide which career change you can move into while still utilizing this prior nursing experience?
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    State Job postings

    For anyone interested in working in a state positon as an RN/LPN/or other, then view the website below: http://www.state.ma.us/hrd/ceo/
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    certifications

    Unfortunately I cannot answer your posting: "I was wondering if anyone has any information on CRRN, CDMS, CCCM Certifications. I am looking to get a job with an insurance company and these are required" However, this website may give some insight on one or more of these certifications. http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/webdev/donley/htm/qrc_r_r.htm I too am extremely interested in working for an insurance company in the next 2 years. Maybe you can answer some of my questions as well. 1. Do you know what the qualifications an insurance company may want (other than these certifications)? 2. Does nursing experience help one get a position and if so, which position would someone with an RN degree have a chance at attaining? 3. Currently I have been pursuing an associates degree in Business Administration. Do you know what college experience or degrees help? 4. Any idea of what the income rate is for working in an insurance company? 5. What type of insurance company should I focus my energies of pursuing? Out of curiosity, what interested you in getting a job in an insurance company? I've been working in nursing for about 10 years and have been interested in trying a change. I know that working in the insurance field with an RN degree was a possibility, so I have been having strong interests in learning more about this option. :)
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    certifications

    Unfortunately I cannot answer your posting: "I was wondering if anyone has any information on CRRN, CDMS, CCCM Certifications. I am looking to get a job with an insurance company and these are required" However, this website may give some insight on one or more of these certifications. http://www.dlt.state.ri.us/webdev/donley/htm/qrc_r_r.htm I too am extremely interested in working for an insurance company in the next 2 years. Maybe you can answer some of my questions as well. 1. Do you know what the qualifications an insurance company may want (other than these certifications)? 2. Does nursing experience help one get a position and if so, which position would someone with an RN degree have a chance at attaining? 3. Currently I have been pursuing an associates degree in Business Administration. Do you know what college experience or degrees help? 4. Any idea of what the income rate is for working in an insurance company? 5. What type of insurance company should I focus my energies of pursuing? Out of curiosity, what interested you in getting a job in an insurance company? I've been working in nursing for about 10 years and have been interested in trying a change. I know that working in the insurance field with an RN degree was a possibility, so I have been having strong interests in learning more about this option. :)
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    Where do you see yourself in 5 Years???

    After dealing with my current work stress and watching the CNN review of the nursing field, I would have to pick number 5. I am undecided on what I will do within the next 5 years. However, CNN predicts that because I am under 30 years old, there will be a 1 in 3 chance that I will leave nursing entirely.
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    Selling medical products for companies.

    Has anyone made a career change into selling medical products and/or medical equipment for a Company? If so, how did you go about getting this position and what qualifications and/or education did you need? If you do not have all the qualifations for their postion, would your company train you? :)
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    QI/UR/Risk Management requirements?

    What types of qualifications and/or education does one need to get a position in QI, UR, or Risk Management? :)
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    Administering Herbal Medicane Therapy

    Has anyone administered herbal medicane therapy on a daily basis to your clients in any Northeastern USA hospital? Are PCPs reluctant to prescribe herbal medicane to their clients? :)
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