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1MoreCoffee BSN, RN

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1MoreCoffee has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    I have not backtracked on anything. I just clearly outlined everything. And the fact that you don't understand it is not my problem.
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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    I never said that those who did not go the extra mile had no value.
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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    I was referring to people who just show up, and I stand by that assertion. I said I didn't want them on my team. I said they were no more valuable than a new hire, not that they had no value. Why do you continue to misquote me and be argumentative? Rewarding years of service over performance serves as a disincentive to be productive. If someone works for me for 10, 20, 30 years and doesn't do anything more than show up, I don't want them on my team. What good is their experience if they don't teach others, if they don't serve in a leadership capacity, or if they don't contribute to quality improvement? They are no more valuable than a new hire. I want them to leave.
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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    This is getting a bit tedious. 1. You are referring to an excerpt. In fact, the excerpt you quoted is plainly visible in what I just posted to you, but I include it again, with emphasis. Note the part about seniority, as I referenced before. I disagree. The concept of seniority is exclusively about longevity. Nobody distinguishes whether or not the employee has done well or not. Honoring seniority *may* reward excellence, however it rewards mediocrity as well. A better system is to give preference to those who have been promoted due to merit, those who precept, those who go the extra mile and do something more besides just lasting longer on the unit than other people. If rewarding those who actually perform better makes those who just have more years of service mad and they leave, all the better. 2. Honoring a system that gives preference to those who go the extra mile does NOT discredit those who do not go the extra mile. Honestly, I feel as though you are trying to misinterpret what is plainly stated, just for the sake of argument. Sometimes you are wrong, Wuzzie. Own it.
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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    I agree - my post was not about why it affects me. However, you said that it wasn’t my concern, and I wanted to clarify why it does as relates to my ability to learn and do my job effectively as a novice. The senior nurses don’t control the policy, and I have no issue with them. To answer your question, I have not discussed this with management, but I will. I am in my night rotation at the moment, and as I said, management doesn’t work nights, so it will have to wait until I can discuss it in person. Thanks for answering me. It is good to hear how things work at other facilities.
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    Seniority and preferential scheduling

    When I interviewed for my job, I was told that it was mandatory to work rotating shifts (either 7a-7:30p or 7p-7:30a), with a certain number of weekend shifts required per schedule period. The requirement being two weeks of nights and four weeks of days per six-week schedule period. I recently found out that certain nurses do not have to fulfill the night shift requirement, because they have seniority. Our unit director and clinicians work no nights or weekends. Those with seniority also get preference when it comes to vacation schedules and holidays off. Is this a common arrangement? Is this fair? I am new to nursing, so I do not have experience with the concept of seniority. It should be noted that no matter how many years of seniority you have in my hospital, if you transfer to another unit, you will move to the bottom of the pile. Is it fair then? I personally don't mind fulfilling the requirements but knowing that other people don't have to doesn't sit well with me. I feel that this policy should have been explained in the interview, at a minimum.
  7. I always get my flu shot. It works, it doesn't hurt, it is offered for free at my job or through my insurance at every drug store in town and several grocery stores, and it only takes a couple of minutes to do. In addition, I feel that it is incumbent upon all of us as nurses to set an example and not only get our vaccinations, but educate others as to why they should, too. Because I am a nurse, people ask me questions about things I used to consider common knowledge. Now I realize that lots of people just don't know much about health and wellness. This is an opportunity to help others.
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    Risks of being Onc nurse

    Where I work, most of the IV chemo is administered in the outpatient clinic. The majority of the chemo we administer on the floor is oral chemo, but that is not particularly common. That being said, I take care of cancer patients every day at work, and see a variety of treatment modalities. I typically have 5 or 6 patients at a time. Admittedly, there are situations that are very sad, but I could say that of nearly every department in the hospital. In addition, I love this job and our patient population. I always wanted to work in oncology and the patients are the reason why. I would raise my concerns about fertility with the hiring manager and ask them what your risk of exposure would be. Most of the time, the unit manager or charge will make arrangements for women who are of childbearing age and/or pregnant, nursing, etc., if there is a risk or concern. Best of luck to you in your decision!
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    NursingABC - Portage Learning

    I have taken three courses through Portage. The A&P were not difficult for me, but Chemistry was not 'easy'. I have taken Chemistry in high school and college, so I had familiarity with the subject. However, this course is math intensive, and there is a lot of work you need to do for each unit. In addition, it has to be entered into the tool - typing in math problems took me a while. I was always cutting it close on exams, or running out of time. I would have been much more comfortable just writing out the problems instead of trying to type out (sometimes very long, complicated) problems on the pc. That said, I did get an A, but if I could do it again, I would take it in person. There were some concepts that were not well-explained, and I had to go out on YouTube or find other sources to figure them out so I would understand them. In my opinion, you will spend much more time working on this self-taught format than if you just went to class a few days a week.
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    Anyone have good luck with Portage Learning?

    I have taken A&P and Chemistry through Portage. I did not find the A&P to be difficult (as an aside, I have take A&P before, but my school requires me to take it again because of the length of time that has passed). I got an A and enjoyed it. I did find the Chemistry to be more challenging for a few reasons. It takes a long time to enter the information into the tool. It is also difficult to read about this subject and learn through videos if you aren't naturally interested in the subject. I personally would have found it much easier to just go to a class so I could have asked questions in person and written my homework and test answers out instead of dealing with typing all sorts of long problems. It can be an issue on timed tests. That said, the professor was more than helpful if you had any problems or questions, and their is a tutor line you can call for help. My school is a private four-year university and not only accepts the courses, they recommended Portage for prerequisites.
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