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cgw5364 has 33 years experience.

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    Nursing Uniforms: From Skirts to Scrubs and Beyond

    I graduated nursing school in 1985 and worked on oncology. We wore white and I hated every minute of it! Never could keep the whites clean and the white stockings made my legs itch. I remember having to wear my cap for a couple of months after graduating and the darn thing would always get tangled in IV lines. It also would not stay straight on my head no matter how many bobby pins I used. I wore whites until I started working in L&D in the early 90's. What a relief scrubs were. Now our hospital requires all floor nurses to wear ceil blue. I am very thankful I no longer work in patient care because ceil blue is as bad as having to wear white.
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    An allnurses Fix On Healthcare

    I think it should be a single payer system. I fight with insurance companies every day to get services approved and denials overturned. I watched a documentary called Fix It Healthcare At The Tipping Point and the money spent on administrative cost is 30-35% of health care cost. Going to a single payer system would bring that down to 3-5%. I live in a state that did not expand Medicaid under ACA and if you make less than $12,000 a year you can't get insurance on the health care exchange. When filling out the application income under $12,000 is supposed to qualify you for Medicaid but in the states that did not expand you can't get it. The health care exchange plans offered in our state by one company have monthly premiums of over $500.00 if you don't qualify for a subsidy. And these plans are high deductible in addition to high monthly premiums. I encourage everyone to watch the documentary Fix It Healthcare At The Tipping Point.
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    Nurses' Week - Upended.

    I have worked at my hospital for 24 years. The hospital used to give the nurses gifts for nurses week (I still use a lunch tote given in 2012-it is two compartments and is very nice) and nurses week was just for nurses. Now it is "hospital week" and the entire organization caters a meal for 3 shifts. The meal that is given is not healthy in any way and the only choice for vegetarians is coleslaw, white rice and a cold roll. Nursing organization in the hospital offers several "classes" and we are encouraged to do "volunteer" work. Someone from the hospital media department goes around the hospital/organization and takes pictures of nurses on their units and these are posted on the hospital internal media page. Call me silly but I liked the gifts. At least you felt appreciated.
  4. As a medical review nurse one of my functions is to separate hospital charges for organ donations. Charges that occur prior to declaration of death belong to the hospital and charges that occur after declaration of death belong to the OPO. I have noticed in the last year more cases of DCD-donor after circulatory death. In these cases the patient is not brain dead, however they have sustained non-survivable injuries. The patient's brain retains some minor brain stem functioning. When the patient's family has decided on organ donation these patient's are taken to the pre-operative holding area and are removed from life support. These patient's are expected to die within 60 minutes. I have not read of a case in which the patient lived longer than 10 minutes.
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    Getting hired with an associates degree?

    The hospitals in my area still hire ADN's but the preferred is BSN. I plan to move to western NC in the future (family lives there) and the largest hospital system there now only hires BSN and ADN's who sign an agreement that they will start a BSN program within 6 months and obtain a BSN with 4 years. This is for all direct nursing care including their rehab facilities. The preferred degree for this hospital system is a masters in nursing. I am an ADN with 33 years of experience and I am in a state of disbelief I won't be able get a nursing job within a hospital system.

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