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  1. mindiianajones

    Considering hospice

    Hey there, I'm a new RN of about 4 months working in med-surg at my local hospital. I used to work Hospice as a CNA before I completed my degree, and I loved it. I loved being one on one with my patient for an hour or so and being able to focus solely on them without worrying about the 9 or 10 other patients I'd been assigned to that day or running for call lights or that patient who's about to fall. I don't plan on leaving med-surg just yet. I want, at least, my year of solid acute hospital experience under my belt, just in case, but my mind keeps drifting back to hospice work. It was such a great job, and while it could be sad, I always felt really good about the work I was doing and rarely ever stressed and anxious. (Not that bedside hospital care isn't good work too, but I'm sure you know what I mean.) I know being a CNA is different from the RN aspect, and I really do love only working 3 nights a week as opposed to the 8-5 Monday through Friday work I did with Hospice. But my anxiety is through the roof to the point I'm having trouble sleeping and getting heart palpitations every night I have to go in. Every job has its issues, I know, and being a new RN makes that worse, of course, but I'm wondering if anyone here would be willing to tell me how being a hospice RN is like? And what they love about it? The beauty of nursing is that if I didn't like it, after all, I could always do something else, but the fact I keep thinking of going back to hospice more often than I think about advancing here at the hospital I feel like should tell me something.
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    Question about licensure requirements

    I didn't realize it was so uncommon! I thought it was a little weird to require anyone trying to get a license in this state to have that certification, but I've never tried to apply for a license in another state, so I figured I'd ask. I definitely didn't find that document you linked, so wherever I read it, which I don't remember what the website was now, I think the wording was just off and I read it wrong, that's all. But thank you for the info!
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    Question about licensure requirements

    Perfect, thank you! I knew it was a sexual assault examiner so I thought it was a little weird that it seemed to imply you needed that before you could be licensed in the state, so I definitely read it wrong. But thank you for clearing that up for me! I definitely want to be more competitive, so I'll have to put in for my BSN soon, then.
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    Question about licensure requirements

    So I'm planning to move to New Jersey in the next year and a half or two to be closer to family, and I was trying to look into requirements to get a New Jersey nursing license. I saw something about SANE certification. Is that a requirement to have to be licensed there, or did I read that wrong? I just want to know what my timeline should be because it looks like you have to be a nurse for two years before being able to take a SANE certification course. Is it as simple as just passing a background check, submitting your transcripts and other documents, or is it more difficult to be licensed in NJ from another state? I'm from Maine, and naturally, I decide to move to a state that isn't involved in the compact state agreement. Also is it better to have a BSN for the job market there, or have you found that hospitals are employing ADN nurses? Here in Maine ADN/BSN is legitimately only a small difference in pay, and hospitals take both. The plan is to get a BSN soon, regardless, but I'd like to know if I should be getting it before I move or if I can work on it while working there. Thank you so much for any help!
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Damn, for a second there, I was thinking oh okay, then the tetanus bacteria would have been killed off since it was just a light scratch. I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best. It wasn't a deep puncture wound, thank god. Just a light scratch across his finger. The thought of him getting tetanus was my biggest concern. Thank you for the information!
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Ah, thank you so much for this info! I can relax, now. I still really hope everything turned out okay. I'd hate for someone to get an infection because of anything I did or tetanus which was the worst thing I could think of, but I'm glad I'd be covered in this situation. I just hope they don't change their minds and decide to sue because he got a scratch on our property.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Honestly, this made me feel a lot better. If only because I felt really dumb after everyone told me that I shouldn't use bacitracin or peroxide. Which is fine! I'm glad everyone told me because now I know. I just felt like duh, I should have known not to use those. I'm glad I'm not the only one who would have! And yeah, I really wanted to avoid bringing him up into the house. It just felt weird and uncomfortable to do.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Thank you! I was most worried about him getting tetanus, but I haven't heard from him since it happened, so I have my fingers crossed everything turned out alright.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I definitely did take a look at the BON, and a lot of it was medication diversion and being drunk or high while working, so for sure, way bigger fish than my possibly giving a guy an infection by accident. I'm a worrier, though, so I'm always thinking what if I end up being that one person who loses their license over something like this. Thank you for the thoughtful response! There's a lot of good information that I'll remember, though I hope nothing like this happens again. I think this will be the last time we do a garage sale. I do not want the liability.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I definitely am going to get rid of the bacitracin. I didn't realize it could cause so many problems. The little packets are even still available at my hospital in the supply closets because I'm pretty sure that's where I got it from. At least, it was the last time I checked. I haven't seen him again since Saturday, so I'm hoping everything turned out alright. I was most worried about him getting tetanus, and I know it can take over a week for symptoms to show up. I'm just hoping he was up to date. He was so not worried about it when it happened. I think I was more worried than him. Thank you!
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I guess it's just easier for me to think that when I have barely two months experience. My confidence for adapting to an emergent situation, right now, is next to zero. I still don't even feel like a real nurse, honestly. It's like I managed to scam my way into an RN position, and I'm just waiting for everyone to realize I don't actually know anything. Thank you for the encouragement, though. I definitely appreciate it. I did end up checking the BON website, and it did make me feel better. The majority of what I saw was practicing under the influence or stealing meds, so a lot bigger deals than accidentally giving someone an infection because a cut was bandaged up the wrong way.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Honestly, I don't think my school taught us about it either, but at this point, I second guess myself so much that I think what if they did, and I just wiped it from my memory? This did make me feel a lot better about it, though, so thank you. I was just learning at work a few weeks ago that they no longer want us to carry flushes around in our pockets because our body heat could alter the temperature, so medical knowledge constantly changing is something I need to keep in mind, for sure.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    I try not to, but I should have known better. I mean, yeah, I wouldn't have thought any different as a civilian, but I've been through nursing school and am currently working as a nurse however short a time it's been, so I should have been better about it. But now I know! And thank you for the kind words. It means a lot. I've been constantly struggling with feeling like I'm too dumb to do this job and all my schooling was for nothing because I clearly don't remember a lot of it. I feel like I'm just faking knowing what I'm doing at work, at this point, and it's terrifying thinking of being in an emergency situation.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Yeah, it was me being a dumb and thinking about what I could bring out to them instead of dragging them up inside. Hopefully, it doesn't happen again, but now I'll remember to leave the peroxide and bacitracin inside. I had no idea there was a rise of allergies to bacitracin though. I'm glad you told me that! I feel super dumb for it all. I'm a new nurse who's been thinking about going into the ER or CCU eventually, and I think I'm going to rethink that, since I can barely handle thinking quickly about what to properly do over a scratch.
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    Could I have my license taken away

    Thanks! I kind of panicked and was just thinking about what I had available quickly. It's not like it was a deep puncture wound, just a scratch, but it happened on our property, and I wanted to do something so I wasn't thinking about it very well. I probably should have taken him up to the house and just washed it out instead but hindsight.
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