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ljo28 BSN

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ljo28 has 24 years experience as a BSN.

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    What is Your Nurse Hero Story?

    Nursing - My Calling, My Passion, My Profession I am a nurse. I have been a nurse for as long as I remember. Nursing has been my calling, my passion and now my profession. In these difficult times of global pandemic, I have been detailed to help out in the most needed areas, which is taking care of COVID patients in the ICU. Although I don’t currently work in an ICU, with my long-standing critical care experience, I feel comfortable in taking care of the critically ill patients. My Responsibility This is my job and my professional responsibility as a nurse, and I am more than happy to do my part. Initially, I had mixed reactions including anger and frustration to my deployment, I now am able to see the bigger picture, and have a whole different perspective about the situation. I consider myself fortunate to be a part of this global pandemic response efforts in my own little way, and am grateful for the experience of a lifetime, knowing that my efforts are making a difference. Nurses Being Taken For Granted I do however, have an issue with how nurses are being treated. While being beyond happy that now, nursing as a profession is globally recognized and elevated to a level like never before, the fact that the nurses at grassroots are taken for-granted is concerning. We are required to work with minimal supplies. When I say this, I am not referring to the specific institution that I work for, because thankfully we have a steady supply of necessary inventory. I am talking about the global and national situation affecting the entire frontline workers. I am talking about the plight of all the nursing friends and acquaintances far and near, who are forced to work with minimal supplies. The infection control guidelines are being constantly changed and lowered to accommodate the scarce supply of available PPEs. The hospital policies are changed to what we know do not align with the best practice guidelines that we have been following before the pandemic. This is very demoralizing for a profession which has historically been known to stand up for the ‘right thing to do’ principle. Besides, nurses are being given nominal monetary incentives just for the sake of it, which I consider very degrading and undermining to the amount of risk and stress that we are going through. Some institutions, are giving a one-time incentive, which is equal to or less than what a nurse would typically earn in one week. We would have been just fine without this namesake monetary incentive. Discounts and Freebies Many companies are offering discounts and freebies for the frontline workers, which is very much appreciated by the entire nursing clan. We all are aware of our love for free stuff. These freebies also include the much-needed meals during the difficult times, and collectively we are thankful for every bite of it, because we are tired, stressed and have no strength left to cook. We are thankful for the generosity and outpouring of love and encouragement from the community that we serve for. We are grateful for the acknowledgement of the risky work and appreciation parades by the police and firefighters, and are thankful for the generous donations from the community, and please know that every bit goes a long way. All this cheer does make this misery a little bit bearable for the moment at least, but in no way does this make the reality of the situation go away. Day in and day out we walk into our work areas speculating what lies ahead of us, how are we going to get through this day, and this feeling does not end today nor will it end tomorrow or soon enough. Heroes or Just a Nurse My rant is also about being labelled “a hero” for doing my job. I am not “a hero”, or “a warrior.” I am “just a nurse” (pun intended) doing my job. Is it affecting my life- yes!! Both professionally and personally. My life is turned upside down. My family is put at risk because I am in the thick of the sickest of the sick. My schedule has changed drastically. And it is not just me. Nurses all over are dealing with situations like this. I know a lot of fellow colleagues who are staying away from home, sleeping in a camper or staying at a hotel (thanks to AACN for their partnership with Hilton group to provide free room to their members), to avoid exposing their elderly grand-parents, parents, immune-compromised family members or children and the trauma they are going through on a daily basis. The professional standards that nursing has operated on forever, are being challenged. Compassion and caring have a whole different meaning. Calling us “a hero”is for doing my job? I am not a hero. Give me the love, support, compensation and recognition that I deserve. Nurses Uniting to Face COVID and Supporting Each Other We as nurses have come together to face this, and stand as a team helping, supporting each other emotionally and professionally. But for the better good, I hope that we learn from this as a community and globally, so that never again will human race find itself in a situation like this.
  2. I have used web-scheduler and loved it. I don't know how much it costs for the hospital though. Before web-scheduler, we just did paper schedule which worked well too.
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    Nurse transitioning to Part-Time

    WOW! that is amazing that you can work part time and still make more money. Good luck
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    @unknowjulie, I totally agree!! I felt the same way growing up as the eldest of 3, that the only children are so lucky, they get all the attention from their parents, there is no body to be compared to, and you get all the resources. And because I wanted to be the only child so bad I went for one child. And our life situations at that time were so that we could not even think about another child, and by the time we were ready, it was too late I guess. You are so right about counting our blessings, because if we look, there are countless countless blessings. Thank you for your reassurance. Really appreciate your kind works.
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    Aspiring Christian & Nursing student

    Hello, No profession will bring you closer or further to God. But being a nurse, you are in a position to see others and their privileges or vulnerabilities closely, and this could be self realization. It is what you believe God is that will foster your faith. One of my ICU nurse recently pointed out about how amazing our bodies are. We see a patient on life support, ventilator, big machine that does the work of our lungs for us, but it is not even close to our natural lungs. Or a dialysis machine that filters the blood but think about how small our kidneys are in comparison to the machine and how efficiently they work. All these reaffirm the presence of God and how well He planned this universe.If you look around you, you will find ways to get closer to Him.
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    Hello, Just stumbled upon this post. I empathize with your feelings. I am in a similar situation. I got married young, had a child, and because I was too young, did not understand all that was going on. We decided that one child is enough, and for a few years tried hard not to get pregnant. But by the time I was 30, we were ready for another child and it was so difficult, actually impossible. I did not opt for treatments but every month we would hope that we could get pregnant but it never happened. When I look at my child, I feel that I have not given her a sibling and she is so lonely, my family life is lonely, etc. But since I am older now even though it is a sore spot in our lives, we cannot do anything about it. Things are out of our control. I just hope you find some hobbies or passion that will divert your attention, like traveling or reading. You have a loving husband who wants to spend time with you. Cherish it because there are people in this world who don't have that.You have an education that will get you a decent income, which only some people have. You can always go back to school and do something else or advance in nursing. You can move to get away from your current situation and start your life all over again. The possibilities are endless. I wish the very best for you!!
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Hi Anybody who has Nurse 3 and is willing to share their proficiency, please send it to leena_johnson28@ yahoo.com thanks in advance
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Hello all, Has anyone received a copy from RN4KU.I have given my email and PM them but have not got anything yet.
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Nurse4life81 can you please send me a copy of your proficiency.email leena_johnson28@yahoo.com thx
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Hi, Did you get a copy from RN4KU?
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Hi RN4KU , if you don't mind can you please send me your nurse 3 paper work. I am so confused on the whole process.thanks
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    VA proficiency nurse III frustration & appeal

    Hi RN4KU, Trumi241 can you please send me the Nurse III sample paper. I am trying to write mine and am still confused on how to start. Thanks
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