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  1. majic65

    Mandated time over you status! What can I Do?

    The issue here is NOT our lack of dedication to our profession, or selfishness, or any of the other smoke-screen "issues". The problem is that you were hired to work certain hours, and made a committment to that. Is it fair--or legal?--that the employer now changes the rules? Its not fair, but unfortunately, it is legal in a right-to-work state. Basically, in those states, you are emplolyed at the will of the employer, and may be terminated at any time for any reason. Period. There are NO RULES that mandate anything, not even vacation--exceot that you must be paid overtime for more than 40 hours per week. Thats it, folks. Its wrong, its abusive, its unfair--but its life and the only choice any of us has is to change jobs. However, in this day of shortages of bedside nurses, I would think that you might have a litle leverage by using publicity in your community--i.e., "Why is our community hospital running off their registered nurses?" or something like that--give it a try, its all you have! (from a HR manager--10 years prior to nursing--)
  2. majic65

    you might be a nurse

    ----if there are at least 2 sets of "borrowed" unmatched scrubs in your closet that say "Property of ____" and that have vital signs and FHT's written all over them in ink. -----If your Christmas Lights are put up on the eaves of your house with anesthesia tape-- ----If your linen closet or bathroom vanity contains at least one full box of rubber gloves--- --If your extra bedroom is unusable becausde you are keeping all your nursing text books, "just in case"--- --If you get long-distance calls from your college kid, asking, "Mom, does it look lke its broken?"---
  3. majic65

    Help my goldfish

    Dont name your fish after dead rock stars-my kids tried that, and all the fish croaked! Sid killed Nancy, then he died, Jim was the only one to croak--Bill and Robbie and Ray were all healthy, and Jerry committed suicide by leaping out of the tank! He had a big smile on his little face,, tho--who knows what he got into before the leap??:)
  4. majic65

    Men in L&D

    One of the kindest, most competent, funniest nurses I ever worked with was a guy in L&D at a big inner-city hospital. He was married to a nurse-midwife, and was also certified as our ultrasonographer. I don't believe I ever heard a patient complain, probably because he was so bussiness-like and at the same time, warm and nice. He was about 6'6", BIG, and could be very intimidating-appearing. But let me tell you, he knew his business and I learned so much from him (and his wife) He also never had some of the problems us "little women" had--like the crack mom in labor who yanked out her IV and proceeded to try to wrap it around my neck. He was a jewel--Ben, whereever you are, thanks!!!
  5. It all depends on how gutsy you are--but I think I would find a wquiet moment, and after notifying the hospital management in writing of this incident, which is ILLEGAL-I would speak to the doc and tell him that you are aware that refusing that patient violates federal law. No more--just that. I would be willing to bet this happens at this facility all the time, tho, and you only just saw it. If it does--and other staffers can tell you that--GET OUT OF THERE RIGHT NOW!!! The place is a timb bomb, and you are going to be in the lne of fire for sure. Is it a for-profit hospital? If so, then there is nothing you can do, because they will not change policies until the feds make them. Believe me, if the director/doc acted like this, then the other docs follow his lead--because its good for the bottom line. You have nothing to gain here--and a whole lot to lose. Sometimes we nurses want to fix everything to save the world--and sometimes, you can't fix it. I know your heart hurts for that patient-so did mine-and by leaving you think you are "giving up" Let me tell you--you cannot fix this, its vaster than your clinic, and nothing you do is going to change it, I fear.
  6. majic65

    How much do you make?

    1. RN, have a BSN as well as a BA 2 13 years 3.Clinical Study Coordinator 4. $23/hour--but no nites,weekends,holidays, etc. EVER!! 5. Coastal South Carolina (urban)
  7. majic65

    MUST have been a man's idea...

    I can wear anything--what a great job! So mostly I wear denim scrubs--the most comfortable, sturdy, non-wrinkling, etc., thing in the world! 100% cotton, and not too expensive, either- Oh--BTW--you can't really tie-dye white scrubs, unless they are 100% cotton--I have 2 tie-dyed jackets, all cotton, very groovy. (oops, shoed my age!)
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    most and least favorite DX to care for?

    Least favorite? A 35-year old mom of 8 currently treating her labor pains with crack. Eventually the crack wears off, there isn't any more, and then they get right nasty, for sure! They also often leave AMA (OK byme!) but WITHOUT the baby that was so uncareingly subjected to this abuse. Favorite? Bikers!! Anywhere,any time--they are unfailingly polite, and so used to being discriminated against that anyone who shows average caring and treates them like human beings wins them over forever. Plus--if they are in pain, many nurses and docs refuse to give them adequate relief, since "they are all drugaddicts anyway." Try to clean up bad road rash without some pain meds and you turn a BIG, "dirty" biker into a very mad, hurting biker--not a good move! They also make great new daddies, most of the time. And are quite useful in intimidating those troublesome drunks who always seem to appear on the floor on Friday nights.
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    Do you tell?

    I always identify my self as an RN--its amazing that some docs will absolutely turn on you when they hear that, and I want to know so I can NOT go to them again. When my kids were little, I would tell the ER doc, "I'm your worst nightmare-a nurse and a mom" --little humor goes a long way. Most docs were OK, and would talk to me like I had a brain. My dad, who is 86, has a wonderul internist--a woman--who treats me like a true membetr of his care team. I cannot begin to tell you how helpful this is, and how much it has improved his care. Like I say, how a doc reacts to the news that I am an RN tells me VOLUMNS about him!!
  10. majic65

    Nurse addict?

    To Banker--I know of NOWHERE where nurses take narcotics home "accidentially" and "joke about it". NOWHERE. Period. At this point, I think you have two choices--decide you will ignore everything and just pretend it never happened or move forward in helping your wife. If you choose the first path, eventyally your wife will end up 1) fired 2) in jail and/or 3) dead. It may be sooner or later, but there will be some result, and it will be unpleasant. No one can get another into treatment unless the addict wil at least acknowledge that there is a problem. But if you want to help your wife, I think you need to seek out some professional help. If there a minister/counselor/knowledgable friend you could speak with? If not, seek out a professional thru your own EAP--employes assistance program. You need some help and some knowledgable advice about your options at this point. I cannot tell you strongly emough that your wife DOES have a problem, and I honestly don't think this is a new behavior, because she has put a lot of energy into coming up with excuses, even tho she is leaving clues in obvious places. The disease of addicition is very powerful and very persuasive. You face a difficult task, and it may cost you your marriage, even if you manage to help your wife recover from her illness. I am gratful that I am not in your position, and not faced with your choices. Blessings to you both--
  11. majic65

    Men vs. Women

    One of my instructors in Nurisng school used to say--"There are 2 kinds of nurses in this world--nurses who like their patients with tubes, and nurses who like their patients without tubes. Both are important--and they are NOT interchangeable!" If you are a tube person (ER.ICU,surgery--) then you will despise the non-tube areas, like postpartum, etc. By the way--they are called "Ben Wa" balls-used to have afriend whose nickname was "BenWa" Long story--
  12. majic65

    wow

    The original poster MUST work for an HCA hosptial0--that is standard for them. Their "theory" is that "our patients like it if all their care is provided by their nurse". BS!!!! It saves them loads of $$$, and is a total horror story for the nurses on the floor. Not to tmention the fact that since we had to do our own ECG's, and I have done about 1 of those in 15 years, we jepordize patient care. So unfortunately, folk, this is in some places the norm, and doesnt leave you much choice--in our city, the two largest hospitals are HCA and operate the same way Thats why I have alwasys said that HCA hosptials have perfected nurse abuse to a fine art.
  13. majic65

    White Nursing Dresses?

    Hey nilepoc--didn't I see you in the last little "video" my ex-boyfriend rented???? Way to supplement that income! Now--there are white, 100% cotton scrubs, and scrub dresses available from a lot of sources. I had to wear white in school, and had the ER where I worked order me 2 white scrub dresses--best things in the world!! Cheap, easily replaced if they got grungy--which of course they did--and because I did NOT want to supplement my income, not tight or see-thru.
  14. majic65

    Nurse addict?

    Banker--I think you are making some good decisions, as hard as they are. I am concerned, however, with your question about "whether they are waste or diverted from a patient." In the case of addiciton, which is apparently what this is, IT DOES NOT MATTER. Certianly, you do not want to know she harmed a patient--but the seriousness of her actions are substantial, no matter what the source of the drugs. Is it any less serious that she is smoking pot?--She did not get that ffrom as patient! Please speak with the Professional Board immediately--your wife is sending big signals to you. It is only a matter of time--probalby days, really--until she is caught.
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    Help on Med Surg from OB dept.

    The threat of carrying an infection back to a mom or baby is very real, but unfortunately, many med/surg nurses do not take this seriously. Of course, many do not take L&D seriously, anyway. This is typical of the "all you do is rock babies and hang out" feelings about OB that I have heard for years. What got me was the time I was on call from OB--low census--and got called in in the middle of the night to take patients in ICU! When I politely refused, stating that obviously ICU nurses had special skills since they got a speciality diff and OB did not, the supervisor was incensed, but there was little she could do.After all, she was management, and part of the group who decided that OB should not get speciality diff. So if I'm not specialized enough, then I am not qualified to work ICU. You can't have it both ways! It would be helpful if we could all learn to respect the jobs that all of us do, without spending so much energy whining and playing the "I;m busier than they are" game. Try to understand your collegues, and value their skills as you want them to value yours. Until we can do this, we will never get the respect we deserve, because we look like silly, shallow women to those who observe us.
  16. majic65

    Nurse addict?

    Two things have occured to me reading this posdt. First, I honestly believe your wife has an abuse problem and wants very much for you to know about it. She is leaving clues all over the place, and usually that signals that the person with a problem wants someone to help , but does not know how to ask. Second--I believe that almost every state has a program run thru the State Board of Nursing for addicted professionals. If she contacts this program, she will be steered into treatment, which is desperately needs, and if she completes it, will not lose her license, tho she will be restricted for a while. If you can, you must confront her about this, very matter-of-factly, after you research what help is available thru the nursing Board. If necessary, make the arrangements and use the intervention approach. It s important that you do not ask if she is using, or ask if she has a problem, or become argumentative. You need to state, factually, that you know of her problem and you want to work with her to solve it. I would be willing to bet she will be relieved that you are acknowledging her problem and are willing to help her without judging or blaming. I hope you will act on this immediatley, because an impaired nurse is dangerous not only to herself but to her patients. And sooner or later-probably sooner--her co-workers or supervisor will become aware of this. If she takes the first steps voluntarily, she will feel more empowered and will not risk losing everything. Please let us know what happens--this could be any of us.