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Posts by ChitownRN17

  1. Hi there!

    I’ve just started looking more into quality control type jobs and wondering if that is similar to what you do. Based on what you described, it sounds like it could be something that would be similar to what’s available around me, and I’m wondering if there are any specifics you could give me as to what you do on a daily basis. I currently work in a clinic setting and I love the “normal lifestyle hours“ but wondering what kind of hours the job that you work has or if it’s easy to take vacation, especially around the holiday times. Any insight you have would be so helpful as i can decide if it’s something I would love or just not enjoy at all... thanks!

  2. Learn as much as you can about the actual anatomy and structure of neurology/everything involved. I work in a neuro clinic but the only real training I got was on how to document and what questions to ask. I’ve been there for a few years and still ask questions every day because there is so much to know. It’s fascinating but definitely a lot to learn. Just soak in as much as you can about the spine and the parts of the body that each level of the spine/spinal cord controls, the brain and what happens to patients in life (normal aging stuff) versus what is new/dangerous, and everything else you can learn from your doctors and fellow nurses. Good luck!

  3. I agree with the above posters for the most part. I left the ER because I was 26, had been dating my now-husband for a year and was working nights, weekends and holidays. I was missing too much in life and had missed holidays with him family for years so it was time. I love the flexibility of a salaried clinic position that you can leave early for an appointment or flight if needed, and you don’t have to swipe in and out at my clinic. That being said, we are always short staffed and constantly hiring new doctors (which means more patients) but hiring nurses at a much slower rate. The burnout rate is high, the turnover rate is high, and unlike the hospital, you know what you are coming back to the next day (and then add new stuff to that). Worst part of my job is insurance- I HATE having to spend so much time on hold and answer questions that were already part of the office notes sent in. Also, the work distribution is not equal at all but because the less busy nurses say they are “busy” when management asks, instead of being honest or trying to help someone else who is on the verge of tears from stress, nurses who work hard and fast are punished with more work because they get it done.

    There are definitely pros to this job, don’t get me wrong. But I miss the hands on part as most of the job is phone triaging or insurance stuff, and people are sometimes disappointed that the nurse is calling back instead of the doctor when they are seeing patients in clinic. Lastly, my family lives in a different state, so it’s great to have the actual holidays off, yes, for sure. But nursing does still stink in the sense that you can’t just take your PTO when you want to, it has to be approved by teammates and then requested from management. Would be amazing to travel home for several days with my whole family since they can all do it with their non-medicine jobs but I always am the last to get home and the first to leave.

    I dont mean to turn anyone away! Some people say they could never do any other kind of nursing, and it seems to be a great option for people with kids, I just don’t have them yet. Just being honest so you can compare and weigh all options. Good luck!

  4. On 3/16/2019 at 7:09 PM, audreysmagic said:

    This has been all over the news in Chicago...realistically, Northwestern can probably absorb losing the 50 employees (they weren't solely nurses) pretty quickly - it's a huge facility. I work at a nearby hospital now and we got a global email with the news link too from our privacy team, reminding everyone that curiosity doesn't cut it when it comes to peeking. Getting a quick familiarity with name and diagnosis of your co-worker's patients when you cover their lunch? Totally fine, and a good idea. You would be involved in their care. "I heard so-and-so might be on the telemetry unit?" Nope.

    I work at Northwestern and I think it’s mindboggling people looked because during orientation, they drill it into our heads to not look at anyone’s chart who is not your patient or a patient you are covering. They also said, until just a few months ago, that we couldn’t access our own charts. Kind of cool they changed it now since a decent amount of other hospitals around us have done so, but even still, people are worried about looking given what has happened. And not just with this case, but with other famous people who have come in. But like you said, they weren’t all nurses, thankfully. There were lots of people from out other branches/locations just since we are all linked and they could see what was going on. I know (have met a few times) one girl who got fired and she works on the outpatient side and had literally nothing to do with his case and she was fired (“asked to resign immediately”, apparently) right away. She said it was the dumbest thing to do because she got literally nothing from it and didn’t see anything interesting.

  5. On 3/16/2019 at 12:08 PM, dumbnurse said:

    They could easily replace the 50 nurses with agency staff and then worry about the lack of permanence. There is a nursing shortage especially in critical care, ED, Nursing education and elsewhere. Oh sure there are nurses out there but the recent (last 5 years) influx of new nurses, has created an experience void that is difficult to overcome. "The optics of not replacing them" is the point of the firing not to mention the maintaining of integrity within a system. I accessed my girlfriends brothers' chart about 20 years ago and while I was not fired, I was placed on probation. The fella who said that he could not believe that anyone would not realize that each keystroke is monitored nowadays, hit the nail on the head. From "political correctness" to "freedom of speech and religion" our every action and interaction are monitored. Big Brother has truly arrived.

    Very true on the “big brother” comment, truly not sure how people don’t recognize that or think that high profiled charts are going to be monitored. Although, I work at this hospital and it’s tougher than I would have imagined to find and hire great nurses. We have a large amount of agency already, some good and some not decent, and the effort it takes to train agency staff and not know how long they are going to be around is frustrating for staff nurses who are covering, as I’m sure everyone can imagine. Plus, Northwestern is very strict with their budgeting and we have to beg to get agency help sometimes. Luckily, not all the staff were from the same department, or even the same campus, because otherwise we would be in much more trouble!

  6. On 3/15/2019 at 4:31 PM, Oldmahubbard said:

    Very interesting. The job market out there must be such that they can replace the 50 people very easily.

    I wish! I work at this hospital and it’s actually fairly difficult to find very good nurses. A lot of people want to work at Northwestern because of the prestigious name (as I’m sure it is at other hospitals) and obviously people can interview very well so it’s tricky... nonetheless, lots of these people who were fired worked at our satellite branches and were not solely nurses on the main campus, otherwise we would have a huge problem (in a different way!) on our hands.