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  1. ChristopherGllardoJr.

    Struggling to be a Christian Nurse

    All good advice, except we as Christians don't believe in "forgiving ourselves", we know God sees and knows everything and we seek to always please him with how we live our lives according to his Word=The Holy Bible, so we seek God's forgiveness. This is the main difference between Christians and those without a god: they believe they are their own god and so they seek to "love themselves", "forgive themselves", and please themselves with the way they live their lives. We Christians live our entire lives for Jesus Christ and our Father God. To the original poster: I myself have yet become a Nurse yet, sister or brother (whichever you are), but I have worked as a Home Health Aide before taking care of patients in their Homes. Every situation is different, my 1st patient died, a good friend of mine he was, it was my first time seeing a dead body (I was the one that found him and called the ambulance), he had me fix him a drink of alcohol mixed with coke in a glass kept in freezer every time I came to see him (probably drank when I wasn't there to). He was a smart man, old, alone, with friends who lived nearby in the old community apartments, he was involved with running prisons and then later Law work, he was even working on a Lawsuit or something with a friend of his before he died. He died as far I know: an Agnostic (believe in "something" just nothing specific), even though we had many good talks about Jesus and even offered me a book written by an "ex-Christian" (no such thing, these people were never born again to begin with, they just stick with us for awhile, but they never truly believed otherwise they'd still be with us). I of course rejected it. It was hard on me, I couldn't stop thinking about it: the pain I felt knowing he'd burn forever in The Lake of Fire. I had no peace, until God spoke to me and said, "He made his choice." and God gave me his peace. I later had a patient who is Catholic (who does believe in Jesus), we became good friends, and even made progress in getting him better physically, but it got to the point where he to live in The Hospital and has recently declined mentally. This has saddened me since when I called to talk to him last time, he didn't remember who I was, but I am not very sad as I know I will see him again in The Ressurection. He had neglected his health for a long time, he smoked for over 20 years and even though his Doctors kept telling him to do certain things he wasn't doing them. I had 1 other patient who was really disrepectful to God and The Holy Bible and when I told him I didn't want to hear that, he ended our relationship and tried to tell my company I called him names when I didn't. I explained it to them and told them to think about my record with them and to believe me. They did. The last patient I will mention was an old foul-mouthed Davey-Crockett kind of guy who got stuck in the house on the couch watching tv "rotting" he called it, because of his stroke that messed up half his body: 1 leg he limped on and 1 one arm was mostly useless. He had little patience for people, he wanted things done a certain way, short, simple, to the point, and manners or politeness didn't exist with him. I was told by a few people he was a difficult person and the neighbors heard him scream at the people who came before me (mostly women). Ironically, his favorite was a woman who used to work for him but moved away. "She was tough" he said. I got along great with him, it was like God gave me the ability to understand him without even knowing it. It was like people weren't able or didn't want to look past the cussing and gruff-blunt manner talked and actually listen to what he has to say. I could understand his anger: he had a scooter that just sat there in the middle of the living room, because no one before me had ever listened to him to help him to get it running so he could go outside instead of rotting on the couch in front of the TV. For 3 YEARS! That sounded ridiculous to me. I would have kicked those women out to! As a Home Health Aide, it is our duty to do whatever helps the patient's health improve according to whatever the PATIENT wants, they are in charge, no one else. So I helped him with that, he ended up crashing it on the road and ended up in The Hospital, but he didn't die and it was worth it for him so I didn't regret a single thing. He recovered and got sent back home. I don't think he believed in God or Jesus, but I was always open about my faith. I tell you what though, it wasn't always easy though for me. Sometimes things in my life were bothering me and I was being too sensitive and he was being extra a-hole to me. I picked up on that immediately and called him out on that and he explained what I did to make him mad, we delt with it and moved on. Eventually though, he got tired of me and told me not to come back, but I think in his own old-man Davey Crockett Man-way he wanted me to move on and up with my life, you know "free" me and encourage me, but he would never say it outloud because that wouldn't be very manly to be that "sensitive". Without God, I could never do this job and would have walked away from and other jobs to (my Dishwashing job was another difficult one with people, I worked there over 1 year). I tell people online: "We eventually run out of everything: love, patience, strength, power, etc. everything. I can't give what I don't have. So I need God to fill me up every day, because this job takes from you. You give, you're a "Caregiver" it's in the name. You give love. You can't give love when you run out of it, and you will eventually." Sister or brother in Christ, God has already forgiven you for all of your sins because you believed in Jesus and accepted his sacrifice on your behalf for those sins permanently, the moment you did that you were Baptized in God's Holy Spirit and were reborn as his son or daughter forever and he will never abandon you or forsake you and nothing can separate you from his love. Though we are told not sin sometimes it is too hard for us and we choose to sin, our relationship with God as our Father has been set forever and he may discipline us as any good Father should, but he always forgive us if we come to him and ask for it and having experienced Humanity through his son Jesus Christ he understands our temptations and has compassion on us, understanding, and mercy. Believe me, I understand anger and not being able to control it: it was for this reason I had the words "Love" and "Faith" CARVED into my hands with INK (left and right) so that I would always remember what I am supposed to do with these hands and that my hands were designed to HEAL not to Harm. Because I never wanted to lay my hands on my future wife and children in anger and hurt them. I ended up not being able to control my anger and was physically hurting 2 little dogs I was supposed to be looking after, over and over again, no matter what I did: prayer, talking to other people confessing it, seeking group prayer, etc. my Landlandy was probably going to throw me out if I kept doing since they were her dogs and I told her I was doing it. Until I found some keychains that said "Love" and "Faith" and I put them on the dogs and started calling them by those nicknames and I started hurting them less often. Then in the shower I remembered not too long before that I had thought to myself "I would be willing to have these words carved into my hands so I will never forget it." and a song came into my head "Lead Me by Sanctus Real and thought "What if I ever hurt my future wife and kids? I don't ever want to lay my hands on my future wife and kids. Did I mean that about carving the words into my hands or is this a half-*** faith I have?" So I decided to get them tattooed into my hands, cost me $100 for both hands on the fingers, just below the place where you put the wedding ring and the engagement ring facing me in small black letters right-side up so I could read them and remember and never forget, most people don't notice them at all. And you know what? I FELT EVERY S I N G L E LETTER. It was like someone grabbed a knife and started carving the words into my hands and I got these "tattoos" as my scars to prove it. The moment the pain started, I just thought this, "This is for you Jesus." when I thought I was doing it for my future wife and children. I did it for all of them, so I could be a better Son, and Husband and Father. After that I stopped hurting those dogs completely, eventually. Jesus desired to do all the thing we have done: sexual immorality, hatred, lying, stealing, etc. because you can't be tempted if you don't have the desire for it, but he chose not to choose those things and now that we have his nature as God's children: so can we and don't forget we have his Holy Spirit living inside of us as our Helper and Comforter. Seek his comfort and his peace. There is nothing wrong with also seeking fellowship in a local church where you make life-long friends in the our family of God not just once a week, but actual friends you can call and talk to and lean on. Maybe even God has called you to become married to another Christian. I know that when God calls us to something too great for us to do on our own, sometimes it is because he wants to show his power through us that through him we can do it, in addition to this he may be calling us to get married, as his calling is something only 2 can do in marriage. Think of Eve whom God made for Adam, and he called them both to rule over all of the earth and every living thing together.
  2. ChristopherGllardoJr.

    Messianic and Tassels (Tzitzit)

    Tucking them in is not an option, they exist so I must be able to "look" at them, at all times, and remember to keep all of God's Law and commandments.
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    Yes, Employer Can Require Covid Vaccine

    I understand, but in a case a kid isn't vaccinated, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't allowed into public schools without proof of vaccination, especially for COVID19 which can spread across ages. I'm all for freedom of choice, but we need separated areas for people who present a potential danger because of their freedom of choice. I for one, will not be sending my future kids to any public school, because I don't want the schools teaching my children things that go against our religion, but they will all be getting vaccinated.
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    Yes, Employer Can Require Covid Vaccine

    At this point requiring COVID19 Vaccine is like requiring your kids get their vaccines at within 1 year after their birth. It prevents alot of problem for them and other people by achieving herd immunity so it won't pop up again as an issue and we can avoid these economy damaging "shutdowns".
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    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    Is your work schedule unpredictable and stress causing or it used to be? Like 1 week your working in the day and the next at night forcing you to sleep at different times? Do you have a hard time maintaining a set sleep schedule?
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    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    Health Care Workers are people to, if we don't properly take care of ourselves we could make mistakes that might cost people their lives, not as much as Doctors, but still is true. An unpredictable work schedule can cause alot of stress and issues related to improper sleep.
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    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    I actually don't mind working night shifts, just can't be shifting from day to night shift every week. 6 hour days, I've already let go of by now, I realize 8 hour days are far more realistic like 8 hour 4 days most likely for a set schedule. Maybe 5 days. I do plan on going to college to further my Nursing Education and Rank up from CNA to LVN (1-2 years community college) then RN then RNBSN while I am working. On the shower thing: that's a separate topic, but you have a point. I wouldn't need to shower every day at work, but just need that as an option for rare (or not) cases where I get vomit in hair or other nasty body fluids soaked through my clothing. I've actually had issues before when I didn't have a consistent sleep schedule when I worked as a Dish Washer. I was working half the week in day and other at night and getting two different sleep schedules half the week. There was this stretch of road through desert that would for some reason make me very sleepy, I had no working AC in my old car, and sometimes I would fall asleep while driving in the middle of the day on my way to work. My Doctor told me it was because I wasn't sleeping consistently at the same time every night for the same amount. I'm planning for the future.
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    Messianic and Tassels (Tzitzit)

    My tassels I wear on my scrub pants in the "loops" on them. They are mostly covered up by my scrub tops, but are still visible about 12 inches long in total. I wear 2 of them on either side of my scrub pants. It would be hard for someone to strangle me with them as they would first have to rip them off my scrubs which are "smart scrubs.com" and are higher quality made.
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    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    I would be willing to trade with whomever I need to. I can't work Friday sundown to Saturday sundown: Sabbath Holy Rest Day. Also take every Holy Day or Time off, not traditional, but based off The Holy Bible only. Example: I don't take Christmas or Hannakah off, because these are not Holy Days. I am a religiously devout Christian=Messianic. I wasn't physically born Jewish, but was grafted in Spiritually through Jesus into Israel. Therefore I consider myself Spiritually Jewish who follows Jesus. I wouldn't mind working 8 hour days until I have kids, but by that time I hope to already be a RN with my BSN, 6 hour work days would make that easier. I mentioned 6 days a week for work, because Sunday-Friday is the time for work, I wouldn't mind working those days, just can't work Saturday. Having a set schedule is a must, it is medically recommended to sleep the same time for the same amount every night at the same time. I want experience in a variety of locations, not just stick to Nursing Homes. Thank you all for your wonderfully informative replies and suggestions! I have learned quite a lot!
  10. ChristopherGllardoJr.

    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    Thank you everyone for the advice. I appreciate it. I was also hoping if anyone here has hours less than 6 a day they could share their experience, but I guess out of most places and situations less than 8 hours would be very rare.
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    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    For those who work 8-hour shifts, is it doable to work Sunday-Monday, take Tuesdays off, work Wednesday-Friday, take Saturdays off? or work Sunday-Wednesday, take Thursdays off, work Friday, and take Saturday off? or just work Sunday-Friday, take Saturday off?
  12. ChristopherGllardoJr.

    Working Less Than 8-Hour Shifts?

    I was thinking about working 6-days a week, but for 6-hour shifts each day, in a schedule that doesn't change (working Sundays but taking Saturdays off) for a total of 36 hours a week as a CNA, once I get my Certification and a job, and continuing this practice all the way into my BSRN making more money, and I get Married with Kids, at which point I would decrease to 5 days a week, but keep the 6-hours a day. I know the standard is 5 days a week and 8 or 12 hours work shifts a day for Nurses. Do any you work less than 8-hours a Day Non-Rotating Work Shifts? or Do you know of anyone who does this?
  13. ChristopherGllardoJr.

    Are nurses able to shower after shift?

    I am very familiar with this character as I did watch Monk years ago growing up. And yes I was very much like him as a teenager into my mid 20's and while I was never officially disgnosed I determined I had Obessessive Compulsive Disorder. However, while an obessesion with hygiene can be a major sign of someone having OCD, that is not the primary symptom of the disorder, but rather a Compulsion to do repetitive tasks because somehow these actions have been linked within the person's mind with negative outcomes in reality, but in actuality are not logical connections. Someone with OCD may not actually be clean-obessed at all, but you will notice if you watch them 24/7 (because hiding this behaviour is a skill one develops at some point) that they do repetitive tasks for example: they may lock and unlock the door to their house 3 times, or open and close the mustard lid 4 times, etc. Of course it understandable that you would not know any of this if you had based your understanding of my behaviour with what you see on TV, much like people who base their understanding of Autistic Men on the movie Rainman, etc. For me the root cause was because I did not know what was real and therefore believed whatever I wanted reality to be was what it was, which is actually a horrible reality as fear was the strongest emotion it determined what I believed was real. Thankfully around 25 years old I had a conversation with God and now I am a Christian and my reality is based on the knowledge that God is real whether I believe in him or not therefore whatever he tells me I believe is real and the same God I came to know personally is the same one I see in The Holy Bible and no where else. But I now know that germs are real and out concern for the people I know at home and the people I care for as a Health Care Worker I want to do the most I possibly can prevent illness and death and promote wellness and life. Instead of quoting my earlier responses, please do you research and read my later replies before posting in this topic. I already stated I have taken care of patients before: 1 had to change and clean after his bowel movement everyday I worked for him as he was bedridden and the other patient I showered a few times a week. I did not get anything but my hands and arms dirty and I cleaned them and went into my car to drive home every day I worked. So I now this is possible, but I do not think at all strange that if a worker at Hospital gets blood, feces, or vomit on their clothing that they should be allowed to take a shower and change clothing before interacting with a different patient. I learned that apparently it was not a custom to clean the materials or use new ones or wash your hands before going to the next patient when taking care of patients in hospitals and when it did become a practice the death rate decreased. Surely this has to be in Nursing education and all medical education at some point and in Hospitals as a rule that you must not go from patient to patient with dirty hands and infected clothing or you could kill someone?
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    Messianic and Tassels (Tzitzit)

    Shalom=Peace of God to you all! I am a Christian which in Hebrew means Messianic and I follow everything The Holy Bible says including the commandment of God to wear Tassels (in Hebrew it means Tzitzit) with a cord or thread of blue in them on my clothing so that when I look it I will remember to keep all of his commandments and Law. I also follow a literal, not Rabbinic or Traditional, interpretation of the kinds of clothing I am allowed to wear: basically natural fabrics only never of two different kinds meaning only 100% cotton scrubs for me! My question is: have any of you ever had problems or difficulty with wearing Tzitzit or something that is commanded by your religion you must wear at all times in a visible way?
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    Training with Weighted Dummies

    I can't stand using machines like eliptacles or treadmills, I need to be outside running or biking and climbing around. I am sorry for using the term "crazy" that was insensitive of me. I edited my post to "mentally ill". I like to earn normal patients' trust over time which is very difficult with mental illness especially for me as it causes me to be afraid of people like them, but over the years of dealing with this kind of thing with non-patient friends I am learning more about dealing with them.
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    Training with Weighted Dummies

    I'm thinking about buying a weighted Martial Arts Dummy (70 pounds=140 pounds dead weight apparently according to the reviews on Amazon) and using this not only to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but also to increase my strength. I don't like the gym or lifting weights as I like having practical strength not big muscles or isolated muscle workouts. I am going into the CNA Hospital field next year though and once I do I was planning on buying a dummy like I mentioned. My goal is to be able to lift 200 pounds of dead weight maximum of a person, I don't want to be huge or like superman but I guess that 200 pounds is a good maximum (could take 5 or 10 years to get there, but I'm OK with that and gradually increasing the weighted dummies from 70 to 90 to 120 x 2 = actual dead weights). I don't go looking for fights as I don't like confrontation and prefer being a peacemaker, I would like to not be assigned to mentally ill patients as much as possible as I like to earn normal patients' trust over time which is very difficult with mental illness especially for me as it causes me be afraid of people like them (but over the years of dealing with this kind of thing with non-patient friends I am learning more about dealing with them), I would use the proper equipment whenever available like Hoyer lifts, and I do not want to be the 1st choice for lifting heavy things just because I am a man going into the Nursing field. But I do want to be ready for any situation like a patient falling, getting violent, etc. Would you or have any of you ever lifted training dummies to increase your strength for dealing with patients? Does lifting normal weights help with that to and if so what exercises are good for that? (since I can't buy the dummy right now)