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    Out a long time

    Hi... I need some advice. I'm an RN, with aboutv7 years OR experience. Problem is, for the last 3 years I've been taking care of my mom, I'm an only child , she had cancer . I * desperately* need/ want to get back to work , in the OR ... it's the ONLY nursing I'll do. HOW DO I GET A POSITION? I mean it's not like I've forgotten anything, but, nurse managers don't know this!!! Any advise?? From managers, ANYBODY? I worked in a level 1 trauma center, I'd even be willing to work in an ambulatory surgi center if I can get a position! ANY ADVICE? WHAT DO I DO FIRST?!??

    What can I do with my nursing degree?

    Seriously? You listed like 190 jobs? ( that have zero to do with nursing ) just to be a smart ass? Nice... í ½í¹„

    Full Code required for surgery?

    Every patient is a full code in the OR/- a DNR is temporarily suspended

    Full Code required for surgery?

    Correct, there are no DNR/I in the OR, its suspended until I believe Post op day 3 but don't quote me... lol I work in the OR, all I know is that there is no such thing as a DNR

    Don't call in sick!

    I'm reading post after post about depression, dreading going to work, anxiety, burnout. Then the subsequently calling out sick, it's inevitable, you ( we) when we get to that point ARE SICK. But please I know it's hard to care or even think straight when we reach this point --but PLEASE!!! Stop calling in sick, and file papers for a leave of absence, tell your doc your stressed out and need time away from patient care. They do it in a second, they get it. Take a LOA!! you might need 3 weeks, longer shorter who knows... but the main reason for this is to SAVE YOUr JOB!!! We all know how they loooove to fire nurses for absence issues--- DONT LET IT GET THIS FAR!!dont let it get to a warning stage!!savevyoir job even IF YOU DONT WANT It!!! Leave on YOUR TERMS, don't put a termination on your record. I know I made this mistake ... I couldn't think straight , couldn't get myself together to even request an loa-- and I lost my dream job, but if I ONLY took an LOA!!! And no, they don't need to know why you are out , please people.... think a minute, take the steps to save your job, then take the time to get well. I've been there I totally understand. When you are at this point mentally---- LEAVE OF ABSCENCE.... because the managers are LOOKING, be two steps ahead of them, if you do it right your job is protected. this is not " playing the system" or anything of the sort. These options are there for us to USE--- use them!!! Depression/ anxiety if severe enough , as well as total exhaustion/ burn out are no conditions to be the RN for ANYBODY...this happens so so often , but I'm sorry the outcome for the nurse is dependent on how she handles this period in her life/ career. They give us pathways to help( LOA) we must use them... not just getvup like clockwork every shift and come to work not prepared or even wanting to care for patients.... some need a few week recharge-- some actually need to leave the fiield.... but my God... let that be OUR decision!!! Not some manager or administrator!!! If you mist leave--you are a RN, leave ON YOUR OWN TERMS AND DECISION!!! We ( you) are the ones breaking your back and mind under ridiculous conditions... YOU!!! It's should be nobody but YOU who decides where your career goes!!ill say it again : LEAVE OF ABSCENCE!!!!
  6. I blame fully WebMd and sites like them !!!!

    Manager interrupting

    This is a culture that has been allowed to GROW.... one RN will not change this... let it go

    Manager interrupting

    My advice: you know the right thing, but don't pursue, it's a temp gig... don't let it follow you potentially

    Manager interrupting

    Pre op safety lists come first, not to be disturbed. I'll bet my mortgage whatever doc wanted could have easily waited 2.5 minutes ****** manager patientvsafety first and foremost

    Got a nurse aide fired... did I do the right thing?

    I would absolutely have a conversation with management earlier, say all that you said in the post , and I'd just have to leave the decision to fire or not up to them, not my job or paygrade!!! But yes you did the right thing ... I think ... what should you have done, let her complete her slumber while everyone else works around her ? Ummm no.no way no all the nopes in nopety land!! now if she was an ordinarily good worker and consistently did HER JOB, had I caught her once snoozing , I'd probly just wake her.. and say nothing... but your scenario is completely different. She wasn't doing Anything and just trying to see how long she could get paid for it, imo

    Don't call in sick!

    Does anybody get what I'm saying and how important this is for our mental health AND career ???

    Nursing is making me ill.

    If it's not too late ... don't take any more days out - instead, take a loa, have your doc sign you out due to stress. You might need a few weeks. But it's mostly to SAVE YOUR JOB-- we all know hospitals love to fire for call ins-- don't let it get that far, be proactive with the calling out, take an loa and SAVE YOUR JOB EVEN IF YOU DONT WANT IT- leave on your terns , NOT by themfiring you ! Good luck I've been there a few times actually

    Can I be a nurse with an anxiety disorder?

    I personally don't KNOW any nurse who has no anxiety . As long as you can function in the moment, you can do it. But don't slack on getting care for your anxiety- if your gonna be a RN, there's going to be lots more of it . Good luck


    Sounds like if this still continues, your better off taking a LOA, because before you know it you will be calling out, jeopardizeing your job ... have your doc sign you out for stress, find out what papers you need from the employer. I'm sorry- been there

    Can I get a guess?

    This truly is for a friend. She comes to work one night, slurring, nodding , not acting herself . They immediately do a drug screen... all negative, because she is on a ton of meds that are prescribed... no patient danger, no diversion issue, she was just acting funny. They referred her to her states monitoring program, and suspended her. What's likely for her, since they WERE legally her meds, ( and yes I realize you are not allowed to work on them ).. but what do you see happening to her? Certainly not a ridiculous 5 year monitoring program, right? Can I just have opinions please... I know nobody knows for sure ... thanks! edit: she's on OxyContin, Percocet, ambien, klonopin, antidepressant... she admits ( to me) she took all that st bedtime, after fighting with her husband...

    Gaps in employment

    CAn anyone give me some good reasons as to why a nurse has been out of work two years, that doesn't sound damaging?

    Long Term Care Nursing is Lame

    I agree, and I'll never work in such a setting, ever.

    Dealing with a dirty old man

    I suggest you lighten up. It was an elderly man, who said a comment older than he probably was.

    Circulator Presence on Induction?

    My job as a circulator, regardless if you have a tech or not, is to be at the bedside, the whole time, until the tube is in, and SECURE
  20. Don't mistake my silence for weakness or ineptitude. Also, do not let my appearance or profession fool you... I will go from normal to ghetto/ cut a b****in 2.5 seconds if I'm given a good enough reason
  21. Oh wow. I bet he is inundated with applicants and has no idea who to hire!!!! he belongs institutionalized
  22. What are you telling the job and agency the reason that you are not in? Do you have a docs note?

    Hover Mat

    We only use them on the very overweight PT s... what did you specifically want to know ?

    Witnessing Consent

    You are misunderstanding. Half the surgical consents are signed in the surgeons office @ the time of booking the case-// by a MA usually.... as an RN our responsibility is to ensure the document ( consent) EXISTS, and has been signed by PT and md...

    Witnessing Consent

    Nope, it's against the law, nurses do NOT obtain consent, they are only allowed to witness it. You ate correct.

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