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29 years exper. E.R.

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  1. Jay Levan

    Atlanta questions

    Atlanta is a great place to work, they have many hospital chains, some of which are Emory University Hospitals, Piedmont, Wellstar, and the least inviting (In my opinion) is Columbia Hospitals. I work strictly for agencies (6) and am able to schedule any shift I want. I also "Travel" to Atlanta for 4-13 week assignments. It is somewhat expensive to live in Metro Atlanta but you can find reasonable rents for appartments, and mortgage rates for homes 20 minutes from town. Overall cost of living is about half of what you are experiencing in Pittsburg. Salaries depend on your qualifications, and your ability to negotiate. The good situation you are in, is that you may do your negotiations on-line Before ever leaving your present local address. Negotiating is a tricky business, especially here in the DEEP SOUTH :uhoh21: It is considered for anyone, let alone Yankees, to make statements, so always try to ask questions I moved to the area in 1984, to southerners I was a Damn Yankee then, and I am still in the same catagory today :angryfire If I were in your shoes, I would explore through agencies, to see if you can obtain a contract, short term,(4) weeks or longer (8-13) weeks, that way you can explore the many avenues available to you, and get your own take on COL, salaries, etc. etc. without giving anything up in your area. Travel Agencies provide housing, travel pay, utilities, Sign-on, and completion bonuses, renewal of contract bonuses, as well as other perc's, however again you must have the ability to negotiate with them, because if you do not ask the proper questions about benefits, they will not mention them. Suggest you sit down one day and dome some math on just what you would need, so that you are not left holding the bag, on expenses you might incur. Certainly I would be happy to coorespond with you and answer any querstions you might have on this endeavor. They (Agencies) might ask what area of town you would like to be housed? If they do, try to pick something close to the hospital, but not downtown. Traffic patterns in Atlanta are very clearly defined, and if you get stuck in one trffic jam you will see that to travel metro-Atlanta you must be inside the I-285 Loop before 6:15am and not be scheduled to leave before 7:15pm. When I go to Atlanta for work I prefer 11am-11pm it allows you to miss most major traffic. Gangbangers consider this good enouigh reason to shoot at you :angryfire Not trying to scare you just giving you a tip. I'm sure you have your own particular problems in Pittsburg, no different from Atlanta.
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    Nursing Research/The RN's Role

    I am an R.N. with 32 years experience. I am a Diploma R.N. (3 year program) I have applied several times in my career, for a reserch position, to no avail. I do not remember the details, but was told once that I was not qualified for a position in research. Of course, I find that hard to believe. However I am not someone to try to convince anyone of my qualifications for a particular position, that I have been turned down on. Also, I've never had the time to research, Research Nursing beyond filing those several applications. So I guess I just lost interest. I was at the beginning of my career, chasing Physician Assistant Programs, the first school I applied to lied to me, they told me that if I received a Face to Face interview from their Director that it meant that I was virtually accepted to the program. I received that face to face interview, only to be told that I would have to re-apply the following year as the class was full. I asked why I had to go through the entire process again, and was told that a) I had scored a 98% on the written exam, and b) that they were looking for candidates that indigenous: (having originated in and being produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment.) The Hospital, Harlem Hospital in Manhattan New York. Since I am caucassion, I felt I had a very good case to file for race discrimination. I thought about that for awhile, but decided it was not worth the aggravation. That one episode, changed my view as to convincing anyone of my qualifications Now for my question? If the need is so great for research positions, are you aware of any resources pertinent to qualifications needed to fill these positions? If so please forward them to me. I hope this information serves you well.
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    Just two of the thoughts that come to mind. That is why I asked the question, "Where in the heck are you when these acts of discrimination occur? If by telling the truth is considered by you as Slamming then I suppose I should keep my mouth shut, and my thoughts on this particular subject to myself
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    Once again, I'm sorry, but I don't believe I understand. Did I, anywhere in my reply to you, state that my distaff members should not have an opinion??? I do not believe I did. However as you may well see more than one female decided to jump on my back, seeing the juicy opportunity My question, to those of you that admit being aware of the obvious problem, where the heck are you ladies when your male staff member(s) need you to watch their backs for them?? :uhoh21:
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    :chuckle Thanx, I think?
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    Sorry MattsMom, but as I see the original thread was as stated above, and as usual, from my experience, the female finds a way to deflect or redirect the issue that was the original debate. I give you that, females often devour their own gender as well as the opposite gender. For what reason do you suppose? Weeding out the "Weak" Hmmm? I do not feel that I am weak, on the contrary I am a very strong personality. As I wrote earlier in this thread, I have tried all the suggestions. I have been confrontational at times, when I felt it was the necessary path to follow. I have been the class clown, to try to lighten things up on the unit, when I felt that was necessary, I have been the "Cook" for the unit, and dished up some scrumptious meals in my time as a nurse. I have ignored those that I thought were superfluous, only to have the "Enlistment" of others to her cause :angryfire I believe that I am responding to the original thread not trying to make a new one, are you??JOMO
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    As above, 1) Solve it straight out, considered Aggressive by females. What you are writing about is confrontational according to female nurses (I have been told this by Nurse Managers!) 2) Ignore it, considered weakness by females (I have been told this by Nurse Managers) 3) Move away from it, to this suggestion I ask "How many times must I MOVE?? Once, twice, twenty, one-hundred???? If discrimination were solved by ignorance and Nomadic behavior, we would have a country full of Nomads! :angryfire
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    :chuckle Thanx Angie O'Plasty, been there done that, and as I am sure you noticed, I am very near retirement, have roots and chains on me which may be a good thing. Jay
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    How do You deal with Man-Hating Female Nurses?

    Sad but true, I have been dealing with this problem for thirty two years, fortunately for me, I was trained very well and learned very early to pick my battles and stand my ground when necessary. But the cost has been tremendous. I haven't seen in this thread, the obvious yet covert truth of the matter. What I mean is that, a male may win a battle or two or twenty, but eventually if one female begins the discriminatory behavior against any male, sooner or later she will "enlist" as many cohorts as she feels necessary, to win the "WAR" and be rid of the pesky male. I have both witnessed this behavior and been a victim of it many times. There were several times that I considered legal action against individuals that were particularly venemous. I am sure that I could have won cases of slander and liable aganst those individuals. Consider this, I have been an R.N. for thirty two years, I have never once been repremanded by any state licensing board, have never been accused of any malpractice issues, or any other issues concerning patient care, and yet as I approach retirement, I am still BLS, ACLS, and PALS, certified, yet having trouble finding work in E.R. There are those who will say that, "He is not the nurse he used to be." or "He must have burnt too many bridges." or "He must have peed off the wrong person." To those I say, you are wrong, standing up for one's self is not the answer, because when you do, you make your enemies more determined, this is where the "enlisting" of help to scuttle your ship begins. Giving exceptional nursing care is not the answer, it is a threat to those who would sit on their duffs and gab about anything but patient care. To those who might say he's not the nurse he was once, I say, "then why am I still able to do evrything an E.R. nurse does?? :angryfire The answer to discrimination of anykind is to confront it and erradicate it. Unfortunately there are to few males in the nursing profession to accomplish this. Females know this and I suspect, that this (Keeping males on the defensive) contributes greatly to the reason there is so much widespread discrimination against males in our profession, and that my fellow professionals S--ks!
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    Nursing Divisionists

    Here we have the opportunity to discuss things openly. However also here we are at risk of our comments being seen by those that would keep us divided for their own reasons. I find myself more and more fearless when it comes to speaking plainly, but that is due, at least in part, to my closeness to retirement age. I will have the opportunity to work tirelessly, for my profession, and I intend to do just that in 21 months. Your perception of our problems seems Right on the Money. We do need a Peer Review Board, just as Physicians have. However, when it comes to constructive critisizm, we males, are like Sitting Ducks on the pond. This is not to say that sheilas, can't be ostrasised, but we are the primary targets of females in our profession. All you have to do is listen to the Male Bashing utterances of females as they gripe about their lovers/husbands/boyfriends etc. :uhoh21: to see that any time they get the chance to get even with those listed, through us vicariously, they will avail themselves of that opportunity. I have been a victim of "Bad Hair Days" to often to dismiss it as coincidence. Yes we all make mistakes, those of us that are Human that is. However we also live in a very litigenous society. This makes being honest and forthright, a very risky endeavor. I carry my own malpractice insurance because at one time the "Hospital" covered you with theirs(Malpractice Insurance) but that is no longer the case in reality. In reality they say you are covered, but the Physician comes first under their policies. The Physician is sued for the max leaving no wiggle room for the Nurse. If the nurse does not have adequate coverage they are left holding the bag :angryfire If the nurse has any savings or holdings, Real Estate, Stocks, Bonds, IRA's and they do not have coverage the attornies go after those holdings. Thank God, I have never had to avail myself of this protection :stone, but I am covered should this plague visit my doorstep. There is another area of concern to me and that is, a retirement fund(National) for nurses with twenty or more years of experince, our national nursing organizations has never addressed this problem. For me it is a moot subject, I have done the best I was able to, to prepare for this eventuality, but there are many I know who have not done so. I fear that they will finish their lives in a nursing home without the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labor of love. I would discuss the logistics of a plan that I have in mind to great extent, but I don't wish to be a bore. Let me just say that were the ANA mine to administer, Retirement Funding would be my first concern, and order of business.
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    Expectations of agency nurses

    I have worked Agency Nursing for the majority of my career, primarily because I hate cat fights, and I'm not good at it. I thought that I had found the solution, to that problem, only to have this type bias to rear it's UUUGLY head. In case there are people out there, that do not understand UUUGLY, the definition of UUUGLY= 12 different kinds of ugly.! I have found by asking questions, that most if not all these type people are biased against everything they consider a threat. If you do not believe this, think about it, here comes a nurse that in all probability, is better at taking care of sick people than they are or choose to be. Agency Nurses, they know full well have not had anywhere near the Orientation they've had. Their attitude about this ranges from "Oh, they think they are better than we are", to "They make the big bucks, let them have the toughest assignments!" :angryfire :angryfire Of course, one can only generalize others opinions without eliciting data from the individuals in question (Regular Staff Nurses), however if there are enough responses here, we may be able to see the true pattern that does exist. These nurses will do anything they can to a. take some of the "HEAT" off themselves, and b. trip up the Agency Nurse to make the point that they are better than any Agency Nurse! They sit down with policy manuals, while we are to busy to notice and look for things in them to call us on, or even worse yet they report us without giving us any chance to correct our "by the book" mistakes. Even in the rare instances where we are mistake free, (I don't know anyone mortal, that does not make mistakes) they will eventually blame us for something like "Team Cohesiveness, or the lack thereof while we are on duty. Once again they (Staff Nurses) know if "Push comes to Shove" they can scuttle us out by continuing to complain about us whether they are honest or not, simply because they are "ON STAFF" and we are not! :angryfire
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    Expectations of agency nurses

    :uhoh21:
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    Have I made a mistake?

    I predict that we will see many more of these same stories over the next five to ten years. Although it is happenening to a lesser degree now, I have personally seen several nurses with the same story to tell. Basicly that story is, "that they feel as though they are being thrown to the wolves." Hosp. Admin. could not care less about your license to practice! :angryfire
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    Nursing Divisionists

    :chuckle O.K. here goes, can we as Male Members of an elite society, while being greatly outnumbered, help in any way to stamp out this separatism, amongst our profession's leaders? Will we be able, in my lifetime, to stop all the fuss over Diploma/ADN/BSN and who makes the better nurse? I personally feel that this type divisionism, only helps to keep us nurses from accomplishing any major campaign, to unite our profession, and thereby uplift it to it's proper station. You ask what is our proper station? I'm not sure, but I would like to see the profession advance somewhere above "Handmaiden/set dressing/crybabies etc. etc. :angryfire I really think our profession has lagged behind mostly because of the divisive propaganda handed out by our nursing organizations, ANA etc. I have witnessed nothing positive coming from them, they have beat the "educaton horse" to death, and we have not advanced our reputations one iota. They have continued in follies that divide us and do nothing in the area of unity. Teachers are unified, pharmacists are unified, oh hell, truckdrivers are unified, baseball players are unified, doctors are unified, hmmmmm? sounds like I'm preaching unionism, doesn't it? Well, let us visit that subject, has or does anyone here know of any studies that have been done or are ongoing, as to the benefits of the Union Nurse vs. the Non-Unionized Nurse? I believe that the professions mentioned here may not be united on everything they individually believe in, however when it comes to what is better for their profession is concerned, THEY ARE UNITED! Sounds very simplistic, but think about it, they put aside "What is best for the One" to push for "What is better for All" I also believe that we will never advance our profession, until we can show the type unity these other professions do. What say you?
  15. :stone Im sorry but I've read all the posts here, and I see none that mention evaluation of a particular situation. Yes there are examples of generalities, but no mention of specifics. So I will ask a specific question, "Do any of you allow parents/significant others in with psych. (O.D.'s) even if it has been determined by someone, E.R. Doc, E.R. Nurse, etc. that this was only an attempt to gain attention?" Another question, "do any of the posters here evaluate their patient's parents ability to withstand the procedures they are about to witness?" Of course I believe that all medically oriented persons be allowed to stay, in an out of the way place if there is one, but my experience with non-medically oriented parents varies to widely to be sure of anyone's capbilities to a) allow me to do my job without interfearence. and b) not pass out during said procedures, there by splitting my attention to them when I should only be concentrating on the child I am responsible for. I have witnessed situations created by Doctors that believe they know everything about people, and allow entire families 8 - 10 - even more people at the bedside when a young girl went through her windshield, we hadn't even been allowed time to clean her wounds, (Her face appeared as shredded wheat, with ketchup!!) I begged the Doc. not to do this, and when he insisted, I politely excused myself from the room, alerting him that more than one would probably fall, they did and I wound up helping them up from floor, writing three incident reports and gained three more patients to take care of. These are only a few of the rediculous situations I have found myself in. I'm sure there are those of you who will critisize my lack of positive action in this case, but I did make my point, didn't I?
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    I would not encourage anyone to be a nurse!

    I understand completely your rancor. I am a thirty+ year experienced R.N. in the U.S. and I have to literally fight for every pennie I make. Part of the Nursing salary inequities, are indeed caused by our Nursing representative organizations which have done very little in this area to boost the Nursing Profession. They have always, as far as I'm concerned, helped to divide us into catagories Diploma Nurse, ADN Nurse, BSN Nurse, etc. etc. of course the leaders of these organizations are mostly BSN and beyond. So they have a vested interest in promoting their agendas to have these many lettered nurses salaries be higher, and promoting the differences between our training experiences. I have always thought how Bogus an idealization this was and is. I took the same State Board Exams as any other nurse, had to pass with the exact same score as any other nurse, and do the same job as any other nurse. As a matter of fact, I do not believe that Grad Nurses taking boards today could not pass the board exams we took thirty years ago. Where staffing shortages are concerned, Hospital Administrators continue to bury their heads in the sand and deny there is any such thing as a nursing shortage :angryfire while putting out memo's (oral not written) that staff is not allowed to say, "We are very short staffed today." as a reason for not answering call lights in a timely fashion. I also feel I would not encourage my son to be a nurse. That is the REAL SHAME of our profession, that we cannot allow pride in what we have accomplished, to sway us into recommending to others, this noble profession. Another aspect of our professions demise seems to be the media's love affair with nurse bashing. If you are informed about Mr. Schwarzeneger's comments alone, you may see how we are being portrayed to the public by him as well as other public figures. I find this interesting in light of how corrupt most politicians are in this country. These are just a few of the factors known to me, it would take to long for me to post the other inequities here as I do not type well enough.
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