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  1. Katnip

    Brian Short News

    My heart goes out to Brian and his family, and to those who remain behind. I've been a member of Allnurses on and off for years and thanks to Brian, met some wonderful, supportive people here. We're all going to miss him.
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    Healthcare Reform-ER

    I really wish they had built some sort of penalty for ER abuse. Pay a hefty fee for using the ER instead of making an appointment. But then, all someone has to do to get around that is say they thought that acid reflux was a heart attack and the fee would be waived. The key will be to have enough primary care providers available so the waits for office visits are better than what they currently are. I think that's one of the biggest problems. People feel entitled to isntant gratification and don't want to spend a moment of discomfort. Another thing is people just have to get used to the idea that it's not life threatening to suffer a few hours or days of runny noses before being seen.
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    Do you think this site would profit from a chat room?

    Twice upon a time ago there was a chat room. Both times it was shut down, mainly because of user abuse. If you notice that in many posts, especially those that could be considered controversial, people here get very heated and sometimes downright rude. It would be much more difficult to control in a chat room. Then there is the off topic issue. With as many members as we have on Allnurses one chat room would be a mess if even a small fraction used it. Imagine a chat room with 50 people discussing a dozen topics. It would be a mess. Best just to stick to forum posts. It's much easier to manage.
  4. Can't you work for the military as a civilian nurse and not have to get a license everywhere you go? The military also has its own agency-C2 I think it's called. It's the same if you find a VA job near where your husband is stationed. I'd check into those options as well. Granted, not all bases may need nurses, but from what I hear the military does need them pretty badly.
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    Being a Nurse for a Killer

    You wouldn't be asked to take care of someone who committed a violent crime against someone close to you. And no, you should not bring your personal feelings into it. For all you know, some little old guy you're taking care may have killed or raped someone in has past and never got caught. And again, the soldier who went on the shooting spree will face his judge and jury. His healthcare team are not it. You don't know anything at this point about his state of mental health at the time. Even psychiatrists have psychotic breaks. You are obligated to give a high standard of nursing care. You do not have to become their friend in doing so.
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    Administration taking away baylor shift

    I agree, hospitals have been dumping their weekend only shifts for several years now. It's very, very expensive for the hospital, and like it or not, there is a money crunch pretty much everywhere. However, making you interview for the same position is really weird and I would ask HR about it. Or go to corporate. That just stinks. It's an obvious ploy to get rid of higher paid nurses while bringing in cheaper new grads. (Nothing against new grads, but this really isn't right)
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    The "woes" of 12 hr. Shifts

    Yeah if you think the work is never done in 12 hours, try getting it done in 8. I'm middle aged and 12 hours can be rough, especially in the ED. But I have 4 days off a week. Working 5 days usually mant 3-4 days of working, one day off then another one a couple of days later. It felt like I never had time for myself because at the end of a work day I was still tired and had little time to get anything done, so my days off were spent doing work at home.
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    How much walking do you have to do every day?

    In my old ED we all wore pedometers and averaged 13-16 miles each shift, each person. Needless to say we were tired.
  9. Katnip

    Happy Emergency Nurses' Week!

    I'm just back to emergency since a few weeks ago. Our manager wrote Happy Emergency Nurse's Week on the white board. So we don't have to worry about useless trinkets.
  10. Katnip

    advice on giving flu shot

    Did she sign a consent. I thought everyone needs to fill out that form form flu shots.
  11. Katnip

    Nursing job and time off-How flexible?

    These days in particular, hospitals will probably frown on a nurse taking so much time off. Many places only allow two weeks off at a time, and definitely not every few months. They need to be able to count on staff being there regularly. Working for an agency is probably the way to go, but with the economy, agency nurses aren't getting that many hours, and most require that you have at least a solid year or two of experience before taking you on. Age isn't likely to be a barrier, but depending on where you live, a lot of places aren't hiring new grads, period. In time, this will change again.
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    How do you feel about this?

    I think if they want fresh baked cookies, Mr. Clemens needs to put his apron on and get cooking. No way should this ever be a nursing function. And as said before, what about all those poor people who cannot eat them? I'm sure they'll be mentioning that in their Patient Satisfaction surveys.
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    I Need Help With A Present For My Wife

    It wouldn't be appropriate to put either of those titles on until she's earned them. Just her name will be fine.
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    clinical nurse I, II, III, IV

    It does vary by facility. Many require certain objectives to attain each level, such as getting a BSN, getting certified in your specialty, years of experience, CEUs, holding in-services, etc. Check your manual or ask your manager if there are specific criteria for each level, and what they are.
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    Patient Complaints In Spite of Good Care

    This would have been a good thing to take to HR for mediation. Management didn't bother hearing your side of the story at all and should have.
  16. It wasn't depression alone she was suffering from. It states that she had an untreated personality disorder. With the most likely one, I'm guessing, borderline personality disorder, that would explain her multiple suicidal attempts or gestures and her accepting offers of dialysis. It may be she had expected the same offers this time even though she had written the letter. People with BPD tend to escalate their gestures over time for more attention. It's sad, but it does happen all too frequently. Her estrangement from her family, her repeated gestures, her "not wishing to die at home" for undisclosed reasons, all point to a very troubled woman. And borderline personality disorder is extremely difficult to treat. I can't blame the doctors. They wouldn't necessarily have known about her disorder or whether she really did mean it or not. This opens a huge can of worms. I cant judge one way or another about the actions of the A&E team.

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