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Orca ASN, RN

Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC
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Orca has 26 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC.

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  1. Orca

    psychiatric NP and mental wellbeing.

    Listening to people's stories and helping them to identify their issues and develop ways to cope with them is part of the job. Identifying too much with them is not, and it could potentially be harmful to your emotional well being. What you need to determine is whether you will be able to separate your work from your life, and whether you can prevent yourself from being drawn too deeply into the struggles of your patients.
  2. I don't understand this statement from your insurer. If you are named, you have been sued.
  3. If I were to call under these circumstances, the conversation would be very brief. "I remember nothing about this patient or the care that I gave. I would have to review the medical record to comment further."
  4. I read the whole thing. This guy believed that he was untouchable. It didn't help that he had people so devoted to him that they believed that he could do no wrong.
  5. Orca

    Does the shot mess with your DNA?

    This is totally at odds with how antiviral vaccines work. Fewer potential hosts = fewer opportunities for mutation. This isn't a like bacterium that mutates if exposed to an antibiotic to which it is not susceptible. Viruses replicate, period. The more that they replicate, the more chance for a mutation.
  6. Orca

    Does the shot mess with your DNA?

    Could this possibly be any more wrong?
  7. I was wondering the same thing. Either she is a supervisor or she isn't.
  8. I tell my staff that we live in custody's world, and we have to operate within it. We had a physician who had problems in the beginning dealing with repeated delays and cancellations. He finally figured out that he was being paid even when we were on lockdown, and he learned to take care of other issues when he wasn't seeing inmates.
  9. Orca

    Being sued

    Professionals don't make jokes. Got it.
  10. Orca

    I'm gonna puke

    Like I tell my staff, you never know when or where your opportunities may come. Nothing wrong with pursuing advancement, if that is your goal. Even though you weren't selected, you have now been through the interview process, and you have more of an idea what they will ask you and what their priorities are for that position. I have gotten something out of every interview I have ever gone to, whether or not I was selected in the end.
  11. Orca

    Being investigated by BON

    I'm not sure that I fully understand your question. Any actions taken by the BON are public record, and they are available for retrieval. We have considered nurses for employment who have had discipline by the BON either in our state or another, and we have been able to retrieve and review the full BON reports on the allegations and findings.
  12. Orca

    Being investigated by BON

    Malpractice insurance only comes into play during lawsuits. It has nothing to do with BON investigations. On the surface of it, I find it unlikely that your license will be revoked or suspended. Were something like that to happen in my state, for a first offense the board would likely issue a formal reprimand and require completion of a relevant training course.
  13. Orca

    Accused of diversion in Ohio

    A drug test won't disprove diversion. It will only disprove taking the medication.
  14. My experience has been just the opposite. Patients who are in moderate o severe pain generally have difficulty sleeping. I see no need to awaken a patient to offer analgesics.
  15. Orca

    MEN, dont come into nursing

    I have also been in the profession for 25 years, mostly in psychiatry and correctional medicine, with about six months spent in rehabilitative medicine. I am currently a DON in a medium security correctional facility. This has been a great career, in terms of both personal satisfaction and financially. Some strange things have happened (I literally closed one facility and I was on duty when two others changed ownership, for example), and I have become accustomed to regularly being sued (a professional hazard that comes with working in a prison). When I finally retire, I will probably keep my hand in it for a while, picking up a few hours here and there. I can't complain. No two careers are alike, and different people like different things. I believe that it is irresponsible to try to dissuade everyone from pursuing a particular career path because of one's own negative experience.
  16. Orca

    Starting corrections nursing

    At my facility, we do very few IVs. My IV skills are passable, but not much more than that. There are plenty of people on staff who are more proficient, when those occasions do come around.