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Testa Rosa, RN

Testa Rosa, RN

Tele Step Down, Oncology, ICU, Med/Surg
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Testa Rosa, RN has 6 years experience and specializes in Tele Step Down, Oncology, ICU, Med/Surg.

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    Yellow Sashes for Med Passes

    Wonderful information--I had come across the last study via my own resources and plan to share with my manager. Thank you so much for the information!
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    Yellow Sashes for Med Passes

    So what you are saying is wearing sashes for safety during med pass is stupid and ridiculous even in LTC, the place I imagined they might work...
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    Yellow Sashes for Med Passes

    Yes, I can see where the wearing of sashes would work best in a LTC setting where the nurse has to travel with the med cart and med times are standardized, but in an acute care hospital situation most nurses have med rooms where only nurses are allowed and it's understood to be a place of focus and quiet unless there's something important that needs to be said (good gossip). But the donning and doffing of these stupid sashes as you go about acute care work is just stupid. That these sashes just don't work in a hospital setting does not take rocket science--but how management loves to pile on this crap--just one more stupid step to process in a mountain of stupid details, in order to get to the heart of safe patient care. Piling less routine upon the floor nurse rather than more would be common sense, but obviously NO.
  4. As a former oncology nurse who went to cardiac step down then ICU and now finding myself back in oncology in a different hospital--friendships happen and grow outside of the hospital. I--along with several of my old oncology coworkers--are Facebook friends with a young lady we took care of as a sickle cell/lupus patient since she was 16 and she is now 26. I no longer work at the Hospital she frequents and our bond had become that strong that we did not want to lose touch. She is my miracle patient as we've saved her from the brink several times over and in exchange she provides us with her magic and light. Her Facebook postings are transformative and every birthday she celebrates a cause for great joy. I feel like she is my nursing child and I treasure our friendship because her time in this world is likely short. I think these bonds are common for oncology/hematology nurses. Not so much in cardiac step down or ICU for that matter. Although I do know of a precept in ICU who became very close to a young lady who stayed with us for a long time due to a freak illness and subsequently they had a relationship once she was discharged and just heard they were married in Cancun. I think you need to tread carefully in these situations tho. I only became FB friends with my former patient once I changed hospitals. The now newly hired ICU RN waited 6 months before making contact with his former patient. She had sent us all a thank you letter with some treats along with her contact info and she was asking permission to post photos in her blog....most of the photos were of our handsome young student nurse so we all knew that letter was meant for him...and emailed her his permission and he told us he had wanted to call her right away, but he waited a bit to make sure he was hired and thru the probation period first (or at least that's what he tells everyone) before asking her out. Love is Love and can bloom anywhere.
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    Yellow Sashes for Med Passes

    OMG--that satire was too funny. Sounded exactly like the disgruntled nurses at our huddle.
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    Yellow Sashes for Med Passes

    Management at my current hospital has reinstated having nurses wear yellow safety sashes” during med administration. It's being done to create a bubble of silence while we pass meds. I was all for it the first go around. However, it's one of those things that sound good in theory yet is a total fail in practice. Nurses hate It. It creates more steps, nobody pays attention to what it signifies—especially the managers, pick up the line the line and take report now!” Posters have been mounted and staff has been trained. But this does not preclude phones or speaker device ringing—oblivious that you have the sash of silence” on. Doctors and families still interrupt you. As they should be able to as It's the way of work life in the hospital. These sashes are just one more detail piled on the mountain of details we navigate. Furthermore, it's one more thing we get taken to task for, You have meds in your hands, why are you not wearing your sash!?!?!” or ”Why do you still have your sash on when you're ot passing meds?” I am an intelligent, grown-assed nurse, not an errant child. We focus on this donning and doffing of this worthless sash to comply to policy when we should be focusing in on safe med pass. We need to simplify nurse tasks around critical safety points--not increase tasks. Does anyone know of any evidence based research supporting the wearing of sashes or vests while passing meds?
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    I'm Not Flaky, Lazy, Or Stupid...

    You know, maybe being a nurse allows you to use your ADHD to your advantage. One of the symptoms of ADHD is hyper focus on new, novel and/or high interest situations. And, this how nursing works whenever you get report a new patient. For that moment they become the center of your focus. I also think ADHD forces a nurse to be hyper vigilant; checking twice, three and four times because you know you can get lost in the details. I do however, realize ADHD nurses really really suffer the charting. Sorry for this and I wish you well on your journey.
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    Hang in Good Deeds--we are CNA Strong and we are not giving up the good fight. Hang around for implementation and get ready to watch the fur fly! PM me and become part of our secret society online where you can see how powerful in number we really are and how serious we are about this. We are ground ZERO and other nurses from other facilities have our backs sister. Come to the negotiations tomorrow where you can see the stupidity and lack of respect for nursing we are dealing with. DO NOT GIVE UP! Did you actually get a termination letter?….they CAN'T terminate you when we have travelers in the house. And sister, We are sick with travelers right now. Even with that, we've been chronically short staffed and had a couple scary near misses as a result, I have been filling out ADO's left and right and documenting everything that has been going on. It's a health care travesty--I'm actually thinking of writing a book about it starting with the first strike and subsequent sentinel event -- how their greed and refusal to negotiate led to consecutive strikes in a population of nurses that values their community. I've actually been using these last weeks as an educational opportunity to showcase the protection being part of a Union affords these travelers so they can bring the message back to their "Right to Work" facilities. LOL! So much for Union Busting--more like Union Seeding via Travelers. Please Come to the negotiation meet tomorrow--dress in RED--and then you can see for yourself how Sutter[COLOR=#333333] didn't think this "paper layoff" through. And now we are on the cusp of implementation all hell is going to break loose. I've got the State, Media and JACHO on speed dial sister because you know chit is gonna hit the fan. I'm just waiting for implementation to watch the Union Lawyers go to town. I think Sutter actually thought that we would give up on fighting for our contract by now when in fact they've made every nurse at ABSMC more determined than ever--even the ones that used to cross the lines! It's a hostile environment that has drawn us closer together and together we will fight them. PM me--I've got some RED scrubs for you. We've set up a fund to help our displaced brethren. Your CNA brother's and sisters have got your back.
  9. Testa Rosa, RN

    Top 10 Reasons Against Unions

    I'm a second career nurse. Have a prior business degree and worked for years for a major manufacturer. I did not believe in Unions--was anti union actually and could give you an earful of my reasons why; some of those issues are still valid today. What has happened to bedside nursing is that all the power is in the hands of CEO's and boardrooms with no idea of bedside care and who's end game is to maximize profits. Bring everything down to it's lowest possible price/maximum profit. Cut corners, cheap supplies, unworkable hours, short staffing are all part of this. Nurses--the front line care providers--are viewed as interchangeable/replaceable bodies. I unfortunately work for a Sutter Health hospital. One of the worst offenders; they brazenly break nurse/patient ratio laws and labor contract agreements because they feel they are above the law. And in many ways they are as their huge profits give them the power to change governing policy. They are a non-profit organization with the lowest charity care expenditure yet with the highest of CEO/officer salaries. This is not unique. We are leaving democracy and entering a feudalistic society where $$$$ are in the hands of the top and we at the bottom have very little control or power. Without the Union, we nurses are powerless. Huge amounts of money are being spent right now to break my Union. Despite my issues with Unionization I know first hand it has protected my wages and benefits. Sutter is yanking the chain of it's nurses by moving them to 0.4 non benefited positions all while hiring travelers. I know first hand through experience now how the Union protects me and my patients, I have the Union protecting me when I've taken an assignment against objective and a near sentinel event happened as a result. I'm a convert now, so I've joined the fight to protect my Union. I could leave my hospital but I would be leaving the community I was born and raised in. So, instead, I am going to stay and fight this union busting, and am digging myself in for a battle.
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    So True--they would realize so much savings if they just listened to their nurses. I support corporate health and want my corporation to make money, but not at the expense of my patients, my practice and and my community. I think this is who Sutter hired to union bust:www.healthcarelabor.com. They are going about it so ineptly that I imagine it's purposeful. I don't think they realize how strongly united we actually are, how freaking smart nurses are, and how fierce we are when we are fighting mad. Sad to say, I used to be anti union back in my MBA daze. I now realize how much they protect me and my patients now that I am working on the other side of the fence. Sutter has created an unsafe situation with staffing conditions and it will bite them in the end. Greed $$$$ is all consuming.
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    …..It's all Planned to disrupt and cause disharmony so they can hire temp workers and union bust. It actually is so poorly done I wonder if they hired some inept consultant to help them without realizing what they were getting into. I feel sorry for any patient walking into Alta Bates in the next couple months--short staffing, temp workers and mixed up schedules do not create safe conditions for Healing and Wellness. "We minus YOU" makes for a bad health care model. But Sutter does not view itself as a health care provider but rather a profit machine.
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    Sutter just restructured Alta Bates in a private, poorly managed and unilateral rebid process. Within a week, they have left many nurses stripped of hours and benefits without having the decency to let them know where they have been placed or if they even have a job next week--many nurses found out where they were placed by the grapevine when schedules were posted. At the very same time, Sutter is advertising for hundreds of "temporary workers." This is part of their "Go Lean" strategy as if health care was an assembly line. All along, this facility has been short staffing it's units to dangerous levels. Clearly Sutter is a corporate bully who believes it's above the law. That it does not need to honor it's contracts or have the decency to treat it's workers with a modicum of respect. It has a right to restructure and to lay off and I am open to new ways of scheduling that saves money--but the way they are going about it is pure EVIL. They are placing former full time staff into weekend only 0.4 positions with little notice or time to obtain benefits/income elsewhere. Single family income earners are at wits end--and it's difficult to get work when all your weekends are scheduled as you need one week end available for the other facility. They are too cheap to lay off so they placed people in these unworkable schedules like a mom friend of mine who was doing 3 12's and now is 8hr dats 1.0 FTE--who wants to work at this awful facility 5 days a week? Nobody but the most desperate nurses. How can all those officers who earn upwards of millions a year treat their workers this way? Clearly they believe they are above the law and are just thinking of $$$ and believe their powerful lawyers will protect them. I wonder if they realize how connected the health care industry is....and one day a nurse will get to chose the size of urinary cath they will need....or if they will use lube...or how hard it is to get that IV in....or how to bevel the edge of a large bore needle for that IM injection....not that I ever would.....but one can imagine a situation like this and where karma is finally served and feel a small sense of justice prevailing if only for a moment. Those in ivory towers should walk a mile in the shoes of their nurses. They might learn a thing or two.
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    So after winning a hard fought for contract, the nurses are under attack again by Sutter Corporation. Quoting from a friends FB page, here is the latest: 2100 Alta Bates Summit Medical Center nurses, 575 of which are 12 hr nurses, are being told by management that they either rebid for an 8 hour position of management's choosing, on the shift of their choosing, or their failure to rebid will be taken as a resignation by default. The general public needs to know how Sutter's criminal negligence in providing safe patient staffing may affect their safety as patients at either Alta Bates or Summit Medical Center. As it stands today, we are in a critical shortage of nurses house wide at both facilities. Sutter refuses to hire California tax paying citizens out of California nursing schools and train them to ensure adequate safe patient staffing. Nurses at both facilities are already being asked to work overtime on a daily basis, which statistically puts patient's at risk for medication errors. Meanwhile, Sutter CEO Pat Fry gave himself over a one million dollar raise in 2012 over 2011 to a grand total of a 6.9 million dollar salary. That 6 Million Dollar Man salary leads an upper tier of 41 Sutter execs who all make over one million dollar salaries per year. Sutter's newly minted HMO, set to compete head to head with Kaiser's HMO, reaps more profits per employee than any other health maintenance organization in America. Those profits coupled with Sutter's now nationally recognized distinction of last place in charity care contributions among the entire state of California medical centers, begs the question of every fair minded and just citizen with the attention span to have read thus far. How much is too much, when patient's lives have become the "product" of assembly line health care delivery? Your Federal and State tax dollars are and will continue to support millions of deserving American working class retirees who will be accessing their well deserved Medicare accounts as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire in this country every 24 hours. Shouldn't the public have a say on salary caps for corporate healthcare execs? We demand that congress vote on their own salaries, because WE pay those salaries. And who do you think is paying Pat Fry's salary my fair citizens? Just look to your paychecks under Medicare my good people. This Fat Cat depends on the unfettered generosity of good ole YOU."
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    Sutter Health - Union needed?

    Trust me. You don't want to work for Sutter facility without the protection of a Union. Sutter is turning out to be the greediest of the healthcare corporations, and the most abusive towards their staff. Definitely not a pro nurse environment to work without the Union to have your back. I've taken this quote from a friends FB page who works for Sutter. This is what is currently happening at a Sutter facility: "2100 Alta Bates Summit Medical Center nurses, 575 of which are 12 hr nurses, are being told by management that they either rebid for an 8 hour position of management's choosing, on the shift of their choosing, or their failure to rebid will be taken as a resignation by default. The general public needs to know how Sutter's criminal negligence in providing safe patient staffing may affect their safety as patients at either Alta Bates or Summit Medical Center. As it stands today, we are in a critical shortage of nurses house wide at both facilities. Sutter refuses to hire California tax paying citizens out of California nursing schools and train them to ensure adequate safe patient staffing. Nurses at both facilities are already being asked to work overtime on a daily basis, which statistically puts patient's at risk for medication errors. Meanwhile, Sutter CEO Pat Fry gave himself over a one million dollar raise in 2012 over 2011 to a grand total of a 6.9 million dollar salary. That 6 Million Dollar Man salary leads an upper tier of 41 Sutter execs who all make over one million dollar salaries per year. Sutter's newly minted HMO, set to compete head to head with Kaiser's HMO, reaps more profits per employee than any other health maintenance organization in America. Those profits coupled with Sutter's now nationally recognized distinction of last place in charity care contributions among the entire state of California medical centers, begs the question of every fair minded and just citizen with the attention span to have read thus far. How much is too much, when patient's lives have become the "product" of assembly line health care delivery? Your Federal and State tax dollars are and will continue to support millions of deserving American working class retirees who will be accessing their well deserved Medicare accounts as 10,000 Baby Boomers retire in this country every 24 hours. Shouldn't the public have a say on salary caps for corporate healthcare execs? We demand that congress vote on their own salaries, because WE pay those salaries. And who do you think is paying Pat Fry's salary my fair citizens? Just look to your paychecks under Medicare my good people. This Fat Cat depends on the unfettered generosity of good ole YOU."
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    Sutter of Calif. does it again...

    Sutter continues to be a corporate machine with total disregard for it's workforce. I love the people I work with and my shift times fit my family life, so will hang in there as the job market is tight for nurses in the Bay Area. Even with our new, hard fought for contracts and decent pay rate, I would advise any nurse steer clear of a Sutter facility. Marin General was wise to kick them out.
  16. Testa Rosa, RN

    The best walking shoes for nurses

    I wear Black Patent Leather Danskos--but only when working in the hospital as the minute I try walking with them on sidewalks I'm prone to tripping sideways if I hit a crack just right. They are stiff clogs and clumsy to break into at at first but once you get used to them you won't want anything else for those long 12's. They are easy to clean with the alcohol wipes I always have in my pockets. Easy to slip in and out of for that rare moment I can put my feet up in the break room. I've had the same pair for three years and they really hold up the the standing and walking and kicking gurney's around.
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