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  1. survivor08

    Terrible clinical day, nurses don't seem to care.

    Having just come out of ICU as a pt, a restrained one at that. Chemical restraints not good choice if q hr neuro checks are needed and remember how many "regular meds" adversly effect elderly population. I am only 49 and between my pain/nausea meds I saw bugs and tried ripping off bandages and pulling out my PICC. Restraints were not fun but I was safe. Today it is hard for family to be caretaker in hospital and ICU has strict hours. Even though I was an RN in this hospital and had probably 50 people that would have sat with me this is not protocol. Perhaps you did not have entire story and "When you finish school and walk the walk for a while you will see the other side. Please do not judge. Your new co workers will surely not like you and then you will be one of those newbies, complaining how mean everyone is to "new grads". Just trying to give bigger picture. Just graduated last May and had been there and done that. Best of luck to you.
  2. survivor08

    Med-durg w/ tele vs. Cardiac step down

    Wow this is just the info I was looking for..I have been on a med/surg w/ telemetry and am going to a PCU as a way of "moving up" and increasing my skills. (Plus this hospital pays more and the people I know that work there do not run screaming from the facility too often) I was hoping I made a good decision, it looks like I did. Less medically unstable patients and opportunity to work with more gtts to prepare me for ICU and travel in about a year or 2.
  3. survivor08

    Chattanooga area

    IMO that attitude runs rampant in this area andyours is not an exceptional case. We have so many feeder schools and no nursing shortage. Now with the closing of Erlanger North and some beds of other floors of the EHS, there are many nurses needing positions within the system. I do not know where all of the May grads are going to find work.
  4. survivor08

    got shouted at yesterday night

    You are an excellent charge, standing behind the nurse and up to the patient's family like that. Too bad there aren't more like you out there, at least not where I work. You nailed it!
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    got shouted at yesterday night

    RIGHT ON...unfortunately these type of adults will just call the NM or house supervisor if you answer them like you do so and you will get a good talking to or write up at my hospital, unfortunatly security is way too busy to handle calls re: verbal abuse by a pt, we are to just smile, apoligize, suck it up and move on. It's all about having good pt scores so our managers and muckity mucks can get raises.
  6. survivor08

    Pay raise with the current financial crisis in the US

    I did sign the EFCA petition. I would seriously get fired if I tried talking about this at work.
  7. survivor08

    Chattanooga area

    North Chatt as well....
  8. survivor08

    Pay raise with the current financial crisis in the US

    No unions ALLOWED in our state or raises at our hospital! Just have the thought go through your head and the thought police will get you and fire you. No raises at our hospital in two years, except of course for the umpteen VP's and above. Census is down which means no unit clerks, fewer ancillary staff, longer wait times for our patients call's to be answered as we have 6 patients on a high acuity med/surg floor. Of course the patients complaints are pointed towards the RN's as we can not adjust their air, fluff the blankets, get their family members coffee, plug in their cell phones etc. fast enough. Forget that we are trying to keep them safe, alive and medicated with their dilaudid/hydrocodone q 2 hrs for their lap appys!!!! Sorry for the rant..I am over worked and underpaid and I am jealous of your 2% raise and of the union states, someday, someday!
  9. survivor08

    Am I just a nervous new grad or is the ICU not for me?

    OMG.....Are you living my life with me?????? I had no idea that a bladder could possibly stretch as far as mine has since beginning in STICU in late May. I had to take a couple of weeks off for surgery so I am a little behind but seriously I am no where ready to go out on my own. I have only 4 weeks left with a preceptor and I am pretty sure I will have to fly on my own as we are seriously short staffed. I think that one more month of training would get me closer to where I need to be. A few days ago I thought (LOL) my 2 patients were caught up and stable enough for me to go to the bathroom and inhale my lunch, I was feeling pretty good about myself...WRONG...one had to go to CT and the other had a bedside procedure and back to q 15's, plus a code in the unit..my first, NOTE TO ALL: unplug the crash cart before racing down the unit with it and if you have never pushed epi before read the box or have someone show you how to put the syringe together before a code rather than during..that shot the day to heck in a hand basket. I am so happy to have found this thread because I have really been feeling like the worlds biggest idiot and wonder how I possibly could have graduated school and passed my boards with out knowing anything. Where did these "new" drugs, machines and procedures come from 'cause they sure were not mentioned in school or during clinicals. Thanks for letting me know I am not the Lone Ranger. Still lovin' it.
  10. survivor08

    Level 1 Trauma Center

    Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, TN....I just started in STICU and am a new grad..Unfortunately we have a hiring freeze on right now as we are state funded and are in the RED...I lucked out as I came from within the hospital system, great Level 1 trauma center. The freeze can't last forever!
  11. survivor08

    Just diagnosed with breast cancer

    Thank you so much my friend. Hope to see you this week. You are next!
  12. survivor08

    Just diagnosed with breast cancer

    I am now...survivor08...pretty fitting i would say!
  13. survivor08

    Just diagnosed with breast cancer

    My journey on the student board has come to an end....I PASSED NCLEX!!!! I am working in a trauma unit and I will be starting my reconstruction on July 7th, what a long strange trip its been. Thank you all for your support and prayers. I guess I need a new screen name....
  14. survivor08

    Dear Daytonite....

    Kudos to Daytonite. When I first posted on this site, just diagnosed with breast cancer and not knowing if I could even continue my last year of nursing school Daytonite was one of my biggest cheerleaders. Well, as of 90 minutes ago I found out....I PASSED MY BOARDS. Yes, I am an RN. She has supported and guided so many of us. GOD BLESS DAYTONITE.
  15. survivor08

    Does the number of questions predict results?

    I PASSED.......Took the test Weds and got quick results in 48 hours. Shut off in 75 questions. Hmmmm. Now I need a new screen name! Thanks to all that responded to this thread.
  16. survivor08

    Does the number of questions predict results?

    Thank you to all that have responded. With less than 48 hours to go I just started freaking out just a bit. I feel better now and know that at this point I have done all that I can do. In the last year I beat cancer, passed nursing school while going through chemo, have been going through an ugly divorce, have found I have the most wonderful friends and have the love and respect of my three children no matter what, so, what will be will be. With God, a positive attitude and a heck of a lot of studying all things are possible. Again many thanks and best wishes to all of you taking the NCLEX this summer.