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Medsport LPN

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Medsport has 7 years experience as a LPN.

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  1. Medsport

    Random tests?

    Maybe I should try CBD oil first. I know several nurses that use it. I have heard that you do have to be careful with that too and make sure its from a reputable company and doesn't contain THC. One of the reasons I hadn't gone to a doctor in years until recently is that I didn't have insurance. I finally got a job in which I can afford it, but it sucks. The deductible is outrageous so the only way I can afford to go is save up enough HSA funds for a visit. I really don't want another one of those scope tests either. I know its probably a good idea, but one of the worst experiences I've had except for getting a tooth pulled.
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    Random tests?

    I don't work in a hospital, but could stop smoking anytime. I just don't want a flare up to come back. IMO, it seems like we are getting discriminated against for working in the medical field. What business is it of anybody what you do on your own time as long as you don't drive or go to work under the influence? And k+, not looking for an excuse. All I know is it is one of the dx's that is acceptable for a card. It does help with inflammation and appetite as well. Also for your information, I have been working out for over 30 years and it was the high doses of Prednisone the "doctors" put me on over 20 years ago that started my joint issues. That's why I have been reluctant to go back to a doctor unless absolutely necessary. Yeah, I know they may have come out with better meds lately and maybe a medical center in a larger city would be more beneficial. But I prefer to use supplements, good diet and exercise. I think a lot of people are put on unnecessary drugs for HTN and diabetes for example that could have been helped with proper supplements, exercise, weight loss and a better diet.
  3. Medsport

    Random tests?

    I have been a floor nurse at various nursing homes for over 10 years now. I've never had to take a drug screen except for pre-employment. My current job is probably the best one I've had. The pay is good, I like most of my co-workers and the management is usually pretty laid back. Although call-offs, benefits and time off could be better. I heard one of the nurses got a random drug test recently. The person seems like a good nurse and I think it came from the BON. I know I shouldn't be concerned as I don't use illegal drugs. I do smoke cigs and drink occasionally. But here's the thing, I am getting older and with all the walking and standing I have inflammation from time to time and may take something for the pain in which I haven't had a script for for a long time. I also have periodic UC flare ups and is why I started smoking (I know it may not be proven, but I do think nicotine helps). So with these issues I'm sure I could get a medical marijuana card as our state is now legal to do so and I've been thinking about it for awhile. I think it would also help with my anxiety and trouble falling to sleep. I'm pretty sure I could get fired if I got a positive test even if I had a card, but it may not be the case at all facilities. What do you guys think? Would a positive test affect my nursing license? It is becoming more and more acceptable so I'm thinking maybe I should just wait it out because sooner or later it may become legal on the federal level and then I would have nothing to worry about.
  4. Medsport

    Insurance

    Well for me its not affordable, especially when I can barely break even before paying the extra 180. A quick search at the health care website lowest is about 217. I think these plans are crazy. With a 6k deductible (I think its like 5k through my employer), whats the sense in even having it? I mean if something happens, that amount is going to break me anyway. Might as well just pay whatever it is and be done with it. If it goes over a few thousand, I won't ever be able to afford it anyway. I think I'd rather save my money and if I do get something bad or expensive they still have to treat you I believe. Worst case just file bk. I can't even remember the last time I went to the doctor anyway. Although I do have a medical condition that comes and goes for almost 20 years, I manage it myself with supplements and working out and it hasn't got any worse that I can tell.
  5. Medsport

    Insurance

    Any tips on where to find affordable insurance? My main job is making us pay for insurance now. Its going to cost about 180 a month and I was just barely breaking even when I wasn't paying and thats working 72 hours a pay there and a couple days a month at another job. I had to opt out for now, but worried about the tax penalties next year. I'm fairly healthy, but am getting older and may need it sooner or later. I've been looking at getting a different job, but no luck so far.
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    Multiple jobs???

    I've worked 2 jobs most of the 6 years I've been a nurse. I'm just barely breaking even as it is as both places are getting stingy with hours even though one of them is short staffed. Plus my main job is making us pay for insurance now and I can't afford it so I opted out. Hence I'm looking for a new job even though I like where I work. I just can't hardly make it there anymore.
  7. Medsport

    salary

    Northern Ohio/$15 in AL, but I hear you can make 16-18 in NH's. What sucks is my pay hasn't changed in over 5 years.
  8. Medsport

    time for a change?

    Ok so I filled out an app today at another LTC facility that is hiring and I know pays better and has better benefits, but I was reluctant to put down my current employers on the employment verification sheets. But I think I pretty much didn't have a choice being that the two jobs before that let me go for one reason or another. So my question is: will filling out employment verification papers on applications get you in trouble at your present job?
  9. Medsport

    time for a change?

    for this job, it sounds like a little less pay, but a much shorter drive
  10. Medsport

    time for a change?

    Well I had the interview and it does help to do some searching for interview questions. But the job isn't exactly what was posted. They say all they have openings for is in the clinic with either doctors of CNA's which doesn't pay as much. I didn't get exact figures yet and it is FT days with some OT and you can pick up on weekends if you want. So it may still be something to consider if they call me back.
  11. Medsport

    time for a change?

    A small hospital.
  12. Medsport

    time for a change?

    Guess what? I got an interview at an Urgent care walk-in clinic this week. I thought it sounded good since it was in my town and mostly first shift and you wouldn't have to deal with people dying all the time. But the interview is supposed to be with a board of supervisors and I hate interviews (never know what to say). Plus it would be a lot different than what I'm used to. They are a non-smoking facility too so I would have to either quit for a short time to pass the test or for good and that would be difficult starting a new job. In the mean time my PT job called and wants to talk about my hours since they changed at my main job, but don't know if I want to continue to deal with the run around and low pay. Don't know what to do.
  13. Medsport

    time for a change?

    I also just found out they are going to make us pay for insurance now. It sounds like its more than I can afford so I'll either have to go without any and pay the penalty at tax time or look elsewhere.
  14. Medsport

    time for a change?

    I really doubt I could make that much in this area. I would be happy with 35-40k. Anyway, I just heard that my main job is cutting back again. It sounds like I'll keep my amount of hours for now. I now have to go in later and work 2 hours more overnight, but with a longer lunch. Not too happy, but at least its one less day to drive. Also my PT job called and took away my every other week day they just added and one of the push shifts this weekend. Guess I'm almost getting forced to call the NH (if its not too late). Only thing is I'm a little rusty on some of the skills at a nursing home like caths, feeding tubes, ect. as there are not a lot of them in AL. But then again like someone said, maybe they will have an opening on an AL or recovery hall or something?
  15. Medsport

    time for a change?

    Anybody? I'm not sure what to do and probably running out of time to apply if I decide to, but did apply at a local hospital that is hiring in the walk in department for the heck of it.
  16. Medsport

    time for a change?

    I've been a nurse for just over 6 years. I've worked in a nursing home, corrections and most recently assisted living. I've been at my FT AL job over 5 years and my PT job about 6 months. I like my main job as its less stressful than nursing homes and I like the residents, but they keep messing with my schedule and hours. When I started there I was working 12 hour shifts 84 hours a pay and was doing alright. When a new company took over about 4 years ago they reduced my hours to 72 so I had to get a PT job too. It was doable since I was still working 12's so I had a few days off. Recently they switched us to 8's and since I work there 9 days a pay and my PT job 3 days, I only get 4 days off a month now. Plus my main job is 20 miles away so its gonna cost me more in gas and since I bought a mustang last spring I'm worried about driving all the time in the winter and looking to get an extra set of snow tires. A couple weeks ago I noticed a LTF (nursing home) just down the street was hiring for every other weekend on 2nd. I talked to the DON on the phone before setting up an interview and we decided it wouldn't be a good fit since I was then working thirds, but now I get off at 2am, but it still wouldn't work unless I quit my 2nd job. She told me to call back if anything changes. Now I see they had an ad and are hiring for PT and FT. I don't know if I should call back or not? Both of my AL jobs don't seem to have much room for advancement as they don't pay that good or give raises. My main job did give bonuses twice a year, but I hear we may not get one next time due to census being down. So I'm debating the options of what to do. I didn't really like working in the nursing home due to faster pace and I don't really like doing feeding tubes and dealing with more critically ill residents, ect. But if I were to get the nursing home job close to home, I'm sure the pay and benefits would be better, I wouldn't have to work as much, I would save on gas and wear and tear on the car and wouldn't have to worry about driving in a snow storm. But then again if it didn't work out I would most likely be SOL as I live basically paycheck to paycheck and can't afford to be out of work for any amount of time. I guess I could keep my PT job (which is much closer to home than the FT job) for the time being. btw, they are short right now and I could pick up more hours there if I had more days off. But then again, I wouldn't have any benefits for awhile and at least I have quite a few PTO days I can use at my current FT job. Sorry for the long post, any advice?