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santhony44 MSN, RN, NP

FNP, Peds, Epilepsy, Mgt., Occ. Ed
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santhony44 is a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in FNP, Peds, Epilepsy, Mgt., Occ. Ed.

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    Well, heck!

    Oh, I thought you worked for the plant. Well, if they can't find anything for you, then I'd sure look for another agency. It's hard for me to believe they can't find any shifts for you, though. Most seem to need people constantly. Something's fishy in staffing somewhere.
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    Well, heck!

    Can you do agency work until you finish school?
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    cholesytectomy during nursing school

    I had mine on a Friday AM and was back at work on Monday. I was walking a bit slow for a few days but otherwise was fine. I didn't have to do any lifting or pulling, though.
  4. If that's not verbal abuse, I don't know what is. Your mother needs help. You need to get out of there. Will your uncle take you in and treat you decently? If so, then move in with him. Get a job, anything you can get for now, to start supporting yourself. You need to be away from your mother, immediately. Now, is your life ruined? My word, no! Education usually is not wasted, and plenty of people change gears somewhere along the line. I have a degree totally unrelated to nursing that I don't "use" but don't regret. My husband has a degree he hasn't "used" and he is starting back to school now, at over twice your age, because the work he's been doing is no longer what he wishes to do. I've known any number of people who started off in one direction and went in another (including physicians who started out as nurses, respiratory therapists, dentists, and psychologists). Recently an educator at a community college told me that the concept of getting a bachelor's degree in four years is an outdated one, that most people don't graduate at 22 any more. Ruined your life? Doomed yourself to dead-end jobs? I don't think so!! Get away from your mother, get a job, get someone to teach you how to drive, get over the notion that you aren't capable of doing whatever you really want to do. If you really want to go into something like sonography, then by all means do so, but don't give up on nursing just out of fear. Give it a try; take a CNA class and try working in the hospital. Try getting a job in a hospital doing something like carrying trays for dietary, pushing patients around as a transporter, or working as a unit clerk. A job in a hospital might give you a much better idea what working as a nurse is really like; keep in mind that not all units nor all facilities are alike. Good luck and let us know how you're doing.
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    Every other weekend- what century are we in?

    I think that if facilities were really interested in retention, and interested in drawing non-working nurses back into hospital nursing, then very flexible scheduling would be done more than it is. Obviously, from the replies on this thread, everyone has different needs and wants, and some facilities are much more open to meeting those than others. Why not offer a variety of shift options- 8's, 12's, even the occasional 4 hour shift (what's the difference between 8 and 12?) plus a variety of weekend options, from every weekend to every other to every third or fourth? Lack of flexibility in scheduling may be one of those things pushing nurses out of the hospital; the OP got those suggestions, here, on this thread. Why not improve that flexibility and retain more hospital nurses? Oh, and get rid of managers like the DON that tencat mentioned, who have to be in absolute control of the schedule, no matter what anyone wants, and once it's written it's like the Ten Commandments written in stone; I've run into a couple of those managers myself, over the years. Of course I'm not a manager myself, so my idea might not work, but I can't recall seeing anything like it tried much over the years, with the exception of the Baylor plans that were really popular a few years back; they seemed to work well while they were in place.
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    Just one persons opinion

    There's nothing wrong with evidence-based practice, although as someone else said there's good research and then there's not-so-good research. I can also understand the concept that some of my experience may not be particularly relevant today- after all, there's not a lot of need to do Clinitest and Acetest urine testing for sliding scale insulin these days. I think it's a bad idea to discount the value of experience in general, though. It counts a lot in some things, like the development of a good gut instinct, which I'd bet on against anybody's research evidence, any day. I also really don't think most experienced nurses go stagnant. A few do, but not most.
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    Employee Incentives

    Retention bonuses. I totally agree that huge sign-on bonuses to attract new staff while ignoring people who actually stay is short-sighted, to say the least. I really do not like raffles. Someone gets left out. (I admit it, usually me!) I think it's better to give everyone a $10 gift than a few people a $50 gift while everyone else gets nothing. Now, if you're giving retention bonuses based on length of time worked for the facility, that's different; it makes sense for a 10-year employee to get more than a 1-year employee, but don't base it on "luck." If you do the scrub jacket thing, offer some choices. A solid color, three or four different print options, and yes it needs to be available everyone's size. If you pick one print, not everyone will like it. Adequate staff, an extra paid day off, gas cards, and of course $$$$ are the best, all mixed in with plenty of verbal recognition of a job well done, said frequently and sincerely. Oh, and an occasional literal helping hand from management would go a long way towards making staff feel acknowledged and appreciated, too. As in, put on the scrubs, get out there, and spend a little time helping take care of patients. I think (just my opinion, and probably a crazy idea, I know) that if everyone in management would do this on occasion- preferably on a regular basis- then you would actually start to see some transformations take place in some facilities!
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    Terrified of drawing blood

    do not let this interfere with your nursing education! back in the dark ages when i went to nursing school we didn't learn to draw blood nor start iv's. (ojt, later). we did learn to do injections. it was one of the hardest things i've ever had to do. i did not want to stick a needle into someone! i did learn to do it. if you do learn this in nursing school, it will be a very very small, minuscule, part of what you'll learn and do. tiny, just tiny, and not that important. there are many much more important things you'll learn, so stop worrying about this one, right now!! it is soooo much more important to learn to take accurate vital signs, to do a good assessment of your patient, to give meds correctly, to understand what's going on with your patient and to know what to do about it; there are lots of technical skills to learn, too, and you are capable of doing all of them. one more thing: i'd guess that you didn't have a very good instructor teaching you the blood drawing or you'd have learned that better in the first place. so, take blood draws off your list of things to be anxious about, and good luck in school!
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    A Doctor lied to make me look bad!

    Now that you mention it, the "jerk ratio" among urologists I've known has been disproportionately high! Years ago, there was one at the hospital where I worked who was well-known among the staff for breaking in line in the cafeteria. "I have to be in surgery." He either didn't know or didn't care that every unit in the hospital got a daily surgery list and anyone who cared to look could see that he was lying.
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    Former hospital nurses got a ? or anyone who can answer

    Hooch: alcohol. The drinking kind.
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    should i feel guilty?

    In a word: NO. Don't feel guilty. If it will help any, call it a sabbatical. Say you need time to get you head together, to figure out what you're doing next. Say you're at a crossroads in your professional career, and have to re-center yourself, to find your direction again. Add some drama. People love drama! Of course, it's no one else's business. You don't owe anyone else any explanations. But if you want to give them one, make it a good one! (I would probably invent an even more elaborate story, but then I've got a slightly off-center sense of humor and would have fun seeing what I could get people to "buy"!) Seriously, if you have the ability to take some time for yourself, it's not a problem financially or with your husband, then there's no reason in the world not to. I did the same thing myself recently: left one job, the next one I thought was lined up fell through. I realized that I had no compelling reason to jump right back into something so took a month off. I ran into an old friend at the post office and she asked me if I'd had a face lift! Did I need some "me time" or what??? It also helped me to decide to try a slightly different direction in my work life, which I'm enjoying a lot right now. Do it. Don't feel guilty. Enjoy it.
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    written up

    That's very true. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day; she's a lab tech. She once got written up for not bringing the right kind of salad to a departmental lunch. (Her manager told her to bring pea salad, my friend had never made pea salad and brought something else; the manager wrote her up. Obviously a pea brain!) It's time for this good, experienced nurse to polish up her resume and start looking. Being three minutes late with a pain re-assessment is just the sort of technicality that gets used to grease the skids under someone. If I were her co-workers, I'd be right behind her in line for the door.
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    Got my evaluation today...

    The comment about not talking much to your co-workers is just plain silly. Are you there to work, or to talk? I don't think much of this trend of "evaluating" people on what other people are saying about them, without little if any investigation by the so-called management. As others have mentioned, not everyone's motivations are pure as the driven snow. It strikes me as a very lazy way for management to evaluate employees- just take what other employees say, don't make any effort to evaluate the employee for yourself. It's probably the latest and greatest theory in management, though, so what do I know??
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    I can't believe she said that

    She reminds me of a couple of RNs I worked with years ago when I was an LPN. I'd ask questions about why a particular patient was on a particular med and get "you don't need to know that, you just do patient care." Translation: don't ask me questions I can't answer. I agree that she's rude, and that she doesn't know what she doesn't know, either. The other indication that she's not the sharpest tool in the shed? She just alienated at least one, if not several, co-workers whose help she will almost certainly need, perhaps desperately. Not that you will do anything that will cause harm to a patient, but you darned sure won't do a lot of things that will make her life easier, either.
  15. Back in the day, as an LPN, I did hemoccult cards at the bedside all the time. Those things aren't rocket science, and haven't changed one little bit in 25 years. Now, as an NP, I can't do a hemoccult card in the exam room. I have to send the card down to the lab. I can do the rectal exam and put the stool on the card; it's the really tricky part, dropping the fluid out of the little bottle, that I'm not allowed to do. Not only does all my nursing education not qualify me to do this; the MD's medical education isn't qualification enough, either. Now, the person down in the lab who does do the little drops and looks to see if the color shows up? Hired off the street, high school grad with OJT. I don't know if this is a Joint Commission thing (this particular clinic is very proud of being Joint Commission accredited, which I think is insane) or a CLIA thing, but it's a fine example of regulation gone wild.
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    What's The Deal?

    Maybe the enrollment numbers in the MA program are on the low side? Maybe he has a family member who is a MA, and he's biased. Maybe he likes that faculty better. Maybe it's less work for him. Could be any one of lots of reasons that have nothing to do with you nor your situation. Just be firm about what you are going to do and go for it!!