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SmilingBluEyes has 24 years experience and specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis.

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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    "The generation before me screwed my generation over". Said by all of us at one point or another.
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    The Boomers are not completely to blame for your plight. Poor financial decisions come into play, too. I see people spending in excess of 100K for associate's degrees and I wonder, why? Poor money management. How is that the Boomer's fault? Your whole generation is not screwed; my kids are doing just fine. Are they rich? No. They make sound decisions in their lives so they don't screw up their *own* lives. I paid for my education with my GI Bill. No debt for school. There are ways to get educated and not spend a quarter of a million in dollars to do it, even if military service is not in the equation. I bought a house in a time when it was truly a seller's market. I was told I could be extended over 450K for a mortgage. I did not choose to spend 450K on the house. I spend 200K less. Again, planning. I bought the house I could afford, not the one the bank said I could. I got bills, too! Don't we all? My parents are boomers. I don't blame them for all the problems in my life.
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    Glad you're not talking about me. None of the above apply to me. I adapt to and love technology myself. I use it to keep in touch with my grandkids, using my phone or Ipad to facetime them. I love playing and doing research on my computer. Vacations: I don't steal holidays. I consider my coworkers raising young kids and take my time off in "off time". Two advantages. One the nurses who can, take vacation while their kids are off school. Two, as a mom of grown kids, I get to have the beach, mountains, etc darn near to myself as I vacation in, say, October. But remember this: When it comes to vacations/PTO priority, Seniority has its priveleges, especially in a union shop. You (not you specifically, but the younger generation) will get there; we all had to wait our turn. When starting out, one has to wait their turn for the seniority that has been hard-earned by the older, more experienced nurse. Understand they are not stealing anything they did not have to give up themselves. Usually Boomer nurses have put in plenty of holidays, summers and weekends working while waiting for their seniority to take over. I know I sure did. Stagnant? I am always learning; learning is life-long. I read voraciously and enjoy staying current in my specialty. Good for you going to grad school. It's always great to advance one's education. Just know, being an NP, CRNA or having an MSN is not the "holy grail". You'll still be dealing with your "entitled" boomers there, too. All the NPs I know, work longer days than I do. They can have it. When my shift is over, I am done and it's forgotten. There, I fixed all that for you. 🙂 Signed, Gen-X-almost-Boomer (forgotten generation)
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    You had me with you until the last sentence. That was uncalled-for and harsh. Signed, Forgotten Gen X Nurse
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    Short Staffed: An Epidemic

    I appreciate this positive post. Thank you.
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    Millennial Nurses Have Issues

    Well stated, particularly the portion I bolded.
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    Nursing Staffing Post COVID Quagmire...

    Can you take a break from working at all? Also maybe look for another job. A lot of people here moved away from the bedside and succeeded in finding happiness. I hope you can, too. Hang in there.
  9. I would be looking for a new job. Sounds toxic to me. I am so sorry.
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    Short Staffed: An Epidemic

    Agreed! I want it for the whole year round. The stupid kitschy gifts they can keep. For those of us who got nothing, I would settle for safe staffing and fair compensation for the risks I take being a nurse.
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    Short Staffed: An Epidemic

    The above post is true except hiring more staff is not the only answer. Making those who work there want to stay is even more important because we always need experience. Having a charge nurse 3 months out of orientation is. not. safe. Take care of your employees; they will take care of everything else if you do.
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    Unprofessional Clinical Educator.. What would you do?

    It's not so much being thin-skinned when places won't hire nurses who are as qualified as their younger counterparts----(all things being equal, except maybe a lot more experience on the older nurse's part)---due to age. It gets to a point where some nurses don't want to reveal how much experience they have because they know they often won't be hired for a position due to their age. That's where the sensitivity may come from......
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    Would Flo Have Used a Segway?

    Flo would work smarter, not harder. So yes I think she would.
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    Florence Didn't Fake It

    Agreed. It does nothing for your patient's faith in you if you go around acting all nervous and like you know nothing. It has nothing to do with being an imposter but bolstering your patient's confidence in your capability to care for them. Now where we DO NOT fake it is when we don't know the right way to do something or the answer to a question. That is when we ask our mentor/preceptor/charge nurse what policy states, or look it up ourselves. There is room for both points of view.
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    New Nurse Struggling With Doctor Calls

    This. Good luck OP.
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    New Grad Nurse and New Mom

    As a mom, I can say if you can, put the baby first. They grow up faster than we can imagine and you will look back with no regrets, spending less time working and more time being a mommy. My kids are grown. I have been where you are. I had a baby and that sidelined my progression in my career just a little...... How I did it was, I exchanged baby sitting with a friend to cover work. I watched her daughters, she watched my kids. Try to go "per diem" and that way you can work when you have a person to watch your baby. Yes it can be done; but you will have to go through orientation first and that takes 8-12 weeks of full time work. If you don't think you can do that, then like said above me, get CEUs and keep current. Your family will grow and move away; jobs will always be there! Congratulations on your new baby!