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Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis

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    Predatory New Grad Contracts

    More like they don't want to take care of the PROVEN employees they have. This whole thing stinks to me. Any place that has to have you sign some kind of contract to stay a set amount of time is worth investigating thoroughly before agreeing to work there. Make some connections with nurses who actually work there, maybe. That would help. Ask to shadow if possible or do you senior practicum there. You'll get a good feel for the place that way.
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    Predatory New Grad Contracts

    AH but experienced staff command more pay. Therein lies the desire to pick up new grads.
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    Predatory New Grad Contracts

    OK I misunderstood. What did the contract say? You had to stay a certain time? Did you read it before you took the job? Sounds like you are stuck. Sorry. I guess I don't know what is predatory about this. If you sign a contract, sadly, they can enforce it. I am sorry this job was such an awful experience for you.
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    Colleague asked me for a Tylenol from my med cart. What to do?

    like what?
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    Coworkers Competing For Vending Machine Food And Drinks

    which is a complete waste of money.
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    How many jobs have you had in your career?

    RN for 24 years 2 jobs in Labor/delivery/ post partum lasting a total of 15 years (we moved out of state so I had to get that other job). Left on good terms. 1 year in LTC (God bless all you LTC nurses; I could not hack it). Left on good terms 1 very short stint in oncology (outpatient) where I did not last as I did not fit in at all. I was not learning fast enough, so.... Left on good terms. 10 years in Dialysis (I don't love it or hate it, just look forward to retirement one day). If you do that math, you see there is overlap (or there would be too many years, LOL). I did do PRN in one while I did full time in another.
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    Nurse forced to work as a tech/CNA

    good point. In OB we did total care and it does not sound like much, but sometimes it really is, especially immediately post partum. Lots of clean up. It was an all RN floor.
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    "Thank you for your service"

    I don't think it "weird" I think it's nice. But I don't expect thanks. When I get them for whatever reason, I take them in the spirit intended and that's as simple as that.
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    Nurse forced to work as a tech/CNA

    You got it backward. The poster is saying you are held to the highest credential you hold. So you can be a tech or a cook, but you are always an RN and expected to be able to perform as such when needed.,
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    Predatory New Grad Contracts

    When it comes to sign-on bonuses, (including those for new graduates) I am all about Buyer Beware. There is always a reason and it's not to the benefit of the nurse. I am sorry this happened to you; you are so not alone. Hope you get good responeses here. I myself have never been victimized this way.
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    I think I’ll be fired and I really do need to vent my fears

    I am glad you can't but some of the worst drama came from men in my experience.
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    Coworkers Competing For Vending Machine Food And Drinks

    I doubt that would matter; she'd just take them all no matter what. It's that competitive spirit, no doubt.
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    Always feeling stupid.

    Don't be afraid to find a mentor or two if you can. Ask questions! That does not make you dumb; you are new. We all were. I remember well.
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    Yes, Employer Can Require Covid Vaccine

    of course they can sue! But will the suit be successful? Who knows for sure?
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    They rely on other clinical FA or the regional director for guidance. It's messed up to me.
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    It's true you do not have to be an RN in my area to be an FA. Nor a prior tech. It can handicap the unit quite a bit if they are in a pinch and need help on the floor, which is pretty often. (by the way it's both Fresenius and Davita in my area).
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    Considering Dialysis Nursing

    My advice is to learn all you can from the technicians. They are the heart of what goes on in any dialysis unit. Also you will be more respected if you can perform basic duties in their role as well as that of a nurse. You never know when you have to help them out or be one yourself if a tech calls out. You will learn with a tech first but you'll only scratch the surface of what they know and do. Once you are getting comfortable with the RN role, follow a tech around and really learn what they do, including cannulating fistulas and graphs. Get comfortable with their role and you will know better what's going on in your unit. Also, Trust me, you'll feel more confident this way.
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    Fair practice?

    I would address from a standpoint that ALL RNs should take turns being scheduled to cover non-RN duties. That will make it much more fair. That's about as far as I would go as it's up to management if/when they will hire another tech. But why should only "some" RNs do this? That is what is, to me, unfair.
  19. ALL OF THIS but especially the bold part. It all bore repeating. I would only add: Get out of your own way. You are what's holding *you* back, no one else.
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    Foley placement in COPD exacerbation pt

    I put in many a catheter in OB when I was there. Side lying is easiest in some OB patients and best (as they should never lie flat). Have a helper (or two) for sure. If she is big, have another nurse don sterile gloves and spread the labia apart; this helps immensely. Good luck.
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    Patient abandonment/Professional Boundaries??

    Yes it is. So let them do it! NOT the BON.
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    Patient abandonment/Professional Boundaries??

    I would not contact the BON unless under dire circumstances, like true patient neglect/abuse/abandonment or narcotic diversion. Even then, I would definitely let management know and let them handle it first and foremost if at all possible. It's up to them (management) to deal with the nurse and HR or BON as they see fit.
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    Being investigated by BON

    Do you have malpractice insurance?
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    "Thank you for your service"

    Excellent point.
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    The Good Moments

    My best moment of recent times has been helping complete Covid vaccination for 110 of our patients. That was a joy for me, even if it was on a day I normally would have had off.