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Caffeine_IV has 7 years experience and specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice.

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  1. Nope not with my current role. It's a desk nursing job with absolutely no patient interaction not even by phone. For many nurses that is a dream but I dread going to work. It's not a good fit for me. I don't miss the bedside rush but I would like to be involved with patients. So I'm seeking something outpatient -- day surgery, GI lab, radiology etc. I have to pick jobs that will work with being a single parent. If I was childless, I'd think I'd like working in critical care or Pre-op.
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    You know the shift is gonna be a hot mess when ...

    The census is low and there are at least 8 surgeries scheduled and you aren't staffed appropriately When you do bedside rounds and 3 out of 5 patients are confused/fall risks with no family When "person who shall not be named" is the charge nurse for your shift When "other person" is the CNA assigned to your patients When you get report on a patient who doesn't look great and they say "They've been like that all day".....those tend to go bad When you start getting report and get called overhead because the assignment needs to be re-done..somebody put "Shannon" on the schedule but she's on vacation
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    I stole a bottle of ibuprofen

    I wouldn't call it diverting but it is stealing. First I would have simply asked another coworker if they had anything OTC I could take Not sure what to say but I would have kept this info to myself.
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    Considering a Change - Not Sure of Career Path

    I can relate to this very well! I am working a desk job as a clinical documentation specialist and it is NOT for me. The only thing I like is the flexibility. I have done med surg, hospice, LTC and outpatient radiology. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed patient contact ( not necessarily bedside/acute care) until I was away from it.
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    Transplant Coordinator

    6 months before a transfer is pretty good as many places require a year. And you have a good background with your ER and critical care experience. Would you be able to work PRN once a month? That is what I am doing since I took a non bedside role.
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    PRN and working FT

    The FT job is supposed to take precedence so I generally would not let them know. It may be unavoidable depending on how your schedule is done.
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    Work and pets?

    I'm sorry. My sweet curious cat got out and has been gone for 3 weeks. We really miss him. He would never even put a paw on the grass before. I hope you get a happy ending.
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    The worst job you had before becoming a Nurse?

    Working at a department store in the mall. I'm sure it helped me with the customer service aspect of nursing but at $6.25/hr....it was draining. I was young (20) and pregnant working there and people would frown and look down on me. Even make rude comments. Nursing has given me so many options and obviously I get paid more than 6.25.
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    Working for two hospitals

    I did before. I worked outpatient Per diem and med surf per diem at 2 facilities. It was awesome.
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    Abandonment if I don't pick up over time shifts??

    I often had to stay over when I worked LTC. Once you accept the assignment it is yours until you get relief. Her threats are ridiculous but they do put you in a bad spot.
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    Is this unreasonable?

    The stories and poor practice would bother me. However I would not want to create an environment where being a team player is frowned upon. I expect that any other nurse on my unit is competent to adjust meds if I am tied up. So if they are doing it incorrectly, they need some education. That benefits everyone.
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    Did you marry a doctor?

    No but I have seen it get awkward when a nurse and MD go from being "bed buddies" to not. Meaning..oh Dr Seuss is on call, can you talk to him about my patient please.
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    Brian Short News

    Sad news. I really don't know what to say other than my thoughts are with those personally affected and those who knew the family well.
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    Am I burned out?

    It doesn't sound like you are burned out. You said you are bored. Do you feel you aren't learning anything? Is it too routine?
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    Burnt out

    You have nothing to lose by applying to clinic jobs so go for it.
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    Food Pressure: Coworker Edition

    My coworkers are not that pushy. I always get asked and when I decline, that's it. I do appreciate being included as you never know when I might want to indulge. I would just continue to decline politely. I'm not making up anything just because I don't want pizza, subs, Mexican, doughnuts etc.