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CseMgr1 ASN, RN

Case Management, Home Health, UM
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CseMgr1 has 39 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Case Management, Home Health, UM.

Single, One Grown Son, Three Grandchildren

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  1. If your daughter is hungry enough to demand waffles for breakfast, then she doesn't belong in here. BTW, the Waffle House is down the street......
  2. Don't berate me, as I am trying to complete central line care on your loved one, who is terminally ill. I am just trying to do my job. And, don't get an attitude, when I honestly tell you that I do not know the answer to every question you ask me about her condition. And, if you want to report me for telling you that I am not a doctor, when you demand to know "why don't I know?", be my guest. The phone's right over there. You want my supervisor's phone number? Better yet, why don't you just leave? You are not only visibly upsetting the person you "claim" to care so much about, but are also interfering with her care.
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    Please Send Good Vibes my Way!

    Knock 'em dead, Sue! (Not literally!)
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    It's The Grim Reaper Charlie Brown

    No kidding. I dutifully sent out a resume yesterday to a radiation oncologist's office, because I have to document that I am searching for work while I am drawing unemployment. I doubt if I will ever hear back from them, because I have no back office experience. As for home care and hospice, I have had enough driving over Hell's Half Acre for over 20 years. Even if I still wanted to, I no longer have a car to do it with. Remember my car that my sister and BIL's friend was going to get fixed? Well, after three different mechanics and $3,200.00 later, it still is not running right. I think the transmission is shot, which will cost another 3K to replace. I have to pay this guy back and I have no more money to put in it....period. Quite frankly, I am ready to have it towed to a junkyard. At least I won't have to keep paying insurance and taxes on it. Do what I am thinking about doing: Get certified as a Medical Coder. We can both work from home and not have to worry about how we are going to get there or antagonize our tired, worn out bodies any further.
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    It's The Grim Reaper Charlie Brown

    I decided (following my above post), that I am going to take the certification course for medical coders.....if I can get approved for financial aid. I just submitted my FAFSA online. If I am approved, I am going to register for the earliest available class. Time to reinvent myself, as I feel that my nursing days are over. I will be 58 on Sunday. What better way to celebrate, than with the start of a new career?
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    It's The Grim Reaper Charlie Brown

    Damn, Marla. Seems that no job is safe these days. I was thinking yesterday that if I had the money, I'd enroll in a coding class at my local university and become a certified medical coder. I've done coding in the past with UM and Home Health, so the process is familiar to me. As long as there are hospital and medical bills, there's going to be a demand for medical coders. Hope you find something before this "Titanic" sinks.
  7. My sister actually said this to my BIL last week, after he demanded that she "get his blanket and cover him up" for the 900th time: "You're not going to start this (censored) again. Get it yourself". He has been doing it ever since.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    Me, neither, Marla. As a matter of fact, I packed up a couple of blood pressure cuffs, a stethoscope, my badge and mailed them to my former employer today....after completing my initial claim for unemployment benefits. I have NO use for them, other than ensuring that they submit my separation notice so I can receive unemployment benefits. They started this mess and they can FINISH it.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    They get away with it because they are allowed to do so. If you live in an "employer-friendly" State as I do, the labor laws are designed to protect them... and not us. I was reminded of this fact as I was given the "Bum's Rush" the other day. Their message was loud AND clear: "Get out of here. We don't need you anymore". As I said before, I did nothing wrong...except to break an unwritten rule forbidding time off in order to care for ailing family members. That's fine. And that fact will be noted on my application for unemployment benefits tomorrow. And, (I hate to say this), but health care workers and the people we care for are nothing more than "packaged goods" in the eyes of the big Corporations who now own hospitals, clinics, DME suppliers, etc. I have personally witnessed the dirty politics behind healthcare at the local, State and Federal levels, with livlihoods, careers and lives ruined, driven by a criminal need to make money off the backs (as you have said), of the very people they hired to provide care for their Clients. Some of the stories I could tell you would make Bernie Madoff look like a saint. I came home from work many nights (and mornings) literally wishing that I was dead. The only way I could save my sanity was to sell my home and move hundreds of miles away. My family thought I had lost my mind....until someone finally blew the whistle on my former employer, confirming my suspicions. The individuals involved had their doors shuttered, paid millions of dollars in restitution and served time in Federal prisons. Many would say that "justice has been served". But all the money and jail time in the world will never repay me for the years of bullying, intimidation and harassment I had to endure in order to put food in my son's mouth.....and keep a roof over his head. I have since made a solemn promise to myself that I would never allow that to happen again....and I have kept that promise. Yes, it has cost me jobs (and my livlihood)....but I am still standing, just the same. If you want to know what has happened to "Continuity of Care", you needenth look any further than the Prospective Payment System, which gave birth to the term "Quicker and Sicker". Just ask my BIL, who was discharged home only days after undergoing radical cancer surgery...proundly weak and with uncontrollable diarrhea from an overdose of Lactulose. Guess Medicare didn't cover that, either.... Maybe we are not supposed to be "responsible" for the bad health care planning currently in place....but we're stuck with it, just the same.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    This Corporate mindset was EXACTLY as you have described, Marla. Long before I was demoted and and fired, there were ominous and troubling symptoms of an oppressive and dictatorial Corporate modus operanti: My Manager could not get through the day without (as you have just said), receiving at least one directive from the ED to "jump". "How far do you want me to jump?", I could almost hear her ask, as she had to stop what she was doing, in order to carry out the ED's insatiable need for instant gratification. There was also an incident involving the welfare of a Client in which she was unjustly reprimanded for. I have since removed the details from this post to protect his/her privacy. Fast forward to a few weeks later: My sister has become desperately ill with a potententially life-threatening, flesh-eating bacterial infection and my BIL has just been told that his cancer has returned and invaded the wall of his bladder, requiring immediate radical surgery. As with past employers, I did not hesitate to inform my supervisor(s) that I had a true family emergency and needed time off. This request was unconditionally approved and in advance by my Manager. One can only imagine how dumbfounded and flabergasted I was (my BIL had just been discharged home from the hospital and was not doing well at all), when I was summoned to my Manager's office and reemed out by the ED for "demanding" to be off. When I attempted to defend myself by reminding my Manager in front of her that she had approved my time off, the ED scathingly (I still get chills, when I think about it), and with a sinister silkiness essentially blackmailed me into making a choice between "keeping my job or caring for my family". I should have stood up right then and there and told both of them that if they think that this is a contest between keeping this (censored) job and caring for my family, guess who just won and walked out. Instead, I remained slumped back in my chair, near tears and reduced to feeling like utter crap, as the ED moved in for "The Kill". She had me right where she wanted me, for she knew how I desperately needed this job. How was I to know beforehand that asking for time off to be with sick family members was not allowed...unless my Manager had told me? She didn't. That was two weeks ago. On Thursday, I am (once) again summoned into my Manager's office and terminated. "Just tell me what I have done wrong, so I can correct it and not do it again", I pleaded. "You have a bad attitude", The ED responded. Huh?? "Can you give me an example?", I asked. She wouldn't (or couldn't)...take your pick. "You're not a 'fit' for this job", I am told. I am then instructed to turn in my key to the office and leave....now. As I am gathering my personal items, the ED makes a hasty retreat, exiting the office VIA the front door (she usually leaves VIA the back door, where the Nurses' Room....and I am located. Coward. A few minutes later I march myself into my Manager's office, key in hand. I am standing in front of her desk and as she looks up and her eyes meet mine, I give her a look of utter disgust, drop the key with a loud "plunk", turn on my heel and leave. I am not done, as I slam the back door behind me. I made up my mind yesterday as I lay in bed all day with a sick migraine that I am far from finished with them. For starters, I am going straight to my local Unemployment office on Monday and file for benefits. If they fight my claim, I will appeal....and win. Why? Because the only disciplinary action they have on file which has my signature on it was for an ommission of documentation issue which had been amicably addressed with my Manager weeks before the "time-off" issue came up. Secondly, I am going to discuss with whomever is handling my claim whether or not I may have a valid Workplace Harassment complaint against my former employer. It wasn't just the way I was treated from the day I was punished for taking time off to be with my family during a series of unforseen medical crises, but also the often (and vulgar, I might add), profanity used in that office by my former Manager. Though the profanity was not directed at me or the two nurses I worked with (they were aware of it, too), it made me feel uncomfortable, just the same. I have also made up my mind, Marla, that no matter what the future may hold for me, I am through being a victim of the blatant and cruel treatment of employees which is so pervasive in today's Corporate culture. I blame myself for allowing it to happen, lest I risked losing my livlihood. Not anymore. I have little left to lose...and I am going to preserve what little dignity I have left, by ensuring that this company never treats someone else again the way they have treated me.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    You got that right. I was fired today. No reason was given other than I was not a "fit" for the job. Am filing for unemployment benefits tonight. That will give me 26 weeks to find my "bliss". I'm DONE with nursing, I know that for a fact.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    There is no shame in admitting that you are burned out. Yesterday I was reminded of just how much I am burned out, as I completed a new home care admission on a 90-something-year-old man, who did not have a clue as to what was going on. He obviously had dementia (which his family vehemently denied). His SIL verbally attacked me as I attempted to complete my neurological assessment because he did not "like" the questions I was asking him, and his daughter did not want to sign any of the required legal forms, even though it was painfully obvious that her father was incapable of doing so. The house was oppressively hot and humid, making the assessment even more miserable. I couldn't get out of there fast enough, and I muttered to myself as I drove away: "I don't need this crap. I'm too old for this". I dread going into the office today, for I don't want to have to face the prospect of having to do one more visit or admission...or get dinged for one more uncrossed "i" or uncrossed "t". Sad, isn't it?
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    Railroaded at work

    I agree with the others. Give your two-week notice and move on. Better to resign than be fired.
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    Will you work during a Pandemic?

    With everything that is currently going on with my own family, I would have to respectfully decline. I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for them. Consequently, I will always be there for them...come hell, mud, flood or H1N1.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    I wasn't fired. I was told that if I remained in this position and missed one more day in order to "care" for my family, I was going to "lose my job" (I am quoting the ED verbatim). I was then given a choice of resigning or taking a PRN position. I did nothing wrong. I simply asked for and received approval in advance to take time off to be with my sister and BIL, when they were hospitalized. When they realized just how much my FT position was costing them, they seized on this opportunity to trim their payrolls....and at my expense. What bothers me is that the ED made it appear that this was all my fault, as I was accused of "demanding" to be off. How convenient.
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    For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap!

    OMG, Marla.......how humiliating and degrading that must have been. I'm sorry. This has got to be one of the most sickening examples of Corporate abuse I have ever heard of. I have come to the conclusion that they view us as a "necessary evil". They know they have to have nurses in order to do business...but don't want to pay for us, either.
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