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  1. NP Dilemma

    Psych NPs are in great demand where I live also. Just an FYI, I live in an at-will state, and was let go from my position (10 years in the NP position) due to my age ("If you accept our severance offer, you cannot sue us for age discrimination.") Get...
  2. I will work full-time till Medicare eligible, then 4 days/week till age 70, then per diem. I have pretty good savings, I have (roughly) $3000/month available, and my house will be paid off before I am 70, but my family tends to be long-lived so I wil...
  3. CNAs sleeping on the job... What can I do as a new nurse?

    When I worked 11 - 7, you were permitted to nap ON YOUR BREAK (because it was YOUR break,) but after your break you were to be up and working. Perhaps approach it as "Break time is over, this needs to get done now." But I agree, since you worked with...
  4. Help! I feel like I made a mistake

    You worked on a step down neuro unit so you knew what you were getting into, so I don't think it's nursing (although I could be wrong.) But rotating shifts is very hard on the body, there have been studies done (can't quote one off the top of my head...
  5. Can I be a nurse with a bad back?

    I hurt my back 28 years ago catching a patient who was falling, I was an RN at the time, declared permanently partially disabled, and still work full time. I became an NP 13 years ago due to believing I can assist with moving and turning patients for...
  6. How big of an error would you consider this?

    I find other patient's information misfiled in charts all the time - It is not unusual, so unless it is a habit, I would think printing out wrong MAR/TAR is an "oops!" And why did the paramedics not look at the name on the MAR/TAR before they left? ...
  7. My DON accused me of patient abandonment during a snowstorm

    Never ever work without malpractice insurance - it is money well spent, so you can have the lawyer take care of issues like this. I (thankfully) have never had to use it in 36 years, but at (about) $100/year, and an attorney is about $500/hr, I am gl...
  8. Accepting verbal orders from another nurse?

    I agree - if it was someone I had worked with every day for several years and I knew them well and trusted their judgment, then probably (and because we usually knew quite a bit about each other's patients.) Someone I had never worked with before - n...
  9. 3 nursing jobs in 2 years. Unhirable?

    LPNewbie, I am an NP and also teach in an LPN program. I also have suffered from depression since age 14 (that I can remember, probably longer.) I started getting help for it when I was almost 40 years old, was prescribed medication that did not help...
  10. Most Pressing Issues in Nursing Today

    Probably works at the "house of God" in Cleveland, which (as a fellow Ohioan) I don't think is as wonderful as the worshipers seem to think it is.
  11. Most Pressing Issues in Nursing Today

    The healthcare system is not interested because they have already done the math, if they cut "x" number of nurses they will save "y" number of dollars, and "z" number of people will die. There will be lawsuits and they have figured out how much that ...
  12. Sedation

    I just don't see why giving sedation should be "routine," without at least trying without it. Less medications (and risk for adverse reactions) the better.
  13. 3 nursing jobs in 2 years. Unhirable?

    Your management will RARELY give a **** about you. Your co-workers might, but you almost never get a thank-you, we used to be told "work it out among yourselves, but someone has to stay." We never thanked the person who stayed, but we tried to take ...
  14. 3 nursing jobs in 2 years. Unhirable?

    Agency is a good way to see what facilities are REALLY like before you get hired there. Sometimes if you are good at a facility they will offer you a job. When I did agency for a few months, I was signed on with 3 agencies. I could have worked 24/7 i...
  15. Staff Retention Policies

    This happened at a SNF I cover - the STNAs kept telling the DON that there would be fewer falls with one more staff member. The DON LISTENED and did a study, and found out that with one additional staff member there were fewer falls, so she gave them...