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NightOwl0624 has 6 years experience.

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    Profanity in the workplace

    I worked in two hospitals within the same system. in the large, inner city hospital, I hardly ever heard profanity by the staff. But at the small, very upscale hospital the f bombs fly constantly by the staff. I don't care if they are behind closed doors, but lots of staff curse in patient areas, constantly. I can't believe there aren't complaints and that management doesn't care (surely they notice??) While cursing can have its place in certain situations, and I am guilty of that as well, i think the constant swearing is unprofessional. I don't really care to hear it. If I was a patient and heard it, I would complain. I guess it's good that most patients are confused and hard of hearing, lol.
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    Hospice Pay?

    I started with hospice within our hospital system, in the summer, taking a pay cut. Our system just equalized the home health employees with hospital employees based on years of experience, so now I got a large raise and now make the same as hospital nurses. It made me very happy!
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    potentially dangerous postpartum situation

    If the sleeping newborn baby was in the same room as you, then my guess is that nurse was (discretely) assessing you too.
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    this is why I want to call off on my last day

    I had a similar situation and without going into too many details, I decided to take the high road. Six years later, I found myself in a new position, and assigned to do some work on the same unit I left - and some of the staff is still there. I am very glad I didn't burn any bridges, as I would not be able to be very effective in this new position. Everyone has been friendly and gracious to me so far. My point: you never know where life will lead you!! Don't burn that bridge!!!
  5. Please explain how the nurse acted to escalate this? Once he changed his mind after he was discharged and iv and foley were removed, he could have gone back to the ER. Alert and oriented people are responsible for their actions.
  6. I had to re-read the original post and to paraphrase: .... Patient politely asks for coffee. Nurse politely states she will check his fluid intake. Patient becomes irate, cussing and throwing things..... So.... Nurse has no right to refuse patient's request? For coffee??? Give me a break. Nurse has no right to refuse to do a lot of things, but running to get coffee for someone who just became abusive is not one of them. I don't think the nurse was wrong at all for trying to have a conversation and to double check things. Patient had NO RIGHT to become abusive, and once he did, the dynamics totally change. I'm glad he left. (Just to add -I am not a coffee drinker, and I do get that some people really do love their coffee!)
  7. I agree. I'm surprised the OP isn't receiving more support from us, fellow nurses. I understand you have to pick your battles, but under the circumstances, this kind of patient to nurse abuse is not acceptable.
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    First med error...Advise..please.

    Meds are given late for many, mant reasons. Most of them won't even be close to being your "fault". I wouldn't be too upset about this, but you may want to think about different approaches to try to prevent it. On our EMar system, a little icon appears when a med is overdue by more than 60 minutes. Usually it is for insulin automatically timed but the person did not order a meal yet. Anyway, I try to look for those things frequently to prevent this from happening. I also try to write down times of meds at the beginning of my shift if I have time. Still, these things do happen, we are human after all. You will find what works for you!
  9. the last time something "happened" to me, it almost took an act of God to get myself a spare pair of hospital scrubs. I was literally standing there covered in someone else's vomit and was told "we don't give out spare scrubs anymore". One of the nurses took matters in her own hands and got me some anyway. I mean, really! I now now always carry a spare of old scrubs in my bag. i also float so everything I carry is in a small bag in the break room. Anything valuable stays with me!
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    School Bus Tragedy

    Such a tragedy. So sorry for the loss and sorrow for your community.
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    Unfair Shift Rotation

    Fair enough, but I do think managers tend to not know or forget how difficult switching shifts can be. That or they don't care. I've seen very good nurses abused this way, and I don't think they were being weeded out. They just didn't advocate for themselves. It happened to me, too. When I started saying no, suddenly my evaluation took a sharp turn to the negative. I got out of there. Anyway, I do agree with leaving the childcare issue out of it. She should finish out this schedule but have a serious talk with the manager. It would be interesting to find out what happens!
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    Unfair Shift Rotation

    Assuming she IS a good manager.... She may be clueless or likes to take the road of least conflict. i had a manager who started hiring nurses to work 2 eight hour shifts and 2 twelve hour shifts per week. The nurses working either afternoon or night shifts were required to do their 12 hour shifts at night. The afternoon nurses often had to come in at 3pm after just getting off at 7 that morning. It was amazing how quickly these nurses got burnt out. The manager had no sympathy, saying they all knew what was required when they hired in. (They were mostly new grads desperate for their first jobs). These nurses were exhausted all of the time. None of them made it to their one year anniversary. The manager was still clueless about how difficult that kind of schedule this was on any human being. The turnover was very high on this unit, and the manager no longer works there. I also left for a contingent job, and am so much happier being more in control of my schedule. However, I do agree that this is an excellent way of getting rid of undesirable employees without having to fire them.
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    Unfair Shift Rotation

    To me, this is just bad management. On all of the floors I've ever worked, nurses would have to submit days that they did not want to work for approval, and no more than 2 nurses could put in for the same day. For long term things like school, medical appointments, etc. it would have to be approved by management. Usually they could accommodate, but at times they could not. To pull a nurse from another shift is the easy way out for the manager, as long as that nurse is not complaining. It was nice that the op agreed to help out, but management did not keep up their end of the bargain by scheduling her days too close together. I get that anyone can be mandated to work different shifts at management discretion, usually based on seniority but the night nurses should have a more valid reason to not work on Mondays. (Maybe they do and it is being kept private). I think the op has every right to be upset. Management is taking advantage of her and if they don't resolve it in a fair way, I'd be looking to leave, too.
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    So very sorry, what a terrible tragedy.
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    New Grad SE Michigan

    I'm curious too.... (I work for one of the hospitals listed). I'm not sure that I want to identify where I work on a public forum, but I'm guessing that there are pros and cons to each hospital, and a lot has to do with the manager. I like where I work now, but I've been there several years and that wasn't always the case!
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    Any nurses from the Metro Detroit area?

    Henry ford hires new grads but they prefer experience. Of course that means there is a high turnover on some of the units (hence the new grad syndrome). You may not be doing critical care but it's a good start.