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    First job orientation in nursing home

    Wear scrubs so you are prepared for any clinical activity and so that you look ready to work.
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    New RN, how to save face

    I will remember to the day I die the time I mentioned my classmate's mother to her when her mother had recently passed away. I can't remember why on earth I would have had occasion to bring up someone's mother at school, but I remember that I did it. And that faux pas was committed by a kid. We all have the opportunity to do something like this. Our mouths lose their connection to our brains.
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    LVN scope with ventilators?

    An excuse for home health agencies to decrease the per hour pay for the LVNs who work with vent dependent patients in the home, as if they are going to get those who really are allowed to perform all those forbidden interventions to come to the home, even when there is an emergency. Already I have noticed that agencies are shying away from paying LVNs more for vent experience.
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    I'm a nurse, not a babysitter!!!

    Whatever you do, if it has the potential to look recreational in nature, make sure to clear it with the client family first. And even then, I avoid doing such activities in front of them during day or evening shifts. I have found they will tell you it is ok to do this or do that, but then they give you a sideways look when they spot you and/or some will even complain to the agency although they said it is ok. It goes without saying that all possible nursing interventions should be caught up with the patient at the time you veer off. And some agencies have rules about some activities such as cell phone or personal tablet use.
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    The wage gap myth

    FWIW, I, and I suspect some others, do not use the term "snowflake" in a political context. When referring to the realm of nursing, snowflake is more apt to describe someone who may be young, naïve, but mostly unable to cope with the realities of everyday work life. As a matter of fact, I was only introduced to the political version of snowflake a few days ago and that was in a stream of comments on the internet. I make it a point to avoid politics in the news, it is too depressing.
  6. Thanks for posting this. Very enlightening and a reminder to many. Metformin? Who would have thought?!
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    Probably giving up :((

    It might be a different story if you were in your early 20's but at this point you need to make the best choice. I made the choice to return to nursing at 37 and it turned out to be a mistake I would not have stuck with had I known the outcome at the time. The older we get, the more important that we don't make career mistakes. Best wishes with your decision.
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    LPN @ VA hospital & Overtime

    No way would I expect that amount of overtime with any employer, much less a government agency, unless I had verified this condition with the HR department prior to, or as part of, my onboarding. This is one of those situations where one would need to see this condition of hire in writing.
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    Scared to leave nursing

    Keeping a nursing license active, or inactive, is one of the advantages of a nursing career. One can always dust their license off and find a job.
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    Can I get Fired?

    I have never been able to make my rent with an unemployment check or three.
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    Scared to leave nursing

    Well, if not now, when? The opportunity is in front of you now. It may never present itself again. If this new career path does not require a nursing license, you can keep your nursing license active or inactive so that you can always get a nursing job in the future should that be the circumstance in front of you. Many would love, love, love to be in your place now and they would not hesitate to make the move. Good luck.
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    Anyone go to hospital with patient?

    Agency won’t allow or pay for this because the hospital is being paid for the patient’s care. If the parent wants to pay you out of pocket, better make certain the agency does not find out.
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    Afraid to Apply for a Job

    Go to the school and see your instructor references in person to elicit their help. That will jog their memories. It is so easy to miss messages on a voicemail but once they see you in person they will be able to remember you and offer some assistance. Meanwhile, apply to jobs anyway and list their contact information anyway. They are still your references until you develop more recent ones.
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    School making me repeat a course. Help

    I thought Grammarly was free.
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    Families Saying "No" To Male Nurses?

    My previous response was to a sentence I picked up on that was taken out of context. However, LPNs, to a lesser extent, doing extended care home health, have an inherent employment atmosphere where the clients can, and frequently do, fire them on a whim. And it will have nothing to do with gender, or it will be a completely 360 degree turn-around from day one. You can be accepted on day one, but after a period of time, the clients change their tune and the agency just goes along.
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    Families Saying "No" To Male Nurses?

    Home health care can be a very sporadic employment. Many CNA/HHA state they do not like a two hour visit here, a one hour visit there, that never add up to eight hours of work each day. Personally, I would find it very difficult to keep my bathing patients within the time limits to meet my daily schedule, if I even had more than one client scheduled. I do not like to be rushed, especially when I have to consider patient safety, in and out of the shower or bath. That is why I (although not a CNA/HHA) do full eight hour shifts. And as for having steady clientele, home care patients are notorious as a group for firing their caregivers on a whim. If you want to insure steady income, you might want to consider facility employment. Busy as all get out, but you get eight hours of work each shift.
  17. Anything 'extra' in the healthcare field to list on your resume could come in helpful in the future, even if nothing more to show how invested you are in healthcare as a career.
  18. i4irene: You might do better with responses were you to post this elsewhere on the forum as a separate thread.
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    Background checks

    If anything would keep me from relocating to TX for a nursing job it would be Group One. Nobody needs that threat hanging over their head in addition to the day to day stresses of nursing. Hope your situation is favorably resolved.
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    Background checks

    That is not how your initial post read. Sorry an honest effort to inform is not to your liking since you already have your answers. Previous threads and posts on this site as well as other information available on the internet from disinterested third parties as well as those who have dealt with Group One can give a lot more insight than I can. That is why I referred you. After all Group One has been discussed on this site numerous times in the past. But your ambush post is recognized.
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    Background checks

    Do an internet search on Group One and do a search on this site for Group One. If one can’t pass muster with Group One in TX, they might as well not bother with nursing school because no facility will hire them. That’s about the long and short of it.
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    LTC is making me hate nursing!!!

    My daughter has urged me to go back to LTC for a steady paycheck, because I spend too much time unemployed working at hh agencies. I tell her every time the subject comes up, better to be unemployed than to go through that again.
  23. Yet they tell one they can do nothing unless they witness the act. Well, which is it?
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    Kudos/Patient Compliments

    The way to find out if one is being taken advantage of, is to discuss pay. A smart employer will see that all nurses on the same case (in extended care home health) or on a unit in the same 'demographic', are being paid the same according to the set range. That way, there is no room for discontent. When there is discontent, it is because the employer sets up the scenario by playing favorites or not being attentive to pay changes over time and paying their employees equitably. What do they say when the slighted employee moves on for better pay or better communication regarding pay along with other matters? I have met more than one individual over time who has moved on for more pay. It isn't an isolated phenomenon.
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    Kudos/Patient Compliments

    The compliment that I miss the most is when I find out that people who have less education, experience, and who, in some cases, do less work, or have more "failings" than me, get more money per hour. I told a coworker recently that I must have the word "gullible" tattooed in invisible ink across my forehead and my tush. That is how I know I won't be missed when I leave the workforce for good. Compliments and mentions mean nothing if they don't turn into cents per hour at the end of the pay period.