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    caliotter3 reacted to /username in Allnurses Clubs   
    So glad that there's still not a forum section for those of us that work in donation and transplantation, but we have a section for med spa nursing, 3 different sections for LTC, and now little clubhouses where those with higher "site standing", or whatever that stupid green bar popularity contest is, to sit in and look down on us peons. 
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from Fiona59 in Allnurses Clubs   
    I signed in just to reply to this post.  In total agreement.  Just another ploy to cater to the childish.  You'll get no lecture from me.  Now to sign out again.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from Fiona59 in Allnurses Clubs   
    I signed in just to reply to this post.  In total agreement.  Just another ploy to cater to the childish.  You'll get no lecture from me.  Now to sign out again.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from dazi930 in New grad at 44. I'm overwhelmed and ready to quit.   
    Should you quit this job it is highly likely that your next job would be at a long term care facility, if they are hurting for employees.  I can assure you that the stress level will be as high, if not higher (they might hire you only for night shift and you might be the "ranking" nurse in the building, making you responsible for a lot more than you are now).  This is a good time to think constructively about ways to cope.  Develop stress relief strategies.  Learn how to ask for help.  When you get home, yeah, go ahead and cry, but limit the time you are miserable.  Progressively decrease that 'miserable' time.  Take care of your health.  Enjoy your family.  Pick one item at a time from a list that you make, of ways to make your shift go easier.  Work on that item until you have gained some confidence.  Then go on to the next item.  If you are proactive about improving on your prioritization and job performance in general, you will find that this makes you feel that you are your own agent of change and not just a "victim" with no say in the matter. 
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from luvspnk31 in Starting Over at 25   
    I just wish I was 25 again.
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    caliotter3 reacted to Susie2310 in Allnurses Clubs   
    I am apprehensive that having clubs that are closed or private will lead to divisiveness on the forum.  Also, in my opinion, this appears to be a way of preventing the general public from seeing the content of some discussions, as some members have requested.  I can't personally support the idea of making some topics/discussions off-limits to some members and to the general public.  The openness and transparency of this site are what I value, not the ability to communicate privately with other posters.
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    caliotter3 reacted to Fiona59 in Allnurses Clubs   
    The general public has no place on this forum.
    It's for nurses, nursing students, NAs, PSW, advanced practice nurses.
    I don't go to military, police, doctors, or whatever forums that are specialized to through in my 50cents on how I think they should behave.
    And I fully expect a lecture on my bad attitude from certain posters.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from ruby_jane, BSN, RN in Threatened by employer   
    He was under stress when he said that, but that does not mean it is not true.  Of course, that is the stance of probably 99.9% of employers.  Most just don't come out and say it beforehand, that's all.  If you are unnerved enough by what was said and how things appear at this point, take the advice of others and look around for that next pasture.  But don't for one minute think that because someone does not say something inappropriate while in an aggravated state, that you are any more covered elsewhere, than you are at this place.  No employer looks out for the peon.  That is a given.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from ruby_jane, BSN, RN in Threatened by employer   
    He was under stress when he said that, but that does not mean it is not true.  Of course, that is the stance of probably 99.9% of employers.  Most just don't come out and say it beforehand, that's all.  If you are unnerved enough by what was said and how things appear at this point, take the advice of others and look around for that next pasture.  But don't for one minute think that because someone does not say something inappropriate while in an aggravated state, that you are any more covered elsewhere, than you are at this place.  No employer looks out for the peon.  That is a given.
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    caliotter3 reacted to JKL33 in Med error . I’m devastated   
    Two more things:
    Let this be a lesson that empowers you to be discerning about what you do and don't do, regardless of what others do and don't do. Aim for that idea of being a prudent nurse and making prudent nursing decisions. So when you see everyone else pre-pouring meds or not conscientiously practicing the "rights" of medication administration, you will feel empowered to act upon your voice that tells you that is not prudent nursing practice and that you are allowed, empowered, and obligated to do things differently.
    Lastly: After you've burned your lessons into your brain, you have to let the self-deprecation go. Perseverating with negative self-talk is a distraction in and of itself. Take the lessons, leave the rest.
     
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    caliotter3 reacted to Ruby Vee, BSN in Failed for Clinical-but no proof   
    Sadly, you still don't get it.
    Your health issues are not an excuse unless either they are just happening (ie, you are bleeding profusely or have suffered a CVA while qualifying for CPR) or you have gone through the proper channels to request an accommodation and it has been granted.  Numerous people have explained this to you.  
    You were late, you used your phone in the wrong area, and you are still making excuses about both of those things.  It doesn't matter what other students did or didn't do.  This is about you.  You don't seem to understand that.
    Your instructor is human; and as a human there will be people she likes and people she doesn't like.  She doesn't like you.  I get that that seems terribly unfair to you, but I am beginning to understand why that would be the case.  (Hint, going above her head to complain about her might have something to do with it.  That's going to make other instructors -- and maybe the director -- dislike you, too.)
    You left the unit and your patient without notifying the nurse or the CNA caring for the patient.  That is an unsafe practice.  You do not seem to understand that that is the case or why it should be the case.
    You are failing to take responsibility for your mistakes and are instead coming up with one excuse after another.  A nurse or a nursing student who fails to take accountability for her errors is not just "unsafe" but is out and out dangerous.  THAT is why you are being failed and a rip for unsafe practice attached to your record.  Not because you made mistakes -- we all make mistakes.  But because you refuse to take responsibility and you don't learn from your mistakes.
    Let me restate this -- a nurse or a student or a PERSON who fails to take responsibility and refuses to learn from mistakes is dangerous.  Not just unsafe.  Dangerous.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from ruby_jane, BSN, RN in Threatened by employer   
    He was under stress when he said that, but that does not mean it is not true.  Of course, that is the stance of probably 99.9% of employers.  Most just don't come out and say it beforehand, that's all.  If you are unnerved enough by what was said and how things appear at this point, take the advice of others and look around for that next pasture.  But don't for one minute think that because someone does not say something inappropriate while in an aggravated state, that you are any more covered elsewhere, than you are at this place.  No employer looks out for the peon.  That is a given.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from ruby_jane, BSN, RN in Threatened by employer   
    He was under stress when he said that, but that does not mean it is not true.  Of course, that is the stance of probably 99.9% of employers.  Most just don't come out and say it beforehand, that's all.  If you are unnerved enough by what was said and how things appear at this point, take the advice of others and look around for that next pasture.  But don't for one minute think that because someone does not say something inappropriate while in an aggravated state, that you are any more covered elsewhere, than you are at this place.  No employer looks out for the peon.  That is a given.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from Persephone Paige, ADN in Advice please I’m torn.   
    From my prior experience with similar situations, get away from that employer, as well as that case, period.  Like yesterday.
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from dazi930 in New grad at 44. I'm overwhelmed and ready to quit.   
    Should you quit this job it is highly likely that your next job would be at a long term care facility, if they are hurting for employees.  I can assure you that the stress level will be as high, if not higher (they might hire you only for night shift and you might be the "ranking" nurse in the building, making you responsible for a lot more than you are now).  This is a good time to think constructively about ways to cope.  Develop stress relief strategies.  Learn how to ask for help.  When you get home, yeah, go ahead and cry, but limit the time you are miserable.  Progressively decrease that 'miserable' time.  Take care of your health.  Enjoy your family.  Pick one item at a time from a list that you make, of ways to make your shift go easier.  Work on that item until you have gained some confidence.  Then go on to the next item.  If you are proactive about improving on your prioritization and job performance in general, you will find that this makes you feel that you are your own agent of change and not just a "victim" with no say in the matter. 
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from Persephone Paige, ADN in Advice please I’m torn.   
    From my prior experience with similar situations, get away from that employer, as well as that case, period.  Like yesterday.
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    caliotter3 reacted to not.done.yet, MSN, RN in Threatened by employer   
    I suggest you edit your post to remove any identifying information, such as your name and the sex of your boss. This board is very public and well known.
    I hope it all works out.
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    caliotter3 reacted to JKL33 in Advice please I’m torn.   
    You need legal advice asap.
    You can't return to the home, you need to make clear that you are resigning and I suspect (but don't know) that it would be wise to carefully/neutrally document and inform them of your reasoning for such at the time of resignation from the case. I say this because there is no good reason to think you wouldn't become the subject of retaliation.
    Especially since - according to my belief/understanding this should be reported according to mandated reporter laws.
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    caliotter3 reacted to NissaNurse in Does anyone have experience with Guardian Healthcare:Healthwise in Texas?   
    I have since left Guardian 5 years ago do to not being schedule enough patients. For them to be able to schedule me I was working out of 2 different offices in 2 different cities. They tried really hard an if I didn't have a family that depends on my check I would have stayed. I am making less as a state nurse but I know what I am making each month.
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    caliotter3 reacted to llg, PhD, RN in job forcing app on personal phone   
    Could question.  I wish I had facts to contribute.
    I am just about the only person on the leadership team at my hospital who still carries a pager.   Everyone else uses their personal phones.   When asked or teased about it, I tell them that this is what the hospital provides me.  If they want me to use a person phone, they'll have to provide me with one.
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    caliotter3 reacted to JKL33 in job forcing app on personal phone   
    This is a predictable progression of what has already been tolerated.
    These demands are possible because people acquiesce. People acquiesce because people need jobs.
    Whether it is fair or not is unfortunately beside the point.
    Whether or not the app uses much data or the phone model would need to be upgraded or patients would need to touch the phone are beside the point for me personally as well. I do not pay for a phone so that a business can demand to use it to conduct their business. Had this been part of the job description (same as with personal vehicle for business travel) I would feel differently because I would've already calculated how much it would cost me (financially and philosophically) vs. how much I wanted that job.  But this, "oh, the policy is changing and now requires you to use [x] personal resources as part of our business plan" ?? - - NO.
    It doesn't matter whether it is fair or not. You have to make a decision. Personally I would find a new job and go on about my life.
    Oh - - this is key. At the next job, I would start by 1) not being on-call 24/7/365 and 2) not making my personal phone available for anything other than my employer communicating with me according to a normal course of business/employment.
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    caliotter3 reacted to crhcus, BSN, MSN in LIES About LPN's and LVN's   
    Thank you for the post and the research you did! Solid work! I worked as a military trained LPN (91C) for 18 years before getting my BSN. So glad I worked in all the jobs leading up to BSN//MSN- a nurse is a nurse and we all work hard!! ♥️ Thank you!! 
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    caliotter3 got a reaction from thelittleRNwhocould in Can a registered nurse work as a medical assistant   
    ,You will most likely be wasting your time in applying for MA jobs as no employer will think they can get an RN to work for wages that low and they do not want to pay the minimum wage an RN would expect to do the job.  While you are applying for regular RN positions look to the companies that do flu shot and wellness clinics for short term employment opportunities.  A good way to get a more recent RN job title on the resume.
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    caliotter3 reacted to Davey Do in Charge Nurse!   
    I raised my voice in anger this past weekend at a coworker. I have not yelled at another employee in 16 years of working at WRMC.
    Until this weekend.
    I had been sitting for two hours on a LOS (Line Of Sight) with a patient who is the be all and end all of patients. This patient suffers from neurosyphilis and is volatile, loud, profane, spits, hits, kicks, and pees anywhere.
    He was so bad that only male staff were allowed to be with him, but he is now so heavily medicated and somewhat slowed down that female staff can be assigned to watch him.
    He was on a 1:1 status but the closeness and proximity of staff easily set him off, so the order was changed to LOS. Also, administration ruled that staff assigned to him was to change every hour.
    The psych division of  WRMC had four male Techs call off in a single shift, and it is believed they did so in order to avoid having to put in their time with this patient.
    So, I'm doing the LOS with this patient who, although medicated with high doses of scheduled and PRN anti-psychotics & benzodiazepines, was constantly acting out. 
    Due to circumstances beyond our control, I ended up having to be with him for two hours.
    A typically tardy nurse came into the unit, walked by the nurses station where shift report was taking place, walked past me, and  attempted to take over on a 1:1 patient for being a high fall risk, who rested quietly all night, was no behavior problem,  and stayed in his room all day.
    She asked the Tech sitting on the 1:1,  "Are you ready to go?"
    I exploded.
    I raised my voice, partially out of anger, partially to be heard over my patient who was yelling, "AHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHH! AHHHHHHH!"  and said, "YOU COME IN LATE, DON'T HEAR REPORT,  WALK PAST ME AND FIND THE EASIEST PATIENT WITH WHICH TO DEAL AND I'VE BEEN WITH (this patient) FOR TWO HOURS! YES! I AM READY TO GO!"
    My work wife Eleanor came out of the nurses station into the hallway and asked what the problem was and I loudly repeated, "SHE COMES IN LATE..."
    Suffice it to say that I got immediate relief, and to this point, the only repercussion I have gotten was an inquiry when I came back in to work that night:
    "Are you in a better mood?" 
    "Why yes. Yes I am, thank you very much."
     
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    caliotter3 reacted to Ruby Vee, BSN in The wage gap myth   
    Two of those hospitals I worked in with my ex- were union hospitals.  And the less qualified male STILL made more per hour.  I am not sure how they managed to do that, because when I talked to HR, I was shown the salary guidelines.  The union showed me the same guidelines.  I was making what I should have been making per the guidelines; the less qualified male was making MORE.
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