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MrChicagoRN RN

Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care
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MrChicagoRN has 30 years experience as a RN and specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care.

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  1. MrChicagoRN

    Experience before PMHNP

    My person opinion is that you are limiting your opportunities by not working as an RN 1st.
  2. MrChicagoRN

    Question for nurses that are male...

    Don't go throwing your fancy pants book learning at us. Next you'll be telling us you even know how the civil war started. Nobody knows that.... (hey, where did the emoticon button go)...not even the president of the eunited states!
  3. you can always also just forward selected emails to yourself, including attachments. Just don't send yourself any sensitive emails that need to remain encrypted.
  4. MrChicagoRN

    Nurse sent pics from pts phone to his

    Despicable behavior for anyone, even moreso for a nurse
  5. MrChicagoRN

    Anyone w/ experience on out of pocket Humira cost?!

    Try this site: Patient Assistance & Copay Savings Card for HUMIRA® Cost
  6. MrChicagoRN

    Interviewing after Accepting Job Offer

    You can always quit a job to take another, unless you signed a contract with penalties for leaving. Just realize that you are probably burning a bridge behind you. Someone once said, you only do this once in your career, as if it becomes a habit, no one will want to hire you.
  7. MrChicagoRN

    Enough is Enough...

    ..And you'll probably get blamed for all the uncompleted tasks left behind. Glad that you are in a better environment now.
  8. MrChicagoRN

    Inform director of leaving beforehand?

    New employers are unlikely to contact a current employer before you interview, and both parties are interested. It could be 1-3 months till you actually get an offer. so it may be good to not tip your hand too early.
  9. MrChicagoRN

    Endorsement

    It's all on the IDPR website. You apply for license by endorsement, so no NCLEX ever again.
  10. MrChicagoRN

    IL reciprocity status

    Google Illinois RN license lookup, but that will show only actual licensure. I don't know if there is anywhere to check where you are in the process. Illinois has always been slow, and the state hasn't had a budget in 2 years, so patience is required.
  11. MrChicagoRN

    BSN or ADN in The Chicagoland area

    IOM recommends 80% BSN nurses by 2020 so BSN prepared new grads move to the top of the interview pile over ADN. You most likely WILL be expected to have a BSN at some point, so best to get it now if you can. BSN, ABSN, or even a general entry masters. Usually very intensive, but sometimes only a year or two in length.
  12. MrChicagoRN

    Enough is Enough...

    Ever since sometime in the mid ninety's I've been in leadership roles, from supervisor up through manager with as many as 50 something reports. Last 5 years have been as Clinical Nurse Manager. This involves scheduling, discipline, hiring, mentoring, practice improvement, customer recovery, patient deescalation, regulatory compliance, and even direct care shifts if I couldn't find the staff. Lately, they had added multiple paper audits that killed many trees. Mix in 50 hour weeks, family needs, a very elderly (and needy) mom and her many pets needing my attention, along with an attempt to complete a PMHNP. I'm an excellent leader, but the manager part was killing me. Being a clinical manager was great, but its good to recognize one's limits and needs. Currently working towards establishing a better work life balance. Too much stress, for too long: have stepped down, and taking a break from work. If I don't take care of myself, no one else will.
  13. MrChicagoRN

    Condom catheter

    No, you will not lose your license because of this.
  14. MrChicagoRN

    EMPLOYEE Safety Risks & How to Prevent - Help!

    What's already in place at your hospital, and what do you feel are the biggest gaps?
  15. MrChicagoRN

    The test doesn't lie

    I 2nd you consulting an attorney as your ex-employer may be more responsive to him/her. I also wonder if you have a case for wrongful termination as it appears that they refused to confirm the test, and there are few tests that don't have the potential for false positives. Good Luck
  16. MrChicagoRN

    "So we're doing a peanut butter tasting...

    You are such a dreamer...
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