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DallasRN specializes in ICU/ER/Med-Surg/Case Management/Manageme.

RN for 34 years

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  1. DallasRN

    COVID-19: Stimulus Checks for Teachers?

    Rose_Queen, I see your point about grocery workers but I just don't buy in on the teachers receiving the additional stimulus. First, I'd dare say the vast majority of nurses, while trained and with some knowledge, had no concept of caring for these incredibly sick and dying patients in a pandemic. Worse, everyone was receiving contradictory information, we really didn't know what was up or down..."masks not necessary," "wear a mask". Surfaces are dangerous. No they aren't. Most of us stayed confused in the early days. In the meantime, teachers sat at home although their "population" base was the least susceptible and likely to carry the virus. Most teachers kept their salary while teaching from home. Millions were unable to earn a penny and lined up at the food banks. A million factors! Bottom line, I think, is the teachers have a strong union while nurses do not.
  2. Perhaps I'm missing something but I just read this on some news site but similar articles are all over the news: And this is the email I just sent to Governor Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz: What am I missing here? I didn't even have room to talk about the nightmare of working in those many layers of PPE, having difficulty breathing through the masks, sweating from all the layers of protective gowns/caps...so many things...for 12-14+ hours...helpless while people are dying before your eyes...not having a family member with them. And what about all the HCP's that had to go to work (including unit sec, CNA's, ancillary people) and leave their kids at home to try to get computer educated??? OK...this is the reason I normally do NOT listen to the news - not good for an old persons B/P. I'm livid for my peers.
  3. DallasRN

    My Instructor Used To Be My Nurse

    Some movies you can walk into and know the whole scenario. Beyond that, tho', those are my thoughts and comments regardless of others. I answered the OP with my opinions and thoughts that have nothing to do with others. Just as I would hope you do. As an aside: I don't attempt to call others on this site out for what they think (with one recent exception) so I don't understand the need of others to do so. This site, unfortunately, is turning into a facebook/Twitter type of environment. Sad.
  4. DallasRN

    My Instructor Used To Be My Nurse

    I fully disagree with your comments in response to mine. Certainly, your opinion can be considered as can mine but your opinion does not make mine inappropriate. There are ways of conveying the specifics of various conditions to people becoming educationally prepared...but there are also ways of conveying that information that can prevent the former recipient of that care from being able to ID herself. And yes, it may not have been discussed in a professional nature but maybe it was. We don't know. We only have the OP and her sensitivities to rely on. Personally, I believe we all need to be even more cognizant of issues related to mental health...moreso than issues that might relate to blood pressure, appendectomy. I stand by my comments as I'm sure you stand by yours. Makes for an interesting world, don't you think? Have a great day!
  5. DallasRN

    My Instructor Used To Be My Nurse

    I haven't read all the replies so perhaps my comment is redundant. However, my suggestion would be to talk with this instructor - now. Why wait and let your hurt, fears - feelings in general - fester? I would write a bullet-pointed letter to her outlining my concerns/feelings/thoughts - not in an accusatory manner but in a personal and professional manner - and then schedule a meeting with her. I would give her a copy of the letter so she knows you are serious in your reasons for being concerned. The last paragraph of my letter would be something along the line of "I hope you understand my reasons for discussing these highly personal concerns with you is to allow you to understand and perhaps refresh your memory on the importance of limiting any discussion of patient issues and especially mental health issues. We never know who we might be talking to". Or something to that effect. You might also address with her how this has been a "valuable learning experience" for you. Very frankly, I can imagine any of us doing something similar but know I would be horrified if I had done to someone what she unknowingly did to you. Learning experience for all of us.
  6. DallasRN

    The Pros and Cons of Retaking Classes

    This may seem like a silly answer to your question so I'm hoping you'll take it the way I mean it. No, I never had to re-take a nursing course. However, in my very early senior years - I was about 59-60 -, I decided to train my 70 pound young dog in agility. We had to take 3 6-week pre-agility classes (at significant cost) prior to being enrolled in the actual agility classes. He was a youngish hound dog, full of energy. We passed the pre 1 & 2 classes, and during pre 3 he did great! Fantastic! Until the final test night when he decided to go crazy. We failed. I was incredibly disappointed (and told him I was dropping him off at the dog pound on the way home! LOL). Had to wait 3 months for the next pre 3 class. SMH Anyway, I later realized re-taking that class really helped both of us tremendously in later years. I was able to focus on honing my handler skills, he grew up a little bit in those few months and he, too, became more focused. If I had it to do all over again, I'd retake that final pre 3 class regardless of a pass/fail situation. We had a wonderful 14 year run together - enjoying traveling all over competing in agility (never high level champs but had fun!), and later enjoying slow, leisurely walks in our "golden" years. With all this said, enjoy the benefits of repeating a class. It will serve you well later on. Best of luck to you!
  7. Personally, I would refuse the J&J vaccine due to the multiple issues they've had with this vaccine. I really didn't understand why anyone would want it in the first place due to the shortened effectiveness period. I would not refuse to give it if this was a person's vaccine of choice. Beyond that... "The symptoms were โ€œconsistent with known common side effects,โ€ the county said. In clinical trials, the most common side effects of the Johns on & Johnson vaccine were headaches and fatigue, followed by muscle aches, nausea and fever. Of the 18 people, 14 were treated onsite, while four were sent to a local hospital, the county said." Don't you wonder if the "side-effects" aren't similar to a "herd immunity" type of thing? Lots of press, lots of talk about that particular vaccine issues (blood clots, etc)...could this lead to anxiety/panic reaction resulting in the noted sx of headache/fatigue? One person faints, another, and another....And frankly and truthfully, I'd be afraid of J&J after all the bad press. I was working in a low income senior facility recently. Fire Department administered Moderna to all residents who wanted a vaccine. A few days later, almost every single person talked about side effects necessitating bed rest, visits to doctors. In the meantime, I've talked to many others in the community who received Moderna who reported no side effects or only slightly uncomfortable muscle aches, sore arm, etc. I find this sort of stuff interest.
  8. I just copied and pasted this so as to be certain everyone read it. To me, this is the essence of nursing. Thank you, spotangel.
  9. DallasRN

    Do I have to do bedside nursing as a new grad?

    Much like you, TriciaJ! Spent years working ICU and ER. In the last few years of my hospital work, I took a med-surg job with another goal in mind - thinking it would be short-term. Loved it. Whole different can of worms on a med-surg floor. It's where I was at that point in my career. Frankly, I think it takes a bunch of confidence, self-motivation, and certainly different skills to be successful on a med-surg floor. Could I have done it fresh out of school? Probably would have hated it. So for the OP...give yourself time, find your place in the nursing world. And as you "wander about" over the years, you'll be amazed at how your thoughts and attitudes change. But of course, that's true of aging no matter who or what is aging. LOL
  10. DallasRN

    Burnout in HH

    Go! Leave! And as they say, don't let the door hit you... ๐Ÿ˜ Seriously, I admire you for hanging in there as long as you have. Sitting here thinking - driving 100 miles a day at avg. 40 mph would mean about 2.5 hours of driving time alone. I did home health with a a few different agencies in my area. I really tried hard. I wanted to enjoy it. Altogether, lasted about a year and ended up hating about 364 days of it. Ran myself ragged, never felt like I was doing a decent job. So much needed to be done for the (mainly) senior population but no time to do it. Once I was out of THAT home and on to the NEXT home all thoughts of the PREVIOUS home would leave my head. Felt like I was a rat on a wheel going round and round but going nowhere. The time spent on documentation is absurd! Twice as much time documenting as is spent on patient care. Admin doesn't care. Sadly, I found the companies (those I was familiar with but others per friends) really did not care a bit about the staff or patients. They simply wanted to line their own pockets. Some people love home health and have different and positive experiences. I didn't. My personal time, my home life, my R&R, is important. And professionally, my ability to provide good (at the minimum) patient care is crucial. I didn't find that in home health. I now work part time (but I'm old, too! ๐Ÿ‘ต) at a small non-profit agency for seniors, make far less money than I did in HH, have 100% supportive co-workers, no call, no weekends, get lots of respect from staff and our clients, have a great personal life & time to do things I enjoy. Not everyone can afford the huge paycut I took (nor could I prior to my Soc Sec), but if you can find something - anything - you can survive on, enjoy and makes you feel valued it's worth it. Good luck!
  11. DallasRN

    What Has Been an Upside to Covid?

    My remarks were not intended to be "flippant" or give false reassurance. While you may consider my comments on positive thinking "neurotypical" there is much research that suggest a change in thought patterns with a focus on positives can change ones attitude and outlook. It works for me and many others but obviously it isn't for you. With that said, I will bow out of further discussion with you but I do hope you find your own inner peace.
  12. DallasRN

    Vaccine Hesitancy

    Thanks! I was amazed at the lack of anything after #1. Maybe I'll be lucky with #2.
  13. DallasRN

    What Has Been an Upside to Covid?

    Crystal-Wings, if someone you care for - a family member, a neighbor, a student, even a casual acquaintance - shared similar thoughts and feelings with you what would your response be? While we don't know each other on this forum, we are a family of sorts. A family of nurses. We may have "family" arguments occasionally but we remain family. We care for you - want the best for you. Please take care if yourself. I agree - it's hard - but focus on the positive. Set one positive thought daily.
  14. DallasRN

    Vaccine Hesitancy

    ๐Ÿ˜† It's all I the delivery, Wuzzie. That said, I'm often the one who says "good morning" and the person swings around and says "what's your problem?!?" ๐Ÿ˜†
  15. DallasRN

    Vaccine Hesitancy

    Totally agree, Jedrnurse. What others do in terms of vaccines, voting, etc. is on them. Not me. I make my own educated decisions and hope others do the same whether they differ from mine or not