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  1. DallasRN

    Are We Too PC?

    Well, a couple of things...first and again, using deliberately hurtful words has nothing to do with being PC. It is simply being mean. Second, you will NEVER ensure everyone has the same "common sense and sensitivity chip" you describe or wish for. We all come from different backgrounds, have different sensitivities, grew up in different cultures (whether that culture was a national or local culture or simply our family culture). We are not clones. Robots. Things that may bother you might have no effect on me. As for your Japanese friend, I have to wonder why she wouldn't speak up for herself - agency or not? And did you speak up for her to your co-workers? To me, this PC stuff is exactly what the original poster and others have mentioned...taking one simple thing that has been around for years totally out of context and making an issue over it. I bet if we could take a national vote we would find a very small percentage believing the ...Cold Outside song politically incorrect.
  2. DallasRN

    Are We Too PC?

    Lil Nel, I think it's an entirely different situation when people use derogatory terms to intentionally insult, degrade and demean others of any race, religion, sex, etc., etc. There's nothing PC or otherwise about using those types of terms. It's mean, ugly and meant to inflict harm and should never be tolerated by any of us. I don't think we can even draw a comparison to using those types of words to the current "movements" to eliminate songs from our "playlist". Where's the foul in wishing someone a Merry Christmas? I have friends that will occasionally wish me a Happy Hanukkah. I'm not Jewish but I certainly appreciate the thought...the sentiment. We've become far too sensitive, IMO.
  3. DallasRN

    Are We Too PC?

    Well, djh123, what about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer? After all, those other reindeers were bullying poor ol' Rudolph so perhaps we should insist that song most of us grew up singing should be banned. Makes perfectly good sense to me.
  4. DallasRN

    Are We Too PC?

    "Do you think before you speak? " PC has gone way too far, IMO. As a result, I find myself NOT speaking or being as friendly as in days gone by. It's just easier to smile and say nothing rather than try to figure out if what I might say or the look on my face or the way my tone is interpreted might be offensive. Even at the grocery or out walking my dog...I just tend to keep to myself now-a-days. As a society, we are being bullied by a few *noise-makers*...they threaten boycotts, demonstrate. There is no longer room in our society for saying "I'm sorry." If you made a comment 10-20-30 years ago that was considered OK during those days, you are forever held accountable for that comment. I truly feel sorry for those that will be living in this world in the next 50 years. It's almost as if the current society is trying to make us into clones.
  5. DallasRN

    Nervous About Nursing School and Working Full Time

    I agree with much of the other information provided and have just one thought to ad. I had just read another Nurse Beth response in which asking for help was mentioned. Well, as you pursue your education - and working, school, family responsibilities will be difficult, no doubt - ask for help. From friends, neighbors, relatives, the kids if old enough... We nurses are frequently bad about asking for help. Child care, grocery shopping, running a few errands, help with household chores...instead of a Christmas gift, ask for a week of freezer meals, etc. We adults sometimes need a village, too.
  6. DallasRN

    What Do You Carry In Your Bag?

    It's probably a silly question for most of you, but for those of us new to the field, it's information we need. I have the typical supplies given to me by the agency - dressing supplies, wound care supplies, gloves, etc. But what else do you find you need frequently or even just occasionally when you're out and about? For example, someone told me to always carry extra batteries for the SAO2 monitor...something I would have never thought of until I was in someones home with dead batteries. Thanks for any and all suggestions.
  7. DallasRN

    I Must Be Missing Something

    Hi TristleRN and thanks for your comments. Just to update this thread, I now have a new and seemingly great job with a company that knows my limitations in home health but willing to train. The difference in the overall attitude of other nursing and clerical staff and managers is like a night/day difference. Everyone seems very goal oriented, want to do the best job possible...but they seem to truly enjoy their work and their patients. They laugh and smile a lot, they seem to like and respect each other. Just a great group. It took me longer to get this job than I had anticipated. However, I held out for a company I thought would treat me with dignity and respect. The salary is a bit less than I would prefer (aren't we all worth a bunch more than we're paid?!? :) ) but I learned long ago, and especially with the other company...money ain't everything!! I did post a new thread ' MY NEW JOB - just to kind of update everyone that encouraged me.
  8. DallasRN

    My New Job!!

    Some of you may remember my posts back in May/June about the absolutely horrible job I had with a local agency...my first HH position. After many years of a rather decent nursing career, that job was demoralizing. I was worried I wouldn't be able to get another job with my lack of experience combined with only about 3 1/2 months at that agency. Generally a bad situation. Some of you were so encouraging and I thank you! Now for the good news. Back in early August I FINALLY got a decent interview and knew from the minute I walked in the doors it was a place I wanted to work. Warm, welcoming, inviting. The clinical manager was encouraging and well aware of my lack of experience but willing to train me. (And I think she'll be tough in a warm way - which is good). It's a major player in the DFW area. Large area, many branches. It took weeks to get the background stuff done. The pay wasn't as high as I had made at the awful place but I had learned that lesson. Money isn't everything and a few dollars isn't the end of the world. In the interim, I was offered another job - smaller agency, higher pay. I took a gamble and held out for the good place. Need I tell you I started a couple of weeks ago? WooHoo!! I've ridden with several nurses that have been there for 5-7 years and LOVE their job. I've been to a case conference with staff from all over the DFW area and sure enough...they've all had that same vibe...warm, welcoming, love their jobs, happy, eager to share their knowledge with me. I've found my home in nursing. My goal is to be the best HHN for this company I can possibly be. That means I'll likely be coming here and asking questions frequently. I'm just as happy as can be with the way things have turned out. I'm only working PRN (my choice) but will probably be able to work almost as much as I want. I had told the manager I am perfectly willing to take call, work holidays/weekends, etc. once trained. I'm single with no kids so it really isn't a big deal for me. Anyway, all is great!
  9. This is an older post so I'm sure your decision has been made. My only comment is to be very careful in terms of judging an agency strictly from the monetary standpoint. I'm certainly not assuming you were doing that, but after my experience, I'll always toss that thought out there for consideration. I was a highly experienced nurse but green as could be in home health. Was offered and accepted a job with a small agency offering me great pay. Ended up being the worst job of my 36 years in nursing. I have a friend still working there and she tells me in the 5 months I've been gone they've hired numerous RN's and LVN's who end up staying just a short time. Sad. Now I'm going to post something about my wonderful new (lower paying) job! :)
  10. This article was perfectly timed for me. I'm starting a new HH job Tuesday with what I believe is going to be a fantastic agency and I want to be the best I can be for my new manager and company. I feel I was really lucky to be hired since I only have about 4 months experience in home health although many, many, many years of nursing experience. The other agency I was with for those few months was beyond horrible. Anything I can learn is helpful. Knowing a QA nurse might contact me and why is particularly helpful and timely because as a new employee as well as a relatively new HH nurse it's likely I would feel I had done something wrong. Many thanks!
  11. I fully agree and taking it a step further, why not allow shift-sharing or splitting into two 6 hour shifts? For the sake of continuity, that might not be best in some situations, but in others it would work fine. Day surgery where the patients are in and out anyway. OR. Pre-admission areas. Some long-term areas where patients get to know their nurses - they would likely support having 2 nurses they know during a 12-14 hour period. In addition to older nurses feeling to tired to work 12-14 hours, there are other reasons. Some are limited in terms of $$'s they can earn (based on their retirement/receiving SS benefits). Some live a distance from a hospital so an hour drive each way coupled with long shifts... Another advantage to those of us that are older...we no longer have kids so working weekends and some holidays just isn't a big deal.
  12. Thank you so much, doda677, for mentioning that picture. I looked at it and thought the same thing. That person looks like an old, haggard, shrew and definitely not a person I would want to work with or take care of me if I was a patient. I'm definitely an "older" nurse and while I no longer work in the clinical setting, I have many friends who do and frankly, they are some of the happiest, smiling, secure and confident nurses I know. They've lived through the years of uncertainty with themselves and their profession. They've spent time in management and decided having "a life" is more beneficial to their personal goals at this stage of their lives. They've gained the respect of their peers and the doctors they work with. They are the bedside leaders in their clinical environments. When the day arrives that I'm the patient lying in that bed, I hope it is an older, experienced, organized nurse assigned to me...someone who can truly assess and pick up on subtle signs that only experience can provide...not a nurse running around helter-skelter, feeling overwhelmed by what is only the days events. How many of us remember those "really old" hospital nurse grads who could handle just about anything thrown at them from day one?
  13. DallasRN

    59 and No Longer Safe

    I am so sorry to hear your story. I don't have any advice beyond Nurse Beth's excellent advice but thought I would let you know I can certainly empathize. Age discrimination is alive and well. I'm a few years older than you but like you, years and years of varied experience. Several weeks back after interviewing for a job I knew would never be a good fit, I sent the Executive Director a very nice e-mail thanking him for his time but stating I felt he would be able to find someone better qualified for the position. In the meantime, I have a friend working in that facility but he did not know we were friends. He was overheard saying, "I would never hire anyone as old as her". Demoralizing. After you get your health checked out, do consider telephonic nursing. I did that several years back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really think you can sometimes make a greater impact on a person's life and health over the phone than you can in the hurried hospital environment. Best of luck!!
  14. And what's even sadder is that those that have sought treatment, been treated, and continue to receive treatment (whether in the form of medication/counseling, etc.) are likely to be better staff members and caregivers than those that are not acknowledging their need for treatment, attempting self-treatment, or simply living in a state of denial regarding their need for treatment. Very frankly, in my opinion, it is almost impossible to escape the need for some sort of treatment for depression and anxiety in this day and age. Many of us are isolated due to computers/social media. The daily news is anxiety provoking. Families live far apart. I congratulate anyone who has taken the initiative to seek the self-care they need. We self-care by having our hair and nails done, maybe a little Botox here and there, gym workouts. We take care of the outside and nobody questions it. So why not take care of the inside?
  15. DallasRN

    Patient abandonment?

    Perhaps others can address this better but I would be very concerned that an employer was accusing me of patient abandonment. That is a very serious charge and could affect future employment. If indeed they believe you abandoned your patients, they should have reported to your State Board. Did they? I'm thinking I would consider contacting an employment attorney and have him/her look into this situation. It's one thing to be terminated for cause - too many call-ins, insubordination, etc., but abandonment??? Good luck!