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  1. forgop

    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    I'm not willing to testify on behalf of anything outside my scope of practice or to anything they don't present to me that I charted about this patient, so any other specifics, I cannot recall or I don't know will be my answer to anything that can't be answered with a yes/no question. I recognize my care follows me no matter what state I live in or what hospital I work for, but as I said, this case is about an MD's failure to diagnose/treat and their malpractice/negligence, which has nothing to do with my direct care for a patient. If that seems hostile or whatever other term you want to use for it, so be it.
  2. forgop

    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    And by the way, I'm not a "she". Spoke with my friend/attorney last night and he supports my position-no talking with either side period until there's an actual subpoena. I'll tell the attorney my availability is only between 1-1:30am on a lunch break if he wishes to discuss the matter with me any further.
  3. forgop

    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    This case hasn't identified me as being negligent or identified me as a malpractice complaint. Thus is against the MD'S that saw the patient named in the complaint filed in court for failing to diagnose and treat. I recognize this will go to trial and meeting with the defense attorney will have no bearing whatsoever in whether I'm called to testify. I already know that I will only agree to what I charted about the patient, nothing more and nothing less. I will have no contact with the plaintiff's counsel in the matter as well. But I do like the idea of telling the attorney that if he wants to talk to me bad enough, he can show up at 1am when I take a lunch break.
  4. forgop

    Attorney contacted me about lawsuit

    This is the hospital's counsel. The plaintiff has evidently named every person that documented something as a witness, so meeting with this attorney will do nothing to alleviate getting a subpoena. The risk management department made 2 earlier attempts to contact me and I didn't return their calls. I figure I no longer work for them, they've done me no favors since I resigned and I don't owe them anything.
  5. Attorney contacted me about a civil suit about a case filed against the hospital. I was not at fault, but they're literally trying to bring everyone involved. This happened over 2 years ago and no longer work for the hospital being sued. The attorney asked that I meet with him at my convenience and I said I have no interest in meeting wirh him or being "prepped" in any way. I've advised him the people they need to be talking to have MD, NP, or PA after their names, not RN. I work nights to the tune of 60 hours a week and have zero interest taking time out of my sleep for which I won't be compensated when it's not of my doing. If I must appear in court, I will be in scrubs and sleeping. What would you do?
  6. forgop

    What are your pet peeves?

    Yeah, I don't get the concept of people giving something for every fever. I think our pediatrician doesn't even really encourage meds until you're at least 102. By treating the fever, you're not allowing the immune system to do what it's supposed to do. Speaking of meds, it also drives me nuts that we have some doctors who will give scrips for the tylenol and ibuprofen so the patient's "insurance" will pay for it. You just came to the ER for free and you can't so much as dig out $5 out of your own pocket?
  7. Seems like a stupid HR policy then-giving out free educations and then not recouping their investment. Don't blame them for taking advantage of it. I'm planning on enrolling in NP school and the hospital will pay for most, if not all of it. I'd have to stay for 2-3 years afterward or pay back the funds. The hospital doesn't guarantee a position in that capacity when I complete it and the heck of it is, I couldn't be in the NP role and work for the hospital. How dumb is that?
  8. forgop

    Want to transition to OR

    Hope you have better luck than me. Granted, I'm a relatively new RN, but in all of the OR postings, I always see "must have prior OR experience". It's not like anyone is willing to train you.
  9. forgop

    What are your pet peeves?

    What do you hate to see/hear the most? Mine: 1. Ambulances for clearly non-emergent conditions (my personal most notables are of dental pain and a "possible UTI" but I know they're used for far more silly complaints than that. Just the two I've seen myself). 2. Chief complaint of fever, yet they have not so much as taken a temp at home, and if so, even taken tylenol or ibuprofen 3. Mom who brings in all 3 kids because they all have colds at the same time. 4. I'm allergic to tylenol, ibuprofen, codeine, aspirin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and zofran. All of them have caused anaphylaxis. 5. The patient that claims their police report PROVES their medications were stolen.
  10. forgop

    Honestly, what does documentation get you?

    If they said it, quote it as such. If someone calls you out on profanity in the charting, they have issues, not you.
  11. forgop

    Honestly, what does documentation get you?

    We all have these patients- They don't pay a dime for their "insurance", they call 911 for the "free ride", and they claim they're having (insert random symptom of the day) with 10/10 pain. They claim they're on home oxygen to warrant the "free ride" home in an ambulance because they didn't bring their home O2 tank, despite the fact the patient refused to wear the oxygen in the room. The service is never fast enough, the pain meds are never strong enough, and the harder you bust your butt, the more they'll make you work, and the words "please" or "thank you" aren't even in their vocabulary. I do NOTHING out of the way for them, I take my sweet time, and the more you inconvenience them than you go out of your way for them, the less likely they'll come back.
  12. Most tuition reimbursement plans would call for you to stay X number of years upon completion or you'll repay it. By saying you want to go back to school, it should indicate they're more likely to lock you in for a longer period.
  13. I would think you should already know what patients they typically see and what their trauma level status is. It shows you're already doing some homework. As far as not mentioning a desire to go back to school, I don't see that being an issue. I think many hospitals see that as a plus and if you're an ASN by chance, most of the hospitals are requiring new grads to complete a BSN within X number of years or they're gone. Going from a BSN to MSN, NP, etc will only enhance your practice and further your clinical skills as a new grad because the more exposure you have, the more/faster you'll learn.
  14. In the ER, it's always best to use the AC in the event they might need a CT scan with contrast or get phenergen. It's a no-brainer if it's available.
  15. In my market, many hospitals have stopped back filling weekend option positions or eliminated them altogether as was the case with me a couple of weeks ago. We work 24 hours every weekend and given the benefits of a F/T employee are now being cut back to regular part-time status. The political climate is to strip out and devalue health care in such a way in the name of "affordability" that the financial reward doesn't come close to wait we have to deal with on a daily basis. I'm still new (BSN grad May 2012) and have worked weekend option for my first real job since then. I work with a great group of RN's and of all the night shift RN's in the ER, they are by far more experienced than the night shift during the week. Even as a new grad, my base cut in pay is expected to be $15-16k LESS next year, let alone those who make far more than me in their base pay. Personally, I picked up a lot of extra hours and OT this year that I'm now only expecting to make 40% of what I will make this year because other weekend option nurses will be picking up shifts they normally wouldn't work to help make up for the difference in pay. As a result, I've started applying for other F/T positions and there is still a hospital in my market advertising for weekend option and regular F/T nights. It's quite surprising given this hospital receives much higher percentages of uninsured/medicaid than all the others. They've called to set up and interview, but I can't help but be gun shy to take an offer for a weekend option position knowing how many others have done it. Part of me likes working fewer hours at a higher rate of pay, but then I'm also burnt out already for missing out on Sunday mornings at church with my family. Seems if I took regular F/T, I'd likely have some sort of weekend rotation anyway and if I wanted to pick up extra hours, they'd likely be available. Would you take the risk of a weekend option offer today? Either way, I know that going forward in my current gig is nothing more than 0.6FTE in my current role and being offered a 0.6 WEO gig would still be better than what I have going forward, but just how long would it last is what I want to know.
  16. forgop

    Overtime Question when single

    This is too easy. Take your current stub, multiply out times # of pay periods in a year to get yourself an annual salary with a breakdown of your taxes. If you know what the additional pay is for for 2 weeks at 48 hours/week, use those rates. Come tax time, you'll get a breakdown and see where you're at with what you're declaring in deductions. It won't be exact, but it'll get you close. For example, I learned of my weekend bonus being eliminated and getting cut to part time. I've already determined based upon my anticipated income for 24 hours/week how much I'd expect back with the EIC "free money" and how much disincentive there is to pick up any extra hours at a certain point as a result. At my current base, I'd get the equivalent of 20 hours/month at PRN pay to NOT work. I"ll add up and see what happens by adding in another 8 hours/week and see if I'd still get all of that money back or not.