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Mollypita has 16 years experience.

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  1. Mollypita

    Don't do the physicians work!

    I work Med/Surg and I agree with much of this. I understand the need for occasional verbal orders in ER or ICU, but as the OP suggests, they are often given on my floor as the MD is running out the door, to save time. I would also add that administration is a huge enabler of situations like this, and it's more their fault than the doctors. For instance, at my facility, nurses get dinged for core measure "violations", such as an MI patient being discharged without being ordered a statin, or continuing an antibiotic beyond 24 hrs after surgery because the doctor entered the order that way. Why can't they be held accountable to put in orders correctly and thoroughly and why should the nurse be punished when they don't?? That's what I disagree with. If I only had three or four patients, it wouldn't be an issue, but I have six and don't have time to clean up all their sloppiness. And to those that work in teaching hospitals and have much better experiences, that's great for them, but many of us have never done so and can't even imagine providers paying that much attention to their patients. That said, I am happy to do my part to improve health care in any way I can, and do often go out of my way to correct things that I can, even if they are the result of someone else's mistake. In our less than perfect world, this is and will remain a part of our job.
  2. Mollypita

    Hourly rounding signoff sheet

    I feel your pain!! They are so absurd... not to mention the script about "excellent care" that was supposed to go with them (which we've all basically ignored at my hospital). Frankly, I think it's insulting to us and the patients too. Does administration really think that patient satisfaction would go up if we all sounded like a bunch of scripted phonies?? Please!
  3. Mollypita

    Norway's answer to MRSA

    I wonder which particular antibiotics they are referring to that tend to lead to MRSA infections.
  4. I already did, and have no regrets. However, I had experience working night shift, so the staying awake part wasn't a problem like it is for some people. Why make less for the same number of hours?!?!
  5. Mollypita

    Taking a break from Nursing

    Schmoo, not sure if you've tried private duty but if not, consider it. I did it for years and the money made is significantly lower than in a facility, but so is the stress! If you find the right case, it's almost like hanging out with friends and getting paid for it!! Just a thought...
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    So sick of this attitude....

    A little off topic again, but it saddens me so much that things are still this way in the south. One of the main reasons I would never live there, no offense to you southerners. I'm so glad you speak up when you hear ignorant comments, Angelfire, especially in your own family. I know doing so can be dicey. However, perhaps I have my own form of prejudice going on, because I consider such people who make those sort of comments to be uneducated, small-minded and less than intelligent. Such is life, I guess.
  7. Mollypita

    Why would I NOT help? I'm confused.

    Jeez... I cannot imagine a physician cleaning a patient, or anything of the sort!! It must be different in teaching hospitals, but in the small community ones it would not happen!! An NP seems more likely, though we don't deal with many of those. Like the title says, they're nurses first! :wink2:
  8. In private duty, you generally don't get away from the patient to take a meal break. But, there's usually plenty of "down" time, so getting an actual break is fairly easy. It just needs to be scheduled based on the patient's needs.
  9. Mollypita

    Air Force RN Found Not Guilty

    Wow, what an ordeal for him. He'll be lucky to ever get another job... but at least he won't be in prison. I too have watched people linger and suffer, and understand his feelings about them not dying "soon enough"... though I doubt I would say that aloud. It's sad all around.
  10. Mollypita

    Anyone attending MSU for FNP?

    I did a search but haven't seen any comments about this program... I would attend the Martinsburg campus, but I'm interested in either one. Opinions, experiences, recommendations, complaints? Anyone currently attending, or know anyone who has? It seems surprisingly affordable for a private grad school program. I would really appreciate any info at all. I'm an RN working Med-Surg and know that I can't and won't be a floor nurse forever. Thanks in advance!
  11. Mollypita

    I work in a hell hole!!!

    You are correct, this load is NOT safe! You are absolutely risking your license every day. It's fine for the previous poster to say ask for help (I'm all for that) but it sounds like everyone else must be as busy as you are!! Are you short every night, or is this the load you are "expected" to have? (Does it match your matrix or set staffing ratios?) What a mess!! I also started on Med-Surg as a new grad, and after finishing orientation, they limited me to 5 patients for a couple months before increasing the load. Now 6-8 patients is the norm, and I started being charge after a year and four months. Your managers need to wake up and smell the coffee- what sort of hospital do you work in? I know you don't want to specifically identify it, but give us an idea if you can. I really am shocked- and my job is no cakewalk!! I would be looking elsewhere ASAP!!
  12. Uggghh, JC burns me up. What gets me is- why the h*ll do we care what they think?! Their standards are absurd and INTERFERE, not enhance, patient care. I think if the general public knew about their ridiculous requirements and rules, then a JCAHO certified hospital would not sound like somewhere they would want to go! Do they realize their requirements are DRIVING nursing staff away?! Am I wrong?!?
  13. Mollypita

    My preceptor hates me (need advice)

    Night shift will probably be a whole different experience. I would never work day shift at my job- too chaotic! You didn't mention whether you worked up to having multiple patients, like taking two, getting comfortable with that, then three, then four. Hopefully they did that for you, and didn't increase too quickly. I also have to agree with others, she wasn't cut out to be a preceptor. But that doesn't mean others won't be. I just don't think experienced nurses remember what it's like to be a new grad!! But hang in there, five weeks is not nearly enough time to even have an idea what it will be like to work there. Truly! And even if a surgical floor doesn't seem to be your niche, stay and get some experience! It's invaluable!! It also made me smile how the other poster said don't give her the satisfaction of seeing you quit- that's kind of my line of thinking too. I would REFUSE to give her that satisfaction!! In fact, it would motivate me to make friends and establish a good rapport with the patients... because ultimately that matters much more. I hope you find the strength to hang in there! Good luck!
  14. Great, now we'll all get raises, right?!?!
  15. Mollypita

    How long before you were a charge nurse?

    I was at my job (hired as a new grad) for a year and four months before being made charge. It's a rite of passage, sort of like RNperdiem said, something I accepted with resignation. It pays $0.75 more an hour, which we all laugh at.
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    RN's with kids

    I work Fri, Sat and Sun night shift. I drop off my daughter at her dad's or my sister's on Friday afternoons, then pick her up Monday mornings and take her to school. I'm a single mom so it's hard when things don't go smoothly, which happens, but I like this schedule so I can be there for school nights and homework and such. I've never used child care, but would not be averse to doing so if the need arose.