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tattooednursie LVN

Mostly LTC, some acute and some ER,
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tattooednursie is a LVN and specializes in Mostly LTC, some acute and some ER,.

LVN upgrading to RN/BSN

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    Something to brighten your day

    Awwww!!! Thank you. (hugs)
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    How many miles/minutes do you drive to work?

    I walk actually. I have the blessing/curse of living 4 doors down from the facility I work at.
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    Cussed out and disprespected by CNA

    VERY small community here. . .and it's not always a good thing. There truely are a lot of us who have eachothers back, but would not put eachother in a position of detriment. The hard thing is when they do turn on you, which most I have faith would not do that. However, there are always the few who will.
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    Cussed out and disprespected by CNA

    Very true. I think that what was meant to be said is SOME CNA's have no concept. Not all of them by any means. Like I began my post, I am blessed with a group of mostly good CNA's who are worth their weight in gold. Both CNA work and nursing are very hard jobs. This thread is definantly not meant to down CNA's at all. I was one for 6 years, and I definantly am not, nor was I stupid.
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    Hipaa and my rights as an employee

    Uhh, yeah. . . In late July I had a very personal health issue in the middle of a day shift. It was sudden and unexpected. Granted, it was only obvious that others present knew what was going on, and I did discuss what happened with a few people, things do spread like wildfire. Not gonna make an issue of it though. It's just one of those, "life happens" kind of deals, and my "work family" was actually a major comfort during that time. Would I appricate people going through my medical record, and proding others for info . . . No, I would not.
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    How do you stay awake during the night shift?

    I actually have the opposite problem. I have difficulty sleeping before the sun comes up. Yet, I still must do days here and there. . . Which really screws me up. Put cardboard or black plastic over your window. It will block out a lot of light.
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    Cussed out and disprespected by CNA

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    Cussed out and disprespected by CNA

    Thank you all. I appreciate your support on this issue.
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    Cussed out and disprespected by CNA

    First off, let me start by saying, I am blessed with a group of *mostly* very good CNA's. We are a team, and when I am on I am respected as a team leader, and the respect is returned to the hard working CNA's. I normally do not have this issue. This situation began when I was working night shift. It was a little after 0500, and I was preparing to do my 0600 med pass. A CNA (who was due to work at 0600) called in sick. Our policy is that call in's are 2 hours in advance. I understand that not everyone wakes up 2 hours before their shift starts, and sometimes you wake up sick. I was not going to tell her she could not call in, but I did state, "It's 0500, it will be hard to find a replacement at this time, but I'll try." She went on ranting and raving. "I don't care what time it is. I woke up sick, and I'm not comming in sick!" Among other ramblings. I again explained that I understood, and I would try to find someone. Although she was raising her voice at me, I did not raise my voice at her. I was going to let the situation go, but she called back 5 minutes later, and cussed me out with, "You're so (beep)ing rude!!! what's with this 0500 (Beep)!!! I can't believe how (beep)ing rude you are!!! I'm reporting you to the DON! What part of I'm sick don't you (beep)ing understand!!! I never (beep)ing call in sick" She was practically screaming in my ear. . . and as you guessed the main (beep) is the four letter wourd that rhymes with truck, and this IS a person who frequently calls in. The first conversation would not have bothered me, but the fact that she felt that it was okay to speak to me in the manner that she did was very wrong. I did write it up, and it went to the DON. The next day, she appologized to me in a "Let's get this over with." Manner, and obviously expected me to appologize to her. All I said back to her at that time was, "I am sorry I made you upset, but you cannot speak to me the way you did." Then she went on and on about how she didn't need a lecture, how she never has had this problem with any other nurse, and how I was in the wrong by stating that, "It's 0500." Sorry, but I don't feel that I was in the wrong here. The only mistake I made at that point (just trying to be an honest person) I let her know that I wrote the situation up. She then informed me, "Oh well, it will just go into the trash anyway." At that point I walked away from the situation. It was on my friday. After a couple of days off I return to work, several people had come to me saying that the said CNA was going around saying that, "Oh the DON ripped it up, and it went in the trash. She understands that I'm not taking orders from a 24 year old." I was pretty hot when I was hearing this. A) 24 or not, I am still the nurse. B)I don't give orders . . .I ask, not tell. C) None of the other CNA's seem to have a problem with me. I have even been told by several CNA's that I am very easy to work with. I soon found out that what was being said was not true. She is simply trying to make herself look good, and convince other CNA's that it is okay to speak to me like that. Well!!! It isn't working. My solution to the issue right now is to not let her drag me down to her level. I really don't speak to her right now unless my job requires, but I still feel horribly tense, and I really want to put her in her place (which I know is not the best of all ideas right now). We share a few common friends, and I'm thinking she's going to try to stir the pot for me, and in a way she already has. I just want to know if anyone else has delt with a CNA like this. Any insight is appriciated.
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    i cried tonight

    You're not alone there at all. It does not matter who you are in the medical profession, we are also human beings with emotion. Sometimes it does put a patient more at ease when they can see, and feel in their hearts that someone does care for them. I have cried many times as a first responder, then as a CNA, as a nursing student, and now as a nurse. It's those moments that we feel so much compassion and understanding for our patients, that makes this profession a beautiful thing. You made your patient feel like someone cared, and understood her. For that, you should be proud. Just make sure you take care of you too, and don't let the sad aspects of the job get you down.
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    What have other nurses done that have freaked you out?

    Ahhhhhhhh!!!!! Sick!!!!!! I'll tell ya. . . I think I have lost my appetite for the day! Let me print this out and put it on my fridge. Could be the latest diet trick for me. Okay, I have a story for ya. . . . . There was an agency nurse who would wait until the meal trays were all collected and placed back on the cart, and fix himself a USED plate of the residents LEFTOVERS!!! I don't even want to think about all the times I have seen them spit, vomit, or chew on something and spit it back out and nicely place it back on the plate. Eeeek! Then he would go back for seconds! This was after he would raid the employee refrigerator to see if we brought anything for lunch. He grossed me out so bad!!! He wasn't there long though. He attempted to prevent me from contacting the Ombudsman after a fairly brutal patient vs. patient abuse (Res's glasses were smashed into her face by another res). He was so determined to not have to do the paperwork, he followed me around after I had stated I was calling the ombudsman to make sure I didn't touch a phone. However, I wrote that number down, and called immediatly after I had gone home. I also let them know about being prevented from calling earlier by that nurse. That was his last shift.
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    Can brown colored breastmilk be normal?

    Maybe its chocholate breast milk . . . J/k . . . had to say it . . . Really I am stumped, I have not heard of that before.
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    Disgusting Nurses!! SICK of my status as a CNA

    There is a time to have fun at work. How else could we survive our job, but that time is NOT while taking care of a patient. If the patient was IN the photo's, that could be considered a HIPPA violation.
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    Why am I responsible for the dirty blanket???

    :idntdt: LOL Or sometimes after a day like that. . . its just more fun to pass the buck. (Sarcasm intended)
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    Should I stay in the same place as a new RN as I am currently as a CNA

    I am an LVN working in the same place where I had been a CNA for 6 years. I will be honest, the transition was hard for me. At first quite a few of the CNA's would not listen to anything I asked them to do, and had no respect for me as a nurse. I did have to put my foot down. The words that changed it all around: "I am sorry that you have a problem with me being your supervisor. If you recall, I did go to school to become a nurse. I earned this position, it didn't just fall out of the sky. Nothing is stopping you either. You're just as capable as I am of becoming a nurse, and think about how you would feel in my position. Go ahead and try to make my life hell, remember I can make it 10 times worse." The transition lasted about 6 months. I am now nearing 2 years as an LVN, and it is going a lot better. They show me respect, and in turn, I show them respect. There are even some CNA's I have remained close friends with, but that does not change anything at work. I am still their supervisor. I would grab the job that was offered to you. Yes, the transition was hard, but its an obsticle that can be overcome. There are perks or working in the same place. You already know who's who, you already know the ins and outs of the unit, and you know exactly who to go to when your not having the best day. Congratulations on surviving nursing school!!!
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