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KaroSnowQueen RN

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KaroSnowQueen has 30 years experience as a RN and specializes in Telemetry, Case Management.

over 50, married, 5 kids, 3 grandkids, Christian, nurse since 1983

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  1. KaroSnowQueen

    How many different nursing positions have you had?

    Been an LPN for 30 years. 1984-5, LTC 1985-88, Stayed home with my kids 1988-1990 LTC 1990-91, Agency working for 2 hospitals 1991-2001, LTC 2001-2007, hospital 2007-2014, reviewed claims major insurance co Right now, am unemployed and taking summer off to relax, draw my unemployment $$ and spend time with grandkids. Probly look for a job in August and see what turns up.
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    LPN Undercutting...

    I've been an LPN for literally 30 years and my pay has been stalled in the $20-22 range for over 10 years. Even tho I have hospital experience in almost all areas except L&D, surgery and cardiac ICU, and feel I am an asset to any team, it appears a seasoned LPN isnt considered nearly as good as a fresh, inexperienced BSN who doesn't have much thinking on her feet confidence.......Grrrrrr!
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    Don't want a full time job, but wait..,

    Im glad you didnt take it - $15K is not worth the implied heartache I see in that job!
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    lost.....

    Not sure whats going on with you, dont know if Illinois is a compact state. Or if your current state is. Oops, just saw Indy, nope not compact, darn it. I think I'd hit up a payday loan place and try for the travel place. Or ask them if they'd wait for me to establish residency in compact state and take a travel job in that or another compact state. Just a couple ideas off the top of my head....
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    LPN before RN?

    As an LPN of 30 years, get your ADN first. Period. If I had it to do over, I would.
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    Is there a legal way to do this...

    Like someone else said...an anonymous phone call.....Hello, police? I'm at Blahblah ER and that child rapist dude is HERE saying he's some John Doe. For God's sake get here before they let him go!!!!!.....click. My conscience would be clear and HIPAA be d*mned. Of course I've been a nurse since God was a kid and YMMV.
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    only 30, in so much pain....dentures?

    I, too, had horrible teeth. My parents had horrible teeth, taught me their fear of the dentist and gave me sodapop since infancy! I had my first tooth pulled at 14. Over the years, I would go to the dentist on an emergency basis, get 1 or 2 or 3 teeth fixed or pulled. Finally, I got all my teeth fixed between ages 45 and 50, and now see the dentist twice a year, with no issues for 5 years . I have ended up with 7 back teeth pulled, three crowns, but still have my own teeth. In my case, I gave up sugary soda around age 45 and that helped mt dental health. In my case, I'm glad I have my own teeth. My dad got dentures in his late 30s, and I was raised to think that was normal.
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    What do you think of fibromyalgia?

    I was given this diagnosis several years ago. A few years later, I was also diagnosed, nearly simultneously, with diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, and arthrittis. A couple of years after that, I broke my leg in a freak accident, and developed compartment syndrome, which beat childbirth and kidney stones hands down for severe pain I wouldnt wish on anyone. The broken leg and its aftermath increased my pain tolerance. What used to be pain I would rate 6 or 7 is now a 3 in my mind. The everyday pains are still there, but now I never get the flares where I have excruciating muscle pains all over my body anymore.
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    Is lying the new norm?

    This happened to me, I filled out an online aplication, got a call almost immediately. 'Oh, that position, and all others like it, are already filled, HOWEVER, would you be interested in...?' No, I would NOT!!! I am in your general area, too.
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    Why I Refuse Flu Shot

    Every year, when i worked in a nursing home, we went down the halls passing out flu shots like Halloween candy. And every single year, at least one, usually two or three, occasionally more of the patients would get sick as a dog and die. The families would look bewildered, "But we gave Meemaw the flu shot, how did this happen??!??" Now I may be blonde but I know what I saw. When my 84 year old grandmother was dying of emphysema she did not get the flu shot . Her doctors were horrified and tried to shame me into it. She never got the flu. I never get the flu and I never take the shot. You can tell me that the flu shot is made with a dead germ all you want, I will not believe it. You may think Im a little on the nutty side but I do not believe everything I am told. I use my own experience to make my decision, and I am so glad my employer does not mandate flu shots.
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    Oh, this isn't for me......

    Some of us are not cut out for home health, me being one of them. It is just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it isn't yours either. Keep looking, you'll find your niche!
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    patient privacy

    Me? I don't care if students observe. I figure if they want to see a round little woman get whatever done, more power to them. However, I remember clearly my mother being horrified that "gobs" of people were brought into the room to observe her give birth to my little sister in 1966. (Oops, told my age, now I guess I am a Crusty Old Bat as well.) She carried on about it for literally years. So some people are not pleased with observers, and everyone should be given the chance to approve or disapprove of who sees them during a procedure.
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    Has Nursing hardened you?

    As many other posters have said, I don't think its being in nursing in general that has made a change in me, so much as life itself has changed me. Nursing is a much harder job than you are prepared for in nursing school - at least that was my perception at 23 when I was newly graduated. You do begin to be able to sniff out the BS'ers - the frequent flyers, the drug seekers, the obnoxious demanding pts/familes, the antagonizing managers/supervisors - at 50 paces. You see things that you can't hardly believe are happening to people in your part of the world - meth heads whose children live UNDER the trailer - not in it, parents with no idea of good parenting skills and no intent on finding them, people in obviously toxic relationships - things you hoped happened somewhere 'out there' in the world. You realize that management doesn't give a flying flap about your personal well being, they just want a warm body on the floor and don't much care that you think your assignment is dangerous. That nice story about nursing being a calling that you learned in nursing school? Well, that may or may not be true, but your employer really doesn't care about your empathy for the patients as long as the Press-Gainey scores are up. You can be the most caring nurse in the world and all it takes is a couple of post cards from PG saying you didn't get their ice water quick enough and you get called on the carpet. That being said, I remain very compassionate for those people who are truly ill or in need. Even those whom I think are just milking the system, I remained very pleasant and calm towards them. It was my job to take care of them, and part of that job was to keep my thoughts to myself. And that extended to keeping my thoughts about certain annoying as H---fire co-workers as well!!!! Keeping my mouth shut has saved me a lot of trouble, once I learned to do that!!!! Its just that life and the things you see and experience change you, and some people are just the way they are, regardless. I no longer work at the bedside, and for me, that was the best thing I could do for myself after 24 years of nursing. I've been at my present job for 5 years and I really have become much less 'hard' on the outside. I am again a nice warm ooey gooey person that I've always been underneath.
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    continuing AA after recovery program?

    While I have never been in your shoes (but for the grace of God...), I have a very close relative who was. For her, she went to AA at least twice a week, sometimes more. I agree with those who say monitor yourself very closely. If it were me, and this is my two cents, I would go at least once a week, just to keep your feet wet, to be sure you are staying well. Good luck in your continued recovery.:hug:
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    Abusive and Cruel Clinical Instructors: Why??

    I agree that there are instructors out there who have some kind of mental/emotional instability. When I was in LPN school over 28 years ago, we had one instructor that was very up front about her intentions. Three of us girls were a different race and financial status (we were poor as church mice and she flashed her money/jewels/cars) than this teacher. She said in front of the other students that she was going to weed us three out, and make sure the male student of her race was going to graduate if it killed her, that no male of her race had graduated the program before and he was going to do it if it killed her. And she said it more than once, I mean every week it was said to us. In the end, the other two girls AND the male student all dropped/flunked out. I made it out and graduated the program, no thanks to her. She was not only our clinical instructor but also lectured in class the first quarter. I did not get a good grade, it was passing, but not great in her lecture class. We told our DON and the other teachers what she had said, and all they said was to prove her wrong, do well and get past it. Well, that was d*mned hard to do. She SHOULD have been counseled, fired, what have you. And the fact that this is allowed to keep going on, nearly 30 years later shows that nursing schools are still stuck in this "take abuse and suck it up" mentality. My question is WHY? We wouldn't, as nurses or just people in general, counsel others to stay in an abusive situation and just 'take it, that's the way it is.' Speaking of unstable instructors, in that same program, I had our mental health instructor ask me if I would be a surrogate mother for her. We, the students, had been discussing our pregnancies, and I stated how I had relatively comfortable pregnancies and how I enjoyed being pregnant. A day or two later, she came and sat with me at lunch and asked me right out if I would be interested in carrying a baby for her. My answer was, and still would be, no, I would be afraid I would get attached to the child. Later on, it struck me just HOW inappropriate it was for her to ask me this while I was her student. She was a very nice lady and I ddin't fear any retribution from her, and there was none, but it just wasn't correct.
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    Fun Questionnaire for Nurses

    1.) What type of nursing licensure do you have? Please check or type your title. __x__LPN_____RN______Other 2.) How long have you been a nurse? A. Less than one year B. 1-3 Years C. 4-6 Years D. 7-10 Years E. 10 Years or more 3.) What annual salary do you expect as a nurse with your amount of experience? A. $35,000 - $45,000 B. $45,000 - $55,000 C. $55,000 - $65,000 D. $65,000 - $75,000 E. $75,000 or more 4.) What type of nursing education have you received? A.) Diploma B.) ADN C.) BSN D.) MSN E.) Ph.D F.) Other____LPN_______ 5.) What type of facility do you work for? A.) Hospital B.) Long-Term Care Facility C.) Home Care D. Other- Major Insurance Co. 6.) Have you ever worked on a medical/surgical floor? A. Yes B. No 7.) What shift do you work? A.) 7:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M. B.) 7:00 P.M. - 7:00 A.M. C.) 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. D.) 3:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M. E.) 11:00 P.M. - 7:00 A.M. F.) Other___________ 8.) Do you like being a nurse? Very Often_______Often__x____Sometimes________Rarely________Not at all______ 9.) What kind of nurse are you? (OB, Critical Care, ER, etc.) Currently I work in utilization management. My last on-the-floor job was in stepdown tele. I have worked in the past 28 years in LTC, almost all hospital depts except nursery and oncology, Rehab, Home Health and Private Duty.