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MelodyNelson has 13 years experience as a LVN and specializes in corrections.

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    Correctional Nursing

    Yes, exactly everything Orca said!
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    Correctional Nursing

    I have been an LVN in corrections for over 10 years, 11, next month actually! I LOVE it! I would never want to do any other kind of nursing! The pay is excellent, the benefits are superior to any other job around here. It is a dynamic environment that requires a lot of FAST critical thinking. We have trauma (at least a couple of times a week in my yard), stabbing, occasional gun shot wounds, seizures, overdoses, infected heroin infected sites, hangings, foreign bodies in people’s colons, infected tattooed, marbles in the penis, you name it! We got it! I feel very safe in my maximum security prison, the officers are top notch, the inmates are for the most part respectful, and everything runs like a well oiled machine. As a charge nurse in a nursing home and former CNA, I was physically assaulted multiple times, sexually harassed by residents on multiple occasions, chocked, punched and almost stabbed by a crazy old lady whose daughter thought it would be a great idea to give her mom a huge super pointy pair of scissor because “mom loves to sew”. Talking about that, NOT dealing with the families of my patients its worth the world’s weight in gold to me! I cannot even begin to imagine why an LVN would want to work in any other setting. This type of nursing is definitely not for everyone, but if you are the kind of person that has strong personal and professional boundaries, likes to make money (my first two years, I made over $100,000 each year, and was able to buy and pay off my house), wants to retire one day, and you can sift through the *** manipulative tactics of the inmates, while keeping a fair and consistent attitude, please come on in and welcome to the dark side.
  3. MelodyNelson

    I Really Do Not Want the COVID Vaccine 😞

    Very few nurses in my facility are taking it. You have EVERY right not to put something in your body that you do not want.
  4. Hi Sergio!

    I saw that you didn't apply to Chabot because your psych class was different.

    May I ask which class you took?

    I am currently enrolled in introduction to psychology, and tomorrow is my last day to drop out. Please if you see this, let me know.  THank you!

    1. Sergio Rocha

      Sergio Rocha

      Hi Melody Nelson,

      I took PSYCH141 at MJC which was Human Development. The program at MJC accepts it for their nursing program but many schools out here in the bay area don't.

      I think you'll be fine intro psych is what they are looking for.

    2. MelodyNelson

      MelodyNelson, LVN

      Thank you so much!

      Have a great day!

  5. MelodyNelson

    Seeking advice of correctional nurses

    Just like judging your patients is definitely not a good thing, judging your coworkers or potential coworkers is not a good thing either. It is perfectly OK to redirect the person that is being unprofessional by telling you their opinion of their patient. You for sure, do not need to join them in that bad practice. In corrections, it is EXTREMELY important to have your coworker's back, and for them to have your back. Think of them as your brother or sister. Do you like everything about your siblings? Probably not, but hopefully you will still be loyal to each other. Splitting staff is a very common method of manipulation by the inmates. Inmates scan you! If they detect a "Hollier than thou" (or "More open minded than thou") attitude, they will zero in on you. Inmates can sniff division a mile away and they will use it to their advantage. Plus, simply working in corrections changes you. If your coworkers don't seem to be all cheerful and peppy, they have allowed the negative environment to grind them down. It is tough to keep a good attitude over the years, you have to work hard, kind of like in a marriage in which after the initial whirlwind romance, you have to work hard to stay in love. Don't judge people like that too harshly, their unprofessional attitudes are probably a coping mechanism, and while it is wrong, it is also very human. Watch out, that might be you a couple of years down the road!
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    Math requirement for RNs?

    I have co-workers that cannot do basic medical math. For example there was a med, and we were supposed to give 5 mg. The pills came in 2 mg. Right on the label, it said to give 2.5 pills. This co-worker kept arguing that the label was wrong, but she did not know how many pills to give. I tried to explain how to work out the math, she did not get it. I finally broke down, and I drew dots on a piece of paper. "One dot equals one MG, so each pill is worth 2 dots. So, 2 dots from the first pill, another 2 dots for the second pill, and since we are cutting the last pill in half, you only have one dot! Now count the dots... one, two, three, four five! So, 2 and one half pills, make 5 mg" She was still confused but gave the med anyway. She also cannot figure out the volume of a medication, for example insulin. In our software (CERNER), we have to enter the units AND the volume. So... 2 units = 0.02 mL, 30 units = 0.3 mL That is WAY above her math skills. I would hope the NCLEX would weed out people like that, but it does not.
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    Seriously?!?! You gotta be kidding me!

    My mom is a retired ER nurse. When I was about 7, I was playing outside, when my mom arrived, and she told me. "If you ever feel the need to shove a bottle of coke up your vagina, DON'T DO IT!". I of course said OK and kept on playing, I had no idea you could shove things in the vagina anyway... Many years later, I asked her why she said that to me, and she chuckled and said that they had brought a 14 year old girl with a GLASS coke bottle in her vagina. It created a vacuum and the more she pulled on it, the more the bottle tried to crawl in there. They had a really hard time getting the sucker out, and the girl was not only totally embarrassed but also in terrible pain.
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    Injection Missed

    Don't take it so hard. It is not that big of a deal.
  9. Awesome job doing great quality CPR and giving that child a chance to live! I cannot imagine doing CPR outside of work and especially on a little child!
  10. I feel really bad. Both for you AND for your preceptor. ICU is such a fast pace place. Everything can go hell in a hand basket in a matter of seconds. It is not a place to be insecure and second guessing yourself. We all have different abilities and personalities, perhaps you are better suited for other settings that do not need to you jump in action, take charge and make life or death decisions on the spot. I do not want to be mean. I hate to say it, but if you really want to be there, then you need to grow a thicker skin, pull yourself together, read up on all the meds and procedures and really step it up! 13 weeks fly by so fast! Or, if you feel that the setting would cause too much stress, find something else! If there is one good thing about nursing is the variety of places where you can work.
  11. What does your social media look like? I have friends that had trouble finding a job after nursing school because their facebook was full of drunk selfies. Do you look professional when you drop off your application or attend an interview? I got my first LVN job, hired on the spot 2 days after getting my license. Later I asked the DON why she hired me, and she said: "You came in in a suit, with your hair sleek into a bun. I had applicants come to drop off applications wearing low cut tank tops and fuzzy pajamas".
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    Would you do it all again?

    No. I would not do it again.
  13. MelodyNelson

    Patients who ask if you got a flu shot

    Tell that to the thousands of mothers that lost their babies to the 2009 swine flu shot. http://thepopulist.net/2010/09/17/h1n1-vaccines-contributed-to-3587-miscarriages-and-stillbirths-in-2009/ As for the original question. When my patients ask me, I am honest: I would not touch that shot with a ten foot pole. Then I hand them the insert to read it, and come to their own conclusions.
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    Mandatory flu shots????

    I think it is selfish to expect the healthy individuals to be poisoned with heavy metals, for the sake of the immunocompromised.
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    Mandatory flu shots????

    WOW! No wonder why nursing is in such a deplorable condition. No critical thinking whatsoever. I would hate to have any "flu-shot taker" as my nurse, because they might give me some medication that might kill me just because "the doctor told me to". Hey, if you want to shoot yourself with shots and you like it, go for it! But not everybody wants that, and it should NEVER be mandatory. We as a group need to stand up for our human rights. We have the right to be safe in our person, that is a constitutional right. Flu shots are not 100% safe. Not a risk I am willing to take. Pleople should not have to choose between their job/school and safety/giving up their human rights. As for myself, the second I am "mandated" to take a shot, I will refuse, and if I lose my job, I will sue and get my job back. Why? Because the constitution protects me. The true solution for the flu problems is easy. Let people that are sick, stay home until they feel better, without penalizing them. As for the OP, if you choose not to pursue nursing: GOOD FOR YOU! Nothing but backstabbing lemmings would surround you anyway.
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    mask or flu shot?

    Mask, most definately! The flu shot is not worth the risk.