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  1. chelli73

    Nina Pham and/or Amber Vinson

    Get well ASAP Nurse Nina and Nurse Amber!! May you have the best of health and thank you for your bravery!!
  2. Hi AN, may this [long] post find you ALL in the best of nursing and personal spirits!! So there I was, applying at casinos, human resource assistants, etc...totally made up my mind to give up the beloved craft I worked so hard to learn, when my beautiful aunt had a massive CVA leaving her A/O X 3 however with severe expressive aphasia [broca's], right side flaccid, urine retention, etc, and all of this pretty much alone, save for her husband of 30yrs [they are 70 and 73]. Now here is the side story on this occurrence which essentially tugged harder at my heart-strings than the aforementioned here so far: my aunt is also my God-mother, also the mother of my long since deceased favorite cousin [38yo drug overdose in 1998, he was like a big brother to me, I love him so much and miss him more], so she and my uncle have no children, no grandchildren, and there are no other nurses in the immediate family. Very heart-wrenching to say the least. I am tearing up as I type these words of raw truth and yet divine intervention?? You tell me... So I am going through the major consequences of not having found gainful employment, i.e. a very polite 'eviction', my landlord who knew I was a great tenant gave me three months to find a new job or a new place, lost my car, my son has taken over the payments however will not allow me to have it back until such time as I can afford to do so, fair enough I guess, he was the co-signor after all...I would not have done that to him, but whatevs' lol, different generation. In any case I had been following my aunt's progress as best as possible, thinking as ALL nurses do in the far recesses of their minds, "no matter how bad I have it, things can always get worse", am I right?! Well wouldn't you know, my aunt ends up admitted to the acute rehab area of the hospital less than 5 mins from my then residence?! So now I am visiting her every evening, getting positive feedback from the staff [did I mention that my son IS on that same staff as a very hard-working PCT?! Bizzare huh??!!] So he was allowing me my car to visit her. Well my uncle and I spoke and I gave him a synopsis of my situation of which he empathized with, however, he was still in a bit of a daze over the acute onset of his loving wife's debilities. She was the only driver in their household, he never learned to drive. She was the book-keeper, homemaker, all that AND a bag of chips lol, an awesome woman is she!! I reassured my aunt that I would help her in any way possible through her journey to healing and gave my uncle my number and told him if he needed any help when my aunt went home to give me a call. She was discharged home on a Saturday afternoon after a 6wk stay, I was called to the house that night at approx. midnight. Unbeknownst to me, the doctor sent her home with orders for intermittent straight catheterization, and expected my elderly uncle to do that for her!! Nothing personal, but that is very personal!! I know, I know, he should have been able to do it however, who wants to do that type of procedure to their own spouse?? It just seemed like a cruel and undignified task for both parties involved. SO there I was after midnight performing a straight cath in my aunt's home and getting over 500ml out!! He was very grateful, and asked if I would be able to continue this particular task for him, I politely accepted the challenge, however re-iterated the fact that--1. I was on the verge of being homeless and car-less, and 2. that there would be a total team of HHC staff headed to her care. He didn't want 'strangers' doing that to his wife. So that left me. I think most readers of this can see where this is going, yes I ended up moving in with them [her house], and yes, I am using their vehicle [her car]--I am in the guest room, I only use the car for small errands for them, I do not get paid at all, and I do not even have a key to the front door!! Never mind that I have been very instrumental in my aunt's healing process [from calling the HHC RN assigned to the case for an order for a foley, abx tx for an obvious and inevitable UTI, insurance assistance saving over two hundred dollars on Rx, the list goes on]. This is where the plot thickens: my uncle is a well-intentioned however stubborn, cheap, ungrateful and petty dude. I know he loves my aunt, but he does not care much for me and my 'night owl' ways--lol--forget the fact that my aunt has always been and still is a night owl, lays in bed until 3-4am watching "Rawhide" lol, I check on her and reposition, offer care, etc, all through the night while he sleeps. But then we both sleep late!! I don't want any animosity with my uncle, but remember I am in a pretty vulnerable state myself as of late, and this situation is getting stagnant--WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW??-- I remember the choice was mine to help my aunt in any way possible, however, I am still in need of a job, I was very clear about that upfront with my uncle--he gave me 50 bucks for the month of September........really??!! Help please someone here, anyone!! RN, LPN, Caregiver, NP, Student, anyone have any solid plan of care for unpaid private duty with a loving family member?? PS--My uncle 'discharged' 99% of the HHC staff--including the AWESOME SP who has a Master's from Howard--all PT/OT/ST can be done by ME???????? LMBO!! I think not!! Helllllppppppp!!! Thank you in advance for any advice!! I promise to log in more often, so as not to miss any feedback!! :-)
  3. chelli73

    Leaving nursing...now what??

    Thank you ALL so much for the replies, here I never even saw them until now...lol, all this time I thought no one had replied. Let me tell you what has transpired since...going to start a new thread!! But thanks again and I really appreciate all the input here. Nice to know I am not alone in this nursing life!! xoxoxoxo
  4. chelli73

    Leaving nursing...now what??

    Hi allnurses!! Okay so I am done with nursing, have been at it for almost 10yrs, got thrown under one too many buses. It is a career that was fulfilling and rewarding, however I am done. So my question is where to go from here?? I am very good at administrative duties, communication with the public, and consider myself a very well articulated, and well rounded person in general. Any thoughts, comments, or advice would be greatly appreciated. Also best place to start in regards to re-formatting my resume'? Thank you all in advance!! :-)
  5. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Well here is the final update on this thread, thank you for responding!! Was emailed by the NM at the sister hospital, HR pulled my file at her request, not even being considered for the job. Too many write ups (six in 5 years) with the most recent being "patient endangerment"--total bunk. I am going to seek litigation on some level. However I am most likely going to leave nursing for good. Fin.
  6. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Hi nrssmile7499, oh my goodness, yes!! That is one of my dream jobs, however, BSN or higher required, but I am even willing to go back to school, if I can afford it, of course!! Thanks so much and thank you as well Texas86RN, really I thank you all!! :-) The nurse mgr from the other hospital notified me that she sent an email to HR and would call me this week with some info...has anyone ever successfully been rehired at a sister hospital of where they were originally terminated from?? I am applying everywhere and anywhere, and this seems like a viable option...??
  7. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Thank you jadelpn, and my thoughts were exactly the same! The morning labs and/or med changes are for morning staff, correct?? Yet this nurse is known for asking for or instructing what to do AFTER report. Umm, hello?? I would like to go home to sleep soon, lol!! I will keep a steady line open to the charge nurse or supervisor in the future God forbid this happens again. I just pray that I get a safe and secure job soon, rent is past due, car note, food, etc...I am sinking!! Thank goodness I am a single woman, my kids are grown, so I may just leave this small town and start over fresh somewhere else...anyone have some good areas to recommend?? Must be SAFE!! :-)
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    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Yes blondy206, yes. They hang out with a lot of the docs after work, go to their parties, etc. Never was my preference to hang out like that. I am not into cliques, but in retrospect, I wish I had hung around with that particular cardiologist!!
  9. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Thanks Here., Believe me lesson learned!! The scenario plays over in my head more times than I care to admit. I am just hoping to find out about the other hospital job, is it a good opportunity?? I don't know...:-(
  10. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    That's exactly what I thought!! And it's all true!! I kid you not, when the error was discovered---THE NEXT DAY--one of her buddies stated, and I quote: "Oh we d/c'd the protocol because it was a PITA, why did you re-order it?" I replied, "I didn't" and silence followed...I was floated back to that unit for two nights consequetively which was how I found out all had gone awry!! I never floated there again...or anywhere else for that matter. So sad, but all true.
  11. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Thanks Esme, yes I have applied at Kindred, not hiring at the facility 5mins away from me (darn!) but am waiting to hear back for a position farther from home. ((hugs)) back to you! It seems as if the world of healthcare is closing on me...??
  12. chelli73

    50 shades of heyyyyy...(warning long)

    Thank you Commuter, I am doing well physically, although I do have an incisional hernia with dilated bowel loops, I am opting for "watchful waiting" as surgery at this point would be the beginning of the real "end". The post-op dx was a mucinous cystadenoma, benign, thank GOD. Lol, I think you meant 'nose' instead of nurse when discussing the other fields of nursing jobs, and believe me I am will to do just about ANYTHING at this point so long as it is a safe and secure environment. I got into nursing to enrich, never to get rich. I can work for a minimum of 15-20 dollars an hour, which is the lowest end pay for an ACLS certified nurse. I have applied to most of the areas you have listed, and will try the ones that I haven't as of yet. Having an ADN in lieu of a BSN has posed some difficulty, but I don't even want to open that Pandora's box, save that for Monday :-) Again thanks for a speedy response, and good wishes of health. I will check into the flu clinics asap!
  13. OK I am breaking my silence and getting down to the rawness of my situation, if only just to vent, but open to advice as this IS the best place for the truth!! In a nutshell, I am an unemployed (as of 9/2013--way too long for my blood) RN with several years of experience in healthcare. I was terminated from my last job after over 5yrs of dedication and hard work, and I loved my job, boss, co-workers (most of them), and house supervisors. I am a telemetry nurse, however went (not by choice) into the staff float pool--which gave me great experience in different areas of nursing!! Now, my attendance suffered, I WILL take responsibility for that with no excuse--despite my calling off often d/t heavy bleeding which led to the dx of a 4lb 20cm ovarian cyst (complex, btw, suspicious for neoplasm at the time of dx) which led to a TAH/BSO, appy, frozen resection (thankfully NEGATIVE) which led to a lengthy hospital stay and significant time off (FMLA thankfully)--however I am guilty of the attendance. That being said, I had two suspicious "occurrences" on the same unit (ironically the same unit that ushered me off to float pool) one being a charting error--I began to chart and didn't finish d/t the patient running a fever, charted all that I did do, i.e. call the doctor asap, get orders, and help change the patient who was stable but soaked in sweat. So I chose patient care over the computer and got a ding for that. The next and final ding baffles me to this day...I work nights, had a patient on a heparin drip at a fixed rate with monitoring of serum ptt per protocol. Upon exchanging report with the day shift nurse (20 yrs my senior) was instructed to give a bolus and change the rate of the drip. At that point I politely pointed out the fixed rate, she took it upon herself to re-order the entire heparin protocol, without calling the doctor, and ordered me to give the med. I know, I know, hindsight being 20/20, I should have just called the doctor myself! But she insisted it would be okay, and I really didn't want any report of my being insubordinate (it happens to nurses on that unit) so I reluctantly gave the med and made the change WITH two separate nurses witnessing (computer and physically) per the protocol! I charted appropriately, ordered a timed ptt for that afternoon, and went straight to a dentist appointment, late and exhausted at approx. 8:30am...did I mention my shift ended at 7:30am?? All of that occurred after shift's end. It stirred within my mind, I knew I was headed for trouble, and sure enough, was called in the office by my well-meaning boss. Although no patient was harmed, I was asked why I gave the heparin, to which I replied with the truth. After further investigation, my writing a letter explaining what happened---the HR guy went Trump on me--FIRED!! I was devastated, frustrated, and panicked. No one else was let go except me. Of course, I know that rule of whomever administers the med is at fault, however what of the rule about a nurse writing an order to re-start a med without a doctor?? That nurse is fine and dandy, mean as a whip, and probably laughed at the whole situation--trust me, I know her, she would laugh. Can you say "thrown under the bus"?? In any case the hospital did not deny my unemployment, although the state went molasses on paying me, I am sinking in debt, not ever getting any real job offers despite applying to over 100 places. I am literally considering giving up the career that I have loved and fought for, overcoming huge adversity--teen mom, never attended high school, whew, if you all knew my true story of success over obstacle!! I cannot see myself doing anything else but I will have to drag my buns over to a college and see what/if I can return for. But wait! That's not the end, HERE is my juxtapose situation, is it worth a shot?? Will it work?? Can this be a break for me?? Read on... I made tons of acquaintances during my time at my job. One of them is now a manager at a sister hospital under the same corporation. I called my former boss, I know, unorthodox, but she was very kind to me and when I asked her if I could re-apply at the other hospital, she said to go for it. I immediately sent an email to the acquaintance/manager, upon which she called me right back and after a positive lengthy discussion, she too, stated to go for it. She directed me as to which position to apply to, the differences in the two hospitals, and gave me a sense of hopefulness. She is a very no-nonsense nurse (one of the best I have known), so I went forward with the application(s). Come on AN, give it to me straight---do I have a chance here?? I am desperately in need of work!! I have been on five interviews with other companies, to no avail. Even thought about travel nursing, but that was way out of my budget. Thank you all in advance...also Happy Saturday!!
  14. chelli73

    redirecting to old threads

    I agree with the OP, however that rarely happens to me, for the simple fact that I am so leery of "rude" responses, I THOROUGHLY research my nursing issue before ever attempting to post a new thread r/t my personal thought/questions/etc. That being said, I really love it here and am on the verge of a new post, after I gather all the research of archives!! :-) Even the rudest scenarios are resolved well here at allnurses!! Love, peace, and hair grease!!
  15. chelli73

    The IDEAL Cover Letter and Resume

    Love this!! LMBO, but seriously hoping they call you!! Good luck!!
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