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Katie82 RN

Med Surg, Tele, PH, CM


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Katie82 has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, PH, CM.

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  1. Katie82

    Being written up

    To say that post-CVA patients can be a little wonky is an understatement. And I have found that most family members will support this wonkiness because they may not want to acknowledge that "Aunt Matilda" is a little altered. I was once accused of not shaving a patient, even though we shaved him every time he complained. He was completely clean-shaven, but the family chose to believe his complaints, including one who was a co-worker on a different floor. Cause a lot of hard feelings. But they are not writing you up for "putting ideas" in your patient's head, they are writing you up for lying. This is not the end of the world. Not sure why you lied, but if you have a reasonable excuse, I would ask to document it in the paperwork. My theory is that there may be people on the floor who hold you responsible for the CNA being disciplined. They will find out you have been written up and consider it justice. I think they "lying" offense is lighter than the "influencing a patient in a negative way" would have been. Perhaps they see it as going easy on you. Say no more about it.
  2. Katie82

    Job: Clinic vs Hospital vs Case management

    With the science we have learned about COVID, you probably know that you are as likely to be exposed to COVID outside your work setting as in it. At least at work, you are protected. COVID testing may be ineffective in a clinic setting, the results take too long and the rapid tests produce a lot of false results. Safer to assume everyone you meet in the clinic is positive and protect yourself accordingly. As to CM, I am a case manager and I love it. Hospital Case Management is a little different that they type I do, but it is a very interesting job. I would do it just to get your foot in the door. Perhaps you can do another part-time, or PRN until a full-time position opens up. And in the meantime, you will be building a new "resume item".
  3. We have worked hard to be classified as "Professionals". Personally I do not like being associated with dingbats who have to sneak off to the bathroom to take selfies in PDE to gain "likes" on social media. Especially since cell phones are banned in many clinical settings.
  4. I wear old scrubs around the house. Seems I cannot function without my pockets, and to agree with you, they are very comfortable. But I do not wear them in public, especially now that everyone is worried about cross-contamination from COVID.
  5. Katie82

    Using RN after your name in a different state.

    Your license is pending by reciprocity, most states will allow you to work during this process. But are you working in a healthcare facility? I never sign my name with RN unless I am at work in a healthcare facility.
  6. Katie82

    ER nurse dealing with bullying...

    If this is the worst thing that is ever said to you, you will be lucky. Definitely not bullying. I have been a charge nurse - they naturally have conversations with managers - "how do you think so-and-so is doing?" " Fine, she is catching on, but it concerns me that she is charting after the fact in the small break room". End of conversation. Not bullying, not back-stabbing, just feedback to an inquiry. Let it roll.....
  7. I think it's unprofessional. There is mention of the fact that I graduated from nursing school on my profile should someone choose to dig, and I have occasionally offered my credentials when questioned during a comment, but I would never post a picture of my self in scrubs or wearing a stethoscope. A little tacky, in my opinion.
  8. Katie82

    Be honest, when do you start working on your CEUs?

    It's an ongoing thing for me. Elite has a yearly subscription and a lot of good classes. I work on it all year, and usually have far more than I need come renewal time.
  9. Katie82

    Not sure if I should get an NP or a MHA

    I got my RN in 1982, two-year degree. I already had a 4-year degree in another field, so put off advancing my nursing education for 15 years. At that point, when I went looking for BSN programs, it became apparent that a BSN would not make me a better nurse, and I would be wasting time and money just to "fill a square". I got a BBA in Health Care Administration and a MBA in Health Care Management, and have never regretted it. Health Care is big business, and the more you know about the "big picture" the more marketable you are. The market is over-saturated with NPs in many areas, some are having trouble finding jobs. I would go for the MHA.
  10. Katie82

    HELP! Don't know what to do.

    Start from the beginning. I think you'll need a refresher course before you take the NCLEX, because that is your first step. Doubt if you will be able to get into a topcap to BSN without being a RN, so get that done as soon as possible. How could this happen? All my school preached about during my 2-yr program is the NCLEX. What have you been doing for the past 3 years?
  11. Katie82

    Too strong of a personality?

    You didn't mention what you mean by "strong personality" - that could be a positive or negative. But since this has never resulted in a bad review or caused mention by your manager or charge, or by instructors, we can only assume that this assessment is subjective. What would prompt them to say this? Could be they are resentful of your success or recognize your strength as leadership skills and feel threatened. Do they offer specifics?
  12. Katie82

    Nurses Refilling Prescriptions

    While I was working as a Practice Administrator in a Family Medicine Practice we introduced Allscripts. Under certain circumstances, I was authorized to fax refills on medications that had a 12 month order. These were mostly chronic meds like blood pressure, PPIs, etc. I was not allowed to issue a new script. The doc always received a notice that I had faxed a refill. This was done in accordance with a written protocol, Never refilled if the patient was having problems or had questions. System worked well for us.
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    Leaving the bedside

    I worked bedside while my husband was active duty military, because it was easier to find a quick job at each new duty station. Once we stopped moving, I left bedside and never looked back. Public Health, Admin, Case Management (where I finally found my niche). There is life outside the hospital.
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    Starting to feel the burnout

    I strongly believe that all new grads need to work at least a year of med/surg after leaving school. That having been said, there are many challenging, rewarding nursing jobs out there that do not involve bedside nursing. I worked med/surg for 11 years while my husband was active duty military. Easiest place to "start over" every three or four years. When he retired, I left the hospital and never looked back. Public Health, Administration, and finally Case Management, I loved it all. Get out of the hospital before you totally burn out.
  15. Katie82

    Am I a coward for going on FMLA due to COVID?

    ICU might not be a safe place for someone with your health history. Unfortunately, this is not the last time this will be happening. Might be good idea to re-evaluate your future in the ICU. Human nature being what it is, you can probably expect some of your co-workers who stick it out to feel a little resentful. Hopefully they won't say anything out loud. Can't say what I would do. I also have asthma, and have had bouts of bronchitis that have lasted for months. I left the bedside many years ago, but I still come in contact with illness every day. You have to make the decision that is best for you, then just ride out the blowback if there is any.
  16. I took my ASN to a BBA in Health Care Administration then a MBA in Health Care Management. It has become a trend, my classes were filled with RNs and even a few docs.