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xoemmylouox ASN, RN

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xoemmylouox has 13 years experience as a ASN, RN.

Happily married ~ most days anyway ~ to my high school sweetheart. We have 2 very busy, stubborn, and opinionated kiddos (I don't know where they get that from, lol) and a four legged fur baby.

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    How do you get called in?

    I get that they are trying to find the fastest solution, but I don't think it's actually doing anyone any good. I would NEVER rely on a text message to call someone in. Our house supervisors will send a mass text to us if they are looking for volunteers to come in, but any time someone gets called in - a phone call is made. Day or not - this should be the policy.
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    How would Medicare for all affect nursing?

    I keep hearing about the wait times in other countries. My question is how many Americans simply just go without care because they can't afford it? How many don't address their health concerns, or receive any treatment because they cannot afford it? Those numbers are going to be hard to come by, yet remain a real problem. I don't know if Medicare for all is the answer, but I know our current system is awful. When people are in their most need, and least able to work, life is costing the most. How many people who have cancer, heart disease, or COPD can still work full time? How many lose their insurance because they cannot continue to maintain their hours at work? How many are taken to collection during their treatment because they are too sick to work while undergoing chemo/radiation? Those are the victims of this system. Sure you can get your MRI tomorrow, but the cancer they find on that scan is going to bankrupt you. Sure you can get in with the cardiologist next week, but you're going to lose your job and your health insurance so you won't get to have that surgery done.
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    How I Made $93,000 My First Year of Nursing

    That's great. I wish more places paid like this, but we also have to keep in mind cost of living expenses. Kudos to you and keep rocking it out. Save some for the future and enjoy your time away!
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    Taking pay cut for a promotion

    I hope you are liking your new job.
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    Texas Children's investigates RN for social media HIPAA violation

    I'm glad that she was stupid enough to post this on FB. I'm glad that neurosurgeon also decided to speak up. This is one way that one person stopped a possibly deadly outbreak. This story is a good example of how one person can really change things for a community (for the better or worse).
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    LTC nurses having to do CNA work all day

    I have to say that is most healthcare related facilities (LTC, Hospital, Clinics, etc) we are all working short staffed. Warm bodies are better than no bodies so they let the crap staff stay. To be honest, we can't get good staff right now in our area. Too many employers and not enough QUALITY staff. There are a few people I'd LOVE to get rid of, they aren't awful, but they do the bare minimum. I just don't have a pool of decent staff to replace them. I do hold them accountable though. I'm currently addressing the staff that can't seem to show up on time.
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    DON on cart

    Just make sure this is a VERY once and awhile thing. Getting asked to do both roles isn't easy when it becomes a frequent thing. In my current role I also work outside of my leadership role to help fill a need when we are short staffed. I don't mind it either, but I make sure my boss knows I'm not superwoman. If I work the floor, my leadership activities won't be getting done that day.
  8. Some states have "graduate nurse" status, but they are pretty much glorified CNA's. They should not pass meds alone or do any "nursing" tasks. Many places use it as a way to start they training process for nurses.
  9. I agree. I wouldn't start looking until you have received your ATT. Some BONs are known for moving at a turtle pace so you might be waiting for quite awhile about this issue.
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    Should I tell my employer about a public reprimand

    So you were told by your employer they were reporting you? Have you actually received anything from your BON about this? If not, nothing may even come of it. I think it's great you are being very prepared and talked to someone about this early in the process. Just try to not get too upset at this point. Best of luck.
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    Eating the patients' food?

    Seriously? A band aid? If I get a paper cut at work I'm using a band aid. That's not stealing, that's protecting my patients from my possibly infectious blood. I eat our snacks occasionally. I try not to because none of them are healthy, but I'll eat an ice cream or drink a milk with my peanut butter crackers. I can't lower myself to the turkey sandwiches though. I'll go without. I've taken a blanket from the warmer and used in one night when the a/c was cranked up too high and I was shivering from the cold. I have used plenty of Kleenex. I have even "gasp" taken a toothbrush and toothpaste from our supply room after I vomited from my patient's seeping wound that stunk like rotting flesh and was dripping god knows what ALL OVER THE PLACE. I also used one of our green vomit bags to catch said vomit. Yes I have stolen and no I am not ashamed.
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    Three 12s vs Five 8s

    I loved the idea of 4 days off when I worked 3 - 12s. However RARELY did I fully get that time off. There was always some mandaroty class, meeting, or committee that interrupted this. I am back to 5 - 8s, and I feel so much better. I get to see my kids, I get to get work done, and I actually get sleep.
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    Coworker had a needle stick, HR is not supportive

    While it is true that most infants are less likely to have certain diseases/disorders, I have personally cared for at least 10 children/infants with known HIV. I'm sure over my years I've cared for many more we just didn't know about. ALL needle sticks should be reported, and care should be sought.
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    Can night shift cause missed periods

    I have to say my stress level has played a large role in my cycles. While I was working in a job I HATED and that I found to be beyond super stressful, my periods were crazy. They were coming more often than usual some months, other months not until 1-2 weeks later than it should have been. I've only been gone about a month so we shall see. I'm guessing stress is playing a role. Hopefully you get some better answers. A new job might be in order.
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    Cartoon Caption Contest WIN $250! Nurses Week 2018

    Who gave my aspiration precautions patient a tray?!?!?
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    Cartoon Caption Contest WIN $250! Nurses Week 2018

    I told you not to order the lunch "special" today.