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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    Otter- I see your point. When I the HR lady asked me why I thought it was ok to make a comment like I did, I told her I felt it was ok because of the atmosphere of our workplace, the fact that even the doctors felt it was ok to make similar atatements, and the fact that all the other nurses, cnas and even housekeepers make comments routinely and are never diciplined. I think I blew it when I talked to state though, I just kind of froze up. For some reason I couln't tell her that...
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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    Caliotter- I would turn him and everyone else I work with too for all the things that have ben said over the months.... but then wouldn't I get in trouble for not reporting in a timely manner?
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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    I did talk to the state. They are the ones who told me I was being investigated. The woman I spoke to said she feels it was abuse and it will be taken to the next level, she is going to forward her investigation on to the board. I found out when I showed up for a shift last week and I was pulled into the office by my DON who suspended me (with pay at least...) pending the investigation. My DON pulled for me and I got to keep my job at least.. I know that we all say things like this. I know we all turn a blind eye sometimes when we see or hear things that could be considered innapropriate. If we turned in every remark or joke about residents/patients/clients we heard we would be up to our ears in paperwork and we would have nobody to staff our hospitals and nursing homes.
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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    Forrester- No it wasn't a racial joke. The resident is constantly sexually innapropriate with the young female staff (including me), asking us to perform sexual favors and constantly masturbates. I shouldn't have done it but I made an off color comment about him masturbating. I know now that it was wrong, but everyone says things like that about him... his Dr. even said in the station that he wished he could be castrated! Not that it makes it right, I know...
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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    Well I do have a problem with the aides, but just fyi I didn't my actual words weren't "I was their supervisor and they had a job to do.. and it wasn't mine", I said I "basically" told them that. I just made it known that I saw what they were doing and not doing, and that they needed to improve on some things. This has all been going on for months. I honestly think its because I used to work with them all as a CNA. I even overheard one of them saying that I need "to be taken down a notch". Well its not like I don't know what their job is. I was a CNA for 10 years. I wish I could just do it all myself, but when you have 40 residents its impossible to do my job and theirs. Its not like I've had an attitude with them or anything. I've just been my normal self and assumed that their attitude would not change since we were all friends before I started as a nurse.... It is really frustrating. I think it takes them off gaurd when I have to counsel or dicipline them when I see something wrong. I figure they are thinking of me as their friend and can't understand that I am also their direct supervisor and that I am ultimatley responsible for what happens duing their shift...
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    I'm being reported to the state over a joke...

    Well I talked to my DON today and I didn't lose my job. She just put me on probation. My problems have never been with my supervisors. In fact they have always told me I do a great job. I admit that I have been "winging it" since I started. I never had ANY orientation or anything. My first shift as an LVN was at this hospital with no extra training, orientation or supervision whatsoever... So for my supervisors to tell me I'm doing a good job means a lot. I know that my supervisors know what its like on the floor, they were there once not too long ago. We all joke and chatter about patients/residents and blow off steam to one another. It's just how we all cope with the demands of the job and all the stress... I never thought it could go this far though. Now I am dealing with the state board which consists of nurses who haven't worked the floor in ages and who expect all nurses to be saints. I am certainly not a saint, I am just human. A human who made a mistake (but a really funny one) that could cost me my career or worse... I just wish I knew what the state has in store for me. Thanks for listning
  7. Hi, I could really use some support and helpful advice right now. I have been turned in to the state for "abuse" over an incident that happened over a month ago, and was just reported last week (I thought you only had 48 hours to report?). I was not fired over the incident, but the woman I spoke to from the state says she believes it was abuse and is forwarding the case to the apropriate people..whoever they are. Anyway, a little info: My co-workers and I were sitting at the station one night and some inapropriate comments were made about a patient. A joke was made and everyone laughed and went about their business. To me this was like any other day. We all need an outlet for the extremely stressful environment we work in. I was always taught that blowing off steam privatly was ok, as long as the patient didn't know. In the time period between the time the joke was made and the time I was turned in, I happened to ruffle a few of the CNA's feathers by counseling them to do thier jobs. Since I met with the CNA's their attitudes had become worse. I even had CNA's refusing to do vitals and telling me I had to answer certain lights... Well that didn't sit well with me so I told them so. Basically I had to remind them that I was their supervisor and they had a job to do.. and it wasn't mine. (I used to be a CNA at this hospital and I feel a lot of resentment from the aides I used to work with). I am pretty sure one of the CNA's decided to try to get rid of me by "turning me in". So now I am being investigated for supposed abuse. How is joking with a couple of cowokers abuse? The lady from state says I violated his right to privacy, but how could I have when the patient and his bahaviors are common knowledge and these co-workers of mine regularly deal with him? If I had known blowing off a little steam at the station (in the middle of the night with no patients around) was abuse I never would have said anything. I know everybody does it, we all make comments about out patients... I thought it was pretty normal. Am I completely wrong? The patient was not harmed at all, he never even knew the incident happened... Will I lose my license over this?
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    Nursing and Fibromyalgia

    I have recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I know a lot of you are very judgemental about FMS, but hear me out. I have suffered for at least the last 7 years from chronic pain and exhaustion (and worked more than full time as a CNA). I have been to countless doctors, none of whom (until now) could find anything wrong with me (according to labs/x-ray's etc...). For the past several years I have been treated by nurses and doctors as a drug seeker, and an attention whore. I know the pain of being ignored by you (you know who you are), because you don't think I look like anything is wrong with me... See, I am only 25 years old. Do you know how hard it is to get someone to believe that you are in pain when you are 17 to 25 years old? I just want the judgemental nurses out there to know that this pain is VERY real. This job is not easy on our bodies, and someone with FMS takes a double hit... So please think twice before you judge another persons pain. :)
  9. I have to admit I am a little anxious! I start in July and I am registry so I don't get an orientation. I would love to work for a facility, but I found out that I would make 4 dollars an hour less than I make now as a CNA! Anyway, I am working in a LTC, any tips on my first night?
  10. What about teaching? Ever give it any thought?
  11. You poor thing! I cried reading this, because I know what you mean. I am a new grad, but I have been a CNA for 10 years. I have worked so hard, harder than the other CNA's and nurses I worked with, to be the best. I couldn't leave the floor in the kind of mess you described, because my conscience would bother me. I finally made it through nursing school because I figured it was the only way I could make things change in the hospitals I worked in. I figured if I were in charge, everything would be done right, and the patients would get the best care possible. (I'm sure that's not going to be the case, but I'll still try!) I am sickened by most of the new nurses I have met over the past few years. The big draw for the nursing field right now is money. Thats all most of these people are in it for, and let me tell you (those of you who are in it for the money) it will not take you far. You are right, most only care about looking good and having fun, but when it comes down to it, this isn't Gray's Anatomy!! I am tired of those who are in nursing for the wrong reasons (i.e. my sister-in-law want's to be a perioperative nurse because she saw it on Gray's anatomy and thought (insert valley girl accent here) "it like, looks neat!"). I honestly think they should give every potential nursing student an intense psychological evaluation before they are allowed to enter the nursing program. This job is one of the most emotional, high stress, high responsibility jobs out there, and they are taking teenagers fresh out of high school, with no coping skills, or work ethic. I have witnessed (and reported) numerous cases of abuse and negligence from nurses who obviously couldn't handle the job. The hospital isn't the food court at the mall, it isn't Macy's, it's not the 7-11. You don't come to work to hang out! I want to work with professionals who show up on time, don't screw off while on the floor, can maintain a good bedside manner, provide excelent patient care, and can be pleasant with other staff. I am really understanding why they say "nurses eat their young". I think there have been too many experienced nurses treated poorly by new nurses, that they have to stick up for themselves somehow... Not that I agree with that or would be mean to a new nurse... Don't give up, the world needs more nurses with a great work ethic like yours!! I wish we could all get together and work at the same hospital. I saw a comment about home health, you might give that a try, I like it. One option for your student loans is the Indian Health Service. They repay your student loans (up to 20000.00 a year I think) for signing a contract with them. It means relocating to an indian reservation, but for some people it's worth it. I lived on the Navajo reservation with my mom while she worked for IHS, and it was one of the best times of my life. Just my .
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    $670 to get my license?!!

    I thought it would cost around $300. Thats what friends of mine have told me it would cost.
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    $670 to get my license?!!

    its $75 for the live scan, $75 for the aplication fee, $200 for the state testing fee, and $200 for the pearson testing center fee. Then $120 for the license.
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    $670 to get my license?!!

    Thanks for the heads up... yes I am in Cali... Arg!!!! I am so sick of the red tape in this state!! :) I thought nursing school was the hard part..
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    $670 to get my license?!!

    So yesterday was my last day of class (woo hoo!!) and the DON of the school came in and told us how much it was going to cost to apply for licensure, test, and get a live scan. Can you believe it? Is this normal? I just don't see why it cost's so much, and why they didn't tell us about this in the beginning.. not that it would have changed anything, I would have still gone through the program, but I could have planned for it. Are there any programs out there to help with this expense? I work, but not enough since I have been in nursing school 40+ hours a week for the past year! :)
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