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  1. Crush

    will i ever get hired at another hospital?

    Even LTC will give you some valuable experiences you can use in future hospitals and home healthcare or hospice work. LTC gets a bad rap but can gain good experiences there too and learn alot. Keep your options open, including other hospitals and different departments/units within hospitals. Good luck.
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    Aggressive family member

    Hopefully there is documentation in the chart, " Procedure interrupted related to ..............." And then an incident report. I think you handled it pretty well. I may have said something about not ok to touch me but I think you did fine.
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    Very concerned

    Really sorry to hear you were fired. Hope your appeal works for you. I am glad the patient was ok. I agree with Ddestiny, in be very careful in your wording. Best wishes.
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    Float staff having a hard time

    I work float pool. I was trained/oriented to all the equipment in our hospital, given classes, provided a decent orientation on all floors I have to float to. Personally, I have always been welcomed and shown appreciation on every floor so far. I have gotten the "crap" assignment a few times but that is more the exception where I am. I have a kick-buttocks manager who sticks up for us. I agree with what psu_213 wrote, this is a management issue.
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    Feeling guilty about calling in sick.

    That is why there is a float pool at our facility. Just in case of short staffing, etc. Don't feel guilty. If you are sick, you are sick. Our policy for calling out is also 2 hours as well. I am sure even with that policy there are exceptions.
  6. I know my facility has a very narrow network but if we do want to go out of network, we pay a little more for those services. For example, if the co- pay in network is $10 then out of network for same service $25. Most places I have worked have similar plans. The physician I see used to be in network but this year is no longer in network but I choose to keep my doctor and willingly will pay a little more. Plus I can literally walk or just ride my bike to his office.
  7. I think it all depends on your school or if not that school, another one. Getting Bs in A&P may not be enough though depending on the school and certainly, 2 failed attempts in microbiology will not help your case. If there is another pre-req or class you can take to boost your chances I would go for it. Do talk to your school's counselor though as see what your school requires or what remediation they recommend though.
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    No call no show

    A clean track record, a sincere apology and the offer to pick up an unpopular shift to make up for it. Maybe there will be minor consequences but unless there is a policy in your employee handbook, I doubt a one time event would cause termination. Do however, find a back up plan for them to be able to contact you in the future.
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    Weird actions that are out of nursing scope

    My mother and father are the same way. They ask me a question, don't believe me, ask their doctor who confirms what I said. This cycle has repeated itself way too many times. I only give advise or suggestions to immediate family only.
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    Dr makes me feel so incompetent?

    I routinely float to a substance abuse unit and we always check the BP before giving clonidine whether there are parameters or not. Sometimes if there is a concern or the BP was unusually high, yes, we may do a recheck of the vitals after an hour than call the MD as needed. You did right. You are not an idiot new nurse. Always better safe than sorry, always. This is your license that you worked hard for and this is your patient that you are protecting and advocating for. As someone else mentioned patient's may not always check their BP at home before their antihypertensives but in the facility, they are under our care. Your thought process is not incompetent.
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    Peer feedback

    Exactly. We have a few floors doing the "Employee of the Month" thing. The moral is no different than on any other floor. 1 floor does the employee of the month and hangs up those "high fives". I feel a simple thank you whether from a co-worker, patient, or manager goes alot further.
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    Co worker issue

    Yes, yes, yes. In these situations no saying your feelings. I think you did fine with what was going on but there is always room to reflect and grow. I sure would have let the charge nurse know you were having issues getting the EKG done in a timely manner & why much sooner though. I agree with what someone else said about this person being manipulative though. Now the big issue is why are only the PCAs able to do EKGs? This needs to be addressed so that if a similar situation arises, the nurse can do their own if need be.
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    2 Med errors in a week

    Adding to the above, maybe consider the environment too for a new grad. You are new, no preceptor, is just not a good mix in my opinion. While nursing school and our passion drive us to what we do, the real learning actually begins once you hit the floor and continues from there. I haven't met many nurses who have not had at least one med error in their career. I don't mean to sound flippant about med errors but they happen and should be taken seriously. I think you will be fine. Take a day or two off and and regroup. You can do this.
  14. I am so happy for you. This is awesome. :) Love, love, love the self reflection in your OP.
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    Long hair at the bedside

    It is enforced where I work. Ponytail or bun for those with longer hair.