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    Have we lost the "art" of nursing?

    To expand I'd say that "we" alive today did not create the behemoth corporate America so much as our predecessors, who empowered their formation hru their political & economic choices. Political forces molded the environment we labor in, this was set in motion decades ago. So when I hear a very old patient complain bitterly about how "impersonal" healthcare feels, I sometimes ask them what they did in their life to help it NOT become this way.
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    Have we lost the "art" of nursing?

    Extremely well said! I will add that RNs are shown disrespect by the both the corporations AND the patients. Until I read this article I had NO IDEA that a nurse had ever done a "backrub".
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    Tattoos/Piercings in the workplace?

    The intelligent rule of thumb here is to present a rather benign appearance at work b/c appearance matters, and b/c people form 1st impressions quickly. I suppose anyone is entitled to their publicly visible tattoo just as others are entitled to feel how they feel about it. Culture and standards do not change quickly. Personally I feel the workplace is filled w/ more than enough drama, squabbling, corporate rules & human political conflicts than to add tattoo self expression into it. I do not think it wise to enter a professional field such as healthcare which has enormous exposure to the older generations and not expect pushback from those who dislike tattoos. Anyone who feels "hated" by the disapproving reactions of strangers is probably too thin skinned to have gotten a visible tattoo in the 1st place. That's enough for this topic. :poop:
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    Tattoos/Piercings in the workplace?

    As a rule of thumb anyone who goes immediately into Hitler and the Holocaust is a billion miles outside the converstation. It's not really worth my time elaborating on my post, but I CLEARLY said my dislike of tattoos was personal and is how I feel. Where do you get "hate" from? Certainly not me.
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    Tattoos/Piercings in the workplace?

    I'm in dialysis, I don't now about the formal corporate policy but personally I dislike tattoos especially on females. Yesterday 1 of the guys who has them all over his arms & legs said "they're becoming acceptable" & I said no, not really, they're just more common and they accepted by younger people. I told him not to forget that mgmt will be filled for another 20 years w/ people like myself from a generation whose 1st thought is still gonna be "prison." I do not find them flattering on anyone and especially feel they're ugly in ANY form on a girl. Therefore I'll always look twice at dirty ink on someone and wonder why they did that? Yeah I know... "self expression."
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    I Am Being Disciplined: What Now?

    Very well said. In school we are taught the Pollyanna "patient comes first" and in the reality of the workforce we learn (usually the very hard way) that the employer is the boss and you had better please the corporation. I educate the medical staff that reports to me, in a professional and intentionally vague way, to do right by the company, mgmt and the patient. The wise staff understand & work wisely, & in their best interests. But there are plenty who continue to see patients as wonderful needy humans simply in need of care, and not consider them as potential career enders. They are both, and should be treated appropriately as both. That said, I still like my career.
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    I Am Being Disciplined: What Now?

    I hear your dissatisfaction w/ a profit-driven workforce. I too was there, but I quickly got over those feelings after I was "released" from my 1st RN job of 2 yrs when an LPN on my shift made a medically unrelated, non harmful administrative infraction. I would learn afterwards that mgmt politics was driving the issue, but for me the result was my immediate dismissal by "human" resources OVER THE TELEPHONE on a 3 way call the next day. I was thrown out of my position like a bag of garbage by "human" resources and my DON, who wouldn't spend an ounce of energy in my defense. Only 2 yrs later would I rejoice when I learned that that DON was fired the same way, for an equally invalid reason. This is what happens in a "right to work" state. This is what profit driven corporations do. To bemoan the attitudes of the RNs laboring in this system is to miss the big picture- people are slowly developing the attitudes of their bosses and employers, mainly b/c noone feels secure. And they feel insecure for good reason, b/c corporations make sure that workers know they are replaceable. Oh, and many if not most patients are looking for someone to blame for any little thing. They complain about and berate the very people who keep them healthy and alive, and actually expect good smiling service in response. So basically, it is people at all levels who are responsible for the "attitude" we see everywhere. Only when the country changes en masse wil things improve.
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    I Am Being Disciplined: What Now?

    Great! I could not have said it better. This country is a 100% pro corporate environment, which means corporations (which are now "people" thanx to Justice Roberts and his republican Supreme Court) and corporations have a single goal- profit. So do right by the corporation and keep the patient in mind as you go along, and you should be fine. But think of yourself as you perform your job b/c NOONE else cares about us. Not the company, and not the patients. It's not all so bad once you get used to it, it's just modern reality, and it's the SAME in all fields.
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    Why did you become a nurse?

    Economics. It is one of the last fields in this country that cannot be outsourced, which makes it valuable to get into. I wasted 4 yrs of my life earning an Engineering degree only to be told that my work is being done overseas for 1/2 the price. Life in this country has changed drastically and American labor is hated by corporations b/c of its cost. I learned very quickly to follow the demand. Of course I want to "help people"- myself, b/c noone else will!
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    The New Face of Healthcare

    Wow, a stunningly gross misunderstanding of both the Affordable Care Act and supply/demand. Again, as I said, everyone should KNOW what will happen, so I suggest some quality/factual research!
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    The New Face of Healthcare

    Well said. Elections have consequences, so if you vote, be sure you KNOW how your candidate will move healthcare- will it be forward, or more into corporate control?
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    The New Face of Healthcare

    It's not about a negative view of pts, it's about being a professional in a field where most of the dictates come from insurance accountants and lawyers, and being an advocate means less (to HR) than being in compliance and "proper documentation." I know there are plenty of RNs who make these mistakes, and I can bet it's a result of exhaustion and pt overload. No excuse, but probable cause. The only solution is to decrease the burden on RNs but that ain't gonna happen, b/c that reduces corporate profits. Now you would probably think I'm a bitter RN to work around but you'd be wrong, these are my PERSONAL feelings and I keep them to myself, I do a great job and educate pts all the time. It is from interracting w/ pts and educating them that I see their ambivilance and lack of interest in their own health. Granted this may just reflect my socioeconomic area, but the people I deal with are more concerned w/ what's on TV and their next meal than w/ my quality teaching, even if it is their own health. Sounds like you found a good fit tho, helping people who wanna be helped must be great... I wouldn't know tho.
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    The New Face of Healthcare

    Yeah probably so. I absolutely know that the reason hospitals will demand BSNs is to drive RN and all wages DOWN, and b/c they ultimately work hand in hand w/ the ed. business. The relentless political push to privatize all education will continue, and ultimately you will see these sectors sort of blend- where the schools and hospitals and other corporations actually set the standards, and the consumers (students) simply follow their rules. Really, it's already like that. The icing on the cake of course is that the schools will continue to churn out students, and the hospitals will continue to refuse to hire them b/c of "inexperience." That is the main reason I refused to work for hospitals.
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    The New Face of Healthcare

    Hospitals are single focused on generating maximum profit and care far too much about "customer satisfaction." Patients are "customers" who have been given the consumer power to criticize RNs and other highly qualified, hard working staff, usually for crap like failing to wait on them hand and foot. Most patients are medically ignorant and have come to see the hospital as yet another place in America where they are waited on and can expect "good service." God forbid if they are spoken to firmly and denied something that could harm them; mgmt will always take their sides, the good RNs resent this, and yet another field has become dumbed down.
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    Being around alot of women....Pros and Cons

    Let me offer some real world advice- if you consider yourself in school to work and learn and graduate, then pass Nclex, then do yourself a HUGE favor and be friendly w/ the girls but don't expect much support from them. Maybe you can find 1 or 2 who are very serious student, but the majority will be text messaging and Facebooking thru the class, then gossiping about their miserable boyfriends afterwards. They're very insular and will really only share w/ other girls, and they're like that in the workplace too, so be smart and stick w/ the winners.
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    The Problem with Nursing

    That guy belongs on the debate team not nursing school; he's only interested in dissecting everyone's response in hopes of proving himself right. His grossly excessive intensity at such an early point BEFORE his nursing career has even started tells me he will not survive long..... anyone in this field knows we must be incredibly flexible and adjust to every annoying personality type, such as his, and let it go by day's end. And I disagree completely w/ his saying experience is not required- it is req'd if you're gonna make broad brush assessments about "the field" when you haven't even worked in it yet. I feel sorry for his fellow students.
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