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BloodCleanerRN

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  1. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    It's not an implication that I think it's less than sane....I really do think it's less than sane. Yep, I said it. "The term 'conspiracy theory' is often used to discount and to dismiss real arguments based on facts, on personal experience and on history that another does not want examined. It tends to frighten away from discussion, those who do not want to be judged as being less than sane." Really? What factual arguement has been presented to show that your freedoms are being stripped by fingerprinting? What real evidence have you shown me and the other posters here? (and, no, your suspicions do not count as real evidence) The whole fear of fingerprinting thing is being blown way out of proportion IMO. I believe it is a fear of something irrelevant. Freedom. You have a choice. You can choose not to enter into a field of employment that requires fingerprinting or background checks. There IS a choice. For example, some people choose to live under a bridge, or a tent in the woods, rather than be on Uncle Sam's radar and be gainfully employed, own a car and/or house..etc. There again...CHOICE.... and maybe a bit of mental illness mixed in. People can CHOOSE what job they have, whether or not they have a job, what house they buy, what car they drive, what food they eat, what clothes they wear, if they want to be compliant with doctor's recommendations....the list goes on. Yes, people still have choices and the freedom to make those choices in this country.
  2. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    Geez. Conspiracy theories abound. No one is stopping me from living my life the way I want because they fingerprint me. Y'all really need to get a grip. Once again, if someone does not want to be subjected to what an employer requires....then don't apply for that job. That, my friends, IS freedom of choice.
  3. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    I'm sure at one point people balked at the thought of having a thorough background check done for employment purposes. Wasn't there similar 'outrage' as employers started requiring urine samples during pre-employment screenings? I do believe you missed my main point in that all security measures were derived out of necessity when previous measures proved not to be enough. As I said before, security measures evolve and change according to what happens in the real world. Maybe instead of quoting an incomplete line from my post, try reading the entire post and try to get the whole meaning I'm attempting to convey. Also, as another poster once stated...we do leave our fingerprints laying around willy-nilly anyway......
  4. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    Comparing the preparation of food at a restaurant, and working in healthcare on equal ground, is an unrealistic stretch of the imagination. Preparation of food does not compare at all to the level of access a healthcare worker has to another human being's body.
  5. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    Security measures evolve and change according to the issues created in the real world by real people. How long have there been the security measures in place in OB units? WHY were those measures instituted? Could it have been because of numerous REAL people baby snatching? There are multiple documented events when this has happened. Same goes for numerous REAL events involving healthcare workers abusing patients...physically, sexually. Not to mention, the stealing of patient belongings, narcotics, etc by healthcare workers that HAS occurred. All of these measures add up to, hopefully, a successful screen of all healthcare personnel to eliminate people who may have already done these things elsewhere - or may have a pre-disposition to do these things because of other problems they have had in their past. Would any of you who are screaming "NO PRIVACY!" be at ease being a patient in a facility where no screening took place? If you can honestly say that you would be a patient in a facility like that does not screen any of their employees, then fine...keep on fighting for your 'freedoms'...otherwise, yes...."quitchyourbitchin'. Not to mention, facilities are CYA's with these screenings...so that if anything DOES happen, they cannot be held at fault for hiring unstable personnel without trying to avoid it at all cost. Can you imagine the lawsuit??
  6. BloodCleanerRN

    retaliation after resignation?

    Don't you have to have documentation from your physician in order to take a proper medical leave? Sounds like working the system to me to say you are on medical leave when you really have no medical issues. Kind of unethical, dontcha think?
  7. BloodCleanerRN

    day in life of dialysis RN? please describe

    Funny you should ask. Today is actually my last day as a dialysis RN. I've been doing Acute Hospital Hemodialysis and it's very much different from chronic clinic dialysis. In chronics, you see a lot of the same patients from week to week. It is very much about routine....almost an assembly line at best. I don't mean that to sound bad. Some people really enjoy that kind of work. Most dialysis nurses work four 10 hour shifts. Dialysis days also start EARLY. If you are an early riser...then it could be the job for you! Many clinic dialysis nurses get to work between 4:30-5:00 AM. There is a lot of risk of exposure to blood (obviously), more so than in hospital nursing. There are many sharps, especially those 15 gauge needles used to stick fistulas and grafts. Generally, there is a 1st and 2nd shift. Patients can have treatment times ranging from 3-6 hours. When 1st shift is complete, then the machines are turned over as quickly as possible and set up for 2nd shift. Then, there is the water system you need to learn as a dialysis nurse. There are DI systems and RO systems, and different checks for each. One common check is chloramine check every 4 hours. There is a lot to learn. It's definately a specialty that has it's own unique demands. As I've heard, and found out, people either love dialysis or they hate it. Good Luck!
  8. BloodCleanerRN

    retaliation after resignation?

    I wouldn't recommend this. Most places have a policy that states you cannot use PTO during the time between resignation and your last day of work.
  9. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    If people don't like the requirements, both government and hospital imposed, then they can exercise their 'Liberty' and choose not be a nurse.
  10. BloodCleanerRN

    Outraged by no more privacy

    We, as nurses, are priveledged to have full access to other human beings at their most vulnerable state. Why would you not want people in our position to have background checks? I had to have my fingerprints done in the state of Missouri in 1999 when I was going into nursing school, and again for my Missouri license. ALSO, again, when I applied for a Kansas license earlier this year. Fingerprinting nurses isn't a new thing. If you want a job with complete privacy...work from home mailing envelopes. JK.
  11. BloodCleanerRN

    'Nursing' or Athletic Shoes? White?

    First to be said is...I will NEVER wear white shoes ever again in my life as a nurse. Had to wear white shoes as a student nurse. Never. Again. Ever. I currently wear dark brown leather dansko's with a black sole. I also wear black knee-high compression hose. Prior shoe choices have been all black Klogs. Like I said, NEVER again will a white shoe touch my foot. White shows EVERYTHING....and most nurses wade in 'everything' during each shift. Who wants to go around showing it off? blech!
  12. BloodCleanerRN

    Letter from the Illinois Eye-Bank

    It does sound as if you were on top of things for sure. I have a question though... was there no GI physician available to perform an emergent EGD to clip and burn whatever bleeders this patient may have had in his esophagus? I've worked in ICU for 6.5 years. When we had a diagnosis of upper GI bleed and the patient had obvious signs and symptoms...and especially with downward trending vitals, we had GI docs who would come in (yes, in the middle of the night) to perform emergent EGD's. Even though this patient had a strong ETOH history...he was still only in his 40's. I'm surprised more aggressive GI care was not performed at the bedside in the ICU. I've worked GI bleeds where the GI doc and the on call GI lab team are at bedside performing an EGD while I'm hanging blood, being run wide open, to catch up with what the patient is losing while they try and take care of the bleeders.
  13. BloodCleanerRN

    IS Gluttony a Disease or Choice?

    There are as many reasons and excuses are there are people IMO. Been pregnant three times. Gained more than 50 lbs (during the two full term pregnancies - the other was preemie at 33 weeks) that put my weight up over 200lbs at 5'6''. There was no one to blame but myself for the weight gain during those pregnancies...well, no one other than Ben and Jerry...and maybe Ronald McDonald. My youngest full termer is now 8 months old and I'm only 5 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight... yes, the weight I was before my 1st child. Been there, done that. My choices caused me to gain weight, and my choices caused me to lose weight. The stretch marks may never go away...but, by Gosh, the weight sure will!! And, I'm sure chasing 3 boys age five and younger help keep me VERY active too.
  14. BloodCleanerRN

    What happens to your PTO

    Yep, most places will not pay out your PTO if you leave without notice. When all is good, then you get it all paid out in one check. You'll have to look up your employee manual/policies to see what your employer does for sure.
  15. BloodCleanerRN

    IS Gluttony a Disease or Choice?

    How is discussing healthier lifestyle choices, and how unhealthy a present lifestyle is...punishment? I don't get it. Torture? Really? In this same mindset, would discussing lifestyle changes for cardiac patients, diabetics, hemopheliacs, etc (pick any disease process and run with it)...be 'punishment' as well? If obesity is to be catagorized as a DISEASE, then it should be approached as a disease as well when treated. That means truthful diagnosis, treatment options, and INFORMATION on how to best deal with the disease. How is ignoring it going to help?
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