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Sterren BSN, RN

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Sterren is a BSN, RN and specializes in L&D.

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  1. I've been doing inpatient nursing for 4 years but I'm seriously considering a move to home health. I love what I do but for family reasons I need something with more flexibility, and I have a friend who does home health and finds it to be amazingly flexible and rewarding. I have an interview coming up in a few weeks and I know that's the time to find out about this particular company's scheduling and hours. However, I know there are a lot of different options out there and would love to hear from people already doing this job, about what your typical day looks like. It seems impossible for home health to be LESS flexible than the 12 hour shifts I work now, but I also don't want to change jobs if I'm wrong in assuming this might be a better way for me to balance the needs of my family with my career. Thanks so much!
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    Does working on a OB unit help you eventually obtain an L&D job?

    I hired directly into L&D, and have never worked a single day of med-surg in my entire life. L&D is it's own little world, and a lot of what you'd do in med-surg wouldn't even have any usefulness in L&D (and vice versa). I'd go for the OB job, the knowledge you will gain there will be much more use to you in eventually getting to L&D.
  3. Is it time for someone to claim that they've seen twins named Orangejello and Lemonjello yet? Because if it is I totally took care of their mom last week. For real. I'm sure you will all find these names as shocking as I did, having never ever heard them before.
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    I would try to go straight to OB if it's an option and you know that's where you want to be. The job market is pretty bad for new grads in every specialty so take what you can get, of course, but I wouldn't force yourself to do med-surge if you don't need to or want to. I never worked a day of med-surg and don't feel that limited me in any way. No, I wouldn't be able to place or use an NG tube without looking up policies and asking questions to guide me first. But that doesn't really matter, because I've never had a patient with an NG tube! A lot of the time, med-surg does exactly nothing to prepare you for what it's like to care for two patients in one body, one of whom you can't see or evaluate except for ONE vital sign (heart rate). While I highly respect and value med-surg nurses and all of their knowledge, a lot of what you do in med-surg has very little relevance in OB (and vice versa). Good luck, I hope you're able to get your foot in the door in OB through a preceptorship. It's an amazing place to work!
  5. Specifically for OB I'd keep an extra pair or socks (and shoes) just in case you get splashed. Wet shoes are not fun. I keep a spare stethoscope, snacks, tylenol, basic toiletries, about $5 in change, a book for nights where not much is going on, pens and sharpies, and a spare water bottle in case I forget mine.
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    Nurses as primary breadwinners?

    I worked up until my water broke too. By choice, twice. I could have started my maternity leave sooner but I didn't want to waste my maternity leave sitting at home being bored waiting around for my baby, I saved that time for after the baby was actually born. Unless she was complaining loudly and often about how she still had to work and how unfair it was that she had to work until she went into labor, you really don't know if she did it on purpose or not.
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    Nurses as primary breadwinners?

    I make more money than my husband, so I guess I'm one of these young breadwinner nurses you're talking about. My husband and I don't really think of it that way, though. We both work the same number of hours, but I get paid more for my time than he does. We both like our jobs and neither of us wants to quit. We both take care of our children. We both wash dishes and fold laundry and go grocery shopping. It's not MY money and HIS money, it's OUR money. I don't really care who makes more money or who is the "breadwinner", we're a team and that's what matters.
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    Modified self-scheduling has to go (IMHO)

    Why don't you request the same thing every week then and trade for whatever days you don't get? Then you've got your fixed schedule. I have a coworker who has worked the same thing every week as long as I've known her, and that's how she does it. I happen to love the freedom of self-scheduling and appreciate that nursing has a flexibility a lot of other jobs don't, that allows me to get wednesday off one week because my kid has a ballet recital, and saturday off the next week because we're going out of town. If you want a set schedule then request one and trade for what you don't get, just as you're suggesting everyone else should do to accommodate your desire for a fixed schedule.
  9. Well no, but I'm straight and married and all my patients are female. Honestly I think it's very unethical and unprofessional. I don't really buy the "well what if you bumped into each other at a bar later" either. If it was a significant enough nurse/patient relationship that it's remembered after the patient is discharged, then it's significant enough that there are boundaries that should not be crossed. It gives me a very icky feeling to think about a nurse forming a romantic relationship with a patient. Not okay.
  10. You forgot Shithead (Sha-theed), that one gets mentioned pretty often too.
  11. Sorry the bed is uncomfortable. It's not my fault that you came to the hospital and begged to be admitted for labor when you were demonstrably not in labor but were whiny enough that the doctor admitted you anyway, and then ordered NPO and bedrest with continuous fetal monitoring. Be careful what you wish for.
  12. I'd want to work at Seattle Grace/Mercy West Hospital. The residents there do EVERYTHING.
  13. I had a patient recently that I really connected with. After we discharged her, I wondered how she was doing and wished I'd given her my email address or something so that if she were comfortable with it, she could update me on how things were going for her. I wondered, though, about the ethics of doing something like this? Is it okay to share your email address with a patient? This is the first time I've ever been tempted to do so, she was just such a great person and going through something really hard. For her part she asked if it was possible for me to float to the unit I discharged her to, so I could continue to be her nurse, and she asked me to come and visit her while she was still hospitalized. So I believe that the connection/bonding/whatever term you want to use went both ways. Thoughts?
  14. My patient the other day had quadruplets and they had the best names ever! The identical boys were Lemonjello and Oranjello. The other boy she named Shithead (pronounced Sha-th-eed) and the one little girl was Female (Fuh-MAL-ee). She had an older girl named Placenta and an older son named Nosmo. Her last name was King.
  15. This.
  16. Sterren

    Would You Accept Swine Flu Vaccine?

    No. I'm not interested in being a guinea pig.