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    Management hate

    Very well said......I would love to have you as one of my employees.
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    Is it possible to get the holidays off?

    My hospital pays 6 holidays a year...if you work you get paid time and half for all 12 hours plus you get paid an extra 8 hours , (that you don't work ) in the same week whether you work the holiday or not (it is your holiday pay)..so working holiday gives you a 44 week (actual worked hours are 36 and 16 are at time and half as anything over 40 hrs in a week is OT) ...if you have the holiday off you still get 40 hours but only 4 at OT...... we have a set holiday schedule ... all the nursing staff on are scheduled a summer holiday and a winter holiday (A,B,C groups) when the A group works their 2 holidays they move into the B group for the next year and so forth..so you will get the holiday you just worked off for 2 years before you work it again... works well there is no squabbling ,it is fair for all, and staff can make arrangement with each other to change a holiday for that year but with the understanding they will still be in the same rotatation for the following year which may mean being on for 2 of the same holiday 2 years in a row due to a switch and this has not been a problem....it is nice also to know what holidays you will be scheduled so you can make family plans well in advance. Hope this info hepls someone..... Happy Holidays to all
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    Extended stay hotels?

    Candlewood.....the ones I have stayed at have a kithchen area with full frig, cooktop, dishwasher, microwave, cupboards with all the dishes and pots and pans you will need. The bed was decent, room clean. Cost around $100.00 per noc..you may be able to get a better deal as a travler I am not sure...worth a try. Good luck
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    Not sure what to do. Licensed RN working as tech.

    Sorry..your having to wait for a RN position but that is just the way it works. Did you expect the facility to create a position for you just because you work there. This same scenario has played out at my facility numerous times from aides to LPNs going back to school getting a degree in nursing and having to wait for an open position. They have to stay and work in the position they had whatever that may have been (aide, LPN) and do not get to practice at the level of their degree . Management (your manager) is not being unsupportive as their is nothing your manager can do if thier are no open positions. You have to wait your turn or move on. I know an RN who practiced as an LPN for over 9 months until an RN position opened up that she could bid. Every hospital have staffing levels that have to met and therefore can not just create a postions. As far losing skills..I highly doubt that. From my experience most new grads have few skills under their belt..they come to the floor with tons to learn . We have new grads who have never put foley's in or started IV's. Perhaps you should look for a job elsewhere hone your skills and reapply at this facility when positions open. But don't burn your bridges by" going higher up " over your manager as it will most likely cost you a position. You will be viewed as a trouble maker. Good luck
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    Ethical/Personal Dilemma - What would you do?

    Correct....the school is not the one to notify unless the individual violating Hippa did so in the capacity as a student while doing Clinicals. Report the incident to your Hippa Officer and let them do the investigation and follow thru.
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    Can we fight?

    We are union..staffing ratios on Med-Surg with tele patients 7:1 both day shift and night shift. Some days it is absolutely crazy with the discharges and admissions. Some nurses can easily end their shift having cared for almost double what they started with due to discharges and admissions. You just do it if you want a job. The union employees file "unsafe staffing" but they have no grievance as management reserves the right to set staffing levels the union can not mandate patient ratios.
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    Lottery for holiday shift?

    Produce a holiday schedule and present it to the manager in a manner that indicates the staff understand how difficult it is to produce a staffing schedule and you all got togerther and came up with a schedule you all felt was workable and just want to present it to her to help . My staff have done this before and I have looked at it and sometimes I do take the suggestions. My night staff have 2 nurses who share the schedule alternating every other month and then I approve it. I have made changes occasionally and no-one gets upset. Several other nursing Units have one person on staff do the schedule instead of the manager and we are a unionized hospital. But you need to present your ideas to your manager so she doesn't feel she is losing control over the schedule or being undermined. Good Luck
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    Lottery for holiday shift?

    We have 6 paid holidays 3 summer 3 winter. We have a staffing policy that states no employee will be scheduled more than 3 of the six and one of the three will be a winter holiday. A staff member can offer to work more than three as we pay time and half for working holidays and some staff like to get OT and don't care about holiday.Our policy also states if more than one person request to have a holiday off and all request can not be accomadated then whoever didn't work the previous year will be given the holiday off first. On my Unit we have a set schedule .... it works out you only have to work 2 hoildays a year and they are one winter and one summer...then you rotate into the next set for the following year. so you have Chirstmas off 2 years in a row before your scheduled again. This works a bit different with our noc aides and secretaries as there are only 2 of them to split 6 holidays so they do 3 a year and rotate. We have been doing this for 3 years and it is 100 % better than it was before when the staff would squabble about who would have to work and who we get what holidays off. Now everyone knows and can plan ahead. Our schedules are posted for 4 weeks at a time based on our pay period for starting and ending dates and are always posted 2 weeks prior to the next one starting. Staff are allowed to request off 8 days a schedule with 4 of those days being weekends if they desire. Staff are never scheduled more than 2 weekends per a 4 week scheduled unless they request to work extra week-ends as some do (no weekend diff) as they like having 4 days off in a row or the slower pace (sometimes not) or to avoid working with some managers (its the truth). If someone is in nursing school or taking pre-reqs for nursing they get preference for days off and they are not counted toward thier 8 days allowed for request off. . Also, if staff are taking vacation we don't count those days against them for the 8 r/o days per schedule. Hope some of this helps.
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    RNs filling in for CNAs when a CNA calls out

    AMEN......hmm no aide or over qualified "body" seems to be a no brainer to me
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    charge pay

    Med-Surg Unit 26 beds...we eliminated the Charge as the "Charge" was really nothing besides assigning a bed and a nurse to take the patient and got a dollar more an hour. We now decide among ourselves who will take the patient and what room. It actually has worked out. We have managers M-F 7-3 who do the bed assigning and handle other issues. After 3 and off times for managers, we have a Shift Coordinator who handles problems and usually has the nurses decide where pt go and who will take the pt. Prior to not having a charge one of the nurses would be charge and carry a full assignment.
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    Got a verbal job offer, what should I do?

    My hospital will not interview until we know a new grad has passed her boards. On occassion a newly hired person will turn down the job after they have been offered the position and the paperwork has been iniated... doesn't bode well with the manager who spent time interviewing, referencing and HR who has set up apptointments for paperwork and physical. Most likely this individual will nnot get a call bck in the future. We also do not make verbal contracts to hire..we call but you are considered hired when you met with HR and start the paperwork.
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    0.9 is not full time?!

    Excuse me "poor Jugement" to work 3 12 hour shifts in a row! It happens everywhere esp in acute care settings and surprise it is what most nurses want to work. It is not just what the employer wants. Who would want to work one 12 hr shift then off a couple of days then back on a couple then off again etc. Most people like to have a stretch of days off to relax , others go to school . No one is scheduled more than 3 days per week unless they request OT. Our nurses are not anymore tired working 3 12's in a row then having the days split up and what about Continuity of Care.... what nurse wants to come in to different patients every time she works...... so please don't accuse Nurses who work 3 12 shifts in a row as having "poor Judgement".
  13. So what is stopping those of you who "would not choose nursing as a career if you could do it all over again "?? Many of the posters are young just starting in thier careers... so get out now and work toward another career. You would be happier, your co-workers will be happier, your patients will be happier and possibly safer, and you would open up a job for someone who really wants to be a nurse. Think about it.
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    names of wound care clinics in mi

    Looking for names and locations of wound care clinic in mi and if any are run by Diversified
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    K pack??

    No disrespect but CNA's don't interpret orders. I love all our aides but I would not ask an aide to interpret an order. Sorry The order was not clearly wrote therefore the nurse was unable to know what was being ordered. The oder should have been clarified prior to discharge regardless if the doc gave the patient the instructions or not. Also, to bad if the doc gets upset if you ask to have an order clarified . It is your liscense not his and believe me he will not back you if you sent the patient home with the wrong instructions and he shouldn't if you didn't take the time to clarify the order.
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    Insurance Nurse in MI

    Looking for names of insurance companies in mi who hire nurses to do physicals exams etc in the field with perspective buyers of the insurance. Thanks