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Bobylon

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Bobylon specializes in Coronary Rehab Unit.

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  1. Bobylon

    Any lvn/lpn demoted or fired recently.

    Yeah, they're threatening to do this at my hospital as well, so I guess it's back to the books to get my RN and look for another LPN job to tide me over in the meantime....no matter, the hospital I work for treats all their employees as "disposable" - truthfully, I'd love to hit the Powerball and tell them what most of us there REALLY REALLY think. The RNs don't want to lose the LPNS, as we are viewed as a valuable asset to them. At least someone there appreciates us :) Administrators there are typical of most professions, really...pencil pushers who have no idea what we go through in the trenches every night, I think the only reason that my place seems to be replacing Ls by attrition, as opposed to flat out layoffs, is that they don't have enough Rs or CNAs to replace us....yet
  2. Bobylon

    Do you take daily supplements?

    Yeah, I take a handful, but always have, long before becoming a nurse. At the moment, I take a multi-v, a B+C, a D, some Calc/Mag/Zinc, a glucosamine/MSM, some fish (or flax seed) oil, Panax ginseng, and my 'script' meds (lisinopril, and Keppra). I usually eat pretty healthily (I don't eat while working.....we're the only 8 hour floor in the hospital, I work nights, and eating makes me sleepy...heh). Also, I drink yerba mate (as opposed to coffee/tea/soda/energy drinks). I feel pretty good for an old epileptic with htn...heh.
  3. Bobylon

    Here are the top 5 drugs administered by allnurses.com members

    Hmmmm .... being an LPN on our cardiac rehab floor working night shift (2300 to 0700 ... only 8 hr floor in the hospital, dangit!!!), my top 5 would likely be, in no particular order: Levothyroxine Omeprazole Heparin Oxycodone Hydrocodone ..... these last 2 mostly prn, but a LOT of them. ..... never realized how many folks take thyroid meds until entering this profession...
  4. Bobylon

    forging initials on mar

    Sounds like someone needs to be "written up," as it's called at my place of employment. If someone did that to me, I'd go straight to the bosses, get them written up..... but only so if you're certain it was that particular individual. In any case, if anyone documented something under my name/initials, I'd still go to the powers that be and tell them what went down, even if you don't know for sure who did it. That's no minor thing....... protect yourself!!!
  5. Bobylon

    Nursing Boards: Protect the Public or Organizations?

    Am assuming that by "nursing shortage," you mean in terms of staffing/employed nurses.... there are a LOT of nurses in this country ... the "shortage" in the workplace can only be blamed on the employer...mine included.
  6. Bobylon

    Foley to LIS???

    Have never heard of that or run across that on my floor. I learned something today
  7. Bobylon

    Anyone else a Biker Nurse? ;)

    DOH!!! And I thought this thread might be about BIcycles...LOL!!! I'd love to have a sportbike (we live in the foothills of the Smokies and not all that far from the infamous Dragon).......but I'd probably kill myself. I DO have a great love for cycling (mountainbiking esp, and a good mtb with a set of slicks works dang well on the roads as well). So...... nevermind, and carry on. Motorcycles are pretty dang cool, just feel "safer" with human powered 2 wheeled vehicles...heh. FWIW, my hospital has several dedicated parking spaces in the lot for cycles only, which is cool .... seems to be a 50/50 mix of cycles and scooters :)
  8. Have I ever thought about it??? Yup!!! Do I still ??? Regularly.... I love my floor, my patients (well, a lot of them...) and just about all of my co-workers, but the hospital's mgt and staffing leaves much to be desired... I'm tired of working with a skeleton crew with more and more "responsibilities" assigned to our short-staffed night shift. I'm about over all of it.... If we work over, we get spoken to....if we don't get everything done (no matter the patient load) we get spoken to...if we stay late off the clock to finish charting, we get spoken to....our last unit meeting, we were told to not clock out and finish tasks on the clock...which will only lead to more being spoken to, and at this point there is not enough help and too much work to finish it in our allotted hours (oh, yeah - if we get "no lunch," we have to get the house supervisor to come and physically sign the Kronos exception sheet ....easier said than done). OK, am done ranting... I do love what I do, I love the folks I work with , but there's just too much BS involved in trying to stay out of "trouble" which shouldn't be considered "trouble" in the first.... I hate pencil-pushers/bean-counters - they should walk a mile (or 10) in our shoes every night.
  9. Bobylon

    I have a few questions for all you LPNs out there

    1. No favorite.... 2. Pharm ... the instructor was about as interesting as a corpse...she was an incredibly smart lady, just.....boring and quiet. 3. Countless... 4. 2 kids, one was 15/16 while in school, and one was 12/13 at the same time. 5. My overall experience was very positive, for my program. Of course, it helped, at the time, that our local hospital had an LPN program that had a job waiting for you when you graduated from their program.... apparently, there is no guaranteed job offer for graduates of the same program, now.... I love my job..... MOST nights...
  10. Bobylon

    What was your LPN starting salary????

    Depends on where you live ... places with higher cost-of-living usually pay higher wages .... not making all that much here in east TN .... but it surely beats the times I spent not working!!! And being paid hourly ain't salary - no way I'd work salary, or they'd make you work overtime a lot...... mgt is very down on even 15 minutes overtime in my facility....pretty ridiculous, beings as our "typical" week is 37.5 hours ..... would have to work 2.5 hrs over before they'd be paying OT rate.....dang penny pinchers and pencil pushers!!!
  11. Bobylon

    Drug seeking patients?

    I can't say much ..... at times, I feel I'm working in a pain clinic (I'm sorry, but if someone rates their pain as a 10 out of a possible 10 level, they won't be resting comfortably, sedately, and mellow. Perhaps they don't understand the concept of the PRS, or perhaps they just want their high/low...... I am not going to judge, just going to do what I can). My facility policy is if someone complains of pain, it gets documented and treated with whatever med is available to administer at that time. Someone who can't get their Dilaudid push, but can have a Vicodin will then want a Phenergan push along with the Vicodin, with absolutely no c/o nausea, which cracks me up - and ticks off the RNs. We get our share of apparent "drug seekers," but .... we're not here to judge, and if the doc has meds prescribed, then the pt gets them when available. It's not MY call...MDs are primarily responsible for the great prescription addiction problem in the US.
  12. Bobylon

    Charting Bloopers

    Not a blooper (as it's obviously deliberate....), but we have an RN on my floor who puts smiley faces in her assessments..... LOL
  13. Bobylon

    Quit or be fired

    Perhaps depends on the state you work in??? Apparently you can be fired at will in some states, yet you must give 2 weeks notice if you're leaving..... what a crock.
  14. Can't relate to those choices..... I tend to agree with John Lennon's take on things.... "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. ... "
  15. Bobylon

    What hours do you work?

    I work an old-school unit as well (8 hr shifts)...I work nights 23:00 to 07:00, 5 nights per week, every other weekend off. I don't mind it....I love my unit and my co-workers!!!
  16. Bobylon

    How much does your hospital ceo make?

    Not news, has been going on for years, now (decades???)..... unfortunately !!! *edited to remove volatile political content that might rile conservatives*