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  1. neatnurse30

    To all "medical coverage is a privilege" folks:

    If the family has no insurance, then that means they are not working. Maybe they should have thought about birth control before conceiving a child which they can't afford. Why should I feel guilty now for all the folks who are irresponsible - produce kids, don't work, do drugs, illegals? Do you expect me to pay for all of them? If you think that healthcare is a right, then go ahead and pay for all of these people, and we'll see how quickly you'll change your mind.
  2. neatnurse30

    Changing to a non-nursing career?

    Sangria, Yes, I would definetely would like to know more what you are doing. I hope it's not some type of sales business, because I'm not good at it.
  3. neatnurse30

    Health care a right or privilege

    Anything that cost is not a right. Healthcare is not a right, it is a commodity because it costs. If you go to the mall, or grocery store you know that you have to pay, nobody is arguing with the cashier about not paying. For some odd reason, when people go to the hospital, or a doctor, they don't want to pay the bill and believe that they can get healthcare services for free. Granted, health insurance is expensive and medical services are expensive, but people should be able to pay at least partial cost.
  4. neatnurse30

    Changing to a non-nursing career?

    I recently quit my new job in an outpatient oncology. I quit my job in a hospital last year where I worked for several years and truly hated it. I really don't like nursing and don't want to do it anymore. I was always jealous of all non-nursing jobs like pharmacists, medical assistants, medical receptionists, IT specialistst. Right now I'm staying at home and don't know what to do with myself, but I'm determined to find a Non-nursing position. I love travelling and Irecently thought that I could work in a hotel or something like that. I just don't have any other skills besides nursing. I'm still relatively young ( middle 30s') and need to work for another 30 years. I don't need much money, I don't have kids and don't plan to have and my husband makes good money. We don't have any debt either. I just want to look forward to go to work and not be stressed out all the time ( like most of the nurses are). I'm happy to hear that you made a great transition to something that you love to do. I'm determined to do the same and try different things.
  5. neatnurse30

    Any stress relieving ideas for nursing student?

    If you are already stressed out in nursing school, wait till you get a nursing job. Then it will be a real stress! I'm not saying it out of spite. Most of the nurses on my med surg floor left nursing after a couple of years- they couldn't stand the hospital work. A lot of people will say- find a job in a non-hospital environment. Well, it is not that easy. First of all- in order to work in a non-hospital setting, you need to have acute experience, or be specialized in something. Most of the doctor's offices these days hire medical assistants and not registered nurses to cut the cost. In the end, if you stay in the hospital environment for long enough- you risk depression, anxiety, panic attacks. If you try to get out of bedsite care nursing and the hospital- you usually have to accept lower pay to compromise. Maybe you want to advance your career in nursing and go for example for Nurse Practitioner, then maybe that's a good choice. I myself worked for a couple of years on a med surg floor, outpatient setting and it is everywhere the same- bad conditions. I could barely get enough half an hour lunch break, go to the bathroom etc. I decided that I'll no longer put up with bad nursing conditions like that. I will never go back to work in a hospital, ever again. Right now, I'm working part time in a doctor's office doing chemotherapy. People say, that once you become an RN- there are so many choices out there, not only in the hospital but in an outpatient setting, home health care etc. Maybe there are choices- but the working conditions of an RN are bad pretty much everywhere you go. I'm not trying to scare you, but warn you that nursing is a very tricky career choice. My two coworkers recently decided to quit nursing altogether- one got accepted to law school, the other one wants to go to the pharmacy school.
  6. neatnurse30

    Does the thought of going to your job make you sick?

    Angie1368- you are right. I thought that nursing school with clinicals was a nightmare. That is nothing comparing to the real HELL of nursing once you are in a hospital/assisted living type environment. That's why I am seriously considering totally changing my career. I know some friends nurses who decided to quit nursing altogether. It is sad.
  7. neatnurse30

    career change from accounting to nursing?

    I'm an RN for 6 years now. I honestly regret this decision to ever become a nurse as it is one of the most stressful jobs one could have. I would love to have a quiet office room/cubicle. Nursing, at least in the hospital setting, is very physically demanding as well as emotionally draining. As a nurse you have to deal with too many issues at ones, demanding patients and their family members, constant shortage of staff etc.You don't get a proper lunch break. I just quit my work in a hospital and don't plan to ever work as a bedsite care nurse- the money was good, but it is not worth the stress in the long term. Plus, hospitals don't usually have good benefits, and forget any bonuses! I started working in an outpatient setting as an infusion nurse- the job is still stressful, but somewhat better conditions. Overall, if I could choose again, I would become a pharmacist, or an accountant, or a banker. I'm just not young anymore, and don't want to go to school again to change my career.
  8. neatnurse30

    Ever lost a job offer because of your reference?

    After working 6 years in a hospital on a medical oncology unit I decided to find a non-hospital job. I just finished 2 interviews. In both cases, I needed to provide at least 2 references, and yes- they did call to check on them. Actually, they wanted references from managers, not just coworkers ( or friends). Recently, my coworker who is also looking for a job, listed me as a reference person; I was called and had to answer a lot of questions about my coworker. So in a summary, yes- references these days are very important. They also do a thorough criminal background on you.
  9. neatnurse30

    Criticized for being nervous . . .

    There is nothing wrong with being nervous if you are new to the skills and procedures required on your unit. I was a nervous wrack as a new grad too! I must say that a lot of times the preceptor can make a new grad unnecessarily even more stressed out. I have seen that and in that case, it is good to change preceptors for your own sake. Some people are quicker learners than others ( I was kind of a slow learner...) and a good preceptor should recognize that rushing a new grad is not a good idea.
  10. I recently read a lot about QI/QA on this forum and this nursing specialty sounds so interesting. I really want to get away from the bedside care nursing. My friend recently got a job with a healthcare insurance as a Utilization Review Nurse ( or something like that) and is very happy, she will also get a full training. I just saw an ad in my area for Hedis Nurse Reviewer and Utilization Review Nurse, they want acute care experience ( which I do - 6 years of med-surg), and Hedis knowledge is preferred/big plus. I don't know anything about Hedis, and am not sure if they will be willing to train me appropriately. I'm so confused if I should have applied for these jobs. The job for Hedis Nurse Reviewer involves travelling to Md/hospital offices and I don't understand quite what I would be doing exactly. Of those of you who work in that field- do you recommend reading certain books or getting specific certifications for these types of jobs? How do I learn Hedis before the job?
  11. neatnurse30

    New student..what should i do?

    I would never pay that much money for nursing degree- now that I know from my experience working as an RN. First of all, if I would have to take students loans for so much money, I would go to study pharmacy- at least pharmacists are paid 100K+ for their job and don't have that much stress like nurses do. Nurses don't make that much money, other healthcare professionals like physical therapists, occupational therapists, radiology techs etc. make as much or even more than nurses with less stress. I really don't understand why everybody wants to be a nurse these days- if I knew before entering nursing school what I know now- I would run from nursing as fast as I could. But I'm not the youngest anymore ( close to 40) and have years of experience as a nurse, work in an outpatient so it is not that crazy for me right now. However, bedside nursing can literally kill you- I have seen many nurses leaving bedside nursing because they couldn't stand the stress of the job. So while everybody thinks that there is shortage of nurses in US, in fact, that is not true. It's just that the conditions of the job are unbearable in many hospitals and LTCs. Please, shadow a nurse or volunteer in a hospital before you jump into nursing school. Good luck with your decisions!
  12. neatnurse30

    any RNs working as an "advice nurse" here?

    Thanks for your reply. I kind of suspected that triage is probably not the best option for me, and with all phone calls recorded, it would stress me out if I did said something wrong to the customer.
  13. I currently work on a medical floor (6 years total). I'm trying to get a job outside of the hospital- because I'm tired of bedside nursing and can't imagine doing it for any longer. I just saw an ad in my area for an advice nurse: "One of the nation's largest not-for-profit health plans serving almost 9 million members seeks talented RN's to work as advice nurses in their in-bound Triage call etc." I'm just worried, that if I would get it, and didn't like it- it would be very hard to get a job in a hospital again. Are there any of you nurses working as an advice nurse- do you recommend it, and what are the challenges of such job?
  14. neatnurse30

    Feeling alone & depressed today

    Stealing things is terrible- you were teenager at that time, so you were not a little kid, you knew what you were doing. So you should have not wondered why the future employer will be suspicious of you. Now, I believe that you greatly regret stealing and will never do it again. Some people suggested talking to a lawyer- I think that is a great idea.