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PiaLove BSN, RN

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PiaLove has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Most recent: Hospice, Home Care.

Michigan State Alumnus, graduated in the class of 2002, so that gives me 5 plus years of strange nursing experiences. Looking to connect and share with members of my profession. Looking forward to obtaining a Master's in Nursing Education in August.

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  1. PiaLove

    new traveller, help!

    As a new traveler, I felt weird. I only lasted for a month...I think! Its like the staff put me through a "test" that had nothing to do with work, but more to do if you could blend in with people that you are supposed to be temporarily involved with, which I was told is to be expected for the first two weeks. Its best just to keep to yourself, write down what you are told, get to know who is in charge and do your job once you have clarity. As a traveler, people who are not nurses have opinions that appear to be more valuable than nurses which is disheartening, but if warned about it you can avoid a lot of pitfalls in your travel career. Also know, your personality can make a difference in your assignment being a good one and a bad one. If your personality lets your employer or agency know that you are there for work and that your private life is a separate issue that they have no right to know about unless the private part of your life effects your work. By doing so, you set a firm boundary and establish clearly that you are there to work. Which makes me offer you this advice, if you have a health issue that may effect your ability to work, let your agency and the organization you work with know. I had my first anxiety attack before I got to work and unfortunately it hadn't subsided by the time report started and I was met with opposition from the staff instead of the chance to return to work and it resulted in an ugly situation, which could not have been prevented. So just an FYI, if you are diabetic or are in a new surrounding and experiencing anxiety because of your new assignment, let someone know... a fellow co-worker just might care or they might not...it just helps to represent yourself as you are to everyone and try very hard to adapt to your surroundings. Make sure you are certain about things like revised orientation schedules, lunchbreaks, chain of command and what your duties are before you start. I thought I was prepared for my assignment and by the time I worked through all the confusion, I was told to keep it moving, then called back for a meeting to keep me from moving on (confusion), so BE FIRM and let your work be all that you have to give to the company...anything else is cause for problems. Prayerfully, you will have success in your traveling efforts. Just keep in mind the fact that you are a visitor, with a potential to be a permanent employee at all times and you will not make a mistake... Remember, if you have a bad experience, document it or talk to your recruiter. Which in hindsight makes me suggest to you that you should form a relationship with your recruiter that is honest and creates trust. You place your trust in them to get you to a spot that is not going to be a headache, so work hard to know who you are working for too! Ask questions, but don't be too overbearing... there are consequences to every action and you may be held accountable for that in which you are not clear about or know.
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    Nurses will do the CNA job

    As the awesome people we are, we sometimes are seen as being capable of handling the responsibility of both the RN and the CNA. In school and in life, I was taught that nurses do what is necessary if there is no one to fulfill the role- promoting somewhat the idea that nurses can be used and overworked for the right price. But for the money that nurses attract to any business, you would think companies or organizations would try to ease the stress of the multi-role action. Also, with this huge lack or shortage of nurses, I believe hiring CNA's would assist in making the role easier. All of this talk about CNA's has me wondering why a nurse can't be hired in a position of a CNA but has the right to do the work of a CNA when hired as a nurse?
  3. She was dependently independent ( meaning her husband helped her with matters concerning her health, but she took all the credit because he told her she should). She always made it a point to me to emphasize how "laid back" she was. Our first couple of visits were kind of boring, not much enthusiasm on her behalf, nor her husbands: we spent a lot of time discussing medication routines, her health history, and reviewing company paperwork. We also devised a plan of care that included active and passive ROM to alleviate the aches and pains she felt from her secondary diagnosis. About the third week of our visits, Rita's husband came out of nowhere with a fitness routine! As I taught Rita passive and active ROM for her secondary diagnosis, her husband taught me how to gain strength as well. He waited until after I and Rita had finished our thirty-minute visits and all three of us began to practice his "homemade" routines. Her husband was a retired police officer and he told me that seeing my work with Rita made him want to get back in shape. The life-changing event was the exercise. Why? Because at the time I was going through a situational depression that stemmed from a lack of satisfaction with the company I worked for. Being a team player, my sense of worth as a nurse was based on working for organizations or companies that were quality places to represent and this time, I had chosen something that wasn't representative of my philosophy! Not really excited about working for a company unconcerned about my safety, I found it difficult to feed the patients with their company motto of being the best homecare business around. Her husband was right on time with the exercise and that's the part that was life-changing in a very positive manner. I had a normal routine of getting up at 6 am and going for a jog so that I would have enough energy and stamina to work throughout the day. But the more I became dissatisfied with the company, the harder it was for me to get up, exercise, and stay motivated about working. Serious situations were occurring outside of patient care and it seemed like I was stuck in a contract that was going to last too long. Thank goodness for the husband of Rita and his routine. Although we only visited two days a week, the two days got me back into my routine of working out and gave me the energy necessary to fight the laziness of the depression. I am thankful for Rita and her husband because they took care of me and I did not ask them too. I never told them how much their joint exercise approach meant to me at that point in my career, but when I say it meant the world to me to exercise and get motivated again... I mean it. Thank goodness for the unexpected patient who cares for you in return. I will never forget them.
  4. I think we all need to keep in mind what the job duties for a hospice RN are...as a nurse who worked on a Hospice unit, I see the article describing pretty much what I did on the unit...palliative care for the dying or those with less than 6 months to live who chose to receive the type of care offered. I'm not sure about the controversy surrounding this, but I can understand your fear. Some nurses are not comfortable with nor understand the idea of a patient chosing to die after being given a death sentence by a doctor. As someone who believes in God, it kind of challenges your morals about "nurse" assisted suicide and the consequences of taking a life as a job.:argue:
  5. PiaLove

    Nurse Transitioning

    Hello my Professional Colleagues, I write to you because I am a registered nurse ( Michigan State Graduate, 2002) with a story to tell...or write...which ever you prefer. I have been in homecare for about 2 years, with experience in ICU, Public Health Nursing, and School Nursing. Applying for jobs at the hospital, I was met with a lot of resistance. You know... " A homecare nurse doesn't have the skill set necessary to become a med/surg nurse, etc." Which made me very focused on proving them wrong! Nonetheless, the point is not to wade in the sorrow of the many denials I have experienced, but to ask others if they to have experienced something similar? So here is the question that perhaps I was supposed to have the answer to years ago... WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO RETURN TO THE HOSPITAL OR CLINICAL SETTING AFTER DOING HOMECARE?