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    Concealed Carry...as a nurse?

    @heron -- Thanks for jumping in. Since it'd been four years since I was last on the forum, I did go back and re-read the entire thread, per your recommendation. Only found one previous comment by the poster I reached out to. That prior comment does not relate to the specific issue I inquired about. So I'm still not clear of the rationale underlying Muno's last post; and I'm just trying to fully understand her point of view on this.
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    Concealed Carry...as a nurse?

    @Muno -- Please expand on the reasoning that cc in a hospital is far "more likely to be used for harm." Thank you.
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    Changing to a non-nursing career?

    @gelman -- Was in the exact same circumstances as you 11 years ago... cum laude grad, who went straight to the ICU. Additionally, before going into nursing, I had already earned two advanced degrees / licenses in non-nursing fields, and was an older student (50s). Loved the medical environment, and was so appreciative of the opportunity afforded me... and consequently worked my butt off learning... both on the job, and on my own time... spending nearly all my free time devoted to the study of basic and advanced topics related to ICU practice. Long story short: the experience didn't work out. I encountered tremendous jealousy, and witnessed an unbelievable amount of immaturity on the part of co-workers, as well as a management team that was clueless / weak in handling this HR issue. I resigned after almost a year, but remained in nursing 10 years before retiring last year. Looking back, I think it may have been better to have started out in a step-down unit, and then moved up to the ICU after a year or so. Not knowing all the particulars of your own situation and personal factors makes it impossible to give specific advice. Generally though, my sense is to encourage you to NOT give up or drop out of nursing at this time... clearly, one year / one position does not make for a conclusive trial. Instead, I'd suggest checking out other options within this field. Please keep us posted. Hope things work out. Feel kinda like I'm looking back at myself in this post, gelman. All the best to you!
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    Came in late on this one... thought for sure that meant "Home of the Nutty"! ;>)
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    "may we contact your previous employer" what is the correct answer?

    As a recently retired sup / manager, I'd suggest some caution with the idea of using a friend -- or even a reference-checking company -- to try to obtain info on how a prior employer might respond to an inquiry from a facility potentially interested in hiring you. A couple of thoughts: Whenever I received such calls from an unknown caller, I'd never offer any comments on the basis of that incoming call. I'd request the caller's name, title, facility name / location, and the facility's telephone number. (If I personally knew the caller -- maybe from a previous job fair or other recruiting event, or other similar circumstance, that would be different.) Also, many employers now only provide info on previous employees when the request is made in writing, and after the documents submitted are verified to be "legit." If any of the specifics mentioned in the above transactions appear to be factually "off," then there would be no call-back, and the entire matter would be turned over to HR -- who, in turn, would likely notify the management team. (Most larger facilities process all requests for prior personnel info through HR from the get-go.) As I'm sure all of us know, management has serious concerns in this area about legal liability. And as may be reasonably expected, if it's discovered that a prior staff member was behind a "phony" request for a reference, then that could end up reflecting very negatively in the eyes of that person's previous bosses... peers, and even acquaintances. From experience in multiple healthcare facilities, often even information deemed "confidential" leaks out, and eventually gets passed on to nearly everyone in the building -- which can also be very risky for management. So... please think things through, and exercise your best judgment. Good luck!
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    Need help! Transferring!

    Generally, your license in one jurisdiction doesn't become "null and void" because you've applied for, or obtained, licensure in a different jurisdiction. Similarly, you can generally continue to practice in VA so long as your VA license is current. Are you able to communicate with the Boards via email, instead of the telephone? Good luck!
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    Thinking of Retiring

    Hi, folks! Not sure if I'll be renewing my FL RN... however, before it expires wanted to know what's needed to re-establish my license if I don't renew it now, but wish to do so in a year or so. Also, if I don't renew now, is it easier to renew later if I choose to go "inactive" or "retired" status... if these categories are even available. Appreciate any info on the above. Many thanks!
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    Changing to a non-nursing career?

    Feel your pain... and as you may have surmised already, this is one of those things that will likely never change. What I've found, through the years, that often makes matters worse is the response / attitude that management takes on when dealing with customer service: rarely supporting those on the front lines... for "customer service" or PC reasons. It's irresponsible that higher-ups haven't mustered the ability to come up with a way that addresses "customers" in a sensitive, yet adult manner -- when they're clearly wrong, unreasonable or plain nuts in their interactions with staff. Good luck to you in your decisions for the future.
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    Going "Above and Beyond" UGH

    After a short while in practice, think we pretty much all realize that the cr_p discussed in this thread ("above and beyond" or "whatever it takes... and more," or any other such phrases) is purely "Management BS of the Day." And the longer we're out there working our butts off, the more annoying it gets. Don't let 'em get to ya. _____________ As an aside though, I believe all patients are customers... because, while the reasons / circumstances may vary, there's always a choice involved for any type of treatment.
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    12 hour shifts and weight/exercise.

    Wow... I'll exercise at 6:30ish or so, but at that hour... that'd be killer-tough for me, A. Hang in there!
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    Feds investigating University of Phoenix

    Oh, oh... have seen this post here many... many... many times before. ;>) Here we go...
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    Feds investigating University of Phoenix

    How does Phoenix get to pull this off??? Are their applicants mindless???
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    Going "Above and Beyond" UGH

    Congrats... your's is the prize quote of the thread! Every facility I've worked in has their version of this "same ol' management BS." And I know we all know that there's few in those ranks that could handle even the basics of the floor staff's responsibilities. (Can we say... "hypocrisy"?)
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    Anyone successfully leave nursing?

    Good luck, A!
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    who has left nursing ?

    Hey Viva. Been away from AN for several years. (Semi-retired now... looking only for the right, very part-time, supervisory gig... no more than a shift or two max per week.) Just saw your disability post. Hope things are going well for you. Always considered you a treasure trove of experience / knowledge here! My best.