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nobhill has 1 years experience and specializes in Geriatric.

15+ years as plaintiff's attorney; CNA since 2009; HHA since 2012; RCFE Administrator

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  1. nobhill

    Should I forget about nursing?

    As for speaking with counselors, you may want to speak with someone at the school where you will be. They are the ones who can give you an accurate view of your situation and advise you correctly I would also say to retake the lower grade classes if they are prereqs. I did poorly in my third quarter of A&P, and I'm going to do that. The important thing is to focus on successfully completing the program. If it takes you a little longer, so be it. It doesn't really matter that much in the big scheme of things.
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    what have you failed the CNA skills exam for?

    I just took the CNA test today and I PASSED!!! :) OK, had to get that out the way.... Here were some the reasons people in my school's last class didn't pass, and the person who didn't pass today: - For feeding, giving the patient the wrong tray [there were two trays with similar names] - Telling the proctor you couldn't find the pulse [the person was alive, they had a pulse--it became the joke in our class] - Doing an upper body bed bath and using soap in the patient's eyes, and also leaving the resident's chest totally exposed. - Taking blood pressure and not putting the stethoscope on the pulse, but putting it in your pocket instead. This person eventually got it right, said she was nervous. Don't know about that... My skills were putting resident in supine position, nail care, and respirations. I took my CNA class at Adult Education. The price was $550 for everything and it was an intensive class. We started in June and finished Thursday, with the exam today. --Nobhill
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    Previous Job interview question

    Check the box, because not doing so indicates that there was a problem. If the employer is smart and doesn't want to be liable for defamation and/or blacklisting, they won't say anything negative [what the laws are depend on your state.] Generally, for liability purposes, a former employer won't say anything, other than verifying dates of employment and sometimes whether the person is rehirable. You should also explain to interviewers, if asked, that the people who had the most input about your performance are no longer at the company, since it was sold, and provide the interviewer with their contact info as you have been doing. Good luck! --Nobhill [employment lawyer switching to nursing & just passed CNA exam TODAY! :) ]
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    GREAT!!! Congratulations on getting in! :) Maybe I will see you there [but I'm in gerontology] --Nobhill
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    You can expedite your transcript and hand deliver it to them. I had a problem at SFSU, but not in the nursing school. For some reason, they could never get the electronic transcript from the community college I attended. It took three months and it was late, but I got in. Just take care of it ASAP, and pay the rush fees.
  6. nobhill

    I want to leave nursing....now what do I do?!

    I will add my two cents, coming from the legal field and going into the health care field. Barbara Sher - Read any of her books--they are great for someone contemplating a career change. See her books: I could do anything if only I knew what it was; It's only too late if you don't start now; Refuse to choose. These were very helpful for me. Also, at community colleges, you can take a careers and lifestyles class where you will get to take the Myers-Briggs, research options, and find out what environment you really like. Another idea is to work with lawyers as a nurse consultant. Injury lawyers need nurses to review the medical records to know what the injuries are, whether something was done incorrectly, or what the appropriate care should be. Visit www.justice.org for the national association of trial lawyers. Another idea is [if you don't mind going back to school] is to get a masters in gerontology and work as a geriatric care manager, nursing home administrator, or other things related to the growing elderly population.
  7. nobhill

    Lawyer to Nurse

    OP, I hope things are going well as you change directions in your career! I am a plaintiff's attorney and switching to nursing. I am in the middle of my CNA classes and hope to take the exam on August. I'm so excited! :) While I used to work at a firm doing employment litigation, the 60-70 hours a week and constant stress made me ill. My father was in the hopsital and I left the job. I thought that at the end, I would have rather spent time with my dad rather than do one more deposition. Also, it didn't help that I didn't get the money I was supposed get. It was then that I figured, why work crazy hours just to make someone else rich? And by the way, I don't think the money was that good to justify not having any kind of life. For plaintiffs lawyers who work on a contingency, it is usually feast or famine, and for the past several years, it was mostly famine. Right now, in order to support myself, I am doing projects for different law firms through word of mouth. I'm also teaching a class here and there, doing some writing, and selling real estate [i have had my license for over 10 years, but have recently gone active again.] Everyone, especially my family, thinks I am overeducated and nuts [probably both are true :) ] but I like doing different things and I need to support myself. In any event, I am learning practical, useful skills for a job that hopefully won't be outsourced. I can also help my dad if his medical situation worsens. I know being a CNA is not a big money making position, but at least it will allow me to work somewhere on a regular schedule and get health insurance, which I need for my medical condition. Also, it will give me chance to see what the facilities are like and go from there. I know this is a stressful job, but it is a different kind of stress, and a kind I can better handle. Also, I volunteer at the hospital, and have worked at the hospital's memory clinic, which gives me insight to the dementia residents. As Barbara She says, "do what you love and the money will follow." :)
  8. Well, I am an attorney going into nursing and I have a different opinion. I think your skills would be very useful, but you need to get to know the people who will make the decisions in the firms. The person was not one of them and was probably threatened, since you know more. Have you joined the professional association for nurse consultants? I hear that there are a number of useful resources available to members to help you target potential clients. Also, the areas where nurse consulstants would be extremely helpful is in personal injury or wrongful death cases, other than medical malpractice. Sometimes lawyers just need someone to review a file and explain what really happened or what should have happened. There are many small firm and solo practitioner lawyers who do this and could use your services. They may not hire you as an expert, but you would be working with them to understand their case, and getting paid well. IMHO, if the lawyer was in a state where medical malpractice case damages were not limited [like they are in CA], I would think haveing someone like you on staff would be a tremendous resource. How do you meet the lawyers who will hire you? I would join the trial lawyer bars [trial lawyers are the lawyers representing plaintiffs] and attend their networking events, go to their cocktail parties, and get to know people. Here are some links: www.justice.org is The American Association for Justice, the national trial lawyers organization. www.caoc.org is the California trial lawyers organization. www.publicjustice.net is a public interest law firm and foundation made up of top partners from plaintiffs firms all over the country. Joining this group will enable you to get to know the decisionmakers at a number of different firms all over the country. Check out the websites and see what interests you. Don't let the gatekeeper turn you away. Good luck, Nobhill
  9. nobhill

    Quit NY CNA class

    Was this a private school or program? How much did it cost? I would speak to the administration and explain your concerns about the instructor. I would also say that you are there to get an education, not pay to be abused and humiliated in front of others. I would also insist that if there are no alterntative instructors, that they refund your fees [depending on how long you have been in the class]. You did not get what you bargained for when you enrolled in the class. Just my thoughts...
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    Need advice please

    If asked about the reason you are leaving, I would not go into details about the true reason. Potential employers will assume that you are a troublemaker, even though that isn't true. I would keep it vague and professional. Say "it just wasn't a good fit." That certainly is true and it doesn't go into detail. I have hired many employees, although not in the nursing field [i hired lawyers and legal professionals.] I did have some people give me reasons similar to what was suggested--that they wanted to leave or left because of ethical issues, stuff that the last employer was doing etc. While the applicant might appreciate the honesty, the employer doesn't. My immediate thought was that these people did something to somehow bring this on themselves, they would be quick to make complaints, they weren't team players, and they would be quick to call the licensing agency if things didn't go their way. It was easier for me to just not hire them. Just my 2 cents.... Nobhill
  11. The bottom line, which is probably the same for everyone, is that we have to do what we need to do to survive. I need to find a job where I can work and get insurance benefits [i have a chronic condition that requires expensive medication]. If I could find full time work as an attorney, I would suck it up and do it, but there isn't any. I had to switch to something else so I could pay my bills. [i am lucky to have this contract project, which I got by cold calling lawyers I knew. If I didn't have this job, I wouldn't be able to survive.] Misswillow, have you thought of going into gerontology? Nursing home administration requires someone with legal training, because the job involves complying with the laws and being able to prevent situations that result in lawsuits. I just finished a nursing home administration class and lawsuit prevention seemed to the the main focus of the course. I know a masters degree would be more school, but perhaps at a state school tuition might be more reasonable. I'm not sure what the job market is like in Boston, but there might be opportunites if you wanted a longer term goal. the legal and CNA background would certainly be an asset. I'm not under any illusions about the CNA work. My aunt was a CNA for 35 years, and I saw how hard she worked and how tired she was. Nobhill
  12. Hi misswillow, Wow, what a small world! Employment law in San Francisco! I love Noe Valley, which is where I wanted to originally live, but I ended up on Nob Hill. Funny, my old job sounds the same as yours, and it made me sick too, phsyically and mentally. Because I need to pay my bills, I took a contract project and it really reinforces why I don't want to do the legal work anymore. Here it is, Memorial Day weekend, and I have to work. Mind you, I need the money, but working the holidays just reminds me of what I did for so many years. I know as a CNA, I will work probably work holidays, but at least others will be working too. Sometimes I wonder what the heck I'm doing, and it seems kind of crazy, but I really believe that this is the right thing for me. The physical therapist assistant program sounds great--you should go for it! Good luck! :) Nobhill
  13. Well, I am switching from attorney to CNA. While I always wanted to work in a hospital environment, in college I focused on business and law classes. I spent my legal career helping people and working on high profile cases. However, after achieving an amazing result in my big case and then being pretty much screwed over by the law firm, I decided to stop working crazy hours, making myself sick just to make other people rich. That, combined with my health problems and my father's cancer caused me to leave that job. After my father got better, I decided to volunteer at the hopsital where he was. The volunteers were so good to him and I wanted to give something back. Then I started taking gerontology classes and volunteering at the senior center. I had been doing contract legal work, but with the bad economy, a lot of that work dried up. I had to find something to make money and get health insurance. When one of my sister's friends left her professional career to be a CNA, I thought, I could do that too! So here I am! I will be starting my program on June 14 and I am so excited!
  14. nobhill

    i dont wanna be a nurse

    You may want to apply your nursing skills and education by working in a law firm. What you learned in nursing school would be invaluable to plaintiff's lawyers handling personal injury or medical cases. Most lawyers don't know anything about nursing or medical issues and you could be a very valuable asset. While there are legal nurse consultants, it would be so much better to actually have someone with the training working in your office. If you decided to get a paralegal certificate, you would be that much more valuable. As some of the other posters suggested, I would take the boards. It gives you the extra credibility.
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    "I'm on a break right now"

    I had to comment on this thread. While I'm still a student [i'm going into nursing from another career [employment attorney] and am taking classes right now.] I can't believe how poorly run so many of these facilities so blatantly violate the wage and hour laws. At least in California, a lot of what you are saying, being forced to clock out but not taking breaks, not getting lunch, etc. would be grounds for a great wage claim lawsuit. Those cases are pretty straightforward. A good lawsuit might change things.... Maybe I should go back to practicing law? [Just FYI, the answer is no, the legal field has its own issues and jerks.]
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    can't listen to his stories how to I get out fast?

    This sounds like a really tough situation. I would agree with the person who said to consider how much his life has changed. He used to be in a position of respect, and now he is someone totally lacking any kind of control in his life. I am sure there is a lot of frustration and anger. His attempt to control his small environment and the people around him is all he can do now. He has no control over anything else anymore. The knocking and waiting are holdovers from his military days. This is how respect is shown. When you don't do these things, he is interpreting it as you having a lack of respect for him, which makes him angry. Rather than focus on him being a priest, you may want to focus on his military training. His behavior is similar to other veterans that I have dealt with. What may help him may be visitors who are also retired military. You may want to speak with the care manager and suggest that having volunteers visit him would be helpful to include in his plan. For example, members of the local American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, or 40 and 8 posts might be the kind of company he needs. They would understand his need for respect, lining up the fringe on the bed, taking his meds a certain way. If that doesn't work, just having a friendly visitor spend time with him [probably a man's man kind of person] would be good. In this respect, I agree with the person who said that he is lonely, because he certainly seems to be. He also appears to be angry and since he can do nothing alleviate his own anger, he gets pleasure making other people angry and upset, since there is nothing else in his life to give him pleasure. IMHO, I don't think he has OCD. I think those things are just from his military training.