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  1. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Unrealistic nursing students

    That's great. It's people like this, that I like seeing in nursing. Hey, bedside care is not for everyone. Just so a person understands that they may have to do at least their small share of it along the way to where they are headed. You want to be the type of nurse who can basically handle anything you come across - that's why you are made to do these things in the beginning.
  2. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Unrealistic nursing students

    My best wishes to her and I hope she makes it. Hey it's OK to have hopes and dreams.... One thing a person will find sometimes is that their exact route to where they eventually want to be may turn out to be a bit different than they originally imagined. But that's OK as long as you arrive at where you eventually want to be. And one word of advice you might want to pass on to her - It's actually best to keep your mouth shut in nursing school regardless of what your plans are or aren't. Just a kind word of advice from someone who's been there, done that. I really hated nursing school (some people love it) but it was something I had to go through to get to where I am now and where I want to be in the future.... There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be a CRNA as long as you realize whats involved. I really wouldn't want to be one myself. Yes, the six figure salaries are nice, I would take that in a heartbeat, but there is a reason why CRNA's are paid that. I wouldn't want the stress to be honest. It's a job where you are not allowed to make a mistake, otherwise someone dies. But if your daughter is the type who pays close attention to detail, is a very meticulous person, logical and methodical etc etc maybe she's already a future CRNA....
  3. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Unrealistic nursing students

    I see nothing wrong with this myself - so you do a few years of anywhere from 4:1 to 6:1 bedside nursing then move on. Do your time in purgatory cleaning poop, dealing with dementia and violent patients etc. I myself do not advertise my plans, hopes etc but maybe eventually I will have an MSN and can spend the last few years of my career as a nursing instructor - a good way IMO to finish out a career. By then I should have some interesting stories and practical advice for students.
  4. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Unrealistic nursing students

    I didn't find it hard to read. Somewhat long-winded maybe, but IMO his writing is excellent.
  5. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    I have never told this to anyone, but I happen to have a university degree in management, and I have been associated with management in other professions (not nursing). One thing I have noticed is that there are a lot of "nursing managers" who strictly speaking aren't really managers. A lot of the things that they say and do would not be tolerated outside of nursing in a non-nursing management position. Some of these people are very skilled as far as nursing skills and assessments go (which is probably how they got to where they are) but they are not in any way shape or form qualified to manage other people. Just my two cents.........
  6. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Why did you decide to be a nurse?

    Many older nurses and nursing instructors have probably never had to take an NCLEX exam or anything resembling it, nor have they had to put up with nursing "instructors" who really aren't so much instructors as they are people who weed out students. I never really thought about it all that much - went through a couple of years of prerec classes, couple more of nursing school, then cramming for NCLEX but one day it dawned on me that some of my older instructors 30+ years of nursing probably never had to do any of this - they learned on the job and then got a diploma from the hospital. I did have one instructor who mentioned that while she didn't have to take NCLEX (she became one before they started that) she did manage to voluntarily take it because she wanted to know what it was like. Frankly I think there are a lot of older nurses who best not let their licenses lapse - I don't think they could make it today as far as getting into the nursing profession and what is expected now of wanna be nurses.
  7. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Unrealistic nursing students

    Actually that's my only real regret - that I never thought of or considered doing this 20 or 30 years ago. Back then a medical career in a hospital just wasn't on my radar - not even a little bit. I never really spent much time in or near hospitals, doctors or nurses in my younger years. I did have a few older aunts who were nurses back like in the 1950's and 60's and they got out of it to do something else - my take from them was that nurses back then weren't treated very well and not respected, especially by doctors. And there's nothing wrong with second-degree nurses. I had a bachelor's degree in management before I started back to nursing school.
  8. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    Yes, and what I was referring to expresses itself not only in the manner you are describing, but in things like blurting out things that most people would think but would never dream of actually saying out loud. Example: A lady shows up wearing a dress that's absolutely garish and weird looking - A lot of people would think that quietly to themselves, but wouldn't say it out loud, but a person with a frontal cortex problem would. In a way, it's a lack of a verbal filter. People who "overshare" might have a similar problem
  9. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    I think that where a lot of people have problems is they con themselves into thinking that "friends" at work are of the same type and quality as close lifelong friends you would have outside of work, and the truth is that this very seldom happens. I've seen people get into real trouble confiding in "friends" at work only to find out that they are all of a sudden in hot water. Yes, try to be friendly and helpful to coworkers at work and try to get along with everyone, but don't kid yourself. One thing I've learned in working for over seven years in a big city hospital is that it helps to have a thick skin. Mine is a bit thicker than it was seven years ago A lot of this stuff you have to learn to just let roll off of you, otherwise you are going to be going around perpetually hurt and offended. And I've learned over the years to leave work at work and not bring it home with you. When the whistle blows at work, I'm done - I don't bring crap from work home with me........
  10. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    Very true. And I imagine that the CNO by that time had heard about her untreated bipolar condition, and probably said to themself "I don't have to put up with this - she is done here. We should have done this long ago actually." The sad thing is that she probably was a great nurse, and people originally probably looked at this as just an eccentricity of personality, which in most cases people tend to do. I do the same thing myself - it would take a lot for me to actually label someone as "crazy". Lots of people that I work with have, how can I say this..... "quirky" personalities. To me it doesn't mean they're nuts. But if someone throws in something like info about a past of mental problems well, most people are going to tie the two together and suddenly people are less forgiving.
  11. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    That's another issue - This stuff could follow you around to other places. If a person never tells anyone, no one's the wiser. I myself battled depression long long ago and was on psych meds. No one I work for knows any of this nor will they ever. Employer or co-worker. It's just not necessary and as all of the posts prove it will bite you in the butt.
  12. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but I sometimes wonder if lack of a verbal filter could be a manifestation of mental disorder. I know that according to one theory, your frontal cortex of your brain is the center that regulates this. As the theory goes, people who speak inappropriately about topics not appropriate to the situation, or who have a habit of saying things out loud that maybe most people only think, have frontal cortex deficiencies of some sort.
  13. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    I agree - politics and religion are two topics that I stay away from discussing at work. In most cases you aren't going to change any minds, and you may make enemies besides. I sometimes discuss these things with patients believe it or not, but only if they bring it up and their views somewhat line up with my own. Co-workers?? With them I stay away from these topics entirely.
  14. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    Thanks for posting this. I honestly had never looked at it from that angle before. Most professions require that the "customer" be treated like a king but of course co-workers in all of these businesses and professions certainly don't treat each other that way (I've worked in other venues besides nursing BTW). So why in the world would we expect nursing to be any different? Having said that, I personally still think that it sucks that things are this way. For some odd reason I expect nurses to have somewhat more enlightened attitudes towards things like this and more awareness of issues like workplace bullying, prejudice against people with mental/emotional problems etc. I mean this is almost 2014 for god's sake......
  15. AZ_LPN_8_26_13

    Do Not Over-Share!

    I discussed this very issue in another thread where the discussion was about having a past with issues such as depression, bipolar etc. I concluded by saying that it's best not to mention these at work as you will be judged unfavorably because of them. Thank you for posting this. I agree with you 100 percent. If you must talk about a lot of your personal stuff at work (I don't) limit it to the weather, sports, etc. Leave your personal medical past out of it. Really, it could cost you your job somewhere down the line.
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